A Tribute: Goodbye Old Man
Joshua of Farmcliff
July 5, 1982 - Feb. 7, 1989
As the only pup from a breeding that was never repeated, Joshua was
truly "one-of-a-kind". Since Josh did not have siblings to
play with as a pup, he never really learned to play with other dogs
in the usual whining, growling, chewing and tail wagging way. He never
assumed the "play crouch" with front legs on the ground, hind
end raised and tail wagging, but rather announced his desire to play
"people way" by dropping a tennis ball at your feet and yipping
his special bark to let you know that it was time to throw the ball.
Little did Genie and I realize when we got Josh, that we were embarking
on a path that would change our entire lifestyle. We had heard about
terrier trials, so in summer of 1983 when Josh was a year old, we decided
to attend a local trial to see what it was all about. In his very first
trial, Josh got 2nd in Conformation against all types of terriers and
was reserve racing champion so we went home with more ribbons than most
of the people at the trail. Needless to say, we were "hooked".
Over the next few years, Josh became a consistent winner in racing
- winning numerous local champion and reserve champion ribbons as well
as earning several racing ribbons at JRTCA National trials. He loved
GTG but seldom placed because he was intelligently cautious when working
underground. As we learned how to show him better, he consistently placed
high in conformation and his crowning achievements were "Conformation
Champion" at the 1984 Greater NY JRT Show. Later he was Best Veteran
Terrier at the 1988 JRTCA National Trial and with a daughter and grand-daughter,
he won the prestigious "Breeders Class" for three generations.
At that same JRTCA Nationals, he took 2nd in Over 12 ½ inch dog
hurdle racing at 6 years of age.
Joshua often hunted woodchuck and earned his Natural Hunting Certificate
under Paul Ross, an early working/conformation judge in the JRTCA world.
Josh also loved to hunt pheasants with one of his sons and both were
very adept at finding the pheasants. But, we had to get to downed birds
quickly because the two dogs were better at playing tug-of-war with
the bird than they were at "fetching". Josh was always in
a hole somewhere and was scarred from head to toe in typical JRT fashion.
At one show, a judge from Scotland looked at Josh and commented, "Boy,
'e 'as really been to the wars, 'asn't 'e", as he awarded Josh
first place in that "Working Terrier" conformation class.
Joshua is the foundation of our Farmcliff lines and can be found in
ALL of the pedigrees of our present Farmcliff bred terriers - sometimes
more than once. We feel it is the "Joshua intensity and intelligence"
that contributes greatly to the continuing successes we are enjoying
with our Farmcliff bred terriers in racing, agility and hunting.
However, Joshua had one trait that eventually proved to be his undoing.
In typical JRT fashion, he always thought he was ten feet tall and was
protective of his "territory" against other male dogs. Josh
was killed on February 7, 1989 while defending his "family"
from an intrusion by a neighbor's German Shepard male. Our parting words
as we buried Josh on "his spot" where he used to sit for hours
at a time were, "Goodbye old man and thanks!"