Ella’s Happy Tail

Posted on March 31, 2013 by STRSEElla

Ella is turning into a farm dog a little bit.  We are up in Zionville with my oldest child Holly.  Thank you for matching us. - Faye

Scottie Ella is at a farm visiting relatives.  She and her adopted mom Faye are best friends.  They are a match made in heaven.  So nice to hear from our families that have adopted a Scottie and know that they are so loved and cherished.



Lennox was an owner surrender from a family in Georgia that could no longer care for him.  He was taken into STRSE foster care and was quickly adopted by his new family.  Here is an update on Lennox.

Lennox has been doing just great!  We're getting his thyroid to function at normal levels with meds and this has given Lennox a greater ability to play with all his toys, go for walks, rides and to do the “crazies” (this is when he grabs a toy and runs in circles around the furniture and in and out of rooms at top speed squeaking his toys).  He looks at his reflection in glass doors and thinks it's another dog and begins talking at the reflection.

He gets along great with all the visitors he meets - dogs and people.  Everyone loves him and they think he is so well behaved.  When he is left alone he has the run of the house.  He sleeps on our bed and has an additional 3 beds of his own.

Lennox is the gentlest Scottie.  He never has any signs of aggression.  He gets to eat a couple of french fries one at a time in the car if I pick up fast food and he is with me.  We are so pleased with our Lenny and I think he is pleased with us - he is such a good boy.  Thanks again to STRSE.



Do I look like THE sweetest, most adorable puppy EVER?  Let my rescuers quickly clear up this myth!  LOL!  This 9 month old pup landed herself in a shelter after she was sold to the wrong person.  Molly is very high energy, PURE puppy and takes her title as terrier very seriously and to the highest degree!  LOL!  STRSE wants to be sure that all of our rescue Scotties are appropriately placed with the right match when looking for forever homes.  This little lady’s big day was when she was adopted by a Scottish family who can keep up with her energy level and give her a life that she will be very active and happy with.  Her new dad is enchanted with her antics and says she is quite the Madam.


A Happy Tail for Mac!

Posted on April 1, 2013 by STRSE

Mac-2Meet Mac with his new Scottie sister Brie.  Mac came to STRSE after being in 4 homes in his short life.  His new mom and dad (Sheila and Steve) have been working with him for several months now and he is still emotionally challenged.  Sheila does not think he was ever indoors in any of the homes as it was all new to him.  Brie has adopted him and is working with his new family to help him get over his fears and issues.  I told Sheila she can now join a very special club of Scottie foster failures.  We are so happy that Mac now has his forever home and will be staying with Sheila and Steve so that they can continue to work with him and help him become the Scottie boy he was meant to be.  Look for updates on his progress - we will share.  Mac could not be in a better suited home for him.  He is getting lots of love and being exposed to new experiences so that he can learn that his world is no longer a frightening place.  Thanks Sheila and Steve for giving so much to this little boy.


Arnie’s Happy Tail

Posted on April 14, 2013 by STRSEArnie

Arnie went to live with his forever family this past week, and we have our first update to share!

Things are going great.  He went for a run and saw a coyote, he got very excited!  Also a bit of sibling rivalry with his sister but nothing too bad.  He is very active, becomes anxious when he can’t find his squeaky toy.  He loves to sit on my lap.  Loves our rabbit in our backyard. I think he would like her for dinner, but she is safely caged.  He is a pleasure to have around.  Always using his best manners most of the time.



Patches Happy Tail!

Posted on June 16, 2013

Happy News from another Foster who finds himself in a “furever home .....”

The rescue coordinator for the Scottish Terrier Rescue of the SoutheaPatches2st, Meg, had been in contact with someone who had a Scottie listed for sale on Craig’s List.  She tried for months to convince this person that our group would provide a good home for this older Scottie.  The owner said it was a very difficult decision, but the Scottie had been part of their family since he was eight weeks old but could not remain with them.  After more conversations between Meg and the owner, it was finally agreed that it was in the Scottie’s best interest to be rescued.  We volunteered to help our by meeting the owner and transporting the precious lad back to Tampa.  We were thrilled to see how well he looked and how calm and friendly he was. 

We had arranged in advance for a visit to the vet for his shots before bringing him in to meet our three Scotties, as we had been told that he had not had any shots since he was a puppy.  He was greeted by the wagging tails of our Salt & Pepper Gang.  Toby barked like crazy at first, as if he were giving him all the details of his fostering and then becoming a “furever” member of the Gang.  Kenzie and Dougal just wanted to play, which Patches wasn’t so sure about at first since he was the sole “furchild” in his former family’s household.  It wasn’t long though, before Patches joined in with his new friends, playing like they had been together forever.  At that point we realized this little guy was just so special, we couldn’t let him go.

After another visit to the vet to have two broken teeth removed and to be neutered (this is a “rescue”, right?).    The stitches are out and after another trip to the groomer, Patch or, as we call him now, Patches is one handsome Scottie.  He has stolen our hearts.

Dougal, Kenzie, Toby & Patches

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Patches has created another “Foster Failure” and Dianne could not be happier.

He stole our hearts and the hearts of our other “furchildren” and will be with us for as many years as the Lord above allows. Welcome to the new and improved Salt and Pepper Gang!

Dougal, Kenzie, Toby & Patches


Zak’s Happy Tail

Posted on May 13, 2013 by STRSE

Zak1Zak (on stool) is enjoying his new life and family in Murrells Inlet.  He and Scottie brother Augi have become best friends.  Zak also enjoys time with his family’s granddaughter.  They have adopted each other and are so cute when they play together.  Zak is a happy, loving and content little Scottie.  He feels right at home with his new family.


Annabel gives back

Posted on July 31, 2013 by STRSE

In the fall of 2004, ANNABEL was found wandering the streeAnnabelts in a small town in West Virginia.  The Greater Washington DC Scottie Rescue saved her from being euthanized and brought her into the rescue program.   ANNABEL spent two weeks under the care of a veterinarian receiving antibiotics and fluids.  She was very thin and her hair had to be completely shaved.  Life on the street had been rough.  After recovering, MaryLou Kuklentz and her husband Dick brought her home.  They had lost one dog earlier that year and had a fifteen-year-old Westie battling Addison’s disease.  They needed ANNABEL as much as ANNABEL needed them.  MaryLou worked with a trainer to teach ANNABEL that life was safe and people were good.  ANNABEL’s very gentle soul emerged and she immediately fit into her new family.

ANNABEL is a certified therapy dog and she loves people.  She has visited children at the local hospital.  While on her hospital visits ANNABEL will often curl up on the bed and just relaxes for petting.  She has calmed many a youngster with her sweet nature and love of people.  She just seems to know what is needed and steps up to the job.  ANNABEL is well known by the nursing staff and happily greets them each week.  She is well known in the halls of the hospital as well and does a lot of her work before she even gets to the pediatric wing.  ANNABEL also loved visiting patients in the oncology unit at the same hospital.

ANNABEL has visited several assisted living and nursing facilities in the Charlotte and Harrisburg area. She has participated in several programs at a local library and has been part of a tutoring team at the library for several years.  ANNABEL participates in Paws for Exams at UNCC - a program to give college students a break while studying for exams.  She also visits seriously ill and homebound members of her family’s church.  MaryLou and  ANNABEL have also given talks on how to care for a dog and they participate in other events featuring therapy dogs.

Her Mom relates the following stories to illustrate  ANNABEL’s gentle and loving soul:

  1. ANNABEL and I visited an oncology unit every Wednesday afternoon.  Most patients receive their treatments on the same day each week so we wold see some people many times.  One lady was particularly fond of  ANNABEL.  Every Wednesday she looked for us at 1:30 and every Wednesday  ANNABEL would curl up in her lap and just relax and spend time with her.  This went on for weeks.  This lady was discharged and I not seen her in months.  At the Blessing of the Animals at a different church than ours I took ANNABEL and my other dogs.  This lady ran through the crowd of people and dogs to get to us.  She told me that ANNABEL was her saving grace during her chemo treatments.  She told us that  ANNABEL got her through a very tough time in her life.  There were tears in her eyes.  She stayed with us through the entire service and kept thanking us for being with her.
  2. On one visit to the pediatric wing of the hospital, a young boy had been crying all morning.  He was in pain.  The family and staff could not console him - but ANNABEL did.  When she got up on his bed he started to stroke her and you could see him relax and stop crying.  ANNABEL stayed with him while the nurse flushed out his incision.  I so admired ANNABEL’s courage in the face of so much confusion.
  3. An elderly couple in our church had dogs all their lives.  They were both struggling with illness and could not take care of a dog at this time.  I took  ANNABEL to visit every week.  The gentleman called her his little peanut.  She went to their home, to the hospital and to the nursing home to visit with him.  He always looked forward to her visit and told us so many times how wonderful she was and how great it was to have her visit since they were unable to care for a dog of their own.
  4. Currently we visit a nursing home for homeless people dying of AIDS.  ANNABEL sits on the laps of the folks as we all visit.  One of the residents really liked ANNABELOne visit he was very ill but still wanted to come out and visit with ANNABEL and Mozart (another therapy dog).  She sat on his lap and did her magic.  The next week the director told us that the gentleman had died that Friday.  He told the director that his last pleasant memory was ANNABEL sitting on his lap and how much the visits meant to him.

In addition to her therapy work, ANNABEL has excelled in Rally Obedience.  She has her Championship title in AKC Rally, her third level championship title (ARCHEX) in APDT Rally (now Cynosport Rally).  She also has several level championship titles and was fifth place in the nation in RLX2 in 2011.  Her little tail just wags and she is a delight to watch in the ring.  One judge said she has the cutest pivot she has ever seen.  There are not many Scotties that compete in this sport and she is a wonderful example of what a Scottie can do!

ANNABEL is now about eleven years old and shares her home with four other Scottie Rescues.  She is still the queen of her home and her castle!  This little waif who was someone’s discard is now her family’s precious treasure.  ANNABEL has touched the lives of so many.  She is a wonderful dog and a wonderful representative of a Scottie rescued from a horrible situation.

Searsha & Flowers Happy Tails!

Posted on July 28, 2013 by STRSE

Searsha has a favorite chair, although, as you can see she doesn’t always stay in the seat.  She and Flower are often found together!  So very cute!

We are so happy the girls were able to stay together, and are adjusting well to their new home!  Congrats to Dawn and the girls, a perfect match.

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Please meet Prince

Posted July 21, 2013 by STRSEPrince2

Prince1The story of a Prince without a castle.  This poor boy is coming to STRSE Florida from the Cocoa Beach shelter.  As you can see this sweet boy looks like he’s been in a war!  He is going to need a lot of love and care.  If you would like to donate to his medical care, you may do so by going to our website and clicking on the donate now link.



Sisters together ... forever - Another Happy Tail!

Posted on August 6, 2013 by STRSE

Many of you may remember the story of Maggie Mae, a very sick little girlMae-Girls we were able to get out of a puppy mill and tenderly nurse back to health.  She had a few foster homes, due to her resource guarding, but after working with her and letting her know that she was safe and loved, she was adopted by a wonderful family in GA.  The following year, we were able to pull another dog from the same mill, named Daisy Mae.  She was a food aggressive, territorial girl who felt she needed to fight for everything as she had done all her life in the puppy mill  We worked long and hard with her nursing her back to health and taught her some much needed manners to put her up for adoption.

When we started to look at the few medical records we did have, we realized that Daisy Mae and Maggie Mae were sisters!  Different litters, but same parents.

We crossed our fingers and contacted the family in GA that had adopted Maggie Mae and told them about Daisy Mae.  We asked if they would consider adding her to their new family and allow the sisters to be together.

I am happy to announce that they did open their home and their hearts to Daisy Mae and one year later, the sisters are happy, healthy and home.  The picture says it all.


It’s a Happy Tail

Posted on September 17, 2013 by STRSE

Miss LassieCongrats to Scott and Sally who have just adopted sweet Miss Lassie!  She is a beautiful and happy girl who is going to be loved for the rest of her life.  And special thanks to first time foster Tracy!  We can’t thank you enough for opening your heart and home to fostering.



Bailey celebrated his 2nd “Gotcha Day” this past week (his actual day was on May 23rd 2013)!  Here is an update on Bailey (he is the Wheaten Scottie in the pictures) from his family.Bailey

Bailey first came into our lives when he was 5 years old.  We saw him on Facebook for adoption through STRSE just shortly after we joined a Scottish Terrier Health Support Group for our Scottie, Reggie.  I knew from the moment I saw him it was love at first sight.

His previous owner surrendered him to the Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast.  Bailey was scared, shy and broken hearted when we first met him.  He had the saddest eyes and he would cling to me or his brother, Reggie, constantly.  Reggie had multiple medical issues from the time he was a puppy, so we were hoping and praying that they could help each other.

After Reggie had surgery, Bailey was constantly looking out for him while he was healing - he would even chase people away to protect Reggie!  As Reggie was finally getting better, we saw a drastic change in both Reggie and Bailey.  They were both like new dogs.

Bailey loves to play - he and Reggie play their favorite game of squeaky ball every night.  Both boys love to go for long walks and they chase each other through plastic tunnels in the house that we have set up for them. They both LOVE to swim in the pool and at the beach.  They also love to hunt for rabbits and squirrels - even though no one ever catches one, but they just don't give up! Watching Baily and Reggie together makes everyone laugh - especially me!  They are truly like twin brothers.

It's really amazing how these two male Scotties have bonded so closely.  They mirror each other's every move.  Ia blessing and a miracle to me everyday to see and watch both of them play and be happy!  They always have huge Scottie smile.

I wish Bailey did not have to go through what he did to get to our family, but I can’t change that.  However, I can make sure that Bailey knows he is always loved and will ALWAYS be with us in a forever home.  I believe that Bailey rescued me and Reggie more than we rescued him. I am forever grateful to STRSE, Lisa Mann and Mary Lou Kuklentz for putting this baby boy in our lives!



Brandy01This little Scottie girl was adopted in Florida and this photo is her meeting her new mom, Casey, for the first time.  Brandy was found abandoned in a shelter with many health issues.  Here is an update from her new mom.

Brandy is doing really well!  She has finally decided that this is her home as well as Buddy's (her new canine brother) and she doesn't let him push her around as much as she used to.  She is becoming more verbal and more playful by the day.  The only time she slinks from me is every night when I get the stuff to clean out her ears.

Casey K.



We adopted Loch - formerly Archie - in September 2013, just a few months after losing our first Scottie to Lymphoma.  Flopsy, our Bassett, felt the loss just as much as we did.  We were thrilled when we got the call that Loch was available and we are so thankful to have him as part of our family!

Our 2 boys immediately nicknamed him “Little Loch” since he was a mere 17 lbs when he arrived with us.  From what we knew - he had come from a couple who had several other dogs, but could no longer care for them.  Now, Loch is not so “little” anymore, and he loves to run through the yard with the boys or with his brother, Flopsy.  He is a true Scottie who loves his family deeply, and is indifferent to most others.  And when you have an overly affectionate Bassett, that is a wonderful difference to have!  We are blessed and so thankful to STRSE for helping Loch to find his “forever home!”

Rachael, Kevin, Kieran and Keenan Rayfield (And Loch and Flopsy, too!)



Barney came to STRSEBarney01 as an owner surrender just before Christmas in 2013 and found his forever home in January of 2014.  Here’s an update from his forever family.

It’s hard to believe that he has been with us nearly 18 months now and I couldn't imagine being without him!  When I lost my dog Amos suddenly there was such a big hole in my heart and Barney helped me so much with that.

He is quite the character and a big talker. He loves the lake and when the boats go by and cause the waves to slap the shore that is his signal - off he goes running up and down the shore line of the lake and gets totally wet and sandy.  Afterwards, we always have to have an unscheduled bath.

He has made himself a permanent perch on the top cushion of my couch looking out at the yard and being totally on guard.

Reggie, my other little Scottie, just turned 13 in January and is still very active and he and Barney and I go out every afternoon at 5:00 pm to have our “chase the tennis ball” session - it’s a lot of fun!

Barney loves the little lizards we have around here on the veranda and loves to chase them.  He would also love to chase the local deer, but I have to keep him on a leash when we go out when they are around or else I would be chasing him through the forest.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast for bringing this little bundle of joy.



Bogie was an 18 month Scottie who in June 2013 found himself in a kill shelter in SC, branded as dog aggressive.  STRSE quickly got involved to save him.  After picking him up from the shelter, Billy and Lisa Mann brought him into their home to start working with him on his doggie manners and getting along with others.

Bogie01He was in dire need of a bath and haircut, as it seemed he had never had either.  What we found underneath the the over grown mess that he was wearing was a treasure.  How could anyone discard this sweet, beautiful little guy?  He spent several days separate from our other dogs because he had parasites that were being treated.  He was neutered and began the process of socialization.  Within a few days, he completely came full circle and was showing signs of possibly being a role model for other dogs in need of behavior modification.

After a week in foster with our family, we decided that he was already home with us and would be a wonderful asset in assisting other troubled dogs.  He now lives with two of our other Scotties, Monty and Piper and is currently helping other fosters get over fear issues and learn manners.  He is enrolled and doing a wonderful job in a Rover One Obedience class.  He is often times the example dog in his class.  We are going to continue his trBogieaining with Nose Work after he graduates and who knows what he will continue to do.  We are so proud of the dog he’s become in such a short time.  He is paying it forward every day by helping others find their potential and being a role model.

In the short time with us so far, he has helped balance and rehab 63 other dogs, which have been adopted to forever homes already.  These were dogs considered not adoptable and deemed candidates for possibly being euthanized.  We know the possibilities for him to learn and lead by good example are endless.  He’s an absolute joy to have and we feel so blessed to have found him.

Lisa and Bill



Sometimes it takes a village, sometimes it takes a few states!

Posted on Febrary 20, 2013 by STRSE

CharlieThis is Charlie!  We were notified that he was in a kill shelter in Tallahassee.  At the time our group did not have anyone in that area.  Never fear, our Florida group worked with Alabama Rescue and they were able to get Charlie released into the protective arms of Alabama Rescue.  There are a lot of Scottish Terrier Rescue Groups in this country, and we all work towards one common goal to make sue that No Scottie is left behind!

Jazzie’s Story

Posted on November 29, 2012 by STRSE

Jazzie-pic-in-chairAfter losing our beloved Scottie Barkley to bladder cancer in October, 2011, we couldn't stand the void in our lives that only a four legged friend can fill.  We adopted a seven year old Scotty named Jasmine exactly three months later.

Jazzie was surrendered to an animal shelter in December of 2011.  She had horrible skin allergies, teeth missing and a growth on her neck.  The first step was to totally shave her, put her on the proper medication, and give her the love and care she had been denied.  Her foster mom, Ginger Robertson, loved her from day one, and for the first time in her life she was “pampered”.

We met her one month later and fell in love immediately.  We took her home, arranged for the surgery on her throat which turned out to be malignant cancer.  Ten months later our Jazzie is cancer free, chasing squirrels, rabbits, lizards, toads, whatever she can find in the backyard that moves.  She looks forward to a visit from our six year old grandson, when they can chase the ball together.

Jaz has taught us that there is always room in your heart for one more.  We are grateful to have found such a wonderful little girl, who has become our best friend.  The “snuggles” she gives us are priceless.

Thank you MaryLou Kuklentz from the Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast and Ginger Robertson (Aunt Ginger) Jazzie’s foster Mom who began the nurturing process and for making this all happen.

Don and Nancy Fishe



Bowie & Luke

Posted on March 20, 2013 by STRSEBowie1

Bowie and Luke living the good life with their new family.  Paul and Fay are doing wonderful things for these two boys and they are settling in nicely.  It is always such a joy to see two boys adopted at the same time enjoying their new home and family.



Dougal started life as an escape artist and he lost his first family because of it.  At about 2 years old, he was turned in to the animal shelter for the purported reason that he bolted out of the house into traffic.  Of course, that become flea-invested and undernourished.  His condition was shocking to see, with his hair rubbed off and his ribs protruding through his scaly skin.  So maybe it’s more apt to say the Dougal was lucky to escape a bad first home before his health was seriously damaged or he was hurt in a car accident.  A few days of care by the vet eradicated the fleas, treated the skin condition and yielded the good new.

That sad-looking Scottie came to me as a foster mid-July.  Our friend Karen clipped the straggly hair that remained on his body, which gave him a good starting point.  In only 6 weeks, his appearance drastically improved.  His skin is healthy, his hair has grown in thick and lustrous.  With regular meal times and good food, he has filled out to normal size.  He has become a handsome boy!

Since Dougal’s first family never took charge of his behavior, he had a lot to learn - what it mens to be safe, to belong to a family, to wait his turn, to obey commands.  He did, indeed, try to bolt through the door at every opportunity, and for a few weeks, he determinedly tried to escape the fenced back yard.  With the help of a trainer, I came to understand that he grew up believing he had no one to protect him, so he taught himself to flee any scary or strange situation.  But with a consistent routine, plenty of affectionate attention, and some training, he is fast learning a better way to live. 

In spite of his early experience, Dougal has a sweet nature and a puppy-playful disposition.  He is smart and affectionate.  It is thrilling to see him develop comfort and trust in me, so that he isn't trying to escape any longer.  He is understanding there a a few rules for living in a family.  He is finding his place with the other 2 dogs in my family.  It warms my heart to see him and Abey, my 5 year old Scottie, chase each other around the yard with wild abandon. He's the playmate she’s been needing.

What began as a foster relationship with a commitment to prepare him for adoption quickly became a conviction that  is as a member of my family.  So it was with joy that I signed the adoption papers to officially give this adorable dog his forever home.




Dougal before rescue


Dougal before rescue







Dougal after first grooming


Dougal with supper dish



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