I'm Looking for a Scottie. Should I Buy a Puppy, or Adopt a Rescue Dog?
This is a very personal decision for any prospective Scottie owner to make, and a decision that should be made only after careful consideration of the options. The resources below will help you make a well-informed choice. We urge you to contact them.
Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida
Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida (STROF) is dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless and displaced Scottish Terriers in Florida.
For immediate rescue assistance contact STROF at:
The STCTB has among its members some of the most reputable and responsible breeders in the country.
Whether you are interested in a Scottish Terrier as a pet or companion, or a well-bred potential show dog, contact STCTB's breeder referral representative for assistance:
Home: (352) 351-3065
Cell: (352) 208-8982
National STCA Representative
While it is tempting to begin your search by going to a pet store, or looking online or in the classified ads, we urge you to contact the club first. One of the single most important decisions- for your satisfaction and the future well being of the breed- is to ensure that you receive a happy, healthy dog to join your family.
By contacting the club you are ensuring that you will be talking to members who care and are 100% committed to the health of the breed. This means that you will only be matched with a dog that is truly a great representation of the breed that has been brought up in the best environment possible. We encourage potential new owners to identify thoughtful breeders who stand behind the quality of their puppies.
Our breeder referral representative can help you locate a puppy, an older dog, or perhaps even a rescue Scottie in need of a loving "forever home".
Articles That May
be of Interest
The Illustrated Guide to the Scottish Terrier (excerpt and link to site from which to purchase the full guide)
Purchasing a Scottie. What the Prospective Owner Needs to Know
Hornets and Snakes and Spiders- Oh My! Protecting Your Dog from Things That Bite or Sting
Excellent article by Norine Dworkin, originally published in the AKC Gazette (April 1996, Vol 113, No 4)
Includes a pet health library, a pet health blog, and a list of accredited veterinary hospitals.
American Kennel Club (AKC)
Information on dog emergencies and contents for a dog first aid kit.
Excellent photos to assist in identification, information about the life cycle of the bufo toad- and much more.
The Tampa Tribute 9-6-15
Local Vet group issues bufo toad warning. WFTS 9-26-13
Features a searchable, centralized canine health database.
An excellent article by Dr. Deborah Knapp of Purdue University about Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) in dogs.
TCC diagnosis and management
Call (765) 494-1107 for appointment
Call (765) 494-1130 for clinical trial
General Breed Information
Scottish Terrier Club of America (STCA)
Information of special interest to owners of Scottish Terriers including breed standard, breeder referral, health and safety, and rescue.
Wealth of information for dog owners, dog breeders and general public about dog-related events and shows, registration, dog health and safety,and legislation.
An association of dog breed clubs and dog interest groups in Florida focused on the protection and well-being of purebred dogs.
Links, Resources, and
Scottie Rescue Information
Health and Safety Resources
Tips for Training the
Terrier in Your Household
In Terrier-Centric Dog Training, author Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell takes up the challenge to help terrier owners train their dogs by making sure they understand the instincts that are bred into terriers and what the most effective training and management techniques are to use when working with a "natural born killer". You can train your terrier, but just don't let him loose off-leash in a park full of squirrels!
Excellent, informative website by Jane Killian (author of When Pigs Fly! Training Success with Impossible Dogs. A long-time breeder and trainer of bull terriers, be sure to check out her article (on the website) Consequences, Schmonsequences- How Dog Training Works.
Advice about treating your dog's behavior issue or understanding why your dog does what he does. (Includes many topics such as house training, chewing, digging- and much more!)
for Florida Pet Owners
This site provides a wealth of information including updates about weather and pending emergencies, post-disaster recovery, and planning. Included is a step-by-step online guide to develop your own family disaster plan, suggested contents for emergency kits, and numerous other resources.
Includes a link to request an emergency planning kit for pet owners.
This kit is packed in a 5-gallon bucket... easy to transport in case of evacuation. Experts advise that you construct one for each of the humans in your family, and another for your pets.
Publication of the Highlands County (Florida) Emergency Operations Center. (Although this document cites Highlands County specifics regarding pet shelters and registration, many other counties have similar requirements. Check for resources in your county!)
Dog Food Advisor
Posts notices about dog food and pet treat recalls.
Florida Snake Identification
(Florida Museum of Natural History)
An excellent database for identification of Florida snakes, including detailed descriptions and color photographs.
Excellent overview of heatstroke in dogs published on the Dogs Naturally website, written by Jessica Peralty initially for Holistic Care.
Pet Poison Help Line
A searchable database of items poisonous to dogs (free); 24-hour poisoning crisis help line ($49 fee).
An interesting article containing many related links focusing on the use of physical therapy for dogs. (Contributed by Sara- a student interested in physical therapy.)
Scottish Terrier Health Library (ScottiePhile)
An extensive library of information regarding Scottie health issues and diseases.
University of California- Davis
Veterinary Medical School
Includes an extensive list of plants toxic to dogs (with photos and detailed descriptions).
University of Florida - Florida's only College of Veterinary Medicine
Call (352) 392-2235
UF Pet Emergency Services (Ocala)
Call (352) 512-0886
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