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Life with the Rat Terriers


I am a happy owner of two rat terriers. They are half brother and half sister and other than coat color and size and natural hunting abilities they are not at all alike. The male "Bingo" is bossy and impudent and outlandishly boisterous. The female "Zoey" is shy and somewhat retiring and loves nothing better than to curl up in your lap and be petted.

I can speak with authority that they are not the dog for everyone. First of all they are not "cuddly" in the sense of a lap dog. They have short hard coats and hard bodies....not a lot of soft fur, that sort of thing. BUT they look at you with their liquid eyes and can melt your heart with the best of the soft cuddly little fru fru dogs!

Their coats do shed a lot..( I also own large hairy goobery slobbery newfoundland dogs and let me tell you the little rat terriers shed equally as much AND their hair is short and "sharp" and has a tendency to stick better on the furniture than the longer hairs of the Newfoundlands.

Rat terriers are definitely a noisy dog. My son, who owns Goldens, is temporarily keeping my male rat terrier while I am going through a move. He LOVES the fact that Bingo sets up an obnoxious and noisy barking at the least sign of any intruder whether it be human or animal....and yes indeed they do certainly let you know when there is an "invader" in their territory.

The goldens are nowhere near as noisy and they are prone to wag their tails and greet everyone affectionately while Bingo jumps back and forth and perhaps even appears threatening with his loud, shrill, repeated yapping at various delivery men and salesmen who arrive and depart. (This is the MALE, the female is merely noisy but wouldn't dream of appearing to actually leap at someone.)

The rat terriers have done more damage to my household than a newfoundland ever did. Both of them are chewers and even with age this has not changed. A record of the "losses":

two arms from two couches.....(stuffing removed)

the battery cover to my computer camera ( it is now taped to hold the batteries in place...thank goodness for duct tape!)

the remote control to my TV (the end got chewed off but if you point it JUST RIGHT it will still turn the TV on and off)...

Various denominations of paper money ranging from one dollar to a twenty dollar bill...

One leg of my antique library table now looks like hash...

and the list goes on!

I originally got a "rat terrier" because I had heard that they were "varmint dogs" and basically I was sick of the little four footed "varmints" who seem to frequent my kitchen every winter. Believe it or not, I truly have not had a mouse in the house since the day I brought home the rat terriers. They may be there but somehow they just don't have the bravado to run across the floor any more while I am talking on the phone or sitting at the computer. The also get "varmints" in the yard, from squirrels to grinnies to dead birds.

Bingo buries his grinnies and jealously digs them up and re-buries them somewhere else if you are watching him. He watches out of the corner of his eye and if you see where he buries it he will look at you suspiciously and dig it back up and run around the corner of the house and find another spot!

They get along famously with my Newfoundland. Except the male, he gets all fired up when a new dog comes on the scene and he just has to show his superiority, by reaching out and "nailing" the big dog in the face as he sits on the arm of the chair where I am sitting. He shows his jealousy to the new dog in this manner. I always hold his mouth shut and tell him NO but he still tries it for several weeks until the new dog has settled in and become a member of the family.

Once the new dog, be it old or young, is accepted into Bingo's life then he plays endlessly with them, chewing on their legs and playing hide and seek..the two rat terriers together can literally make the newfs dizzy, racing back and forth and around the house at top speed and barking at each other all the while. The Newfs love this entertainment..I admit it, so do I!

Rat terriers are not for everyone. But if you don't like cats, and you have mice, you might want to give it a try! You get a lot more interest added in to your life than a cat would give you (I think so anyhow!)

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DR. ROBERT WALLACE: Use a carrier to safely travel with pets  Goshen News

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PETS & COVID: Tyler veterinarian recommends social distancing from pets if you're sick  CBS19.tv KYTX

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OMC Group Launches Tradable Blockchain Game Omni Pets  PRNewswire

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Pets and playthings … | Other Opinions  Aitkin Independent Age

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Pet Owners Bonding With Their Dogs, Cats During Pandemic  NBC New York

These adoptable pets will warm your heart: Aug. 8-9 - SILive.com
These adoptable pets will warm your heart: Aug. 8-9  SILive.com

Pets, Pets, Pets - Babylon Beacon
Pets, Pets, Pets  Babylon Beacon

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Pets of the Week: Sophie, Hanselina, Cloud and Olivia are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

VIVA Pet of the Week: Molly - Lompoc Record
VIVA Pet of the Week: Molly  Lompoc Record

Lakeway artist draws attention to adoptable pets — literally - KXAN.com
Lakeway artist draws attention to adoptable pets — literally  KXAN.com

Long-Term Signal Says PETS Could Run Higher - Forbes
Long-Term Signal Says PETS Could Run Higher  Forbes

In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets - CNN
In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets  CNN

‘Raise a Pint for Pets’ to help raise money for local animal shelters - fox2now.com
‘Raise a Pint for Pets’ to help raise money for local animal shelters  fox2now.com

Pet Tales: Land donated to end flood threat at Orphans of the Storm shelter - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Land donated to end flood threat at Orphans of the Storm shelter  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pets of the week: Swiss and Bean are the missing ingredients in your life - Bucks County Courier Times
Pets of the week: Swiss and Bean are the missing ingredients in your life  Bucks County Courier Times

COLD NOSES: Adoptable Pets of the Week - The Florida Times-Union
COLD NOSES: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues - Psychology Today
The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues  Psychology Today

Clear The Shelters: Keeping Your Pets Out of Hot Cars - NBC 6 South Florida
Clear The Shelters: Keeping Your Pets Out of Hot Cars  NBC 6 South Florida

Good Day Pets – Meet Karen! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Karen!  KCAU 9

Meet our pets of the week: Two dogs and a horse - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: Two dogs and a horse  STLtoday.com

Adoptable pets for August 7-13 - Knoxville News Sentinel
Adoptable pets for August 7-13  Knoxville News Sentinel

Puppy euthanized in Omaha after apparently getting rabies from bat - Lincoln Journal Star
Puppy euthanized in Omaha after apparently getting rabies from bat  Lincoln Journal Star

Pets of the week: Chance, Smudge ready for a summer staycation in their new homes - Burlington County Times
Pets of the week: Chance, Smudge ready for a summer staycation in their new homes  Burlington County Times

Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August - KTRK-TV
Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August  KTRK-TV

Craven-Pamlico pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Craven-Pamlico pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

‘Showering pets with love.’ Sacramento-area animal adoptions, toy sales surge during pandemic - Sacramento Bee
‘Showering pets with love.’ Sacramento-area animal adoptions, toy sales surge during pandemic  Sacramento Bee

Summertime safety for your pet - MSUToday
Summertime safety for your pet  MSUToday

Pets at risk for COVID-19 - KSLA
Pets at risk for COVID-19  KSLA

A Paws for Pets : The trouble with Charley - York News-Times
A Paws for Pets : The trouble with Charley  York News-Times

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Suey - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Suey  KCBD

Pets of the Week - Chico Enterprise-Record
Pets of the Week  Chico Enterprise-Record

Pets and COVID-19: Some experts recommending social distancing from pets when sick - CBS19.tv KYTX
Pets and COVID-19: Some experts recommending social distancing from pets when sick  CBS19.tv KYTX

Pets can get nails trimmed, microchips at FurEver Home drive-thru event - Fremont Tribune
Pets can get nails trimmed, microchips at FurEver Home drive-thru event  Fremont Tribune

Pets Lifeline's new facility taking shape - Sonoma Index-Tribune
Pets Lifeline's new facility taking shape  Sonoma Index-Tribune

Nearly 1 in 4 California pet owners fear separation anxiety when they return to work, survey reveals - Valley News
Nearly 1 in 4 California pet owners fear separation anxiety when they return to work, survey reveals  Valley News

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Found Dog, Black & White French Bulldog/Chihuahua in Southern Pines  Southern Pines Pilot

Happy Hounds and Healthy Pets - Flathead Beacon
Happy Hounds and Healthy Pets  Flathead Beacon

Lost Cat, Large Grey Tabby in Aberdeen | Pets | thepilot.com - Southern Pines Pilot
Lost Cat, Large Grey Tabby in Aberdeen | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

Laurens Co. Animal Control to use FindingRover.com to help reunite lost pets with their family - WSPA 7News
Laurens Co. Animal Control to use FindingRover.com to help reunite lost pets with their family  WSPA 7News

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25 Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Their New Families  Cincinnati CityBeat

Caring For Your Pets With Bluebonnet Animal Hospital And Bluebonnet Riverside Vet - KXAN.com
Caring For Your Pets With Bluebonnet Animal Hospital And Bluebonnet Riverside Vet  KXAN.com

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Rancho Santa Margarita Pets, This Clinics For You  Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Patch

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Farnand: Please pick up after your pets  Your Valley

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Popular ringworm treatment for Canadian pets unavailable  VIN News Service

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FUREVER HOMES: Pets of the Week | News | thecourierexpress.com  The Courier-Express

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Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com  Antelope Valley Press

How to help pets dealing with anxiety - WWLP.com
How to help pets dealing with anxiety  WWLP.com

Clear the Shelters: Senior pets make wonderful companions - KTVZ
Clear the Shelters: Senior pets make wonderful companions  KTVZ

Can your pet transmit COVID-19? - WGME
Can your pet transmit COVID-19?  WGME

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4 Things To Protect Your Pet Against in Fort Collins [PICS]  New Country 99.1

Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector - Nature.com
Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector  Nature.com

Featured Pets 8/7/2020 - KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com
Featured Pets 8/7/2020  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

San Antonio Pets Alive! places two dogs up for adoption after owner dies of COVID-19 complications - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! places two dogs up for adoption after owner dies of COVID-19 complications  KSAT San Antonio

Child- and pet-proofing your home - Lynchburg News and Advance
Child- and pet-proofing your home  Lynchburg News and Advance

Pets of the week: A couple of cute kittens are looking for homes - MLive.com
Pets of the week: A couple of cute kittens are looking for homes  MLive.com

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Mabinogi's Latest P.E.T. Update with New Dungeons and Bosses  Business Wire

Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.' - National Geographic
Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.'  National Geographic

New Broad Spectrum Elixir CBD Oil Offers Relief to Pets and Owners Alike - PRNewswire
New Broad Spectrum Elixir CBD Oil Offers Relief to Pets and Owners Alike  PRNewswire

Pet adoptions on the rise, boosting product sales - Supermarket News
Pet adoptions on the rise, boosting product sales  Supermarket News

3 Hot Pet Stocks to Buy in August - Motley Fool
3 Hot Pet Stocks to Buy in August  Motley Fool

Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes - ArmyTimes.com
Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes  ArmyTimes.com

0809 Chronicle week in review: Pets rescued from house fire, woman throws TV, 'Word of Mouth' prompts goodwill -- and it's time to pay your electric bill - Citrus County Chronicle
0809 Chronicle week in review: Pets rescued from house fire, woman throws TV, 'Word of Mouth' prompts goodwill -- and it's time to pay your electric bill  Citrus County Chronicle

Carson City Humane Society's Pets of the Week: Sir Newton, Lord Leonard, and Lord Rock of Rochester - Carson Now
Carson City Humane Society's Pets of the Week: Sir Newton, Lord Leonard, and Lord Rock of Rochester  Carson Now

[Photos] August 2020 Pets | Pet of the Week - thepress.net
[Photos] August 2020 Pets | Pet of the Week  thepress.net

Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend - washingtoncountyinsider.com
Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend  washingtoncountyinsider.com

Colonial Capital pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

PET OF THE WEEK, AUG. 6, 2020: MEET JOSIE - wvua23.com
PET OF THE WEEK, AUG. 6, 2020: MEET JOSIE  wvua23.com

People Escape Burning Home, 3 Pets Inside Die In Fire - CBS Denver
People Escape Burning Home, 3 Pets Inside Die In Fire  CBS Denver

These steps will keep your pet safe if a hurricane hits where you live - KSAT San Antonio
These steps will keep your pet safe if a hurricane hits where you live  KSAT San Antonio

Experts Say, Please Don't Put Hand Sanitizer on Your Pets Paws - wobm.com
Experts Say, Please Don't Put Hand Sanitizer on Your Pets Paws  wobm.com

The Benefits of Making Pet Fostering a Part of Your Life - NBC10 Boston
The Benefits of Making Pet Fostering a Part of Your Life  NBC10 Boston

‘Pet me not’: Cat ‘says’ to its hooman. Watch hilarious video - Hindustan Times
‘Pet me not’: Cat ‘says’ to its hooman. Watch hilarious video  Hindustan Times

Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats - Tampa Bay Times
Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats  Tampa Bay Times

FIDUS Pet Concierge Expands to Add Another Luxury Apartment Community in San Diego, Casa Mira View, as Part of Growing Pet Care Family - PRNewswire
FIDUS Pet Concierge Expands to Add Another Luxury Apartment Community in San Diego, Casa Mira View, as Part of Growing Pet Care Family  PRNewswire

Red Paw, Philly's emergency response team for pets, shutting down - WPVI-TV
Red Paw, Philly's emergency response team for pets, shutting down  WPVI-TV

App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets - Bay News 9
App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets  Bay News 9

Tampa Bay area pets are in need of homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets are in need of homes  Tampa Bay Times

Pet of the Week: Meet Rick & Morty! - WWLP.com
Pet of the Week: Meet Rick & Morty!  WWLP.com

Woman trying to save pets rescued from burning home in New Castle - TribLIVE
Woman trying to save pets rescued from burning home in New Castle  TribLIVE

Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food - The Bark
Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food  The Bark

Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

Pet of the Week and Animal Shelter Society Board Update - WHIZ
Pet of the Week and Animal Shelter Society Board Update  WHIZ

COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today - AgriLife Today
COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today  AgriLife Today

Pet Safety During Monsoon Season - Signals AZ
Pet Safety During Monsoon Season  Signals AZ

Pet stores in Kitsap can no longer sell animals from large-scale commercial breeders - Kitsap Sun
Pet stores in Kitsap can no longer sell animals from large-scale commercial breeders  Kitsap Sun

The People, Pets & Vets family extends to the Golden State - WFMZ Allentown
The People, Pets & Vets family extends to the Golden State  WFMZ Allentown

New Houston pet adoption event helps you find a furry friend for free - CultureMap Houston
New Houston pet adoption event helps you find a furry friend for free  CultureMap Houston

Clear the Shelters 2020: What to know before adopting a new pet - WKYC.com
Clear the Shelters 2020: What to know before adopting a new pet  WKYC.com

Pet Owners Warned Of Potentially Lethal Algae At Austin Waterways - Downtown Austin, TX Patch
Pet Owners Warned Of Potentially Lethal Algae At Austin Waterways  Downtown Austin, TX Patch

Purina Presents: Meet Shooter McGavin in Pet of the Week - KNWA
Purina Presents: Meet Shooter McGavin in Pet of the Week  KNWA

Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners - NPR
Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners  NPR

Pets - Anti Aging News
Pets  Anti Aging News

Clear the Shelters 2020: How you can help pets find their forever home - WKYC.com
Clear the Shelters 2020: How you can help pets find their forever home  WKYC.com

Fresno is the worst city in the U.S. to own a pet, new survey says. Here’s why - Fresno Bee
Fresno is the worst city in the U.S. to own a pet, new survey says. Here’s why  Fresno Bee

UPDATED: Vancouver dropping charges against pet groomer who opened in Phase 1 - clarkcountytoday.com
UPDATED: Vancouver dropping charges against pet groomer who opened in Phase 1  clarkcountytoday.com

N.J. pets in need: Aug. 3, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: Aug. 3, 2020  nj.com

City offering free pet adoptions throughout the month of August - RochesterFirst
City offering free pet adoptions throughout the month of August  RochesterFirst

The pandemic's unlikely pet: Chickens - CNN
The pandemic's unlikely pet: Chickens  CNN

Owners warned stop kissing pets as U.K. latest to sound the alert over cat infected with coronavirus - MarketWatch
Owners warned stop kissing pets as U.K. latest to sound the alert over cat infected with coronavirus  MarketWatch

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VIDEO: 'Pet' Market in China Doubles as a Gravesite  PETA

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