I remember my first encounter, in Germany, in 1992, with Koons’s famous “Puppy,” the forty-three-foot-high Scottie dog enveloped in living flowers. As I was judiciously taking descriptive and analytical notes, a bus arrived bearing a group of severely disabled children in wheelchairs. They went wild with delight. Abruptly feeling absurd, I shut my notebook and took instruction from the kids’ unequivocal verdict.
As the number one source of information on famous Scottish Terriers, the Scottie News would love to be able to claim Jeff Koons’ “Puppy” as one of our own, but alas, a good researcher must check out the full frontal view along with the profile.
And that, dear readers, is definitely a West Highland Terrier. Or maybe we should say it’s definitely a Westie when it’s been properly pruned. When those flowers get bushy, why it could even be a ChowChow or, of all things, a cat.
The Scottish Terrier and Dog News is one year old today. And everyone’s celebrating — even the Westies.
According to Google Analytics, Scottie News readers like the home page best followed by posts about Scottie names and grooming. After that, they like to look at all the wonderful photos and check out the breeders lists. (See orange boz on the right for all the links)
P.S. We’ll have that Yorkie crime wave post for you by the end of the week. When we promised it for today we didn’t realize it was our birthday. We confused the dates and thought the 22nd was Friday. We’re taking the evening off to celebrate.
But you deserve something new after waiting so long for this much-delayed instalment. So how about both a Scottish Terrier and a West Highland Terrier enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the park, pointillist-style camera work included. It’s the Scotties versus the Westies.
Want some dogs with your football on Superbowl Sunday? Then, tune into Animal Planet from 3-6 PM (ET/PT) for the fourth annual Puppy Bowl. While there are no Scottish Terriers in the starting line-up, there are two West Highlands, which doesn’t surprise us given our past reporting on the popularity of Scotties versus Westies.
Here’s a fuzzy — in more ways than one — taste of what went on last year. Apparently, there’s even a kitty half-time show.
The American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dogs in the US in 2007 shows the Scottish Terrier falling to 45th place from 42nd place in 2006 while the iconic Bulldog muscled its way into 10th spot. Since we’ve recently been discussing the relative popularity of Scotties and Westies, you may be interested to learn that the West Highland Terrier fell to 35th spot from 33rd.
Here’s the list with the top terrier spot going to the Yorkie.
1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
9. Shih Tzu
Oh for the days when Scottie dogs were so popular they could advertise tooth paste along with their flapper friends.
The Scottish Terrier and Dog News‘ unofficial New York correspondent filed this report from Animal Haven, an upscale animal adoption centre in the heart of Soho where she took her Scottie to a wine and cheese meet-up. (It’s hearing about stuff like this that makes the Scottie Dog News want to transfer its world headquarters to Manhattan)
Anyway, apparently, the seven West highland Terriers all ganged up on little Savvy, the Scottie puppy. While it is true that Savvy had earlier been bothering the Westies, they did not seem to take into account the fact she was just a baby and showed her little mercy.
Of course, most Scotties are used to being outnumbered by Westies, but — surprisingly, according to AKC registration statistics — West Highlands are only twice as popular as Scottish Terriers. The Scottie News would have thought, based on our own surveys and scenes like the picture above, that there were at least three to four times the number of Westies. What do our readers say? And why are Westies more popular anyway? Is it Black Dog Syndrome? Or are Westies easier going than Scots?
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