Hartigan, that’s me!

Jun 19, 2021 | 2021 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin, Pets

by Lee Juslin

Hartigan grew up in a loving home with two parents who took him everywhere. However, as he grew older he developed some health problems which were difficult for the family because, with busy schedules, they had trouble handling his schedule of medications. In addition, they had a baby, and when the baby got more attention than Hartigan, the Scottie became quite jealous. So, when he bit the baby, the parents were ready to have him euthanized.

Luckily, Hartigan was saved by Erica of Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue just one day before he was scheduled to be killed.


When rescue took Hartigan in, he was on a number of meds including prednisone and pain killers. Erica says their goal is to reduce his level of prednisone which was quite high. Every two weeks and, working with the rescue’s vet, they reduce the prednisone level making sure his symptoms do not increase. To date, they have been able to reduce his level from five milligrams to three milligrams. Ideally, they would like to reduce his prednisone to a level below the three milligrams.

Erica says that they will take him off his pain killers that date from a previous battle with Lyme disease. He does show symptoms of arthritis, but it is hoped the prednisone will help control these. Erica is also working on an exemption from the Rabies vaccine.

After a visit with the vet, Hartigan has no symptoms of Addison’s Disease and his blood tests were good. Currently, this larger Scottie that weighs in at about twenty-six pounds, is on a special diet of cooked turkey and rice. However, Erica and the vet feel that eventually he may do well on a good quality dog food.

Currently, Hartigan’s schedule of meds is important to maintain and get right. For instance, he needs his prednisone tablet every twenty-five days. Erica estimates the cost of the prednisone is about $25.00 without a vet visit.

Despite being a senior Scottie, he is about twelve, Hartigan is a happy, lively boy. He loves meeting and greeting people and when at the vet, the staff fell in love with him. He enjoys walks as long as they are not too long and is good with other dogs and cats. His foster mom says, with no young children in the household, he is more relaxed and easy going. He loves to cuddle and be fussed over, and he enjoys car rides. He is a curious boy who enjoys playing with toys, but most importantly he wants to be with his person. Erica and his foster mom says he has a magnetic personality.

A good home would be one with a person who would be home with Hartigan to cater to his needs, play, and cuddle with him. He would not do well in a home with children.

Editor’s Note: Although Hartigan has since found his perfect, forever home, you can learn more about all the other Scotties in Scottie Rescue, volunteer, apply to adopt a rescue, 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.

Visit the Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue on their Facebook page or their website:

Web: petfinder.com/member/us/nj/rockaway/scottish-terrier-club-of-greater-new-york-rescue-nj441

FB: facebook.com/Scottish-Terrier-Club-of-Greater-New-York-Rescue-613909755302599

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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.


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