As many of you know, Billie the JR terrier has been with us for nine years.  Having moved to the new house and garden in Walpole, we decided it was time to do something for Billie and the solution was a new playmate.  Last month we brought home a 10 week old, 1 1/2 pound Jack Russell named Tillie...a great name so that when I call one, I get them both! Tillie came to us weighing in at a whopping 1 pound 4 ounces and about the size of a cell phone.  Here she is by my sneakered foot...size 9.

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It has been a record hot summer around here, and what better way to cool off than in the nearest birdbath:

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It has now been about a month since Tillie's arrival and she has probably doubled in size and has also developed those lovable Jack Russell traits...she is fast, obstinate, mean and a great digger.  Like Billie her mentor, it appears that she will grow up to be a fantastic hunter.  This is fair warning to all you chipmunks and squirrels: STAY OUT of the garden! This is the designated kill zone for Billie and Tillie.

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