Histories are fuller of examples of the
fidelity of dogs than of friends.
You have probably seen many pictures of Scotties. You
may have seen some of the wonderful video of Barney,
President Bush’s dog. They are a very special breed with
some unique characteristics. To determine if a Scottie is a
good fit for you, read the following introduction. After you
have read it, if you want to know more about getting a
rescued Scottie of if you want to help protect this wonderful
breed, please click ASTR and visit their website. We
always need volunteers and donations.
Who is a Scottish Terrier?
Scottish Terriers were bred in Scotland some time in the
late1700s. The breed was first called the Aberdeen
Terrier, after the Scottish town of Aberdeen. Rumor says,
the fourth Earl of Dumbarton nicknamed the dogs "little
diehard" in the 19th century. Scotties were used to hunt
den animals, such as rabbit, otter, fox, and badger.
Scotties came to America in the late1800's. The Scottish
Terrier was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel
Club in 1885.
Alert, brave and self-reliant, the Scottie is robust and
lovable. They are devoted to their family, but usually not
eager to add to the pack. (In other words, they don’t
quickly accept new family members.) To their family they
are charming and full of character. Playful puppies
generally turn into self-possessed, noble adults.
Scottish Terriers are known to be stubborn and need firm,
but gentle handling from an early age. If an owner yells at
a Scottie, he will never be forgiven. Most dogs forgive and
forget. Scotties don’t.
When my husband I and were traveling through Scotland,
the owner of one of the bed and breakfast facilities we
stayed at told us that Scotties were bred by the English
(remember that most of the nobles in Scotland during the
1800s were English) and they called the breed Scotties
because they believed the dogs had many Scots
characteristics, including intelligence, stubborn nobility and
fierce fighting abilities.
Scotties were used to hunt den animals, such as rabbit,
otter, fox, and badger. A modern Scottie is in heaven if he
has a yard in which he can dig and hunt for small critters.
Scotties are lively, proud, and intelligent. They enjoy walks,
love to play ball games and are home loving but
independent. Scottie lovers know they are a dog that can
go anywhere and do anything. Scotties are a big dog with
short legs. They are very sensitive to criticism and need
praise. They must be trained gently but their owner must
be firmly in control or the dog will run the house.
Scotties are usually not recommended for homes with
young children. Unfortunately, most Scottie owners and
children are not good at enforcing authority so the dogs
take over and become head of the pack.
A home for
|Claude Nave & Jean Nave
Head of the Pack
and forever family for
Harry and Lola
|About Scottie Rescue
and a very helpful vet!
Often people looking for a rescue Scottie want a young dog; most
requests are for a young female. Please keep in mind that rescues
come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and conditions. Consider opening your
heart to an older rescue, or one that has medical or behavioral issues.
These dogs can have so much to offer, and you will be repaid many
times over for your kindness.
Would you like to rescue a Scottie or volunteer to
help save Scotties?
Aberdeen Scottish Terrier Rescue is a totally volunteer run
organization based in the Portland area. They are the Scottie rescue
organization for Oregon and Southwest Washington. Their mission is to
save the lives of any Scottie who comes to them. The first thing they do
is find a foster home for the dog while searching for its new forever
Meanwhile the health of the dog is assessed and problems are dealt
with. Prospective forever families generally contact Aberdeen Scottish
Terrier Rescue through their web site aberdeenstr.com or through
adoptee listings found on petfinder.com.
Click here for Aberdeen Scottish Terrier Rescue’s web
There is a Scottish Terrier Club of America. They sponsor STCA
Rescue, which is a network of scottie rescue organizations affiliated with
local scottie clubs. ASTR is sponsored by the Cascade Scottish Terrier
Club, which is affiliated with the national club and therefore ASTR is a
recognized rescue by the national organization.
Click here for Scottish Terrier Club of America
If you have just adopted a rescue dog
or cat, Tumalo Animal Hospital will
give your pet a health check-up for free.
Dr. Martin Warbington is a wonderful vet. He took great care of our MacDoogal and
he will take great care our your pets, too.
click here for Tumalo Animal Hospital's website
Harry Harry and Lola live in a
development called Aspen Lakes, five
miles east of Sisters, Oregon.
Following are a few photos of the area
and some of the critters.
|Click the blue link, where indicated
to get a free coloring book about
Harry and Lola.
Free children's book downloads
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We are committed to teaching children
the value and rewards of supporting
animal rescue by helping dog rescue
through supporting Aberdeen Scottish
Terrier Rescue (ASTR).
- Two specific goals are: 1. Teaching
the joy and rewards of reading with the
Harry and Lola series of children's
books. 2. Helping kids discover the
thrill of writing their own stories, then
publishing them using today's