Thursday, February 17, 2005

Random Review

Eddie & Lakota
Originally uploaded by aham23.

Well there was no workout today as this was my planned off day. This edition of Random Review is on my favorite subject, Eddie Vedder my Rat Terrier. Not so much Eddie, but Rat Terriers.

The Rat Terrier is an American Breed. You could even call them an American Mutt. Early American Immigrants crossed several European Terriers to arrive at the RT. They were looking for a compact, fast, tough, farm and hunting dog. They are suited for chasing, flushing, and treeing game, like birds & rabbits. They normally stay above ground unlike the Jack Russell which will chase a rabbit or varmint into its hole.

They can be small to medium size ranging from 10 to 25 pounds. Eddie is about 22 pounds. They are intelligent, playful, non confrontational, loyal and protective. They can be shy of strangers too. Eddie takes about 10 to 15 minutes to warm up to new people.

Initially Eddie was not receptive to training. It took atleast two session for him to learn one task. Now, he does all the basics, sits, stays, shakes, down, high five, roll over, and walks on the leash. Potty training went very well with only 4 accidents inside (only one poop!). He stays in his crate while we are at work. He can hold his little bladder for up to ten hours. His normal day is about 8 hours in the crate. He is not a barker. He is not like most little dogs as he does not bark at everything that moves. BUT, he does go crazy when the door bell rings. Who doesn't love having guest? He is he a tough, fun, NOT A LITTLE FOO FOO DOG, but still affectionate and loving. He likes to lay on people at night time.

Man, I really can blab or blog about my Eddie. I am out. Later.

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