Scottish Terrier Rescue - For the Love of ScottiesWritten by Jeff Cuckson
Purebred dogs of all breeds can be found in shelters, and volunteers can be found in every state to seek them out. Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, and even breeds considered rare, all pass through shelters every year. Those who perform Scottish Terrier rescue are committed to matching homeless terriers with loving new owners.
Dog owners give up their pets for a variety of reasons, and many of them have nothing to do with animal's temperament or behavior. Perfectly loving, well-behaved Scottish Terriers are rescued every year because their owners have died, moved into retirement homes, or are suffering from ill health. Other dogs find their way into shelters because of allergies, divorce, or new babies.
Scottish Terrier rescue organizations do find strays, dogs with behavioral problems, and dogs who have not been housebroken. A dog that has lost its owner, for whatever reason, will probably grieve, so it is crucial that adopted terriers be matched with very best new owner. Rescuers will want to determine that home terrier is destined for is loving, secure, and committed to keeping dog permanently.
If you wish to perform your own Scottish Terrier rescue, a good place to start is breed's national and local clubs. The Scottish Terrier Club of America has its own National Rescue Coordinators, and keeps lists of participating organizations, state by state. There are also general purebred dog rescue organizations that handle all breeds, but have representatives that specialize in individual ones, like Scottish Terriers or Westies.
The Sporting Westie TerrierWritten by Jeff Cuckson
Because it is intelligent and energetic, a Westie terrier is well suited for a number of dog events. Some competitions it might participate in are geared toward Westie's natural instinct to hunt down prey and pursue it into its den. There are other events, though, in which it can compete with dogs of all breeds.
Being bred for using its sense of smell in hunting, a Westhighland terrier dog will do well in tracking events. In these competitions, a tracklayer walks through a specified course, leaving behind small objects that belong to Westie terrier's trainer. The track is aged, and then Westie terrier must lead its trainer through track to retrieve objects. Advanced tracking goes through or over obstacles like streams, fences, and woods, so tracking is a sport that gives a work-out to both Westies and its trainer.
Earthdog Tests are specifically designed for small terriers, like West highland white terrier, as well as Dachshunds. These tests are designed to simulate underground hunting that it was bred to perform. In simplest test, Quarry test, a man-made tunnel is constructed. It is about ten feet long, with one ninety-degree turn. The tunnel is scented, and has caged rats at far end, which terrier dog must find and 'work' - pawing and snarling at them - for at least sixty seconds. The rats are then removed before either animals are harmed. More advanced Earthdog Tests are longer, and include more turns, and false trails.
The westie dog is also known to compete in Agility events. In these exciting, fast-paced competitions, Westie terrier is challenged to run through an obstacle course at high speed. There are seesaws to navigate, obstacles to jump, tunnels to traverse, and sets of poles for it to weave through. Because of jump requirements, in Agility competitions Westhighland terrier is pitted against dogs of similar size.