I noticed that Abby was having trouble walking one day. She would trip over her one foot and when we got home she would lick the paw constantly. I noticed some changes to her paw but it is a struggle to look at them as she is really sensitive.
I took her to vet and found that she has a interdigital furuncles which are basically cysts on her toes. Right now I am soaking her foot 2-3 times a day in epsom salts. We go back to the vet next week to see how they are.
Toe cysts can be caused by ingrown hair, a foreign object embedded in the toe, or a skin mite. I am not sure what caused this but I know that allergies can also be a factor.
Have any of you had this issue with your Scottie? If so, can you update the comments with your experience and what you recommend for Abby?
Ann and I met for our weekly walk in the park with our girls. As we walked by some cutoff stumps, I thought it would be a chance to get some pictures. I put Abby on one stump so I could catch a shot. Ann then put Bridget on the stump beside Abby and I tried to get more photos. When we set this up, there were no other dogs around (or humans). Suddenly, it was like a sale at Target, there were people everywhere with of course – their dogs.
As I mentioned before, Abby is turning into a “mean girl” so I was quite concerned about the dogs getting closer. But I was still trying to get an artistic shot. I guess I was taking too long as Ann suddenly shouted “Take the picture!”. She was also watching the dogs getting closer and was beginning to get worried Here are some of the photos.
Abby on the Logs
Abby & Bridget
I had to include these two pictures of Bridget. One was taken when we had one day of snow. Bridget always rolls and rubs one side of her face in the snow. We call this her “Phantom of the Opera” look.
The Phantom of the Opera
And this is Bridget with her spring pixie cut She looks gorgeous.
Bridget’s New Do
Barney & Miss Beazley
The George W. Bush Presidential Center has bronze statues of Barney and Miss Beazley. Check them out in the Los Angeles Times Arts & Entertainment Section.
We decided to take a picture of our little terrier group on a beautiful winter day. What we thought would be an easy task turned into a 20 minute struggle. Ann and Raymond tried to get the dogs to sit side by side on a bench while I tried to take photos.
Raymond tried to get Beau (who is the best trained) to sit on the bench first. However, Beau thought he wanted him to jump over the bench. So as Raymond and Ann were trying to get the rest of the dogs on the bench, Beau would just jump up and over, jump up and over, again and again. Finally, Raymond and Ann got Beau, Bonnie and Bridget on the bench. As soon as one would get settled, another would jump off. After 20 minutes of wrestling the dogs, we gave up and decided to try another time (after Ann and Raymond had time to recover).
Here are some of the photos:
Okay, just stay there and face front.
Maybe if we hold onto them..
And they are off!
Let’s try treats this time!
The final shot! Abby & Bridget decided to be divas and refused to sit unless we had liver treats!
Mail Online Article
Surf’s Up: Westies have now taken over the waves. Check out the photoshopped pics in the Mail Online. They are adorable.
Westie walk in Brighton continued on despite some earlier poisonings that occurred in the park. Check out the pictures and article in the Argus. It is so scary when people do horrid things such as leaving out food and poison for dogs and other animals.
A day in the life of a Westie (my Chelsea):
Are we going to the park or not?
I LOVE the park!
Time for my nap. Wake me up when dinner is ready.
Happy Westie Wednesday!
Here are some pictures sent to the Scottish Terrier News of your Scotties.
Keep them coming! They make our day!
It’s the Easter Scottie!
My kinda Prairie Dogs!
BBC Article – How Scottish are Scotties?
A thought provoking article on the traits of our beloved Scotties and whether those traits are representative of the Scottish. Check out the BBC article.
Mirror Crufts 2015 Article
Scottish Terrier Knopa won Best in Show at Crufts! Crufts is one of the world’s biggest dog shows with over 20,000 dogs attending. Picture the fun in the hotels with all the dogs!
However, some controversy ensued when her handler picked Knopa up by the tail. Because of this, over 70,000 signed a petition for her to have the award rescinded.
For the details, check out the article and see the video in the Mirror.
After watching the video, do you feel that this was something that the handler should be punished for? Let us know what you think.
Well, it looks like spring is finally on its way for some of us. I am happy to have warmer weather than the -25 degree Celsius temperatures we were experiencing. However, I hope you will forgive me if I am not so thrilled to see the warmer weather. Now that the snow has melted and the warmer temperatures are here, Abby’s allergies are starting up again.
We had our first warm day and I noticed her digging at her feet and I mean DIGGING. She will rip her fur out if she gets a chance. To help her feel better, I give her baking soda baths. I fill up the tub with lukewarm water and add some baking soda. She seems to like having the water around her and will sit and relax. I fill the tub about 2-4 inches high so her stomach and legs are covered. This does seem help relieve her itching. I also use Hexadene shampoo which really helps as well.
Thankfully, Abby loves to have a bath. However, she will try to get in if you are running your own bathwater so you really have to keep an eye on her.
She is on Atopica which over the winter was reduced to 1 tablet every two days but now that spring is here will be increased to daily. I have also tried an antihistamine but found that she would sit in the corner and pant so I took her off it. I am going to try them again though.
Apple cider vinegar (with the mother) mixed 50/50 with water can also help relieve itching. I mix this in a spray bottle and have it handy to spritz her when we come in from outside.
I also found that insect bites would really cause her to fret and itch more so than any other dog I have owned. Last summer, to try to keep mosquitoes away, I would spritz her with Listerine. This does seem to work. I even spray my feet before heading out the door.
Check out other allergy solutions that other Scottie owners have used in the Allergy season plagues Scottish Terriers article.
Here’s hoping this year will be better for all our little allergy sufferers.
Sorry for the delay in getting back online and updating the Scottish Terrier News site. It has been a busy couple of months.
Well, life has been good in my little Scottie world. I was happy to babysit Ann’s Bridget for a couple of days in December. Abby and Bridget had so much fun. They love to race around. I think they are trying to play chase but they don’t seem to know which one is the “chaser” or the “chasee”. I am dying to get another Scottie but having Bridget over keeps me from making any rash decisions. (However, I am keeping my eyes on some of the Scottish Terrier Rescue Sites. If only I lived near New Jersey, I would be begging for Burton on STCGNY.)
Here are the girls:
Ready for more fun!
Also, I was looking at Abby’s puppy pictures and I think Scotties also have a bit of mystery about them, somewhat like the bumblebee. You know, the mystery of how bumblebees should not physically be able to fly. When I look at Abby’s puppy picture, it is a wonder she can walk with that big head. Another mystery of life?
My, what a big head you have.
Glad to be back to the Scottie world.