Tory was the surprise puppy that came along well after his two sisters were born. I was just about ready to go take the two girls to be checked by the vet when he made his appearance. Tory was always a little different than his sisters.  He spent his short 6 years being a peacemaker between the two girls. He would never stand up to eat or drink. Everything was done at his pace. He fit in Florida perfectly. He christened my new car with two days of being sick on the way to a trip to visit his breeder Betty Lou Breese. By the time that we got to West Virginia, he was having seizures. Luckily, he got over his problem quickly and had a wonderful time going in and out of the doggie door at her house. He found joy in everything.

Unfortunately he went into renal failure at the age of 6 and was never able to recover in spite of all of the medical interventions that he received. It is very hard to  give up on a 6.5 year old.

Rest in peace my sweet boy. I think about your quirks daily.  You are sadly missed. Take good care of your siblings, aunt, and mom.


Tiffany Sue was the last of the puppies that Drew gave birth to in 1999. She had difficulty walking as a pup and had to be put in a wooden u shaped open ended box to learn how to walk. Her legs keep going out from under her. The box kept  her from slipping and over several weeks time, she eventually learned how to keep her legs straight.

She had a contentious relationship with her sister Lexie Lou, but was wonderful with the other Scotties, Corky, Drew, and Tory, in the house. That is until Sidney arrived. Sidney arrived in the beginning of June 2007 and Tiffany spent the next 7 months avoiding him. She spent most of the day under a bench and growled whenever Sid was in her vicinity. He never did anything to annoy her.

Tiffany, like most Scotties, had to put everything into her mouth. This caused her demise. We were walking her one day and she picked up something from the ground. I couldn’t pry her mouth open fast enough to remove the object. Despite wonderful vet care and an operation, she could not be saved.

Rest in Peace sweet girl. I hope that you are playing nicely with your sister and others over the bridge. You will always be remembered.


I  got my Fitbit on December 7, 2015.  My first report told me that I was underachieving for the year. My year was approximately 15 days.

This year I got my yearly report from Fitbit. The bottom says to make 2017 better.. I am trying to imagine how I can possibly make it better. I live by the No Excuses rule. I go out walking every day. I don’t use heat, cold, rain, wind or night  as an excuse to not walk. People tell me that it is too hot in the Florida heat or it is too cold when we have our 2 days of winter. It gets dark about 5:45PM. I go out walking after dark. Aren’t you afraid of walking at night?  Why should I be? If you are looking for excuses, there are plenty around. My family has a history of heart disease and stroke on both sides of the family. I am doing something that neither side ever had done. I am taking care of myself. I  eat correctly and try to stay fit. I weigh less now than I did in 5th grade. . I don’t feel my age and I hope that other people will try to get out and move. I am not  going to try to make 2017 better intentionally.  If I do, it is all for the best. I will be happy to continue to put more miles on my shoes than on my car. By the way, the Scotties accompanied me on about 10 miles of the 3,974 miles. That is a generous figure.


6 years ago today, Shelby came to live with us. She had been put into Scottish Terrier Rescue of South Florida by her father. He decided that his girl friend and her sloppy habits were more important than this sweet little 10 month old girl. Sidney and I were the recipients of his decision.

Sidney had been mourning the loss of his companion Drew. He was moping around the house all of the time. Ir was really sad to see him so unhappy. I contacted Janet Skinner and she was able to find this sweetheart for us. It has been a match made in heaven since the day of her arrival. There wasn’t a getting used to period at all. They became best of friends from the moment of her arrival.

We are looking forward to many more years with our Shelby and her wonderful disposition.


While searching in my craft room, I came across this latch hook rug that I made in 1999. It is my own design and I made it while the puppies were very little.  I made the mistake of putting it on the floor and the little pups enjoyed pulling many of the threads out of the rug. After working so hard on it, I decided to put it into a safe place. I assume that most people are like me. Once something is put away safely, it will be years before it is remember again. It might have to go back into safety as Sophie still gets into things and destroys them. See  you in another few years  Scottie rug.