Trigger, my wonderful speedy Jack Russell dog, nabbed a young black racer that was in a shade area of the garden. Jack Russell dogs can live for 15 years easy, that is if they don’t chase snakes!
One thing about living here in Arizona is snakes! Rattlesnakes, at least 13 species live here in Arizona, more than any other state. (according to AZ Game & Fish Dept) – I have had 2 Western Diamond-Back Rattlesnakes in my front yard. One, my Jack Russell, “Trigger” cornered (not good) and the other I trapped till Animal Control arrived.
Last summer Trigger had the Diamondback coiled in the corner of the yard, I heard this excruciating LOUD noise that sounded like a sprinkler broke! Hard to explain but the rattling was so intense! Across the yard I saw little Trigger and the snake – I ran over and grabbed my Jack Russell Terrier by the collar and lifted him up just in time!
In the photo is the young BLACK RACER from today, they are very fast snakes and are NOT poisonous. Racer Snakes like to eat mice and rats so they are GOOD to have around the yard and garden. There is no way Trigger would let a small creature or any other animal (javalinas, coyotes and an occasional Cooper’s Hawk included) stay in our yard. After all, Jack Russell Terriers were bred with high stamina for the hunt, and fearless courage and formation to chase out foxes underground. Our Trigger is sturdy, muscular, tough, and tenacious.
He is a smart dog that is alert and ready for action. This little Jack Russell has cornered rats and never lets up until he conquers. He is a member of our family and I pray a rattlesnake never crosses his path, I could not bare to lose my furry boy that I love.