Shirescot Scottish Terriers

A Big Dog in a Small Package

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Shirescot Puppies! Calvin is an exceptional papa!

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.

Calvin x Thyme puppies

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 :).

— Lori


April 3, 2018

Today is April 3, 2018. I am working to fix notification errors — apparently folks have submitted messages to us but they’ve not gotten through. I will contact our webmaster today to see if she can determine what’s going on. Thank you for your patience and keep trying to contact us!
If you’ve completed the contact page but haven’t heard back from us I recommend you send your information directly to either (or both) of our email addresses ( and ( Please attach your questionnaire to speed the process of being added to our wait list.

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We’ve been tentatively adding interested people to our waiting list, but if you’ve not completed the questionnaire you’re not officially on the list.

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Hello All and thank you for following us. Today is February 27, 2018.

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 :).

If you’ll note on several of our pages we ask that prospective puppy (and/or retired show dog) families complete a questionnaire. If you’ve not yet completed your questionnaire and sent it to us, please do so soon. Having the information we requested in that form available makes the transition process much smoother, and helps us pick the right show or companion dog for you. You can either complete it and attach it here to your messages to us, saving it to your computer in the process; you can complete it and send it to Lori’s email ( or you can print it out, pen and ink your answers and send it to us via USPS at PO Box 4594, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Thank you and have a very pleasant day,


Sno Pond’s (Something) at Shirescot

Introducing Sno Pond’s (something) at Shirescot

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!

Go Violet!

Current Information for Shirescot Scottish Terriers (no puppies available)

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.


Shirescot Puppies – new homes!

I just realized it’s been a long time since I posted anything about our Shirescot puppies.  So, here goes.  Both the boys (Wallace and Bentley) and two of the girls (Acorn and Olive (was Mousse) have  found new homes.  Ruthie is still with us, but she’s headed toward Piedmont, SC soon.

Wallace is very happy living near Pittsburg, PA.  He has a wonderful brother who doesn’t mind when Wallace uses him as a pillow. And vice versa 🙂


Wallace is using Rocky as a pillow

Taking turns as pillow

Rocky with his Wallace pillow


Bentley loves walks in the park.  Here he is with his Dad in Central Park on “Dog Day.”

Bentley Central Park

Bentley with a loving dad in Central Park

I wish I have photos of Acorn and Olive to post today but, alas, I don’t.  I’m working on it though!


Ray of Hope’s Female Puppies Available Now

Had Hope’s girls out in the yard this morning. They’re just goof balls. Everything is fun to chase and oh! that lovely grass!  These two girls are available right now to go to new homes.  They both show great ring potential.  They both also like to sit on the sofa and watch television.  They argue and fuss with each other during the day but tend to sleep right next to each other when they’re napping and at night.

  • Lil (AKA Lilliput) —

This first video is of Lil.  She’s all black, great front and tail set.

Lil is available any time to move to a new home.  We’ve debated keeping her since she really needs to be in a show home.  Lil is energetic and feisty.  Her biggest thrill is teaming up with Molly to flip their food dish over and then use it as a sled in their play area.  After breakfast this morning they flipped it right into their food dish.  Now to find a food dish as heavy as the water dish (it’s a huge crock that I found at Mast General Store in Asheville, NC).

I took these photographs of Lil yesterday afternoon.  She’s just a fun girl to have around.  All wiggles and giggles and kisses!

Lil on grooming table

Lil is mostly patient on the table

As you can see by these photographs, Lil has a great front and rear.  She’s a blocky girl!

Lil standing still

Lil is enjoying a rare moment of standing still. She’s a feisty girl who will enhance anyone’s life!  She’s available now!


  • Molly (AKA Good Golly Miss Molly) —

This second video is of Molly.  Molly is also all black and is available to go to a new home.  Molly has serious show potential and would do extremely well in the ring.  She’s taken well to a leash and is very food motivated.

Molly is usually the instigator of suspicious activities.  She’s the first to run to the side of their living space (their “hooch”) when we walk in the room.  She’s the last to stop unruly behavior when we’re watching unobserved.  Lil notices us first and stops what she’s doing but she doesn’t seem to nudge Molly to tell her to quit…so Molly goes on doing whatever (usually digging in their water bowl).  We love these girls a lot.

Molly table

Molly wondering what I’m doing

Molly is very curious and loves to explore new things.  She does well in our yard off-lead, but not sure I’d do that anywhere other than here at home.  She’d curious herself off with strangers… :).

Molly topline

Molly has good toplines and tail set. She’s ready, will and able to move to your home. Available anytime.

Molly is a great little girl.  She wiggles a lot when she’s on the sofa with us watching television, but likes the attention.  Some commercials catch her interest and we wonder if she knows what’s going on (she’d probably have a better idea that we do sometimes).  Molly is ready to go to her forever home. Whoever gets this girl will never have a dull moment!


Duke (now Darby) found a new home!

The house is getting quieter since Jeff delivered Duke (now Darby) to his new owner on Friday.  But, as I sit here writing this post, Moira’s crew is trying to make up for Darby’s absence by hosting a double wrestling match.  It seems as if we quiet one room and the other gets louder!

Darby accepted his new name with grace and then moved right in and started acting as if he owned the place.  According to his owner, Brian, he is an extremely happy puppy.   And to top it all off, the lucky boy has a new set of (human) grandparents who simply dote on him!

  • What a wonderful home!
    • Places to dig!
    • Plants to water!
    • Rocks to jump on!
Darby and Colby

Darby has a new big brother named Colby

  • An Older Brother!

Darby has a great companion/older brother (Colby) showing him the ropes around the house.  The picture shown above is their first meeting.  Colby is giving Darby the stink eye and wondering how he got so lucky with a cute brother.  Just look at that stance on Darby!

  • Plants!
Colby and Duke in the Hosta bed

Colby is making sure Darby doesn’t dig up any of the Hostas

Colby has been guarding the Hosta plants for quite a while, making sure the squirrels and other critters don’t dig them up or eat them.  Now he’s watching Darby very closely and explaining to him that he’s not allowed to dig there.

  • Yard work!
Darby helping clean lawn

Darby found a stick to carry around

Colby told Darby it would be okay if he helped Brian clean up the yard.  Here he is carrying a stick.  I’m guessing he didn’t carry it to the wood pile 🙂

  • Toys!
Darby with Green toy

Darby seems to love his new toy

I guess Darby told Brian that he would need new toys when he got to his new home. He seems to love this green toy (not sure if it’s a monkey or a duck).

Darby with chew toy

Darby has a wonderful thing to chew (the better to sharpen his “shark teeth!”

Everyone knows that puppies need to chew on things.  Brian planned ahead and made sure to have a nubby bone ready just for Darby.  What a great dad!

We’re really excited for this new puppy adventure.  Good luck to Brian and Darby!


Yesterday was the Puppies Grooming Day!

Yesterday was a whirlwind of grooming activity as Kelsey came to strip (and clip) the puppies. They all love her…except when she’s stripping them to encourage their hard coats to come in. Once they get used to it they won’t be so upset during the process. They’re stripped about every six weeks.

I took these pictures this morning — they’re not professional photos by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s fun to get the puppies outside and let them have fun.  Yesterday they were much too work out to much more than lay down in the yard and give me the stink eye!

The pictures are of both litters — Hope and Darby as well as Moira and Digger.  It’s very easy to tell them apart — Hope’s puppies are all black and Moira’s puppies are very brindled.

First up — Hope’s babies.  These puppies are all show quality youngsters.



Duke with fish lawn ornament


Duke on a rock in our yard



Joe looking up at the camera


Joe on a rock in our yard



Molly and a frog yard ornament


Molly on a grooming table



Lil in the driveway


Lil in the grass

Next up, Moira’s babies.  The two boys have found their forever homes, but are remaining with us until after they’ve had their second round of shots.  They’re all headed to the Montgomery County Kennel Club Dog Show near Philadelphia in October for evaluation and more socialization.

Bentley — Bentley is headed for New York City.  His Mom, Yasmin, will pick him up during the Montgomery shows.


This is Bentley on a rock in our yard.  It was a little warm so he didn’t want to stay on it very long.



Wallace in the driveway


Wallace says this is his rock and no one else’s



Profile Picture of Acorn on a grooming table


Acorn on grooming table



This is Ruthie standing on a rock in our yard


Another shot of Ruthie on the rock in the yard.  As you can see today was a warm day in Gettysburg!



Mousse sitting on my leg


Mousse’s behind

So, these are our kids — they’re wonderful little personalities!  It’s difficult to send them off into the world, but we’ve learned there is only so much square footage in the house……



Moira’s Brindle Puppies

Moira’s litter of puppies is now 7 weeks old.  They won’t be available to go to their forever homes for another 5 weeks, but everyone interested is welcome to contact us and set up a meeting to see and play with them after they’ve had their first shots (next week).  Moira and Digger (puppy sire) are both brindles, Moira more red than Digger.  All the puppies are brindled, although it’s tough to see the brindling on “Bentley.”  He is definitely a black brindle.

Today was a beautiful day outside so we took the puppies out to have a good time in the grass.  They enjoyed it very much and are now taking the “big nap.”


Moira's Puppies - This is Little Man in Grass

Bentley in the grass

This first pic in our puppies library is the puppy named “Bentley.”  He is the smallest in size, but he has a big heart and is full of spunk.  He’s a black brindle…more black than brindle.  After Bentley has had his second round of shots he will be moving to Manhattan and living with his new mom, Yasmin.  We’re really excited for him!!

Moira's Puppies. This is Little Man in grass

Bentley negotiating the grass

This is another picture of Bentley.  He holds his tail up, but likes it to arch (which looks like a bend).  Very sturdy, very cobby little boy.

  • Acorn
Moira's Puppies. This is Acorn in the yard

Acorn out in the world

We call this little girl “Acorn” because she was the smallest of the puppies.  She is rapidly catching up to her brothers and sisters.  She’s a red/black brindle.  More red than black, and all over brindling.  One of her brothers (Wallace) has a black mask, but Acorn does not.

This is a video of Acorn having fun in the yard.  She’s a lovely, loving little girl.  Always full of kisses and chin hugs (paws on both sides of human chin while licking face).  We really enjoy her!

Moira's Puppies. This is Acorn in the grass

Acorn in the grass

She’s a great girl!

  • Mousse
Moira's Puppies. This is Moose in the Clover

Mousse in the clover

We call this girl “Mousse” because she’s has a nice black (chocolate)/red coat.   She’s very cobby and simply a lovely puppy.  She’s usually one of the first pups to greet me in the morning, standing up so she can get the first hug of the day.

Moira's Puppies. This is Moose

Closer look at Mousse

Mousse has a fun milk chin.  She’s a real beauty!

  • Wallace
Moira's Puppies. This is Wallace in the grass


This is Wallace.  He’s a lovely brindle boy – with a small milk chin and a black mask.  He’s very loving and enjoys running in the grass.   As soon as he has his second round of shots he will travel to his new home in Pittsburgh, PA.  His new Mom, Lesley is very excited and is really looking forward to Wallace moving in (and taking over their house).

Moira's Puppies. Thi is Wallace

Wallace in the yard

Wallace enjoys running and playing in the grass.  Very sweet little guy.

  • Ruthie

Ruthie is a black/red brindle girl.  She’s very sweet, loves her humans and gives very sweet kisses.

Moira's Puppies. This is a close shot of Ruthie

Ruthie close up

I took this picture to show her Ruthie’s red brindling.  She has a great tail and nice ears.  Very cobby (well, they all are) and low to the ground.

Moira's Puppies. This is Ruthie

This is Ruthie running in the yard

Ruthie is very brindled, but like her brother Wallace, she seems to have a black mask.  She is another of Moira’s red brindled puppies.


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