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Details about the breed: brindle Scottish Terriers, wheatens. Plus events for Scottie lovers.

Rising life expectancy means more older pets

The Colorado Springs Gazette looks at the challenges of living with aging dogs:

“Pets are living a lot longer. They get better nutrition, better medical care and aren’t out wandering neighborhoods having accidents,” says Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, coordinator for community practice at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The average life expectancy of a cat has nearly doubled since 1930, with indoor cats living an average of 8 to 16 years, according to the Peoria (Ill.) Humane Society. The average life expectancy of a dog is 12.8 years, but the number varies widely depending on breed and size.

Here’s a 15-year old Scottish Terrier who’s kept in great shape:


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Advice from a groomer/physical therapist

During a recent visit, a client with a Scottish terrier asks Thissen how to care for her pet’s skin condition. Thissen keeps her advice simple.

“Wet tea bags on the skin is very effective — the tannins and the moisture can have a positive effect on the skin,” she says.

Terrier survives Christmas pudding

Six-month old Barney stole and ate some Christmas puddings sent to his owner, the editor of a British food magazine, for sampling. The border terrier survived but vets note that grapes and raisins can be toxic to dogs.

Hmmm, guess we can now say “no thanks” with a clean conscience when Grandma asks where to send the annual holiday fruitcake.

Meanwhile in pumpkin pie land where Thanksgiving will be here sooner than you think, the newspapers are already publishing tips on how to help your pets dodge holiday disasters.

How to train a stubborn Scottie — in jail!

Are you having problems training your hard-headed Scottish Terrier? Well, maybe a hardened criminal could help you out.

The New Bern Sun Journal in North Carolina reports that under the New Leash on Life Prison Canine Program, now in its second year, dogs are teamed with inmate trainers for eight weeks:

“I was lost when I first came to prison. But Callie (a Scottish terrier) has taught me a thing or two and knocked me down a peg or so,” said trainer Grady Meredith.

He said the dog has a mind of her own. “She’s obedient, but when she gets something on her mind, she stays on it,” Meredith said.

Callie landed in prison for extreme disobedience. We don’t know what Meredith did.

Scottish terrier refuses to dress up

A letter to Chicago Sun-Times’ dog lady:

Dear Dog Lady: Halloween is my favorite time of year. I even named Spooky, a Scottie, after the holiday although Spooky is not very scary. This is my problem. Each year, I try putting him in a costume and taking him out in the neighborhood but he refuses to wear anything. He howled until I removed the ghost sheet. He hated the pirate’s hat. Last year, I bought an elaborate pumpkin ensemble. He nipped at me when I was zipping it on and barked non-stop until I took it off. How can I train Spooky to be more comfortable in costumes?

Mariellen, Chicago

We like her answer.

Here’s a nice minimalist costume.

And a reminder. The Halloween contest deadline is tonight at midnight. E-mail us your photos or URLs at

Scottish Terriers and children

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.”

Monitor your dog from work

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.

Halloween safety tips for dogs

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.

Your favourite dog and Scottie sites

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?

Goodbye unruly dogs

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.