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Feb 7 – Keith Fox, I live in the country and have always had dogs (I’m 61). The local farmer’s daughter was at her wits end as a 6yr old female black fell terrier had jumped on her horse box on the way back from Ireland (another illegal immigrant) and it had been living on the farm/in the barn, but had been chasing sheep. We took dear Tiggy in (age 6 ish) and have had 6 years of bliss. Such a brave, intelligent, loving thing you could not hope to meet. The first thing she did was try to bite the ear off of our resident terrier/mongrel/nutcase when he barked at her. She did not know how to bark, but he taught her over the years (after forgiving her). No walk was ever the same, but they were always an adventure. We are lucky living in the country with lots of fields around and landowners we know. Tiggy had a typical prey drive but always came back and she gave us so much love. We run a rabbit boarding place and she was so tame around them, always looking for a pellet or 2 to eat, but knowing that the rabbits and guinea pigs were taboo! So intelligent, so loving, and our grandchildren loved her. She succumbed to cancer in the end at 12/13 and we are desolate. Never known such grief. No other dog comes close. Some are brave, some are loving, some are intelligent, some good looking but none have all of these. Tiggy was a short haired, sleek patterdale and has stolen my heart. She lived with us, slept with us, came on holiday with us, shared our lives and love.
Jan 28 2013 – Lisa Schneider, What a truly inspirational web site and what truly wonderful people you are. I admire the Dogs Trust but they could learn much from your loving, but gutsy and honest approach in telling prospective owners just how it is. All dog owners need to learn that they must suit a dog -and it’s quirks- and not the other way round. This is especially so in the case of Terriers. I have three: two Parsons and a rescued- what I now believe, from your photos, an Irish Terrier or a Red Fell. (In fact, my beloved ‘Annie’ from the Dogs Trust is the spitting image of the dog wrapped in a blanket in your opening photos.) All are deeply loved, and as we all cuddle up on the sofa in my non-’remote’ home, I want to thank you for the work you do. Shame it’s celebs that get all the shiny gongs and not deserving saints
Jan 19 2013 – David, Flint is a Black Fell from working stock ..he ended up with me as damaged goods ..that was 6 years ago..he has never once let me down ..keep up the good work !!
Dec 10 – Nicky Morrison, Well done for giving all these wonderful terriers a second chance! I owned a lovely a female Patterdale for 14 years (rescued aged 1). I now own two male terriers, a Patterdale and a Yorkie-Russell. The Patterdale is now 11 years old (we took him in when he was 9) – he had 3 previous homes before coming to us. He is a lovely boy and very obedient but a true hunter gatherer given the chance! The Yorkie-Russell is a lovely boy too but not good with people or other dogs (unless he knows them). He lived with a family previously and I took him in when he was 18 months old as they could not cope with his behaviour. Through regular training and routine he has come a long way but can never be trusted and I am committed to keeping him safe. He was attacked and nearly killed by 2 dogs 4 years ago but fortunately survived the attack. My dogs get on very well together considering they are both male and were introduced to each other later in life. They had their moments at first but things soon settled down – I did not let either of them be the boss of the other one and it seems to work. They are now 10 and 11 and I take them to training classes every week where they take part in agility, searching, obedience, socialising exersises etc and this definitely keeps them on the straight and narrow! Keep up the good work.
Nov 23 Tez. I rescued a pup from a shelter in March of this year. The breed listed was ‘terrier mix’ This boy has been both a delight and a challenge. I am madly in love with him and upon reading your pages “Ten Top Tips” and “Terriers InDeed”, there is no doubt that my boy is a terrier mix (we believe a Black Fell Type or ‘Borderlakelands?’) Our older dog, a female Gia. nt Schnauzer, has made training and socializing our boy a lot less tiresome. He follows the older dog’s lead and she is steady,calm, obedient and loyal. He helps he be more playful because he wants to play constantly, he is like a puppy all the time. She helps him settle down and behave because she will ‘spank’ him when his antics get too much. He loves to talk to us, he is so vocal, it is beyond precious!! Anyway, thank you for your page and the advice/information and encouragement it contains. Blessings
Nov 21 Jackie Axford Hello. My name is Jackie & I work with 2 rescue associations in SW France (Phoenix & Hope) and foster small breeds of dogs for them. I discovered your website because i was researching Patterdale Terriers. I think your website is wonderful, and fully support the work you are doing. Well done and keep up the good work.
Nov 6 Rebecca Hi, Just found your site through twitter. I chuckled as I read your write up on terriers. It was like you had met my jack Russell, other dogs….yea not so predictable. We love her so much. She is feisty, energetic, intelligent and very loving. Looks like you are doing some amazing work. Well done ! Once I win the lottery I will take them all to my ranch and we can live happily ever after….
Oct 22 Sally Kent So glad to see a site telling the truth about terriers! We have the MOST adorable Patterdale and reading your site we were obviously very lucky. That said we read up a lot before getting her and have always had fairly strict ground rules, NEVER played rough games, absolutely no mouthing etc right from a puppy. We now have a super calm terrier who is absolutely fantastic with our children, has super recall off the lead, walks happily with other dogs (but still is very loud if meeting another one on the lead) and is really enjoying agility (knocks spots off all the Collies)!. You are doing a super job to re-home these wonderful dogs and absolutely the right thing in warning of their potential “terrorisms.”
Oct 16 Dawn Barclift USA I currently have and adore an 8 year old working-type female Norwich Terrier and a four month old Hunt Terrier (black & tan or stag red puddin’ JRTs); however, I visit your sight regularly and sure wish that I could’ve adopted Alfie or Jerry! I live across the Pond in the US and would love to publicize you and the great work you do with working terrier breeds. I am wondering if your handsome ‘www.TerrierRescue.co.uk’ logo is available as a car sticker? I’d like to purchase several of them. Many thanks and God bless you for the incredible work you do with these dogs. If you share their individualistic personality and understand their needs and drives, there are no better friends!
Oct 3 Noel Mc Comb Brilliant site I own an Irish terrier and a heinz terrier (57 varieties) I’m glad to see Irish my fav breed of all time and others getting a hand out.
Oct 2 Mrs Ellen Boylin Just wanted to say what a fab job you are all doing. We follow you on Twitter and we’ve just sent a small donation towards the vets fees for that poor little lad who was used as bait. Some people really do need shooting. Our own little JRT is quite elderly and doesn’t like other dogs or else we’d have a pack of them. She’s here at my feet waiting to go to bed as I type this! She’s warm + snug and well fed + is currently giving me one of those JRT looks!
Aug 27 Hi Lynne I just wanted to say a big big thank you for helping out with Suzie a Patterdale X bitch, that you are taking on for me through Safe & Sound Pound Dogs. Suzie is a typical patterdale X terrier and needs to be in experienced hands, she has every trait of a terrier and I believe that you are the lady to help her find her way & her new forever home. I can’t thank you and Safe & Sound enough for what you have done for Suzie in finding her a space at your rescue. Kind regard Nikki Dog Control Officer Nottingham City Council
Aug 8 Janice Lee Although I’m not in a position to re home at the moment,can’t resist looking and think your site is brilliant.Sadly lost our J.R.T.,Max,on 2nd May.He was fifteen and a half,came to us,after 4 previous homes,one of them abusive,at twelve months old.What a star he was.Bounded into our lives like a whirlwind and left an enormous gap when he left us.So hard to live without him but worth all the pain to have had the privilege of sharing our lives with him.Still have Jay,beautiful cross dog princess,nearly sixteen,with a few health issues,wouldn’t cope with another dog but missed her little Jackie pal lots.Thinking of their needs as older dogs,it’s heart breaking to see beautiful Zack on your site.Hope he gets a brilliant home asap.I’m sure you’re aware of it,but I know the Oldies Club site allows other rescues to post and have had success with some older J.R.T.’s.Good luck with old Zack and thanks for all you do f or our terrier friends. Janice.
June 8 Betty I joined you today for a walk as a rescue volunteer, what a lovely time I had and what a great dog Max is, he was such a good boy walking nicely and so affectionate, stepped neatly around puddles and poo. Looking forward to lots more walks with all of you. Betty
Mar 15 Rachel I rescued a dog, sight unseen, breed unknown…
I eventually found you guys and poured over your site, links… For the last year we have been working HARD with our crazed red fell terrier. We are very forgiving in this household and it was seeing that sentence that helped me focus our training. Nu Nu (don’t ask) was a year old when we got him and he had never been outside or seen another dog. he loves our boxweiler but is unimpressed with all other dogs. The key was to understand the concept of the working dog and that there is no such thing as a hole being too small. We have found a spot he can go off lead and I now know the location of all cats in a 4 mile radius. We have always had Dobermans in our family and dealing with a ‘real’ terrier was an eye opener. I always donate when I can because it’s quite disturbing to see some people with terriers who don’t have a clue or the sense to get appropriate help (for themselves firstly) before they decide that they cannot cope and yet another dog needs re-homing. Keep up the good work.