Monday, February 20, 2012

Westie Weekend

Great excitement here this weekend! Remember my plan when we got Jenny, our little miniature dachshund? Jenny was supposed to be a companion for both Jay and our cat Emily. The first goal was a complete success. Maybe even too successful. Jenny is definitely "Jay's dog." She only hangs out with me early in the morning before Jay gets up. Once she hears him open the upstairs bedroom door she zooms up the stair to greet him and sticks by his side for the rest of the day.

As far as the cat goes score that as a total fail. Emily hates Jenny. The trouble is Jenny likes Emily. They are the animal world equivalent of oil and water. I don't know who I feel sorrier for - Emily having to put up with the dog being playful and full of energy, or Jenny, who gets swiped or hissed at by the cat every time she tries to get near her.

Meet my solution to this dilemma.







This adorable little bundle of fur is the latest addition to our family. He is a West Highland Terrier, and is even cuter in person than in the pictures. I am having a really hard time deciding on a name. I'm torn between Fergus, Hamish and Angus but I'm open for suggestions. If you think of a good Scottish name please leave a comment. In the meantime, all I can say is it's a dog's life around here!

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    1. I love the idea of naming him Haggis! Thanks for the suggestion, and I will add it to the list of possibilities.

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  2. I just called my son in here so he could see the pics -- CUUUUTE!!!!

    My vote's for Fergus. He even looks like a Fergus to me.

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    1. You and my daughter Alexandra are in agreement on the name. She is certain he is a Fergus. Glad you liked the pictures! :-)

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  3. He's cuter in person??!! Oh my word, so adorable. We definitely love our terrier, but I always forget how people just rave over them in public so get used to lots of public fawning. I vote for Fergus too. There is an adorable book series by David Shannon about his westie, Fergus.

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    1. Yep, definitely cuter in person. I actually got him at Blind Bay on Saturday and thought about stopping by so you could see him, but in the end decided that wasn't a good idea. Thanks for the warning about people fawning over him. :-)

      So far it is two votes for Fergus (three if you count Alexandra's). Stay tuned...

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  4. what an adorable pup!! i was slightly smiling as i read, and when i hit that first photo, it turned into a huge grin. what a sweet sweet puppy, oh my.

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    1. He definitely has a gift for making people smile! Right now as I type this he is asleep at my feet while I am on the computer.

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  5. So cute!!!!!! I like the name Fergus for him. He has a cousin in Edinburgh named Angus, whom I took for a walk through Holyrood Park :)

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    1. The Fergus votes seem to be winning! Whose dog did you get to walk when you were in Scotland? The funny thing was, I don't remember seeing any Westies when I was there, just lots of collies when we were out in the country.

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  6. Make me jealous! I want me one of those! How long have you planned this!? What a sweet pup!! I'm afraid my cat Buddy would have a fatal something-or-other if I brought a cute little pup on the scene.. but maybe not? As for a name..Rory (king) or Tavish (beloved)?

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    1. I really like Tavish, but maybe I better save that name for you to use when you get yours. :-) The way to do this so Buddy doesn't get his knickers in a knot is get 2 puppies at the same time. They would play with each other and totally ignore the cat.

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  7. So Emily is going to be really happy now - two dogs to beat up! ;-)

    Too dang cute for words. And I vote Fergus. Suits all ages.

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    1. Emily is very happy. The dogs play with other and totally ignore her which is just what she wants. Fergus remains in top spot! :-)

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  8. How about Alistair? That's a good Scottish name. Or Robbie, after Robbie Burns the great Scottish poet. I like Hamish too. I think he looks like a Hamish. Whatever you call him, he's so darn cute. I want one just like him!

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    1. Robbie was my first choice but Alexandra pointed out all of our animals have names that end in a long e sound. She wants something different, so Robbie was vetoed. Plus, when I said it would be like Robbie Burns the poet she looked at me blankly and asked who that was. Scandalous...what kind of an education did she receive anyway? :-)

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  9. I like the name Hamish, because I met a highland cow (in the Scottish Highlands) named Hamish. He was so loveable and friendly.

    Then again, there's also Greyfriars Bobby.....


    Mary G. in Texas

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    1. I love highland cattle! When my cousin and I were hiking in Scotland she kept calling them hairy cows. :-)
      Fergus is in first place, but the name Hamish is a close second. I hadn't thought about Greyfriars Bobby!

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  10. Hi Kristie,
    I like Fergus for the puppy, too. I was almost swayed by Tavish or Haggis but Fergus won in the end :)

    As for Burns, in Scotland we mostly know him as Rabbie. Alexandra has surely heard of Auld Lang Syne or some other of his works that have been put to music.

    I love that last photo of your son with the two dogs, awwww.

    All the best,
    Dawn in NL

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    1. I suspect Robbie Burns is not as well known in North America as he should be. Thanks for letting me know it would be Rabbie in Scotland. I didn't know that, and it doesn't have the same ring to it as Robbie.

      That picture was taken the day we got the puppy. I left David in charge of the puppy while I went to town to buy a crate and some puppy food. That was what I came home to - all 3 asleep in the chair! :-)

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  11. Oh my, you're new puppy is adorable. Westies are a lot of fun and have tons of energy (which should help with the Jenny/Emily situation!)

    As for the name, I'm sure you'll figure out a good one!

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    1. He definitely has a lot of energy! Jenny is completely worn out trying to keep up. :-)

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  12. Absolutely adorable, you should name him Cateran :-)

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    1. It's funny you should suggest Cateran. I had actually thought about that name, but in the end discarded the idea because it has 3 syllables and would inevitable get shortened. That would leave the poor puppy in danger of being called "cat." :-)

      If you think of a good two syllable word that has something to do with the Cateran Trail please let me know!

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  13. He is precious and I vote for MacLeod.

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    1. I like MacLeod! With that name I could match him up with his own tartan. :-)

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    2. And he's white, like a cloud. So clever, I know.

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  14. My only advice regarding pet names is make sure it's something you won't be embarrassed to yell out your back door--or perhaps while walking. Little what's-his-name is certainly adorable. My son dog-sits for a Westie and became instantly attached.

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    1. Good point! I might have to scratch haggis off this list for this very reason. It just wouldn't seem right calling for a haggis!

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    2. How about Dhu as in Enochdhu or Glen as in Glenshee or Kirk/Michael or Cally, gosh the list is endless!!!

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  15. FERGUS! HE is so CUTE!!! I just want to squeeze that furry little bundle of love! Two puppies, are always better than one. At least, I think. :-D My two love each other to no end. They prefer each other to anyone else!

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    1. The cute factor is pretty high, that's for sure! And I can already see that they are going to get along really well.

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  16. He's so adorable!

    Our solution to lonely pets also seems to be find another one. Of course, ours tend to just sort of arrive.

    I do like Haggis. Of course, my youngest just named his tortoise Soup, so I'm partial to food names.

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    1. Soup?! That's hilarious! Maybe I should let Wiz pick out the name for the puppy.

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  17. We named our Scotties Dudley and Pelenoire. I have always thought female Westies should be named Anna. But I don't have any favorite names for boy Westies - other than Lucky Jack or Lucky Jake.

    Best - Hester

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    1. I have to confess I have never heard the name Pelenoire before. I will have to look up its meaning. I am convinced a girl's name would have been much easier to pick! :-)

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  18. Whenever I see a Westie, I'm reminded of Wee Jock in the Hamish MacBeth series...A dog trainer once recommended two-syllable names as being easy to call out, actually easier than one syllable because one's voice tends to stretch it out to two when calling -- so Fergus or Hamish both fit the bill that way. I think Westies are the only small breed I would ever consider getting (I like my dogs big!).

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    1. I love the Hamish Macbeth series (the books more than the TV show)! And I agree with the dog trainer about having a two syllable name.

      I have read a number of comments on Ravelry from people who had been big dog lovers thinking they wouldn't like a smaller dog, then falling in love with their Westies. Consider yourself warned! :-)

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  19. Mungo?

    But I agree, he looks like a Fergus.

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    1. I hadn't thought of Mungo! But you are right. He looks like a Fergus. :-)

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