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photos from the shelter/Petfinder.com at home
in our hometown of Ventura, CA
with a Dairy Queen Dilly Bar on a Florida roadtrip
Dilly appears to be a Rat Terrier and either an Italian Greyhound or Basenji mix. She is about three years old. I adopted her in December 2017. She was turned in to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County in Jamestown, CA when her owner could not find homes for her and her two brothers. Known at the shelter as "Vixey", she was the biggest of the three puppies. She had been at the shelter for about a month before I came along. I had been diligently searching for a Jack Russell Terrier rescue for about eight months with no luck. Browsing through the Rat Terriers at Petfinder.com, I saw her photos (see above) and instantly fell in love. I drove up that weekend to adopt her. That JRT would have to wait.

She settled in quickly with the rest of the crew. At first, Grizzy was a bit sulky about the addition but he got over it quickly. Dilly weighs about 15 pounds. She can run like the wind and can jump sky high. She is crazy about food which makes training tricks a breeze. She was initially afraid of cars and car rides, as well as men and children. But all of those fears are long gone now. She has the loudest and silliest bark in my pack. She loves hiking, running in the sand at the beaches in town. I have modified my racecar to go faster over the years because of her amazing ability to catch it. I still let her catch and thrash it constantly. She pulls like a maniac on leash and I really just let it go. She needs a lot of exercise and is Orbit's best friend.

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