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Human Down

One afternoon around 5:30pm, Chelsea, Angus and I strolled down the main road in my neighbourhood. It was a beautiful summer day. Unfortunately, as a Scottie owner I forgot the cardinal rule and let myself get too relaxed. I was unprepared for what happened next.

Angus and Chelsea saw a squirrel. Before I could prepare myself, the lines on the extension leashes were whirring like fishing reels as the dogs started to run. I felt like I was on “River Monsters” and wanted to scream “Fish On”.

I struggled to reel the dogs back in as they frantically chased after the squirrel. When they got to the end of the line, the jolt pulled me off balance and my ankle twisted on the edge of the sidewalk. I felt myself falling.

As I laid there, in front of the church on the main street with the homeward bound traffic looking on, I knew this could not get any more embarassing.

But no matter what, I was not letting go of the dogs.

By now, Chelsea knew something was wrong and came back to me barking as if to tell Angus “Human Down, Human Down”. Angus was too focussed on that squirrel to care. He kept pulling trying to get to the squirrel which was now just sitting in the tree daring him to reach him. Angus would get to the end of the leash and my arm would stretch enough to pull him back a bit. It was like a Scottie yo-yo.

Eventually, I was able to sit up and reel in this 30 pounder. After I got Angus under control, I was able to stand back up and dust myself off.

My ankle was sore but my dignity was much worse for the wear. One saving grace was that I did not fall into any dog droppings. That would have just capped the day off.

As I limped back home, I noticed that Angus was strutting like he had gotten that squirrel. The chase was better than the get. Unfortunately for me, the chase was not so much fun. It took awhile for people to stop asking me “Was that you lying on the church lawn?”

We took a different route for the next few weeks. At least until my dignity recovered.

Mr. Innocent
Mr. Innocent

Your Scottie Dogs

Hi everyone,

The greatest benefit to writing this blog is receiving your comments sharing information about your Scotties. I love hearing about your dogs and your experiences.

Cindy wrote to the Scottish Terrier News that she was interested in getting a Scottie. She was a Cocker Spaniel Breeder but now wanted a little Scottie.

I wanted to share with you pictures of her new addition. His name is Angus.

Cindy is looking for any tips for house training this little guy.

My tip was to use pee pads by the door that is going to be used to take the dog out. Once the puppy runs to the pee pad by the door, I just take them out. They get used to outside and I eventually remove the pee pad. Abby took to this right away and was house trained pretty quickly.

Please share any tips and tricks with us that you found in training your dogs.

Hi, I'm Angus
Hi, I’m Cindy’s Angus
What a cutie!
What a cutie!
That Scottie Face
That Scottie Face

The Last Woof

Ever try to win an argument with a Scottie? I did. Angus was not very vocal but when he barked he was loud. One day, he just kept barking. Not a string of excited barks but just a steady “Woof”, “Woof”, “Woof”. One bark about every two seconds. It was driving me crazy.

I approached him and snapped my fingers which usually gets me some response.

Nope, nada, nothing. He just kept on “Woof” “Woof” “Woof”.

So then I went for the verbal approach. Here is the conversation:

“Angus, no barking”
“Stop it”

So finally, I went for the physical approach. I grasped his snout in my hand (not hard) and made him look at me. Which required me to move my head back and forth as he moved his eyes back and forth to not meet mine. (I know in the dog world this is not okay but in my world I wanted him to focus on me and what I was saying.)

Finally, I had his attention.
“Angus, no barking”

Well, the only benefit to grasping his snout was that the barking was now muted. But I had to get the last word in.

“Angus, NO”

As he looked into my eyes, his lips moved like he was going to blow a bubble and the smallest, tiniest, littlest, “oof” came out. It sounded like a breath of air. “oooph”. I knew it was technically a bark but really, how could you say anything as it was so quiet.

I stared back into those big brown “innocent” eyes with quiet resignation. We both knew he won as he got the last woof in.

Look into my Eyes
Look into my Eyes

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.



Hi everyone, meet the new Scottie Newsers

Hello everyone! My name is Sandra and I will be be helping Ann out on the Scottie News.

Ann has written about my Wheaten Scottie, Abby, who had severe allergies this past summer. I appreciate all the comments and feedback received from everyone about allergies and treatment options. I now have Abby on Atopica which has changed her life.

I have always loved terriers. My first terrier was a Westie called Chelsea. When Chelsea was three, I decided to get another terrier. A Scottie called Angus.


If only I had done more research….

Angus was an absolute delight but I have to admit I thought for a long time something was wrong with him. I would call him to me but he would just sit and stare at me. About ten minutes later he would suddenly run to me as if to say, “Oh, you meant me!”

It really concerned me until I saw an interview with George Bush. President Bush called to Barney and Barney came running. Unfortunately, Barney just kept on running. Right on by the President. Did not even stop to say hi.

It was then I realized that a Scottie is no ordinary terrier.

Angus loved to walk. I could power walk for 5km every morning and he would just race ahead of me. I figured it would tire him out but nope. He would do his donkey turn (turn around, face the other direction and bear down) just to delay going home. I have learned this is a common Scottie delaying tactic.

If Angus wanted anything, he went to Chelsea who would then communicate to me. For example, Angus wanted out very early on a Sunday morning. I luckily (or unluckily) had a touch lamp beside the bed. If you touch it three times, it gives out a very bright light. One day, I woke up to a eye-hurting brilliant light. Both dogs were sitting by my head staring at me. I turned the light off and waited to see what would happen next as I knew I had shut the light off when I went to bed. To my surprise, Chelsea touched her nose to the lamp three times. I have no idea how she figured that out. Anyway, we were the only ones out at 5:30am. I eventually had to move the lamp.

Angus and Chelsea had a special bond that remained until both passed in 2010. Angus had bladder cancer along with a tumor in his abdomen. It was too late for treatment and he was put to sleep once we knew he was beginning to feel uncomfortable. A month later, Chelsea had a large stroke and had to be put down as well. Chelsea was 14 and Angus was 11.

Chelsea & Angus - The bow stayed in about one minute.
Chelsea & Angus – The bow stayed in about one minute.
Are we done yet?
Are we done yet?

It was an incredibly hard time but I felt blessed to have had them in my life for the time I did.

I was heartbroken and could not even think of getting another dog until I visited my brother and saw Bridget next door. Seeing another Scottie was too much. I had to have another. The quirks of their personalities are too hard to resist. Abby is an incredible dog and brings me great joy (and yes, sometimes frustration) every day.

Anyway, enough about me. You will get to know more about my life with Scotties in the coming weeks.

Here are a couple of St. Patrick’s Day photos of Chelsea and Angus. You can tell from the pictures they are not impressed with their attire.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Love my Shamrock Tiara
Love my Shamrock Tiara

Have a great day and give your dog a hug!

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.

Dog in Sherpa Bag
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.

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.

Kickstarter/Lottery Magic Button


Make sure Scottie News sticks around in 2014!

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Did you see that? The Kickstarter campaign has hit four figures!

If you want Scottie News to be here for you next year, please go to Kickstarter and make a pledge to “Bring Back the Scottie News for all of 2014!”

Yesterday, we hit the four-figure mark, but we still have a way to go.

If you pledge now , you will be guaranteed all your favourite Scottie features for an entire year including:

  • Fun stuff like Scotties who look like celebs
  • Heart warming and tear jerking rescue tales
  • Coverage of key Scottie health issues
  • Funny Scottish Terrier videos
  • A constant stream of adorable Scotties like Bella (left) and Ceilidh above
  • Westie Wednesday and much more

The great thing about Kickstarter is there’s no risk. You make a pledge, but you are not charged a cent unless the Scottish Terrier and Dog News reaches its funding goal.

And Kickstarter is totally legit (check out this article in the New York Times.) 

So, kick it up a notch and get over to Kickstarter to make your pledge.

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