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This darling girl has what is so typical of her breed, allergies. While I cannot guarantee it would work, I’d strongly suggest whoever adopts her tries out a raw food diet for her, a la “Sid’s Canine Kitchen” (an instructional DVD that explains how to make your own raw-dog-food diet for your beloved pets, available now if you email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and soon to be on my website). Seriously, we’ve had several Westies with allergy issues that cleared up by switching to this diet. Don’t let that detail keep you from giving this girl a forever home!—Sid
Meet Ms. Duffie!
Duffie, a sweet 8-year old Westie girl, is still in need of a new home. This mature, loveable and very sweet girl is looking for a special family that can meet her needs.
This darling Westie is ready-made in many ways – she is crate trained, good with other dogs, is an obedience school graduate (knows several commands) and loves to be with you all the time. She likes to sit on your lap or next to you to watch TV or just chill out.
Duffie needs an owner that must be tolerant of her skin issues due to allergies. She will need occasional medicated baths (she is well-behaved during her bath), a good diet and daily checks of her skin to prevent or catch “hot spot” flare-ups before they get out of hand.
She needs to lose a little weight so exercise is a must. She is used to a fenced yard so she likes to chase squirrels; however she is also a good leash walker which will help in her weight loss program. She likes to walk and investigate her surroundings – she can run, too!
Duffie is a charming older girl that still has plenty of pep in her! Could she be your next Westie?
Duffie is available for adoption through Lacy’s Legacy Scottie & Westie Rescue.
If you are interested in adopting her, please contact John or Steph Wisecarver at
Meet Jasper the Friendly Westie!
Jasper is a honey of a Westie looking for a new home. He is a young and active 9 year old, neutered and tested heartworm negative. He recently had a dental so he has a bright, clean smile now, too.
This little man is VERY house trained (NO accidents at all during his foster care). He knows a few commands, does well in a crate if necessary and is not a barker. He also gets along well with other dogs and is very affectionate.
Jasper’s foster dad says he is “just a prize!” Says he is calm and gentle and loves being outside in the yard. A couple of photos of Jasper are attached so you can see how handsome this little man is!
If you are interested in adopting this “prize of a Westie”, please call Steph Wisecarver at 763-354-0911
Hi Westie friends,
Do you remember me? Tugger? Remember when I first appeared on your computer screen, bald and looking pretty pathetic? I know I tugged at your heart strings so my name was very appropriate back then! Thanks again to all of you who donated to my cause. I’m a lucky boy to be on the receiving end of such Westie love.
Well, look at me now - I’ve got hair! I’m not a hairy beast by any means, but I’ll get there….hairy – not beastly.
Now comes the exciting news…I’m ready to be adopted! My foster folks have given the green light to let me go. They said the response to my treatments has been positive and I’ve progressed enough to go to a permanent family. They are sad to see me go, but they are bursting at the rafters with dogs at their house.
I’m guessing you want to know some details about me, so here’s the low-down:
I’m 3 years old and healthy – of course I’m up to date on everything medical – I’ve been to the vet clinic so much in the past couple of months that Dr. Sarah and I are BFFs. You will definitely want your vet to meet me and stay on top of the care I’ve been getting so I don’t fall into the same bald trap I am coming out of. At this time, I’m on NO medications – just a medicated bath twice per week. Foster mom and dad will send some of that special shampoo with me. It’s a part of my life now. Just put in on and let it sit for 10 minutes or so. We can have heart-to-heart chats during that 10 minutes or you can sing to me. Oh, I’m on NO special diet anymore either.
Other endearing things about me….I get along great with other dogs – I love to play with toys, too. I’ve visited cats at Crossroads Shelter and seem to be okay with them. I’m house trained and crate trained. When I can, I sneak into bed with Foster mom and dad and curl up into a little tight ball and lie real still so I can spend the night in bed with them. I’m not really a lap dog, but I like to be very near you. Do you like to sit and watch tv or read? I’ll join you!
I know “sit” but would be willing to learn lots more. I’m getting better with leash walking but a harness is what works best for me. My adoption fee is a mere $150.
Boy, I’m sounding pretty good, aren’t I? Do you think we are a match made in heaven? If so, give my foster folks a call and you all can talk about things. John and Steph Wisecarver’s number is 320-963-6085.
Hi Westie Friends!
My name is Tugger – some of you have met me before – I look a little different from the first photos you saw. As you know, I am being treated for a yeast condition that took away almost all my hair! I was naked and itchy and looking pretty rough. Thanks to so many kind and generous people, my treatments costs are being covered and my foster mom and dad (John and Steph) are taking good care of me. I get spa treatments several times a week. I have to sit still for 10 minuteswith the special stuff on me….this is difficult for a young Westie!! 10 minutes is a long time to sit so I can’t wait to get rinsed and dried off so I can start playing again.
Here’s a couple photos to show you that my hair is starting to grow back. So it’s true that good care and lots of TLC will take a doggie a long way.
Thanks again for all your donations to help me. It’s overwhelming to learn that so many people care so much about a little white (soon to be all white) doggie like me.
Rocky and Melvin have found new homes! Yeah!!!
Now, do you have room in your home and heart for a pair of sweet Westie orphans?
Angus and Bonnie found themselves homeless when their elderly owner died. Angus is 11, Bonnie is 6. They are up-to-date with all of their health needs, housebroken, well-loved and move-in ready! This lad and lassie will make a nice addition to a family needing a couple of Westies to spice up their lives!
If you are seriously interested in adopting Angus & Bonnie, please direct your questions to John and Steph Wisecarver at 320-963-6085.
If you can, please consider an monetary donation to Crossroads for Tugger. We know finances are tight for everyone, but small amounts add up and little Tugger will be forever grateful.
Please send your donations for Tugger to:
Crossroads Animal Shelter
Attn: Tugger the Westie Fund
2800 10th St SE
Buffalo, MN 55313
It’s just plain wrong that there are so many Westie seniors in need of re-homing these days. Here’s one more that needs your help:
Check out Rocky! He needs a new home!
Quick Facts on Rocky
11 years old, but young acting and healthy
UTD on shots
Friendly and Active – like to play
Good with other dogs
Should go to a home withOUT small children
From Rocky’s FosterMom:
Rocky is very loving and wants to be with you at all times. He follows you from room to room. He is playful and doesn’t act his age. Vet believes he is younger due to his health condition being so good. Rocky gets along with other dogs if they are not aggressive towards him. Leg lifting has subsided with the wearing of a belly band; Remember - he has just been neutered after 11 years! Rocky needs some training as he knows no commands, however he does know the word “no”. He is crate-trained.
Rocky’s adoption fee is $200.
If you are interested in adopting this lovable little fella,
please contact John or Steph Wisecarver at 320-963-6085
My thanks to Sue Storms, who always does a wonderful job keeping us informed of Westies that have come available for adoption. Here are several great stories of dogs finding their forever homes!—Sid
A number of Westies were adopted this past year by members of our Little White Terriers group. I have asked their new families to write their ‘love story’ to share with us. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Give your Westie an extra hug while you read these happy-ending stories.
Miss Paisley (formerly Trouble) by Sue Storms
“Trouble” entered my life in January when I was alerted of a 14-year old Westie in an east-suburban shelter. Her original owner had died and she was given to a family member who kept her for a month before taking her to the shelter because “we just can’t handle her”. Trouble then went into foster care with John and Steph Wisecarver. After a week and 2
adoption announcements to the Little White Terriers group, no interest was shown. Older dogs really pull at my heartstrings and I wanted to bring her home with me but my Homeowners’ Association rules allow only 1 permanent dog. I put my best writing skills to work and contacted each board member asking for a special dispensation for this old gal. Unanimously, they said “yes” and on January 14, 2011, “Miss Paisley Aberdeen” (who was no “Trouble” at all) moved in with Quinn, HobieCat and me.
It was quickly evident this gal had been well loved; she told me the human bed was where she wanted to sleep, the front seat of the car is where she requested she ride, her meals dare not be late, and a human lap (anybody’s lap) is where she preferred to sit. And with her deep, loud barks, she made sure her demands were heard! That deep bark was the only un-lady-like characteristic of this “Grande Dame”. Quinn instantly accepted her, HobieCat adored her and I was totally smitten – we loved having her in our lives!
She quickly became well-known and well-loved in my condo community. Her stroller rides brought lots of smiles as she held her head high and sniffed everything around her as we ventured through our complex. Our Westie friends also liked meeting her and she was happy to allow anybody to hold her if they wished. She also enjoyed going to Doggy Day Care every Wednesday and took it upon herself to keep an eye on all that was going on around her – she even learned how to use the doggy door! A huge honor was bestowed upon her when she reined as Queen of the Wayzata Westie Walkers in the James J Hill Days parade; a position very fitting for this lovely old girl.
I always hoped her former family was looking down upon her, watching her enjoy life, recognizing that it was possible for her to go on and still have fun after they died. Sadly,
her time too, had come to an end. After a short illness, she left us on November 8th. I thanked her for allowing me to spend these last precious months with her; I was honored to be her mom even if it was only for a short time.
I was surprised and comforted to hear my neighbors talk about her, taking a piece of ownership of her. I heard comments like “We were lucky to have her with us” and “We all loved her so much”. She was greatly loved by so many, many people that she met in the last 10 months of her long life. I think all her new friends eased her transition from her loving family.
I hope her story is a reminder to all that older dogs can still enjoy life and bring joy to many people despite their age or the fact that their family has left them. I’m convinced that Paisley is now reunited with her family, making her demands, once again enjoying the love she so rightly deserves. And I’m convinced that she is being “No Trouble at all.”
Vinnie by Julie Gibbons
It was a crowded room. I walked in, mingled a bit, and then I saw him. Our eyes met, well mine did at least, he was resting his head on his foster dad’s shoulders, and it was love at first sight. Well for me anyway. Even though he looked like a cross between a wombat and a kangaroo. But looks aren’t everything. I will make him love me I thought. I asked what his
story was. He was 8 months old and kept in a cage the first six months of his life at a puppy mill. I didn’t need another dog. Husband just retired early. Check. Daughter just graduated college and found a good job. Check. Our other Westie son was about to turn eight and he was a calm and well mannered little guy. Check. But I reached for the phone and called hubby. ‘Can I get another one?’ I asked. ‘Another what?’ he said. He said okay. He knows me very well. We brought him home from Crossroads and named him Vinnie. Vincent when he’s naughty. We now had Tony and Vinnie, the boys from Brooklyn, the only Italian names in the household. Tony hated Vinnie for the first few months. But now they rip through the house after each other. Vinnie thinks every wastebasket is a toy box for him. He chewed my brand new shoes I bought for a wedding. He walks around the bathtub and nudges everything he can into the water. Then he jumps in. His teeth are worn down on one side… I believe it’s from gnawing on his cage out of boredom in the puppy mill. He can’t be in the Westie Walk yet because I don’t have experience walking in Macy’s parade as a balloon handler. But this little guy has won our hearts and is so happy every single day. Our little Vinnie, er… Vincent, is very much a challenge but we absolutely adore him.
Atticus by Mike & Lyn Berglund
Our little Westie passed away about a year ago and my wife and I talked about getting another Westie, but we wanted to adopt or rescue this time. Your email this past February regarding Atticus, a 10 year old male whose elderly owner was put into a nursing home,
made us think that this “big” little guy who is mostly deaf might be the one for us. My son and I left very early one Saturday morning in February to make the 5 hour drive to Bemidji to see if he would be a good pet for us. Upon meeting him at the kennel in Bemidji, he just warmed up to us, was all attitude, and very playful for a dog of any age and we thought we have to take him.
He has been a great addition to our family and blended right in. He is affectionate, attentive, has high energy in spurts, well behaved, and has a “nose” that makes up for his lack of hearing. What a joy he has been.
Caesar by Mary Kay Pewowaruk
This past September, our 16-year old Westie Guthrie, passed away. This was especially hard for me as he had been with me since he was just 7 weeks old. Right about the time of Guthrie’s death, an email came out from the Little White Terriers about several dogs who were rescued by Secondhand Hounds and needed homes. At the time, I could hardly even look at the email and so deleted it. But about a month later, we heard again that Caesar was
still available. The month we had spent without a dog in our home was very lonely and sad. My husband, who works from home, was just lost without the company of a furry friend. I wasn’t sure I was ready but I decided to inquire anyway. After a couple phone calls, I learned Caesar came from a backyard breeder in Ohio. His hair was pretty messy so when we finally met him, he was sporting a rather short haircut. But we all knew right away that Caesar would be a great companion for us and would help to fill that hole that was left in our home and in our hearts. We brought Caesar home on October 17 and he has now adjusted very well. It was a bit of a shock for us to have this 2-year old with so much energy (and the need to chew everything). We learned a few lessons the hard way: Caesar tore the frosted film off one of our French doors, he tore a hole in our car’s leather seat, and he ripped the bedskirt on my daughter’s bed. But we only blamed ourselves for these mishaps and fortunately, they are minor and can be fixed. Caesar is such a sweet, loving dog. He really likes to be held, is always ready to go for a walk or a car ride, likes to sleep with our 10-year old daughter, and is so fun to watch when he plays with his stuffed animals and chew toys. Caesar has captured our hearts and we are so thankful he is a part of our family! Thank you to Secondhand Hounds for bringing Caesar to Minnesota and thank you to Crossroads Animal Shelter, the Wisecarvers, and foster parent Greg Palmer for helping us in the adoption process.
Patty McPatty by Dori & Roger Schlins
Our June 21st, 2011 Adoption of Patty McPatty:
After the loss of 17 year old Weaver, the most magnificent Westie in the universe, we spent seven months grieving and trying to figure out how to choose the right Westie to bring into our home again. We never doubted that we would have another Westie; we just wondered where to find another puppy.
When we transitioned to the idea of adopting an adult rescue Westie, we suddenly had several immediate choices. Ultimately, the Crossroads Shelter in Buffalo was the wonderful source of our next Westie. Bless the Wisecarvers for their work with rescue and matching up potential owners.
This is the thing: Roger and I had owned 5 other dogs but all different breeds – we thought all Westies would be like our first in temperament and attitude, since we had never had two dogs of the same breed. Weaver was wonderful, but we had no idea that even among Westies there is a wide spectrum of personalities. Our Patty McPatty has been a revelation: she is extremely affectionate with humans/hates other dogs, never barks at all unless she sees another dog outside or catches a glimpse of a squirrel, never begs, loves to play with squeaky toys/balls, and passionately hunts mice or other critters in the yard.
Weaver was very even tempered and got along with all dogs; he accepted affection from us but did not lick our faces; he was a very noisy dog, barked at everything, but did not care to chase a ball. We loved his enthusiasm and quiet dignity. Now we have an angel in a dog suit. Patty lets us know every day how grateful she is to have landed in our house. We are working on the anti-social canine behavior, however. I do want to have her participate in walkabouts and the Sept parade.
All in all, the right pairing of rescue Westie and adoptive home is key but so incredibly worth it. Thanks to those who found Patty for us – we will be eternally grateful!
Roger and Dori Schlins
Rosie (formerly Sugar) by Vanessa Rico
I lost one of my Westies unexpectedly in August. Sad as I was, Allie, my other Westie, was
also grieving. Things were just too quiet around our home. In late September, I learned of some Westies available for adoption through Second Hand Hounds. Rosie was one of a group that came here from an Ohio breeder and she was fostered with the Wisecarvers through Crossroads Animal Shelter. I decided it was time for an addition to the household, so I filled out the application and got a call to go out to Crossroads and see her. Apparently there were many applications for the dogs! I was not sure what to expect when I arrived at Crossroads and I didn’t want to get too excited. When I got there, the Wisecarvers brought me to meet the dogs who were very excited by all of the attention. Rosie (her name was Sugar originally) caught my eye right away. I believe I did not pick Rosie – she picked me. She followed me around the kennel and just seemed to know I was the “one”. She wasn’t much to look at to begin with. She was pretty skinny and was shaved. From what I was told, she was used for breeding purposes and she had had at least one litter. She was a friendly little dog, though, not afraid or shy so I don’t believe she was abused in any way. So, she came home with me that day and promptly settled in on my couch next to Allie! She has turned out to be a great dog! She’s quick to learn, happy, has a good disposition and is a good protector of my property from varmints such as squirrels and rabbits. She and Allie are good friends and get along great! This is another furry-tailed, happy ending! Vanessa
Bently by Mary & Gary Johnson
We adopted Bently, a Westie mix, about a month ago from Crossroads Animal Shelter in Buffalo, Mn. We are now wintering in east Texas – my wife and I, Bently, his older brother Scooter, a miniature Schnauzer, and Popcorn, a yellow tabby. The dogs go on daily walks along the Toledo Bend Reservoir with Mary and the local dog pack – a total of 7 or 8 dogs each day. Bently loves walking in the water, even with his short legs, and enjoys carrying the little treasures he finds each day. Has fit into the family really well and is a joy to have.
Glad I receive your emails – especially the one that alerted us to Bently.
Mary and Gary Johnson
We hope you have enjoyed reading these happy-ending stories!
“Adopting a dog will not change the whole world, but it will change the whole world for that one dog.”
Hello, Westie friends!
Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Duffy and I’m 6 years old. Foster mom says I’m 6 going on 2….you know what that means – I have tons of energy and I’m LOADS of fun!
I have all the good things people love in a Westie. I love to play and that means with other dogs and kids in addition to people. I’m a happy, lovable guy who just wants to be with a family that loves me for all my Westie ways.
I’m neutered, up to date on all my shots, micro-chipped, heart-worm negative and on preventative. I am crate-trained and housebroken perfectly. I’m healthy as a horse and rarin’ to go! I do know how to “SIT”, but am also a prime candidate for more obedience training and maybe agility – it would be a shame to waste all my good energy on just fetching a ball.
If you are interested in adopting me into your family, please call my foster parents, John and Steph Wisecarver. They will say that everything I’ve told you is TRUE.
If you have more questions about me, please call John and Steph at 320-963-6085 so they can tell you what a great guy I am!
Hi, folks, here I am! I’m a puppy – Ya gotta love me!!
My name is Owen and I’m a young Westie; maybe around 1-2 years old, but still very much a puppy. My foster family sprung me from the St. Cloud pound. I’ve been neutered and am up to date on my vaccinations. I’m very well behaved in the crate and appear to be house broken. I’m a very sweet Westie boy! I get along great with all my foster brothers and sisters – LOVE to play! I’m eager to please and quick to learn, but I still need lots of training and manners.
I’m a typical terrier that loves to run after squirrels and anything else that terriers like to chase. I MUST be fenced in or under the control of a terrier savvy handler when outside. (I have even chewed through a leash….oops!)
Fun is my middle name, so if you are interested in adopting me, Owen Fun Westie, please contact my foster family so they can share all the other wonderful things about me.
Photos of yours truly are attached so you can see how cute and fun I look. (My ears aren’t always down….just when the camera comes out.)
Please call John or Steph Wisecarver at home 320-963-6085 or Steph on her cell phone at 763-354-0911.