Patriotic Pup

Happy 4th of July!

Willy and the rest of our family are very patriotic. We love our country and love to celebrate our independence. I think Willy likes the family BBQ best though. He and his buddies are “ground sweepers” at that event.

We went all out for this photo shoot! We couldn’t help ourselves. We even talked Willy’s pal Rusty into a few poses.

Here where we live is home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo. Prescott, Arizona and the surrounding towns have birthed some of the greatest rodeo cowboys of all time. Rodeo is part of our family heritage as well and several of our family members (including one of my sons) have competed in the past and some are still competing in this very rodeo today. I think Willy makes a great looking cowboy, don’t you?

Although we love to have fun on this holiday, we are humbled by the sacrifices made by our United States military, past and present, that allow us to continue to live in freedom. We are not only a rodeo family, but have family who have served and are currently serving in the US Military. Willy LOVES his military uncles! So to all veterans and active duty, we salute you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Willy wore his best patriotic tie to honor those who fight for Flag and Freedom.

As you and your loved ones celebrate our country’s independence, and enjoy all the festivities, don’t forget to thank those you meet who have served or are serving in our military, because without them you would have nothing to celebrate.

This past week has had its share of intense, gut wrenching moments as we stood at a distance watching our beloved mountains burn in the Goodwin Fire. The fire knocked on the doors of several houses on our family’s 5th generation ranch headquarters, coming within 200 yards of one. Thanks to our brave fire fighters, all homes and structures were saved. But the fire continues to burn as I type this.  Times like this make you realize just what matters; what truly has value. Things can be replaced – lives can not. Just one more reminder that life is about those we love – so live well and love well.

In light of those who have already lost their homes to this fire and those still in its path, I’d like to close this post with some of the lyrics from Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless the USA”.

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I’d worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife
I’d thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can’t take that away
And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA

Six Places at Once

Not too many dogs, or people for that matter, can say they have been to six places at once!

Willy and I took a little trip last week. We drove to Delta, Colorado. Willy is always excited for another adventure.

Our first stop was The Four Corners National Monument. Now I know that it is true that when you stand at a certain spot on the monument you are in four states at the same time, but did you know that you are also standing in two different Native American Reservations? So Willy actually was at SIX places at once: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, the Navajo Reservation as well as the Ute Reservation.

Can I just say that it was HOT that day! It was 108 degrees so I did not let Willy’s paws be on the hot sidewalk longer than it took to snap a couple quick photos. This was the best photo I could get, but believe me when I say, he truly was six places at once. After this quick stop we were on the road again into Colorful Colorado!

(Photo courtesy of the wonderful ladies from fearlesspet.com )

Can I just say this was by far the most BEAUTIFUL drive I have ever been on thus far in my 53 years of living on this earth. We followed the Dolores River for miles and miles.

We saw some gorgeous scenery. This was June 19th and there was still snow on the mountains.

An absolutely stunning sight where lush green meets snowy mountains.

We arrived at our destination and picked up Willy’s new friend, Carly Sue. Then we checked into our hotel room. Willy and Carly got to know each other then we got some much needed sleep for the journey back home the next day.

Until next time, stop to enjoy the beauty around you.

 

Shopping Day for Willy

Although we have chain stores here, Willy & I prefer to shop local.

Willy went with me to our local, family owned pet supply store, Pet Headquarters in Prescott Valley, Arizona. As always, Willy loves adventure. Willy’s favorite place to ride in the truck is on the console so he can be close to me. It also gives him a great place to look out the windshield.

We needed dog food and 40 lb bags are too heavy for me and Willy, so we used a shopping cart. Willy couldn’t believe how many brands of dog food there were in the store. He didn’t recognize any of them!

Willy was excited when we finally came to the section that had the dog food he eats. Willy LOVES to eat and he LOVES his Victor Dog food. Here were the bags and the smell he was used to! My dogs love Victor brand dog food and I have a couple of picky dogs. Quality dog food that is reasonably priced, Victor makes for happy, healthy little Jacks!

Next we went down the toy aisle. Oh so many toys to look at. Total eye candy for Jack Russell Terriers. It was like Christmas in June!

Willy REALLY wanted me to buy him a new toy. Problem was, he just couldn’t decide what he wanted. There were so many toys to choose from.

He considered a tennis ball, but I wouldn’t let him. I reminded him that the cover ends up torn off by him or one of the other dogs as soon as we get home.

I steered him toward the tough dog toy section. He had to look at them all! He finally decided upon a new Zogoflex tug toy by West Paw Design – those cool looking toys on the far right of this picture. My dogs love them and they are virtually indestructible! Oh, and they are guaranteed, so if something does happen to them, West Paw will replace them. Willy and I highly recommend these toys.

All in all, it was a pretty fun day trip. Willy and I leave tomorrow for an out of state trip. Stay tuned!

*Disclaimer* Neither Willy nor I receive any compensation from Pet Headquarters, Victor brand dog food or West Paw Design. We just wanted to share with you our recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Proud Daddy Dog

Willy thinks being a daddy is pretty special.

Willy is a first time daddy. I wasn’t sure how he would react to his little kiddos. But he handled it like everything else, with a great heart and sweet spirit. He was so ultra gentle. You can tell by his facial expressions how hard he was trying to be gentle. Just like human dad’s feel awkward holding a newborn baby for the first time, Willy was afraid to move at times, afraid he would step on one of his babies. Just too darn precious for words.

Of course, Momma Jessi was kept outside during this first time meeting because she is a tad protective. Willy was so gentle. At one point he even washed one of the puppy’s little butts. I didn’t get a photo of it, but trust me, it was precious.

Willy is by far one of the BEST dogs I have ever owned (or been owned by maybe?) I dearly love every one of my dogs. Each one holds a special place in my heart and our family, but Willy the Kid is one of those once in a lifetime dogs. I truly hope he passes that down to his sons and daughters.

For those of you contemplating getting a puppy and are not sure whether to get a male or not. Can I just say, it has been my experience, at least with Jack Russell Terriers, that males make the most loving companions. Just my thought on the matter.

If you are interested in getting one of Willy’s kiddos, or his friend Sadie’s,  go to our website goswickshortyjacks.com or click the page link on this blog – Our Jack Russell Terriers. Be sure to check the nursery for updated availability. All the information you need to know, including our contact info is on our website.

Until next time, make every moment count!

Barn Fun

Even chore time can be fun with Willy.

 

Here at the ranch, there are a lot of horses that need fed twice a day, every day. Sometimes there are even a few head of cattle in the pens that need fed. Willy has a way of making an ordinary event into an adventure.

To us, a barn full of hay is a blessing. To a dog, at least to Willy, it is something to be conquered! Willy loved climbing the bales, as if he were climbing Mount Everest!

What good is it to conquer a mountain if you don’t have anyone to tell your story to? Willy told our grandson, Clay, all about his great accomplishment.

An of course, what better way to end a perfect adventure than to cool oneself off in the closest water hole you can find! My Willy, never a dull moment!

Until next time, may your barns be full and your hearts overflowing!

 

Photo Shoot at the Corrals

Living on a ranch provides the best backdrops for a photo shoot.

 

Willy and I found some old wooden corrals one day while helping put out salt blocks for the cattle. I could not resist this amazing photo opportunity. The spring flowers were in full bloom making for gorgeous photos.

 

What a fun place to take photos. These corrals may be old, falling apart and rotting in some places, but they hold so much character; remnants of days gone by.

 

On the same day, we found this tree. It had low, sprawling branches and Willy had fun climbing it and balancing on the branch.  It doesn’t take much to entertain Willy.

 

It is the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure. A sunny spring day, a quiet walk,  and time spent with those you love. In this case, it was all three. Until next time, stop and enjoy the simple things.

 

 

 

Take me Fishin’

Willy went fishing for the very first time at the pond on the ranch.

Willy got to hang out with the family at the fishin’ pond on the ranch the other day. He was curious about the fishing pole and what Ty was doing with it.

Because fishing can sometimes be a waiting game, he decided to fill the time giving Ty kisses, lots of kisses.

The waiting paid off in the end and Willy got to see his very first fish!

Then the fish was gently released back into the pond and it was time for Willy to go home, the dinner bell was ringing!

 

 

Just Another Day on the Ranch

Willy Loved to go check the waters and put out salt with us.

Living on a ranch definitely has its advantages. It is a great life for dogs. Willy, always ready for adventure, was overjoyed to get in the ranch truck and help us out. On this particular day we were checking to make sure the water supplies were full and the cattle had salt blocks to lick.

Willy started out clean, but he didn’t end up that way. Boys will be boys, they say. I guess it rings true for dogs as well.

We let Willy and his pal Rusty go swimming. They had a blast swimming, chasing sticks, chasing butterflies, and running in the mud!

 

Life is too short, sometimes you just have to get good and dirty.  Why not? It washes off. Until next time, Happy Trails!

 

 

 

 

 

Willy Goes on a Date!

Willy went on his very first date!

He is growing up so fast! He used all his very best manners. He got some roses and dressed up in his Bow Tie. Then he got his courage up to ask Miss Jessica out on a romantic date.

Jessica LOVED the roses. After all, what girl doesn’t love to get roses?

Jessi just couldn’t resist Willy’s charm. It was a special moment, definitely photo worthy. Who knew my Willy could be so suave and debonair?

It was a bittersweet moment for me. My Willy is all grown up! I am so proud of the dog he has become.  Such a handsome young fella! I have a feeling he is going to be quite the “Ladies’ Man”.

 

Here Comes Willy Cottontail

Hippity Hopping down the Bunny Trail.

Willy was excited to play the Easter Bunny for Rusty and Sadie this year. Of course we had to do a photo shoot first – well, because he looked so darn cute in his bunny ears!

He is such a good sport about these photo shoots. In fact, he is always joking around for the camera.

I sometimes call him Silly Willy. At one point in the photo shoot he had to stop and check if the eggs were real or not.

He was thrilled when I finally told him it was time to hide the eggs.

He scoped out the yard looking for all the best hiding spots.

First, he hid an egg in the tulips. That was when he decided it would be faster without the ears.

So off to work he went hiding the rest of the eggs!

He thought he was very clever hiding an egg by the bunny statue.

Now it was finally time for Rusty and Sadie to go hunt the Easter eggs! Willy was so excited!

Willy counted the eggs to make sure they found them all. What a fun day! Happy Easter from Willy and the Gang. My family and I will be celebrating the true reason for the holiday, but we just might hunt some eggs as well!