The Scottish Terriers caused enough of  a stir that Scottie News is putting out a special edition. The Radio Times has an excellent photo essay:

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Archie the Scottie tweeted his experience. You can read all about it in his Twitter stream:


The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher by Ann Brocklehurst

Click photo to buy it on Amazon or read free sample

Check out my new ebook, The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher, which is around the length of a long magazine article. It’s the true story of Jeff Boucher, a man who who went for a run and never returned. His disappearance captured public attention and has since been featured on the Investigation Discovery channel’s Last Seen Alive series.

Although Boucher’s naked body was later found encased in ice on the shores of Lake Ontario, the police still have no answers as to how this suburban dad, seemingly Mr. Normal, came to be there. The disappearance triggered a huge manhunt and major investigation, both of which failed to turn up any clues. “Mr. Boucher quite simply appears to have vanished,” one homicide detective said at the time.

My ebook gives my theory on what happened. My ebook gives my theory on what happened.

Buy The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher on Amazon (or read free sample)

You can read it on any tablet, smart phone or computer. Just download the Kindle app from the itunes store. Or better still, read it on your Kindle.


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Onward and upward: Bridget of the Scottie News turned eight last month

Hello everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying Sandra’s posts about Abby, Angus and Chelsea as much as I have and are looking forward to more to come. She’s told me she’s planning to write about “when good Scotties turn bad.” I can’t wait.

In the meantime, here’s some Scottie entertainment for you. It’s a 40-minute video called Leah and the Real Dog starring writer and producer Leah Epstein as herself, a woman inexplicably enamoured of a statue of a Scottish Terrier. Hamish MacDougal McDuff and Nessarose Epstein, a Scottie and an Australian cattle dog respectively, are  the canine stars. The Hunterdon County Democrat called it “a head-spinning, mirthful film, light on plot and heavy on belly laughs.” Watch it here>>

Or  you can just sit and ogle these uber-adorable Scottie pups who showed up in my Facebook feed.

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I especially love the state of their ears

One more thing, there are lots of great news comments from readers of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News. If you head over to the site, you can check them out.



by SandraF on June 18, 2014 · 4 comments

in Life with dogs

There they were, Bonnie and Beau, coming back from the park and they were not alone.  They were with ANOTHER DOG.  Not just any dog but Daisy, the poodle upstairs.  As Abby watched their return from her favourite spot on the balcony, she got more and more frustrated.  Why was she sitting here while they went to the park with DAISY!?!  Why was she not there enjoying a good game of catch.  Finally, her frustration all came out.  She barked angrily to the world. “Why Me? Why am I stuck here?”

My mother, who was visiting, rushed to the balcony to tell Abby to be quiet.  Before she could get there, Abby came bounding in. She was practically leaping in the air with each bark (which as you know is no mean feat for a Scottie).

She was mad.  She wanted to go to the park and she wanted to go now.  My mother, having heard enough of the tirade, told Abby, “You just be quiet now!”

Abby stopped, looked at my Mother and then proceeded to walk over to a stack of books on my coffee table and push them all off with her nose.

My mother could not believe it. This was a doggie temper tantrum. She had not seen something like this since I was two.

Abby calmed down after that.  However, she was a little cool to Daisy for going to the park with her boyfriend, Beau, and her good friend, Bonnie.

Get Mad? Me? Never!

Get Mad? Me? Never!



The Goodbye

by SandraF on June 18, 2014 · 2 comments

in Random, Tributes to much loved Scotties

I have been dreaming a lot lately about my Westie, Chelsea, who passed three years ago.

Chelsea and I always had little rituals that was just between us.  Everyday, I would get up and get ready for work leaving her asleep under the covers. Angus would be asleep at the pillow.

When I was ready to take them out, I would lean down and pet both of them.  Chelsea would always give me one little lick on my nose.  Chelsea and Angus were not dogs to lick someone so this was special.

Chelsea did this everyday.  I like to think it was her way to say “Good Morning”.  If I was feeling down, she would lean over and give me a “kiss” on the nose.  She only did this with me.

When the day came to have her put down, I stood at the table petting and talking to her.  As I stroked her fur, she started to go.  But before she went, she leaned her little head  over and gave me a “kiss” on the nose as if to comfort me.  She then laid her head down and was gone.

It broke my heart to say goodbye but I knew we made the right decision for her.  She was with me for 14 years and she was very special.  I will always remember that last little “kiss” from my little girl. Our pets are with us for a short time and I know that we all cherish every day we have with them.

My Girl

My Girl


A Good Night’s Sleep

by SandraF on May 14, 2014 · 4 comments

in Scottie Love

Taking a quick nap

Taking a quick nap

Scotties just seem to know how to expand into any space on the bed and take it over completely.

Chelsea liked to sleep under the covers and curl right into your stomach.  God forbid if you moved. She would march right up in your face and give you a look that said “Stay still! I am trying to sleep here.”

Angus liked to sleep with his back right up against your back.  This was like sleeping against a brick wall. Unfortunately, he slept with his bum toward your head so if he farted you were a goner.  He usually moved into this position after you were asleep so you could be totally unaware until the fart hit you.

Angus once jumped on the bed and stepped on a sleeping Chelsea.  She came charging out from under the covers and let him have it.  He did not know what hit him.  After that, he would walk very slowly on the bed and step lightly.

Abby just jumps on the bed and drops where she lands.  Usually this is right on my side of the bed.  I get her to move but it is like moving a teenager. She will move a little bit and look at me with what I imagine is a “What!?! I moved” expression.

It would be easier to not let them on the bed in the first place but well, they enjoy it and so do I.  But the farts…..


Screen shot 2014-05-14 at 8.19.05 PMCute article from London’s Daily Telegraph about Basil the man about town:

Being the charmer he is, Bas has a few girlfriends around the block, including a little lady called Miss Muffles, to whom he once showed his affection by taking a wee across her hind legs. Together they make a handsome pair, until you realise that Basil perhaps has fewer brain cells.



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Happy Birthday Mac!

by SandraF on April 29, 2014 · 3 comments

in About the Scottie News, Photos

Here is a photo of Mac who has just turned seven. Isn’t he adorable? I love the scarf. Very fashionable for the sophisticated Scottie.

Happy Birthday Mac!

Happy Birthday Mac!


There is such an joyful feeling when one sees a Scottie. You stop in your tracks, do a double-take and make sure that it is a Scottie. Then you make your way over. You just can’t keep walking, you have to say “Hi”. When you say that you too own a Scottie, a glimmer of understanding passes between you and your new friend.

When walking through the park on Sunday, I saw the glimpse of little black tail. I was thrilled to learn that a new Scottie is in the neighbourhood. He is six months old and is named Fraser. Abby pulled me over to say “Hi”. She gets just as excited as me. Scottie pups always make me think about getting a buddy for Abby. Little Fraser loves to play, has no fear and can wrestle like he is in the WWF. Abby seemed to lose interest in him when she realized that he is wrestler with puppy teeth. It will be interesting to watch little Fraser grow up.

Now, if I can just stop myself from getting another Scottie…


Why a Scottie?

by SandraF on April 29, 2014 · 13 comments

in About the Scottie News, Random

When I mention getting another dog, I hear “Don’t get another Scottie” from friends and family alike.

I smile because I know what they consider to be Scottie negative behaviours I consider them the things I love about the breed.

1. “They are so stubborn”

This is always the first comment. I think “Yes, they are stubborn.” But I love that about them. This is a dog that will do everything it can to get its own way. Even trying to use all of its body weight. They can outlast you. The fun is trying to figure out how to win.

2. “They are so independent”

Yes, they are. They do not need to be beside you all the time. Each of my Scotties would go to any room in the house and sleep. The only room they must be beside me in is the kitchen. They are just waiting for a crumb to fall off the cupboard.

Angus was always one to drift off into various parts of a house. When visiting my parents, Angus would disappear around 9pm. We couldn’t figure it out until we found him on the bed in the downstairs bedroom staring at himself in the mirror. In the dark, he looked like a batman silhouette. The only time Angus would insist that you accompany him was to bed. He liked to go to bed at 10pm. If I was working on the computer, he would sit beside and whine. If I ignored him, his whine would get louder and shriller. What he wanted was for me to “tuck” him in. I would have to get up, walk him to bedroom, help him on the bed (which he could easily jump up on any other time) and get him settled. I would then shut the light off and leave him be. I was surprised to find that Abby also loves to be “tucked” in. She likes to go to bed at 11pm.

3. “They are so persistent”

Yep. This is so very true. But I love it. This is a dog that will try everything to get something they want. If their ball rolls under the bookcase or sofa, they will try with all their might to get it. They will use their little legs (which don’t reach past their head) and try to get the ball even though there is no way they can reach it. Once they realize the futility of it all, they will come to you and bark. Their eyes will point to the spot where the ball is. If you don’t react fast enough the bark will get louder. They will keep this up until you respond and get that ball! Unfortunately, this usually occurs when you are really busy or have company.

4. “They have no expression”
This one puzzled me. But I figured it out. The Scotties’ eyes do not go soft and emotive like a lab. In fact, I have heard their eyes described as “stuffed moose” eyes. But they are total terrier eyes. Watchful, waiting, alert. A Scottie owner can read the expressions in their dogs eyes. They know what their dogs are feeling. I see on the web lots of pictures of guilty looking dogs. I have yet to see a guilty looking Scottie.

Scotties are one of the most interesting breeds of dogs. I don’t recommend them for everyone but do recommend them to people who love a challenge. Which I suspect is everyone reading the Scottish Terrier News.


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