Lucy in JimThorpe, PASundance on PlaidNina at RovingIdgy 2009

Westies are like potato chips. You can’t have just one.


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Sundance came to Maryland Westie Rescue May 2012 for biting a kid. In a moving van full to teenagers, Sundance was passed around, he became stressed, and bit one of the kids. Sometimes I wonder about people! There is clearly more to this story but since he is such a young dog, I am committed to rehabilitating him. As he easily gets stressed out, he is still in Foster-Care in my home while working with a behaviorist to extinguish his fear-aggression and resource guarding. For example, instead of our just sitting on the couch, we give the command “off,” then we sit, then invite him up. If we just sit on the couch and he’s up there, he will protect his territory. For liability reasons, he may never reach the stage where he can be adopted. We are, however, diligently working with him. I am going to enter him and Idgy in agility classes in the attempt to give them both something fun and productive to do.

What feeds my patience with Sundance is that he is so sweet. He likes to be held like a baby yet he is as playful as the two year that he is. We played peek-a-boo around the two kitchen doors last night. It was so fun to watch him peek around the door to see if I was watching and then he’d run for the other door to sneak up behind me. He sleeps nicely in the crate. When he sees me go for the cookie jar, he runs to the crate for he knows that he’ll get a good-night treat. He is very smart for he caught onto the doggie door right away and is very good about going outside when he needs. He gets along with Lucy, Idgy and Nina… except when he is trying to get amorous with Idgy but she gives him a what-for. The picture on the right shows Sundance just after he helped me to weed the garden.


Nina has been in and out of Rescue since 2007. At 5 years old, she was originally surrendered to Maryland Westie Rescue along with several other dwarf-Westies from a puppy mill that was trying to breed tiny-Westies. After I fostered her for a couple of months, was adopted by a family who loved and pampered her as a Diva. As the recession hit in 2010, we started receiving Westies into rescue from families who lost their homes or could no longer afford to keep their dog. Nina tore her knee ligament in 2010 that needed immediate attention but her family had just lost their home and could not afford the medical costs. Westie-people look out for each other. Through the generosity of Maryland Westie Rescue’s founding President, she personally funded all of the medical expenses so that Nina could have the corrective surgery to repair the damage. Realizing that they could no longer afford the future vet bills, the loving Westie family released Nina back to Maryland Westie Rescue. Because of her age and because I had fostered Nina off and on since 2007, I officially adopted her in 2012 so that she could enjoy her senior years in the lap of luxury.

Nina loves to roll in the freshly cut grass. When she is not romping in the back yard chasing bugs, she lounges in her favorite plaid bed like a Diva.

Dougal, in his prime, was a great hunter. He was also a gentleman such that he only brought one of his many victims in the doggie door. The Opossum was still alive but unconscious. Dougal was so proud of his catch that he wanted to share the glory.

Dougal went peacefully and is with St. Francis (patron saint of the animals) who also keeps watch over Snapple and my other pups that predeceased Dougal. All are playing happily at the Rainbow Bridge awaiting the time when we will be reunited.

Merry Christmas from Dougal and the girls (Lucy and Idgy)   Snapple Dressed for the Mardi Gras 

 lucy-dressed-up-for-the-mardi-gras-2007.jpg  Mardi Gras 2007    Idgy doing her physical therapy

Join my Blog as I introduce you to the Westies I have fostered. While this Blog is all about Westie Rescue, I sometimes wonder who rescued who.

The most important Westies in my life, rescued all, are Lucy, Dougal, Snapple, and Miss Idgy: the Westies that stole my heart.

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Snapple   Snapple was my third Westie adopted in 2004. I found Snapple at the Washington Animal Rescue League; a no kill center with lots of volunteers who play with the rescued animals in their care. I went there to help a friend choose a dog to be her companion. While my friend filled out papers, I wondered around and found Snapple in a kennel by herself. She was surrendered to the shelter because she was old: estimated to be 14 or 15. My heart melted and knew that I would be devistated if someone threw me away simply because I was old. Although this was a no-kill center, I could not stand the thought of this wonderful little Westie living out her remaining years in a cage. I adopted Snapple with the intention of putting her into the Rescue pool with Westie Rescue, Inc. The president of the organization refused her because of her age. I was appauled for this organization had plenty of money and resources to care for and place Snapple. I wondered when Westie Rescue, Inc stopped rescuing Westies. It was certainly clear that they became more selective and only rescued certain types of Westies. Thank goodness, Westie Rescue, Inc is not the only Rescue Group in the area.

I took Snapple home with me and she lived an additional 2 1/2 years in the lap of luxury. Her favorite place on the couch was next to the arm rest with her elbow resting in a sassy manner. She loved cuddles and carrots. Snapple is posing photo by herself with her fur dyed green for the Mardi Gras… Mardi Paws with the Mystic Krewe of College Bark 2006. She went on to the rainbow bridge the following month. A proper lady always knows when to leave the room.