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Rat Terriers — On a More Frivolous Note

I have two fabulous, wonderful Rat Terriers.  They are both Decker Rat Terriers, which is a more specialized branch of  the Rat Terrier breed.  Deckers were bred to hunt.  I ask myself daily, why did I pick such a high maintenance, high energy dog?  Who knows, but I can identify with their hunting skills and the fact that they never give up on prey — sort of what I do with genealogy.  I totally beat any hint to death.

Gomez (the larger dog) was born in 2004.  He was named for Gomez Addams of the Addam’s family —

Gomez became the master of the Addams household and the Addams patriarch, married to Morticia and the father of Wednesday and Pugsley. Originally he was Grandmama’s son, but this was retconned in the 1991 film, and he became Grandmama’s son-in-law instead. Also retconned in the films, he became the younger brother of Fester instead of his nephew-in-law. In the original cartoons in The New Yorker, he appeared tubby, snub-nosed and with a receding chin.

In the 1960s television series, Gomez was portrayed as a naive, handsome, and successful man, although with a childlike, eccentric enthusiasm for everything he did. For instance, his personal portrait depicted him as standing gleefully on his head. Though a peaceful man, he was known to be well-versed in many types of combat; he and Morticia fenced with foils sometimes.

Gomez professed endless love for his wife, Morticia. He had studied to be a lawyer, but rarely practiced, one of the running jokes being that he took great pride in losing his cases. He was also pleased with the fact that his law class had voted him the man “Least Likely to Pass the Bar”.

and Tito (the smaller) was born in 2011.  Tito was named after the Argentinian artist Tito Saubidet,

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