The following paintings, graphics and sculpture by Alina Voda were shown at the ECO-SCOTTISH TERRIER-PIXELS exhibition in Bucharest, Romania last spring. The photo captions come from the Scottie News not Alina.

Scottish Terrier sculpture with garbage bags

Scottish Terrier art with Blaue Reiter influences

Scottish Terrier art with Pointillist influences

Scottish Terrier influenced by Georges Braque

Scottish Terrier influenced by Marc Chagall

Scottish Terrier art with unknown influences

Scottish Terrier made from jeans

Scottish Terrier art with African Tribal influences

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The big move

by SandraF on June 25, 2015 · 1 comment

in Scottie Love

Hello there!

Abby and I have finally gotten settled in our new home on the east coast.  We decided to drive instead of fly which was much easier on Abby.  I was worried because she had only been in a car once before.  She did terrific. She slept the whole way.  She only woke up when we stopped for a break.

However, Abby did not adjust quickly to the house.  She really misses her buddies (especially Bridget).  Moving from the big city to a small town is a big adjustment for Abby.  There is no noise, no elevator, no Bridget, and the neighbourhood is really quiet compared to Toronto. When she looks out the window, there are no delivery trucks, no lawn maintenance guys, no apartments…just some crows.  Oh, and a pheasant that jumped out of a the shrubery at us.  The neighbours are probably still laughing at how high Abby and I jumped.

Abby is now completely comfortable.  She loves her new park but misses her buds.  My uncle brought his dog Susie over but that just turned to an unfortunate incident. Abby and Susie have strong territorial personalities. Further introductions will take place on neutral territory.

So for now, we are getting settled and checking out new walking trails and slowly meeting new friends.

Just hanging out

Just hanging out

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Picky eater

by SandraF on June 25, 2015 · 6 comments

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Scarlett has an interesting issue with her 7 month old Scottie.  Love to hear any suggestions from other Scottie users with similar issues.

“My 7 month old Scottie hates his dog food! I buy him a new brand/flavor and he’ll eat it for about a week very happily then he turns his nose up at it and that is that! I have to basically beg him to eat. I.e. On the ground feeding him by hand or throwing it piece by piece for him to “chase” and “catch”. However, sometimes he is uncoaxable! He doesn’t eat any sort of human food except crunchy peanut butter and honey. He’s never even tried for it. I eat my food on the ground with him in my lap most meals. He eats treats just fine, no matter what they are, when training. He also loves his chew sticks! However, he gets bored, I think, with his dog food. I clean the dog dish daily and I also keep the food in a screw top container to keep everything fresh so I don’t think its because its stale or dirty…what do I do? I’m very desperate…”

 

 

 

 

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Reggie is an inspiration to us all.

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The Scottie News team back in our lighter days

The Scottie News team back in our lighter days

Bridget, the Scottie who inspired the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, turns nine years old later this month. Apart from one or two bouts with allergies, she has always enjoyed robust good health. But, as of late, alas, that has changed. In the past two months, Bridget has faced a number of health problems.

It began with a cyst-like bump that’s a few years old but recently started growing. The vet doesn’t think it’s dangerous, but recommended nevertheless that it come off, and we’re going to get it done. Before she could go in for her surgery (just a local anesthetic), however, Bridget developed a sore front paw.

It flared up one afternoon and she couldn’t put any weight at all on it. I heard her crying during the night and nothing had improved by morning so off she went to the vet, rolling along like a Queen in a medically equipped grocery stroller.

The vet saw nothing more than the swollen left paw pads we had noticed. He trimmed back some of her paw fur and gave us an anti-inflammatory spray and told us to keep her quiet. He said if she wasn’t better in a few days, he’d do an X-ray.

Within 24 hours, Bridget was greatly improved. And within 48, she seemed almost completely better.

But that’s not all. On her cyst visit, the vet grabbed Bridget and put her on the scale where she weighed in at a whopping 29 lbs, more than four lbs heavier than her last weigh-in. She was ordered to go on a diet. For the next month, I monitored her food consumption carefully and cut back on meal portions and snacks. I was convinced she had dropped a pound or two.

Well, I was wrong. While she was at the clinic for her paw treatment, she was whisked on to the scale where it was noted she had, in fact, gained several ounces.

I protested. It couldn’t be. She was eating much less.

The vet suggested she might have thyroid problems and said he’d get back to me. For now, I’m still waiting.

 

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See more of this photographer’s fabulous work on Flickr

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Hello friends and fellow Scottie lovers. Ann here. Remember me? Scottish Terrier and Dog News founding editor and publisher, human to Bridget, still aspiring dog media entrepreneur in spite of a few misfires.

It’s been a while. Has it not? You’re probably as grateful as I am to Sandra and Abby for revitalizing the Scottie News during my prolonged absence and giving us all something to talk about and ooh and ah over. Yeah, Sandra and Abby! You go girls!

Sandra and I have been talking a lot as of late about what to do with the Scottie News going forward. Our plan is to take the summer to turn it back into the active website and newsletter it used to be. We hope you’ll join in because reader participation and engagement makes a site like this all the more valuable and fun. You and your Scotties are a wealth of information and we love it when you share.

Anyway, talking about the good old days, the Scottie News celebrated its eight year anniversary this month and Bridget will turn nine next month. Where is the little dog I carried la la la? While I was looking back nostalgically at the May 2007 archives, I rediscovered one of my favourite Scottie videos of Sadie fetching a beer:

Thematically, it fits well with this pool boy video sent in earlier today by a reader:

Just one tip, everyone. Turn your phone sideways before you take that Scottish Terrier video. I learned the hard way when I filmed Bridget in the snow last February. And speaking of winter, aren’t we all glad that one’s finally over?

Have a great pre-summer weekend, everyone. And if you love the Scottie News, please forward this email to all your Scottish Terrier-loving friends and acquaintances. The bigger our email list gets, the better. More readers means more Scottish Terrier and Dog News:

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Some of you may recall Bridget’s big misadventure, when she went missing for 10 hours last year on a cold wintry day and was saved in a daring ravine rescue mission. We really could have used a GPS dog collar back then so I could have just checked on my smart phone and located her in minutes.

Unfortunately the Tractive pet tracker was not yet available in Canada and the best GPS collar tracking technology was still confined to the US. Fast forward to May 2015 and the Tractive is available in 80 countries wherever there is data coverage. Hip hip hurrah!!!

In case you’re wondering, Bridget does have a collar tag with our contacts and a microchip, but neither of those are any help until she has been captured by a human who phones to tell us she has been found. My big worry was always that she would be dognapped or hit by a car before she could be located. The Tractive GPS collar solves that problem.

Prices and subscriptions to access Tractive’s cell networks and track your pet’s whereabouts vary. At the time of writing, Tractive’s cheapest offer was $4.99 per month, but these rates do jump around and if you have a bolting pet they are a bargain when it comes to peace of mind.

Buy a Tractive pet tracker on Amazon

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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)

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.

There’s a great customer review on Amazon, complete with video of the user trying out the GoPro Fetch harness on his dog.

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.

Here’s lucky Mercedez:

And here’s Bacacho:

 

Find out more about either you or your dog becoming a movie maker.

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Steven, a Scottish Terrier/ Chihuahua mix, was recently up for adoption in central California:

Seeing him on the news reminded me of some of the Scottie News‘ past Chihuahua coverage including this post on Tad, consort to the late great Scottish Terrier champ, Sadie.

Then there was the time Bonnie wrote in about Pepper, her ScotChi or Taco Terrier, and compared her to a fruit bat looks-wise.

And finally this about almost all the various Scottish Terrier mixes and hybrids.

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Oh dear, cat acts heroically while Scottie snoozes

May 27, 2015

The Kawartha Times of Ontario, Canada reports: 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 […]

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