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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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PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle | djournal.com - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle | djournal.com  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Adoptable pets in Tucson | Pets | tucson.com - Arizona Daily Star
Adoptable pets in Tucson | Pets | tucson.com  Arizona Daily Star

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'Nobody forgot the animals': How Austin put lost, rescued pets before themselves in a crisis  Austin American-Statesman

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Points for pets: Considering aggression in dogs & how that fits with veterinarian visits  WV News

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Scooby's Big Adventure: When pets go missing, who you gonna call?  Lewiston Sun Journal

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Caring for disabled pets: balancing medicine and compassion  DVM 360

Batavia native fondly remembers his pets growing up - The Batavian
Batavia native fondly remembers his pets growing up  The Batavian

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How heartworm affects household pets  Santa Clarita Valley Signal

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Directions 2021: New Seward plant turning out tasty treats for the nation's pets  Lincoln Journal Star

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Here’s an idea: disaster planning for pets  WWNY

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Bear and Clancy are a couple of the pets up for adoption in Saturday’s Tails and Paws  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

Pets of the week 2/28/21 | News | thetimes-tribune.com - Scranton Times-Tribune
Pets of the week 2/28/21 | News | thetimes-tribune.com  Scranton Times-Tribune

Do You Let Your Pets Get Away with Naughty Behavior? New Survey Says 70 Percent of Americans Do - PEOPLE.com
Do You Let Your Pets Get Away with Naughty Behavior? New Survey Says 70 Percent of Americans Do  PEOPLE.com

Fayette Humane Society gets grant to prepare shelter pets for adoption - The Citizen.com
Fayette Humane Society gets grant to prepare shelter pets for adoption  The Citizen.com

New Geauga County program helps keep pets in their home - WKYC.com
New Geauga County program helps keep pets in their home  WKYC.com

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Cat food donations needed to feed local pets - FOX Illinois
Cat food donations needed to feed local pets  FOX Illinois

Sensa is ready to jump in the car and join you on your adventures - Stockton Record
Sensa is ready to jump in the car and join you on your adventures  Stockton Record

House in east Sioux Falls catches fire, 2 pets killed - Argus Leader
House in east Sioux Falls catches fire, 2 pets killed  Argus Leader

Available pets at area shelters | Lifestyles | joplinglobe.com - Joplin Globe
Available pets at area shelters | Lifestyles | joplinglobe.com  Joplin Globe

FOTAS: Fostering Aiken County shelter pets brings joy - Charleston Post Courier
FOTAS: Fostering Aiken County shelter pets brings joy  Charleston Post Courier

ICYMI: LI Animal Shelter Heads To Texas To Help Pets - Patch.com
ICYMI: LI Animal Shelter Heads To Texas To Help Pets  Patch.com

5 situations in which pets can be used for tax breaks - KSAT San Antonio
5 situations in which pets can be used for tax breaks  KSAT San Antonio

Latest Pets Up For Adoption At Fredericksburg Area Shelters - Fredericksburg, VA Patch
Latest Pets Up For Adoption At Fredericksburg Area Shelters  Fredericksburg, VA Patch

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Pets of the Week: February 25, 2020  WSIL TV

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UK's Pets At Home sees FY profit ahead of expectations  Reuters

FWC approves ban on keeping invasive species as pets - Wink News
FWC approves ban on keeping invasive species as pets  Wink News

Cold Noses: Adoptable pets of the week - The Florida Times-Union
Cold Noses: Adoptable pets of the week  The Florida Times-Union

Pets with Potential: Meet Fernando - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Fernando  WCAX

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

No Man’s Sky’s new pets are already causing chaos - Polygon
No Man’s Sky’s new pets are already causing chaos  Polygon

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Austin Pets Alive! hopes to move 1K animals to shelters around the country after winter storms  KXAN.com

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Special Food Drive Making Sure Our Four-Legged Friends Don't Go Hungry  Bay News 9

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Pets save lives in K-9 blood donation program  K-State Collegian

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WATCH: Pets in Colorado have a snow day  9News.com KUSA

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Prestige Pet Peacocking Enters a New Phase. Is Your Dog Ready for Its Close-Up?  TownandCountrymag.com

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Good Day Pets – Meet Tetsuo!  KCAU 9

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Adoptable Pets | Ponca City News  Ponca City News

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Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Flossie Mae  WATE 6 On Your Side

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More ways than ever to honor the lives of pets  MyEasternShoreMD

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Dr. Fox: Cat constipation concerns | Pets | journalnow.com - Winston-Salem Journal
Dr. Fox: Cat constipation concerns | Pets | journalnow.com  Winston-Salem Journal

Pampered Pets Valentine Exchange raises $2410 for animal rescue organization - Mooresville Tribune
Pampered Pets Valentine Exchange raises $2410 for animal rescue organization  Mooresville Tribune

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City holding monthly pet vaccine clinic next weekend  KGET 17

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Betty White, furry friends star in 50-year-old 'Pet Set'  theday.com

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Winter Weather and Your Pets - FOX8  Fox8tv

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Two family pets die in camper fire  KLFY

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These adorable pets are looking for a forever home: Feb. 27-28  SILive.com

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Important tips to keep pets safe from the bitter cold  KHOU.com

Pet of the Week: Leaf - Santa Monica Daily Press
Pet of the Week: Leaf  Santa Monica Daily Press

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

Lady Gaga's French Bulldog Theft Has Stumped Pet Detectives - The Daily Beast
Lady Gaga's French Bulldog Theft Has Stumped Pet Detectives  The Daily Beast

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2 women, several pets killed in Johnson City house fire  WCYB

Salem shelter team heads to Texas to help rescue pets - The Salem News
Salem shelter team heads to Texas to help rescue pets  The Salem News

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PET OF THE WEEK: Chastity  Odessa American

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Watch: Pets And Dental Health  News On 6

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Pets of the week: Odie is a spunky ‘talker.’ Handsome Morris is a sweetie  MLive.com

100 Texas pets coming to Massachusetts for adoption | Local News | gloucestertimes.com - Gloucester Daily Times
100 Texas pets coming to Massachusetts for adoption | Local News | gloucestertimes.com  Gloucester Daily Times

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COLUMN: Which deicer is safest for pets? | Free  ECM Publishers

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Hi, Robot: Japan’s Android Pets Ease Virus Isolation  Courthouse News Service

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Pets of the week: Joy is very affectionate and enjoys being a lap cat  Victoria Advocate

Help keep your pets heart healthy - ABC27
Help keep your pets heart healthy  ABC27

Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets - Buffalo News
Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets  Buffalo News

Our pets have gotten us through the pandemic. Taking care of them is a growing field. - Lexington Herald Leader
Our pets have gotten us through the pandemic. Taking care of them is a growing field.  Lexington Herald Leader

Pet Tales: Burst pipe rains on cats and dogs' thrift store in Beaver Falls - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Burst pipe rains on cats and dogs' thrift store in Beaver Falls  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Here's why French bulldogs like Lady Gaga's are frequent theft targets  Waco Tribune-Herald

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Editorial: Short takes on crime, hunger, pets and a great grocer  STLtoday.com

Prioritizing pet safety in extreme weather conditions | Life & Arts | thebatt.com - Texas A&M The Battalion
Prioritizing pet safety in extreme weather conditions | Life & Arts | thebatt.com  Texas A&M The Battalion

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10 Trendy Houseplants That are Safe for Pets, According to Experts  BobVila.com

Steve Dale’s Pet World 2/28/2021 | All things pet birds, do dogs really love us, and more - WGN Radio
Steve Dale’s Pet World 2/28/2021 | All things pet birds, do dogs really love us, and more  WGN Radio

Man convicted of animal abuse admits to having pets on property - The Journal
Man convicted of animal abuse admits to having pets on property  The Journal

Every Among Us Pet Ranked From Cute To Sus | Screen Rant - Screen Rant
Every Among Us Pet Ranked From Cute To Sus | Screen Rant  Screen Rant

Colorado Pet Pantry Expands Food Bank To The Western Slope - WesternSlopeNow
Colorado Pet Pantry Expands Food Bank To The Western Slope  WesternSlopeNow

Kentucky boy working to get rescue animals recognized as state pet - LEX18 Lexington KY News
Kentucky boy working to get rescue animals recognized as state pet  LEX18 Lexington KY News

All the Presidents' Pets - Today.com - Today.com - Today.com
All the Presidents' Pets - Today.com - Today.com  Today.com

Pima, Maricopa County Shelters Saw Less Pet Surrenders Than Expected In 2020 - KJZZ
Pima, Maricopa County Shelters Saw Less Pet Surrenders Than Expected In 2020  KJZZ

Your workplace pet peeve has you looking a little cold-hearted - Seattle Times
Your workplace pet peeve has you looking a little cold-hearted  Seattle Times

'It means a whole lot to them': Residents at Fernandina Beach assisted living facility make new furry friends at pet adoption event - FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX
'It means a whole lot to them': Residents at Fernandina Beach assisted living facility make new furry friends at pet adoption event  FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX

Pets are helping us cope during the pandemic—but that may be stressing them out - National Geographic
Pets are helping us cope during the pandemic—but that may be stressing them out  National Geographic

Pet of the Week | News | dothaneagle.com - Dothan Eagle
Pet of the Week | News | dothaneagle.com  Dothan Eagle

Letter: Pet waste issues - Anchorage Daily News
Letter: Pet waste issues  Anchorage Daily News

HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Show in Robstown this weekend - KRIS Corpus Christi News
HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Show in Robstown this weekend  KRIS Corpus Christi News

Protecting Your Pets From The Cold - WZZM13.com
Protecting Your Pets From The Cold  WZZM13.com

Gulf Coast Tiny Paws Rescue pet of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Gulf Coast Tiny Paws Rescue pet of the week  Galveston County Daily News

SECOND CHANCE: Pet loss can have far-reaching impacts on children - Montrose Daily Press
SECOND CHANCE: Pet loss can have far-reaching impacts on children  Montrose Daily Press

Pet of the week: Winston | Local News | billingsgazette.com - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Winston | Local News | billingsgazette.com  Billings Gazette

Lost pet? Search the right way | Lewiston Sun Journal - Lewiston Sun Journal
Lost pet? Search the right way | Lewiston Sun Journal  Lewiston Sun Journal

Second Chance Pets: Steve the cat - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Steve the cat  KOIN.com

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/24/2021) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/24/2021)  ABC15 Arizona

Take Me Home: Adopt Mia from Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue - St. Augustine Record
Take Me Home: Adopt Mia from Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue  St. Augustine Record

Chewy Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Chewy Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe) - The New York Times
The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe)  The New York Times

The 'Can You Pet The Dog' Twitter account is having a big impact - The Washington Post
The 'Can You Pet The Dog' Twitter account is having a big impact  The Washington Post

Pet Of The Week: Bear – Oswego County Today - Oswego Daily News
Pet Of The Week: Bear – Oswego County Today  Oswego Daily News

Meet Biscuit - NewsWest9.com
Meet Biscuit  NewsWest9.com

People Will Look Like Their Pets in Alexandria - Alexandria Gazette Packet
People Will Look Like Their Pets in Alexandria  Alexandria Gazette Packet

Annual Exotic Pet Expo returns to the Hub City - WBBJ TV - WBBJ-TV
Annual Exotic Pet Expo returns to the Hub City - WBBJ TV  WBBJ-TV

41 best products of the past year, according to 40,000 Americans - NBC News
41 best products of the past year, according to 40,000 Americans  NBC News

Survey reveals America’s love for pets is evident in travel habits - Press of Atlantic City
Survey reveals America’s love for pets is evident in travel habits  Press of Atlantic City

Sponsors water down bill on sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores - coloradopolitics.com
Sponsors water down bill on sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores  coloradopolitics.com

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