'Tis the Season of Giving the #BestofBLUE

Festivities are in full force at the Scottie House. As evidenced by the photos on Facebook, Mr. K, Nibbles and Pudley already have been parading around in their holiday best and I couldn't be more excited to introduce Nibbles and Pudley to one of my favorite family traditions. Once each year, the Scottie Mom crew puts aside their issues with friends of the feline persuasion to offer them gifts of love (aka treats and other goodies). With 5 feline cousins in the family, that's a lot of love for three Scottish Terriers who typically want nothing to do with C-A-T-S.

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To get the Scotties in the holiday spirit, I grabbed a few cans of BLUE Santa Stew® to add to their regular evening meal and topped each dish with one BLUE Santa Snacks® biscuit. The oatmeal and cinnamon natural treats had just the right spice to make everything nice and soon enough, the Scotties were ready to stuff stockings for their feline cousins with healthy treats and crinkle toys galore. Once again, Mr. K found himself scratching his beard wondering how so many C-A-T-S could make it on Santa's list labeled "nice" but I reminded him these rescue kitties are family. And as such, we should feed them like family. With six flavors from which to choose, each cat cousin received their very own special BLUE Kitty Yums® pack. The treats were quite the hit!

Five stockings stuffed with BLUE Kitty Yums® and crinkle toys.

Feline cousin Cruz dressed in his holiday best. Cruz chose the chicken-flavored cat treats.

Feline cousin Topsy dressed as Mrs. Claus was eager to try her savory seafood-flavored cat treats.

Pretty kitty Avis chose to feast on salmon treats.

Squeak, who often hides away while company's here to stay, made an appearance to claim the beef-flavored cat treats.

Ianto couldn't decide between the tender turkey and tempting tuna flavors so he appealed to the humans to give him both. 

Four of the five feline cousins circling the BLUE Buffalo goodies under the tree.

How will you be celebrating the holiday with your Scotties? If you're looking to give the #BestofBlue to a cat or dog in your life, visit Petsmart to check out the extensive line of BLUE Buffalo products. Not sure which product is right for you? Every weekend, BLUE sends their Pet Detectives to your local store to help you make the best decision for your family. Happy holidays!

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Printable Scottie Dog Holiday Gift Tags

So, you've made your list and checked it twice. And you've run around town for weeks in search of cute Scottie stuff. With so much of it in stores this holiday season, I imagine it hasn't been difficult finding gifts for the Scottie Moms and Dads in your life (yourself included!). Now comes the fun part: wrapping all of these great Scottie gifts. And I have just the thing that will make your day a little more merry and bright...free, printable Scottie dog gift tags! Simply drop your name and email in the form below to claim this holiday freebie. You'll receive a link to download the printable Scottie dog gift tags in your inbox shortly and will automatically be signed up to receive more free Scottie stuff in the future. You can print these designs out using Avery gift tag templates or on a thicker paper or cardstock. Once you cut out the tags, glue or tape the two sides together. Happy holidays!

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The Ghost of Christmas Past

I have little doubt the holidays will be very different this year without sweet Heather here. She so loved dressing up and posing in front of the tree in exchange for back scratches and treats. There really was a twinkle in her eyes - year-round, of course, but especially during the holidays. So what better way to start our countdown to Christmas than to take a look back at Heather's holiday photos through the years? Happy holidays, sweet girl! We all miss you dearly.

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Meet the Scottie Dog Behind Vera Bradley's New Pattern

I have to admit: I'm kind of obsessed with Vera Bradley's Scottie Dog pattern. A collector of sorts and owner of a few dozen Vera Bradley bags myself, I've wondered for years when they were going to come out with a Scottie dog pattern (and also dreaded it knowing my purse strings would loosen if they ever did!). So when I opened the mail to find a handsome, black Scottish Terrier posed with a large Vera Bradley duffel bag on the cover of their holiday 2016 gift guide, I squealed with excitement and couldn't help but wonder who that lucky Scottie dog was.

Dylan with his new modeling portfolio pieces. Image Courtesy +Jen Moser 
It turns out that handsome Scottish Terrier is Dylan from Indiana. He's been one of very few to be "in the know" about the new Vera Bradley Scottie Dog pattern since early this year when he was asked to take the stage at a company event in March announcing the new pattern. Dylan must have made quite the impression because the team at Vera Bradley asked to have him back for a full-day photo shoot with the new merchandise in August. And so, the images in the holiday guide were born.

This was Dylan's first professional modeling gig. Having spent many hours of his life posing for the camera for his human sister Jen Moser (now a professional photographer), he was ready to take his talents to the national stage. And the team at Vera Bradley made sure to treat Dylan like the star he is! They pampered him, had his favorite food and snacks prepared before he arrived on set and gave him all the attention, ear scratches and pats on the head a Scottie dog could want. They even sent him home with a monogrammed Vera Bradley bag filled with goodies.

Duncan and Dylan with their Scottie Mom and Dad. Image Courtesy +Jen Moser 
When he's not answering fan mail for his growing number of admirers, Dylan can be found at home with his litter mate Duncan and their Scottie Mom Betsy and Scottie Dad Mike. Human sister Jen still comes over to take fur family photos, too. Dylan, who will turn 8 years old in December, has been able to stay pretty down-to-Earth considering his newfound fame. He loves to destroy toys - especially those plush kinds with an empty water bottle inside. And he still makes time to have fun with Duncan when he's not posing for the camera (after all, it is hard work being so cute!). 

Human sister Jen with Duncan and Dylan. Image Courtesy +Jen Moser 
For an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Dylan's photo shoot for Vera Bradley, check out his human sister Jen's photography blog. While this may have been his first professional modeling gig, something tells me this won't be Dylan's last. Way to go, handsome pup! Tell us: what is your favorite piece from the new collection of Vera Bradley Scottie Dog patterned stuff?

Scottish Terriers of Instagram

There is much for which I am thankful, particularly within our Scottie Mom community. I am thankful for each and every Scottie Mom (and Dad!) who always strive to do what's best for their fur kids and I am thankful for all the rescue organizations committed to saving the Scotties. And I know we're all thankful for these Scottish Terriers of Instagram who help us start our week with a smile! Share your Instagram photos with us using #ScottishTerriersofInstagram and tag @TheScottieMom.

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This Week's Scottie Finds

'Tis the Season of Scotties that keeps on giving! I was blown away by the variety of Scottie stuff I found at Charming Charlie and Talbots this week. In fact, Talbots had so much Scottie stuff that the items featured are just some of their offerings. To see the full collection, I recommend checking out their holiday catalog online. Also, I learned yesterday that our friends at Vera Bradley are giving away a Scottie dog-patterned So Organized Jewelry Case for online orders greater than $100. Sale ends this Sunday. See details here. Where have you found Scottie stuff this year?

Scottie Dog Notebook at Charming Charlie, $10.00

Scottie Dog Shirt at Talbots, $79.50

Scottie Dog Napkins at HomeGoods, $3.99

Scottie Dog Key Chain at Charming Charlie, $10.00

Scottie Dog Watch at Charming Charlie, $15.00

Small Scottie Dog Bag at Charming Charlie, $18.00

Scottie Dog Earrings at Charming Charlie, $8.00

Scottie Dog Pouch at Charming Charlie, $10.00

Scottie Dog Bracelet at Charming Charlie, $13.00

Scottie Dog Necklace at Charming Charlie, $10.00
Scottie Dog Wrapping Paper at Hallmark, $4.99

Shortbread Cookie Mix with Scottie Dog Cookie Cutter at HomeGoods, $5.99

Scottie Dog Wine Stopper at Talbots, $12.50

Scottie Dog Pajama Set at Talbots, $69.50

Scottie Dog Pajama Set at Talbots, $69.50

Scottie Dog Ornament at Talbots, $14.50

Scottie Dog Mugs ($14.50), Socks ($9.50) and Pillows ($49.50) at Talbots