Buddy wasn't around today, so I was able to let Sadie off the leash. Without him to lead her astray, she stays close to us, running circles around us, but coming when called. Such amazing energy she has! Relating a story to Cliff that my granddaughter had told me, I mentioned a Jack Russell terrier, and something clicked.
When we chose to adopt Sadie, I wasn't concerned about her heritage, but the lady at Wayside Waifs told us their considered opinion: She was, they felt, a Manchester Terrier and Basset cross. She warned us that this dog had a tendency to bounce off the walls, and would need exercise.
Come on, how many Manchester terriers do you see running around? I've never once seen one in my life, as far as I know; and if they're that uncommon, how many of them do you suppose are on the streets mating with mongrels? But Jack Russell terriers are very popular, and there are lots of them around these days.
What I didn't realize was that the breed can be short-haired. I thought they all looked like the one on Frasier. Otherwise I might have put two and two together sooner.
I found a website describing the nature of a Jack Russell Terrier, and copied and pasted some things that describe Sadie to a "T".
"These are considered an intelligent, high-energy breed. Their compact size, friendly and inquisitive nature, and intelligence make them popular as pets. Built for speed and strength, they will always be ready to play. However, they require consistent training and a good deal of attention and exercise to maintain their temperament and to occupy their minds. JRT's who are not trained on a consistent basis, or are not exercised regularly, may occasionally exhibit aggressive or unmanageable behaviour, including excessive barking, escaping from the yard, or digging in unwanted places inside and outside the house."
"The old terriermen wanted terriers that would bark incessently at their prey. The dog could then be located underground, and dug out if necessary. As a result, JRT's are most definitely vocal dogs. They lackthe nervousness that makes so many small dogs "yappy". JRT's rarely bark at nothing."
"Most JRT's easily mingle with children, though they don't tolerate even unintentional abuse. Most are outgoing, and very friendly towards other dogs. JRT's do tend to exhibit a "Napoleon Complex" regarding larger canines that can get them into dangerous situations. Their fearlessness can scare off a larger animal, but their apparent unawareness of their small size can lead to a lopsided fight if not kept in check."
That last paragraph covers a topic I've mentioned to Cliff and others several times. Sadie will not back down. She's friendly, but if a dog displays aggression toward her, she insists on being aggressive back to them. And she doesn't care if it's a St. Bernard!
I don't know what other breeds of dogs Sadie has in her little mongrel body, but it looks to me like she's at least HALF Jack Russell Terrier.
And that's a breed I always said I would NOT own, because I've heard so many negative things about them.
Life can play some strange jokes on us.