Close to five years ago my car stranded by a trailer park. I was casually walking through the area, to see if someone had a phone I could use, when I was oh so cheerfully greeted by a small dog who was badly limping, and quite dirty.
I picked it up and was chauffeuring it around all the trailers, when a tall slim woman came running out, and announced that the dog was hers. "She just keeps wandering off." She kept muttering, so I suggested she keep the dog indoors, or buy a steak and leash it up outside.
She remarked that she was taking the dog in to be "put to sleep" in a couple of days, and that it was no matter.
I asked her why, and she explained that she got the dog a month ago when her daughter had wanted one for a birthday present. Then her husband and she were divorced, he got custody, and she was stuck with the dog, who had problems with crapping all over the house and had gotten loose and bothered a pack of larger dogs, hence the injured leg..
I felt for her in the situation, and of course for the dog–to be killed, so I asked if I could buy it for 0.
She agreed right away, and ran inside to get the AKC papers, as it was a purebred Jack Russel Terrier.
Hence the beginning of a lifelong friendship between me and Zoi(e), the JRT.
When I brought her home, she wasn’t potty trained, she yelped when I touched her, she was very badly injured and was miserable most of the time.
With a lot of work and cooperation from my amazing vet and trainer, I have accomplished a lot with this beautiful dog.
Now she’s more well behaved thn most labs, she is potty trained to a fault, crate trained, leash trained, she loves kids and other dogs, and gets along fine with my three cats.
Since she is AKC, she has been put in certain events(that don’t require a dog to be intact , as she is spayed) She’s current on everything from the vet and all injuries are completely gone.
I have entered her in a few shows, meaningless local shows that don’t require a dog to be intact, just for the fun of it, and she has done very well. She doesn’t mind being handled… I mess with her teeth, ears, paws, eyes, etc on a daily basis just so she stays tame and so I can notice any
She tolerates having her teeth brushes, nails clipped, whiskers trimmed, and having ointment applied to her pads, then having them bandaged—as, due to her poor puppy-hood environment, she has very weak paws and after long walks they tend to blister and crack, and must be treated.
She is a wonderful dog. She knows the basics, "sit" "come" "lie down" "stay there" "roll over" "speak" "stop" "drop it" "bring it" "look" "jump" "play dead(or "bang"), and more that I can’t think of at the moment.
She’s friendly with everyone now.
But the problem is, for her whole life I have lived in a large, 5 bedroom 3 full bathroom 3 story house, and she is used to having a 2 acre (fenced) yard to play in. She has never been "hyper" in the house, simply because she gets two walks a day and has a puppy door leading to her yard.
She is my only dog and is spoiled to a fault..
Unfortunately, though, my father has fallen ill and by sometime in the middle of June I will be moving to his town which is to a town about 6 hours away from here, so I can be close to him. He is 68, and I expect him to live much longer, but he is having a hard time right now and I want to be there for him for the next few years, maybe much longer.
I will move into an apartment and live there for the first 8-12 months while I figure things out and build up a income. Eventually of course I will move into a larger home, one that I will own, with a nice sized yard and such, like my current home….
But I don’t know if Zoi could handle being an apartment dog for 8+ months! I would be able to walk her twice a day,but no fenced yard for her to play in and it will be a relatively small apt and she won’t be able to tear around like she does outside without offending the neighbors.
Would it be fairest for me to fnd her a new home, or to try it out?