Meet Taters World! One of our oldest PetziFamily members, who has been with us since the beginning is Tater and her family! We love Tater’s creative posts, poses, and seeing all the fun activities and places she goes.
Susie and Dan are Tater’s mom and pop. Tater, a 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier, has two human siblings, Emma and Alex. But Pops Danny is really the alpha in the family in Tater’s eyes. Maybe it’s because he’s the one who brought the Petzi home 😉
Dan found Petzi when we were on Indiegogo crowd funding our Treat Cam. Dan’s reaction to it when he happened across an article about it was “oh my gosh that’s so cool, you can throw treats!” and they haven’t stopped using it since that Black Friday in 2015. Susie chimes in with “he uses it all the time” and Tater loves hearing Dan’s voice. It’s made them very in tune with one another. Tater knows exactly when to expect her pop at lunch time and at the end of the day after work. She’ll wait for him by the door, show him the treats he sent earlier and then gobble them up. They had no problem training Tater on the Petzi. “She’s very food driven,” the two shared.
Dan and Susie are a real Jack Russell Terrier family! They really like the breed’s personality traits: intelligent, energetic, happy, family friendly. They had an older terrier when Susie started looking for breeders and found one in Chicago. They had one girl puppy left and Susie says, “as soon as I saw her that was it”. Tater came home to Wisconsin at 3lbs and just 8 weeks old. Chip was the name of their older terrier and he passed at age 15. They looked for another companion for Tater and were able to find another puppy from the same breeder, but sadly he also passed after 11 months. Susie and Dan consider Tater their “light in the dark”. Susie says “she’s the baby here.” Susie cherishes the unconditional love from Tater and shares “you can have the worst day in the entire world and this dog will make you laugh your butt off”
Tater is easily described as “the energizer bunny”. Susie says she is “gogogogogo…she keeps us going all the time” but while she’s the spunkiest, craziest dog outside she is also the “best lap dog you’ve had in your life.” Dan likes to say Tater is 99% human. He shared with me how she sleeps in a bed each night on her back with her head on a pillow. We all remember the post of Tater watching the Jungle Book, just like a little kid, wanting to be right up in the action. She watched the entire film with only one water break! She’ll watch any show, Dan says, “and she has memorized animal tv commercials,” she recognizes the music and barks right up until the end.
Tater is very smart just like her breed is known for. So much so that her parents have to spell out words so she won’t know what they’re talking about. Tater loves her rubber chicken toys and if you even spell the word out she’ll go crazy, so mom and pop have taken to spelling Y-O-T instead. What would a dog do with rubber chickens you might be wondering? Well, Tater goes right at it and tears out the squeaker. She get’s 4 or 5 rubber chickens a week and it takes her about 5 minutes to show those chickens who’s boss.
Tater also likes to get down to her hunting dog roots. She likes to hide her bones or Petzi treats to be found later. Susie and Dan call it the “Show Me Game”. Tater will be given a bone and then she’ll go and hide it in the laundry or under a pillow or some other such place, and then she’ll demand you follow her to the hidden treat and sometimes even expect you to look for it. She’ll bark until you’ve found it and only then can she enjoy it. The game isn’t always played right away, however, sometimes things will go a week or so before Tater is barking and trying to get you to play her own kind of hide-and-seek with her. Susie and Dan are sure she’s got things stashed around the house.
Susie also has a horse named Gertrude! She promised a picture of Tater saddled up with Gerti for the PetziFamily soon. Of course, Tater believes she’s the big dog at the barn and tries to make sure Gerti knows that whenever Susie brings Tater a long. Tater may be a small dog but she sure has a big personality!