We know the struggle is real. #TooCuteTuesday only comes once per week and you shouldn't be deprived of all that Scottie cuteness while you wait for six whole days to pass. So, we're changing things up a bit! In addition to #TooCuteTuesdays on Facebook, we're giving you another opportunity to showcase your adorable Scots. All you have to do is post your Scotties' photos to Instagram and tag @TheScottieMom using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram to be featured. Oh, and be sure to follow us and this week's featured Scottie dogs!
|Bee Bee and Bella at Glacier National Park, Montana|
|Bee Bee and Bella at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Oregon|
|Bee Bee and Bella at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota|
|Bee Bee and Bella at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada|
|Bee Bee and Bella in Vail, Colorado|
Meet Bee Bee and Bella, two Scottish Terriers that have seen more of the United States than some of us will see in our lifetimes. Having set foot in 29 of the 50 states, these Scotties are two of the most well-traveled pups we've encountered yet. I know from firsthand experience that traveling with dogs isn't always easy and I wanted to know how their Scottie Mom manages to take Bee Bee and Bella to so many incredible places. So, we reached out to her and received some tips for those of us wanting to explore more of the world with our pups.
"What I love most about traveling with Bee Bee and Bella is to see how happy they are when we are checking in to new hotels," Scottie Mom Suzanne told us. "They will race down the hallway to get to the room we are checking in to and they get a lot of 'how cute' compliments from people."
Bee Bee and Bella travel with their Scottie Mom and Dad by car to their vacation destinations. They typically stay in dog-friendly hotels but have used Airbnb as well. A travel blogger with an impressive 6.6 million followers on Instagram, Scottie Mom Suzanne says the most memorable accommodations have been the St. Regis in Aspen, Colorado and any of the Ritz-Carlton hotels.
"When we travel by car, we use collapsible, soft crates," Scottie Mom Suzanne said. "They will stay inside the crates during our trips - it is more safe for them that way - and they love having their own 'home' during the trips. Bella loves staying in the crate at the hotels."
To make the pups feel more at home while traveling, Scottie Mom Suzanne recommends bringing favorite toys and blankets in addition to the pups' usual food and treats. These small creature comforts can help a traveling pup relax and have fun so they are even more excited to explore their surroundings when they set out with their humans for an adventure.
"I love taking Bee Bee and Bella to places we can walk a lot," Scottie Mom Suzanne said. "Some of our recommendations are Vail and Aspen in Colorado; Portland, Oregon; Glacier National Park in Montana; and Miami, Florida. People are very dog-friendly in Miami. One time, we were walking down the Lincoln Road Mall and somebody stopped us so they could take pictures of Bee Bee and Bella."
What are Bee Bee and Bella's favorite parts of traveling, you ask? According to Scottie Mom Suzanne, they love discovering new places to sniff and terrier-tories to mark! Tell us: what are some pet-friendly places you have traveled with your pups?
Our friends in Peru know how to pawty! Recently, they got together for a luau-themed Scottish Terrier meetup. These adorable Scotties came dressed in their best and posed for lots of photos so the Scottie Mom community didn't miss out on the fun. Have a Scottish Terrier meetup in your area you want to share with us? Leave the event details in the comments section below.
Each week, we celebrate cute Scottish Terriers everywhere on the Scottie Mom Facebook page. For years, Scottie Moms and Dads have sent in photos of their fur babies to share with the world. With #TooCuteTuesday around the corner, what better way to whet your appetite for all the cuteness to come than to showcase some of the most popular pups? Below are 10 of the top #TooCuteTuesday posts of all time. Want to share photos of your Scottie dog with us? Head over to our Facebook page!
Say what you will about social media but if it wasn't for Facebook, Scotties Pixie and Dixie would not be where they are today. Two years ago, we shared a post from Flathead County Animal Shelter in Kalispell, Montana on the Scottie Mom Facebook page. Within a short while, hundreds had commented and shared in hopes of finding a safe and loving home for this bonded pair who had been surrendered to the shelter along with a chocolate Labrador Retriever and Jack Russell Terrier.
That's when Scottie Mom Michele stepped forward.
"I didn’t belong to any Scottie rescue group pages, only the Scottie Mom page," Michele told us in an email. "I saw the picture of Pixie and Dixie and felt so sorry for them, sitting in the shelter and waiting for a home. I began to wonder if it was a crazy idea to adopt them. Then, I Googled how far it was from Reno, Nevada to Kalispell - which is almost at the Canadian border. There were flights to Kalispell from Reno but because it was June, the summer animal travel embargo was in effect so they couldn’t fly home with me."
After getting a hold of the team at Flathead County Animal Shelter who agreed to hold Pixie and Dixie long enough for her to make the journey north, Scottie Mom Michele booked a flight and made reservations to rent a car for the 1,028 mile (or 14.5 hour) journey home.
"When I landed in Montana, it was pouring rain," Scottie Mom Michele said. "I got my car, set the navigation system and headed for the shelter. The people there went back to get both the girls and brought them out to me but they were very skittish (and very overweight – they each weighed about 30 pounds and they are little dogs). I was so happy to meet them! They were just scared. I walked them to the car and they jumped into the back seat and off we went."
A quick stop at Petsmart and the trio went to check in at a nearby hotel for the evening. That's when I received the following message from Scottie Mom Michele via Facebook.
"They are very timid, but I have already gotten a Scottie kiss from one of them," Scottie Mom Michele said. "These two little girls don't even respond to their names. They are extremely shy and are hanging out under the desk in the hotel room. They are great car riders, which will come in handy as we make the 1000 mile trek back to Reno."
The next morning, Scottie Mom Michele woke up to see both girls standing with their front paws on the bed - seemingly ready for the day's adventures! They journeyed eight hours to Twin Falls, Idaho where they spent their second night together in another hotel. That's when I received another Facebook message from Michele.
"A quick update on today's travels with Pixie and Dixie," Scottie Mom Michele wrote. "They are such good little travelers and so sweet, they sleep practically the entire time they are in the car but are ready to get out and walk as soon as I stop. They didn't eat anything last night, but today they are drinking plenty of water and have eaten a little. I can already see that they are warming up!"
At home in Reno, Pixie and Dixie finally got to meet the family including their new Scottie brother, Puck, known to be extremely social and very loving to other dogs.
|Pixie smiling for the camera while Dixie says hello to Puck.|
"It was a leap of faith to adopt two dogs who I had not had a meet-and-greet with but I knew we could give them a forever home, lots of love, and that everything would turn out fine," Scottie Mom Michele said. "I love walking in the door at the end of the day, to be greeted by all three, with wagging tails and kisses."
Nearly two years later, Pixie and Dixie are down to 24 pounds each. They go for long walks twice per day with their Scottie Dad and love to play and run around with Puck. Their personalities have begun to shine through and they aren't afraid to snuggle up with the humans whenever they please. In December, Dixie had knee surgery requiring eight weeks of rehabilitation. She has recovered nicely.
“My advice would be to make sure that you give a rescue plenty of time to adjust; it doesn’t happen overnight," Scottie Mom Michele said. "It takes time to earn their trust and their love and they need you not to give up on them. You never know what they have been through. It is so worth it!”
Ever dream of a place where your pooch can be pampered while you sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of joe (without having to leave to find a friendly, neighborhood Starbucks)? We didn't think such a place might exist nor did we think there might be a need for this kind of place...until we stumbled across Perk-N-Pooch online and decided to give it a try for ourselves.
Not only did they fit Heather and Mr. K in on little more than a moment's notice, the team at Perk-N-Pooch had the pups bathed, brushed and ready to go faster than any of the other places we've visited previously. We were in and out the door in just over an hour! Typically when we take Heather and Mr. K somewhere for a professional B-A-T-H, it is a half-day ordeal.
While I can't speak to the quality of the coffee drinks available (this Scottie Mom doesn't drink anything but water and milk), I can tell you the vanilla milk shake I had was simply delish and was the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Everything about the Perk-N-Pooch experience was unique from the decor to the service and we certainly see ourselves visiting again in the future. Who's with us?
We know you just can't wait 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!