It isn't often that a dog outshines his master - especially when the master is a celebrity in his own right. Yes this was precisely the situation with Christopher Richard (Rick) Stein and his Jack Russell Terrier Chalky.
Rick was a famous chef and TV personality, who had Chalky as part of his show. Due to his hilarious antics, Chalky eventually arrived at a place in the public's heart that even his master could not reach. When Chalky died, a motion was tabled in parliament honoring his death.
Jack Russell Terriers are extremely intelligent due to the important role they play in hunting where they are required to hold quarry down in it's hole until it can be excavated. This also explains the fact that they are extremely vocal.
It is commonly accepted that Jack Russells need adequate stimulation in order to be mentally happy. Without this, they can become destructive.
Jack Russell Terriers are also extremely long lived. This is due to careful breeding. Indeed, Chalky - the dog we met at the beginning of this article was almost 18 years of age when he passed away! He continued filming with his owner till the last month of his death.