Tag Archives: Jack Russell

The best ball boys in the world

The ASB Classic tennis tournament finished yesterday with Venus Williams winning the title.  But the real high point of the tournament was the advertising…

Meet the Best Ball Boys in the World: Oscar the Mastiff cross, Ted the Border Colies, and Teddy, the Jack Russell cross…

If dogs were allowed in ‘real’ tennis matches, I think I could become a fan!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

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An update on the dog of the Mary Rose

Last year, I wrote about the dog of the Mary Rose, the mascot of a ship that was sunk in 1545.

Now researchers using DNA have discovered that the little dog was a male rather than a female as thought previously.

The skeleton of Hatch the dog, Photo by the University of Portsmouth

The skeleton of Hatch the dog, Photo by the University of Portsmouth

The skeleton of the dog lacked a baculum, or penis bone, and so was thought for many years to be that of a female dog. The dog, named “Hatch” by researchers, was discovered in 1981 during the underwater excavation of the ship, which sank defending Portsmouth from a French invasion in 1545.

However recent developments in DNA analysis have found that Hatch was a young male dog, most closely related to modern Jack Russell terriers, with a brown coat.

The team, which included members from University of Portsmouth, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, King’s College London Dental Institute, Durham University and the Mary Rose Trust, were even able to ascertain that the dog was carrier for the canine genetic disorder hyperuricosria. This causes dogs to produce urine with very high levels of uric acid and can lead to bladder stones and, less frequently, kidney stones.

“We extracted the DNA from one of the dog’s teeth to identify the breed of the dog, its gender and even the colour of its fur. This technique could now be applied to further museum specimens, meaning we could find out more about previously unknowable animals.”

Recovered over a period of several months, the dog’s skeleton was found partially outside the carpenter’s cabin, with other bones inside the cabin, under a pile of chests belonging to the carpenter and several gunners. Despite stories claiming he was trapped in the door, the dog probably died fully outside the cabin, with some parts being pulled inside post-death by marine scavengers.

The dog’s skeleton is on display in the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Source:  University of Portsmouth media release

The 13,000 euro rescue operation

Skipper the Jack Russell Photo by Steffen Pletl

Skipper the Jack Russell Photo by Steffen Pletl

Skipper is a special Jack Russell.  After getting incredibly stuck in a badger sett, a complex network of tunnels underground, his owner had to call emergency services to dig him out.

After almost 7 hours of work, they managed to free Skipper.  During this time, they excavated 50 square metres of earth….all because he broke free from his leash when a friend was walking him in November 2012.  He followed his nose and, because he was dragging his leash, he became tangled.

His owner challenged the 13,000 euro bill she received; it’s been discounted to 10,000 in a settlement to end a court dispute.

How much would you spend to rescue your precious pooch?

Source:  The Times

Dog rescued from tree by cherry picker

Archie the Jack Russell got himself stuck up a 30 meter pine tree at his home in Huapai, West Auckland.  Thankfully the cavalry, Prolift Access Hire, came with a cherry-picker to get him down.  (photo by Fairfax/Stuff.co.nz)

Archie the Jack Russell got himself stuck up a 30 meter pine tree at his home in Huapai, West Auckland.
Thankfully the cavalry, Prolift Access Hire, came with a cherry-picker to get him down. (photo by Fairfax/Stuff.co.nz)

Read the full story here:

Dog rescued from tree by cherry picker | Stuff.co.nz.

Dog star of The Artist retires

The Artist has just won big at the BAFTAs which is a good indication that the film may do equally as well at this year’s Oscars.

According to The Telegraph, Uggie the dog star of the film is being retired.

Uggie, a Jack Russell, also starred in Water for Elephants.  He’s 10 years old and his younger brother Dash will be carrying on the acting tradition.

You can catch a bit of Uggie’s work in this trailer for The Artist, courtesy of YouTube:

Jesse’s helpful dog tricks

It’s been a rough week.  I’m in need of laughter and the immune support and tension relief that it brings.  So, I hope you enjoy this YouTube video of Jesse performing amazing dog tricks that help around the house.

New puppy for Charles and Camilla

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, adopted a Jack Russell from the Battersea Dogs and Cats  Home earlier this week.

According to the media statement released by Battersea, the puppy is named Beth and she is a tri-colour Jack Russell Terrier who is 3 months old.  She was one of more than 100 stray dogs that the Home took in during the month of July.

Beth, the latest edition to The Royal Family (photo courtesy of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)

The Duchess is familiar with the breed; she owned a much-loved Jack Russell named Freddy.