Farmcliff Teddy 1986 - 2002
Franklin & Karin Franklin
in August, 1986, Teddy was in the second litter bred by Farmcliff JRTs
and was considered the runt of that litter. He was so fuzzy you couldn't
even see his toes, but even though he wasn't very big, he didn't take
any guff from his larger littermates. No one seemed to want Teddy as
his litter mates all went to puppy homes and at Christmas time when
our daughter, Karin, came home from College for the holidays, Teddy
was still here. We soon realized that our daughter and Teddy seemed
to have a special bond, so we decided to keep him.
Teddy was unable to jump up on the wicker sofa and sort of climbed it
like a ladder. We worried about the strength of his hind end because
he was a little roach backed. But, as he matured, we realized this was
not a concern. Since our daughter was still in college, I started him
racing and I soon realized that Teddy was "something special".
His lifetime racing record was phenomenal!
his racing career, we soon lost count of the many, many local trial
racing championships that Teddy won. He won his first JRTCA Under 12
½ " National Racing Championship in 1988 and again in 1990,1991
and 1994. Teddy would have won in 1989 but he was way ahead of the pack
in the flat race, caught the lure just in front of the hole, had it
jerked out of his mouth and wound up on his back in front of the finish
hole. Before Teddy could right himself, several other dogs went through
to finish ahead of him. Since points determined racing champions back
then, the championship that year was awarded to the under female who
won both of her races. This experience so infuriated me that I embarked
on a campaign to change the "point system rule' so that now JRT
racing champions are determined by run-offs between the 1st place winners.
and 1993 a single, Veteran Racing Championship class was introduced
at JRTCA Nationals, but the championship run-off included both 12 ½"
and 15" dogs. Although Teddy won both of his under classes both
years, he was simply outclassed by the much larger dogs in the championship
runoffs. In 1994 the Veteran Division was eliminated, so we again entered
Teddy in the Adult Under division and amazingly, he won the National
Championship once again at 9 years of age!
the 10 to 12 ½" National Trial Stakes Races in 1998, 1989,1992.1993
and 1994. But, he ran so aggressively that he sometimes "crashed
and burned" in the hurdles which happened in both of the 1990 and
1991 stakes races.
ran JRT racing at the Washington International Horse Show where he won
4 championships in a row until Karin retired him at age 11. To honor
Teddy in his retirement, the horse show had him run a special race all
by himself to the cheers of the crowd. The announcer then presented
him with a special dog coat with his name on it and a floral wreath
just like they would do for a famous horse who was retiring. It was
a very special event that night and the crowd loved it.
Washington area sportscaster always invited the fastest dogs from the
horse show each year to race down the halls of the local NBC studio
-- live on the 5:00 o'clock news. Teddy won that exhibition race three
years in a row before he was retired.
his late years just being a calm, cuddly JRT doing lots of hiking, canoeing
and camping with Karin. Karin did not encourage his hunting instincts,
but he still managed to get his share of mice, groundhogs and a possum
family that lived under Karin's deck. He even on occasion played tag
with the foxes in the fields behind Karin's house during their many
parting comments when Teddy went over the Rainbow Bridge were, "Thanks
Teddy, for comforting me when I was sad, for insisting that I take you
for long walks and for being my close companion throughout my times
of joy and sadness".