A Scottish Terrier is attacked by wasps

A few weeks, frequent commenter Holly’s dog Fiona was attacked by yellow jackets:

Fiona happened to walk near a nest in the ground and the scouts set out like crazy. She wasn’t poking at it, or digging. She was simply in the area. That’s the incredibly unfair part!

I ran after her, grabbed her collar and risked being stung as I swatted at yellow jackets tangled in her beard and skirt. Treacherous business for both of us! Fiona stood while I clutched repeatedly at her with a pleading, desperate look in her deep brown eyes. Once rid of all I could see, she booked it to the house as I swatted them down and stepped on the ones I could smash.

It was incredibly stressful. My girl got stung multiple times including on her paw pad when she either stepped on one as she was fleeing, or perhaps by a jacket taking any advantage it could.

Fiona is physically better but emotionally scarred and Holly is worried. Read her blog for the complete story.

16 thoughts on “A Scottish Terrier is attacked by wasps

  1. My favorite part is that the owner held on to the dog before letting her run away–uh, maybe she would've gotten stung fewer times if you'd let her escape, rather than trying to conduct a new age healing session on the spot. The comment section on the other blog is a good study of a certain kind of too-much-time-on-our-hands nuttiness, though. Dog counselors, indeed.

    Also, having read dog websites for a few months now for a variety of reasons, I've wondered whether the constant refrain about how "feisty," "independent," "strong willed," etc. Scotties are had any basis in reality. Since this dog was apparently emotionally scarred by being stung by an insect, I'm ready to conclude that this view of the breed stems from an inability to distinguish between innate characteristics and what happens when you relentlessly spoil and induldge an animal to make yourself feel morally superior. It's like the popular refrain on these websites that Scotties "don't realize they're smaller" than other animals. Um, I'm guessing they'd realize it pretty quick if they had to actually tangle with the other animal, rather than bark at a leashed German Shepherd on a walk and then get praised as "brave" by their owner. Personally, I don't like arrogance combined with stupidity in humans, and I'm not sure what makes it so appealing in these dogs.

  2. Hmm, you seem to have some Scottie issues. Would you care to share more about your background?

    As for the small dog in a big dog package, that's said about a lot of breeds. It is what it is.

  3. Gee, what a pleasant person you are, Anonymous. How do you see anything clearly when you must peer down on us mere mortals from your so high perch of your perceived superior intelligence? Perhaps if your parents had named you, you wouldn't be as snarky now.

    Ann, in her usual way was kind here. But, from where I'm reading you have more than just Scottie issues.

  4. What a sad person! Talk about too much time on your hands – I'm sure I could postulate any number of theories on anonymous' "variety of reasons" for bothering to read the blogs of people they think are nutty and deluded just so they can make snarky comments on them and their dogs… but I can't be bothered. Of course breeds have recognised traits but dogs are also individuals and any dog can be traumatised by pain (which a-hole probably thinks is funny??). Anyway our sympathies go out to you, Holly and to Fiona. I'm sure she will get over it with time.

  5. Anonymous' comment says a couple things. First, this person has absolutely zero knowledge of scotties. And probably the same experience with any breed of dog in general.
    Second, since they couldn't even be bothered to pick a name, they are just hiding behind their keyboard looking to start a fight with anyone who falls for that kind of thing.

  6. I find this persons comment completely surreal and wonder where this anger has stemmed from? I wonder if he/she is qualified to question over 300 years of breeding history? He/she has abviously little or no experience of scotties. I admit I adore my scottie and feel I have that right as do owners of all dogs! Scotties are indeed independant, strong willed and fiesty but as owners we all know and admit that they can be irritatingly stubborn, hard to train and fussy.

    I feel that this person is like the ones I occasionally meet in the park who feel the need to own massive dogs to make up for their own limitations in character and physique.

  7. Wow!! Must have been a slow day at the Kingdom! This Anonymous person should spend some time with a dog (Scottie or non) and understand a dog-person relationship. One of the first lessons (instinct really) is you NEVER let go of the leash! One evening in late March as I was nearing the end of our daily walk (with Angus and Ozzie), I was hit by a car (thankfully I was not hurt) and it did not occur to me that I had let go of the leash at some point until I was laying on the ground. My first thought was, OMG my boys are running down the hill, until Ozzie stopped, turned around, and looked back at me. When I called him, he came back (w/Angus in tow). It was only then that I realized what had happened. I was more worried about them than I was about myself. It is just the way it is.

  8. Another country heard from:

    I think the original "Anonymous" posted what s/he did to get us all riled up. And it worked!

    Cowardly way to start a good debate, though, leaving your name out.

  9. Oh dear, we've all fallen for it! I would love to know who has the time on their hands to be so venomous about our wee scottish beasties!

  10. Oh my….I feel the same way about yellow jackets as the dog! I get all shaky and want to run in the house. Poor pooch. Best to let her stay inside for a bit so the memory receeds.

  11. I have 2 Scotties and my boy Scottie will take on a much bigger dog unleashed or leashed, if allowed. I think, like with any being, each has his or her own individual personality.

    As for the stinging bee issue, I have seen grown people scare and run away in terror from a single bee – let alone a swarm of them. If this story is that person's basis for saying Scotties are stupid then so are children! I'm sure any child who was attacked and stung multiple times by a swarm of anything would then be scared.

    My Scotties are both feisty, independent and strong willed. But they are also loving, sweet, and needy.

    I certainly don't think that I am morally superior to anyone just because I have Scotties. My mom loved them when I was a kid, that's why I have them.

    I think maybe that person is the one who needs a counselor because they apparently read way too much into a simple story about a dog.

  12. I maybe mistaken (I'm not) but weren't Scotties bred to hunt and kill badgers? Also, aren't badgers considered to be pretty fierce creatures themselves?

  13. Good one Holly, I guess mere mortals think alike. Perceived intelligence was the best part. Oh wait, anonymous completely changed my thinking, my Scotties are definitely not feisty and independent. Indeed, that word does make one feel superiour. I will use it in a sentence all by itself and see how it makes me feel. Indeed.

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