Entry number 1505

30th January 2019 (received 29th January)

Yvonne Sparks

Subject: 'Holly'

Hi to you all

Sorry I have been so long writing with an update on Holly and her stomach problems (see Entry number 1499).

Blood tests have ruled out Addison's Disease but the graph is going towards Cushing's. Holly might have another big test in a few weeks and I have to keep a record of dietary intake for a few weeks, then make an appointment to see the vet.

Before Holly made her forever home with me, I had a Scottie called Mac and an Old English Sheepdog called Bessie (images now included in the 'Holly, Mac and Bessie' slideshow).  Mac went to Rainbow Bridge in 2013 and I was devastated - now Holly has taken a big place in my heart.

A smile for today, which as Scottie owners we are all familiar with:

Editor’s note - cartoon by Wiley Miller

as published in the Dogington Post August 2012

Love Yvonne and Holly Xxx


Entry number 1504

27th January 2019 (received evening of 26th January)

Benji (with little paws being guided by Liz Storrie)

Subject: Our News

Hi everybody, Benji here!

My sister is having a snooze, the birdies are watching the Chase and so Mum and I thought we'd do something together.

I am well and happy. Every day I feel more and more secure with my new family. My little quirks are coming to the fore now. I growl a lot but it's only my way of talking. Mum reckons I am a reject from the Teddy Bear factory! Eilidh explained that some teddies have 'a growler' in their tummies. I have also achieved something that sometimes annoys the hell out of Mum. I have taught Eilidh to howl. We think it's great fun.

I thoroughly enjoy getting out and about. I have never been around dogs outside much and I tend to get over-excited and bark a lot. However, thanks to Daisy and Tasha, my behaviour is improving greatly. Mum is very patient with me but there are a couple of big dogs I really don't like at all.

I go into my cage if Mum is going out, mainly because some children were tormenting me from over the road. I know the routine so well now that I'm in my cage waiting for my treat before Mum gets her coat on.

I am a bit disappointed that we have had no snow yet. We've had lots of very cold, sunny weather - good for walking.

Paddy, Mitzi and Archie - thank you for your good wishes for my dental appointment. I won't have to worry about Mum not coming back for me this time.

Anyway, I can feel sleep calling me so bye all. We all send love and kisses xxxxxxxxxxxx


Entry number 1503

24th January 2019

Paddy (with little paws being guided by Barbara Tribe)

Subject: Our News

Top of the morning all,

Although I'm a tough Scottie boy, between you and me, I don't really like the cold weather and I get in my armchair in the kitchen as soon as I can. Mitzi doesn't like it either and really enjoys her comforts.

I was very proud of myself at the beginning of January as I found a New Year present for Mum. I found a Goldcrest dead in the garden and rushed in and gave it to Mum. She didn't seem that pleased really and said she hoped I had 'found' it and not caught it. She has a little family of Goldcrests living in the fir tree in the woodland corner and she says they are such tiny little birds. ANYWAY, I really did find it and we decided that it must have been too cold in the night and probably it was a little poorly anyway. Best not bring in any birds for a while.

Well, Benji, we will be thinking of you on February 7th for your treatment. Chin up, Benji!

Barks all round, Paddy


Entry number 1502

13th January 2019

Pauline Leigh

Subject: Welcome Yvonne Sparkes and 'Holly', the Scottie

Holly -

Well, hello there pretty lady and a big welcome to Scottie Dog Lovers.

Us boys here will be waiting to see more lovely photos of you in the near future.

Yvonne -

Welcome to one big happy doggie, birdy, cat (well, basically anything with 2 or 4 legs, fur or feathers) family.

We hope that you will enjoy being part of us.

Lots of welcome barks and licks - Shadow, Ollie Bear and Thistle - and PA Pauline xxxxxxxxx


Entry number 1501

11th January 2019 (received 10th January)

Maureen Guthrie

Subject: Welcome Yvonne Sparkes and 'Holly', the Scottie

Dear Yvonne and Holly, gorgeous Scottie girl,

Sending a big warm welcome to Scottie Dog Lovers.

Loved Holly's photos and looking forward to hearing all about her adventures.

Lots of love - Dudley Bear and Maureen


Entry number 1500

9th January 2019

Barbara Tribe

Subject: Welcome Yvonne Sparkes and 'Holly', the Scottie

A big welcome to Scottiedoglovers to Holly and her Mum, Yvonne.

Paddy, our Scottie boy, was pretty impressed at a beautiful looking Scottie girl and Mitzi, our Scottie girl, thought Holly was gorgeous.

What lovely photos, too.

Welcome barks from Paddy and Mitzi, purrs from Archie and love from Barbara xx


7th January 2019

Editor’s Note re Entry number 1499 (below):

The writer, Anita, is 'auntie' to  the Scottie (‘Holly’).  ‘Holly’s’  'Mum' is Yvonne Sparkes and Yvonne sends her thanks for the advice offered.  'Holly' is currently under-going tests by her vet to see if there is any underlying cause for her tummy problems.


Entry number 1499

3rd January 2019

Anita Mills

Subject: Scottie Tummy Problems

Hi there,

I have a beautiful Scottie dog with reoccurring tummy problems, usually about every couple of months. She has had numerous checks at the vets for Cushings - nothing has been found.

I’m wondering if this problem is due to a sensitive gut and if any other owners out there have had similar problems and how did you overcome it?

The vet generally gives her antibiotics and probiotics which seems to clear up the problem at the time.

Thanks in advance.




Marion Kimberley-Scott

4th January 2019

Hi Anita,

Welcome to ‘Scottiedoglovers’.

I have had many Scottish Terriers over many years and some of my dogs have had moments such as you describe.  I’ve always relied totally on my vet to come up with the best solution and so far this method has never failed.  I have to put my trust in the ‘experts’ and hope that, over time, the root cause is found and, where possible, treated.

You may wish to read a free book ‘Scottish Terrier Secrets’ which is available by clicking the highlighted text.  It’s a good read at 120 pages long.

We’d love to see a photo of your girl.

Take Care





Liz Storrie

6th January 2019

Hi Anita,

Welcome to Scottie Dog Lovers.

I no longer have a Scottie but still have my Jack Russell, Eilidh. She was recently quite unwell with a bout of pancreatitis. My vet recommended changing her diet to tins of Chappie, or chicken/fish with rice. I did that and she has been fine. Of course, you should check with your vet first.

Eilidh sends cuddles for your fur baby x




Penny Gutridge

6th January 2019

Anita - You might like to try (Dorwest) Tree Barks Powder for your dog's upset tummy (dose guided on the tub - via dog's weight) - but maybe its been tried already? As an aside, I have no link with Dorwest & no interest in promoting their wares. Just to say that Tree Bark Powder worked for my Rosie ...




Barbara Tribe

7th January 2019

Hello Yvonne

I've not had recurring tummy problems with my Scotties but I wonder (and I know it's rather tedious) if you kept a daily diary of food eaten, including treats, to see if some sort of pattern emerges?

Keep plugging away at the vets though, just in case a test suddenly shows a result.

Barbara and Scotties, Paddy and Mitzi