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   The Terrier Tattler
January/February 2009

Hello fans and friends -

Happy New Year AND Happy Valentines Day!!!!  Yes, I know - once again my assistant is not giving MY NEEDS the time and attention they deserve!  I was so excited to have a HAPPY NEW YEAR Tattler out to you all in January, but I unfortunately have to rely on my assistant Tracy to get the newsletter published.  Tracy's priorities don't always align with MINE and I don't want to fire her until I find a replacement!  So, until I locate a new assistant willing to take on the many needs of Bianca, I'm afraid you may get the Tattler bi-monthly!  Thanks for your understanding!

By the way, if you know of any good typists that would be willing to help me with timely Tattler publication, please send them my way!                                                                                                                                        Bianca




Happy Birthday, Alex!


A very special story by Joan Castell

In 1994, while at a horse show in Kentucky, I met Alex.  He was 4 months old at the time and when I commented on how cute he was I found out he was for sale.  Jack Russells and horses seem to go together so it wasnít unusual to see puppies at a show.  For the next couple of days I didnít see much of the horse show because I was spending all my time with the puppy.  Well, of course he came home with me.  My husband had no idea I was buying a dog but was smitten within hours of our arrival home.  Being first time dog owners, we were lucky to have found such a wonderful JRT.  I didnít discover agility until several years later so we didnít start training until Alex was 6 years old.  We really struggled that first year but whenever I thought I would quit in frustration something good would happen that would make me keep trying.  We ended up competing successfully in AKC, UKC and NADAC until he was almost 14 years old.  We discovered earthdog competitions when he was 13 and he finished his Junior Earthdog title in two weekends.  He really loved working the rats!










    Alex will turn 15 on January 4th.  These days his hearing and vision may not be what they used to be but his body is still healthy and sound.  He may sleep a bit more now but he also likes to race around the yard (as long as itís not too cold out).  His favorite hobbies include hunting rodents, napping in his heated bed, rides in the car, walks in our woods (and rolling in anything foul), and sunbathing on our deck.


          Itís because of Alex that I became so involved in dog sports and through those activities that I made so many good friends.  We are so fortunate that he came into our lives!








New Years Resolution Anyone?

It's the time of year when many are worried that the New Years resolutions they made on January 1st were such a good idea!  My friend Hailey really wants to stay in tip top shape, but it's tough to get the exercise you need outdoors in Chicago in the winter.  Well, Miss Hailey has overcome her fear of that big, odd-sounding piece of equipment in their house and is now very comfortable during her workouts.  Sometimes her 'brother' Jack tries to distract her, I know how little brother can be, but she never loses her focus!  She will even stay on the treadmill working out while her mom Maribel leaves the room!  Amazing!  I wish I were that dedicated to my New Years Resolution!!! 






Happy Valentines Day From Wesley!

As many of you know, my little brother is a lover boy.  Valentines Day is his holiday!!!   




A Great (Tasting) Grooming Tip

Here is a fantastic grooming tip from Joan Castell & Breezy - THANKS, guys!!!  Would love to hear your grooming secrets too - send yours to 




Breezy, my Cardigan Welsh Corgi, hates to have her nails cut (actually hates having anything done to her).  I learned the peanut butter mug trick from Dr. Laurie McCauley when Breezy was having chiropractic adjustments done at her clinic.


Spread the peanut butter on the inside of the mug and it takes awhile for the dog to lick it all out.  It lasts even longer if it's frozen.  The problem is, if you're alone you can't hold the mug and cut nails at the same time so I came up with this method of clamping it to the table.  It works great and is much less stressful for both of us.




Things that should have been in a much earlier edition!

Here's something that should have been in a much earlier edition, but seems little late in the season now (thanks to my assistant- it is not MY fault!). 

John thinks Wes and I should decorate the Christmas tree next year....




Bianca's Back!

Absolutely Fabulous Canine Accomplishments!

Please send your accomplishments to



I haven't run agility for what seems like a very long time...  since last June.  Tracy had surgery last summer and that meant no fun for me. Then I had to go hurt my ACL and have surgery in September.  I've been working hard at getting back into condition to run agility and this month I'm going to a couple of agility trials!!  Woo hoo! 

I'm going to have an agility trial run at my friends' Woody, Daisy and Skippy's NADAC trial on Feb 14.  What a great Valentines Day!  Tracy and I get to take a special trip together to visit our friends in the Quad Cities and I get to try a little agility again.

My big AKC debut will at the Blitzen trial at McCormick Place the weekend of Feb 20-22.  I love running there.  It's not that the course conditions are that great, but the whole venue is exciting.  So many people come to see me.  I just walk around the hall and everyone wants to stop and pet The Bianca!  And the vendors!!  It's a doggie paradise!  They're selling all kinds of treats and toys - my two favorite things in the world!