"There’s no higher calling for a dog than to be a pet."
Ruckerhill Farm sits on 10 acres off of Rt 89, Irvine Rd, in beautiful Clark County Kentucky. We are often asked why the name Ruckerhill? Well, when we first moved to our Kentucky home we would give the following directions: Go south on Irvine Road until you cross a small bridge, pass the Ruckerville store on the left, go to the top of the hill, past the Church, and we are on the right. So, we always called it Rucker Hill. The name grew on us. Since then, the old Ruckerville store has been torn down, the road has been straightened, and more houses have been built. But this is our Ruckerhill, our Kentucky home.
Sheryl & I started with Working Jack Russell Terriers in 2000 after the passing of Jill, our Border Collie mix and best friend for all of 17 years. I was taken by the intelligence and tenacity of a little white dog named Digger while doing some Blacksmithing in the early 90s at the Chase Farm. Digger’s mission in life was to protect the two little girls that lived at the farm and to keep the barns and pastures clean of any vermin. After watching me a few minutes and figuring out that I meant no harm, Digger and I became great friends and I was hooked. I went home and told Sheryl that if we ever got another dog it would be a Jack. During a vacation, shortly after Jill’s passing to the Rainbow Bridge, my sons and I stopped at that very same Chase Farm and found that there was just one puppy left of a recent litter but was not yet old enough to be separated from Mom. On my way home from my next business trip in New England, “Missy” was quietly stowed in my bag under the Delta Airlines seat in front of me. That was just the start of our ongoing Jack Russell training and adventure.
From just getting a pet to where we are today has been a great learning experience and adventure. It started with a promise to the breeder to register Missy with the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America. We then started reading the “True Grit” club magazine and learning all the neat things this little dog could do. We made a call to local members Jane Griffin and then Phil & Susan Hawkins. Phil & Susan encouraged us to attend the Ohio “Buckeye JRT Trial” with them and we had a great time. We started attending more trials and we met Roger Shury judging GO-TO-Ground in PA. Roger took the time to show our sons (Tim & Andrew) how their dog could run the tunnel and bark at the rat, That was all it took for Tim and Andrew to start showing in Youth and Go-To-Ground. It has all moved pretty quickly since then. Missy whelped 2 litters and produced 3 great hunters. I started to learn to work with the Terriers in the field from Glen Churchfield and Mal McEwen. We now have working JRTs and all of them have a job. Diamond, Missy, & Junior have passed over the rainbow bridge and will forever be in our hearts, Brisk trains the young ones to hunt & all the dogs love to Show and or Hunt. Don has now become a JRTCA sanctioned Go-to-Ground and Working Judge.. We love to travel to shows, compete, visit, and talk dogs with friends. We want to thank Michelle Ward (Little Eden Terriers) and Gaye Redpath-Schaeper (Conquest Terriers) for being great friends and mentors, and for allowing us to add Little Eden Angel, Brisk, and Conquest Hanna to our family.
If you are a land owner in the Kentucky area and are having problems with Groundhog, Raccoon, Opossum, or Fox destroying crops, causing EPM in your livestock, or sette holes that create the possibility of injury to livestock and damage to your equipment, Call us! We will be happy to dispatch or relocate those unwanted varmints from your fields, pastures, and gardens free of charge. We have raised and handled livestock ourselves and appreciate your concerns for the respect and condition of your property. We hold ourselves to the highest outdoor code of conduct and insure that any settes we work are back filled and closed. We will insure your gates are closed and latched, and the general condition of your property is left in the same or better condition than when we arrived. We will be glad to provide references on request. There are some sette situations we will not allow the terriers to knowingly enter, such as: Under concrete slabs, under abandon equipment, in areas of known sinkholes, and in settes that are known to be occupied by skunk - there is no greater danger to a terrier underground than a skunk.