For us, these activities are neither sport nor a recreational game that we play.
No matter how much fun or satisfaction we might get from it, this is always work and we try to approach all of it with a business-like attitude. We think it helps us stay focused on the real purpose for having these dogs.
Some years ago, Ron of Shillelagh Kennels let us try a couple of pups from his program. (see Dyke's Page .)
Those dogs were so good for our purposes that we started our own breeding program.
With helpful advice and friendly encouragement from some well-known breeders
we were soon producing our own high-powered little "verminators."
Our Patterdales are of the European type and we use them primarily to take ‘coons, fox and
‘possums out of holes, debris piles, old buildings and crawl-spaces or wherever these vermin are suspected.
For managing woodchucks we find that rifles and traps work best but our dogs occasionally get those annoying critters too. Rifles and traps work best for most troublesome vermine but sometimes we just can't always do that. These dogs gave us another way to handle those problems when circumstances limit our choices.
The presence of a Patterdale Terrier of the Nemesis Class usually means doom for the targeted animal.
Below are the two dogs Ron sent us, (Pebbles on the left and BamBam on the right.)
They are shown at the age of 14 months delivering justice to a fairly large ‘possum discovered in a neighbors hen house one hot summer night. When these pups arrived on the scene it only took moments to find the beast and drag it outside where they proceeded to inflict "a righteous act of retribution" that got their local reputation started.
The owner of the chickens took considerable satisfaction in witnessing this scene.