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Scottish Terrier

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Nicknamed “diehards” due to their incredible bravery, Scottish Terriers are beloved pets worldwide. These feisty Scotts are balls of tremendous energy trapped inside a small body.

Where I'm From

Known as the oldest breed of highland dog, the true origins of the Scottish Terrier remain somewhat of a mystery. What we do know for sure, is that they are native to Scotland where they were used for many years to keep vermin under control.

These excellent hunters were compact, and could chase small game such as badgers, otters and rabbits down into their burrows They were also sturdy enough to be able to defend themselves in a fight.

In the 20th century, people began adopting them as stylish house pets, and today, the fearless and tough Scotts are some of the most popular breeds of terrier around.

What I Look Like

Scotts have a regal and dignified air to them, and their stoic countenance makes them look like canine members of the aristocracy.

They have short legs and pointy ears, both features that everybody knows very well. Don’t be fooled by their fragile appearance though, these are strong creatures that hide great power inside a seemingly delicate frame.

Scottish Terriers come in a variety of colours such as black, gray, wheaten and brindle. Like other terriers, they have double coats, with the outer being harsh and dense, while the underneath is short and soft.

How I Act

Their most characteristic trait is their enormous courage, which has given the dignified Scotts a reputation for being bold and determined creatures. Scottish Terriers will not hesitate to stand up for themselves if they feel threatened.

These lively friends make perfect watchdogs, who are forever sharp and alert. Scotts are also incredibly devoted to owners who are kind and attentive, and are known to become attached to members of their family.

Just like most other terriers, they are incredibly intelligent and very clever.

Looking After Me

Scottish Terriers require a bit of attention when it comes to grooming. You will need to regularly brush them in order to keep their coats shinny and soft. Scotts don’t shed a lot of fur, which is good news, but this also means that their fur will keep growing and get messy. A clip every couple of months or so will ensure your Scottie stays looking beautiful.

Famously stubborn, these strong-willed pooches would rather do things their own way. Obedience training is an absolute must for them to behave well around other people and dogs. Be mindful on how you address them however, as they are sensitive creatures who are likely to get their feelings hurt.

Scotts do not require a rigorous exercise routine. Daily short walks will suffice to keep your pet happy and healthy.

These terriers are susceptible to an illness called Scottie Cramp, which results in loss of muscle control and poor coordination. If you notice any symptoms, it is important you take your pet to the vet straight away.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.