Background of Jay Greene, Caver, Adventurer, and Lover of Rat Terriers!

Submitted by:  Sherri M. Chatterton
Compiled and put together by: Jay Green and Sherri Chatterton

Noodle Dog Caving
Background Info: Jay Greene, 36 years old. I live in Cookeville, TN, in a region known as The Upper Cumberlands, named for the Cumberland Plateau that dominates the local scenery. Noodle Dog is my third Rat Terrier and all have caved, as well as ridden ATV's, swam, floated in rivers with me, camped for days, etc.

Q.  Jay, when did you start your love of caving or has it just always "been there"?
J.G.   Tennessee has the most caves of any state in the United States with over 8,000 caves surveyed and many more not yet surveyed. I first caved in 1985, when I was 17 years old and wanted something exciting to do. With so many caves to choose from it was a natural choice to supply adventure to a bored 17 year old. I was immediately impressed with everything I experienced inside a cave. The sound of the dripping water, the otherwise total silence, the magnificent formations, the solitude, and most importantly the challenge. When caving you depend on your caving team to keep you alive. Teamwork and survival are the name of the game.

Q.  You mentioned that your dad is a vet.  Is that how you saw your first rat terrier?
J.G.   No. I first became aware of Rat Terriers through a friend of mine, Kristen Bobo, who owns Zip, a Rat Terrier/Mountain Feist. He was so rugged for a 20 pound dog and so smart. Zip is willing to go anywhere and do anything, anytime. I knew I wanted a dog like him as soon as I met him. Three Rat Terriers later...

Q.  Do many folks take canines caving with them?
J.G.    No. Caves are a very sensitive and fragile environment. Most dogs are not intelligent enough, rugged enough, small enough, or interested in caving. Larger dogs tend to walk in places that they shouldn't sometimes breaking fragile formations. Most cavers frown upon taking dogs caving. But I have not met a caver yet that did not enjoy caving with Zip, Noodle Dog, Little Dog, or Bitsy.

Q.  What made you decide that the rat terrier was the type of dog companion you preferred to take caving with you?
J.G.    Rat Terriers are such companion animals that the concept of NOT taking them caving seems strange. Zip and Little Dog (my first Rattie) just loved bouldering, rock-hopping through creeks, swimming, hiking, etc during hiking adventures Zip and Little Dog would explore every crack and crevice on the hillside. We could barely keep them out of caves. THEY let US know that they are good dogs for caving.

Q.  Who was your first rattie?  Your second one?  I know your sister got one that used to be your caving buddy ... how's she (the rattie) handling being a stay-at-home rattie now?
J.G.    My fist Rat Terrier was Little Dog. He was my special buddy and he will always have a special place in my heart. In November, 2003 Little Dog found a stray cat hiding under my storage shed and chased the cat out and into the street. A driver was unable to stop in time.  Little Dog was only 3 years old but he was the best dog I have ever known. My second dog, Bitsy, was Little Dog's best friend and companion. She is a type B rattie with short legs. The loss of Little Dog shook her up as bad as it did me. I took her to my sister's home in Arkansas while I was traveling to Texas in December, 2003, and her family fell in love with her. My sister has three children and a Bijon Friese in the house. I though that Bitsy would be better able to move past her loss of Little Dog in a new environment. She is settled in now and they really love her. Bitsy was always a bit dainty and preferred clean paws to muddy ones. She is quite happy in her new environment.

Little Dog, Bitsy and me on a mountain top
Q. The little guy you've got now, how's he working out with being your ďadventuring buddy"?
J.G.    Noodle Dog was full grown when I got him in December, 2003. He was totally untrained and knew nothing about how to be a companion dog. I have had him 7 weeks and in that time he has picked up on everything. As soon as he formed a bond with me and realized that he was expected to stay with me inside or outside he adjusted quickly. I took him into his first cave about 2 and a half weeks after bringing him to Tennessee. He was initially scared of the dark hole I was taking him through but once inside he adapted quickly. He has been caving 5 times now in four caves. The very first time I took him out with my ATV he ran alongside like he was born for it. He is progressing faster than I would have expected and is a testament to the versatility, adaptability, and intelligence of the breed. I have high expectations for him and he has not faltered yet.

3 other cavers on an ATV with Noodle
 Dog in my lap and Zip on the ground.
Q. You've got a website that shows so many of your adventures ... would you mind sharing it with other folks?
J.G.     My website is called Cumberland Adventures and is available free to the public at all times. It exists solely for the viewing and reading pleasure of my web-visitors. It is broken down into a section about Waterfalls, a section about Caves, an Adventure Links section, and of course, contact information. There are hundreds of photographs, all taken in the Cumberland Mountains. There is a page devoted to Little Dog and also to Noodle Dog. Both are shown caving on the website. The web address is

Take Care,
Jay Greene

A little Love and the Rat Terrier

     It was a year ago this past November when Eddie was involved in a 
terrible automobile accident while delivering pizzas.  Eddie finally came 
home last year.  He still goes to his physical therapy and speech therapy 
three times a week and is working really hard towards his recovery. 
Eddie joined his father, Ralph who came down to shoe our horses one
rainy day. As you can see from the picture neither Eddie or Esse wanted 
to get out of the truck to face the lousy weather.  Eddie loves to come 
down with his Dad just to visit the rats. These little dogs can bring so 
much joy to those that otherwise can not enjoy life as they once used to.
Carol Pompey, PA

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