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About Us…

 Rapscallion Terriers is a very family oriented place. My husband  Bill and my daughter Maggie all appreciate and love our farm, and the variety of animals in our lives. We are located in the tiny hamlet of Harley Ontario, and this community is truly an amazing little place.  RapscallionTerriers is a registered Kennel in accordance with the regulations of Brant County. We have lots of activity here, yet lots of space (15 acres) for our animals to play. We live here with our three horses, three miniature donkeys, our beautiful German Shepherds (Gracie and Bear), and of course our amazing Jack Russell Terriers.   My daughter Maggie  has been raised with Jack Russell’s since birth. I truly believe this has helped shape her character into the amazing young lady she is today. She has never been afraid of a challenge, and helps me a great deal with the walking and training of the terriers.  She started her “show career” at 18 months old when I sent her into the showring with a terrier tied around her waist ,and a piece of chicken in her hand. Now at the age of 17 she has won many Junior Handler Championships in Canada and the U.S. Of course her favorite part is playing with the puppies, and I can hardly blame her!  We take great pride in keeping everything here very safe and animal friendly. My amazing husband has recently built a gorgeous kennel for the terriers.  It is designed with their safety and comfort in mind, and this spring we are finishing the rest of this huge undertaking by installing the remainder of the exercise runs and completing a go-to-ground area for the terriers. I’m also hoping to have an agility paddock built this summer. There is always something to do, and I’m never short on ideas….

 

 

 

Rap`scal/lion
"A   rascal"  one who is playfully mishievous

The name Rapscallion terriers came about many  years ago, thanks to my mother.  My Irish/Canadian mum had a great collection of  nicknames for my siblings and I. Some included scalliwags, hooligans, and of  course my favorite "rapscallions".
She always called us this with great fondness, even  if we were truly testing the limits of any parent. So when I became a parent to  my first terrier, it was a nickname I quickly remembered. No matter what these  loveable little terriers get themselves into, it usually takes all I have not to  laugh. Sadie-Sue used to dissapear at night and come back with my neighbours  suet-ball from their bird feeder. She had me hightailing it through the snow in  my slippers many times, while she ran circles around me in the moonlight!

I've had to dive into swamps, swimming pools, icy  half frozen ponds, and many other spots I've probably forgotten, to rescue my  dogs from all kinds of situations.. all the while thinking what "Rapscallions"  they were. Times when a simple walk in the woods turned into a  huge adventure  for myself and the terriers. Always pushing the limits, I remember all to well  grabbing soaking wet terriers from freezing January waters, holding  them inside my jacket against my skin, and running all the way back home to get  dried off. My first stud dog Tye once jumped in the river after  what he thought  was a groundhog. Well, we all know groundhogs don't generally live in the river,  and Tye found that out when he got attacked by a beaver!  I still remember  explaining to my vet what happened, while he put him under to sew up his  injuries. We were lucky the beaver didn't kill him, or at the very least,neuter him,  as the beaver had swam up underneath Tye and bit him. They've  been skunked, killed all kinds of critters, and had many close calls over the  years. And just when I think I have seen it all... my "Rapscallions" come up  with something new. Life is  never dull with a Jack Russell!