04/15/10 – Day 105 of 365 by free.fred, on Flickr: Before and after shots of the same dog
Dog Lady aka Westie owner Monica Collins gets a letter from a guilty-feeling West Highland Terrier owner:
Dear Dog Lady: I have a West Highland terrier named Max. He is Mr. Personality, a wonderful Westie — high-spirited, sometimes bossy, and always amusing. I take him to be groomed regularly at a place that only handles Westies. When I picked up Max recently from this dog spa, I was annoyed to find the groomer had put the wrong collar on my dog. She also handed me the wrong leash.
Max surprised me when he jumped right into the car. He’ s never done that before. When we got home, he promptly pooped twice in the kitchen. More unusual behavior. Later that evening, he refused to go into his crate, his sanctuary. Finally, my youngest son spotted an impostor, “Mom, this dog isn’t Max.” My stomach turned. I knew he was right.
Turns out I had picked up another dog at the groomer. No wonder the groomer handed me the wrong leash and collar. I had confused Westie Max with Westie Eddie. When I went to pick up Max up at Eddie’s house, my dog was living the high life at a beautiful estate. He barely looked up when I arrived to fetch him and deposit Eddie. However, in a flash of wonderful recognition, he kissed me madly and seemed eager to get home. Now, everything has returned to normal but I’m still rattled. How could I not recognize my own dog? — Laurie
You’ll have to go here to see Dog Lady’s answer. This is the second case of Westie mistaken identity at the groomer’s that the Scottie News has covered. Has anyone ever heard of this happening to Scotties?