Scottie Love can be felt all across the world. This much we know to be true from Project: International Scottie Love that introduced us to hundreds of Scotties living around the world and across the United States. Perhaps the one thing more exciting to learn about than the existence of Scottish Terriers around the world is the shared mission behind rescue efforts in various countries regardless of cultural, linguistic and societal differences. If world peace could be achieved through Scottie Love, something tells me we'd already be pretty darn close.
The first time Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil got together to find a forever home for a Scottie, they weren't an official organization with a set of formalized rules and code of ethics. What brought the members of the rescue group together was their mutual love and admiration for the beloved breed. They've come a long way from the first rescue efforts - consulting with established rescue groups here in the U.S. to set up standard practices and fundraising for their cause. In the past year alone, Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil has helped 23 of our Scottish Terrier friends!
Recently, the group embarked on one of their biggest rescue efforts yet. It was discovered that one male and five female Scottish Terriers were being given up by a breeder in São Paulo State. Afraid these Scotties would end up in other backyard breeders' hands, the members of Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil spent over a week negotiating with the breeder to get all six Scotties into their care. Finally, he agreed and two days later, Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil was there to save the day.
Brazil is a very large country and the members of Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil live throughout in various regions. This rescue initiative required significant travel (about 124 miles) and logistical planning as the group had never taken in six Scottish Terriers at once. Three people volunteered to foster and the others were housed at a pet care center. Two Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil members - Barbara Sanches and Pati Bianchi - made the long trek to rescue the six Scottie dogs and get them to their temporary foster homes as quickly as possible.
The dogs were covered in ticks and their bones were protruding. All of them were severely underweight. The wheaten male, only two years old or so, weighed just 5.2 kg (or 11 pounds). It was clear immediate medical attention was needed. The treatment for the ticks alone lasted over a week. Blood test results indicated that if Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil had not acted when they did, those little bearded pups surely would not have made it to see the day they had a forever home to call their own. The president of the rescue group, having been married the same weekend as this extraordinary rescue effort, even showed up with her new husband to assist in any way they could.
Fast forward a few months and all six Scottish Terriers are in good health, at the right weight and living happily with their new Scottie Moms or Dads. In fact, many of the "temporary" foster homes became forever homes! Three live in São Paulo, two are in Rio and one in Curitiba. Want to see more pictures of these cuties (named Liz, Joy, Noah, Paris, Luppy and Melody Hope)? Check out Scottish Terrier Rescue of Brazil's Facebook page and join us in thanking this incredible group for their efforts by showing them lots of Scottie Love and ArRRrOo's in the comment section below.