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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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Facial recognition program to help find lost pets  El Paso Inc.

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How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners  The Washington Post

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Pets of the Week: Max and Ruby  The Mercury News

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Jet - 47abc  WMDT

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Critter Corner: Keep your pets safe from your stash  Inside NoVA

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Here's why you should clean and replace your pet's toys  Quad-Cities Online

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Pets of the week: Blue heeler mix puppies  wyomingnewsnow.tv

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Conservation Department says not to dump pets after red-tailed boa found near Kirbyville  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

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‘Melon seedlings make good pets’: how lockdown made us love houseplants  The Guardian

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Don’t forget your pets in your family’s emergency preparedness plan  WJXT News4JAX

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Pandemic Pets: Helping your pet return back to 'normal'  KBTX

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Pets may need time to adjust as more people spend time out of homes  News8000.com - WKBT

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Many DC-Area Shelters See Drop in Pet Surrenders During Pandemic  NBC4 Washington

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Pandemic Pet Boom Boosts Results for Animal Health Companies  Bloomberg

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San Antonio Pets Alive! is overflowing with animals, administrators say; fosters and adopters needed  KSAT San Antonio

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Pets in brief, May 6, 2021 | Paws | santafenewmexican.com  Santa Fe New Mexican

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Vienna Pets Who Need A Home: Rayna, Mavis, Luke & More  Vienna, VA Patch

8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021 - NBC News
8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021  NBC News

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‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

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Smart Home Tech: What are the top smart devices for pets?  Inman

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Can pets get Covid-19? What dog and cat owners should know now  Inverse

Paws for Pets Program at Weis Markets - ABC27
Paws for Pets Program at Weis Markets  ABC27

Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street - KELOLAND.com
Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street  KELOLAND.com

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Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted  Tampa Bay Times

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Pets of the Week: May 6, 2021  WSIL TV

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In Seattle, the pandemic separates pets from owners — but there's help  Crosscut

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7th annual Hot Dog Run features prizes, costume contest for pets  NewsWest9.com

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'Pet Stars' Fans Will Love These Pet Products for Influencers  Decider

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Orange County Animal Services Overwhelmed, Caring for Nearly 300 Pets  Orange County Government, Florida

Honey Bee and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Honey Bee and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

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Pandemic Pets and Pet Companionship: Seven Benefits/Considerations for Care Coordination and Estate Planning  JD Supra

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Pets of the Week: 4-4-21 – WBKB 11  WBKB-TV

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Giving: Roanoke Valley SPCA receives grant to help pets and the people who care for them  Roanoke Times

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With more pandemic pets, officials want you to leash up  WCAX

Denver Animal Protection Grant Helps Keep Pets In Homes - Patch.com
Denver Animal Protection Grant Helps Keep Pets In Homes  Patch.com

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Good Day Pets – Meet Lulu!  KCAU 9

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Pets of the Week | Lewiston Sun Journal  Lewiston Sun Journal

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China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue  Reuters

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Fat cats (and dogs): Obesity can shorten your pet’s life  WJXT News4JAX

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SLT Event focuses on emergency evacuation of pets  KOLO

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Marion County Pets: Hammy, Tanner, and Olaf  WCJB

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Subaru Launches Pet Accessories Line | News | petproductnews.com  PetProductNews.com

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

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Charleston Animal Society helping pets in a unique way  Live 5 News WCSC

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Emmet County to consider rate increase on impounded animals  Petoskey News-Review

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Stolen pet dies shortly after return  WILX-TV

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

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The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms  Vogue

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Boa constrictor saved, MDC reminds people not to ‘dump’ unwanted pets  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

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Chesapeake Humane Society opening second location in closed pet hotel; offering crisis boarding program  WAVY.com

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IndyHumane takes part in worldwide push to find pets forever homes  WISHTV.com

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How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

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Good Works: CBD meets CSR at Suzie's Pet Treats - Denver Business Journal  Denver Business Journal

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Your Cat Isn't Lying on Your Laundry Just to Cover It in Fur — It Could Be a Sign of Love!  POPSUGAR

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Cleaning Pet Waste – Smelly Job But Someone Has To Do It  Los Alamos Daily Post

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Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week  WLNS

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Pet Talk with Dr. Scott Blanton  ConchoValleyHomepage.com

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Biotech big shots join Bond Pet Foods team  Pet Food Processing

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Meet our pets of the week: A bonded pair of dogs, a duck and a bunny  STLtoday.com

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Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms  CBS News

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10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents  PEOPLE

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The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

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City offering temporary pet boarding for residents in need  13WHAM-TV

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Covid-19: Pets, owners finally reunited after border closures cause long separation  Stuff.co.nz

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Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

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Global Pet Care E-commerce Market Report 2021: Market is  GlobeNewswire

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‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

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Vote 4 the Best: Pets - Voting  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Adoptable Alexandria Pet: Lovable Senior Bertha Seeks Home  Patch.com

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Pet of the Week: Nacho  WITN

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Petco Love launches facial recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with owners  KFOX El Paso

The Eastsider Pet Care Guide | Eastsider on the Go - The Eastsider LA
The Eastsider Pet Care Guide | Eastsider on the Go  The Eastsider LA

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Cheesemaker, pet shelter, COVID medical team among Good News honorees  The Daily Gazette

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 2  Summit Daily News

PAWS Pet Of The Week: Leonard - CBS Chicago
PAWS Pet Of The Week: Leonard  CBS Chicago

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Humane society Pet of the Week: Bree  Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Treat your dog with a fun living space: Here's how to make it happen  USA TODAY

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21)  ABC15 Arizona

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Pet of the Week: Meet Autumn | kvue.com  KVUE.com

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Fire breaks out at pet crematorium in Virginia Beach  13newsnow.com WVEC

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Cloquet bans sale of dogs, cats in pet stores in effort to curb puppy mills  Pine Journal

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Veterinarians, rescuers warning pet owners about new strain of potentially deadly parvovirus  WXIX

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Dogs Blamed For Killing Family Pets In Hyrum Neighborhood  ksltv.com

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10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog  PEOPLE

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5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

EU and US defense leaders pounce on new pet project: military mobility - DefenseNews.com
EU and US defense leaders pounce on new pet project: military mobility  DefenseNews.com

Remembering Bailey: A first-hand account of the importance of pet insurance - KLAS - 8 News Now
Remembering Bailey: A first-hand account of the importance of pet insurance  KLAS - 8 News Now

U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress - Reuters
U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress  Reuters

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

Meet this week’s Perfect Pet: Tootsie - WSAV-TV
Meet this week’s Perfect Pet: Tootsie  WSAV-TV

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Pet of the Week: Meet Ivonne!  WKOW

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Pet stocks beat S&P500 by 48% in 2020; Freshpet up 127%  PetfoodIndustry.com

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California - PEOPLE
Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California  PEOPLE

Minnesota family hopes to get back pet goose from wildlife officials - FOX 9
Minnesota family hopes to get back pet goose from wildlife officials  FOX 9

Eau Claire Parks & Rec celebrates National Pet Week with “Strut Your Mutt” event - WEAU
Eau Claire Parks & Rec celebrates National Pet Week with “Strut Your Mutt” event  WEAU

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How to stay safe while vacationing with your pet  myfox8.com

Buddy Ryan Is Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Buddy Ryan Is Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

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Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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SARS-CoV-2 variant found in pets  American Veterinary Medical Association

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