Took some pictures today of Rosie, and am emailing them to my friend who places dogs. I can’t take it any more. I’ve
earned my star in heaven 72 virgins paid my debts to society and now I need this dog out of my life. I want my old life back with just Tunch and Lily and a happy and calm household.
Right now I am trying to write a description of Rosie that does not include four letter words.
Use positive phrases that aren’t a lie.
A devoted companion
Enthusiastic and playful
Likes to have fun
Write the opposite of what you have been writing here.
This is a positive step. I like Ana’s description.
“With notably rare exceptions, Rosie is docile, serene and an utter ease to have around the house.”
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
Say Rosie is very good for people who need to lose some weight or get easily bored.
A great dog for a family with lots of kids!
Rosie should be bombing Libya????
Go with Ana’s approach. It’s optimistic but honest.
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
@cathyx: He should make sure those looking at adoption don’t google “John Cole” “Rosie”.
Love is a four letter word, John.
“A perfect Jack Russell Terrier”
Food for thought there.
Just Some Fuckhead
You should eat her. I have some pretty good JRT recipes.
@Belafon (formerly anonevent):
Mmmm, yeah. You might want to perform a name change.
No, not yours.
@Elia: We have our winner.
My sister had a little mutt terrorist dog once.
She loved the thing to death, but figured out after she was gone, not so much.
I used to go on walks with her and that dog….. with her cat following along, but trying to make it not look like it.
I know I could never deal with that crap, and I love dogs.
John Cole @ Top:
Goddamn has seven letters, and motherfucking has thirteen — if that helps.
Cute is a four letter word.
Good for you.
I’ve had to place a pet and it was the best thing I ever did. The cat was fine and happy in her new place and I was able to stop twitching.
I need to get a life because I was concerned about Rosie staying in the household.
New definitions for Urban Dictionary
Saint: A person responsible for a beagle.
Masochists: People who own Jack Russell terriers.
Lucky: People who have lab-shepherd mixes as companions.
I agree with Ana’s suggestion. However Belafon is also correct.
Call Rosie the ultimate JRT — has all the traits the breed is known for.
Maybe John should change her name when he puts her up for adoption.
Excellent decision, Cole. Rosie deserves someone who loves her like you love Lily. When you took her off that highway, you helped her take one more step along the way to her Forever Home.
@joes527: Sounds like dropping Rosie on a country would be a violation of the Geneva Convention.
On the other hand, if only we could get Karl Rove or Dick Cheney to adopt her. Instant karma
Just Some Fuckhead
Shepherd-Anything, really. I have a Shepherd-Chow mix and he’s pretty awesome unless yer the mailman.
@JGabriel: And “Snugglebunnies” has 14.
@Anne Laurie: Nicely said
Just Some Fuckhead
This is what happens when you name a dog after Rosie O’Donnell. Go with Meg Ryan next time.
Then there are the times that she’s awake.
You’ve paid your dues many times over already. I hope your friend finds a good match for the exhausting Rosie.
I just skimmed the comments of the shamelessness post but will have to read the whole thing. I’m just enough intrigued to find out how it turned into a long discussion of low flow toilets.
Never a dull moment around here.
reasons for giving the dog up for adoption…. political differences
Perfect way to put it.
Cliff in NH
I’ve got good news, Juliet was adopted on her very last day thanks to a newspaper article! She is very happy with her new owners!!
Thirding (fourthing? Fifthing?) what Anne Laurie said. Having once been a way station for a dog who wasn’t right for our family myself, I know she never would have ended up at her forever home if we hadn’t had her first. You’ve done good. If not for you, Rosie might have been roadkill years ago.
wish i could take her… I hope she finds a nice forever home, and I’m glad you were there to save her.
But will Rosie miss her playmate??
I could be wrong, but I’m thinking the John Cole worldview doesn’t include the words “Rosie” and “Snugglebunnies” in the same sentence.
In fact, I honestly can’t imagine Cole — who, let us not forget, is responsible for introducing the phrase “skull fuck a kitten” to the English language — using the word “Snugglebunnies” in any sentence.
If Rosie is always wrecking things, demanding attention, demanding to be the center of attention, pouting if left out of anything, it’s obvious you should change her name to “Tucker.”
//ignoring the rhyming possibilities
Instead of trying to play down her issues, you really need to find someone who wants a dog who’s that energetic. Try reaching out to horseback riders, they tend to own Jack Russells and will take them out to the barn, where they can run out all their energy. Maybe someone in the entertainment industry might be interested as well (I know, I know, you’re in WV). Rosie sounds like she needs to be a working dog.
In November (ish), we became a two dog household and I wasn’t prepared for it. I longed for our quiet time with Max, sans our new addition, the energized Havanese Lucy, for whom “semi house-trained” looks to be as good as it’s going to get.
About a month in, something clicked and Max started to enjoy his new companion. Now, they are inseparable and while Lucy still makes me mental, Max loves her. He’s a happier and healthier dog. Although, sometimes I do have to scream “Enough!” to get them to knock off the laps at breakneck speed around the family room.
I’m not saying you should keep Rosie, I’m just saying that if somewhere down the line, you get the chance to become a 2-dog (+ cat) household (again), don’t assume it will turn out like now.
Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal
um, i would be wary of this as just another calendar related troll-bit.
i mean john arbuckle never put odie up for adoption in any of the garfield comics i remember reading. maybe i just look at john cole as the incarnate john arbuckle.
Okay. I’m a little sad but I’m sure you are making the right decision for all of you. Please post the pics here. She was part of our extended family, too. And wherever she goes, we need reports.
This is a good decision for all of you. I like Ana Gama’s idea of using honest but positive words to describe her. “Energetic” would be another good word.
JR (Not the other JR)
I guess it’s no longer a mystery why her previous owners never showed up to claim her.
Don’t worry: I sure there’s a pack of demonic children somewhere looking for a pooch to call their own.
Studly Pantload, Vibrant Trollbot for Obama
Anyone besides me thinkin’ it’s about time to re-name this place? Maybe along the lines of, Big Tunch’s Libyan Pie-O-Rama, Featuring Self Trolling and Light Pet Adoption…
@Studly Pantload, Vibrant Trollbot for Obama: Judging from your own name, I don’t think you should be the one selecting a new blog name.
I believe you fell for this one. Lawrence O’Donnell (and you) owe Rand Paul a retraction.
I hate Rand Paul and Paultards but this is some serious bullsh_t and considering it’s coming from O’Donnell, a veteran senate staffer who worked for Senator Moynihan, it’s more than disappointing he would stoop to this level. O’Donnell is a really smart guy (if repetitive and sometimes boring). What he said about Rand Paul in that clip was completely misleading and dare i say purposefully deceptive.
hahahaha…you are doing the right and brave thing, Cole.
LOTS of people don’t have the guts to admit a pet belongs with someone else, so they keep torturing themselves and the pet endlessly.
Hey, your parents are JRT types, yes? Drop Rosie off at their house.
Studly Pantload, Vibrant Trollbot for Obama
Yeah, that was kind of a silly suggestion on my part. I mean, what the heck is a “Tunch,” anyway?
Sounds like Rosie needs to work. She’d be a terrific farm dog; JRs are superb ratters.
John, Rosie didn’t necessarily choose you. She was looking for a ride and you provided that.
Alice a male cat has been living here for 9 months and has tormented my dog. They co-exist, sorta. Today I felt bad for the cat thinking he needed a nice toy and since I had to go to Target anyway I would pick up something special for Alice. I found something with catnip in it that chirped and thought how cute. It had a plastic tag that said pull here to hear the chirp, so I pulled and the plastic tag came out and it chirped and then put the toy in my cart. It was motion activated so as I tried to shop, it chirped and chirped. I then thought I’d buy some beer and the chirping thing kept chirping. As I pulled out the beer from the shelf, it hit the 12 pack below, which landed on the floor and busted and the damn thing kept chirping.
Being a good do-bee I notified an employee that there was a spill in aisle 22 and without hesitating purchased my beer and the chirping thing. Hell with my store list. The chirping thing rode home in the trunk of my car. Alice is happy and I’m mellow and dog could care less.
Just be honest and tell us she went to live on a farm.
@Cliff in NH:
Wonderful! What a lovely pooch.
@urizon: This. That dog would be in heaven running around a farm and killing things.
If it has come to this then good on you John for doing your best to find her a new home. She will no doubt be happy wherever she is, but I can tell you from my parents experience that a JRT is a tiny force of nature and it takes a particular owner to be able to tolerate them. I believe you are doing the right thing by Lily, she does not deserve to be terrorised by a housemate. It is not fair to her, and I can understand you wanting to find Rosie a new home. You took Lily in with the understanding that she was going to a new life with a doting owner, and her life would be perfect. That is the way it should be.
John, @Anne Laurie: has it exactly right. You are doing the best thing for Rosie, not to mention yourself.
You’ve been very patient with Rosie. You are doing the right thing. I hope she finds her forever home very quickly and you get your old life back soon.
Ah, I was wondering why Mr. Cole was extra-cranky lately. It’s a tough decision to re-home a pet, but not every owner is right for every pet. If living with you is making both you and Rosie unhappy, the kindest thing to do is to find her a home where she can be happy.
I think there are plenty of dog people who comment here that would be able to give you an idea of what to ask when people come to see Rosie to make sure they’re not weirdos, but having re-homed a cat myself, I can say that you’ll know when the right person comes along by Rosie’s reaction to them (and their reaction to Rosie). It’s pretty unmistakable, and it’s worth holding out for.
Extra innings. 3-3. Cardinals have 13 hits. Picking up exactly where they left off last year as far as run production.
Not that you are going to read this, John, but I am relieved that you got rid of Rosie. You tried to do a good deed and did your best. That dog appeared simply to hate you.
It’s time for this and good for Rosie plus yourself.
I have a good friend that lives on a farm. She has 2 rat terriers, a yellow lab and all kinds of other animals-sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits. She took in a JRT puppy. She had her for about 9 months before finally giving up. She went to a retired guy-who takes her everywhere with him. They are difficult dogs.
Try any of these places.
Tell them you have a Jack who needs 12 horses to watch over.
Last weekend in Scottsdale I was at a horse show and there were enough JRTs there to staff an aircraft carrier. Many of them similar in behavior to how you describe Rosie. And the horse people seem okay with it–they knew what the dog needed, which is 10 miles of running and 12 hours of barking aimlessly every day.
@Cliff in NH: That’s wonderful, I’m so glad to hear it — she just seemed like a sweetie!
This makes me sad but I know it’s the right thing.
Poor little Rosie. I hope you can find her someone who loves her the way everyone deserves to be loved.
Padres 5-3 in 11.
Look someone made a movie about John and Rosie
About fucking time Mr. Cole. She’s just very much a JRT, so you can stick to that description – some see it as a feature, and some see it as a bug.
/not a JRT fan
Poor unwanted Rosie. I hope she finds a forever home soon. You tried but it was not to be. Good luck to you both.
@Just Some Fuckhead: Guess that makes me Lucky. GSD-Lab mix King is 10 years old today.
You go John. I have a couple cats you can have. ;o)
Speaking of animals, we’ve been romancing this stray that has been hanging around our neighbourhood. She’s absolutely adorable, and she’s a little skittish, but she trusts us. She prefers to stay outside though and is not comfortable staying inside at all. Here is what she looks like!
I’m a little sad about this. But glad you’ve finally come to a decision, one way or the other.
So, so true. I’m a working-dog owner, I adore Aussie Sheps and Cattle Dogs and Borders and all the wonderful muttsy-variations thereof, just all the high-energy breeds, but they’re just not for everybody, especially those who are not working them or training them for frisbee or agility or whatnot. And little Rosie needs to be with the kind of people who will appreciate her.
Sniff. I’m gonna miss hearing about her around these parts. Even the bad stuff. I really hope she finds a loving and accepting home, so much. I’m gonna worry until I know.
You’ve been a mensch in regards to Rosie, John. Glad you stuck it out as long as you did.
@Cain: OH, she is a gorgeous girl! I can see why you want to adopt her, but — as you know, to your sorrow — some feral cats never do want to settle down as homebodies. But you’re doing a Good Thing by giving her food, and clean water, and as much human attention as she’s willing to accept.
(We have two ex-feral cats living with us now, Toby and Maddy. Toby has been living with us for almost 18 years now, but we still can’t pick her up… she’ll come up & ask to be petted, and sometimes even sit in a lap, but we do NOT get to man-handle her! Maddy’s “only” been a part of the household for a decade or so, but she’s even shyer than Toby — sometimes she’ll let the Spousal Unit skritch her, but I can go for days without seeing her, since her ‘territory’ is the lowest two levels of our four-level house. It makes me sad sometimes, but I knew my chances when we brought her home; I figure it’s a ‘payback’ for some of the amazingly wonderful cats I’ve had the privilege of knowing at other times & places.
We all knew you would succumb to her charms, you old softy. :^)
Oh, I think this is a lost house cat. She’s slowly starting to make herself at home.. she sat behind my back (like my old missing cat used to do) while I was sitting on my chair. I have no idea if she’s litter trained or not. She has one of those warbling meows. Very expressive.
She’s loves attention.. loves being scritched.. which is probably she even wants to come in the house! The attention is what similar between her and KitKat.. but KitKat is still reigning champ. The world grew a little dark with his disappearance.
:-) She is a beautiful and very gentle cat. I am thinking of calling her Lady since she’s very prim and proper. She spent about 20 minutes cleaning herself while sitting on the back of my chair!
@Cain: Heh. You’re adopted. Just fess up and enjoy her.
“A companion who prefers to be an only-dog. A one-owner dog who’d be happiest in a one-dog home.”
@Anne Laurie: Well put.
In time evolution will produce:
1. Dogs who do not pull on their leashes to the point of self-asphyxiation.
2. Dogs who do not try to scratch holes in the carpet or couch before lying down.
3. Dogs who do not incessantly demand to be let out of the house, only to return immediately and whine loudly at being outside.
4. Dogs who do not lunge for every goose turd or piece of moldly bread they encounter on the post-breakfast walk.
Every day I ask myself why I own my Rottie and adopted Cocker Spaniel.
You do realize it’s you and not the dog, right? Ever watch the Dog Whisperer?
lol – perfect Jack Russell Terrier
I work at kennels. I’ve had to restrain a JRT from attacking a full grown male German Shepard. They always remind me of the Monty Python scene where the guy with no arms and legs is yelling at his adversary to come back and fight!