Westminister !

Skyler sketch Christmas 2013

THE BIG SHOW was this week, and Sophie & Ernesto were #1 in our breed ! There sure was enough competition.   Mama met them two years ago when they came to the  dog show in Greensboro.  All the Scottie people knew they were coming  to that particular show so  there were only 3 Scotties showing  that year.  Ernesto and Sophie are both lovely…..Sophie is such a happy girl and has twinkly eyes, and Ernesto is very gracious and FOCUSED.  No other way to describe him.  He really knows how to do his job.   This year, they didn’t come to Greensboro and there were a lot of Scotties.

Looking at all that is involved other than breeding to be a show dog –  nobody could or should  ever grab me by the tail….mine doesn’t curve up….but as Mama says, it still wags, which is good enough for her.  And I don’t like just anybody looking at my teeth or feeling me up to ascertain my bone structure.  I think being a pet quality dog is just fine!

Our Scottie Community on Facebook reminded  itself of the official description of our breed –

“The Scottish Terrier’s character and personality reflect the bleak and lonely moors of his origin. Life to him is serious, to be met with dignity, reserve and stout heart. He is by nature aloof, but to the accepted few friends and family his devotion is deep and lifelong. A secure place in his home, understanding and companionship are essential to his happiness. In spite of his independent spirit, his strong desire for approval will win compliance with your wishes where harsh words and punishment will fail. To those who appreciate his unique character, the Scottish Terrier is a friend and companion, second to none.”

Now while I am  not especially serious, as soon as I have done something wrong (which is rarely), I apologize immediately, which is why most of the time Mama doesn’t correct me. Her biggest gripe is when I bark in our kitchen, which has a ceramic tile floor.  She says the acoustics of same really gives her a headache. I also bark when we have company and it turns out they haven’t come to pay homage to me. That really makes me bark, so Mama is either saying NO !, picking me up, or giving me cookies just to make me stop. All there rest of the time, unless she is out of the house or we are in the car, I am glued to her side…so much for being aloof. Dignified….hmmmmm a bit of a stretch.  I am way too friendly to people, and can be aggressive to other dogs.  Companionship….Check, check, check !  I guess I’ll do.

Mama has had three Scotties.  Josh, who was a gift from a dear friend who was also a Breeder,  and did not care for the ring. So, as my Aunt Leah says, “He did not and would not”.   And he certainly  was not aloof. A ghampion companion.  After Josh went to the Bridge, Noah came into Mama’s life.  He had finished most of his Championships, but his career came to a sudden end when another Scottie jumped him as they were going into the ring, drawing blood and  causing Noah to growl at the Judge.  So that was the end of that.  Noah was not aloof either.  He stayed by or on  Mama’s hospital bed after she came home until she could walk again, but shortly thereafter, presented with late stage bladder cancer.  We think he was waiting for her to be able to walk.  About six months after the heartbreak of Noah going to the Bridge,  Mama decided after visiting several shelters that she wanted another Scottish Terrier (our friend had retired as a Breeder)  AND,  she wanted to rescue.  The rest is  history.   I was a little aloof on the way home from Atlanta because I had a terrible ear infection, had been chipped and neutered,  and had been in quarantine for ten days for nipping a Vet Tech.  As we were finalizing my bill, the Vet said “He’s a biter.”  PawPaw said, “Who cares?”,  picked me up, put me in Noah’s old  kennel in the Tahoe, and away we went.  From the moment I got home, even with my ear infection, I was not aloof.  Mama did call me George until she came up with my name.  She wanted to get it just right, and I think she did.

NOTE TO MAMA:  My Gottcha Day is coming up.  Now would be a good time to stock up on some treats and such.  Just sayin’.

To my Scottie pals, how do you compare with that description?  I’ll be interested to hear what you think!



  1. indyandlucy · February 17, 2016

    We fit the bill.

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  2. onespoiledcat · February 17, 2016

    Skyler, my new little friend………it sounds like you “landed” in the right home at the right time with the right humans! I hope you’re making big plans for your Gotcha Day……it’s a day we all celebrate with GREAT GUSTO (and treats!). I just had my 16th GOTCHA day……I was one lucky guy too!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  3. theguster · February 17, 2016

    Gus & McDuff were destined to become mine; – it was written in the stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    Their lucky Mom! ♥

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  4. Skyler Braveheart · February 17, 2016

    Destiny is a wonderful thing! I guess I was destined to be surrendered so Mama could come get me?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. lauramarec · February 18, 2016

    Boy, Skyler, your Mama got it perfectly! Companion Scotties are the very best, and you sound just Pawrfect! OMD!! Your Mama’s narrative and description brought tears to my eyes, I so love Scotties, and I do understand them. My Riley is a rescue who adopted us 1 1/2 yrs. ago, and can be aloof at times, but that’s because he has competition. Our Tessie who is a Westie/Cairn, had been with us for 2 years, (since she was 8 weeks old), so was just a little over 2 years old when Riley came home to us, and she hogs attention. I always go to Riley to reassure him that he is just as important as Tessie, but he defers to her because he is a gentleman. So if he stands back and lets Tessie hog it all, I go to him as soon as possible after he’s gone over to his toy box rustling up a toy to bring to offer me while Tessie was hogging the attention, so then it is HIS turn to be played with and to be loved up. When both Riley and Tessie come up to me together I make sure I hold on to sweet Riley so he is not shoved aside by Tessie, and I go nuts over both giving them kisses and rubs and pets and cooing at them—I am crazy for them and I make a real Spectacle of myself with them, but it comes from my heart!
    I love the name Skyler, BTW.
    There’s a saying I saw on some cards on the Cafe Press website, (that I bought), with a bunch of Scotties on the front of the cards, that says: “OLD AGE Means realizing you will never have all the dogs that you wanted.” The artist is Cherry O’Neil, “Tail End” Productions. I lament that it is only too true, as I want ALL the Scotties, but I’m being very greedy. I just now realized, as I am writing this, that the saying is not entirely true. It is true for this life, but God willing I will get to run with ALL of them who I’ve known and not known in this life, in our next life, and I’ll get to be with them then–forever!
    So that was a comforting revelation.
    Thank you for this beautiful post—I totally agree with you, though I love to watch show dogs, I am perfectly satisfied with the sweet soul doggies, (really, ANGELS), who have found me, and I would not have it any other way! I can still admire all the dogs!
    Thank you!
    Riley-Puppy and Tessie-Girl’s Mum

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  6. Skyler Braveheart · February 18, 2016

    You are a most wonderful Mum! Yes, everypawdy should feel the love, and I know you do a wonderful job of equal opportunity affection and attention. We think it’s hard for you to keep your angel wings concealed! Xxxxxxxx SB & his Mama

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  7. ginaandjordanandmolly · February 18, 2016

    There you and one of the best that ever there was xxx

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  8. Skyler Braveheart · February 18, 2016

    Why thank you so much! Xxxx SB


  9. Kismet · February 18, 2016

    Kyla was probably the product of a Mexican puppy mill. Melanoma took her Dec 2014 and we all miss her still.

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  10. Skyler Braveheart · February 18, 2016

    Mama has had experience with rescued puppy mill dogs. She says you never get used to what you find. Kyla at least finally found a wonderful home for the rest of her time here on earth. You have good, big hearts.

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  11. easyweimaraner · February 23, 2016

    I love the description…scotties are gorgeous, that’s for sure. And I’m sure for your mom you are always Best In Show furever and ever :o) I agree with you, it’s embarrassing when a strange humans checks your bestest parts…in public… I dislike that… and therefore I lost the potential trophy and my dad his dignity in one of that rings LOL

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  12. Skyler Braveheart · February 23, 2016

    Oh Easy! You guys are just stunning…Mama knows one or two of you here in Greensboro. Awesome breed, and boy, you guys are so smart! I’m sure Dad’s over it. He doesn’t need a trophy to tell him you are a Champion!


  13. The Scottie Chronicles · March 3, 2016

    That drawing of you is spectacular!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Skyler Braveheart · March 3, 2016

      Thank you…it took the Artist 15 minutes and Mama thinks he really “got” me.


  14. speedyrabbit · March 5, 2016

    mummy just had to come back and look at your portrait ,xx Speedy

    Liked by 1 person

    • Skyler Braveheart · March 5, 2016

      Hi Speedy! The man who did my caricature/portrait is really tops. He comes to some events at our local pet supply store, and does these in about 15 minutes, for a very small price. We were both so pleased with how he “got” me. I bet he would do an awesome portrait or, a disapproving Bun of you !

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