The Dance

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We won't get to dance at the Scottie Mom Wedding but at least we got to dance.
Years ago, when I was a little girl and my Papa asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I told him I only had one wish: for him to dance with me at my wedding one day. He looked at me, smiled and said, "I can't promise that but I will try my best because I'd love to be there."

Flash forward a decade or two and just days after we laid Papa's wife of 56 years to rest in December 2012, Scottie Dad and I got engaged. On the one hand, I was ecstatic. On the other, I was hesitant to let Papa in on the news so soon after he himself had just lost the love of his life. How would he react? Was it insensitive to be so happy he was still around to take part in this milestone in my life?

I called Papa the next morning and told him I was engaged. The news didn't register with him right away and he went on to talk about his favorite topics: the weather, food and outrageous medical bills. I was confused. Maybe this his way of gently letting me know now wasn't the time to have brought this up? Just as we were about to hang up 30 minutes later, I had a fair hunch he hadn't understood what I had said and decided to try again. 

"So I guess I'll see you at the wedding, then?" 

He stopped short. 

"What wedding? Who's getting married?" he asked. 

"My wedding, Papa...that's why I called. To tell you I'm getting married!" 

The next words out of his mouth were ones that will have me laughing the rest of my life. 

"Oh, thank God!" he exclaimed, as if he had been waiting to hear that for quite some time or he'd thought I was doomed at the ripe old age of 25 years old to be a spinster because I hadn't yet settled down. Even then, he never committed to seeing me at the wedding and simply wished me the best of luck. Less than nine months after that call, he was gone and with him, so was my one wish. 

It has been one year since I lost my Papa. And while time has made it easier in some ways, the closer the Scottie Mom Wedding gets, the more memories like this bubble up to the surface - leaving me saddened by the realization that he won't be there and neither will any of the other family members I've lost in recent years. What I struggle to remember is that while Papa and I won't get to dance at the Scottie Mom Wedding, we did get to dance and celebrate other occasions in life. That doesn't seem fair even now as I write this but such is life. My hope is to build a strong and loving marriage that spans 56 years (or more) like Papa and Grandma did...and that Scottie Dad is ready to dance!

Papa and Grandma at their wedding in 1956.

Scottish Terriers of Instagram: Week 1

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Scottish Terriers are taking over Instagram! Each week, I'm blown away by the photos of fellow Scotties using social media to show off their cute selves. I decided to share a few of these pawesome photos going forward in an effort to extend some Scottie love to our friends and followers beyond our #TooCuteTuesday celebrations on Facebook. Want to share your Scotties' Instagram photos with us for a chance to be featured here? Use #ScottishTerriersofInstagram or tag @TheScottieMom on Instagram. Oh, and be sure to follow us and the Scottie dogs featured each week! 

Back to School

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For those embarking upon a new school year, we wish you all the best! And for those who are thinking about going back, remember: you're never too cool to go back to school and there's no such thing as an old dog who can't learn new tricks. Challenge yourself to learn something every day...even if it is as simple as a new treat recipe or a how to give the ultimate doggie massage! Love, Mr. K.

To Nashville and Back

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The trip to Nashville, much to Heather and Mr. K's dismay, was rather uneventful. We attempted to go downtown one night but ended up spending an hour and a half in traffic and when we finally arrived, the streets were completely packed. Apparently, there was a major concert that night. (Note to self: check the Nashville concert schedule before attempting to go downtown and avoid the city at all costs if there happens to be a One Direction concert going on next time.) There were so many people on the sidewalks, I didn't think it was safe to walk with two small dogs in tow so we found a relatively quiet corner where I could snap a quick photo before we hopped back into the car and headed back to the hotel, just 10-15 minutes from downtown...when no traffic is involved. 

Here are a few snapshots from our stay at the Residence Inn in Brentwood, Tennessee. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in that area. It is located in a beautifully maintained business park with plenty of green space and places to walk the dogs. To have pets there, they require a $100 nonrefundable fee per stay but there was more than enough room for me and two Scotties (I could have easily had four or more with me comfortably - listen up, Scottie Dad!) plus there was a wonderfully scenic area just to the side of the hotel perfect for walking the dogs. Heather and Mr. K practically took me on a walk trying to get at all the geese surrounding the pond on the side of the hotel! Which hotels have you found to be the most pet-friendly?





It was all fun and games until someone had to go to work.

Gone Country

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Today, we're headed to Nashville, Tennessee. Scottie Mom's on the job and guess what? So are we. While Scottie Mom's at work, we'll be testing out our accommodations at the Residence Inn and ready to give Scottie Mom a full report of our findings at the end of the day. Then, we'll head out to find some dog-friendly restaurants and activities before returning to the hotel and calling it a night. We'll only be in Nashville for a few days but are eager to hear any suggestions you might have for us traveling Scots. Stay tuned and keep up with us on Facebook to hear about our travels. 

It's Better Unleashed

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Heather and Mr. K stop by the unleashed by petco grand opening event.

Mr. K sniffed out the good stuff.
In fact, he found lots and lots of good stuff.
Heather pointed out now would be a good time to stock up on kibble.
Both got a bully stick treat for being such good pups!
There's a new shop in town, friends. Heather and Mr. K got word of unleashed by petco, a new treat store just up the road, and insisted we go check it out. And with 25% off and free treat coupons in hand, why shouldn't we? We arrived at the store, which had a very mom-and-pop shop feel to it unlike a lot of the big box retailers, and were surprised to find a ton of Howl-o-ween costumes (so early!), a $5 self-serve dog wash station special and lots of food, treats and toys. Together, we perused the aisles and Mr. K took charge of sniffing out the best deals. We have a feeling we might be back next weekend for the big cheese photo booth as part of their grand opening festivities. As you well know, my Scotties love to have their photos taken! Rumor has it that unleashed by petco is opening up stores around the country so check out their website to see if there is a location nearby so you can score some free treats for your pup. When it comes to shopping for fido, where do you typically like to go: big box retailers that has everything under one roof or small town specialty boutiques? 

Rescue Spotlight: Alana

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Meet Alana. This smiley, cuddle-loving and adventurous rescue Scottie is the epitome of Scottish Terrier resilience. Only five or six years old, Alana has had an incredibly rough life but that Scottie spark in her eyes won't be extinguished. Her previous owner turned her in to Paulding County Animal Control in Georgia where she waited in horrible conditions until Scottish Terrier Rescue of Tennessee stepped in to save the day. In many ways, Alana has put the past behind her. She's kicked some dirt on it and is spending her days like any good Scottie citizen: running security checks about the house, flopping on the couch, watching the windows and performing patrols of the neighborhood daily. 

Alana, who lives comfortably with my Heather Beather's own Foster Scottie Dad and his family (along with three other Scotties), is just waiting for her forever Scottie Mom or Dad to find her. She is eager to offer her Scottie Security and protection services to a loving family so that another spot can open up and her Foster Scottie Dad can save yet another Scottie life. Like Mr. K, Alana needs a home without C-A-T-S. She also prefers to eat alone without other dogs around as she fears they will steal her food. Currently, she rocks a Westie haircut but is just as gorgeous with a traditional Scottie grooming, too. Previously, Alana had some allergy or itchy skin issues which are now resolved and she has no problem letting you check our her furs whenever you want as she loves the attention! 

If you or anyone you know is interested in giving sweet Alana the loving home she deserves, visit the Scottish Terrier Rescue of Tennessee's website for more information on Alana and to fill out an application. You'll also find information on a few other pups needing homes, too.