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.
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.|
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.
|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?
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.
|Try it on, Scottie Mom - we want to see it!|
|The Scottie Mom Wedding Dress|
For those who follow us on Facebook, you know that a very special Scottie Mom Wedding essential arrived last week: the wedding dress! At first, Heather and Mr. K didn't know what to think of the giant garment bag that blocked an entire bedroom doorway but after a few sniffs, it became clear: they wanted to see what was inside the bag. So, out came the dress! Heather and Mr. K insisted that their friends and followers get to see it, too, and with some negotiations (I may or may not have bribed them with treats to help us reach an agreement), it was decided to give everyone a sneak peek instead of revealing the entire dress. Now, onto the next find: the ultimate wedding shoes!
Recently, a fellow Scottie Mom got in touch and asked us for a little advice.
I am writing because of a problem my husband and I have with Mo, our rescue Scottie. He is an only dog and is with us 24/7. Rarely is he left alone at all. Mo is somewhere between five and seven years old. We know nothing of his history. My husband and I consider him "almost" perfect. However, his behavior regarding other people is often unpredictable. You mentioned in one of your blogs that one of your pups does not always like people and dogs. Mo may be protecting his now happy lifestyle and home, but...his behavior is unacceptable. How do you handle your similar situation?
When I first found Mr. K at a shelter in South Carolina, he - like Mo - had been in that crowded place for two weeks and did not react to my attempts to get to know him. It took me 20 minutes to get him to make eye contact and even then, it was only for a few seconds at a time. I believe the trauma of the whole situation made him unsure of his surroundings. Also like your situation, I do not know much of Mr. K's background to this day - other than the fact he was left tied up outside by his previous owners before they finally surrendered him to the humane society.
Once Mr. K was home with me, his personality started coming out a bit. I hadn't had him for more than a few days when we attended a Bark in the Park event where I learned very quickly Mr. K was not a fan of other dogs. He challenged a big, ole Rottweiler to a dual and within seconds, the Rottie had shaken Mr. K out of his collar and there he was dangling below by the jaw. Naturally, as a first time dog mom (never mind Scottie Mom), this experience was quite frightening. What I was to learn in the coming months and years is that the trick is to let him know (gently, but firmly - the Scottie pride is easily wounded) that his behavior won't be tolerated while getting him used to being around other dogs through socialization - once a scary concept for a new Scottie Mom like me.
As for aggression towards humans, Mr. K is the opposite of Mo. While Mo doesn't seem to like women (besides his Scottie Mom, of course!), Mr. K didn't - at first - care for men. Each one had to go through Scottie Security when they entered the apartment. I can only recall two instances when he went for ankles. Again, all it took was getting Mr. K to understand that his behavior was not OK and with time, he has mellowed out. The most he does now is greet any doorbell ringers with a few, definitive barks. After that, the tail is all wags. I credit his toned-down nature to regular socialization through Scottie play dates and frequent interactions with family, friends and visitors.
I think Mo is being protective of his new home. He is probably quite happy with his new living arrangements and doesn't want that taken away. Since you adopted him in February, I imagine it is only a matter of time that Mo will learn what is acceptable behavior in the eyes of his Scottie Mom and Dad. Patience, understanding and love are your best allies in the first few months of any rescue scenario. Try having Mo go outside the house and meet any guests before they enter his terrier-tory. Being in a neutral zone may lessen his protective instinct and re-entering the house with or after the house guests may help him understand these people are not threats to the Scottie House.
I do not pretend, however, to know it all about Scottie-tude! After all, Heather and Mr. K are my first Scottie dogs ever. Each Scottie is different and what worked for Mr. K may not work with Mo. Therefore, I'd like to open it up to other Scottie Moms and Dads - anyone have other advice to share with a fellow Scottie Mom on how to tame Mo's 'tude?