Friday, 18 April 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014 - 'P'

P - Parson Jack Russell Terrier, Pippa, Pug

We have already seen a Jack Russell Terrier under 'J'. The feisty, energetic Parson Jack Russell is its recognised show variety. It was this man 

Parson Jack Russell, 1795- 1883
who bred the dogs named after him. The only Parson Jack Russell that I've met was a Parson Jack Russell crossed with a Border Terrier.

Ozzy - a Parson Jack Russell/Border Terrier cross
He wasn't at all interested in meeting me; he wanted to be off chasing the squirrels he could see.

With Pippa it's a different story, she strains at the leash to reach me. To look at her in this photo you would think that butter would not melt in her mouth.

Pippa - a Cockerpoo
Pippa featured in my North Yorkshire Dogs series here along with her playmates, Poppy the Westie and Morse, the black Labrador with the tongue.

Poppy, Pippa and Morse
When I meet Betty I always feel she has her beady eyes on me.

Betty - a Pug, toy dog
Pugs were known in ancient China and as you can see they have a definite personality despite their small size.

Novices wishing to become members of the Mops-Orden or Order of the Pug (a one-time Roman Catholic ladies para-masonic society) had to kiss a Pug's backside under its tail as part of their initiation ceremony. As members they carried a silver Pug medallion.

Perhaps I should add that that Pug's backside was made of porcelain!



Wendy said...

Is there any dog busier than a Jack Russell??? They make me tired just watching them.
Visiting from A to Z ~
Wendy at Jollett Etc.
PS -- I forgot that you do AtoZ or I would have been around sooner!

Kat Mortensen said...

I'm very glad you cleared that up about the pug's backside! We Catholics do have our rituals, but that is not one I'd keen to take part in.

A dog called , "Morse"? How splendid!

Julie Flanders said...

I didn't know there were different kinds of Jack Russells. Interesting.
I have a pug named Missy who lives next door to me and I get such a kick out of her. She always gives me the same look this pug has here. The three amigos on the bench are absolutely adorable.

Bish Denham said...

I knew a pug when I was a kid. His name was Barfington Von Woof. He was a hoot!

Lisa said...

Thanks for letting us know the bottom they had to kiss was porcelain! Ugh! I love Pippa, the cockerpoo! and Poppy the Westie! Never heard of that bread...

Lisa said...

I love the way Pug's tales curl over their backs. I just looked up the Westie dog and it is ADORABLE!!!!

Jo said...

I thought you meant a real backside, I was about to barf. I love Westies in particular and the Jack Russell, never heard of the Parson Jack Russell though.

Bonnie Gwyn said...

Oh, porcelain! Phew. Haha :) So much cuteness!
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. love the pug story ... and Parson Jack Russell .. interesting story - Ozzy does look a little hairy scary!

Fun dogs to see them all .. cheers Hilary