"Group photo in Wisconsin at the 2013 Scottie Rally. Mom is wearing the light blue sweatshirt and I am next to her. There are all our St Louis Scottie friends except the blonde lady in back who is from Australia and made the trip with us that year."
Likes: The cat...where IS the cat...I want the cat...the cat is MINE
Pet-Peeves: Don't pet me until I decide if it is OK
Favorite Toy: Anything that will fit in his mouth
Favorite Food: Unless his humans drop something, it is only his dog food
Favorite Walk: Out at the farm ...oh, the smells there! And I get to see my horse sister, Mariah!
Best Tricks: Looking cute ... looking cute when naughty... looking cute ...
Arrival Story: I tried to adopt through a rescue but they didn't have any dogs that would fit my needs. I was encouraged to go to a specific puppy mill and "rescue" one there which we did.
Bio: Poor Duff was so matted you could not see his skin. He had sores under that fur, he was loaded with hook and round worms and his ears were seriously infested with mites. He was lethargic due to drugs ... after all, I was looking for an older, calm dog and they made me one. Grrrrrrr... And he smelled sooooo bad.
Just as planned we left St Louis in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Right from the get go the girls, Morgan and Laney, let me know that they did not particularly care for me. They both curled their lips and showed their teefers! I thought about singing Kumbaya but didn't think it would help with these grouches. I got the message but they kept reminding me throughout the trip! Sheesh, women! We stopped a number of times for the pawrents to eat, and for everyfur to have plenty of potty breaks. I peed and marked throughout Illinois and Wisconsin LOL. Mom brought us snacks - chicken and rice balls, and some kind of chicken swirly things .....Mmmmmmm. We shared with everyone.
Once we got to Wisconsin, even before we checked into the motel, we went to a county park that has awesome cliffs and shelf rock for beaches at the shore of Lake Michigan. I love to try to bite the waves and jump into the water when it recedes. I got into the cold water up to my belly! Shortly after this event the pawrents ate dinner at Cornerstone Cafe in Bailey's Harbor where we stayed. Then on to the motel to turn in for the night. We were tired!
At the crack of dawn on Friday everyone got up and drove to Fish Creek, WI for sight seeing and breakfast. The pawrents ate at the White Gull Inn where Good Morning America says is the best breakfast in the US. They had the famous stuffed french toast that is stuffed with cream cheese and cherries. We all then went shopping at a pet gift store called Pet Expressions where Mom bought some Scottie things. Then we toured Frank Murphy County Park and went to Sister Bay, Wi dog park where we all ran loose! We stopped for lunch at a little Norwegian cafe and Angela took all of us for a walk after. We also toured a big state park and checked out endless views of Lake Michigan. Lastly we went to the rally grounds to set up our chairs and X-Pens and meet up with old friends from other states.We were tired!
Saturday was the rally. and we got there early (after a breakfast at the Cornerstone Cafe). Ultrasounds were offered to check for bladder cancer as Scotties get that more than any other breed. There were classes on making stepping stone memorials, a pet psychic to tell you your future, a pet masseuse, photo booth, lectures on things to do with your dog, handling a multi dog family, and Scottie nutrition and weight management ( I was told I need to lose a pound and a half hmmmmpf). And there was LOTS of socializing amongst the pawrants. There was also an auction of many Scottie collectibles to raise money for Scottie Rescue and for the Health Research Fund. Awards were awarded to those who greatly helped in rescue and health areas. I walked in a 2 mile Scottie Parade in the town and tons of people lined the streets for blocks and watched us. I went with Vicki the head of the STL Scottie Rescue and Mom rode on the Scottie wagon. After the rally there was a craft fair in the town square and Mom bought some Scottie jewelry. Then the pawrents ate dinner at a Supper Club in town which was a steak house .... none of us Scotties got any left overs. We were tired!
Sunday morning we awakened at 5 am and hit the road to come home at 6:30. It was like the reverse of going to Wisconsin .... snacking, peeing, eating meals. The trip one way is like 10/11 hours due to all the stops. I made it without getting bited this time but Morgan and Amos really got in a tussle for a few minutes. Not too much blood and no one badly hurt. Mom and I got home around 8:30pm and ... we were tired!
Can't wait to go again next year!!You can see photos of my trip here:
Don't forget to remove the space that dogster puts in the link or it will not work! (The space is right before Door)
Mom is busy packing and I am watching making sure enough food and treats go in the duffle bag as well as my new green monkey that I got for my birthday. I can't wait to see all the Scotties that come to the Rally from all over the US and Canada. And I want to ride on the wagon float in the parade again! And I hope it is not cold cuz I wanna play with the waves that roll up on the rocky beach on Lake Michigan. We are leaving tomorrow at 4 am with my Scottie friends Amos, Morgan (Dogser dog!), and Laney who I will meet for the first time. Their Mom's will ride in the Suburban with us too! I will have Mom take lots of pictures you can be sure! We will be back very late on Sunday night.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
The queen-size bed is soft and deep.
I sleep right in the center groove,
Poor Mommy can hardly move.
I've trapped her legs, she's tucked in tight,
and here is where I pass the night.
No one disturbs me or dares intrude,
Til morning comes and I want food.
I sneak up slowly and it begins,
My nibbles on Momma's chin.
She wakes up slowly and smiles and shouts,
"Oh Sweet Duffy! Just cut it out!"
But morning's here and it's time to play,
I always seem to get my way.
So thank you, Lord, for giving me,
The wonderful Momma that I see.
The one who holds me tight
and shares her bed with me at night!