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puppy photos (before his eyes had opened in Oklahoma)

with his two siblings
(Orbit on the left)
6 weeks old
(day 1 on the road and first time on grass)

roadtrips are exhausting
7 1/2 weeks in Florida in Mount Dora, FL

10 weeks old (with Dilly at home)
I had wanted a Jack Russell for about 20 years. I decided this time I would stick to my guns and get one. I pounded away at Petfinder and all of the Russell Rescue groups for months. The only ones that were available were either seniors, Chihuahua mixes, or clear social issues. With my active lifestyle and the adventure that I can provide, I like to adopt new dogs when they are about a year old. With COVID-19 in 2020, small dogs at shelters are in short supply. And the shelters have been getting even more selective: no apartments, must have a backyard, no other dogs, must do home visits, no out-of-state adoptions, must sign paperwork that you will never let the dog off-leash. I even sent videos and photos of my lifestyle but no dice. The constant rejection was ridiculous and painful.

So, much to my shame, I started looking at breeders. I have always gone the rescue route. California breeders had two-year waiting lists. I finally found a breeder in Oklahoma and took the plunge. I was driving to Florida anyway (see the roadside part of my website) and made the arrangements. I picked him up at six weeks of age and he joined up for about a month on the road. A great experience for the young'un as he got to see 10 states and experience all kinds of sights, sounds, and different environments during what's known as the "fear period" in puppies when it's best to expose them to all potentially scary things.

I haven't had a puppy in 40 years and really could have lived without another one. But here we are. Orbit is currently about six months old and he's got his adult teeth now. His housebreaking isn't perfect but he's getting there. He's already learned a bunch tricks since he is super food-motivated. The other dogs were terrified of him at first but now everybody is great friends. He plays practically non-stop with Dilly.

I had been looking for a long-legged, smooth Jack. I'm no fan of hair and like athletic dogs with legs. However, this guy is apparently going to be a "shortie", which will be just fine with me. His feet, head, and nose are oversized in proportion to the rest of his body. He's pretty muscled-up at this point since from lots of exercise. He gets to run twice a day at the beach, grassy schoolyards, and local hikes. He loves to chase our remote control racecar. He loves people and other dogs. He is fascinated with bugs and birds. There will be many photos to come.

Here are a few videos at Instagram taken during the Florida trip: first time running outside; learning to wait in the van; and snacks.

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