introduction to Jack Russell Terriers was in 1982 through Ann Shepard
who worked with Genie in the Glastonbury Tack Shop (equestrian supplies).
Ann's bitch, Buns, had whelped a litter and we purchased Buster from
Ann. Unfortunately, Buster met an untimely demise so we sadly accepted
Ann's offer to let us have "pick" from Bun's next litter.
There was only one puppy in that 1983 litter and that was Joshua.
the beginning, we realized Joshua was special. Josh was about two inches
taller than either his sire or dam and had that perfect broken coat
plus a keen hunting instinct.
When Josh was almost 2 years old, we heard of a terrier trial in CT
and decided to check it out. We arrived with Josh on a string lead and
wandered around looking at the trial set-up. A very nice lady approached
us and asked if we had ever been to a terrier trial and as we had not,
she offered to show us around. She explained the go-to-ground and the
race track and suggested we enter both of these events as well as the
appropriate conformation class. "By the way" she says, "I
really like your dog. But, I guess I probably shouldn't say that because
I am the conformation judge today". This was our introduction to
Teddy Moritz, one of the foremost terrier people in the USA. That day
Josh was reserve racing champion and got 2nd in conformation sandwiched
in between two Border Terriers. Needless to say, we were hooked on terrier
did well in JRT Trial competitions over the years in spite of the fact
that other breeders soon began importing excellent JRTs from England.
Joshua was even awarded Best Veteran Terrier at JRTCA Nationals once.
We eventually purchased two female JRTs and began breeding ourselves.
We sort of grew up with the JRTCA and made Farmcliff a kennel name well
known within the JRTCA world. Over the years, our terriers won numerous
National Championships - mostly in racing but also in agility and trailing
and locating as well. Farmcliff Teddy was probably our most famous racer
ever followed closely by Farmcliff Barney, Kathy and Kermit as well
as Long Hope Mickey and Lickity Split Sassy (the latter two resulting
from stud fee picks). Now we have Farmcliff Liz, Peggy, Tipper and Joe
- who have been successful in racing and Farmcliff Snowflake and Spencer
- two excellent agility and trailing and locating performers.
have always tried to breed overall performance terriers. Numerous Farmcliff
bred terriers have achieved Bronze Medallions in Natural Hunting and
many more have earned one or two Natural Hunting Certificates. Also,
Genie has trained and directed several of our terriers to JRTCA National
Agility Championships as well as high placements in other, all breed
agility competitions. Some of our terriers do well in obedience competitions
and as Therapy Dogs visiting with patients in hospitals.
did Genie and I know while we were growing up in Kansas (Bob) and Missouri
(Genie) that we would some day be living in Connecticut with a kennel
full of Jack Russell Terriers as the primary focal point of our lives.
What a great retirement hobby which both of us thoroughly enjoy and