When the Scottish Terrier and Dog News reported on the Ellen DeGeneres dog fiasco last week, one of the points we made was that it seemed absurd to stipulate that small dogs shouldn’t got to households with children under 14, and that, according to those criteria, the Scottie News household wouldn’t qualify to rescue a Scottish Terrier.

Well, today, we discovered a very interesting Detroit Free Press article on the whole subject:

Dog folk usually don’t agree on much…
But there appears to be great consensus over the wrongheadedness of Mutts & Moms’ reason for repossessing (Iggy), despite the tears and pleas of the family’s 11- and 12-year-old daughters: its policy of not adopting out small dogs to families with children younger than 14.

The report gives a lot of sound advice on matching up kids and dogs.

Here at the Scottie News headquarters, we don’t have any small children — just one teenager who towers over both halves of our reporting team. But Bridget the Scottish Terrier is very attracted to children. She always wants to join in and play with them at the park or when they approach her on the street. While she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body, she can be rough so she has to be kept under a watchful eye.

After she’s had a good run with children and their balls at the park though, I always feel a little sad that she doesn’t have a house of kids to roughhouse and run around with as both she and the children seem to enjoy it so much.

She does, however, seem to come of child-loving stock. Bridget’s breeders had a toddler who they let romp freely with their Scottie pack which really impressed us when we went to pick her up.

Bottom line: You have to know both the kids and the dogs involved and see how they fit together — just like the article says.


A girl and her dog, originally uploaded by tomdisy.

The photographer comments: “Amelia and our dog, Arthur, truly love each other. They are partners in crime. Amelia finds food and Arthur eats it. Arthur’s a Scottish Terrier, which isn’t considered a good breed with children, but you couldn’t ask for a better dog with kids.”

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SuiteDigs produces luxury modular crates that not only have automatic treat dispensers but allow dog owners to monitor their pets from the office and decide when to give them the goodies. Or at least that’s what SuiteDigs says. Someone will have to try it and report back.

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These tips come courtesy of Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support.

1. Secure your dog behind a closed door or in a crate in a room away from the front door or the party if children are meeting at your house.

2. Give him a juicy bone from the butcher, a sterilized bone or Kong stuffed with hotdog, Rollover or other soft dog treats or a pre-stuffed bone from the pet store.

3. Play music or leave a TV or radio playing in the dog’s room to help mask the sounds of the activity at the front door.

4. Close drapes so that the dog does not see people coming and going through the window.

5. If you have a dog that barks at the sound of the doorbell, disconnect it or watch for trick-or-treaters so that they do not have to ring or knock.

6. Puppies and dogs that like to chase can get overly excited by costumes with dangly bits or streaming material. Supervise very carefully if you have a dog that may try to play with your children’s costumes while they are wearing them. Teach kids to Be a Tree and stand still if the dog does start nipping at their costume since the more they move, the more exited the dog will get.

7. Keep your dogs (and cats) indoors around Halloween time. Pets have been stolen, injured or poisoned as part of Halloween pranks or other rituals.

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Scottish Terrier and Dog News is updating its links so please let us know your favourite dog and Scottie sites so we can consider them for inclusion.

As well, if you have any photos of costumed Scotties, we would love to use them in the run-up to Halloween.

Two of our readers have recently sent along photos of their dogs although not in fancy dress.

First off, here’s Hamish eating a very small carrot and learning good nutritional habits at a tender young age. Excellent for keeping the pounds off and wouldn’t you know he belongs to a gym owner.

And here are the video stars, Baily and Riley. They recently played welcomed an international wedding party and showed their visiting canine guests a great time. You guys interested in hosting the Scottie News team? Some time in February when the Canadian winter’s really cold?

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Goodbye unruly dogs

by AnnB on October 10, 2007 · 0 comments

in Scottie Dog training

The more hyperactive the dog the better it’s likely to be at catching drug smugglers and keeping out nasty diseases, one of Australia’s foremost dog trainers said Wednesday.

“We’re looking for dogs between 10 months to 3 years old that demonstrate attributes of destructive behaviour,” Sydney-based Andrew Biggs said. “So that’s ripping up backyards, jumping fences and being highly food-driven. These are the ingredients we’re looking for.”

Biggs said the Labradors and beagles selected in a national recruitment drive would be those so badly behaved their owners were delighted to give them up.

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Hail Cesar

by AnnB on October 9, 2007 · 0 comments

in Scottie Dog training

Travel tips from the Dog Whisperer.

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In honour of Canadian Thanksgiving and family get-togethers all over the world, we’re bringing you this link to someone complaining that the mother-in-law’s Scottish Terrier is about to explode.

If you want the advice of the Scottie News, don’t bring the subject up at the holiday dinner table, it’s a classic lose/lose situation.

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Finally, almost 60 hours after two feet diasappeared, Bridget the Scottish Terrier has eliminated the second one.

While she was not unwell enough for a visit to the vet, she hadn’t quite been herself for the past few days. She threw up again last night and the night before, but by the time human help arrived she had already — how to put this euphamistically? — cleaned up her own vomit and perhaps, in the process, re-consumed the foot. Sixty hours does seem like a long time for it to be lodged in the digestive tract.

Not because of the happy ending but due to the fact that we aren’t sure if the ball in question was a knockoff, the Scottie News is refraining from calling for a boycott of Cuz dog toys.

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Today at the park, Bridget the Scottish Terrier, who has a reputation for foot biting, stole one of those little dog balls with feet from another dog. She has a larger size green one of her own but seemed to much prefer the other dog’s small orange version.

Now, the main reason Bridget loves balls is so that people and dogs will chase after her and try to get them away. And since she can move pretty fast when she wants, this means it’s next to impossible for humans who aren’t track stars to catch her, and a fun game for dogs who are interested in that type of thing but aren’t scared off by a possessive snarl or two.

The best technique to get the ball back if you don’t fall into either of those categories is just to wait until she loses interest.

Well, this morning, as I was waiting, with the owner of the dog with the ball, one of the feet disappeared. “She must have sallowed it,” he said.

“Oh no,” I said. “It must be there somewhere.”

And then another foot disappeared.

“Gone,” he said.

“I’m so sorry,” I said.

“It’ll roll better,” he said.

I surveyed the terrain around Bridget. There was not a foot in sight, but things — namely dog poops — have a tendency to fade into the background at the park.

And besides, it was my birthday so I decided not to worry about it.

Later in the day, however, I heard the sounds of a dog vomiting. And suddenly, there was a rubber orange ball foot waiting to for me to clean it up.

We’re still waiting to see if another one emerges.

Isn’t this a bit of a health hazard?

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Former Illinois treasurer Judy Topinka took issue with the claim that her dogs caused any damage to her old office in the state capitol.

“The Scottie does not shed, and it was not a problem,” Topinka said, in reference to Mollie McDoo, her Scottish terrier. “Other people had brought in dogs as well. Gov. Jim Edgar had brought in his, too.”

Here’s a photo of Mollie.

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