Monday, June 11, 2007
born February 1993 in Beauford, Victoria, Australia;
died June 11th, 2007 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Juno was born of working dog stock on a farm in rural Victoria. The runt of her litter, she was sold as a pet instead of being kept on with her Jack Russell Terrier brothers and sisters. Through a chain of events no one can quite remember, she joined the Williams family even though she "didn't have a spot".
At the age of one, Juno left Australia behind and immigrated to Canada. She arrived mid-winter but she took the sudden change in her stride; she soon learned to leap and bound through deep snowbanks. Juno drew smiles as she walked through the neighbourhood keeping warm in her Aussie Driza-Bone coat.
Juno was always a "ball dog" and never a "stick dog". Although she was very clever, her family was not clever enough to teach her any tricks beyond "sit" and "down". Like most JRTs, she understood many words and gestures. Juno was never sociable with other dogs; her small stature made her feel nervous and vulnerable around fellow canines. Despite her shyness with strangers, she had many human fans.
Although she never spoke of it, Juno may have been haunted by her unfulfilled destiny to hunt vermin as a farm dog. She took out her frustrations on the small mammals that are found in Canadian suburbia. Mice, chipmunks, bunnies and even a vole paid the ultimate price to Juno's innate killer instinct.
In later years, Juno withdrew from family life and her hobbies. The loss of her vision and a series of illnesses made day-to-day living challenging. She passed on quietly today in the company of her favourite people. She will be fondly missed.