Apologies for the loooonnnnngggg time between posts. Sometimes life just gets away from you.
A lot has happened this year:
A big CONGRATULATIONS to our founder, Ann, who has completed her book called Dark Ambition The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich. This is the true story of a horrific crime that took the life of a young husband and father, Tim Bosma. Ann covers the story from the beginning through to the end of a trial. It is going to be released on November 8th. Check it out on Amazon – Dark Ambition The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.
As for Abby and me, we are finally settled in. She missed her friends terribly so I got her a new friend – a Giant Schnauzer puppy named Mya. Now, I think Abby was happier alone. She puts up with the new pup but is more than ready to let her know when to calm down and how to act in front of company. As Mya gets older, they play a lot more which is nice.
I quickly learned what a small world it is. I had an email from one of our Scottie readers asking about Scottie breeders on the east coast. They successfully found a breeder in the New England area and sent me an email with pictures. Imagine my surprise when I took Mya to puppy class and found out a Scottie would also be in the class. I recognized Barb immediately from the photos and knew that the Scottie would their Bonnie. Bonnie is an adorable feisty Scottie. I loved seeing her in class.
Abby really misses her other Scottie friends. Maybe next year, a new Scottie will come into the picture maybe…
Abby and I have finally gotten settled in our new home on the east coast. We decided to drive instead of fly which was much easier on Abby. I was worried because she had only been in a car once before. She did terrific. She slept the whole way. She only woke up when we stopped for a break.
However, Abby did not adjust quickly to the house. She really misses her buddies (especially Bridget). Moving from the big city to a small town is a big adjustment for Abby. There is no noise, no elevator, no Bridget, and the neighbourhood is really quiet compared to Toronto. When she looks out the window, there are no delivery trucks, no lawn maintenance guys, no apartments…just some crows. Oh, and a pheasant that jumped out of a the shrubery at us. The neighbours are probably still laughing at how high Abby and I jumped.
Abby is now completely comfortable. She loves her new park but misses her buds. My uncle brought his dog Susie over but that just turned to an unfortunate incident. Abby and Susie have strong territorial personalities. Further introductions will take place on neutral territory.
So for now, we are getting settled and checking out new walking trails and slowly meeting new friends.
Scarlett has an interesting issue with her 7 month old Scottie. Love to hear any suggestions from other Scottie users with similar issues.
“My 7 month old Scottie hates his dog food! I buy him a new brand/flavor and he’ll eat it for about a week very happily then he turns his nose up at it and that is that! I have to basically beg him to eat. I.e. On the ground feeding him by hand or throwing it piece by piece for him to “chase” and “catch”. However, sometimes he is uncoaxable! He doesn’t eat any sort of human food except crunchy peanut butter and honey. He’s never even tried for it. I eat my food on the ground with him in my lap most meals. He eats treats just fine, no matter what they are, when training. He also loves his chew sticks! However, he gets bored, I think, with his dog food. I clean the dog dish daily and I also keep the food in a screw top container to keep everything fresh so I don’t think its because its stale or dirty…what do I do? I’m very desperate…”
Abby and I will be moving to the East Coast this summer. I worry about this change for Abby. She has never lived anywhere else or even travelled very far. In fact, her first and last time in a car was when I picked her up.
I am concerned that Abby will miss her “pack” (Bridget, Beau, and Bonnie). She will love where we are moving to as there are a lot of walking paths, dog parks and water. But no pack. I may have to create one for her :).
This is also the first time she will be flying. She is too big to fly in the cabin so she will have to go in the fore hold, which is climate controlled. I am sure I am going to be sick with worry during the flight. I know that lots of dogs fly everyday without an issue but I am still going to worry. I am going to put a bone in with her so that she will chew on that for the flight. Anything can happen around her and she will not bat an eyelash as long as she has a bone.
I am still going to be writing for the Scottish Terrier News. Abby and I will let you know about our adventures in Nova Scotia.
Judy wrote in with a story about her Molly who loved to bark. I laughed so much that I had to add this to the blog.
“I actually did have her on the spray collar. You’ll love this … Put the collar on her in the yard so I could be present to praise her when she was good. But she saw a squirrel … bark spray bark spray! Then the neighbours drove up and parked next door … bark spray bark spray!! And on it went. When Molly noticed that her face was soaked with the spray, she would run up to the water bowl, dunk her face in it to rinse off and then went back into the yard to bark some more!!! She used up a whole canister of the spray in 1/2 hour!! Needless to say we took the collar back and have since looked at other training methods! Gotta love the feisty Scottie!!”
I had a similar incident with a little machine that was supposed to emit a noise that only the dogs could hear. Angus and Chelsea loved to bark whenever anyone was walking outside which when you live is city is always. I set the machine up so that it would be right near the patio door which was their favourite spot. It worked for half an hour. When they barked, they would run to the machine and stare at it so it must have been emitting some noise. After awhile, they stopped barking at the door and just sat and barked at the machine. It was like they were having a conversation. The battery and my nerves finally ran out.
Let us know if you had better success with other tools or training methods.
Ann and I met for our weekly walk in the park with our girls. As we walked by some cutoff stumps, I thought it would be a chance to get some pictures. I put Abby on one stump so I could catch a shot. Ann then put Bridget on the stump beside Abby and I tried to get more photos. When we set this up, there were no other dogs around (or humans). Suddenly, it was like a sale at Target, there were people everywhere with of course – their dogs.
As I mentioned before, Abby is turning into a “mean girl” so I was quite concerned about the dogs getting closer. But I was still trying to get an artistic shot. I guess I was taking too long as Ann suddenly shouted “Take the picture!”. She was also watching the dogs getting closer and was beginning to get worried 🙂 Here are some of the photos.
I had to include these two pictures of Bridget. One was taken when we had one day of snow. Bridget always rolls and rubs one side of her face in the snow. We call this her “Phantom of the Opera” look.
And this is Bridget with her spring pixie cut 🙂 She looks gorgeous.
We decided to take a picture of our little terrier group on a beautiful winter day. What we thought would be an easy task turned into a 20 minute struggle. Ann and Raymond tried to get the dogs to sit side by side on a bench while I tried to take photos.
Raymond tried to get Beau (who is the best trained) to sit on the bench first. However, Beau thought he wanted him to jump over the bench. So as Raymond and Ann were trying to get the rest of the dogs on the bench, Beau would just jump up and over, jump up and over, again and again. Finally, Raymond and Ann got Beau, Bonnie and Bridget on the bench. As soon as one would get settled, another would jump off. After 20 minutes of wrestling the dogs, we gave up and decided to try another time (after Ann and Raymond had time to recover).
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:
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?
Abby and Bridget are the best of friends but at times their attitudes can resemble high school “mean girls”.
Just last weekend, a beautiful Portuguese Water Dog came over to say “Hi”. Abby’s tail was just a waggin’. They sniffed each others faces and Abby seemed to really like this newcomer. As the dog turned to sniff Bonnie, Abby took the opportunity to sniff his bum. Just a little “hello”. But Abby had other things on her mind. She jumped up and pulled the poor dogs tail right from the base. The poor dog yelped so loud. Everyone was so surprised and I was so embarrassed. The owners were nice and said “It’s okay”. But I just wanted to crawl into the nearest hole. I turned to discipline Abby and I could tell she was really sorry. NOT! There she was kicking up the dirt and strutting around like she won some kind of contest. From that point on, I started to look for the warning signs. That fake wagging tail would not fool me again.
Bridget has also had some “mean girl” moments but it only seemed to be with Boston Terriers. When I first got Abby, I would see Ann and Bridget at the park and we would occasionally stop for a Scottish Terrier chat. During one of our conversations, Bridget was playing with her ball. The ball was a magnet to a bold, little Boston Terrier. The Boston Terrier stood in front of Bridget and barked and barked and kept on barking right in Bridget’s face. Bridget kept her head down but her eyes were focussed on the Boston. You could see she was getting fed up.
Just at that point Ann realized that Bridget was getting a little too annoyed and went to pick up the ball. But just in the seconds before she could get there, Bridget charged right into the Boston Terrier. Well, it was like watching two terriers in a spin cycle. These dogs were just going at it. Ann was trying to grab Bridget and I was trying to grab the Boston which I ended up pulling up like a bass in a fishing tournament. Finally, we got both dogs under control. No injuries but Bridget was giving him the eye letting him know that she was not to be messed with. Peace returned once again to the park until a couple days later when wouldn’t you know it – another Boston Terrier decided to go after Bridget’s ball.
This one charged right over to get the ball. Bridget was having none of it and they were off. Again, Ann and I struggled to get them apart. Ann finally was able to pull up the Boston Terrier out of Bridget’s reach. Unfortunately, Bridget had a hold of its back leg like it was a drumstick. Again, no injuries just a lot of noise and excitement. The response of the Boston’s owner got us laughing as he was concerned about Bridget being beaten up by his dog. Little did he know…..
Anyway, the girls are settling down and all of us in the Terrier Pack Walking Group are much more aware of what sets the pups off. As soon as we see something that could cause a problem, one of us yells the cue: “Running dog”, “New Puppy”, “Bouncy Lab”, “Dog in Flapping Coat”…. Somedays, the list can be endless.