Our Very First Scottie!
Our first Scottie was India. India was unique to say the least. She had such a personality and some unique personalty traits that we still sometimes talk about now!
Unfortunately she was not registered. We had brought her as a pet as we had taken a real liking to the breed and as we gained more knowledge about the breed wished we could have bred from her. But I had decided if I was going to breed I wanted to be a registered breeder and do it properly.
India went to heaven two months short of her 12th birthday in 2009.
In 2003 we got another female Scottie with the hopes of breeding. But alas Bonnie did not grow to a full size adult so my aspirations to breed were thwarted yet again!
We will never know why but she remained small - under 6kg. At the age of 6 she was diagnosed with TCC (Bladder Cancer) and we wonder if she had this all along and why she never grew to full size.
It was inoperable because of where it was situated, but with treatment we had two more years with this little girl who was such a larriken in spite of her size and her tumour. She was such a little fighter it was heart breaking to finally make that decision when the tumour got too big. A gutsy little girl who touched us deeply.
The next chapter....
Enter Poppy (Flindersea Sophie). Arrived 23 December 2011 in time to be a wonderful Christmas present. The naughtiest, most stubborn, head strong Scottie we have come across !! To say this girl was a handful and was throughout her life, is an understatement! She even failed Puppy Primary School and still has not passed Level 2 of obedience training although after the 3rd attempt we kinda gave up! She definitely had the scottitude the breed is known for and then some. and definitely boss dog round here !!!!
Poppy was diagnosed (Nov 2018) with lymphoma a couple of weeks after her 7th birthday. She lasted way longer than the vets anticipated but we lost her in April of 2019 too young.
another year on...
As I wanted to breed and we live up in the North where other breeders of Scotties are virtually non existent, I decided it would make our lives easier if we had our own stud dog.
So 2012 enter Mac (Scotsbairn MacDuff). And what a difference in temperament to his future wife! While he can fire up at times, on the whole he is a very placid laid back little man. The combination of these two ended up making the most wonderful pups and as most of them were going to families it was great they had such lovely temperaments. Would have loved to keep more than one, but wasn't allowed !!!!!!
We decided to keep one of the female pups who we called Ziggy. Her kennel name is Townscott Zig Zag. She is a little fircracker, very cheeky and really knows how to strut her stuff. In 2015 we started to show her and she took to the show ring like she was always meant for it and did so well (well for us with our limited experience anyhow !!) in her first season that we were blown away. I achieved a lot of firsts with her, the main one being our first home bred champion in one short season.
She has done better than both of her parents which is the aim when breeding to improve - so very proud of this little girl.