The Lap Dog

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When Heather first entered our lives, she kept mostly to herself. She was super friendly to anyone she met and always volunteered to be a test subject for back scratches but she opted not to hang around longer than what it would take to score some treats and a few pats on the back. Then, as quickly as she came, Heather would set out for a corner in the far end of the room to rest her head upon her paws. Never completely out of sight but just far enough to satisfy her independent self, anyone who was seated nearby could see her sly (but shy!) Scottie eye keeping watch over all in the room.

For years, this has been Heather's signature move: to go somewhere not too close, but never too far. The behavior might seem a little bizarre to some but to rescue moms everywhere, it probably doesn't come as a shock. One can't help but wonder what it was that these pups went through to lead them to develop such habits. They say all it takes is love and patience to restore a dog's faith in humanity - and this is most certainly true - but even I found myself wondering just a few months ago if I'll ever get the chance to snuggle with my baby girl the way I get to daily with the mischievous Mr. K.

One night, Scottie Dad and I were watching TV. Heather and Mr. K were finishing up their dinner for two. After they each inspected the other's bowl to make sure no scraps were left behind, Heather and Mr. K trotted over to see what the humans were up to (and hoped one of us would have dessert ready in the form of a treat!). Instead of sitting at the edge of the couch as she normally does, Heather jumped up next to me and Mr. K. There, she settled in and I tried my best not to get too excited over the fact I had both Scottie dogs next to me for the first time. Alas, the bliss was short-lived and Heather returned to her spot at the other end of the couch not more than 5-10 minutes later.

And so this pattern continued every other night or so for quite some time. I dared not move a muscle every time she did this because I had waited too long to know what it would be like to cuddle with my girl and feared the slightest movement would send her away. Before long, she propped herself up in my lap as Mr. K habitually does. You could see the grave concern in Mr. K's eyes when he saw this occur (for he was sure he lost his spot forever) but he was kind enough to permit this temporary closeness as long as Heather eventually returned to her spot at the other end of the couch.

The more frequently Heather jumps up to be with me and the longer she stays each time, I'm fully encouraged that she has once again found a way to put the past behind her and enjoy life as we know it. I have no doubt she has felt comfortable with us in the Scottie House for quite some time but it is always rewarding to see her settle in at a deeper level with little moments like this. Is your dog a rescue? Tell us about his or her story and share any tips you've learned for fellow rescue moms in the comments section below! P.S. Guess who has been sitting in my lap while I write this post?

Scottish Terriers of Instagram: February 15

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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!

Looking for more Scottie Love?

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Check out the full collection at zazzle.com/thescottiemom.

There's no doubt that the most wonderful time of the year goes to the Season of Scotties. Think of all the fun we have scouting out the holiday Scottie items every winter. Then, as quick as the season comes, it is gone in an instant...and with it, a lot of the precious Scottie stock.

Until now, that is! No longer should we Scottie Moms and Dads be forced to wait until the Season of Scotties to find the cutest Scottie items. Many of you asked me to take our logo and create memorabilia just for us Scottie Moms and that, my friends, is just what I've set out to do. Heather and Mr. K have helped me set up a store on Zazzle where I will be designing Scottie accessories year-round. And, what better way to kick things off with a little Scottie Love?

If there's someone in your life in need of a little Scottie Love this Valentine's Day, we've got you covered with an assortment of greeting cards and other fun Scottie dog gifts. Got a Scottie product in mind that you would like to have us design for you? Let us know by commenting below and tell us what coveted Scottie items you want most (if only you could find them!). 

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!