An update from the Scottie News team

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I am fine and enjoying this unplanned but much needed break from the Scottie News. Unfortunately, Bridget’s itchiness — diagnosed two months ago as seasonal allergies — is back with a vengeance and it is quite upsetting to see her so uncomfortable. I have temporarily drugged her with Benadryl until we can get to the vet this week.

Her coat has become quite scraggly and she often does not want to go out for her evening walks although she has always had periods where she has been weird about walking certain places at certain times of day. I suspect the vet may want to do some blood tests just to check there’s nothing underlying all this. I’m worried and simultaneously relieved that she’s eating well, guarding the house and hanging with the cat, who is now quite grown up.

Penny, who currently enjoys feline frenemy status, makes a habit of accompanying Bridget on her walks and it causes a lot of comments from amused onlookers. Bridget and Penny even sit outside the coffee shop together waiting for me. And yesterday, Penny patrolled the outer rim of the dog park, which was not a smart move, but, I’m sorry to say, perfectly in character.

I took this video this morning in snowless Toronto. (My deepest sympathies to all of you suckers in the northeastern U.S. and anywhere else covered in snow. Been there done that). I wanted to take more video, but Bridget and her walker were too embarrassed. Also, it was really hard to see what I was filming on the Nano. All things considered, it turned out okay and gives you some idea of what Bridget now deals with. I will keep trying until I get some of the really funny stuff: dog leaping, dog poking, and other daring feats that even Avatar doesn’t have.

And for you people dealing with snow, here’s Scottish Terrier Piper last January:

Now, here’s another Piper, just seven months old and from the famous Pittsburgh dynasty well known to regular Scottie News readers, experiencing her first snow:

And, finally, here are some tips on dealing with the dreaded Scottish Terrier snowballs. Good luck and I really mean that.

6 thoughts on “An update from the Scottie News team

  1. I am so sorry to hear that Bridget still isn't feeling well. Itchy skin can be a hard battle to fight, because it can be caused by so many different things. Just keep working with your vet to figure it out.

    And personally, if the antihistamines make her feel better, don't feel guilty about using them. Just be careful with the steroids!

  2. is there a chance that bridget might be allergic to penny? i know it sounds silly, but my vet told me of a dog that was allergic to her human…

  3. Doesn't sound silly at all, kmp. I've considered it myself, but we had a cat when we first got Bridget. I am definitely going to mention it to the vet tomorrow.

  4. Have you had poor Bridget tested for mange? I say this because my parent's Scottie was only just diagnosed with it. We had a very wet, cool summer in Pennsylvania, and he was plagued with fleas despite preventative treatment. So, we thought (as did our vet) that his itchiness was from the flea bites. When the itching continued after the first hard frost, our vet ran a few more tests, and the final diagnosis was mange. He just received treatment 3 out of 5, and is back to his happy, feisty, Scottie self! GOOD LUCK with getting Bridget back to good health!

  5. As you can see by the amount of tracks in the snow, I didn't get my cellphone out in time to film (tape? or whatever we call it in this digital age) Piper's complete bonkers in the snow antics.

    At anyrate my wee girl just loves the white stuff.

  6. My Scottie was having sores and itching,too. I have a friend who raises Golden’s and she told me to put him on a raw diet. Rather than go with shots or other meds I ddecided to give it a try. She makes her own because she has 5 big dogs, but told me to give Instinct Raw Diet a try. My Scottie has been on it a week and everything has pretty much cleared up. It comes in bags frozen in a variety of meats. It has everything your dog needs, only it’s fresh with no junk in it. It is pricey, but cheaper than a vet. Pet Supplies Plus carries it as do many other pet stores.

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