Bridget the Scottish Terrier deals with health issues as ninth birthday approaches

The Scottie News team back in our lighter days
The Scottie News team back in our lighter days

Bridget, the Scottie who inspired the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, turns nine years old later this month. Apart from one or two bouts with allergies, she has always enjoyed robust good health. But, as of late, alas, that has changed. In the past two months, Bridget has faced a number of health problems.

It began with a cyst-like bump that’s a few years old but recently started growing. The vet doesn’t think it’s dangerous, but recommended nevertheless that it come off, and we’re going to get it done. Before she could go in for her surgery (just a local anesthetic), however, Bridget developed a sore front paw.

It flared up one afternoon and she couldn’t put any weight at all on it. I heard her crying during the night and nothing had improved by morning so off she went to the vet, rolling along like a Queen in a medically equipped grocery stroller.

The vet saw nothing more than the swollen left paw pads we had noticed. He trimmed back some of her paw fur and gave us an anti-inflammatory spray and told us to keep her quiet. He said if she wasn’t better in a few days, he’d do an X-ray.

Within 24 hours, Bridget was greatly improved. And within 48, she seemed almost completely better.

But that’s not all. On her cyst visit, the vet grabbed Bridget and put her on the scale where she weighed in at a whopping 29 lbs, more than four lbs heavier than her last weigh-in. She was ordered to go on a diet. For the next month, I monitored her food consumption carefully and cut back on meal portions and snacks. I was convinced she had dropped a pound or two.

Well, I was wrong. While she was at the clinic for her paw treatment, she was whisked on to the scale where it was noted she had, in fact, gained several ounces.

I protested. It couldn’t be. She was eating much less.

The vet suggested she might have thyroid problems and said he’d get back to me. For now, I’m still waiting.


An update from the founder of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News

Hello friends and fellow Scottie lovers. Ann here. Remember me? Scottish Terrier and Dog News founding editor and publisher, human to Bridget, still aspiring dog media entrepreneur in spite of a few misfires.

It’s been a while. Has it not? You’re probably as grateful as I am to Sandra and Abby for revitalizing the Scottie News during my prolonged absence and giving us all something to talk about and ooh and ah over. Yeah, Sandra and Abby! You go girls!

Sandra and I have been talking a lot as of late about what to do with the Scottie News going forward. Our plan is to take the summer to turn it back into the active website and newsletter it used to be. We hope you’ll join in because reader participation and engagement makes a site like this all the more valuable and fun. You and your Scotties are a wealth of information and we love it when you share.

Anyway, talking about the good old days, the Scottie News celebrated its eight year anniversary this month and Bridget will turn nine next month. Where is the little dog I carried la la la? While I was looking back nostalgically at the May 2007 archives, I rediscovered one of my favourite Scottie videos of Sadie fetching a beer:

Thematically, it fits well with this pool boy video sent in earlier today by a reader:

Just one tip, everyone. Turn your phone sideways before you take that Scottish Terrier video. I learned the hard way when I filmed Bridget in the snow last February. And speaking of winter, aren’t we all glad that one’s finally over?

Have a great pre-summer weekend, everyone. And if you love the Scottie News, please forward this email to all your Scottish Terrier-loving friends and acquaintances. The bigger our email list gets, the better. More readers means more Scottish Terrier and Dog News:

Tractive: The latest, greatest GPS dog collar

Some of you may recall Bridget’s big misadventure, when she went missing for 10 hours last year on a cold wintry day and was saved in a daring ravine rescue mission. We really could have used a GPS dog collar back then so I could have just checked on my smart phone and located her in minutes.

Unfortunately the Tractive pet tracker was not yet available in Canada and the best GPS collar tracking technology was still confined to the US. Fast forward to May 2015 and the Tractive is available in 80 countries wherever there is data coverage. Hip hip hurrah!!!

In case you’re wondering, Bridget does have a collar tag with our contacts and a microchip, but neither of those are any help until she has been captured by a human who phones to tell us she has been found. My big worry was always that she would be dognapped or hit by a car before she could be located. The Tractive GPS collar solves that problem.

Prices and subscriptions to access Tractive’s cell networks and track your pet’s whereabouts vary. At the time of writing, Tractive’s cheapest offer was $4.99 per month, but these rates do jump around and if you have a bolting pet they are a bargain when it comes to peace of mind.

Buy a Tractive pet tracker on Amazon

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.

A Scottish Terrier mix goes up for adoption

Steven, a Scottish Terrier/ Chihuahua mix, was recently up for adoption in central California:

Seeing him on the news reminded me of some of the Scottie News‘ past Chihuahua coverage including this post on Tad, consort to the late great Scottish Terrier champ, Sadie.

Then there was the time Bonnie wrote in about Pepper, her ScotChi or Taco Terrier, and compared her to a fruit bat looks-wise.

And finally this about almost all the various Scottish Terrier mixes and hybrids.

Oh dear, cat acts heroically while Scottie snoozes

The Kawartha Times of Ontario, Canada reports:

FENELON FALLS – Carol Junkin never dreamed that a cat she adopted six months ago would alert her to a potentially life-threatening situation… Ms Junkin says Jack is “a very alert cat” but “not the in-your-face type.”

That changed early in the morning on May 17.

“It was about 5:30 a.m., and he was walking around my pillow. I was in a really deep sleep, so I wasn’t fully awake, and I shooed him away.”

But, Jack didn’t quit. The animal got back onto the bed and stood on Ms Junkin’s chest, pushing with his paws and putting his face close to hers until she came fully awake. Read more

Meanwhile, the dog slept through it all:

“I have a Scottish terrier, Bear, but he is old and he didn’t wake up,” she explained. “I think it’s just wonderful that a cat I haven’t had for very long did something like that; if it hadn’t been for him, I don’t know what would have happened.”

The Scottie News is just glad everyone’s safe and sound be they dog, cat or human. You’re our hero too, Jack.

Reader photos

Hi all,

Jennifer sent in some great pictures of her Scotties.  Great photos.  These Scotties are definitely enjoying life.

A Scottie in every corner!
A Scottie in every corner!


Waiting for a turn in the bed
Waiting for a turn in the bed


Dinner Time
Dinner Time



Sharing a Chair
Sharing a Chair
Keeping watch
Keeping watch


Has anyone seen my book?
Has anyone seen my book?


Strange bedfellow
Strange bedfellow


Aaaah. This is the life.
Aaaah. This is the life.


Love the Pool
Love the Pool
All season dog!
All season dog!


Y'all come back now!
Y’all come back now!


And now here is Aggie posing after successfully treeing a squirrel.

Come on down!
Come back down!