Our pint sized sweetheart, Karen could not get out of her own way in the NYCACC shelter environment. She pitched such a fuss that she earned herself a free ride to the euthanasia list, where she accidentally caught our eye. We were gobsmacked that such a gorgeous little girl could be in such peril, and so we jumped into action to see if we could convince Karen that humanity had some redeeming qualities.

Karen is one of those odd gambles in which both sides win big! She has gladly dropped all her defenses, and has morphed into an affectionate, loving girl. We acknowledge that sometimes the shelter environment brings out the worst fight or flight responses in dogs, and our mission is to give them a fair chance to show their true colors.

Karen appears to be a purebred Jack Russell Terrier, and she displays the best qualities that folks love about this firecracker breed. We consider Jack Russells to be one of the most difficult breeds due to their extremely high energy level and high prey drive. JRTs are tenacious, high energy little dogs, who really keep their people on their toes. This is not the breed for the casual or sedentary dog enthusiast. JRT people must fully commit to leadership, training and exercise; otherwise, they may find themselves blown away by Hurricane Jack.

While JRTs have become quite popular, they often wind up in rescue because folks underestimate the importance of exercise and training. A bored, frustrated JRT will wreak mayhem on an unsuspecting dog owner. However, JRT lovers welcome this challenge, and revel in the playful, good nature that comes after a long hike or run.

Karen is a lovable, spry, girl, who has a moderate energy level for her breed. She seems shy and cautious at first, but bonds quickly. Karen would be the ideal choice for an active single or couple, who's lifestyle allows for her to participate front and center. It seems that Karen was flummoxed by small children in her former home, so we think she would thrive in an experienced JRT adult home that offers her a lot of opportunity for exercise and focused obedience work.

Karen seems to like the company of other dogs, and has become quite popular in her playgroup. She could easily join a multi-dog home, with well adjusted dogs, who might show her the ropes in her new environment. We have not had Karen meet cats, but JRTs and cats might be a dicey proposition.

Karen has progressed nicely on her obedience training, and is beginning to grasp the basics. She is very treat motivated and easy to train. She may become occasionally distracted by the random scents of nature, but she redirects nicely and seems to enjoy her training sessions. Ongoing focus on obedience training will provide Karen leadership and mental stimulation that she needs to thrive.

Karen has good house manners, and is house trained and crate trained, but adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during her transition to a new home. Karen is in good health and has recently been spayed. She has received routine vaccinations and health screenings. She has been dewormed, microchipped and is on preventatives for Heartworm and Flea/Tick.

If you are interested in Karen please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

We are an active, 501(c)(3), multi-breed dog rescue, local to the North East, situated in Canterbury, Connecticut. Our 21 year history is reflected in our website EskiesOnline.com, and on our Facebook page: Eskies Online.