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West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers

IN THE August 20 ISSUE

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by Lucille Solomon


Originally bred to flush badgers and foxes from hiding places in the rocky terrains of Scotland, the Westie came in all colors. However, multi-colored dogs were sometimes mistaken for the game they flushed. They were then bred to be all white for their own safety. The dogs were named for the areas in which they lived such as Pittenweems, Poltallochs, and Roseneaths. In the early 1900s the breed was officially named West Highland White Terriers.

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by Lee Juslin


Shelby was an owner surrender to Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR), a relatively new rescue organization in Florida.At eight years old, Shelby had a number of medical issues including a severe yeast infection (Malassezie Dermatitis), an associated ear infection and an eye infection. Plus, she felt so bad, she showed no energy or interest in anything, but, most shockingly, Shelby was a certified therapy dog. The owner’s story was that she had broken her arm and could no longer take care of Shelby.

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by Lee Juslin


Enzo was near death when he was dumped in the woods. Fortunately a woman walking through those woods, found him, and just as fortunately for Enzo, his rescuer called Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR).

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by Lee Juslin



Bella was picked up as a stray by a Florida shelter. It was immediately clear that she did not have the use of her back legs and that the shelter was not equipped to handle such a significant medical problem. This is where little Bella’s life took a significant turn because the shelter, instead of putting her down, sent her to a vet.

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Riley Finds His Calling: A Therapy Dog Profile

IN THE December 5 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin


When Toni got Riley from Westie rescue, she had been looking for a companion dog but, with her hectic work schedule, knew she didn’t want a puppy. Riley at eleven months old proved to be even more than she had hoped for.

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by Sandra Murphy


Melanie is barely back at Howard Academy as a tutor for special-needs kids when the principal decides she’s the perfect person to oversee the annual Christmas bazaar—which is only a week away, the previous chairwoman having just eloped to Cabo with her lawyer. Luckily, Melanie is well liked by the teachers and parents, so all are willing to pitch in to help. The only snag is that the Santa hired for Pet Photos with Santa cancels the day before the bazaar. Before Melanie can panic, the principal says a substitute called and volunteered to do the job.

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by Lee Juslin


Prince George and Gordon, two Westies nine and thirteen respectively, came into Scottie Rescue through a number of mishaps and misconnections.

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by Lee Juslin


Scruffy, a little Westie, was found as a stray by a well-meaning lady. She took him in and he became a beloved member of her family, romping with her kids, enjoying car rides and snuggling happily with anyone offering an available lap.

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by Lee Juslin


Daisy, a female Westie, had served as breeding stock for a backyard breeder interested only in having her produce puppies that he could sell. Now, at seven years old, the so-called breeder felt she had outlived her usefulness and wanted to dump her. Fortunately, Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR) persuaded the owner to release Daisy to them.

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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.

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Traveling With Westies

IN THE November 8 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Traveling with Westies is always full of adventures, and traveling with Natisa and Cosette is no exception. They love to go in the car for a quick trip to town or for a longer adventure to San Diego. They even enjoy the rides to the vet or groomers—until we arrive. They are Therapy dogs and when we do visits at senior homes each week, they both try to be the first in the car to go. I think it’s like a competition for them. They will go anywhere with me.

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by Lee Juslin



Beth had been a foster mom for Westie Rescue of Missouri for several years, but she had never had a challenge like Parker.

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Westies Talk

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


I have two Westies and they are very smart and love to learn. They also are very good communicators and will always find a way to tell me what they want. I will share with you a few stories to give you a good picture of their unique communication skills.

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McKenzie and Lucas Find a Miracle

IN THE February 8 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



McKenzie and Lucas, Westie brother and sister, were living a pretty nice life with an older lady. Despite being legally blind, she doted on her two Westie kids, playing with them and taking them on walks to the park. Then, disaster struck when mom fell and broke both ankles. Cathy, the daughter, loved the two Westies, but couldn’t take them because she had cats and the Westie siblings, despite loving people, were cat aggressive. Fortunately, Cathy did the right thing and called Westie Rescue.

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