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Scottie News founder turns to life of crime

The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher by Ann Brocklehurst
Click photo to buy it on Amazon or read free sample

Check out my new ebook, The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher, which is around the length of a long magazine article. It’s the true story of Jeff Boucher, a man who who went for a run and never returned. His disappearance captured public attention and has since been featured on the Investigation Discovery channel’s Last Seen Alive series.

Although Boucher’s naked body was later found encased in ice on the shores of Lake Ontario, the police still have no answers as to how this suburban dad, seemingly Mr. Normal, came to be there. The disappearance triggered a huge manhunt and major investigation, both of which failed to turn up any clues. “Mr. Boucher quite simply appears to have vanished,” one homicide detective said at the time.

My ebook gives my theory on what happened. My ebook gives my theory on what happened.

Buy The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher on Amazon (or read free sample)

You can read it on any tablet, smart phone or computer. Just download the Kindle app from the itunes store. Or better still, read it on your Kindle.

What’s new at the Scottie News?

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Onward and upward: Bridget of the Scottie News turned eight last month

Hello everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying Sandra’s posts about Abby, Angus and Chelsea as much as I have and are looking forward to more to come. She’s told me she’s planning to write about “when good Scotties turn bad.” I can’t wait.

In the meantime, here’s some Scottie entertainment for you. It’s a 40-minute video called Leah and the Real Dog starring writer and producer Leah Epstein as herself, a woman inexplicably enamoured of a statue of a Scottish Terrier. Hamish MacDougal McDuff and Nessarose Epstein, a Scottie and an Australian cattle dog respectively, are  the canine stars. The Hunterdon County Democrat called it “a head-spinning, mirthful film, light on plot and heavy on belly laughs.” Watch it here>>

Or  you can just sit and ogle these uber-adorable Scottie pups who showed up in my Facebook feed.

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I especially love the state of their ears

One more thing, there are lots of great news comments from readers of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News. If you head over to the site, you can check them out.

Your letters to the Scottie News

It seems like Sandra and Abby have made a big impression. Along with your comments on the website (please check them out if you haven’t already) we’ve also received a few emails here at the Scottish Terrier and Dog News headquarters in still frozen Toronto.

Kay wrote to Sandra:

I want you to know how much my husband and I are enjoying your articles.  We have two scotties, Bonnie Blue (for Rhett Butler’s daughter in GWTW) and Angus.  Bonnie, our brindle, was adopted for our first scottie, Patrick.  Precious Patrick was unable to “show” because he was so very skiddish. So his breeder decided that he would be happier out of the ring and placed in a loving home.  Bonnie rose to the challenge, finding any opportunity to engage him in play or snuggle closely on the sofa.

Since Patty’s only litter mate had died at ten days of age, he never got to play or snuggle, and he didn’t understand what he was to do or the communication it meant.  Bonnie taught him “puppy love”.  It was wonderful.  Bonnie filled Patty’s life.

Patrick suffered a grand mal seizure last May 1st, and had to been put down the following day.  Bonnie went into deep mourning.  We lasted exactly one month before we brought Angus home.  He is all puppy, loves life and everything in it, especially if it fits into his mouth.  Bonnie was fine with it.  But what we hoped would happen didn’t.  The old Bonnie was gone for good.  Bonnie went from a playful puppy to a sad old lady the day Patty died, and she will never be back.  She is good to Angus, in fact, extremely patient with him.  She seems to love Angus.  But Bonnie filled Patrick’s life, what we didn’t know was that he filled hers too.  Without him, she is empty.

We all miss Patrick terribly, but perhaps not as much as his little sister of five years, little Bonnie Blue.  She is quite a little lady, now old beyond her years.  She is a symbol of the loyalty, to family, her Patrick, and of the loyalty of a true Scottie.

I look forward to reading more of your stories.  Thank you and good luck.

On the subject of Abby’s Downward Dog, Michael wrote:

My Annie’s spin move would shame the slipperiest NFL running back.  I try to establish temporary co-alpha status, and am successful when it suits her.

J and J wrote:

Oh boy, oh boy…….how we can relate!  We have a gal just like Abby, only she is black and her name is “Gilly”.  Alpha, alpha, alpha (and of course, we do love her so).

Roseann was especially impressed by the Canada Pooch parka worn by super athletic Lucy the Scottie. She researched where to find it and kindly shared her knowledge. You can use the Canada Pooch store locator. You can also order on line from Dog Chic Boutique.  Owner Kelly wrote: “We have all of the great Canada Pooch dog coats in stock, including the Winter Wilderness Jacket on Lucy’s video, on sale and ready to ship.  Just use the coupon code:  ‘Winter Fun’  on your order.”

Who knows, you may not even have to wait until next year to use your parka. The way things have gone this winter, we could very well have some more winter storms on the way.

Moving along to happier subjects, Darlene wrote:

Nice Blog!  I have a Scottish Terrier (all black) he was born in Maumee, Ohio (Toledo area) on August 16th(day Elvis Presley died). My baby Elvis is going to be three years old…  He is my Hunk-a-Hunk of Burning Love!  We live in Cleveland, Ohio but I have a lot of relatives in Etobicoke, Canada.  My Scottie Elvis loves to bring home tennis balls from the park down the street.  Right now we have probably have over 50 tennis balls!!!  

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And, finally, we have a reader in need of some advice. Jan wrote:

I very much enjoy your emails. D o you have any kind of forum or advice area for Scottie problems?

I love my Theo to death but he has decided that he won’t sleep in bed with me. I finally figured out that he wants to sleep on the love seat with me, where I am known to take a snooze, but is hardly suitable for a Scot and me for a bed. And I have a bad back so this is not optimum. If I try to sleep in bed, he whimpers and whines so I can’t sleep anyway and I live in an apartment so I have to stop him by going to the love seat.

Any advice or referrals would be highly appreciated.  Thanks,

Over to you, Scottie News readers.

Jan

 

Review: Yeah, fashionable Chilly Dogs Sweaters for sale on Amazon

Chilly Dogs is a Canadian dog wear company which, mark my words, is going to be the next Canada Goose. Dog fashionistas should take note if they want to be ahead of the curve and venture capitalists should get their cheque books out.

While Chilly Dogs make fashionable and functional high-quality dog sweaters, coats, rain jackets, you name it, today I want to focus on the sweaters, which are available on Amazon in the U.S. and Amazon Canada.

This Grey Diamonds model would especially suit a Scottish Terrier:

As much as we’re a fan of the classic Boyfriend model, we don’t think it would work for a black Scottie. It would be better on a Wheaten or a Westie:

This Burberry-esque dog sweater is our current personal favourite and works for any Scottie, black, brindle or wheaten. In fact, we think it would suit all terriers.

Check out the full full Chilly Dog sweater line-up on Amazon. (Or Amazon Canada)

Sherpa bag review: Dog carrier is recommended for frequent flyers

10 tips for for flying with your dog including bag recommendations

Not only is Wendy Rea a frequent flier, so is her Scottish Terrier Haggis. They’ve crossed the U.S. together several times, mostly in the air.

At 25 pounds and tall for his breed, Haggis is a tight fit in his carrier, but Rea says she “couldn’t stomach checking him. I don’t trust those handlers for love nor money, and I’d rather cram him in a bag and know he’s ok.”

Rea, who lives in Los Angeles, uses the large size of the popular Sherpa-brand bag. To get Haggis used to it, she started by putting him in the carrier just before going to bed and now, she says, he curls right up to sleep.

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No one has ever asked to see Haggis turn around in his Sherpa bag

“I used to travel for a living three to four times a week, so I’m a bit of a plane pro,” she says. “I’ve chatted and sat with dog owners on a lot of flights, and we all have had the same experience.”

Here are some of Rea’s flying tips:

  1. Do a flight simulation Take your dog around town and on drives with your carrier both zipped, and partially zipped to help him/her learn not to try to escape, to relax, and to mind you. I carted Haggis through department stores and walking down busy streets in the bag so he got used to it. It ultimately allows you to unzip the top a bit and let them pop a head out while in the terminal. I’ve found security will leave me alone as long as he’s on my shoulder in the bag, lap, or riding on top of my four wheeled suitcase. Dogs are supposed to be able to turn around in their carriers, and technically Haggis probably could if he panicked. However, I will tell you in all my travels, no one … has ever checked or questioned me once.
  2. Look confident My biggest piece of advice is to look like you know what you’re doing everywhere you go in the airport. Carry yourself and your dog with confidence, and you’ll get left alone and it will be over before you know it. Generally, the Transport Security Administration ( TSA) is completely confused by dogs, and when I have asked what to do they stare at me blankly and expect me to know. Don’t ask for help, advice, etc., just be casual and enjoy bringing your (fur) kid along. I do also recommend a four wheeled suitcase like the one pictured, it lets me wheel his heavy square-shaped bottom around instead of carrying him on my shoulder.
  3. Don’t worry about the scanner It’s really pretty simple, whether it’s a full-body scanner or a regular metal detector. Just take the collar off and your pup out of the bag. Send the collar and bag through with the other baggage, and carry your pup into or through the scanner with you, exactly as you would with a baby.
  4. Head for your gate Usually at the gate someone will notice you have a dog and check to see that you paid extra for the ticket, but several times I have flown and no one ever checked the manifest. Not at the gate, not in the plane.
  5. Book the middle seat Research the plane before you book the flight to make sure it does not have a smaller underseat storage area if you are flying coach. Middle seats, sadly, are often your safest bet for ensuring there’s good space under the seat and not some silly box/retrofitted electronics. Aisle and window are often much smaller. Use a bag with a side that can be zipped or velcroed shut as planes can have vents at the floor level which can make things cold as well as stressful.
  6. Upgrade if you can It guarantees a larger underseat area and, in general, less drama. It’s definitely helpful and put me more at ease the first few times I flew.
  7. Research any layover airports If I have a layover, I book through an airport like Dallas, as opposed to Denver, where you have to take a long train ride to get to the outside for a potty break.
  8. Consider (legal) drugs If all else fails a benadryl (check with your vet first) will make dogs sleepy and relaxed.
  9. Make sure you have your papers My sister brings both full veterinary records and a current health certificate just to be safe when crossing borders. She never had trouble getting her Jack Russell in and out of the States.
  10. Do it all again Haggis is a traveling champ, and usually gets a ton of attention while traveling. He’s such a ham, he now loves to fly and gets excited when we break out the Sherpa bag.

Funding fails but readers’ dogs are total winners

Unfortunately, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News did not succeed in meeting its Kickstarter funding goal so there will only be sporadic Scottie News in 2014. In honour of those who pledged to fund the project, here are just some of their wonderful dogs.

Sindee of Shady Nook Scottie Farm writes: “It’s NOT a magic trick, and that’s no bunny in the hat… It’s a SCOTTIE !!!”

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Here are handsome Harry and lovely Lola from the eponymously named book series:

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Susan’s four Scotties are Gus, Gracie, Barkley and Maizie.

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Susan writes: “I have a whole wall of portraits of all my dogs. Some were painted by my Dad, a fairly well known artist. John McClelland.” Scottie News is in awe.

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Calysta (10 months) and Ozzy (2.5 yrs) exploring the snow in Long Island where they live with their peeps, Julie and Ron.

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Suzanne writes: “Rory is the little one. McDivot is the bigger scottie. He was rescued. Was found dumped at a golf course.” Scottie News writes: “Well, I suppose if you have to be dumped, a golf course or country club is probably about the best drop-off you could get under the very terrible circumstances.”

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Joe’s beloved Tilda at her favorite place, Lowman Beach, Seattle WA.

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Below are Bronwyn’s two rescues, Lennon and McCartney. Sadly, both of them died last year but they will always remain in her heart. She hopes to adopt another rescue this year … if she can convince her husband.

McCartney, a silver brindle, is shown at a 2011 Blessing of the Animals. “He was a saintly low-key Scottie who loved everyone,” writes Bronwyn. “He was rescued in Jan. 2006 from the Fulton County Animal Shelter in Atlanta, Ga. and died at the ripe old age of 14 of renal failure.”

Wheaten “Lennon was my happy, sassy girl. Gorgeous and personal, Lennon charmed everyone she met. She was from the Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast. She died of liver disease at the age of 4.”

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RIP, Scotties Lennon and McCartney. You made beautiful music together.

Merry Xmas, not so happy Scottie News new year

Bridget in the aftermath of the ice storm that hit Ontario this weekend
Bridget in the aftermath of the ice storm that hit Ontario this weekend

Hello everyone,

First of all Merry Christmas and if you want some Scottish Terrier seasonal cheer, here are the Xmas archives.

On a more sombre notes, we’re pretty sure the Kickstarter campaign to keep Scottie News around in 2014 is not going to make its goal. At this point, not even a tenth of the funds have been raised, and successful campaigns usually earn at least half their funds in the first few days.

Don’t be sad. Je ne regrette rien. I set a price and the market didn’t agree with me. That’s capitalism and life. Try, fail, move on.

Of course, there’s always the possibility the Kickstarter campaign will pick or that I’ll win the lottery. If that happens we’ll meet you back here next year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.

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