Throw Away Dog

May 20, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

NY/NJ Scottie Rescue doesn’t get a lot of mixes and when they do, these dogs can be difficult to place. “People come to us because they want to adopt a Scottie,” said Erica, “so often a mix is overlooked.”

Indigo, a terrier mix was found as a stray in New York City and sent to a city shelter. If you’ve never been in a big city shelter, you don’t understand how noisy, crowded and absolutely terrifying for many smaller dogs like Indigo they can be. Poor Indigo was so frightened he flunked his temperament test. The shelter, under staffed and over crowded, saw him as one of many “throwaway dogs,” put him on the euthanasia list and then called Scottie rescue.



Erica and her volunteers knew he would be tough to place, but they had to take him in order to maintain a relationship with the shelter so that they would be called for Scotties in the future. Once Indigo was out of the shelter and into a foster home, he began to settle down and his personality emerged.

Indigo is a likable, easy dog who would make a great companion for someone in an apartment or a condo. He walks well on a leash, but at only two years old, still has some housebreaking issues perhaps due to his time on the street and then the terrifying experience in the city shelter. He would be happy as an only dog, and while he isn’t a lap dog, he likes to be near his person. dog

Indigo probably would not do well in a home with young children, but an older child who could play with Indigo and take him on walks would probably work well. He tolerates other dogs and likes to play, but he can get a bit rough and often doesn’t know when to quit. He loves his doggie bed and prefers it to a lap. He is not an especially needy dog and can entertain himself with toys. Indigo doesn’t need a fenced in yard because he enjoys walking on a leash with his person. However, his adopter would need to spend some time working on housebreaking him and be prepared to go on regular walks with him and play with him.

Indigo is still very puppy-like and no doubt has a long life ahead of him. He is ready for his forever home and, even though he is not a full blooded Scottie, at twenty three pounds, he is the size of an adult Scottie and has that Scottie/terrier look. Indigo is a diamond in the rough and will make a great friend in the right

Learn more about Indigo 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: Scottie Rescue.

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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. I always enjoy these stories from Lee and appreciate the good work Erica does with her group. I hope Indigo finds a forever home. He deserves it.

  2. As always – a terrific story! He’s a cutie — hope his marking issues become a thing of the past —

  3. Oh I’d LOVE to have this guy but health and age prevent that. I do have my daughter’s Scottie, Bodie,living with me and I know ‘Boo’ would LOVE to have a brudder to play and wrestle with. He misses the Cairn/Irish Terrier mix I let my friend adopt when I got too ill to walk her and the Russell/Schnauzer who was tied up at my apartment building and left there. Poor Bodie would dearly love a playmate to wrestle with. Erica helped me hide a Scottie from being euthanized some years back…. sigh.. would love to help out and have this little guy out west, but….


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