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These are only a few of the countless stories from our rescue Scotties that have found their way into loving forever homes over the past few years.

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Gareth01a Gareth was a special Scottie boy that was adopted in August 2015 after he spent most of his life being bounced around homes and in an Asheville, NC shelter. Gareth now has a happy furever home in Charleston, SC where he lives with his Scottie brother, Fergus!

Our boy Fergus has been the light of our life since he was eight weeks old. He is (if we must say), the perfect Scottie. Yet even the most perfect dog tires of, well, perfection. While we would be imbibing evening  cocktails and catching up on daily events, we would notice Fergus  staring at the wall. Don’t think he doesn't get any attention.  Every morning starts with a run at White Point Gardens or the beach

Jock the Scot, aka Dallas

Posted on February 4, 2017 by STRS


Just wanted you to know that Jock continues to be a great Dallas_2dog! He is doing  fantastic. He has been around other dogs, at Christmas parties, on walks, and in the car.  He is a great companion for us and our Scottie  Maggie. She is being more active. He is a happy, loving guy. He is very  clever. Typical Scottie, he will steal your sandwich off the plate is you leave it there unattended. He is a great walker. Sits and stays.  Working on down and we are planning to do agility in the spring. He is a busy lad on lookout, Squirrel watching all afternoon. Everybody loves  him. We love him! He's a perfect fit. Thank you for this special gift.

B. Adams


and I work at home and take many play breaks through the day. After a while we wondered if poor Fergus was lonely. Adrift in his own Highlands solitary mind. It was then that we started thinking about finding a little brother for him. We asked around for months about Scottie rescues. One woman mentioned Texas. Too far for a visit. Others  just shrugged. Then we happened upon a woman who suggested Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast. Bingo.

En route to Alaska for family vacation we filled out the forms on-line and  when we returned, Lisa rang for a long talk about all things Scottie.  She called our vet and then scheduled a home inspection with Tanya. She did mention she had a dog in mind for us. On our form we explained that we didn't care if the dog had one leg, one eye or half a tail, just as long as he could play and have fun with Fergus. Not 30 minutes after the inspection Lisa rang, Well you passed with flying colors and I'm happy to tell you I have a Scottie with me that fits your needs! When do you  want to pick him up? As excited as we were to adopt we assumed the process would take a while.  Realizing we could have a little brother in a matter of days sent us into a tail spin. I guess one is never quite ready for “the call”  when it comes to adoption! My mama laughed as she joyously recalled ironing a ball gown back in the 60s when she got the call to go pick up my sister from the hospital. The ball gown went back in the closet not to be worn for years.

A week later when we happened to be driving from Flat Rock, North Carolina through Sparkle City, we made a date to pick up our little man. Lisa was nervous about his reaction to us and Fergus. As soon as we met him he curled up in my lap. The deal was sealed. We met all of  Lisa’s amazing Scotties and let Fergus have a proper romp with his cousins before we departed in excitement with our new boy.

Gareth was originally named Max at Brother Wolf shelter but we decided to call him Gareth. That's the name of the drunk and boisterous Scottish bloke in Four Weddings and a Funeral of whom we have always been fans.

Gareth was originally named Max at Brother Wolf shelter but we decided to call him Gareth. That's the name of the drunk and boisterous Scottish bloke in Four Weddings and a Funeral of whom we have always been fans.

The trip home was pure bliss and when Gareth arrived back in Charleston he  explored our home with lots of trepidation. While we toured him around  we also let him be. Through the day and following week we would find him curled up in three different fireplaces (long since empty and clean!) and in his favorite spot, perched on top of the couch, legs akimbo, head cocked.

As the weeks progressed we admit that there were some difficulties. He snapped twice at Paul, peed in the house once and attacked a poor old Golden Retriever. Also, Fergus was not bonding one bit and seemed pretty irritated with him. We hired a dog trainer to get an outside opinion of the situation. This was the best thing we did. She met us out at Hampton Park and watched the dogs, gave advice about Gareth's demeanor and assured us that all dogs are pack animals and they will bond.

Their bond occurred in the most amusing fashion. One day when Paul was working from home he heard an ambulance siren from afar. As it came closer he heard Gareth grumble and then chirp and then he just belted out the most beautiful Arrrrroooooooooooo! Fergus scurried out from under the couch (our trainer calls him the troll under the bridge) in  disbelief. You see, sweet Fergus has never howled before. This was  music to his ears and with a little encouragement from Gareth, Fergus  stuttered out a howl until his head tilted back, his eyes closed and he  synced up with Gareth's howl like a little Argyll

Angel. When the ambulance passed the boys came out of their trances and that was it. They were bonded.

Since then they wake us up every morning by tip tapping into the bedroom and stretching their paws up on the bed. Once we pick tGarth02hem up they shower us with kisses and snuggle together. When we take them to the park they  are “the dark duo“ chasing dogs and balls together. And when it’s playtime Fergus nips at Gareth and they start hardy tug of wars with their favorite Harry Barker rope toy.

There is no more staring at the wall during cocktail hour that is for sure.  These two boys keep the living room covered in toys and now, when we hear the faint cry of an ambulance we stop everything and watch in pure  proud parental glee.

Cator S.



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 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 he thinks it's another dog and begins talking at the reflection.

He gets along great with all visitors he meets - dogs and people. Everyone loves him and they think he is so well behaved. When he's 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.

Don H.


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 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!Bailey01

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 just 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 now 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 Bailey 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 others every move. It’s a blessing and a miracle to me everyday to see and watch both of them play and be happy!  They always have huge Scottie smiles and wagging tails.

I wish that 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 his foreve  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 that 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 & Flopsy, too!)



Barney came to STRSE 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 familyBarney01!

“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 get  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 verandah 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 me this little bundle of joy.


Dani N.




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Abbe was a ownerAbbe surrender to STRSE in early 2015. This sweet girl had a rocky transition before she found her current “furever home.” Her update that was submitted by her new family below.

Our adoption of Abbe, a 6-year-old brindle, was very sudden and fast. We  received a phone call on a Friday, had home visit Saturday morning, and she was on the road from Florida by Saturday afternoon. My husband and I drove to Richmond, VA on Sunday to pick her up and take her to her new  “furever home.” Best decision we could have made for her and ourselves!

We had lost our beloved adopted Scottie, Annie Rose, at the end of January - and we were feeling very lonesome. Abbe obviously needed someone to love her and boy, oh boy, is she getting just that. She is definitely a momma”s girl, but shows affection to my husband as well. When she sees me her tail starts wagging and then her whole back half just wiggles with joy. She has been so spoiled by so many people....the women I work with even had a “puppy shower” for us, friends bring her toys when they meet her, and we received packages from Facebook friends from the Scottie Facebook group I belong to. Words cannot express how happy Abbe is and how happy she has made us. Thank you, Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast!

Eileen and Wolfgang



Bogie was an 18 month old 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.

He was in dire need of a bath and a haircut, as it seemed he had never had either. What we found underneath the over grBogie01own 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 & 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 training with Nose Work after he graduates and who knows what he will continue on to do. We are so very proud of the dog he's become in such a short time. He is paying it forward everyday by helping others find their potential and being a positive role model.

In his 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 that were considered not adoptable and deemed candidates for possibly being euthanized. We know that 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 Billy



Patches has created another “Foster Failure” and Diane 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



Benz01Benz (formally Cade) is living the good life with DeeDee and Rick in NC.  Cade was underweight and full of fleas when our volunteers PJ and Robin picked him up and transported him to the vet. He had an ear infection and was overall not feeling very well because of his condition. He has been fully vetted, neutered and groomed. He really needed his teeth cleaned as well. And no more fleas for this boy!  He has started to gain weight, his hair is coming in very well and he is one happy boy. He loves his daily walks and visiting with his Scottie friends who live across the street. Benz is a beautiful and very sweet Scottie boy whose life will be all it was meant to be with his new family.



I got a phone call from a lady who told me she worked in rescue and had found him listed on Craig's list. She called and got the people to surrender him to her and she called me. I met her at the airport and she gave him to me. He was emaciated and had not had a hair cut in a long time. Eye, ear and skin infections. He was very wild, had spent his first 15 months in a crate. He was afraid of everything, we are still working on this but he is much better. He was full of fear, it was very sad. He also had horrible separation anxiety, it was so bad he would  foam at the mouth and throw himself into the front door when I left. The first week he went to my vet and they worked with him, he has gotten  much better. He has now bonded with my brother so he is OK to be home with him now and without me. It took us 4 weeks to get to that point, it was awful he was such a mess. Now he is good because he has me at night and my brother during the day, he works nights. His older brother Duncan at 8 has been very tolerant of the little terror. Lol!  They play like puppies now, it is very cute. Archie is very Alpha so he is lucky that Duncan is not. They have their moments but they go away very quickly and no blood has ever been drawn. He has gained weight and doing much better, I love him to pieces, he make me laugh every day. He is a a very happy little guy and actually wants to please me and will lay his head on my chest or shoulder. He loves everybody now, not so much when I got him but he really is one of the friendliest Scotties I have ever had.



To start this happy tale about an awesome senior Scottie, let's first see his pictures.


“We had successfully adopted two Scotties about four years ago from the Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay and have been so enamored by this  breed. We volunteered to help the rescue group any way we could -  especially in transporting Scotties from the foster homes to the permanent adopting family. On one of these volunteer arrangements we  took in a cute little Scottie girl to help out until a permanent  arrangement could be made. Unfortunately, this little girl didn't like other dogs at all. Our Salt & Pepper Gang became very upset and confused about why they couldn't play with her and she had to be confined to the crate. After three days it was obvious that this arrangement would not work. We contacted Janet, our rescue coordinator,  who said she would take this little girl, but asked if we would mind swapping dogs, as she had had Toby for several months and really did not have room for even one more. Thus, the real story begins - we made the swap and it was true love blossoming on the ride home. Our two Scotties also fell in love with him quickly as well. Kenzie considers him her ”boy toy” and Dougal is glad he has some relief from Kenzie chasing him all the time. Now, you have to understand poor Toby came off the streets of Miami in really poor condition, but with all the love and attention Janet had given him and the love he gets at our home, he is really a  happy, loving senior puppy.

Yes, he has a rather large overbite and, yes, he has a funny, wonky walk and is now nine plus years old, but who cares. When he sees us, his little tail goes around like a helicopter's rotor blade. He gets excited and wants to play, if only for a short while. I wanted to keep him the minute I got him home, saying, “No one is going to want this older dog, with this wonky walk, but Gary asked that we wait at least the week just to make sure he would be a good addition to our “Gang.”  I kept  whispering to Toby, “Don't worry; you're ours now and no one is going to take you away.” Yeah, right; he caved in after two days with Mr. Rotor Tail! It always amazes me that so many people only want puppies, not older dogs who can give so much love and appreciation back  to their new 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 didn't explain why his owner allowed him to become  flea-infested 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 that 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 news that he didn't have heartworms or any other serious health issues.

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 six weeks, his appearance drastically  improved. His skin is healthy, his hair has grown in thick and lustrous. With regular mealtimes and plenty of 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 means 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 yard. With the help of a trainer, I have come to understand that Dougal 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 experiences, 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 that there are a few rules for living in a family.  He is finding his place with the two other dogs in my family.  It warms my heart to see Dougal, and Abby, 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 the right place for Dougal 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




Jazzie’s Story

Posted on November 29, 2012 by STRSE


After losing our beloved Scotty Barkley to bladder cancer in October 2011, we couldn't stand the void in our lives that only a four legged friend can fill. WJazzie-pic-in-chaire 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 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


This is the “tail” of an extra special little girl. Many of you know Lacy's very tragic story, have graciously donated towards her treatments, and have followed along on her journey with us.

Lacy was left abandoned in a house in the fall of 2014 in Orlando, FL. She  is now a Forever Foster with STRSE. You can hear more about her stor  and how she was found here:

Lacy's update from her Forever Foster Mom:

“Lacy is doing well and appears to feel great! She never acts as though she doesn't feel good. Her hair is still a bit slow growing. She has a great appetite and is a good girl about taking her daily meds.  However, she isn't the biggest fan of the eye drops that she has to get - she runs off when she sees me coming with the bottles. She loves to run around on the pool deck and despite her sight not being very good she still  manages to run around the pool without any accidents. Of course we watch her like a hawk! She loves lizards and looks for them every time she goes outside.

Lacy loves the bed and sleeps right next to me. It's always a race to see who will get to sleep next to mama but they seem to work it out  throughout the night.

Lacy's last appointment at AVS (Affiliated Veterinary Specialists) was in  February and everything was good - they were really pleased.  They did tell us that she does have cancer. I have shared the rescues wishes with them - we feel that Lacy has already been through so much and that we really want her to be happy during her remaining time on this earth. Her last eye appointment with the specialist went great as well!

So all in all - everything is wonderful with Lacy. As I have said before, you would never know she is sick - she is a strong girl!

Leslie C.



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

Posted on February 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 Scottie 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 sure that No Scottie is left behind!


Bowie & LukeBowie

Posted on March 20, 2013 STRSE

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.


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