God Bless The Terriers Of The World.

I’ll bet you were wondering about Tessa as it’s been a while since she’s been the star of one of my blog posts. It amazes me (still) how such a pint-size dog can be a whirlwind of energy!

Not that you’d know it by this photo.

God bless terriers. Purebred terriers – which Tessa is not – and any and all combinations of that type. Feisty, irrepressible, huge stage presence without knowing how to channel it into a focused energy source.

Well, maybe not all terrier-type dogs, but after living with her for two years, that’s my Tessa.

When she came to live with us, I enrolled her in a friend’s obedience class and started to add some essential oils into her daily routine; bought her an anxiety wrap which she wore during the second week of dog class and intermittently around the house.

Got her an Easy Walk harness so that heeling with her began to resemble a graceful partnership instead of a wildly contorted, out-of-control tango.

And, we worked on small tasks both inside the house and out in the yard; and kept up with dog school and began to explore the village. When I wanted to walk her with the least amount of distractions, we headed for the local cemetery.

She’s quick and really fast when she’s running loose in the backyard. When she’s running full out, all four paws leave the ground. She can jump, from a standing position straight up and top my shoulder.

All of which you might already know if you’ve read my blog for any appreciable length of time.

Since there is always room for improvement, what could possibly be next?

“Getting better” is next.

Getting better at focusing on me and less barking from the windows when the neighborhood dogs are parading by. In fact, let’s make that NO barking from the windows when the neighborhood dogs walk past my house.

Finding an outlet for her busy brain and all of that humming energy. Agility?

Fine-tuning the essential oils, exploring the benefits of Tellington Touch and creative problem solving for her in-house barking.

Working with her so that all of this is positive and up-beat because she is a joyful dog. There are times when she’s uncertain, but there’s not too much she won’t try.

Here’s the thing about that: almost every single dog that you will ever come across in your lifetime will more than meet you half-way. Every time. No matter what kind of person you are.

It’s their best gift to us. Don’t we owe it to them to pick up that gift and give back to them the best of ourselves?




  1. Kathy Pop says

    I’m happy to see that Tessa’s making progress. I have had several shelter or rescued dogs and Agility has helped each one with excess energy and building self-confidence. terriers and Terrier mixes are just bundles of energy and seem to almost be eternal puppies.

    Dogs in general show us everlasting loyalty and unconditional love, but the dogs we rescue also give us their undying devotion and gratitude. The last 2 I had became service dogs- one became a Therapy Dog while working w/ multiple handicapped folks. We discovered that the other would know when our roommate was about to have a seizure and bump into him, til he fell into a chair or sat down on the floor. She then wouldn’t let him get back up until the seizure ended and it was safe for him to get up.

    The purebreds I had while loyal, protective, and obedient, never went above and beyond like these others. maybe they’re more like us than we realize? Those of us that have gone thru hardships in life, act differently than those that haven’t.

    • htkhp says

      I like that phrase: “eternal puppies.” Felix, my first whippet, was more “terrier” than he was “hound” in temperament. He was such a rascal! I think that’s one of the reasons that I was first attracted to Tessa.

      For all of the dogs I’ve had – and there’s been quite the mix of “rescued” and purebred over the years – the dogs that came into my house with the most behavioral issues have been the dogs that we adopted through shelters or that came from specific breed rescue groups – which is not to say that all shelter dogs will have behavioral issues – this is just what has been true for me. Regardless of where they came from, their devotion, loyalty and unconditional love has always been so rewarding. Although I’ve put CGC titles on my dogs, I never went that extra step to have them certified to be service dogs – but, lately, am finding that I’m looking hard at that aspect of partnering with a dog. Will Tessa be that dog? I’m honestly not sure. Time will tell. In the meantime, she’s a joy and a “work in progress.” As are all the rest of us, wouldn’t you agree? And, thank you for noticing her improvement!


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