This Little Westie Girl Needs a Home For the Holidays

Nov 22, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

Mitzie, a petite, six-year-old Westie, came into Scottie Rescue with her two Scotty housemates. All three were owner turn-ins, and it was a difficult situation.

The elderly lady who owned the three terriers had had several falls and was in the early stages of dementia so her family wanted to move her to a nursing home. The family called Scottie Rescue to take all three dogs, but then the woman refused to leave her home and her dogs so the call to rescue was cancelled.

About six months later one of the lady’s daughters called rescue again and wanted to turn in the dogs. Her mother was now in a nursing home, no one in the family wanted the dogs, and they remained in the home with sporadic care. It was an urgent situation.


The rescued Westie Mitzie

Since there was no Westie rescue in the area and the local Scottie rescue was not able to help, Erica Cerny from national Scottie rescue stepped in. Fortunately, she had a couple in the state where these dogs were located, who had adopted from her before, and they were willing to drive across the state to get the three dogs, hold them overnight, and then drive down to meet Erica in NJ. “Usually we don’t take other breeds,” said Erica. “We find the appropriate breed rescue and let them handle it, but there was no way I was going to leave that Westie, by herself, to be dumped in a shelter. And, without the kindness of these volunteers who really went above and beyond, we could have lost these three dogs.”

The elderly lady had gotten the Scotties as puppies and then adopted the Westie from a rescue. All three dogs were in good shape, and Erica was able to adopt out the two Scotties together. Despite Mitzie being healthy, up to date on her shots, and ready to go to her forever home, it will be harder for Erica to find the right home for her. Most people applying to Scottie rescue do so with the idea of getting a Scottie, so there is less interest in another breed. Plus, Mitzie is an alpha girl and would need a home with an experienced terrier person. “She’s not mean, but she is Terrier feisty,” said Erica. “However, once you earn her respect, she’s a love bug and wants nothing more than to cuddle and be with you.”dog

The right home for Mitzie would be one without young children or other dogs. An older person, especially someone who is retired and looking for a buddy, would be ideal. Someone who would have time to spend with Mitzie, take her on errands and walks, and let Mitzie be a BFF. In addition, Erica needs someone in the Mid-Atlantic region as she doesn’t want to ship Mitzie. Although her previous owner kept her coat cut short and did not do the traditional Westie cut, as her coat grows out, she will be a pretty Westie girl.

Erica is concerned that Mitzie’s placement be right. “This will be Mitzie’s third home, so I want it to be a truly forever home. She is only six and Westies often live to fifteen or so. She has a long life ahead of her and a lot of love to give to the right person.”


Let’s find Mitzie a home for the holidays.

If you would like to learn more about Mitzie, you can see her Petfinders page here: MITZIE

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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. Ahhh, Lee, what a sweet story about the Scotties but this cute little Westie with a brick nose needs a forever home, soon. Thanks to Erica Cerny for all her good Scotties works. Great story about good people and wonderful Terriers.

  2. yes. Erica Cerney is an angel and a saint on earth… shel helped me rescue an about to be euthanized Scottie boy… from across the country… I’m sorry but my apartment is filled (too bad I had to lose my house in that banking debacle) or I’d have had room for Mitzie… but then a wee Russell mix was tied up and abandoned at our apartments and so, much to my LILI’s dismay, she wound up with a pesky ‘lil’ brother’….


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