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Maggie Mae and her son, Angus, are still waiting for their forever family to adopt them.

Maggie Mae is 5 years old, recently spayed, up to date on her vaccinations, completely housebroken and sweet as pie! Her unique look of “one ear up, one ear down” is endearing and she is ready to show you how much love she has to share. Her hair is starting to grow out (she had to be shaved when she came into rescue) and she likes to stand and play patty-cake. She’s a petite little girl, not a big barker, but loves to play with other dogs. Could she be your little girl??? Her adoption fee is $250.

Angus is now 9 weeks old and full of himself – a typical Westie puppy! He’s diligently working on the housebreaking thing and it’s coming along nicely. He will need to be neutered when he is older and of course, will need vaccinations. His adoption fee is $280 with $80 refunded upon proof of neuter. Is this bouncing baby Westie-boy for you?

If you are interested in adopting one of these wonderful Westies, contact John or Steph Wisecarver at 320-963-6085 for more information.

Maggie Mae



Owen again

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.

This information was provided by Sue Storms, who is the leader of our Westie-lovers group:

Fonzie is looking for an understanding home – a family that has lots of patience (and no cats or young kids) to help him through the transition of moving and accepting a new family. He is a younger, active Westie; healthy, loves to go on walks but is quite vocal and opinionated on many issues!

Attached are a couple pictures of this cute little fella.


If you are interested in Fonzie and wish to speak to his family, please call Michael at 612-889-9111 (cell phone).

I just came across my youtube video of Blanche and Keely wrestling on the first day we’d adopted Keely in the spring of 2008. Blanche was just 2 and Keely 6 months here. In the background is my sweet senior, Mortimer, who passed in June of 2009. There’s no plot here, just heartwarming grappling girls and their big brother. Watch and smile.

A friend recommended a cute article in the New York Times today called the “Puppy Diaries.” It is to be an ongoing series chronicling the travails of raising a new puppy.

The story was well written, humorous, and featured a Westie. What more could I want?


I could want to see people stop supporting breeders when they are fully aware of the option to adopt. The author made it sound that because they were moving from their perhaps 20-lb. Westie up (in weight/not necessarily worth, mind you) to a golden retriever, they “had to” go the route of a breeder.

Ever consider rescuing a golden?

There’s Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota

There’s GRREAT—Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training

There’s NORCAL Golden Retriever Rescue

There’s Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue

There’s The Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas

There’s Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary

etc., etc., etc.

If you’re not in the market for a golden but you still have brand loyalty to a particular breed, there’s The American Kennel Club’s Breed Rescue.

My point is, two minutes of Internet research provided numerous valid options for pet ownership other than supporting breeders/puppy mills. It was quite disappointing to see this short-sightedness being touted in a publication like the New York Times. I shudder to think how many people will ooh and ahh at the cute puppy pictures and then go out and follow in the author’s breeder-supporting footsteps.

While there is overpopulation among domestic animals, it is our moral responsibility, as their human caregivers, to give homes to those creatures who are already here, not custom make our own new dog/cat/hamster, what have you. Each time someone does this, another animal is euthanized in a shelter or pound.

Do previously owned animals have more issues than fresh-baked ones? It depends. They can, especially if they were abused or neglected, but that just takes love and determination to overcome in most instances. And I can absolutely tell you from having owned a Westie from a breeder (20+ years ago before I’d ever heard of rescue organizations), behaviorally and health-wise, she was on equal footing with all of my subsequent four Westie rescues, two cat rescues, and even finch rescues. The breed itself is known to have a propensity toward multiple ailments, and continued breeding isn’t improving the situation an iota.

I know there will always be breeders out there, both scrupulous and heinous in their animal-care practices, so I also know I’ll always be able to find another furry family member who needs rescuing.

I wish the article’s author many years of joy and happiness with her new puppy, of course, because thanks to the breeder, it is another dog in need of a good home. But I wonder about the millions of dogs who look pleadingly through the bars of a cage in a shelter or, if they’re really lucky, have a temporary home with a foster family.

Remember, there is BIGGER picture to consider, too. The Earth has limited resources for us all, animals included. Rescue, care for and love those who are here now. Please don’t create more resource consumers just because you have a selfish need to “buy new.”

This is a phenomenal story of how prisoners who participate in a program to raise and train puppies to become bomb-sniffing dogs and/or work with disabled vets and the elderly find a way to become more human through their interactions with a dog. It’s a very touching video.

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