I adopted Bear (smooth coat Jack Russell/Fox Terrier mix) from Jack Russell Rescue in Londonderry NSW, and we made the road trip back to South Australia together. He travelled well in the car from our first trip. He is funny though and does not go to the toilet on the lead, so this was a little stressful, but turned out he was ok regardless. He still doesnt go to the toilet on the lead, but happily goes in parks off lead or at home. It was very odd at first, but is our normal now. Makes lead walking so much more efficient.
At adoption, I was informed that Bear had come from a home that had too many dogs and that the owner threw him at the rescue staff with the statement "here, you may as well take this one too". Very sad to hear, but no more sad than the fact these poor dogs were fed by throwing food at them out the back door. Bear came to me quite slight, and he is still somewhat thin and always 0.5 to 1kg under the expected 7kg for the breed. I dont think he will ever be a heavier boy. Being a pup still, he may gain wieght later, but for now, he eats a lot, is very active and healthy, so thats all that matters.
Given his early start in life, it is easy to see why he can be a little timid in new situations and with new people, but he quickly warms to gentle kindness and has a loving and gentle nature. He doesnt mind being picked up, loves cuddles and lap sitting and a lot of smooching. He is great with other animals and loves cuddles and smooches with the family cat and has some favourite dog pals at our local dog park, but plays interactively and well with all dogs (large and small). He has gained more confidence since adoption and definitely owns the house, but functions best with routines and boundaries that help him feel safe. Unlike most of his breed, he is not a barker at all and plays contentedly and quietly, but i definitely know when someone is approaching the door as he barks until I open the door.
He is the most amazing boy and has come so far and I cant wait for our journey and growth together to continue.