Fortunately for us, a friend told us about a litter of Scotties at a breeder near Gettysburg- Sterling's Scotties. We visited Dawn and Tim's home and immediately fell for the little guy with the yellow bandana and I knew we just had to take him home. We named him "Eli Sweet as a Daisy" after his mother Daisy and he came to live with us on August 22, 2007. It took some time for him to get used to us and into a routine though he proved able to catch onto things quicker than we could have imagined! Eli has the sweetest disposition, is happy and playful all of the time and really has made our home full of fun and love. He loves to meet people and other dogs we encounter on his daily walks, loves to go with us for shopping trips and other small adventures, and has been a real quick learner when it comes to basic obedience and training. (He was voted "Mr. Congeniality" at puppy-k.) Eli reflects the same personable traits of his parents and we cannot thank the Sterlings enough for all they did for us in the first months we had our new dog. They even looked after Eli for us during trips we had to take out of town and we know Eli loved all of the attention he got, including a chance to see his mom and dad and spend lots of time with the Sterling kids!
Eli "Sweet as a Daisey" is now on Dogbook!
There are few other breeds like Scottish Terriers! It is inherent in their personalities to be feisty and demanding at times, but happy and loving 99% of their lives and that just radiates to their "owners" and everyone around them. We know how lucky we are to have another Scottie live with us, especially a pup with such a great personality and who is a joy to have with us wherever we go.
It may seem strange to some that we talk about animals as if they were human. After studying war and human cruelty and living with the threats that remain after September 11, 2001, we found the kindness and daily love shown by our dogs to be far more comforting than the cynical "have a nice day" from the callous store clerk, rude behavior both on the road and in everyday encounters, and lack of concern from some so busy with their daily lives and personal agendas that common courtesy is a foreign subject. Our dogs were always happy to see us, be with us, and go with us wherever we wish. It was a comfort to have them around our home and they made it one of happiness and joy. We prized every moment we had with Duffy and with Mac and I feel strongly that their short time on earth deserved the best from us. In return they showed us a special love which few humans can hope to match. Our little Eli will be the same and we will give our love and compassion in return; that's the least we can do.
"Somewhere a little dog doth wait;