Ruby and Jinx, 10 and 3-Year-Old Jack Russell Terriers
Sandy Hill bought Ruby to train her as a hunting dog. While Ruby is dainty in stature and delicate in her manners, she has proven to be a natural born hunter. She is always on alert, looking for her next kill, and any animal she perceives as fearing her is fair game, including live bulls. Jinx is much younger than Ruby, and has a completely different temperament. Jinx is a clown compared to Ruby. She loves doing tricks and playing and being with other people. She hunts, too, but she is afraid of gun shots and lacks the intensity exhibited by Ruby. Because of their different personalities, the dogs never got along wonderfully, but they tolerated each other. That is, until four years ago when the dogs had their first fight. It was at night and the dogs had been given raw hides and put to bed. Ruby decided she wanted both pieces of raw hide and stole Jinx’s. When Jinx went to get it back a very violent fight broke out which resulted in both dogs and Sandy suffering injuries. Another year went by without incident, but then there was another unexpected altercation and since then the dogs end up fighting almost every time they are together. Sandy now keeps the dogs separate at all times, creating two parallel lives and taking twice as much time. Every time Sandy has let her guard down, the dogs have attacked one another.
ABOUT THE OWNER:
Sandy Hill is a writer and editor by trade and has contributed to Vogue, Mademoiselle, Bride’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, Men’s Journal, and USA Today, among others. Her passion is the great outdoors. Sandy has tackled “the seven summits,” climbing the highest mountains on each continent, including Mt. Everest, about which she reported on camera and online for NBC News. In 2000, she realized another dream, to own a vineyard and ranch in California. Sandy now divides her time between Venice, CA and Santa Barbara County.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF JINX AND RUBY'S EPISODE WHY DOGS FIGHT:
Sandy owns an African Grey Parrot, which as a species has a very long lifespan of between 30 and 60 years. The parrot was so loud and talked so much while the crew was filming that they had to move it outside.