Category Archives: Life with dogs

Life with dogs be they Scottish Terriers or not.


One thing I have learned with having a Scottie is that you cannot rush them. On Monday, I was running late but always give the dogs the same amount of time they need to do their business. I took Abby out and she decided that she wanted a lot of extra time to do her business. I mean a lot of extra time! She refused to pee. She just sniffed and sniffed and sniffed. She would go into a crouch and then pop back up. It was if she was saying “Gotcha! I’m not ready yet.”

Meanwhile, I am trying not to show how frustrated I am but she knows. This is a game of patience which unfortunately I was going to lose.

She finally decided to go so I could just squeak into work on time.

I have to learn to set my watch to Scottie time.

Have a great week everyone!

Abby’s Allergy Update

Hello everyone,

I wanted to give you an update on Abby’s allergies. She is doing much better now. We found out she was not taking the required dose of Atopica so we increased it. We also switched her food to raw. She loves her food! We mix the meat with vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, etc) and a bit of oil. If we go past her regular meal time, she will let you know it!

Her hair has grown back and is so thick it is hard to see her skin. I can’t believe the change. She still has outbreaks but nowhere near as bad as what they were.

Her personality has changed too. She is now much more playful and content. It must be such a relief to not have itchy skin all the time. She still loves her bath though. If you run the water in the tub she runs and tries to get in. This is a bonus as she has taught Mya that a bath is fun so Mya loves them too.

This is what happy looks like....
This is what happy looks like…well, for Abby.

Review: GoPro camera and Fetch harness for dogs turns pets into vidoegraphers

While Nikon’s been getting a lot of press lately for its “heartography” dog camera experiment, its collar contraption is not yet for sale. That means if you feel inspired to turn your pet into a movie-maker of photographer,  you’ll have to go with one of the dog camera harnesses already out there. Luckily, this includes the GoPro Fetch, which is the best-rated of them all, and works with the hugely popular GoPro camera.

Big dogs and small can wear the GoPro Fetch  Dog Harness, a #1 bestseller on Amazon. (Click photo for more info)
Big dogs and small can wear the GoPro Fetch Dog Harness, a #1 bestseller on Amazon. (Click photo for more info)

While the big dogs can wear the cameras mounted on their chests as well as their backs, that obviously wouldn’t be practical for smaller breeds. The GoPro Fetch harness is fully adjustable to fit dogs from 10 – 120 lbs. (7 – 54 kg). It’s fully padded at all adjustment points to ensure your pet’s comfort as they give you their dog’s eye view of the world.

Washable + water friendly, Fetch holds up to swimming, splashing, mud and more. It’s designed to work with the GoPro waterproof cameras.

There’s a great customer review on Amazon, complete with video of the user trying out the GoPro Fetch harness on his dog.

How do they work on Scottish Terriers? The Scottie News has not yet discovered any Scottie Spielbergs, but we did find some humans using GoPro cameras to document the lives of their faithful companions.

Here’s lucky Mercedez:

And here’s Bacacho:


Find out more about either you or your dog becoming a movie maker.

Dog Friends

As I walked through the park today, I was reminded how much our dogs bond with their friends. There is a small group of us “terrier” people who meet up on the weekends to walk our dogs. The group is composed of three Scotties (Abby, Bonnie and Bridget) and one Cairn (Beau).

Due to vacations, we did not see Beau or Bonnie for three weekends. I noticed during this time that Abby was a bit quieter. She was overjoyed to see Bridget but I could tell they both missed the rest of the gang. We met Bonnie on a walk one day and Bonnie and Abby were so excited to see each other. They were just like teenage girls trying to tell each other all their news after a summer break. Last weekend was the first weekend that the whole gang was together in awhile. I could tell the dogs were overjoyed to see each other. I wonder if Beau told Abby, Bridget and Bonnie of his adventures at the dog sitters while his owner told the humans of his adventures in Florida.

If a new dog approaches the terrier group, Bonnie seems to go out as the ambassador. She is calm and friendly and if she is okay with a dog, the others will be too. Bridget is also good at checking out any new dogs. Although she does not like jumpy puppies or Boston Terriers (that is a story for another time). Abby is getting a bit tougher to judge in her reactions to other dogs. Sometimes she is very friendly but there are times when she will try to nip them which needless to say does not go over well. I have learned from experience that if one dog picks a fight with another member of the group, the rest will join in to back up their friend.

I remember visiting a dog park with Chelsea and Angus. Chelsea was sitting at my side as she was not one who liked to socialize with other dogs. She preferred the humans. Angus was playing chase with a young whippet. (You guessed it – Angus was not winning the game.) The whippet nipped Angus in the backside causing him to yelp loudly. Before I knew it, Chelsea tore across the park and t-boned the whippet knocking him to the ground. Angus and Chelsea ran back to me with gleeful expressions. His big sister had taken care of the bully. Mind you, I did have to do some apologizing to the whippet’s owner as it was a very minor nip.

Unfortunately for Angus, Chelsea’s protective side only came out in certain moments. When he chewed apart my new Ottoman, she practically “paw” printed him for me.

For dogs, once a friend, always a friend. When Abby was a puppy, she used to play with a Rottweiler puppy named Cocoa. To this day, if Abby sees Cocoa she goes really silly and will drag me over to say hi. Cocoa is the same. They always remember their friendship even if they have not seen each other for months.

When you have more than one dog, they can become very close and the absence of one is felt deeply by the others. Once Chelsea was very sick due to coming into contact with many different strains of the lepto virus. She became lethargic and by the time the vet opened in the morning, she was not moving. Chelsea had to stay at the vet’s for a few days as they tried to save her. During this time, I had a friend who volunteered to walk Angus for me as I would go and sit with Chelsea each night for a couple of hours. Angus refused to walk beyond the front yard which was very unusual as he would never turn down a walk. When I had to go in to work, I boarded Angus at the vet for the day so he would have company as he had not spent a full day by himself before.

As we entered the back room at the vet’s, we could see Chelsea laying in a cage hooked up to an IV. Angus ran to her and jumped up placing his paws on the cage wagging his tail and crying with excitement. Chelsea, seeing him, stood up and placed her paws on his. It was a tearjerker moment that I only thought happened in the movies. Chelsea did recover (thanks to an awesome veterinarian and his team). She was back to her old ways of running Angus and me. Angus was overjoyed when she got home. He had missed her. (So had I.)

Dog friendships fascinate me. Dogs can have different types of friendships just like humans. They can have a friend who they can wrestle with, another to play chase, and another to sit and watch other dogs (I am sure they are just gossiping when they do this). They know exactly what type of friend another dog is going to be. Dogs always look for the best in everyone which is something we can all learn from. Although, it is hard sometimes especially with those park people who don’t pick up.

Happy Monday everyone!

Brushing your dog’s teeth

A reader sent a link to this tooth-brushing video they’d made.

Quite frankly, words (almost) fail the Scottie News.

Shall we start a pool on whether the brusher is a human dentist?

I’m going with yes — or, at the very least, related to a dentist.

Hitting the road with a Scottish Terrier

Seamus travelling as a puppy 2
Seamus travelling as a puppy 2

Travelling with dogs seems like a good topic to cover as we bid farewell to June and usher in July. Reader Hillary writes:

I am a travel journalist based in New Jersey, right outside of NYC. I take my Scottie Seamus on a lot of drive-able trips (mostly for fun, sometimes for work) and blog about it here: I’ve had Scotties all of my life, but as I’m sure you know some of them don’t travel as well as others. Luckily Seamus enjoys coming along for the ride and he is a great (if typically high-maintenance) travel companion. He has now been to every state on the East Coast and then some.

Below Seamus checks out the dyed fountain in Savannah:

Seamus at the dyed fountain in Savannah
Seamus does Savannah

Check out some other travelling Scottish Terriers.

How do you describe your relationship to your Scottish Terrier?

Ann and Bridget of the Scottie News
Definitely not my daughter

What are you to your Scottie?

Mom, fur Dad, mistress, master, owner, supreme ruler, commander in chief, loyal subject?

But seriously, I can’t call myself Bridget’s “mother” for two reasons. One, it’s not my style. And, two, I already have a human daughter.

Mistress doesn’t seem right either. I’m too old for it and there are the sexual overtones.

On many occasions, I’ve used owner simply because it seemed the only option but I don’t like it as I feel it doesn’t accurately reflect our relationship. My dog’s not just something I own.

Lately, I’ve been referring to Scotties and their peeps. But while that works well in the plural, it’s awkward, to say, “I’m Bridget’s peep” in the singular

All this is why I was interested to discover that more than a dozen years ago Boulder became the first city in the U.S.  to officially refer to pet owners as “guardians.” It’s one of many nuggets of information in a recent column by a Scottish Terrier-owning guardianing journalist at the Denver Post.

How do you describe your relationship to your Scottie?

Being a dog in New York City

CERTAIN charms of New York City living — the infinite brunch options, the 24-hour bodegas, the Museum of Modern Art — are no doubt lost on many pets. Even so, plenty of owners believe that the city is ideal for dogs, offering endless opportunities for socializing and sniffing at dog runs, hydrants and doggy day care centers. Working late? Dog walkers abound. Square footage is tight? More opportunity for canine-human bonding.

Read the whole story.