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    Jerks, Good dogs, and Enfields

    Oliver is a jerk. Jackson is a good dog, And that don't make sense, so let me explain. I was always a big bird hunter. I had as many as six bird dogs at one time. But times change. And I was dogless. And as a good wife, my Miss Margaret noticed the impact on my soul. So, she flew to Montana to get my birthday present, a Border terrier (a dog I had always wanted). That would be Oliver. Oliver turned out to be a jerk. Or a terrier, one and the same. Anyway, I'm not new. Oliver was not adapting well. And my father always said if you want to have a happy dog, you have to have happy dogs. Pack animals. Social little beasts. Pop was a wise man. So one day, as I was taking my evening chill out ride on the old Enfield ( my job can be stressful) I rode past Crazy Tammy's horse farm. Crazy Tammy was an old flame. But as I rode past I saw this little dog. Looked like a miniature Plott Hound. Crazy Tammy and her girl buddy not only raised horses, they were good hearted lasses and took the death row dogs from the shelter and made a last ditch effort to find them a home. So, I rode by and saw this little dog. He is now Jackson. He sits on my legs as I type. He is, as I stated a good boy. But he is a whipping boy. Miss Margaret loves Oliver, who is an incredible ass. Jackson is a perfect dog. I'll go as far as to say the best dog I've ever owned. He loves me. He rejoices when I come home at night.(and if you've never had your heart warmed, trust me, that will do it) He minds perfectly. He has no discernible faults. But Miss Margaret loves Oliver, a bad boy. Which , according to my brother might explain our marriage.

    So every night Oliver sleeps on the bed next to Miss Margaret, and Jackson (yeah, he was named after Stonewall, we be southerners) gets crated. Poor little guy. But he accepts his role in life with a good heart. He never sulks. He greets each day with a sense of joy that always gladdens my heart. He has a spirit, I think of gratefulness and a love of life.

    Some days I want to be Jackson.
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    Why crate Jackson?
    Good behavior should be rewarded, not bad. But I have learned a happy wife helps maintain a happy hubby and thus happy pack behavior.
    Mine loyal mutt is happiest of my dirty clothes can somehow spend a night on the floor as his nest before making their way into the laundry hamper.
    Why he takes comfort guarding an old t-shirt is beyond me.
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    Jackson should never be crated. Perhaps that was my point. He had his rescue. He asks for little. He loves his life and he has no complaints. Sometimes the greatest of men and dogs never see their reward in this life. What makes them truly great is they never complain about their circumstances. Every worthwhile lesson I ever learned, I learned from dogs.
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    Well, may be you can help with Jackson's reward in this life in other ways. Just because he accepts his circumstances doesn't mean you can't improve upon them. Appreciate each other.
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    Make no mistake. Jackson is the light of my life. He wants for nothing. Tomorrow we will hit the farm store, dogs welcome. First I will have biscuits and gravy, Jack will wait in the truck, but Bonnie, the waitress at the Village Pantry will fix him a small takeout. It's our tradition. He will have his breakfast and then spend a happy hour sniffing every damb thing in the store. Me and Jack got it good. No complaints.
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    I still don't get why Jackson gets crated at night? I've had dogs that got in to mischief when alone and had to be crated when we were not here. The same dog was fine when we were at home, even when we were sleeping and he liked his crate at night with open door, kind of his safe fort I guess.

    So, why does a good dog get crated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Jackson should never be crated. Perhaps that was my point. He had his rescue. He asks for little. He loves his life and he has no complaints. Sometimes the greatest of men and dogs never see their reward in this life. What makes them truly great is they never complain about their circumstances. Every worthwhile lesson I ever learned, I learned from dogs.
    Hell, you should put Jackson in the "Man Cave" at night to guard the place....now that {for those who have never visited Borneo} would be a great life, for dog or man.
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    Jack has to go in his crate at night because he believes, like a good dog should, that the only proper place for him to sleep is on my head. The box is the biggest they make, has a nice bed in it for him and is right at the foot of the bed. Jack has no bad habits, and can be trusted at home for a full day (Oliver can't), but the one thing I could never break him of (and I was never sure I wanted to) is his desire to always be touching me somehow. Probably stems from his time at the shelter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Jack has to go in his crate at night because he believes, like a good dog should, that the only proper place for him to sleep is on my head. The box is the biggest they make, has a nice bed in it for him and is right at the foot of the bed. Jack has no bad habits, and can be trusted at home for a full day (Oliver can't), but the one thing I could never break him of (and I was never sure I wanted to) is his desire to always be touching me somehow. Probably stems from his time at the shelter.
    OK, understand completely. Mine also must be touching me at night while sleeping but she is by my feet so it works.

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