Archive for the ‘Rascal’ Category

Medford Update

March 15, 2008

The snow is coming down outside and we’re hoping this is the last snow storm before spring. We woke up with our new cat, Uno, in bed with us — but so was our dog, Rascal. For the last two weeks Rascal and Uno have been at odds, but they seem to have negotiated an uneasy truce. At the animal shelter, we purposely picked out the biggest, scariest cat we could find, hoping to put the fear of the feline in Rascal (who generally regards them as furry playthings). Uno is approximately the same weight as Rascal and they are evenly matched; Uno might even have the upper hand. It’s added a lot of excitement to our house lately.

But this morning it is cold, windy and a torrent of wet snow is coming down outside. Rascal, with his terrier genes stretching back to the rugged Scottish Highlands, is giddy with anticipation: this is fine hiking weather in his mind, perhaps the best that one could hope for. So I took him out for a long walk in the miserable weather and he was enormously happy, having a blast outside. We walked down to the Mystic River and I let him off his leash: a cardinal mistake, as he quickly dug up some foul-smelling rotting fish to roll in. After a good hour we returned home, and Rascal was reluctant to come inside despite the fact that the snow storm has gotten worse. I finally coaxed him back to the house – but he didn’t pass Morra’s smell test. That means two options: the basement or the bath. So right now we’re sitting in the basement, sticking up my beloved entertainment system with the smell of putrid fish, until I work up the nerve to undertake a titanic battle of the wills also known as bathtime. Morra has settled in her study to write papers, and I’ve got various projects, work and otherwise. And a fine, fishy Saturday it is.

Pet of the Week at BlogHer

March 11, 2008

Our beloved Rascal is the inaugural Pet of the Week at BlogHer (scroll down to the end of the post to see it), chiefly on the weight of this portrait of him with his favorite toy, his beloved Rubber Chicken. But my favorite recent photo is of him at work on Friday, just exhausted – although the photo I took of him this morning in bed after Morning Walk is also quite warm and fuzzy.

Special Needs Westie needs a home

November 28, 2007

Kathy Lash just sent me this – and given that my own Westie is a rescue – please help Scout find a new home – photos here:

Meet Scout, a beautiful, sweet, 5 year-old female Westie! Her devoted family has unfortunately found themselves in the situation that they must put her up for adoption. This is an extremely hard decision on their part, as they have loved and cared for Scout since she came from the breeder as a baby. Scout now has 3 year-old twins with whom she shares a home. Her parents have recently come to a point where they cannot appropriately care for the twins and Scout. You see, Scout has an injury and requires special care. Last year, Scout’s tail was accidentally run over by a car. The nerve damage injury was so severe that she ended up losing her tail, has had to learn to walk again and is now incontinent. Scout can walk; she actually can run. She uses both of her back legs as one leg when she runs. She loves to play fetch and go for short walks. She is a very healthy, well-cared for Westie who is spunky and full of life. She is completely up-to-date on her vaccinations and has been spayed. A small cuddle-bug Westie, Scout weighs 13 lbs. As with a typical Westie, she loves anyone and everyone. She simply needs someone willing and able to take care of her incontinent issues, which could probably be controlled by doggie diapers or a female dog panty with pads. Specialists have been consulted, and the nerve damage is permanent. Even so, Scout stands to live a healthy, long life in the right situation. Might you be that special person who would care for and love her? If so, please contact Carol Gore with Westie Rescue of Tennessee at 615.838.4221 or cgore13 [at], and we will be happy to forward an adoption application to you and/or answer any questions you might have.


November 1, 2007

“” is taken. What is Rascal going to do now?

Warm homes needed!

August 22, 2007

About three weeks ago we brought home Rascal, a four month old Westie puppy we adopted from the East Lake Pet Orphanage (you can read about adopting Rascal in my earlier post). He is, seriously, the world’s greatest dog. Absolutely the best. Which is why I urge all of you to jump in and adopt your own Westie puppy – because there are 12 of them that need homes. Kathy Lash just sent me this:

There has been a mill bust ( due to owners abandoning premises ) in Arkansas that has been turned over to the court system. A kennel of more than 114 dogs has been discovered and these animals have not had food or water since August 7th. There have been reports that nursing bitches have eaten their young in order to stay alive. As many as 41 of the breeder dogs will be euthanized due to their physical condition. So far, there are 12 Westies that have been rescued. Additionally, thirty plus dogs were taken into custody today and we have yet to find out if any of them are Westies. Status not known at this time. Judge has ordered that all dogs with severe heath issues as well as those with heartworms to be euthanized. WRM has very few rescuers in Arkansas and we need all of the support that we can get. My sister and I are on it and will do whatever we can this weekend to save these little darlings. But two is not enough. There are perhaps four of us at the most and 2 already have 5 or more dogs so space is extremely limited. We cannot take in more than one apiece. Please click onto the link below and read the article – the judge has stated that all remaining animals after ten days of his ruling be euthanized. We have very little time and almost no resources. The contact number for the shelter is Fort Smith Humane Society – 1-479-783-4395. Please help us help these darling LWDs that deserve more than to live in the bowels of this fallen world. Read the article here.

For your encouagement, I just put up a new photo album of Rascal settling into his new home. Just think: you, too, can have a cutie like this!

Puppy e-mail

July 17, 2007

Tonight, a surprise in my inbox: an email from our newly adopted puppy Rascal, who is patiently waiting for us to move into our new house so we can bring him home:

I am so dirty.

I played really hard today with Olivia, Wendy, Jeremiah, and a very big beagle who lives with one of the doctors at East Lake. We climbed to the top of a thatched roof in the doggie day care play yard. Olivia wouldn’t go. So she barked at me to come down. I jumped off the roof…!…and chased her again. I heard some of the grownups call me “Fearless”.

Everyone tells me I am really “cute”. But I really am just happy. I am really happy to come live with you and Tony and Lil’Bit.

I promise to have a bath before I meet you.

A new member of the family

July 16, 2007

Happy RascalKathy Lash (founder of Kasey’s Cure – check it out & send them a tax-deductible gift!!!) has known for some time that I’ve been desperate for my own Westie. And when Laura Pietzsch emailed her about a rescued Westie puppy, Kathy sent it our way:

He was found at a carwash…covered in fleas and ticks…with no collar or microchip. She guessed he had probably been on his own for a while. Medical exam was very good…weighing in at 11.8 pounds. They estimate he is 4 months old. He was given all of his vaccinations and dipped. He has been bathed but is still dirty. Today, he got to play in the dog park so he was muddy. Kecia said that he was having so much fun playing she didn’t want to bathe him again just yet. His temperament is all puppy. Inquisitive and alert.

After some discovery and discussion (including a lengthly consultation with our cats, the Russian Blues Lil’ Bit & Mr. T), my wife and I decided to adopt this little puppy, whom the kind folks at ELPO (where he is being cared for) call “Happy”. After seeing his photo I was inclined to call him “Rascal”, and after some discussion we seem to have settled for “Happy Rascal”. We’re waiting to move into our new house in Boston before we pick him up from ELPO. Jordan Pietzsch was kind enough to take this video of Happy Rascal the puppy and send me some photos of Happy Rascal the puppy; surely there are more updates to follow, so stay tuned!