My Oh My Sweet As Pie

Jul 18, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

Dottie, a little Westie about seven years old, was picked up by a city shelter when she was found wandering alone on the streets. She had numerous health problems, so the shelter called Lone Star Westie Rescue (LSWR).

With skin and ear infections, plus a small tumor on her chest, volunteers from LSWR took her to their vet. The vet put her on antibiotics for her skin and ear infections, and noted her tumor. The vet plans to leave the tumor until she is feeling better. Her skin is beginning to clear, but the vet feels all her hair may not grow back because she has lost so much of her coat.


In addition to her infections, Dottie’s claws were so overgrown they were curled. Janelle, her foster mom, said that they looked like macaroni. Once they were clipped back, Dottie was clearly more comfortable walking. She also had obvious stiffness in her joints perhaps from being kept in a cage. Once she began running in Janelle’s yard with the other dogs, the stiffness eased. She began hunting frogs and chasing squirrels in true Westie fashion.

Dottie is very sweet. She loves people and is easy to handle. The vet and staff have fallen in love with her because of her loving, cooperative nature. She is not a lap dog, though she enjoys being patted and loved. However, Janelle thinks she may become a lap dog once her skin infection clears and she is feeling more comfortable.

This gentle Westie is not into toys but does love playing with the other dogs. She is a bit fragile due to her skin issues and stiff joints. Janelle’s youngest dog plays with her, but seems to sense Dottie’s fragility and is very respectful of her.
Dottie is on a special diet to help her skin issues. Janelle is feeding her Granny Mae Fish and Potato, which she considers top of the line for skin issues. When Dottie’s skin has improved, she will need more vet visits to remove and test her chest tumor, though the vet feels it is probably not cancer. She will also need a dentist.

This sweet Westie needs a home with terrier experience and someone who is home at least part of the day. She will not do well with young children, but older children who can play with her and give her gentle attention would be ok. She likes other dogs and would enjoy a home with another small dog to play with. The rescue does not know how she is with cats.

This lovable, sweet girl will not be ready for adoption until she has finished with her vet work and until her skin and ear infections have cleared. However, if you would like more information on applying to adopt Dottie or one of the other Westies with LSWR, becoming a volunteer, or making a contribution you can contact the rescue on their FB page or their web site.


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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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