Purina Incredible Dogs: local Jack Russell hopes to become fastest in U.S.

By: Taylor Temby Email
By: Taylor Temby Email

While much of the country has been focused on the London Olympics, a local competitor is hoping to show she's the fastest in the country.

As a racer, her preparation is unbelievable. From the training to a strict diet and busy travel schedule, this competitor is working to prove she's the best.

For this small competitor, October brings a chance at redemption. Molly Jean Craft finished fourth in the national championship race in 2007. Now she'll get the chance to be the fastest in the country again. Oh, and I did mention Molly Jean is a Jack Russell Terrier, right?

"She went to the national championship in St. Louis," owner Valerie Craft said of Molly Jean's race in 2007. "[She had] a little trip out of the start box, and made the crowd laugh."

"We're lucky to have this dog. She's just a natural fast Jack Russell racer," owner Jim Craft added.

Jim and Valerie Craft have been participating in Jack Russell hurdle races for nearly 15 years.

"[Molly Jean has] won the Central Regional Championship in Denver, and we go to Purina Farms in October to run for the national championship," Jim said.

Her qualification makes Molly Jean one of the five or six fastest Jack Russell Terriers in the United States.

"We spend more money than we get back, but it's just fun and they bring a lot of joy to you," Valerie said of her dogs.

The Crafts have traveled across the country racing and showing their pups. Although the racing brings them joy, these dogs are a part of the family, first. The Crafts will tell you, they're just like any other dog when it comes to sleeping on the bed or going for rides in the car.

"Our dogs are our pets first," Valerie said.

"They're couch potatoes, too, just like any other dog," Jim echoed.

Whether at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in October, or in the backyard playing, when they see that fox tail waving, there's no stopping those Jack Russell Terriers.

"They have to have the drive and the aggression," Jim said of the breed.

If you have a chance to catch this quick action, let's just say don't blink. You might just miss the incredible Molly Jean.

The Crafts say these types of dogs aren't for everyone. Jack Russell Terriers have to be given something to do every day, and if you don't, they will find something and it's usually a little naughty.

The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge national championships take place in October. In addition to Molly Jean's event, the Jack Russell Hurdle Racing, there are also frisbee, dock diving and agility competitions.


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