• A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. ~ Josh Billings
  • I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~ Gilda Radner
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How Jingles came to live with us.

Around Christmastime in 1995 I had the crazy idea that we needed a dog.  I had recently seen Crimson Tide, and was enamored of Gene Hackman’s dog, a Jack Russell Terrier.  So when I happened to see an ad for Jack Russell pups in the local paper, I decided to go take a look at them.   I took the kids along; subconsciously I knew this would ensure we came home with a puppy.  At the time Lauren was seven and Savannah was four.

The breeder had four pups left, three males and a female.  I did not want a female, but the girls overruled me.  That tiny pup rode home on Lauren’s lap.  It was love at first sight for the both of them,  and it continues to this day, almost 15 years later.

We brought the puppy into the house to surprise Mom.  Indeed it was a surprise, but not a pleasant one.  Mom was angry! And she stayed angry for days! But soon enough she came to love that pup and all was forgiven.

After tossing around several ideas for names, the girls decided that because it was Christmastime we would name her Jingle Bells.  Her “official name” on the registration is Smith Girls Jingle Belle, but we just call her Jingles.  Her nickname is JB.  She is the only one of our pets that is registered.

Jingles has lived an eventful life.  I will give you more details in another post, so I will just share some highlights here:

  1. She broke her leg and had to walk in a cast for several weeks.
  2. She had three litters of pups.
  3. She traveled over 1000 miles by car to New Hampshire and spent two weeks at Camp Walt Whitman.
  4. She flew home from camp on Delta Airlines.
  5. She survived a house fire.
  6. She interrupted a soccer game and ran around on the field for five minutes before being captured and subdued.
  7. She was pepper-sprayed by a meter reader.
  8. She fought with a large dog and lost (stiches and a drainage tube).

Jingles has been a loyal and faithful friend and we all love her very much.

Note: this is the first in a series of posts about how we came to adopt our pets.   They will be posted in chronological order. Thanks for reading!


4 Responses

  1. looking forward to read more. life shared with dog’s great (:

  2. Great job on getting a JRT – it’s a choice that I’m sure you’ve learned by now provides great benefits to your mental health! Jingles looks pretty happy to be there too. Sounds like she’s had an exciting life. 🙂

  3. Wow! “Don’t pepper-spray me, bro!”

  4. Jingles is the best thing that has ever happened in my life. She is my baby!

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