I adopted Black Jack from Ginger's Deathrow Rescue in Seattle, as told in one of my first posts. I'm a bit of a hide-my-head-in-the-sand type, and when Ginger (or maybe it was Tanya, the foster mom) told me Black Jack had had a pretty rotten start to life, I didn't press her for details. I assumed she might have been a BYB story, as it looked to me like she had had at least one littler, or maybe escaped a bad situation, and become a street dog, or some combination of those possibilities. All I knew was what Ginger's web site explained - that she (or a hired driver) drove down to a California shelter every once in a while, picked out a dozen or so dogs from those slated for euthanasia (she said about 50 were killed every other day), brought them back to Seattle, had them neutered and vet-checked, and posted them with Pet Finder. Ginger also described Black Jack as a Pug/Chihuahua mix. I paid $450 for her, and didn't begrudge that at all, thinking that any money going into the rescue of more dogs would be well spent.
I sent Ginger a good news story about Black Jack, but she didn't acknowledge it or reply to my e-mail. Maybe she was hoping for an added donation, or maybe she was just too busy rescuing and arranging adoptions for more dogs. I did notice that the foster mom is no longer posted at her site, but mostly, I was just happy that Black Jack has a good life now.
One day, out of curiosity, I googled "dog" and "Black Jack" and came up with this link to a horrible site, which promotes a breed called "treeing feist". You can see a disturbing picture of squirrel carcasses lined up on the back of a pick-up truck, with bullet holes through them. The apparent value of this supposed breed is that they find and tree squirrels, so that yahoo owners can shoot them for "sport". Anyone knowing my love for squirrels and all animals, will understand that this web site remains in my mind as a horror show.
If anyone goes to that link, there is a picture of a dog called Raging Rocky at the bottom of the page, born in 2003, and one of the names listed as offspring of Raging Rocky is Black Jack (no pic shown at the site). I've put a picture of Raging Rocky in this post at the left, and one of my Black Jack at the right. Not a perfect comparison, since my pic doesn't show Black Jack's curly tail, nor her hind legs. It's hard, though, not to see some similarities in their pictures, although there are also some pretty distinct differences like Black Jack's longer legs. Black Jack is definitely obsessed with squirrels, so of course, there's always been a little question in my mind whether there is any link between her and that awful web site.
Just posting this for the record, and in case anyone has thoughts or knowledge about Treeing Feists.