FENELON FALLS – Carol Junkin never dreamed that a cat she adopted six months ago would alert her to a potentially life-threatening situation… Ms Junkin says Jack is “a very alert cat” but “not the in-your-face type.”
That changed early in the morning on May 17.
“It was about 5:30 a.m., and he was walking around my pillow. I was in a really deep sleep, so I wasn’t fully awake, and I shooed him away.”
But, Jack didn’t quit. The animal got back onto the bed and stood on Ms Junkin’s chest, pushing with his paws and putting his face close to hers until she came fully awake. Read more
Meanwhile, the dog slept through it all:
“I have a Scottish terrier, Bear, but he is old and he didn’t wake up,” she explained. “I think it’s just wonderful that a cat I haven’t had for very long did something like that; if it hadn’t been for him, I don’t know what would have happened.”
The Scottie News is just glad everyone’s safe and sound be they dog, cat or human. You’re our hero too, Jack.
While Nikon’s been getting a lot of press lately for its “heartography” dog camera experiment, its collar contraption is not yet for sale. That means if you feel inspired to turn your pet into a movie-maker of photographer, you’ll have to go with one of the dog camera harnesses already out there. Luckily, this includes the GoPro Fetch, which is the best-rated of them all, and works with the hugely popular GoPro camera.
Big dogs and small can wear the GoPro Fetch Dog Harness, a #1 bestseller on Amazon. (Click photo for more info)
While the big dogs can wear the cameras mounted on their chests as well as their backs, that obviously wouldn’t be practical for smaller breeds. The GoPro Fetch harness is fully adjustable to fit dogs from 10 – 120 lbs. (7 – 54 kg). It’s fully padded at all adjustment points to ensure your pet’s comfort as they give you their dog’s eye view of the world.
Washable + water friendly, Fetch holds up to swimming, splashing, mud and more. It’s designed to work with the GoPro waterproof cameras.
How do they work on Scottish Terriers? The Scottie News has not yet discovered any Scottie Spielbergs, but we did find some humans using GoPro cameras to document the lives of their faithful companions.
Rita is having trouble with her Scottie Barney and his ears.
“I would like to ask a question regarding our Scottish Terrier (Barney) love of my/our life.! Over the past year he has started scratching his ear so much some times squealing as well, we took him to the vet he was sedated and his ear’s cleaned ( build up of wax & hair) and given tablets (steroids??) however this is continuing to happen vet is expensive any suggestions!!!!!!”
Has anyone else had similar issues? Please add comments if you have any suggestions for Rita.
Abby is still doing really well. Refocussing her attention to me changes her demeanour such that she ignores the other dogs. Even Ann admitted she is doing really well. (Thanks Ann!) It has been a pleasure to walk Abby over the last two weeks. Well, a pleasure in that she doesn’t freak out over other dogs..not so much a pleasure when she decides not to walk).
Something in the comment that Russie made on the first post really made me think.
Russie wrote “We had a much stronger relationship and he clearly trusted me, which was no small thing. He could be distracted with a click or a word–even when another dog was coming at him, teeth bared. He knew I was there to support him, and, more importantly, he was less afraid and had more confidence in himself.”
I think Abby now knows that I am going to handle the situation and it is not up to her. I once told Ann that Abby was not a confident Scottie as noises and new situations were difficult for her. Having her focus on me let her know that I could be trusted and that she could relax. I had her back. This has changed our relationship and I wish I had done this sooner.
Thanks again for everyone’s advice. I am getting the Abby I knew back.
Abby and I will be moving to the East Coast this summer. I worry about this change for Abby. She has never lived anywhere else or even travelled very far. In fact, her first and last time in a car was when I picked her up.
I am concerned that Abby will miss her “pack” (Bridget, Beau, and Bonnie). She will love where we are moving to as there are a lot of walking paths, dog parks and water. But no pack. I may have to create one for her :).
This is also the first time she will be flying. She is too big to fly in the cabin so she will have to go in the fore hold, which is climate controlled. I am sure I am going to be sick with worry during the flight. I know that lots of dogs fly everyday without an issue but I am still going to worry. I am going to put a bone in with her so that she will chew on that for the flight. Anything can happen around her and she will not bat an eyelash as long as she has a bone.
I am still going to be writing for the Scottish Terrier News. Abby and I will let you know about our adventures in Nova Scotia.
Judy wrote in with a story about her Molly who loved to bark. I laughed so much that I had to add this to the blog.
“I actually did have her on the spray collar. You’ll love this … Put the collar on her in the yard so I could be present to praise her when she was good. But she saw a squirrel … bark spray bark spray! Then the neighbours drove up and parked next door … bark spray bark spray!! And on it went. When Molly noticed that her face was soaked with the spray, she would run up to the water bowl, dunk her face in it to rinse off and then went back into the yard to bark some more!!! She used up a whole canister of the spray in 1/2 hour!! Needless to say we took the collar back and have since looked at other training methods! Gotta love the feisty Scottie!!”
I had a similar incident with a little machine that was supposed to emit a noise that only the dogs could hear. Angus and Chelsea loved to bark whenever anyone was walking outside which when you live is city is always. I set the machine up so that it would be right near the patio door which was their favourite spot. It worked for half an hour. When they barked, they would run to the machine and stare at it so it must have been emitting some noise. After awhile, they stopped barking at the door and just sat and barked at the machine. It was like they were having a conversation. The battery and my nerves finally ran out.
Let us know if you had better success with other tools or training methods.
Scotties are on the leading edge of social networking. There are Scotties with Twitter accounts that have quite a following. Now Abby is wanting her own Facebook and Twitter accounts. Should not have shown this to her
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