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Bridget the Scottish Terrier deals with health issues as ninth birthday approaches

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.


An update from the founder of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News

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:

Tractive: The latest, greatest GPS dog collar

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

Back Online

Hi everyone, Sorry for the delay in getting back online and updating the Scottish Terrier News site.  It has been a busy couple of months. Well, life has been good in my little Scottie world.  I was happy to babysit Ann’s Bridget for a couple of days in December.  Abby and Bridget had so much fun.  They love to race around.  I think they are trying to play chase but they don’t seem to know which one is the “chaser” or the “chasee”.  I am dying to get another Scottie but having Bridget over keeps me from making any rash decisions.   (However, I am keeping my eyes on some of the Scottish Terrier Rescue Sites.  If only I lived near New Jersey, I would be begging for Burton on STCGNY.) Here are the girls:

Ready for more fun!
Ready for more fun!

Also, I was looking at Abby’s puppy pictures and I think Scotties also have a bit of mystery about them, somewhat like the bumblebee.  You know, the mystery of how bumblebees should not physically be able to fly.  When I look at Abby’s puppy picture, it is a wonder she can walk with that big head.  Another mystery of life?

My, what a big head you have.
My, what a big head you have.

Glad to be back to the Scottie world. Sandra

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.

zomg scottie puppies
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.

Catching Sight of a Scottie

There is such an joyful feeling when one sees a Scottie. You stop in your tracks, do a double-take and make sure that it is a Scottie. Then you make your way over. You just can’t keep walking, you have to say “Hi”. When you say that you too own a Scottie, a glimmer of understanding passes between you and your new friend.

When walking through the park on Sunday, I saw the glimpse of little black tail. I was thrilled to learn that a new Scottie is in the neighbourhood. He is six months old and is named Fraser. Abby pulled me over to say “Hi”. She gets just as excited as me. Scottie pups always make me think about getting a buddy for Abby. Little Fraser loves to play, has no fear and can wrestle like he is in the WWF. Abby seemed to lose interest in him when she realized that he is wrestler with puppy teeth. It will be interesting to watch little Fraser grow up.

Now, if I can just stop myself from getting another Scottie…

Why a Scottie?

When I mention getting another dog, I hear “Don’t get another Scottie” from friends and family alike.

I smile because I know what they consider to be Scottie negative behaviours I consider them the things I love about the breed.

1. “They are so stubborn”

This is always the first comment. I think “Yes, they are stubborn.” But I love that about them. This is a dog that will do everything it can to get its own way. Even trying to use all of its body weight. They can outlast you. The fun is trying to figure out how to win.

2. “They are so independent”

Yes, they are. They do not need to be beside you all the time. Each of my Scotties would go to any room in the house and sleep. The only room they must be beside me in is the kitchen. They are just waiting for a crumb to fall off the cupboard.

Angus was always one to drift off into various parts of a house. When visiting my parents, Angus would disappear around 9pm. We couldn’t figure it out until we found him on the bed in the downstairs bedroom staring at himself in the mirror. In the dark, he looked like a batman silhouette. The only time Angus would insist that you accompany him was to bed. He liked to go to bed at 10pm. If I was working on the computer, he would sit beside and whine. If I ignored him, his whine would get louder and shriller. What he wanted was for me to “tuck” him in. I would have to get up, walk him to bedroom, help him on the bed (which he could easily jump up on any other time) and get him settled. I would then shut the light off and leave him be. I was surprised to find that Abby also loves to be “tucked” in. She likes to go to bed at 11pm.

3. “They are so persistent”

Yep. This is so very true. But I love it. This is a dog that will try everything to get something they want. If their ball rolls under the bookcase or sofa, they will try with all their might to get it. They will use their little legs (which don’t reach past their head) and try to get the ball even though there is no way they can reach it. Once they realize the futility of it all, they will come to you and bark. Their eyes will point to the spot where the ball is. If you don’t react fast enough the bark will get louder. They will keep this up until you respond and get that ball! Unfortunately, this usually occurs when you are really busy or have company.

4. “They have no expression”
This one puzzled me. But I figured it out. The Scotties’ eyes do not go soft and emotive like a lab. In fact, I have heard their eyes described as “stuffed moose” eyes. But they are total terrier eyes. Watchful, waiting, alert. A Scottie owner can read the expressions in their dogs eyes. They know what their dogs are feeling. I see on the web lots of pictures of guilty looking dogs. I have yet to see a guilty looking Scottie.

Scotties are one of the most interesting breeds of dogs. I don’t recommend them for everyone but do recommend them to people who love a challenge. Which I suspect is everyone reading the Scottish Terrier News.

Extension Leashes

Hi all,

I received some feedback on my last blog about the use of extension leashes. I do agree that extension leashes can be very dangerous to dog and human alike. Ask anyone who has received rope burns after getting caught up in the leash. I have used the leashes in the past but no longer. I found they do not provide the necessary amount of control or connection with your dog.

All dog owners decide what tool works with their pet and what doesn’t. I found that for my dogs, I prefer to use an old fashioned leash. But I have met owners who use extension leashes with no issues.

If you do use extension leashes, be aware of the dangers and take precautions.