Farmcliff Teddy 1986 - 2002
Bob 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.
1992 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!
won 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.
also 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
local 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.
spent 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 walks.
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".