Velvet MacGregor is the name of the the Scottish Terrier owned by Susan Barron, the New York dog walker who was stabbed last week. According to the registration sheet for the New York Tartan Day parade, Velvet is an “international film star,” a fact also confirmed by the Village Voice. The Internet Movie Database, however, has nor record of performances by Velvet the Scottish Terrier.

Movie star or not, the dog will surely be relieved to learn that Ms. Barron’s condition has been upgraded to fair.

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Along with the skunk (scroll down), another good costume choice for Scottish Terriers who will be dressed up for Halloween is the bumble bee. You can see it on a real Scottie here. The bee outfit definitely suits Scottish Terriers and small black dogs better than other breeds.

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Scottish Terriers are not the easiest dogs to costume correctly (assuming you do not think it is wrong to dress up dogs) but this skunk costume is an excellent choice. As far as we can tell it is home made. This Here is another Scottie in skunk camouflage.

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And if your Scottie is hit by a real skunk, there’s this.

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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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Scottish Terrier and Dog News knows how hard it is to keep up in this era of globalization and information overload so if you somehow forgot that last weekend was the Transylvania Cup, we’re happy to bring you results and photos for the Scottie competition.

Woolly Bully from the Lithuanian breeder Tikras Bildukas — who has a very strong internet presence — came out a big winner. Here’s Woolly’s video, which reminds us of the Sound of Music:

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PETA to Britney: Give up terrier now

by AnnB on October 9, 2007 · 1 comment

Talk about kicking ‘em when they’re down.

Last week pop star Britney Spears lost custody of her kids to her partying ex-husband Kevin Federline. And this week, the animal rights group PETA says she should hand over her Yorkshire Terrier as well.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written to Federline encouraging him to pursue custody of Spears’ pets, including a Yorkshire terrier puppy named London.

In an open letter to Federline, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Britney’s animal care-taking skills had been “a serious concern of ours”, in addition to being a source of public criticism. PETA fears that Britney is abusing her dogs.

PETA also believes the dogs should be with Spears’ sons Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one, as they adjust to life with Federline.

“As a father, your main concern is the comfort and stability of your children,” Ms Newkirk wrote to Federline.

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Dog breed discrimination

by AnnB on October 9, 2007 · 0 comments

in Fun Scottie Stuff


Yesterday we asked whether Scottish Terriers were being discriminated against. Today we find real evidence of dog breed discrimination but not against Scotties.

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His owner Paul Blanchard complained: “He’d been on there for nearly a year. The poor little scamp was gutted. He had nearly 200 friends all around the world, about half human and half canine.”

He needs to join Dogbook.

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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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Just like everyone else, J.K. Rowling had to assure the rescue operation that she would provide a good home.

You can see photos of Sapphire the Greyhound, Butch the Jack Russell terrier, and J.K. Rowling herself at the Harry Potter fan zone.

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In related news, the New York Times reports that Greyhound racing is going to the dogs as gamblers find other contests to bet on.

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