The Scottish Terrier and Dog News team was trained by a man whose motto was: “If it’s got dogs, sex or Kennedys, consider putting it on the front page.”
Well, this story has two of the three — dogs and Kennedys — so it’s definitely a headline maker at the Scottie News where our mentor is regularly proved right by the number of hits we get looking to find out if the rumours about Jackie Kennedy owning a Scottie dog are true.
Yes they are. According to the JFK Presidential Library, Jackie’s first pet was a Scottish Terrier named Hootchie. Scottie News has yet to find any photos of Jackie and her first dog so we’ll settle for Jacqueline Kennedy with her first husband on the cover of the current Vanity Fair.
The thieves not only took jewelry and money but a 3-year-old Scottish terrier named Maxwell as well. The detective handling the case thinks one of the burglars took the dog as a present for a girl friend or relative.
If you have seen Maxwell, or have clues to his disapperance, contact Kim at email@example.com or at 407-523-755 (home); 407-402-8701 (cell).
(If you don’t care about Putin’s poodle and just want to see cute Scottie photos, click here. We have some wonderful Scottish Terrier pictures for you)
Months back we reported on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dissing of Scottish terriers. In the course of our background research we discovered that while Putin likes to show off his macho relationship with his large lab Koni, he is also rumoured to be fond of a small poodle named Tosya, something he prefers to keep hidden.
Well, yesterday, due to a flurry of Putin news, we got a number of hits on our original Bad Vlad story including one from a visitor who was kind enough to send us a link to a photo of Putin with his poodle. While the photo’s a little grainy, it definitely illustrates the intensity of this special relationship between president and poodle.
We recommend you save a copy on your hard drive in case either the photo or the Scottie News team disappear.
In other Russian Scottish Terrier news, the Monument Art Committee of the Moscow City Duma decided in March 2008 to erect a bronze monument to the famous clown Karandash and his Scottie dog stage partner near the House of Circus Workers Union of Russia, where Karandash (Mikhail Rumyantsev) lived and worked for many years. The committee rejected a proposal to build a statue to Putin.
Read all Scottish Terrier-related polical coverage here.
Velvet MacGregor is the name of the the Scottish Terrier owned by Susan Barron, the New York dog walker who was stabbed last week. According to the registration sheet for the New York Tartan Day parade, Velvet is an “international film star,” a fact also confirmed by the Village Voice. The Internet Movie Database, however, has nor record of performances by Velvet the Scottish Terrier.
Movie star or not, the dog will surely be relieved to learn that Ms. Barron’s condition has been upgraded to fair.
His owner Paul Blanchard complained: “He’d been on there for nearly a year. The poor little scamp was gutted. He had nearly 200 friends all around the world, about half human and half canine.”
He needs to join Dogbook.
The New York Times reports she was attacked while walking Velvet the Scottish Terrier. According to the Daily News, she was taking Velvet to Good Shepherd Church on E. 31st St. for the annual blessing of the pets.
… but dies in fire.
So pointless, so sad.
Former Illinois treasurer Judy Topinka took issue with the claim that her dogs caused any damage to her old office in the state capitol.
“The Scottie does not shed, and it was not a problem,” Topinka said, in reference to Mollie McDoo, her Scottish terrier. “Other people had brought in dogs as well. Gov. Jim Edgar had brought in his, too.”
Here’s a photo of Mollie.
And there’s an interesting reason why the Scottish Terrier is paricularly effective in this role.
Poor old Barney the first dog seems to be suffering one indignity after another as of late. Dissed first by Vladimir Putin and then by Karl Rove, it now comes to light that he has also been spanked by long-time Bush buddy, Clay Johnson.
“Barney was on the oval carpet making a nuisance of himself,” Johnson told me. “So I spanked him and told him, ‘No!’ and I put him on the sofa with me. I think that’s the only time he’s been spanked.”
“That shows what a close friend Clay is,” said Logan Walters, Bush’s former personal assistant, who witnessed the event. “He’s the only person I know who could spank the president’s dog, inside or outside the Oval Office.”
Barney’s recent troubles are sparking all sorts of tasteless Scottish Terrier “jokes” so you’ll be relieved to know that the Scottish Terrier and Dog News registered an official complaint in the comments.
Nov 6, 2008 Update: See video of Barney Bush, the first dog biting a Reuters reporter.