Scottish Terriers of Instagram: February 2

Didn't get enough of #TooCuteTuesday on Facebook? Allow us to introduce you to this week's #ScottishTerriersofInstagram. Let's give a special shout out to Kadie (first photo) and Pippin, the Scottish Terrier in the last photo...both cancer survivors. Kadie was declared cancer-free in May 2015, according to her blog, and is truly an inspiration. Pippin, on the other hand, has received treatment at his V-E-T's oncology department since 2013 and has a whopping 8 pounds of paperwork to his name. We wish you both well, sweet Scotties! If you'd like to share your Scottish Terriers' Instagram photos with us, upload your photos to Instagram using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram or tag @TheScottieMom. Oh, and be sure to follow us and this week's featured Scottie dogs! 

Hello from the Other Side

Writing isn't just a hobby of mine. I'm in the business of telling stories. It's what I do professionally and at leisure (when time and the Scottie dogs allow). A little over a year ago, we announced a major life event: Scottie Mom was taking on a new that would take my career to a new level and sadly, one that would take me far away from Heather & Mr. K every day. (We even had to hire a dog walker - our friend the Shih Tzu Mom - to help out during the week.) After a year of commuting approximately an hour and a half each way to get to this new job and back, we couldn't be more excited to announce yet another life event: Scottie Mom has decided to come home.

A job much closer to The Scottie House presented and though we had been contemplating a cross-country move to California for another opportunity at the time, we decided to stay put in Atlanta. How could we move with our niece, a future Scottie Mom for sure, on the way? Just like that, the long commutes were gone. I learned soon after the old Scottie Mobile quit running that I now work only 1,500 steps away from our front door. Also gone are Mr. K's not-so-silent protests and the stink eyes I used to get from Heather & Mr. K alike when I would reenter the house so late at night. And it feels so good that we can finally say - to quote the lovely Adele - hello from the other side.

We've been writing this blog for nearly four years now. When we first introduced them, Heather & Mr. K were 7 and 5 years old respectively. That's four years' worth of laughter, tales of adventure and helping fellow rescue dogs find homes. I suspect there will be even more laughter and inevitably, some tears to come as Heather & Mr. K enter into their golden years. Through the Scottie Mom community, we've shared much of their journeys in life together. And I can't help but wonder if after all these years, you'd like to meet? You know, to go over everything we love about Scottish Terriers!

Introducing the New Scottie Mobile

Buckle up, friends! We're going for a lot more rides. The infamous Scottie Mobile that left Heather, Mr. K and me stranded on the side of a highway and got me through Snowmaggedon '14 took its last spin after 162,103 miles and 10+ years of service. It officially has been retired. The traveling Scots wanted a spacious vehicle fit for two Scottish Terriers (or more!). Comfort was key, too, in the decision making process as road trips are a relatively frequent occurrence for us. Alas, we'd like to introduce you to The Big Apple, a used Cadillac SRX we settled on to serve as the new Scottie Mobile.

Averaging just 22 MPG since I've owned this beauty, it is not the most fuel efficient vehicle but it certainly offers Heather and Mr. K considerably more space than our previous Scottie Mobile - a two-door, 2003 Pontiac Sunfire - did. We learned quickly that leather seats weren't going to work for Heather and Mr. K without a proper doggie seat belt contraption installed but The Big Apple does have one neat feature we use while we research the safest seat belt options: a secure space for Scottie beds! In the back of the SRX, Heather and Mr. K can rest in their Scottie beds and I can have some peace of mind knowing they're safely secured with the help of an adjustable "cargo fence."

Of course, this is just an interim solution. We haven't been able to travel nearly as much as we have in the past (but are hoping to take The Big Apple out for some adventures soon - please leave us suggestions for long weekend getaways!). So far, Heather and Mr. K have only ridden in The Big Apple to visit the V-E-T, which is right down the street, and the groomer a few times. What do you use to keep your Scottie safe on road trips? Any other road safety tips and tricks you have to share?

Scottish Terriers of Instagram: January 25

We know you just can't wait another day for #TooCuteTuesday so we'd introduce you to this week's #ScottishTerriersofInstagram. Aren't they adorable? If you'd like to share your Scotties' Instagram photos with us, upload your photos to Instagram using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram or tag @TheScottieMom. Oh, and be sure to follow us and this week's featured Scottie dogs! 

Snow Scotties

We don't often get snow in Atlanta but when we do, the effects can be somewhat catastrophic. Remember Snowmaggedon of 2014? Fortunately, we didn't have to relive that nightmare and I was home with Heather and Mr. K as the snow came down. While our friends to the northeast of us surely got hit with a lot more of it, Heather and Mr. K were excited to spend some time burrowing their noses in the fresh snow. And I was happy to watch them indulge in this small pleasure. 

Had the snow fallen more, I have no doubt Heather and Mr. K would have been rolling in it. Perhaps then I would have gotten to witness the snowballs that attach themselves to Scotties' skirts for the first time! It was hard to keep Heather and Mr. K still long enough to brush the snow from their nose and beard. I cannot imagine what some Scottie Moms and Dads must do to get all the clumped snow out of their Scottish Terrier's skirts! Have photos of your Snow Scotties you want to share with the community? Post them to our Facebook page or tag @TheScottieMom on Twitter or Instagram!

A Very Merry Meetup

Recently, our friends in Peru got together for a holiday-themed Scottish Terrier meetup. These adorable Scotties came dressed in their best and were ready to rock around the Christmas tree (or just take turns marking them!). They exchanged gifts and made new friends, including a tourist who snapped the group photo above and claimed he had never seen so many Scotties together in one place - not even in his homeland, Scotland! Have a Scottish Terrier meetup in your area you want to share with the Scottie Mom community? Leave the event details in the comments section below.

Santa Paws is Coming!

I have to deliver all these presents to C-A-T-S?!

He's made his list and checked it twice. Now, he's scratching his beard wondering how so many friends of the feline persuasion made it onto Santa Paws' list labeled "nice!" As has become something of a tradition in the Scottie Mom household, Mr. K has put his qualms with the evil C-A-T-S aside so that our extended family of fur cousins can enjoy some peace on Earth between C-A-T-S and dogs.

Six little stockings are stuffed with more crinkle toys than any C-A-T could want and lots of yummy, assorted treats await for our canine, equine, goat and chicken cousins, too. And, of course, we couldn't help but splurge on the newest (non-furry) addition to the family: Heather and Mr. K's darling human niece. All that is left is for Santa Paws to deliver the goods on Christmas morn!