by Lee Juslin
Winnie, a sweet, playful, and beautiful three-year-old Scottie, was turned into Scottie rescue because her owner is leaving the country. She felt that it would be best for Winnie if she were re-homed.
Winnie has no health problems except for Scottie Cramp which is not painful, does not require meds, and sometimes resolves when the Scottie reaches the age of three. Scottie Cramp is a genetic, neurological condition that causes the legs to freeze up. Sometimes the Scottie falls over. It is temporary, fleeting, and seems to occur when the Scottie is excited or exercising. The condition can be light and hardly noticed, medium level, or a strong case.
Winnie is in a foster home with Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue residing with two Wheaten Scotties and a Westie. She gets along with other dogs and actually enjoys being with them more than with her human, although she can be very affectionate. Winnie does play with toys but enjoys playing with other dogs more. She is a young dog, perhaps experiencing a delayed puppyhood, and needs lots of exercise. She plays a lot with the Wheaties, but because she likes rough play, the Westie, being smaller, avoids her.
She has shown no sign of Scottie Cramp in her foster home despite a lot of running and playing. Although there is no test for Scottie Cramp, it is possible Winnie’s case has resolved or at least lessened.
Winnie needs a larger home, not an apartment, to accommodate her frapping and wild playing. She would not do well in a situation where she would spend long hours in a crate. She also would appreciate a fenced-in yard for exercising, although she does walk well on a leash. However, she does not need or want long walks or hikes. Winnie was trained by her owner and is generally well-behaved.
The most important requirement for Winnie’s forever home is another Scottie or two young enough to play with her. Rescue has tried her with other breeds, but none equal the Scottie style of play with their large teeth and tendency to roll and wrestle when playing. A smaller breed could be unintentionally hurt and larger breeds simply don’t engage in Scottie-style play. Young children and cats are a no-no.
Winnie has been fully vetted. She also has been spayed and has had a dental. She is now ready to entertain applications for adoption where another Scottie or two awaits play time.
You can learn more about Winnie and all the other Scotties in Scottie Rescue, volunteer, apply to adopt a rescue like Winnie, or make a very needed donation. During this time of the Covid virus, rescue organizations need even more help with financial donations and volunteers. If you want to volunteer, you can become a foster parent or help with transporting. Scottie Rescue of Great NY/NJ is a 501C3 entity so donations are tax deductible.
You can learn more about Scottie Cramp by visiting Scottie Cramp or googling Scottie Cramp for more information.