Happy Tails: Charlotte's Story

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Charlotte, now seven years old.

Friends, meet Charlotte. Like so many of our fellow rescue Scots, she's got quite the Cinderella story to share! Charlotte is an alumna of Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil. (You might remember previously reading about the group's fabulous work in the post, "The Rescuers of Brazil.") Charlotte was found living with a poor family in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil who decided after a while they no longer wanted Charlotte as part of the family. Before they released her into the streets to be taken by anyone who would take her, Charlotte remained chained to a dirty floor day after day.

Soon, Charlotte's luck took a turn for the best. A man by the name Pablo went to a pet shop close to Charlotte's former home and heard her story. Fortunately, Pablo knew about Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil and the incredible work they do. He decided to go to the house where Charlotte used to live and subsequently, picked her up in his arms and carried her to Curitiba to be delivered to rescue coordinators there so she might have a chance at a better life.

From there, Charlotte met with Dr. Micheline Cavichiolo, a veterinarian with a great passion for all animals but a particular affinity for Scottish Terriers, who showed her all the Scottie Love a pup like Charlotte could ask for. Dr. Cavichiolo happens to serve as a board member for the Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil and opened up her clinic to Charlotte, making sure she got the best possible care including vaccines and treatment for her ears and teeth. She even got to run about the yard freely!

Not long after, Charlotte's Scottie Mom arrived. She had written to Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil just a few days beforehand, applying for an adoption in Curitiba. Charlotte's Scottie Mom had been formally interviewed, completed the rescue's questionnaire and finished all the other requirements that deemed her ready for adoption. And, as the story usually goes, it was Scottie Love at first sight! Charlotte soon went to her forever home but her story didn't end there. For in November 2014, Charlotte and her family welcomed a Westie sister to the family through rescue as well! 

Do you have a rescue story you want to share? Tell us about it in the comments section below.



Scottish Terriers of Instagram: January 26

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Who says you have to wait for #TooCuteTuesday to enjoy all this Scottie cuteness? This week's Scottish Terriers of Instagram are here to steal your attention and earn your praise (and treats)! Need more of a Scottie cuteness fix? Follow @TheScottieMom and all our Scottie friends on Instagram for a true cuteness overload. Don't forget to share your photos using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram for your chance to be featured here on ScottieMom.com!

Scottish Terriers of Instagram: January 19

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They're at it again! This week's #scottishterriersofinstagram are giving Scottie Moms everywhere a cuteness overload fix until #TooCuteTuesday comes back around tomorrow. Want your Scottie featured on #TooCuteTuesday? Post your photos on The Scottie Mom's Facebook page!

Scottish Terriers of Instagram: January 12

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Can't wait any longer for #TooCuteTuesday? Don't worry - we've got you covered. Here are this week's Scottish Terriers of Instagram to give you that cuteness fix! Still want more? Follow @TheScottieMom and all our Scottie friends on Instagram for a true cuteness overload. Don't forget to share your photos using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram for your chance to be featured here on ScottieMom.com!

Ode to Cousin Snackle

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I've never lost a pet. Until now, that is. And the feeling is utterly indescribable. I got the call around 12:35 a.m., letting me know Heather and Mr. K's dear Cousin Snackle had passed away. It was quite unexpected but with him recently turning 12 years old, I suppose it shouldn't have been that shocking. In truth, "Cousin" Snackle wasn't a cousin at all to me and perhaps that is why it has been so incredibly hard to handle. He was, in fact, my family's first dog and is the very pup responsible for turning me - a former C-A-T lover - into a dog person after several years.

Snackle, like all the pets I've had and will ever have, was a rescue. For two years, he tried his best to find a forever home but was repeatedly sent back for this reason and that. Finally, after the third home turned him away, Snackle was set to be sent away for good - likely to be euthanized. That's when my little sister stepped in, worked her magic and did what she continues to do best to this day: convince people they absolutely have to take home another animal no matter how many they already have. This time, the very people she convinced were my parents.

Snackle was part German Shepherd, part Chow Chow and, as legend has it, part squirrel - yes, squirrel. That bushy tail had to come from somewhere! He was a rather difficult pup who hated UPS trucks and just about any man who dared come on his property. Except my dad. Snackle was unsure of my dad for a while there but over time, found a playmate in him running around out back. Snackle was, in many ways, unpredictable which made me uneasy around him for the first year or so. But, as most rescue stories go, all it took was love and a little time and his loyalty was ours for life.

About six months ago, Snackle was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We knew his time was limited but I had no idea just how limited it truly was, especially when his medication seemed to be keeping his condition at bay. Last night, he starting failing quick. Panting. Restlessness. Dull eyes. Collapsing. For those of you who've been there, you know what this looks like. And while I wasn't there to witness it in person, it breaks my heart just knowing what my Snackle pup went through that last day and that I wasn't at least there to comfort him or say goodbye.

I tell myself he lived a good life. And, for the 10 years he was with my family and being spoiled with countless belly rubs from my mom, he truly did. But I have a hard time knowing he spent his last Christmas with our friends at Pet Paradise and not at home because we were headed to the Scottie Mom Wedding. I know it isn't anything we can change now but what I would do to take that back! To spend those days brushing his fur that came out in chunks no matter what the season, pulling up in the driveway to a wildly wagging tail and a big grin, and letting him out then in then out again - only to repeat the cycle over and over just so he could perform yet another perimeter check and subsequent barking fit. Alas, such will not be and for now, there is this hole in our hearts that undoubtedly will be empty for quite some time. Farewell, my Snackle pup. Until we meet again...

The Countdown Begins...

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Sneak peek at the Scottie Mom Wedding venue.
Scottie Mom Wedding invitation.
Scottie Mom Wedding decor.
Scottie Mom Wedding ring.
Scottie Mom Wedding shoes.
Sneak peek at the Scottie Mom Wedding dress.
Scottie Mom Wedding thank you cards.
Friends, the time is near! In just a few days, we'll be on our way to New York for the Scottie Mom Wedding. As you can see, maid of honor Heather Beather has done an excellent job of making sure all the loose ends are tied up and everything is just right. She and Mr. K will be dressed in their very best as they escort Scottie Mom and Dad down the aisle. (Rumor has it that they, too, get room service and an extra special doggie dinner in celebration of the main event!) 

Worried you'll miss out on all the action? Don't be! Guests of the Scottie Mom Wedding will be asked to freely take pictures and post to social media using #ScottieMomWedding so our friends near and far can be a part of the experience. Be sure to check our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages  frequently next Saturday to see what Heather and Mr. K are up to on the big day!

It's all in the Family

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This Thanksgiving, we traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit family.
The weather was chilly so Scottie Mom made us don red and white striped scarves (we think this was just a photo op - not really a cold weather necessity).
Told you the scarf was just another reason for Scottie Mom to take more photos!
We said hello to cousin Snackle.
And kept a close eye on those evil C-A-T-S.
We even caught one of the C-A-T-S treating himself to a Thanksgiving dinner of his own creation...
And witnessed this evil C-A-T swat Scottie Dad in the face (no joke). 
That's when Scottie Mom had to take Mr. K outside to cool off. He simply would not tolerate an evil C-A-T treating his Scottie Dad in such a way...even if it was only meant to get his attention!

In traditional fashion, we headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family there. Heather and Mr. K gave thanks for Scottie Dad, who has taken up daily walking duties now that Scottie Mom works so far away; for rescue groups who gave them (and so many other pups) a second chance at a better life; and for the double dose of specially-made turkey meals at breakfast and dinner times that day. Perhaps the most important thing they gave thanks for is, of course, family. The Scottie Mom family has grown beyond the traditional sense of the word (grandpawrents, cousins and even those evil C-A-T-S inhabiting relatives' homes) for it has extended to those far and wide who are united by their love of - or should we call it obsession with?! - Scotties. Special thanks to each and every one of you for sharing in our adventures! Much love, The Scottie Mom.