Dougal, Three Times the Charm?

Mar 11, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

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.”

Later, Erica was able to place Dougal with a single lady who had adopted from the rescue previously so she knew this would be the good home that Dougal deserved. It seemed as if his luck had changed.lee

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.lee

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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Lee Juslin is a free lance copywriter living in North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and her band of misfits: Tarquin, a Wheaten Scottish Terrier, and three handicapped cats. They can be seen on their website: Hampshire Hooligans. She owns I B Dog Gone, a small embroidery business and is the author of the Nurse Frosty books for children and Frosty’s Story: Tales of a Therapy Dog. She supports a number of national and regional terrier rescue organizations.


  1. Erica does an amazing job with her dog and placements — I know she’ll find just the right spot for him — in YOUR home! Scottish Terriers are frequently reserved dogs – more ‘aristocratic’ or ‘stuck-up’ than you average Hail-Fellow, Well-Met Golden Retriever! Loyal, protective and with an intelligence that belies their frequently ‘stubborn’ approach to things ( they’re smart enough to ‘just say NO’ ) to tasks they deem beneath them. Thank you Lee for another wonderful story — always look forward to your input!

  2. What a sad story for such a handsome lad. He deserves a good loving home and I hope he finds it soon.

    Thanks Lee for another great story.

  3. Such a sad story for the little guy. I hope he finds his forever home very soon.


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