Start your week off with a smile - or ten! - with these Scottish Terriers of Instagram. Looking for more Scottie cuteness? Hop over to our Facebook page for our weekly #TooCuteTuesday celebration and experience a true cuteness overload! Want to share your Scottish Terriers' photos with us? Upload them to Instagram using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram and tag @TheScottieMom.
So, you met 25 Scottish Terriers from around the world in our first eBook, Scottish Terriers of the World. Now, it is nearly time to meet the Scottie dogs living across the United States but first, we're opening up nominations for a limited time to give you one final chance to have your Scottish Terrier serve as a Stateside Scottie representative. Here's the catch: you only have TWO WEEKS to get your nominations in to us! Are you ready to put your Scottish Terrier on the map?
To participate, send us a message answering the following and include a recent, high-resolution photo of your Scottish Terrier. At least one representative will be chosen from each state in the U.S.
- In addition to your name, contact information and permission to use your photo, please tell us your Scottish Terrier's name, age and the state in which you live.
- How would you describe your Scottie (any distinctive personality traits, quirks, special talents, unusual habits, etc.)?
- What do you think is your Scottish Terrier's favorite thing about living in their state? (If you're not sure, share yours!)
- Last but not least: why do you think your Scottie should be the representative for the state in which they live?
Can't wait to meet the Stateside Scottie representatives? Introduce yourself and your Scottie in the comments below and allow us to introduce you to these Scottish Terriers of the World!
Time Remaining to Nominate your Scottie:
Looking for ways to spread a little Scottie love around the world? These free, printable Scottie dog Valentine cards will help you do just that. Simply drop your name and email in the form below to claim this Valentine's Day freebie. You'll receive a link to download the printable Scottie dog Valentine cards in your inbox shortly and automatically will be signed up to receive more free Scottie stuff in the future. Print these Valentines on card stock of your choice, use scissors to cut them out and address them to your special Valentine. Sending a little Scottie love really is that easy!
Is it me or are these Scottish Terriers of Instagram getting cuter each week? Instagram is quickly becoming the place to find an overload of adorable Scottish Terrier photos. Here's a small sampling of the cuteness you can find this week. Want to share your Scottie dogs' photos with us? Upload them to Instagram using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram and tag @TheScottieMom.
First, let me start by saying that love - especially Scottie Love! - should be celebrated every single day of the year, not just on Valentine's Day. Yet, I know many of you are embarking on your annual quest for something that will "wow" the Scottie Mom (or Dad!) in your life. In case you're running short on Valentine's Day gift ideas this year, I thought I'd make things a bit easier on you and round up some fabulous finds that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Have a Valentine's Day gift idea for fellow Scottie lovers you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below!
Capture the memories.
Many pet parents put this one off thinking there's plenty of time to get this done. Take it from someone who actually did this: don't procrastinate! Hire a professional pet photographer in your area and surprise your loved one with some framed images, canvases or a photo book of your darling Scotties. You and your loved one will be glad you did. What better way to preserve those memories?
Give something sweet.
Talk to a local baker and see if they can whip up a Scottie-inspired cake or decorate Scottie-shaped cookies for your loved one. If you're feeling really adventurous, try a little DIY. Need a little inspiration? This Pinterest board has all you need to channel your inner Cake Boss.
Radley to the rescue.
One thing I appreciate about our friends at Radley London (besides their fashionable designs) is that they produce Scottie stuff all year long - not just around the holidays. It can be hard for us Scottie Moms to have to wait all year to see cute Scottie stuff in stores! Fortunately, Radley has come to our rescue with more cuteness than ever. Have you seen their latest Scottie-patterned goods? Here are a few of my personal favorites: Sneaky Peek Umbrella, Scottie Dog-Shaped Zip-top Shoulder Bag, Love Lane Cross Body Bag, and Dog in the Window Umbrella. So many choices!
Make it bling.
It doesn't get more cliche than jewelry as a Valentine's Day gift, in my opinion, but there are some classic pieces out there that are sure to showcase your loved one's Scottie Love. Have you seen these Agatha Paris designs? Gorgeous. There are many more from which to choose online as well.
Pay it forward.
Make a donation to your area Scottish Terrier rescue organization in your loved one's name. There are plenty of Scotties (and other animals) out there still looking for their happily ever after and your donation can make a real difference in their lives. Want to show your loved one that your heart is made of gold? Surprise them with another rescue or open your heart and home to a foster in need.
Scottie Love is in the air. Can you feel it? With days left until Valentine's Day, I'm opening the Scottie Love line, encouraging everyone to submit “gotcha” stories of how your pup came into your heart and your home. Tell me all about your puppy love story below in the comments. Share as little or as much as you want about your "gotcha" story! A lucky few will be profiled right here on the blog.
Scottie Love found me by accident. I accompanied a friend to a shelter because she wanted to welcome a dog into her home and can you guess which one of us ended up finding a furry friend to love that day? Hint: not her! I found Mr. K depressed and all alone at the shelter. He wouldn't even make eye contact with me and he looked nothing like a Scottish Terrier. Still, I knew I had to give this sweet boy a forever home. No one deserved to be that unhappy. The rest, my friends, is history.
Fast forward about a year later and into my life came Heather. I was determined to find Mr. K a friend, having moved to a new city and taken a new job that kept me away longer than I would have liked. That's when I spotted a gorgeous wheaten girl in the care of Tennessee Scottish Terrier Rescue. She had been found in a raccoon trap, was missing some teeth and yet, she was perfect in every way. Mr. K and Heather pretty much ignored each other when they met but it didn't take long for them to be bitten by the Scottie Love bug. The two were inseparable until Heather's passing.
When I decided it was time to expand the Scottie Mom family, the crew literally doubled in size overnight when a bonded pair came home. Once again, the Scotties ignored each other at first, but it was clear Nibbles had decided she and her brother Pudley were exactly where they needed to be when she hopped into the Scottie Mobile without invitation and sat there patiently waiting to be chauffeured to their new forever home, where happily ever after they shall live.
Now that you know my Scottie Love story, it is your turn to share yours! Was it Scottie Love at first sight? Or maybe you were bitten by the Scottie Love bug a little later on. Whatever the situation, I'm sure it is a Scottie Love story to remember and I'd love to hear it. Share the details below or contact us here to submit your Scottie Love story for consideration as a feature on the blog.
Start your week off with a smile - or ten! - with these Scottish Terriers of Instagram. Looking for more Scottie cuteness? Head over to our Facebook page tomorrow for our weekly #TooCuteTuesday celebration and experience a true cuteness overload! Want to share your Scottish Terriers' photos with us? Upload them to Instagram using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram and tag @TheScottieMom.