What It Is Like Owning A Jack Russell Terrier Dog.. Mark Gordon Brown's Pet Challenge.

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To own a Jack Russell Terrier can be an absolute pleasure, but there can be pro's and con's in taking on this breed of dog, and research is advisable before you lose your heart to one.
My review on what it is like owning a Jack Russell Terrier through personal experience... in response to Mark Gordon Brown's Pet Challenge.

What It Is Like Owning A Jack Russell Terrier.

Owning any dog can be hard work, and this can become doubly so in the case of owning a Jack Russell Terrier. Terriers need experienced owners as many Rescue Centres will tell you. In fact they are reluctant to let them be adopted unless you have owned a terrier before and are aware of what you are letting yourself in for!
Jack Russell's are in a class of their own. Feisty, active little dogs, they can have a tendency to be a little possessive, so beware.
They make great companions for children with their endless energy, though won't stand for being pulled about by them so may nip if provoked.

These terriers were bred to be working dogs and so need a lot of exercise. If left under-exercised, they can become destructive as boredom soon sets in and can be great escapologists if left in a garden for any length of time unattended. Make sure your garden is secure, because this breed can jump up to 5 foot and even climb trees, hard though it is to believe.
As of all terriers, they are burrowers. If a Jack Russell sees a hole, then be prepared to see just the back end of a frantically waving tail as they tries to disappear into it, as this is their natural instinct coming into play to investigate, and they have little fear when in pursuit of a scent. Jack Russell's are born hunters.

Bred originally in Devonshire in the early 1800's by the Reverend John Russell, (known as Jack to his friends) the Jack Russell terrier was initially bred for Fox hunting and flushing out prey from underground burrows. The aggressive 'kill' gene was not bred into them and therefore they would just burrow to hunt out but not destroy. The exception to this is when they are used for controlling vermin in a farm environment. The speed of these little dogs can be a sight to see as with a quick shake of the neck in literally seconds, vermin are swiftly dispatched.

Temperament Of The JR Terrier.

'The real Jack Russell Terrier does not sit on the sidelines of life.'
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Due to their small size, people don't always take into account how active and energetic these little dogs are. They do need to be taken out regularly as they can be a powerhouse of unreleased energy. They also need mental stimulation too so are happy to play with toys and chase balls endlessly whether exhausted or not.
They are observant and intelligent, and if not trained, can soon rule the roost and become 'Top Dog' of your household, and I jest not!
It is often said of small breeds that they are born with a 'Napoleon Complex', so you should take care to make them aware of the pecking order within the household and who is the Alpha male/female as soon as possible, or your four-legged 'best friend' could end up being the demon dog from hell! Yes, they look adorably cute but don't be taken in..they can be tough to handle.

It is due to their over active nature that so many of these wonderful dogs find themselves in Dog Rescue Centres, waiting to be rehomed.

They are strong-willed and stubborn but passionately loyal and protective to their home environment and the people in it. They have a tendency to think that they are bigger than they are, and it is often said of this breed that they are huge dogs squeezed into tiny bodies.
Jacks have a loving nature and a huge personality. Taking on one of these dogs means your life will never be dull.
Their intelligence, which can be considerable, makes them ideal to be taught tricks and trained to a high standard of obedience, though be warned, they certainly have an independent streak and if bored, will just get up and walk away, leaving you red-faced and jumping up and down on the spot!
They are also known to have a lovely comedic quality which can surprise and delight even the most hardened dog owner.

Living With A Rescue Jack Russell... Personal Experience.

I have had the honour of owning three Jack Russell X's. All of them rescues and all had very strong JRT personalities.. Two of my 'girls' passed away after living very long and contented lives with us. Taff and Patches, were my first experience of having small dogs, and gave me my greatest learning curve too. If you would like to read their story please click on 'Rescue Me..'.
My 'girls were 10 years old when we adopted them . That is quite old even for a Jack Russell, but they went on to live for a further almost 10 years plus with us. Taff, who had personality in bucket-loads, passed at 19, and Patches, was 21 by the time she also passed over the Rainbow Bridge, leaving us totally bereft but blessed that we had them both for all those extra years.

After experiencing the JRT personality, I knew that there could only ever be one breed of dog for me, and that is when Raffles, another JRT X from a Rescue Home, came into our lives.
Raffles meets every criteria for the Jack Russell breed. If you would like to read his story, please click here.. Rescuing Raffles.

He can be crazy and charge around the garden at a rate of knots, he can walk for miles and still want more, he loves chasing balls, (though utterly useless at returning them!). He is very bright, too bright for his good at times, and unlike some Jack Russell's, he is very sociable with other dogs.
JRT's are not always the easiest dogs to socialise so this came as a pleasant surprise to us and he has even assisted in socialising other nervous dogs as he can be very calm yet playful, and dogs communicate best through this playful interaction.

Coming to us as a Stray, he took about 6 months to learn to trust us completely.
I cannot stress how important it is to build up that trust between you and your dog, particularly if it is a rescue. Once gained, it will last a lifetime.
Rescue dogs can carry deep psychological problems and I don't think that his life had been easy on the streets. It takes time for their 'real' personality to emerge, and Jacks are no exception to this.
Too many times we see Jack Russell terriers abandoned in rescue homes because poor training or little knowledge prepares potential owners for the challenge that can lay ahead of owning one of these amazing, lovable dogs. Before you decide to take on a JRT, please make sure you do some research to see if you can meet the requirements this particular breed needs.

If you do, you will have your heart stolen forever afterwards, even long after they have passed away.


Diseases and Longevity Of The JRT.

Jack Russell's are hardy little dogs, with relatively few hereditary problems, but like all breeds, there can be certain weaknesses.

Some Health Issues Can Be:
Cataracts: Watching His Visual Capacity
Your dog’s eyesight is very essential to his training. And that is why you will have to be watchful of Cataract which can steal your Jack Russell’s health and eyesight. And because some cataracts are hereditary, it is best to always have your dog’s eyes examined by your vet.

Cardiomyopathy: A Barrier To His Energetic Nature
This disorder of the heart muscle which can also affect the lungs steals away one of the most outstanding quality of your Jack Russell Terrier – his almost bottomless energy. Sadly, this can make your dog weak during training which can be sad to look at considering that he was once a feisty one. So always have your dog’s cardiovascular health checked by your vet.

Von Willebrand Disorder: Avoiding Injury And Bleeding
This disorder attacks the platelets of your dog which makes him very susceptible to bleeding. Therefore, it is important that Jack Russell's diagnosed with this problem should avoid strenuous activities that can lead to possible injury of cut. Any wound should be avoided because the bleeding might not stop.

Patella Luxation: A Leg Problem
This is yet another physical disorder that can gravely affect your dog’s ability to properly carry out some training exercises. This disorder which causes your dog to have abnormal walking patterns is a result of a dislocated knee cap. This must be treated right away to prevent further injury.

Myasthenia Gravis: Motor Nerve And Mobility Problems
This disorder goes deep into the central core of your mobility – it attacks the motor nerves. This results in abnormal twitches and movements in your dog’s hindquarters. This Jack Russell health problem can steal away even seemingly easy tasks such as sitting up and walking. Therefore, it limits just about all training and exercise – a sad malady to an energetic dog that loves to play.

Information provided by The Jack Russell Guide.

Longevity:
As to the life span of these wonderful active dogs, research states that a JRT can live from 12-15 years. Smaller dogs do seem to have a longer life span than average.
Taff and Patch had lived long outside this, and Raffles is approaching his 6th year, so I am hoping that we will have him for many years to come yet. His life span may be shorter due to having cancer diagnosed almost 17 months ago, but he has been in fine health since his operation. If the Gods are kind, he will be with us many more years yet.

So there you have it..A Jack Russell Terrier will always be an experience, but if you can learn to live with this over-active bundle of fur, you will never regret it.

These little loving dogs I promise you will leave paw-prints in your heart.


This article is dedicated to 'Bisto', the much loved and much missed JRT of our friend and fellow Wikinut writer, Tranquilpen.

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Hi there! I am Songbird B, and I am a semi-pro female Jazz vocalist. I have a huge passion for Jazz music, and I love writing Poetry, which I have done all my life. I am very Spiritual in my beliefs, and love Photography, Music and Garden Design....I...(more)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Great guide on Jack Russell dogs as pets. Far too active for me

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for moderating Mark, and for the Star merit too! My JRT is unusually laid back and prefers his sleep to going frantic, but believe me he does have his moments! lol..They are an amazing dog and my heart is lost forever to Jack Russells now..

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author avatar Carol
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Songbird what a lovly page and beautiful pics too. A very well deserved star! I love dogs too, my friend has a Jack Russel mix, and she is a bundle of fun and love.

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Lovely to see you Carol! They are truly amazing little dogs and so comedic at times.. I am completely besotted with them now..lol Getting my little lad through cancer was tough, but what a strong little dog he is. He is a constant joy to us.

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author avatar Buzz
17th Feb 2012 (#)

What a gorgeous pet you have, Bev, and I hope he'll recover and have many more years to give you joy. Congrats on the STAR, sweet friend.

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz. Hopefully he is cancer-free now, and is doing great. These are hardy little dogs thank heavens..lol

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Don't have much time, Songbird, lots to get done before I leave for todays round of speeches and debates. These 12-hour days of judging speeches and debates is really taking its toll on me. Thankfully tomorrow will be the last day of this tournament until the two-day finals in June up in Denver. Anyway I did want to take the time to say that you have really outdone yourself on this page. Everything about it, the way it's written, the photos that adorn it, everything is outstanding. You should have five-stars adorning the top of this page.

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

I have read that you have been busy my friend, and it sounds like you have your hands full at the moment, but I so appreciate you looking in on me Jerry. I hold you in the highest respect and your comments and praise for this article have me beaming from ear to ear! Thank you so so much for such praise indeed.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
17th Feb 2012 (#)

your rhymes are at rest my friend and now you brought us with a response to the Mark's challenge....it's got the same passion and perfection...

great page.congrats on the Star

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Ah, my rhymes are never too far away Cowboy, I am a poet rather than an article writer, but I have really enjoyed these challenges that Mark has set for us..and having a Jack Russell helps too, of course! lol

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author avatar krrymarie
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Great star page! We had a Jack Russel and being possessive wasn't the word for it! I had been on the end of his teeth many a times! and one time he slipped his collar and turned round and attacked me.
He wasn't far of my vein in my wrist if his teeth went in one cm if that further I wouldn't have been here today.
I have now got a staffy cross, so being on the end of a JRT teeth hasn't put me off but i would never own one of them lol!

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Remember what I said in my article about they can be the demon dog from hell, Kerry? Sorry to read of your awful experience of a rogue JRT. They are lively without doubt, and can be nippy, but rare to show such severe aggression. I could certainly see why that experience put you off..The three JRT X's I have known have been the gentlest souls..Most dogs want to be loved rather than go on the attack. As in all breeds, you can get a aggressive one...

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
26th Feb 2012 (#)

With all due respect, krrymarie, that little dog had a reason for biting you. He would not bite his owner for no reason at all. It might be something you are completely unaware of. I don't dispute that he bit you, but something happened, maybe he was frightened.

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Most dogs bite more from fear than anything else, though you certainly can have a rogue dog who can be aggressive. I could certainly understand how this can traumatise someone though.

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author avatar richardpeeej
17th Feb 2012 (#)

A wonderful account showing the pros and cons of owning a Jack Russell Terrier Bev. It is clear to see your love for this particular breed and especially now for your Raffles. A well researched and written article my friend and a very worthy star page to add to your collection :-)

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Rich..yes, as of all things there are pro's and con's, but though these little dogs can be a bit of a handful, they are wonderful, protective and loyal pets who have such a zest for life..They are really quite a joy to be around. Thank you for your lovely comments dear friend. \0/x

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author avatar jayababy
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Nice share, my friend.

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Jaya! We haven't heard from you in a while my friend! So nice to see you here again..

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author avatar Val Mills
17th Feb 2012 (#)

What a wonderful article Songbird, both informative and entertaining. I can see you love these dogs. I hope we get to read more articles from you.

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Val, thank you for looking in on me..Yes, I have produced a few articles just recently, which certainly have been challenging..lol.. I will be glad to get back to my poetry again...hahahahaha...

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
18th Feb 2012 (#)

An excellent, incredible job. I think you know more than the vets out there. Thanks Songbird.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Melissa, oh how I wish that I did my friend! lol.. I am so glad that you found this an enjoyable read.. Thank you for looking in on me..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Feb 2012 (#)

love it and the pics are fab but I cried a bit too..

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Ah Carolan, I didn't mean to make you cry...It means a lot to me to get your feedback, so thank you for popping in to see me on my page..

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author avatar Denise O
18th Feb 2012 (#)

I have not yet had the honour of having a JRT. They are too darn cute girl. My girlfriend has one and he is a hoot, he loves me for some reason. She says when I leave, he cries for me, funny huh. We are going to have a play date with him and my two guys next week. I am sure it will be okay but, I will let you know how it goes. Fantastic information on JRT's. You can tell you by this article, just how much you love them and how great of a job you do caring for your babies. We miss our guys/gals as they cross rainbow bridge but, we will meet them again. Love the page girl, it has just made my day. Star quality, as 'always'. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Denise, you really know how to make my day for me my dear, dear friend. I know that poor Kerry had a bad experience with a JRT, but the majority are wonderful lovable pets who will certainly keep you on your toes.. Hope all goes well for the doggie playdate next week. Raffles is a joy because he just loves everyone, human or dog! lol.. That lovelink is never severed when our pets pass.. I have experienced too much evidence to doubt that now.. Great to see you here as always my friend, thank you for your continued support..xxx

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Fascinating star page with more information on Jack Russell terriers than I could possibly remember. Our dog Naji is part Jack Russell, part Fox terrier.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Feb 2012 (#)

I think that Raffles has part Spaniel in him, or at least something! lol. My Taff was a Jack-Chi, so I found out when I was researching for this article. She was a cross between A JRT and a Chihuahua!..and they are quite a common mix so I hear! lol..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh, such an in-depth and beautiful article about the Jack Russell. You sure know your JRT breed inside out. And what glorious picture. Also, what a lovely thing to do - to dedicate this piece to Tranquilpen's JRT. That was so good of you.
Such a well-deserved star page, songbird. Love ya girl.
P.S. I've know lots of JRT's in my time - and they were all - ALL - such interesting and good-natured dogs. I do think the terrier breed in the nicest breed of dog.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Ah bless you Sheila! When I read about Andre's little Bisto, I cried my eyes out. Once touched by a Jack Russell, your heart never forgets. I know that Terriers can be a real handful, but their zest for life is second to none, which makes them such happy little dogs to know..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Feb 2012 (#)

P.S. I've bookmarked this so that I can return and take a look at your linked articles.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Would love you to take a look, so you get to meet my wonderful 'girls', and read Raffles story Sheila..Bless you for bookmarking this..

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Gorgeous! simply that, dear Bev perfectly in balance. Those faces just too great for fords. My little guy Bisto was an absolute pleasure to have around Congratulations with the star love:-))

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Feb 2012 (#)

I hope that you didn't mind me dedicating this article to Bisto, because I know how much he still lives in your heart Andre' and how loved he was by you all. Four years ago I lost my Taffie, and even now I still grieve for that lovable little devil in a furry tan coat..lol.. I am so glad you found your way to my page dear friend..xxx

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Feb 2012 (#)

I am deeply honoured for kindly dedicating this splendid article to my little boy who is waiting for me at the Rainbow bridge. (tears spilling over right now:-((

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

I know how much my dogs have touched my hear Andre' and how hard the loss is to bear. This is the very least I could do for a dear friend, and his wonderful lad who passed before his time. You will meet again I promise you my friend..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Though I never had dogs as pets, this wonderful article and the pictures that embellishes it gives me a bird's eye view of how it feels to have such lovely pets. Also the pain when it passes on but then leaves its paw prints on our hearts! Thanks Songbird for a masterpiece that leaves no stone unturned! - siva

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Bless you Sivar..It is always such a pleasure to find you on my page, and your comment touches me deeply dear friend..

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Full of great information and most of all love, enjoyed this article...such wonderful dogs, thanks Songbird...:0)

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia...I can't sing the praises of this dog breed enough..They have truly captured my heart..

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Songbird. A wonderful account of the Jack Russell dog. I have always wanted one but seem to have a full house most of the time. I met one in a pub in England. He was obviously a 'house favorite' because he had a seat on a stool at the bar.

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Ivy..lol..oh yes, they are clever little characters and soon learn how to win people around just with their amazing personality! Loved the image your comment produced in my mind's eye! lol

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Great star page.
Wonderful guide on Jack Russel terriers.
Wikinut is becoming rich with the factual articles, thanks to Mark Gordon Brown.

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author avatar Songbird B
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you for looking in on me Rathna my friend.. Yes, Mark certainly has inspired with these challenges he sets us..lol

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author avatar blackangelwings
21st Feb 2013 (#)

Loved this article Songbird B. I dog sit my aunties dog most days and have even written poems about him. He is a JRT who was also 'rescued' . He has his funny ways too being very protective. He brings joy and laughter to my everyday. Thanks for sharing your photos too. x

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2013 (#)

How lovely to see you here dear friend! I am glad that you enjoyed meeting my dogs through this article..JRT's are incredible characters aren't they? lol

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Mar 2013 (#)

An interesting read.

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Kingwell for looking in on me..Glad you found it interesting..

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author avatar Graeme
28th Feb 2014 (#)

I have a JR cross, rescue dog from Battersea, called Merrick. The most wonderful, loyal, loving, energetic companion. Needs to watched near young children, other animals, and frail older people though! Keeping calm, using his name and not trying to touch is the way to introduce yourself. Great article btw!

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