I love dogs. My fiance and I have two fantastic family members of the canine persuasion, and they bring a lot of happiness into the home. In the middle of 2011 we thought about adopting a Jack Russell Terrier, you know, like Uggie from “The Artist.” Alas, our lifestyle and work schedules wouldn’t have meshed well with a dog like a Jack Russell, no matter how adorable they seemed, so we didn’t adopt.
Because dogs require patience and training, and lots of time and love. There is serious truth to the saying “dogs are a man’s best friend.”
So it’s kind of sad to hear that interest in Jack Russells has gone up simply because of a movie. While I’m a huge advocate for pet adoption, I also think adopting a pet shouldn’t be taken lightly. Just because a dog is cute in a movie or television show doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to go out and adopt when you’re not ready.
It’s like the Chihuahua craze that happened when Paris Hilton was still relevant. Lots of chihuahuas were adopted by normal folk, but a lot were also abandoned or sent back to pounds and shelters, because the novelty wore off.
And I’m afraid we’ll see something similar happen with the Uggie/Jack Russell craze.
Pet ownership requires a lot of a human. Dogs shouldn’t be seen as accessories. When you adopt a dog, you bring it into its forever home.
If you do decide to adopt your own Uggie, make sure to learn about the breed and become educated on what it takes to raise and train a Jack Russell.