I just wanted to let everyone know that we currently do not have any puppies available. However, we have an ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow for a girl we co-own with a friend in Florida. We’re hoping that she’s about 4 weeks pregnant. Yes, that implies a Christmas litter! I will do my best to post more routinely, have been extremely bad about keeping up with all the Scottie News.
The puppies from the last litter, from Angus and Violet are all placed in wonderful homes. We had the chance to visit with Alex in October and see Dumpling (now Tilly) every 5 weeks or so for grooming. She’s growing up nicely and loves her new home. Uno stayed with us and will soon be traveling with a handler to start showing some time during 2020. He’ll be more socialized (he loves people!) and used to seeing more people, dogs and “things” which helps prepare him for his time in the show ring. Pink (now Ellie) is doing very well in her home and will potentially start showing in 2020. We’re thrilled that two of the pups from this litter will be on the show circuit soon working to earn their championships. Yay!
We are hoping to breed Edith this spring and Lil next summer. I’d hoped to breed Lil when she next came into season (expected in January) but she surprised me and came into season this last week which would potentially pup two litters within about 5 weeks of each other. We did that once and decided that it was more work than we’d signed up for and have chosen to not go that route again. I expect Edith to come into season in March/April and now Lil in May/June. That would potentially give us litters in May/June and July/August. A little crowded, but certainly doable. We’ll keep you posted.
We currently have only one puppy here at Shirescot. Uno was first born in Violet’s (Sno Pond’s Static Electricity at Shirescot) litter of five. All the others (Alex, Tillie (was Dumpling), Angus and Ellie (was Pink) have found wonderful homes with excellent families. All these puppies are very special and we’re thrilled to have placed them. Uno, well all I can say is that he’s simply divine. He knows he’s bound for something great — you can see it in the way he postures himself when something captures his attention.
Uno is bound for the show ring and needs that special home in which to live. He’s a great boy, very brindled — almost a gold color — and we’re getting ready to register him as Shirescot Oro del Diablo. Yes, that is Fools Gold in Spanish. I chose that name because Uno is gold and devilishly handsome.
We really love this boy and are looking for a show home for him.
Show homes aren’t much different than pet homes except for keeping him intact and building his hard coat so he’s ready for the ring. Uno can grow up with you, then go to a handler if you’re not comfortable with showing him yourself. After his show career is complete he’ll return to you and be the best television watching, bed sleeping, face kissing, lovable boy out there.
We do ask that Uno remain intact (not be neutered) so that he would be available for stud services to anyone who saw him in the ring and wanted to use him to improve their blood line.
Shirescot Puppy Update — we have two puppies left that are looking for homes. They were born on March 13, 2019. They’re 15 weeks old. The proud parents are Violet (Sno Pond’s Static Electricity at Shirescot) and Angus (CH Charthill Shirescot Angus MacFergus). Violet is a Calvin daughter. Angus is a Jenny son.
There were 5 puppies in the litter — 3 boys and 2 girls. Several of them have show potential, and one went to a home with owners that plan to show her.
When we place a puppy, we want them to go to homes that understand the terrier attitude. We want them in homes that understand the amount of work (and love) that went into bringing a litter of puppies into our home.
A show dog’s ring career is fairly short — once they’ve earned their championship (or grand championship for those rocket kids) they’ll come home and be the best buddy pet everyone is looking for.
When we breed, we breed for conformation. We want the best match for our girls (or our boys when someone calls to talk stud service). We also want the best match in homes — if you decide you want to show we’ll talk your ear off!
I’ve added photographs now of the crowd. This one is off all of them in their “bucket” — I use it for keeping them in one place while I clean their “hooch” or when we’re going outside. Much easier than taking them out one by one 🙂
Front to back – First row — Pink. Second row — Dumpling. Third row — Alex, Uno and Angus (Angus has the white beard).
This little guy was the first born and the name Uno jumped out at me. He is a nice golden brindle with a slight milk chin He’s gaining weight nicely and has a blocky body (exactly what you want in a Scottie). He’s adventurous and loves to explore when we go outside.
Uno is seriously looking for a show home — if that is you, come visit him and we’ll talk to you in depth about showing.
This boy is a black brindle with a milk chin. It is a big milk chin that I jokingly call a milk pitcher, and white blaze on his chest. And, although I’ve never seen this before (which really makes him unique) he has white hairs between his foot pads. He looks a lot like is father, Angus, so I’ve been calling him “Angus.” This guy is also gaining weight nicely. He’s a quick little fellow and loves going outside. It takes him a minute to get a good feel for his surroundings, but once he’s comfortable he’s off and running!
Angus found a wonderful home where he can walk with the goats and help with making pottery. His new family was very excited when they picked him up. He gave lots of kisses and caused a lot of giggles and laughs.
The third boy is also a black brindle. He has no white markings and his brindling (at this point) is subtle. This boy was selected by a wonderful couple who live near Philadelphia. They’ve decided that his name is “Alex.” Alex has a great personality — he’s a laid back kind of guy that will be an excellent sofa sitting, TV watching little boy.
Alex was very happy to see his people when they came to pick him up. I am assured that he’ll be spoiled rotten!
The first girl puppy is a black brindle. She was so close in coloring to her sister, I marked her head with pink so that I could tell them apart. I call her “Pink” because of that. Pink is a feisty little girl and won’t take “no” for an answer. She barks back “yes” as fast as she can! Pink loves homemade chicken broth more than anything else we put in front of her. She’s the more delicate of the two girls, but she makes up for that with her quick personality and speed out in the yard. She’s quite the girl!
Pink is very busy and it’s tough to keep her in one spot long enough for a good picture of her — so, at this point her best shot is in the bucket.
Pink is now Ellie (Shirescot’s First Lady Eleanor of Roxbury) and ensconced in her new home on Long Island. Another spoiled puppy!
The second girl puppy is also black, but I’ve noticed some slight brindling to her coat. That may develop further as she gets older. She’s a very laid back girl — loves to lay on her back even in my hands — and will just lie there looking at me. She’s got a nice blocky body and is gaining weight very nicely.
Dumpling is still available to go to a pet home.
Dumpling loved exploring the brass collection on the porch. I found all these in Seoul, South Korea while I was on active duty.
As I’ve stated more than once, this is a great litter and these kids will make great pets for any home — whether they’re a show pup or not. Any dog’s show career is as long as you want it to be — Champion to Grand Champion Platinum. Some make it to their championship quickly, some take a little more time to grow up. They can certainly do their growing at YOUR house! Our girl Hope finished her Grand Championship (from nothing to Grand) in 3 months, only showing on weekends. Her daughter, Lil, finished her Championship in 3 weekends. Short career and then they’re back home with you, sitting by you on the sofa and sleeping in your bed.
Today Hope’s son, Cliff (Shirescot Heathcliff Of Culloden Moor) won “Winner’s Dog” and 2 points toward his championship in a Terrier Show at Buck’s County, PA. We’re extremely proud!
Hello all! It’s a beautiful day today. Our August 31, 2018 update is all about Edith! and Hope! and Lil!
[4/6/19] UPDATE: Edith is once again with a handler to finish her Grand Championship. She and Junior have yet to get their schedules completely in sync for breeding, but we’re very optimistic that 2019 will be their year.
(This is older information) Tomorrow I will drive Edith (CH Shirescot Matilda of Scotland) to New Jersey to meet with one of our handlers. He is currently handling the dog we plan to breed her to — Junior (MBIS MBISS GCHC Woburn Barbary Iron Man HOF). Junior is currently the number one Scottish Terrier in the US and number 7 Terrier in the US. We are proud to breed to him — I’ve been planning to get these two together since last October when I had an opportunity to meet Junior. I had another chance to see him this spring and still love his body type. Junior’s owners and I all believe this will be an excellent match. I know I said I didn’t want to have two litters on the ground at the same time ever again, but things change :).
[4/6/19] UPDATE: Hope and Darby presented us with a wonderful litter of 4 puppies. One girl and three boys. We named them after some of the characters in the TV series “Cheers.” Diane is now Aila and lives in California. Sam now lives in Canada. Norm is having a great time in York, PA, and Cliff stayed with us. Cliff is currently out with a handler (they are seven months old after all) and will be entered in a couple of shows over the next month or so. Norm should be out with a handler this summer. Sam and his new owner and looking for a handler that lives near them (near Rochester, NY in Canada). I don’t have a specific update on Aila’s show debut, but I’m sure we’ll see her out there fairly soon.
(This is older information) Another update — I am “mostly” positive that Hope (GCH Shirescot Ray of Hope) is pregnant. Our waiting list for puppies is long and hopefully everyone is patient. Hope is due around the 15th of September and I have an appointment scheduled on the 12th of September for an x-ray so we can count skulls and spines to see how many puppies we should expect during whelping. We wait until they’re close to their delivery date so that bones are more visible (calcium presence). We’re all excited by this breeding also — We bred her to Darby (BIS GCHP Woburn Camelot Unbridled Spirit) for the third time and are hoping we’ll get a good litter (her last two litters produced Edith and Lil (CH Shirescot Glimmer of Hope)). Third time is a charm, right?
[4/6/19] Update: Lil is having a great time here at the house. She misses all her siblings, but we’ve reassured her that Edith and Cliff will be home soon. She’s not quite ready to go back in the ring for her Grand Championship, but we’re optimistic that she’ll be back out on the circuit this fall.
(This is older information) Okay, one more update — Lil earned her Championship this month (!). She is now CH Shirescot Glimmer of Hope. I thought she would finish her Grand Championship this month, but she ran into some stiff competition on her last outing. So, four day shows this weekend and we are expecting good things from her. I’m certainly hoping to announce her Grand next month.
Shirescot August 2018 News. New Champions and soon to start showing.
Hello everyone. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Time seems to get ahead of me too many days to count 🙂
We currently do not have any puppies or retired show dogs available. We did breed Hope in July and hope (!) she will have a litter in September. We won’t know anything for sure until about the 10th of September, but believe she is expecting.
Lil (Shirescot Glimmer of Hope) finished her Championship earlier this month (8 calendar weeks to the day), and is well on her way to completing her Grand Championship. We expect her to finish her GC later this month, and if she does she’ll beat her mother Hope’s record (nothing to GC in 3 months). It’s so much fun to see her…either in person or through a video sent by friends. She’s such a lovely girl and we couldn’t be more proud of her.
Edith (Shirescot Matilda of Scotland) is home after finishing her Championship earlier this year. We brought her home instead of keeping her on the road because she simply needs more time to mature. So, we’re keeping on eye on her and plan to breed her the next time she comes into season (any day now). I’ve had my eye on a special boy since last year. He’s done well and is currently the #1 Scottie and #7 Terrier in the country. Couldn’t be happier with my pick…from when he was an “unknown” until now. Absolutely great lines — both the dog himself and his genealogy. He’s co-owned by the same folks who own the boy we’ve bred Hope to. Yes, it is a small world 🙂
A girl we co-own (“Magnolia”) earned her Championship and Grand Championship this year. She’s such a sweet girl.
Well, thanks for listening to me rave about our kids. We have several more Scotties that we co-own and they are either newly on or are almost ready to hit the show circuit — keep your eyes pealed for “Pollyanna,” “Olive,” “Wallace,” “Bentley,” “Simone,” “Bizy” and “Violet!”
Shirescot Puppies — We collaborated with a breeder in Maine (Sno Pond) twice, breeding Calvin first to Thyme, then to her daughter Gabby.
This is Sno Pond’s Static Electricity at Shirescot – “Violet” Violet is a result of the breeding of Calvin and Thyme. We really like her and are looking forward to seeing her in the ring. I traveled to Rhode Island and met Ann Davis at our friend and Handler’s home/kennel (Blackstone) (Geoff Dawson) to see this litter of puppies when they were 8 weeks old. It was a gruesome trip for me personally because the transmission went out on our workhorse Ford Explorer as I drove from my hotel to Geoff’s home. Had to have it towed from his driveway…and the shop told me it would cost more to repair than the vehicle was worth. Traveled home in a rental and purchased a “new to us” Ford Explorer (Reuben) immediately after returning the rental. Very happy with Reuben!
Oh, and very happy with the puppies — 4 boys and 2 girls; we took one girl — Violet. We named her Violet for several reasons — there is a Scottish Poet named Violet; Her “collar” was light purple; and, Ann Davis’ grandmother’s name was Violet. All around great call name for this beautiful girl. Ann kept one of the boys, Sno Pond’s Power Surge (Surge) so Violet’s registered name will fit right in — Sno Pond’s Static Electricity. How great is that?!
Violet after grooming
The second breeding (Calvin x Gabby) resulted in a litter of 5 girls. 5 Girls! They’re lovely — mostly brindles but there’s one “almost” black that Ann intends to keep (depending on her conformation statistics as she gets older). Not sure yet who we’ll take, but I’m looking forward to the drive to Maine later this Spring. This next picture is the puppies at about 4 hours old.
These are the five girls that Gabby and Calvin produced last Thursday, March 29, 2018.
We are simply thrilled with our collaboration with Sno Pond! I’m looking forward to seeing this wonderful babies very soon :).
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Still no puppies — we’re waiting on Hope to come into season. Should be within the next month or so. Usually when one of the girls comes into season at least one other does at the same time. Edith has been in season since Valentine’s Day and is driving poor Harley crazy. If you’ve never heard that high pitch while or squeak of a male dog in “need” it’s not something you’ll forget! She should finish this cycle fairly soon and then things will calm down…until Hope starts it all over again. Our girl, Lil, is about 8 months old now and, well, she’s next. We’re not looking forward to three months of back to back to back seasons, but that’s one of the “benefits” of having the girls in the house :).
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I picked up a beautiful brindle girl yesterday! Violet is a silver brindle like her mother (Thyme), her grandmother (Jenny) and her uncle (Harley). There may be a little red in there from her father (Calvin). She’s a little kissy face girl! And her tail goes about a mile a minute!! Violet has a broad front, good tail set and so far a great set of teeth. I’ll post a picture after she settles down (she won’t stay still long enough to get a good photo right now).
We picked the name Violet because there was a Scottish female poet named Violet Jacob (nee Erkskine). She was a poet, painter and a novelist, born into the House of Dun on the east coast of Scotland. She was born on September 1, 1863 and died on September 9, 1946. We found out after choosing her name that Violet’s breeder’s grandmother was also named Violet.
We’re looking for a show home for Violet — she definitely has show potential. She is out of Thyme (Sno Pond) and Calvin (Shirescot).
I was excited when I looked through her mother’s pedigree yesterday — there are dog names I recognize there from our previous line and our current line. It’s a small world!
It’s been a bit of time since I last posted and I apologize for that. I’ve been focusing on quilting and chasing after the wee scots so have not posted any current information for our Shirescot Scottish Terriers.
At the current time we do not have any puppies or retired Scotties available for new homes. We’re working from Hope’s schedule and are anticipating her coming into season in mid to late March. If that is the case, she would be bred in late March to early April. Whelping would potentially then be in late June or early July. We would then wait until they’re about 8 weeks old to evaluate them for show potential. We would really want to place any show potential puppies in show homes (if you’re interested we could send you a show home contract template). Any companion puppies would then be announced here — after contacting those wonderful individuals/families on our waiting list.
Next weekend I expect to pick up a new addition to the Shirescot family — one of Calvin’s puppies in a breeding to Thyme in Maine. Her name is Sno Pond’s Perpetual Motion at Shirescot — call name Violet. We’re really looking forward to her joining our family. She’s a lovely silver brindle and has definite show potential.
I’m also picking up CH Shirescot Matilda of Scotland — call name Edith. Edith earned her championship during shows in Florida!! She also was selected Best of Breed as a “special” in her last show (a 5 point major!) — we’re so excited for her. She is coming home to grow up a little bit before going back on the road to earn her Grand Championship. We’re debating a fall 2018 or spring 2019 litter for her, so potentially puppies available in spring 2019 or fall 2019, depending on her schedule and availability of a suitable stud for her. We have our eyes on a great looking boy living in MI.
That’s all I have for today — please keep us in your mind later this year for information on Shirescot Scottish Terriers.