I don’t like to be away from Heather and Mr. K but when I have to be, it is good to know I have a place I can turn to and know that they will not only be safe but will enjoy themselves just as much as (if not more so than!) when they are with me. Initially, I was against boarding Heather and Mr. K at all costs. The only way I would vacation was if the Scotties came with us or someone I trusted could watch my precious pups. Now, thanks to a thorough (and somewhat neurotic) Scottie Mom hunt to find a place that met my standards, I have some peace of mind when I drop the fur kids off at Pet Paradise. With four weekend Scottie staycations behind us – all ending with smiling puppy faces – and round-the-clock access to a web cam, it is safe to say I am over any anxiety and reservations I had before I boarded them! An added and unexpected bonus? Mr. K seems to have lost his sometimes rough-around-the-edges nature around other dogs thanks to the consistent socialization! What do you look for in a place your pups can staycation while you’re away?
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Sometimes, Scottie Mom has nothing but Scotties on the brain. Scottie Dad says she often walks the fine line between Scottie Love and Scottie Obsessed. Our friends at Merriam Webster say obsession is a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling…what about Scotties is disturbing or unreasonable? Nothing! Therefore, Scottie Dad is overruled in this matter. Still, taking away any negative connotations that might come along with the word obsessed, I thought it might be fun to explore what would classify as Scottie Love and simultaneously, what would classify as Scottie Obsessed.
You know you’re experiencing Scottie Love when:
– You don’t want to remove the Scottie nose prints off the car window because you are convinced these are priceless works of art that will be worth something someday.
– Sleep becomes optional because all you need is to have a Scottie or two to cuddle with at night. Who cares that they’ve taken over the human bed and that your leg may have lost feeling two hours ago?
– You put off going to work in the morning and hurry home at night as nothing makes you happier than spending time with your Scottie(s).
– Everything revolves around your Scottie dog.
– You’re greeted with the same wagging tail and happy face whether you’ve been gone all day or for just a few minutes.
You might be Scottie Obsessed if:
– Upon organizing your closet, you discover that you no longer own a single item of clothing that does not have a Scottie imprinted on it.
– You ask the Scottie Dad in your life to grow a beard that closely resembles your Scottie dog’s.
– Slowly but surely all the dinnerware and glassware in your Scottie House is replaced with mismatching Scottie cups and plates that you’re hesitant to use because they are too cute.
– You name your son Scotty after your Scottie dog.
– The smell of a freshly groomed Scottie is more appealing to you than the scent of fresh flowers, baked goods, and just about every other fan favorite smell on Earth.
– Dreams of traveling back in time to the 1950s to squash the poodle skirt trend and replace it with a tartan Scottie skirt fashion phenomenon fill your mind.
– You start speaking in ArRRrOo’s…in public.
Everyone needs a little pat on the back every once in a while so Heather and Mr. K came up with this list of things that Scottie Moms are good for in an effort to make Scottie Moms everywhere feel more appreciated and proud of the work they do!
Scottie Moms are Good for…
Captivating Audiences. Need to try out a new trick to make hoomans smile? Perhaps bust a zoomie move? Whatever you do, Scottie Moms will be there to cheer you on and capture every moment with a camera.
Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. They say food is the way to a man’s heart. Obviously, whoever wrote that confused man with Scottie.
And dessert. Can’t forget those treats Scottie Moms are notorious for handing out “just because.”
Back scratchings. You scratch my back and we’ll scratch yours, Scottie Moms! Who needs a trip to the spa when you’ve got a willing Scottie Mom Masseuse at home?
Solving Scottie Crimes. Did your Scottie Mom go to detective school? We’re pretty sure ours did…There isn’t a single prank we pull that she doesn’t figure out which of us is guilty of committing.
Picking up Poo. Need we say more? Scottie Moms get extra points just for this job well done alone.
Belly rubs. Yes, please!
Embarrassment. Have you ever listened to a Scottie Mom talk? They share every, little detail of our lives. Don’t get us wrong: the things we do are very important. We get it, you’re proud (and why wouldn’t you be?). Let’s just keep some things to ourselves.
Keeping up Appearances. So what if she’s dressed in sweats? Scottie Moms keep us bathed, groomed and sometimes dressed in our very best. It’s like having our own team of round-the-clock stylists.
Us. Last but certainly not least, Scottie Moms are good for us Scotties! Without a doubt, we wouldn’t be the Scotties we are today without our Scottie Moms. Keep up the good work!
There aren’t many words to describe Cousin Snackle. Unique would probably be the best way to start. He’s a special sort of fellow who found his way into my family’s heart by way of pity – having been rejected by three homes and set to be euthanized by the time Scottie Mom’s sister convinced the family to take him in, Cousin Snackle is a whole ‘nother breed…literally, as he is part Chow Chow, part German Shepherd and, believe it or not, part squirrel – according to legend. (Just look at his tail…there’s all the proof you need!)
Cousin Snackle is not known to be the friendly type so you can imagine how extra careful Scottie Mom is with Mr. K’s Scottie-tude hanging around Cousin Snackle’s house. Over time, however, the two have learned to ignore each other and it is Heather who sounds off a nice little growl whenever Cousin Snackle gets too close for comfort. This last visit, however, we decided to try to get a canine “family” photo and see what we came up with. Much to my surprise, we were able to snap one – just ONE – photo that might be considered frame-worthy. I think poor Cousin Snackle was just too excited to cooperate and try to achieve more than one shot for the day.
Mr. K and Heather’s Cousin Snackle is probably one of the reasons Scottie Mom never really cared for dogs at first. He is extremely high maintenance as he is afraid of storms (which happen rather frequently in the humid Southern summers!), absolutely despises UPS trucks, and don’t you dare even get him started on male visitors. Not a former Scottie Mom ex-boyfriend went by that didn’t disagree with Cousin Snackle at some point – then again, Cousin Snackle could have been onto something and was just trying to warn Scottie Mom, right?
All that put aside, however, there is something within the spirit of a rescue pup pup that I think all the fellow rescue Scottie Moms and Dads can agree on: there is this unending love and eternal gratefulness that a rescue dog shows his or her owner, almost from the moment they come home. Cousin Snackle, despite his grumpiness towards others, is never shy in expressing his affection towards his primary caregiver, Scottie Grandmadre. What’s more, he still jumps for joy when Scottie Mom’s sister comes back to the house for some occasional belly rubs and play time in the yard. (After all, she is essentially his life saver!) And even though Cousin Snackle and I didn’t get off on the right paw those many years ago, I certainly enjoy taking Heather and Mr. K up to visit him from time to time now that my appreciation for rescue animals has grown deeper.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post when Heather and Mr. K visit an adoption event to help some new rescue friends find furever homes!
There’s no greater gift than the gift of Scottie Love and so, for his birthday, Heather and Mr. K climbed on top of Scottie Dad to shower him with hugs and kisses. Scottie Dad graciously accepted their token of adoration despite his inclination and general dislike of being so close to the dogs. As their go-to source for treats, extra play time (Mr. K) and wiggle dancing (Heather), Scottie Dad can’t help but realize the hugely important role he now plays in the life of two very loveable Scotties and allow them the opportunity to at least thank him from time to time.
Which reminds me of the day Scottie Dad got his first Father’s Day card from the pups. Heather and Mr. K bought a rather endearing and somewhat humorous card for Scottie Dad, thanking him for all he did. As it turns out, my sister and her fiance were visiting and she happened to whip out a Father’s Day card for her other half just minutes before I did. Scottie Dad’s eyes nearly popped out of his head when he saw her hand over the card. He gasped and thought to himself (and out loud, I might add): “Is that really how she’s going to tell him she’s pregnant?!?”
It was at that time, I smiled and handed him an envelope all his own. This was going to be even better than I originally thought. Obviously, Scottie Dad was not familiar with the idea of pets giving cards and gifts to their loved ones. In my family, it has become pretty standard, a tradition started years ago by Scottie Grandmadre for my sister and her first dog Duncan, a.k.a. Snackle. Envelope in hand, Scottie Dad then looked at me quizzically and said, “But I’m not a dad…” I told him to relax and just open the card. And with that, Scottie Dad officially earned his title.
Happy Birthday, Scottie Dad…from Scottie Mom and the two little furry kids that make life fun!
As a responsible Scottie Mom, I really try my best not to go overboard with my pups and sometimes, it is so incredibly hard to NOT shower them with everything and more, as I’m sure the other Scottie Moms and Dads out there can agree. Alas, despite my tough no human food and minimal treats rules, I’ve come to the realization that somewhere down the line, my Scotties have become very accustomed to a certain kind of lifestyle. I knew my dogs were spoiled when:
10. You schedule your entire day around potty breaks and extra walks.
9. You have to refill an already full water bowl because Heather will sit there waiting, staring at you with those big eyes, asking for a fresh bowl until she gets one. (She thoroughly enjoys being the “first” to drink out of the water bowl when it is placed on the floor.)
8. They see the building’s cleaning lady who likes to give them a treat from time to time and automatically, they forget about mom, rushing over to sit at the feet of the other woman – regardless of whether or not she actually has a treat for them. Then, it is impossible to tear them away!
7. Entire vacations are planned around the dogs and the availability of pet-friendly accommodations. If there aren’t any available, too bad – trip canceled because no pet-sitting arrangement of any kind will suffice.
6. You prefer to be home with your dogs or out on an adventure with them over anything else in the world.
5. They own way more than they need to, be it a dozen toys at a time, more than one doggie bed per dog or the abundance of Martha Stewart Pets accessories.
4. The couch seat cushion is no longer enough. Now, it is time to go for the good stuff like the decorative pillows.
3. You have more photos of them than your closest friends and family members, vacation spots and commemorative moments…combined!
2. You celebrate every holiday with your dog. They get their own gifts on birthdays, a stocking at Christmas, treats on Halloween, etc.
1. You dedicate an entire blog to them!