Bailee: Show Me Love and I Will Dance for You

Jul 20, 2019 | 2019 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

A beautiful wheaten Scottie, Bailee, is a big boy at about thirty pounds. He has had a rough time, but has a lot of love and companionship to give to the right forever home. His original owner was an older man who had an accident and could no longer take care of Bailee. Instead of calling Scottie Rescue, Bailee was sent to a North Carolina shelter. He became stressed at losing his home and being dragged off by a stranger, so he bit the animal control officer.

NY Terrier Rescue had a contact in North Carolina who pulled Bailee from the shelter but then placed him in a kennel instead of taking him home. With infections in both ears and more strangers moving him to another strange place, Bailee bit one of the kennel volunteers when she approached his head.

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Eventually, Bailee was transported to the NY Terrier Rescue in Albany, New York. Here he was vetted and settled into a foster home where he began to calm down and get into a routine. Deeming Bailee ready for adoption, the rescue put him in their adoption program at a local Pet Smart. When Bailee was shown at Pet Smart, he immediately attracted interest and a couple stepped up to apply to adopt him. However, in the noisy, crowded store, Bailee was nervous and fearful. When the man reached for him, Bailee bit his hand. Understandably, the adoption fell through.

A second family actually went through with the adoption, and Bailee went to what was hoped would be his forever home. However, the family had problems at home and returned Bailee to the rescue. At this point, the terrier rescue felt Bailee was too much for them and reached out to Erica of NY/NJ Scottie Rescue.animal rescue

Bailee is now in a foster home with the Scottie rescue and is doing well. Erica and the foster mom feel Bailee bites out of fear. He is defensive rather than aggressive. Because of his fears, he needs to be muzzled when he goes to the vet or to be groomed. But he gets along with other dogs, though he will growl if he feels challenged but has never bitten.

Bailee has been vetted and his ear infections cured. He has no outstanding health issues.

A good home for this pretty Wheatie would be one with an experienced Scottie person who will be the alpha, show lots of patience, and not give up on him. Bailee does not need a fenced in yard but a porch would be nice for him to sit on to enjoy the fresh air. He likes walks, does well on a leash, and is housebroken. Bailee needs to be an only dog with no children or cats in the family where an experienced Scottie person can work with him to bring out the joy and love he has to give.animal rescue

At eight-years-old, Bailee, with care and routine, will make a great companion for the right person or couple. His foster mom says that now he is settled in, knows what is expected of him, and has a routine, he entertains them by strutting and dancing for his supper.

Most rescues, like Scottie Rescue of Greater NY/NJ, take in dogs that are in need of vet care which, as we all know, can be expensive. Rescues need support and donations to do their work. When you are planning your summer vacation, please think about making a generous donation to your favorite rescue, so they can continue to save and care for dogs like Bailee.

Learn more about Bailee and his pals in Scottie Rescue, volunteer, apply to adopt a rescue, or make a much needed donation. Visit the Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue on their Facebook page or their website:

Website: Scottie Rescue
Facebook: Scottie Rescue on FB

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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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