Skip – Teddy Roosevelt’s Presidential Rat Terrier

President Theodore Roosevelt was famous for his love of animals and family dogs. One of these dogs who lived in the White House was Skip, an early Rat Terrier.

While details on exactly where TR got Skip are a bit murky, it was on a hunting trip in 1905 that he found this little guy. I have read accounts that he got skip in Colorado, California and the Grand Canyon. TR wrote to his daughter “going to bring home a most absurd little dog called Skip as a present to Archie. He is half fox terrier and half bull terrier, and he is as cunning as possible. He likes to ride on the horses with us when we will let him, and bounces in to do his share of the worry whenever a bear or bobcat is shot. At night, he has insisted on sleeping with me. He is as hard as nails and if we do not let him ride will travel thirty miles over the mountains with entire indifference; and has spasms of shrill woe when he has run off after something and thinks he has lost us.”

Once while President Roosevelt was alone in the White House with the family on a trip he wrote “Poor Skip is a very, very lonely little dog without his family. Each morning he comes up to see me at breakfast time and during most of breakfast (which I take in the hall just outside my room) Skip stands with his little paws on my lap. Then when I get through and sit down in the rocking-chair to read for fifteen or twenty minutes, Skip hops into my lap and stays there, just bathing himself in the companionship of the only one of his family he has left..”

The Skip story by most accounts ends that Skip passed away before the Roosevelts left the White House. Initially Skip was buried in the White House lawn. Before leaving however, Mrs Roosevelt has Skip moved to the family estate in Sagamore Hill.

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Ricky The Rat Terrier – The Smallest Hero of 9-11

This is an interesting story I learned about today. One of the lesser known heroes of 9-11 was a Rat Terrier named Ricky. He was one of the search and rescue dogs brought in. Just more proof what amazing dogs Rat Terriers are.

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SEATTLE, WA (USA) — We’ve all heard about the German Shepherds, the Rottweilers, Labs and Bloodhounds who combed the fallen World Trade Center in search of victims last month, but what about the lap dogs? They’re no exception to the courageous canine list.

Last week, the Seattle City Council held a ceremony to honor a few of the brave souls who helped with New York City search-and-rescue (SAR) efforts: 62 firefighters, police, doctors, engineers and public-safety personnel, all working with Puget Sound Urban Search and Rescue. Also invited to the podium were four SAR dogs, including one so small that many people in the audience had to squint to get a good look at him—that would be “Ricky” the Rat Terrier.

Ricky, measuring in at 17″ and 280 ounces, didn’t let his diminutive size deter him from his duties at “the pile”. In fact, he worked his tininess to his advantage, squeezing into holes that other dogs and robots were too large to navigate. Ricky and his trainer, Janet Linker of the Seattle Fire Department, searched the ruins for 10 days, helping to find the bodies of several victims, according to The Seattle Times.

At two years old, Ricky can climb aluminum ladders, run complex patterns on command and differentiate between the living and the dead. On June 17, 2000, Ricky attained the official certification at Basic Level after proving that he can search through piles of concrete at a site the size of half a baseball field, finding three victims in less than 10 minutes, unfazed by bulldozers, jackhammers, cats in cages and dirty laundry set up as distractions. Even so, the carnage at the World Trade Center site pushed Ricky’s abilities beyond anything he’d ever experienced.

“There were a few situations where we had to climb underneath metal beams, and the space just kept getting smaller and smaller,” says Ms. Linker, who works for Northwest Disaster Search Dogs.

She and Ricky worked closely with another SAR pair, Kent Olson (forensic therapist at Western State Hospital) and a 5-year-old Golden Retriever named “Thunder”, working the two dogs’ abilities in tandem. Ricky would wriggle into tight spots that 64-lb. Thunder could not manage, and Thunder, a more experienced dog (certified Advanced Level) would verify Ricky’s finds.

When Ricky found a body, he would signal by standing very still and looking at his handler intently with all the fur on his body standing up; Thunder would confirm the find by lying down as his signal to his partner. Rescuers would then know exactly where to dig.

Both dogs’ indication of a “live find” was to have been a bark, but unfortunately they never had the chance to make that signal.

“It’s really hard to know exactly how many people Ricky helped find,” says Ms. Linker. “I saw them take a policeman and a firefighter out from areas that we had just searched. I don’t know how many people were in the stairwell. There were lots of people in there. They were gone, not alive.”

Sister Stacey Litter

The Sister Stacey Litter – This beautiful litter was born on the birthday of Stephanie’s late sister, Stacey. When we had Hope X-Rayed the prediction was for 4, maybe 5, puppies. We were blessed with 7 amazing babies. Pictures are the famous x-ray, the litter their first morning, and the litter at week 4.

Joy – First Born of the litter – On Breeder hold. Pics at 5 weeks added with her baby sister Star.

Star Breeder Hold – Pics at 5 weeks added with bottle below and also with her sister Joy above.

PipSOLD to Banks family- Originally the smallest of the litter Pip, short for Pipsqueak, has grown fast in both size and personality. He has beautiful Black Tri markings and his tan points remind us of his mother and Aunt Glory.

New pics at 5 weeks added with Pip solo and 2nd from left.

BearSOLD to the Paradiso’s- Named because he reminds us of a teddy bear due to his color and being cuddly. Bear is a Blue Fawn Tri with great tan marks and AMAZING blue eyes.

Picture at 5 weeks added with bottle toy.

TennesseeSOLD to Zentner family – Tennessee is a real show stopper with his tuxedo markings. He has those same tan points on his face, along with a blaze like his mother Hope. He is a fun little guy who is already involved on the action.

New pics at 5 weeks added playing with toy.

Skully – SOLD to the Daniels Family – Skully’s markings are the same blue fawn as his brother Bear. His body is all white with his markings on on his hard and face.

Pic at 5 weeks added with toy.

Leia – SOLD to the McFadden family – The last of our 7 to be born, Leia was the largest from the start. Leia’s markings are Blue with some tan marks in her face. She is very active and affectionate, just like her mother.

It is been pointed out online that some people think she look like the RCA dog.†Pics at 5 weeks added.

Dam – Cal Val Royal Full Of Hope – Our Hope is a beautiful standard Rat Terrier and comes from champion and grand champion lines from all 4 of her grandparents. She is a sweet and loving girl with a gentle disposition.

Sire – Vegas Golden Knight Rocco

AKC Litter Certificate with Lineage