Polly and Hannah's Story
Words and images courtesy of Pauline Leigh
My name is Polly and my step-sister is Hannah and we want to tell you about our journey through STECS (Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme) although, unlike so many, our story is not a distressing one, but it changed our lives, and we are glad it went this way rather than other ways we have all heard and read about.
During late 2008/early 2009 our Mum and Dad split up - very upsetting it was. We went to live with Dad and he lost his job and needed to find a new one in order to keep us in the life style we had become accustomed to. We had heard things about Turkey, but I assumed this was the big juicy bird that we had had at Christmas and we were going to have another one - yum yum!! No, sadly it meant Dad was going to a country called Turkey to try and find work.
We were taken to stay with Granny and a few days later, on 31st March 2009, this lady came to see her. She sat on the floor and made big fusses of me and Hannah. Shortly after we were put in the back of a car and taken for a car ride, having learnt that Granny was a little too old to look after us properly and Dad had arranged for us to go into foster care with STECS (Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme).
At the end of our journey we got out of the car and were taken into this house and oh boy what a shock we got. We were greeted by two rather loud and lively lads - a Scottie like ourselves called Shadow and a white Westie guy called Charlie.
Polly and Charlie
We had a look round - it seemed to be OK, but Hannah and I were taking no chances and stayed together most of the night. Keeping a low profile as not too sure what was going on here, but keeping my ears open, I learnt that we were supposed to be stopping here until the weekend and then we should have gone to stay with David and Linda, but I heard this woman say that because I was old, which I am, (I am 15 now) she felt another move may upset me more than I was already and she was quite happy for us to stay here until Dad came back for us, which was agreed, and Aunty Viv came out to check we were in safe hands here (which she obviously thought we were, silly fool - oops only joking).
During what should have been our 6 weeks stay, Hannah and I decided it wasn’t too bad. She very quickly made friends with the other Scottie, Shadow, who is the same age as her and she learnt to play with toys and him. I did feel a little jealous at times, but it was nice to see this wee youngster having fun instead of sitting with an old lady all day, plus it gave me chance to get some quiet shut eye.
Hannah (left) and Shadow
On 31st May 2009 we learnt that unfortunately Dad was unable to have us back and that we had a new Mum and Dad, having been adopted and we celebrated with new collars, tags, visits to the vets where Hannah was spayed and we were microchipped and ouch, did that hurt. It was also discovered that I had an underactive thyroid and Cushing’s Disease. We were both a 'tad' overweight, but with regular walkies the weight dropped off.
On 31st March 2011 we have been with our new Mum and Dad for 2 years and boy has that flown. We have 2 step-brothers, who are still loud and lively; we are having a great life. We have been to the seaside several times and ooh the feel of the sand between your pads is lovely. Mum and Dad have just bought a new caravan for more fun times away (the barbecues are the best bit). Mum says I have come on in leaps and bounds and she never thought I would still be here. Mum works from home so adapting to people coming in and out like trains, for me has been a bit hard, but I have learnt that it is fun to have a little scratch behind your ear. Hannah is having the time of her life playing with Charlie and Shadow. She has become quite a bossy little madam, but with those 2 lads, trust me, you have to be. It's Dad that I have wrapped round my little finger - oh yes, I have him well trained now, let me tell you, bowing to my commands when I want to sit on his knee to watch the telly (I am quite partial to a bit of Corrie, but shush don’t tell anyone).
So we thought it was time we said our thanks to STECS (Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme) for finding us a nice home, a new Mum and Dad, 2 step-brothers and where we have the time of our lives being loved, hugged and cared for and if I am still around this time next year I may just paw you another note to let you know how we are getting on. If not I will get Hannah to let you know, not that I am planning to meet fellow Scotties at Rainbow Bridge yet, but at my age one never knows.
So a big thank you to all at STECS.
Woofs and Licks to you all,
Polly and Hannah
More images of Polly and Hannah, along with Shadow and Charlie,
can be viewed in the 'Tartan Terriers' slideshow