Old Man - Joshua of Farmcliff July 15, 1982 - Feb. 7, 1989
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.
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".
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.
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
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.
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!"