"This is Rum Rum. He's lived in Greece," was how the dog little at the right was introduced. Indeed
he has, and in the best company. Rum Rum is a Jack Russell terrier, the chicest dog of all. If you've got one, chances are you associate with the monied horsy set. Or hope to.
The Jack Russell, bred in 19th-Century England by the Rev. John Russell, is a small-to-middling-small dog whose appearance reflects his fox terrier and bull terrier ancestry. The dogs assist in fox hunts, sitting in a rider's coat pocket until needed to ferret out the fox. They're also no-nonsense rat killers, executing the hapless rodents with a quick, neck-breaking bite. "Where's the rat?" excites these dogs the way "let's go for a walk!" thrills others. But of course, few people who want a Jack Russell need a rat exterminator. The appeal lies in the breed's close ties with the earth's aristocracy.
"People say, 'Oh, my God! That's a Jack Russell,' as if they're looking at a sable coat," says Rum Rum's owner, a writer who repossessed the dog when his previous owner, Lady Sarah Spencer-Churchill, stayed away too long.