Stanley was a Jack Russell Terrier (JRT). He weighed approximately 14 pounds, had a broken white coat with black & fawn markings, and a black mask.
Stanley came into my life in May of 1992, at the age of 6 months. The Jack Russell Terrier breed is a breed developed for hunting, so Stanley was very interested in the birds and animals that frequented my backyard, and he loved to burrow under blankets, pillows, and the cushions on the couch. Stanley was trained to ring a bell to alert me that he needed to go outside. Its a good thing — he had not had an accident in the house in a couple of years!
Here’s a story about Stanley that I wrote when someone asked me to put Stanley on an Honor Roll.
More than just being a good dog, Stanley was a great friend. For the duration of our time together, he was my best friend.
This story has a sad ending, I’m afraid. Stanley the Wonder Dog went to the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday, November 21 1999 at 4:30am. He would have been 8 years old on December 15, 1999.
To Those I Love
If I should ever leave you whom I love to go along the Silent Way,
Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,
But laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there.
(I’d come — I’d come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me be sad…
For I am loving you just as I always have…
You were so good to me!
There are so many things I wanted still to do —
So many things to say to you…
Remember that I did not fear…
It was just leaving you that was so hard to face…
We cannot see Beyond…
But this I know:
I loved you so — ’twas heaven here with you.
— Isla Paschal Richardson
“I had a linguistics professor who said that it’s man’s ability to use language that makes him the dominant species on the planet. That may be. But I think there’s one other thing that separates us from animals: We aren’t afraid of vaccuum cleaners.” — Jeff Stilson
“Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.” — Dave Barry
“I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl.” — Penny Ward Moser
“Did you ever walk in a room and forget why you walked in? I think that’s how dogs spend their lives.” — Sue Murphy
“Chihuahua. There’s a waste of dog food. Looks like a dog that is still far away.” — Billiam Coronell