It's all in the Family

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This Thanksgiving, we traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit family.
The weather was chilly so Scottie Mom made us don red and white striped scarves (we think this was just a photo op - not really a cold weather necessity).
Told you the scarf was just another reason for Scottie Mom to take more photos!
We said hello to cousin Snackle.
And kept a close eye on those evil C-A-T-S.
We even caught one of the C-A-T-S treating himself to a Thanksgiving dinner of his own creation...
And witnessed this evil C-A-T swat Scottie Dad in the face (no joke). 
That's when Scottie Mom had to take Mr. K outside to cool off. He simply would not tolerate an evil C-A-T treating his Scottie Dad in such a way...even if it was only meant to get his attention!

In traditional fashion, we headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family there. Heather and Mr. K gave thanks for Scottie Dad, who has taken up daily walking duties now that Scottie Mom works so far away; for rescue groups who gave them (and so many other pups) a second chance at a better life; and for the double dose of specially-made turkey meals at breakfast and dinner times that day. Perhaps the most important thing they gave thanks for is, of course, family. The Scottie Mom family has grown beyond the traditional sense of the word (grandpawrents, cousins and even those evil C-A-T-S inhabiting relatives' homes) for it has extended to those far and wide who are united by their love of - or should we call it obsession with?! - Scotties. Special thanks to each and every one of you for sharing in our adventures! Much love, The Scottie Mom.

Scottish Terriers of Instagram: November 30

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Didn't get enough of #TooCuteTuesday on Facebook yesterday? Here are some really great photos of Scottish Terriers we found on Instagram this week. Be sure to follow @TheScottieMom and all our Scottie friends on Instagram to see more! Want to share your Scotties' Instagram photos with us for a chance to be featured here on ScottieMom.com? Use #ScottishTerriersofInstagram or tag us on Instagram.  

This Week's Scottie Finds

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Custom laser engraved crystal gift found at South Park Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prices vary. Crystal shown above is $250. For more information on how to order a 3-D crystal of your Scottie, email sp@3d-innovation.com.
Scottie dog throw, $12.99 at HomeGoods.
Scottie dog bookends, $90 at antiques store in Staunton, Virginia.
Scottie dog stool, $14 at antiques store in Staunton, Virginia.
Scottie dog, $65 at antiques store in Staunton, Virginia.
Scottie dog gift wrap, $5 at Target.
Holiday calendar featuring gingerbread Scottie dog found at CVS.
Scottie dog gift bag found at HomeGoods.
Wrapping paper with holiday Scottie dog, $3.99 at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods.
Scottie dog tin found, $9.99 at Marshalls.
Scottie dog gift bag, $1.79 at Marshalls.
Scottie dog gift bag found at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods.
Scottie dog gift tags at World Market.
Assortment of Scottie dog gift bags, stickers, gift tags and tissue paper at World Market.
Set of 15 holiday Scottie dog greeting cards, $12.99 at World Market.
Red and green Scottie dog gift boxes. Smaller box priced at $5, larger box just under $10 at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods.
Set of 10 Scottie dog thank you notes and envelopes, $9.95 at Papyrus.
The Season of Scotties continues! Here are all the Scottie finds I stumbled across in stores just this week. Something tells me there's a lot more to be seen this year...including some Scottie Mom original items in our very own online store! Know of something you think should be added to every Scottie Mom's holiday wish list or want us to create a custom product for you? Send a note to thescottiemom(at)gmail(dot).com. Happy shopping, fellow Scottie Moms!

A Scottie Stay: Hilton Stamford Hotel

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Heather and Mr. K taking in the view of the third and final hotel of our latest road trip.
The hotel was complete with a water feature in front of it...Mr. K just had to explore.
About two seconds after this photo was taken, Mr. K dunked his head into the pool of water and nearly climbed in for a dip!
Heather enjoyed the scenery from one of the many park benches located just outside the entrance.
Perhaps Mr. K's favorite part of this hotel was watching the passersby go through the mysterious revolving doors.
The view from the top wasn't too shabby, either, Mr. K said.
Heather was ready to write about her experience at the Hilton straight away.
Mr. K was just happy to be out of the car for a while so he could have some much-desired zoomie time.
Overall, Heather and Mr. K were pleased with the amenities.
Although there weren't two human beds this time, Mr. K made sure to score some snuggle time the next morning after Scottie Dad had vacated the bed.
 The third and final hotel of our road trip, Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut, was arguably the better of the three places we stayed all weekend if for no other reason than the ample green space available to Heather and Mr. K for their walks. It seems simple enough but any traveling dog mom can appreciate things like walkable, scenic outdoor space and a conveniently located doggie waste bin (complete with poop bags!) nearby. Truth be told, many of the dog-friendly hotels we've stayed at don't even have these simple features. 

Not only were we able to take dozens of great photos thanks to the beautifully-landscaped outdoors, the room itself had plenty of space for the four of us - even with Mr. K bounding back and forth from the door to the couch in a fit of zoomies later that night. And while we only had one human bed in the room, Heather and Mr. K didn't seem to mind making themselves at home on the couch located just two or three steps away from us. The only thing we took issue with was the hotel's pet fee. On the Hilton Stamford Hotel's website, it states there is a $50 non-refundable pet fee per stay. However, we were charged $100 for a one-night stay with Heather and Mr. K.

Overall, our experience was pretty good at all three of the hotels we stayed at on our road trip: Hampton Inn Pine Grove, Providence Marriott Downtown and Hilton Stamford Hotel. Now, it is time for Heather and Mr. K to enjoy the comforts of home for a while before we hit the road again just after Christmas for the Scottie Mom wedding in New York City!

A Scottie Stay: Providence Marriott Downtown

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Photo courtesy of marriottprovidence.com.
By now, you must be wondering: what made us trek 15+ hours from Atlanta, Georgia to the city of Providence, Rhode Island? Well, a Scottie Mom cousin happened to get married that weekend (congratulations, guys!) and we just knew Heather and Mr. K would love to be part of the adventure so they could report back their findings to our friends.

We had high hopes for Providence Marriott Downtown as our last few stays at Marriott properties were exceptional. The reservations were made easily online, there was only a one-time, $50 non-refundable pet fee, the location was three minutes from the wedding reception venue and the photos of the hotel from the website looked gorgeous. What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

Check-in was a bit confusing. Though pets are allowed to stay at Providence Marriott Downtown, they are not allowed to stay in the room unattended, according to the hotel policy, and they require guests to sign off on a form promising not to leave pets in the hotel room alone and acknowledging the fact the hotel has the right to remove pets from the room for any reason. Needless to say, I didn't find this policy to be particularly pet-friendly. While I would love to take Heather and Mr. K with me everywhere I go, with a wedding on the weekend agenda, it just was not possible this time. Luckily, we worked out an arrangement but the added stress at the initial check-in was a bit of an unpleasant surprise.

All in all, our stay was just fine. The room had two human beds (each of which Heather and Mr. K made a point to claim separately leaving the humans - if they had their way - to sleep on the floor), an armchair by the window so Mr. K could keep watch over the grounds, and more. They also had a salon onsite that fit me into the schedule so I could have my hair done just before the wedding...which made me think: how pawesome would it be if hotels had a doggie salon so they could be all fresh and clean for the ride home?! Has anyone ever found a hotel that offers this and other super pet-friendly services?

Let's hear it for New York!

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Heather and Mr. K hanging outside with their Scottie Grandmadre while Scottie Mom and Dad got their marriage license.
It was a chilly, drizzly and somewhat dreary day but that didn't stop Heather from looking her best for the camera!

Everywhere they went, Scottie Mom stopped them to snap a quick photo.
That is, until they rebelled and made silly faces at the camera as a means to prompt Scottie Mom and Dad to stop taking pictures and enjoy the limited time in New York!
Heather and Mr. K once again got to feel what it was like to be Scotties in the big city - if only for a short while. Because we were on such a tight schedule, Heather and Mr. K only had about two hours of sightseeing to enjoy with their Scottie Grandmadre while Scottie Mom and Dad were in the Office of the City Clerk obtaining their marriage license. Together, they strolled around the blocks and chased after every squirrel and bird that dared to pass by. Mr. K kept his nose to the ground and did his best to mark every spot he could find needing to be claimed as his own. Indeed, Heather and Mr. K gave their Scottie Grandmadre a workout in the cold weather before finally piling back into the car, grabbing some lunch and continuing on their way to Rhode Island that afternoon.