by Lee Juslin
Dougal came into Greater New York/New Jersey Scottie Rescue at about seven years old.
His luck with finding a forever home had not been good. Dougal was turned into a shelter by his first owner but then adopted by a couple who owned a farm; not a working farm but a kind of a gentlemen’s farm. There were a number of various animals on the farm and sometimes Dougal was attacked or bullied.
When the wife died suddenly, the husband, being an over the road truck driver could not handle the responsibility of caring for the all animals including Dougal and two other Scotties. So, the family called Erica of NY/NJ Scottie Rescue.
“When I got to the farm, the place smelled and it was obvious, though the couple were animal lovers, the wife’s death left a void in the daily care of all the animals. I took the three Scotties, but there was no paperwork so we had to do some vetting. Then, I was able to place the other two Scotties together.”
Sadly, Dougal’s adopter was diagnosed with an aggressive, terminal leukemia. When she went into hospice, her son called Erica to take Dougal. “It was obvious that Dougal had been boarded a number of times while his owner went through treatment. I think she was perhaps too proud to reach out and give up Dougal, but I know she loved him and had done her best for him.”
Dougal is back in rescue, but he is ready for a forever home. Because of his experiences on the farm, he needs to be an only dog. In addition, Dougal would not do well in a home with young children. He is healthy and up to date on his shots.
Dougal, at twenty seven pounds is a large Scottie but very good looking. He is sweet but not a lap dog and not into a lot of handling. He’s a quiet dog but does enjoy walks.
A good home for Dougal would be a calm, quiet home with an older couple or single person and with no other pets.
If you fill the bill, and are looking for a sweet and loyal companion, Dougal may be the Scottie for you.
Learn more about Dougal and his pals in Scottie Rescue, volunteer, apply to adopt a rescue or make a much needed donation. Rescues, as 501C3 charitable organizations, depend on volunteers and donations from supporters. Visit the Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue on their Facebook page or their website.
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