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Westie Rescue, Inc.

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West Highland Herald Presidents Message Several of us have experienced difficult and sad times during the past few months. Board members, Betty Wingate and Donna Magruder lost their

precious Westie, Tibby. Tibby had been ill for about a year and we all felt their grief when she passed in early August. Recently Alumni Flo Tull’s Lucy lost her battle with cancer. We are comforted that Flo has dear Fred to keep

Inside this issue: Toby’s Story Continues

her company during this sad time. Only weeks after Tibby’s passing we lost 2

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one of our Westie family members, Ivee. A special companion to my daughter and her husband, their grief was over whelming. Ivee was 6 years old in April. Her illness was sudden and we were on an emotional roller coaster for weeks.

Thank You Volunteers


Rainbow Bridge


Westie Rescue Alumni


years of rescue I have found that what helps me is reaching out to a Westie

Event Calendar


who needs special care or who may be a difficult placement, perhaps a senior.

Keeping Your Pet Healthy


Mystic Muses


Alumni News


Alumni News


No Christmas Puppies


The West Highland Herald is published several times a year by Westie Rescue, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run solely by volunteers for the welfare of homeless West Highland White Terriers (Westies). All donations to Westie Rescue, Inc., are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Comments, inquiries, and suggestions welcome! Send to

Three weeks ago, on September 27, our rescue Westie Sara became ill and I had to let her go. As difficult as it is the grief we feel is unbearable and while the pain never goes away it does become easier with time. Through the

Giving back to a little waif that needs it the most is rewarding and a way to honor the Westie or pet you grieve.

Karen Spalding President

Whine N Westies On July 5, Westie Rescue, Inc. participated in the Fourth of July Celebration at Pearmund Cellars Winery in Broad Run, Virginia. We provided an assortment of materials at our table, including brochures, adoption information packets, Westie magnets, license plate frames and dog toys. We also had a T-shirt designed for this event. Visit our website to view the Whine N Westies shirt that is available to purchase. Although the weather was cloudy and cool, visitors to the winery stopped by to visit with us and ask questions about our rescue program. As a special treat, two of our volunteers’ Westies were at our booth to welcome visitors. These special little dogs were, as they always are, a big hit with all. Submitted by Carolyn Lumb, Board Member


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Submitted by Mary Ann Kalwarski

To overcome Toby’s dislike of the crate, I started with an x-pen. He liked having space to move around and see his new home. By feeding meals and treats in the x-pen, and with lots of praise, Toby learned to view it as a safe haven and not something to be avoided. Over a period of many months, I gradually reduced the size of the x-pen, finally swapping it for a wire crate he now considers his own special place. At bedtime, I play a music CD designed specifically to calm overactive dogs. He now looks forward to hearing the music and knows it’s then time for a treat and off to bed. Westie Rescue, Inc. Post Office Box 187 Bluemont, VA 20135 540-554-2963

Board of Directors Karen Spalding President Glenda Pearsall Vice President Mary Ann Kalwarski Recording Secretary & Treasurer Donna Magruder Corresponding Secretary

Toby’s very high energy level was another challenge. He is a very busy boy! When warm weather arrived, long walks were on the agenda. As time passed, he became more familiar with his territory and made new friends. Toby was also enrolled in Obedience classes. He loved his weekly classes and training sessions in the neighborhood. He’s not perfect, but Toby passed all three classes and earned his Canine Good Citizen certificate in late December 2008. The key to development of a mutual bond of trust between Toby, his foster Mom and his two new sisters, Kayla and Annie, was changing Toby’s view of the crate to a positive one, increasing his exercise, and giving him confidence in himself through obedience training. His personality and attitude have changed dramatically. I adopted Toby in August 2008.

To be continued in future issues...

Board Members Betty Wingate Carolyn Lumb

COLLECTING Westie Rescue is collecting recipes for a Cookbook to be published next year. We plan to feature canine treat recipes as well as human recipes. You can help by sending your favorite recipes to us at: WRI P O Box 187 Bluemont, VA 20135 Atten: Cookbook Committee

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Unrecognized Ally Against Lyme Disease


By David McCarthy, Friends of the Banshee Reeks Courtesy of Leesburg Today

Lyme disease is here, and the more we know about it and how it is transmitted, the better we can protect ourselves and others. One thing most people don’t know is that we have an unrecognized natural ally in the fight against Lyme disease – snakes. When people hear Lyme disease mentioned they often think of deer and ticks, they rarely think of mice. But it is the blood of the white-footed mouse that provides the reservoir for the bacteria that causes the disease. The black-legged tick, often called the deer tick, becomes the transporter of the disease as it passes through its life cycle. When the larval tick hatches from its egg it is free from Lyme disease, but in order to transform from the larva stage to the nymph stage and from nymph stage to the adult it needs to take it a blood meal. Being small and relatively close to the ground the larva often takes its meal from a mouse, and if the mouse is infected or a larger animal, such as human. After this blood meal the nymph transforms into the adult tick which searches out another blood meal before laying eggs and completing the cycle. Humans are vulnerable to the bite of an affected nymph which is the size of a poppy seed or from an affected adult which is also relatively small. The role that deer play is primarily in providing the last meal for an adult tick and transport, it is not a reservoir for the disease. The mouse is the largely unrecognized culprit. Fewer mice can mean fewer infected ticks. And who eats lots of mice – snakes. There are two large black snakes that live in this Country that are serious mousers, the black rat snake and the black racer. Both of these snakes are harmless to people and usually flee from them, but they put a serious dent in the mouse population. The only poisonous snake in this area is the copperhead, which is rarely seen since it spends most of its life lying in wait for mice. The only time this snake usually comes to human attention is when it is accidently stepped on. Given their role in limiting the spread of Lyme disease, snakes should be seen as our allies. But rather than being hailed for their work these mousers are more likely to end up being clubbed with a shovel or run over on the road out of fear or ignorance. The best prevention against Lyme disease is to dress appropriately with tucked-in, light-colored clothing, and examine yourself for ticks and shower after being in areas of high grass or brush. Another preventative measure is reducing the numbers of mice which carry the disease causing bacteria in their blood. The next time you see a black snake patrolling your yard remember that it reached that size eating mice and it is on the prowl for more. You might not find snakes pretty, but they do a pretty thankless job for you and deserve better than a smack in the head.

For more information on Lyme disease, consult the following sites: Loudoun County Health Department And the Centers for Disease Control For more information on friendly snakes please consult the following: Virginia Herpetological Society



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Thank you for Showing Your Support for Westie Rescue July 2009—October 2009


In Kind Donations

Mary Ann Kalwarski Karen Spalding Bob Spalding Rick & Glenda Pearsall Donna Magruder Betty Wingate Bri Carlozzi Roger & Jane West Don & Durie White Carolyn Lumb Jan Snyder Darren & Dee Mellom

Prescription meds—Karen Spalding Dog food—Karen Spalding Stamps—Donna Magruder Kuranda Dog Bed—Coeline Hilseberg Kuranda Dog Bed—John T. Kemp Forever Stamps-Regina Van Doren Kuranda Dog Bed-Christine Desrosiers ID Tags—Betty Wingate

Donated Services

Caring Hands Veterinary, Centreville, VA Loudoun Veterinary Services Purcellville, Virginia Bob Spalding—Trailer for storing our Property

In Memory of…

Marylanders You can help Westies

Tibby, by Mary Ann Kalwarski

by purchasing a

Ruby S. Guild, by Guild Family

Westie Rescue, Inc. License Plate

Ivee, by Geoff & Cyn Reynolds

For more information

Sara, by Geoff & Cyn Reynolds

Lucy, by Flo Tull Wesley, Kari Handy

Rainbow Bridge Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, we would walk right up to heaven, and bring you back again.

Tibby, loved by Donna Magruder and Betty Wingate Lucy, loved by Flo Tull Sara Ann, loved by Bob & Karen Spalding

Westie Rescue Alumni Association The Westies listed below have been rehomed between July 2009-October 2009 Westies:

Proudly owned by:



Roger & Jane West


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Highland Finds… If you are interested in volunteering for one of the following events contact:


Home 4 the Holiday’s Saturday, November 7, 2009 10AM—4PM Reston Town Center Reston, Virginia

Middleburg Christmas Parade Saturday December 5, 2009 11 AM at Hill School Middleburg, Virginia

“Home Wanted” insulated lunch tote with black handle. $8.00 includes postage. Forest Green Sweatshirt

Wish List 

Postage Stamps, 44 & 28 cent


Petsmart Gift Cards


8.5 x 11 Multipurpose Paper




Volunteers to help staff our events


Kuranda Dog Beds


#10 White Business Envelopes

Shirts are available in the following sizes: small, medium, large, xlarge, xxlarge and a limited number of xxxlarge. Visit our Website for a variety of Westie items such as: T-shirts, sweatshirts, car magnets, garden flags and totes.



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Keeping Your Pet Healthy During Winter Winterizing Your Pet: When the winter winds blow, we seek the warmth and shelter of our homes, and so do our pets. Consider bringing your pets indoors when temperatures drop. For pets that must stay outside, take care to provide a clean, dry house with straw or bedding. Elevate the house and if possible, place a cover over the opening to keep out drafts. Additionally, check water supply throughout the day to make sure it isn't frozen. You may want to consider using a heat source to prevent the water from freezing. Your pet may require an increase in the amount of its food. This does not apply to all pets. Diets should only be modified based on a veterinary recommendation. Please ask your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding your pet’s dietary needs. In a storm, it is not uncommon for dogs and cats to panic or become disoriented. As a precaution, please make sure your furry friend has proper identification on at all times. Tips for a Safe Winter: Along with the cold winter months come a number of potential pet hazards. As the weather changes, we “winterize” our cars with Antifreeze. Ingesting even a very small amount of Antifreeze can be deadly to animals. I can cause kidney failure and damage to the Central Nervous System. There are a number of Antifreeze products on the market that offer a safer, more pet friendly product. If you suspect your pet has ingested even the smallest quantity, please contact your veterinarian immediately! Cats and other small animals often seek the warmth of a car engine when looking for a place to nap. Before starting your car, take the time to toot the horn once or twice, tap on the hood of the car to wake them up. This will give them time to move to safety. Winter Grooming: When bringing pets in from the outside, take time to wipe off their legs, feet and in between their paw pads. Salt and chemicals used to melt ice can be harmful if your pet ingests them while grooming. Last, but not least, remember that pets are also susceptible to frostbite. Pay attention to noses, ears, and feet when your pet has spent an extended amount of time outdoors. If you notice a change in color or suspect any chance of frostbite, please contact your veterinarian immediately!

“For dogs, it’s never too rainy to go for a walk” - unknown Take care of yourself after loss of a pet Choosing to end a pet’s life is the hardest decision we make when it comes to our pets. Your veterinarian can offer you advice, and friends and family can offer you support, but no one can make the decision for you. When you live with an elderly or terminally ill pet, you look in your pets eyes every morning and wonder if you are doing what’s best. Everyone makes the decision a little differently. Some pet lovers do not wait until their pets discomfort becomes chronic, untreatable pain, and they choose euthanasia much sooner than others would. Some owners use an animal’s appetite as the guidewhen an old or ill animal cannot be tempted into eating, they reason, he has lost most interest in life. And some owners wait until there’s no doubt the time is at hand- and later wonder if they delayed a bit too long. There’s no absolute rule, and every method for deciding is right for some pets and some owners at some times. The bottom line remains: What is in the best interest of the animal? Choosing to end a pet’s suffering is a final act of love and nothing less. Knowing that decisions are guided by that love is what carries pet lovers through the sad and lonely time of losing a cherished animal companion. Taking care of yourself is important when dealing with pet loss. Some people-the “it’s just a pet” crowd – won’t understand the loss and may shrug off grief over a pet’s death as foolish. The company of other animal lovers is very important. Seek them out to share your feelings, and don’t be shy about getting professional help to get you through a difficult time. Many veterinary schools and colleges offer pet-loss counseling by phone – and the services are free.

By Dr. Marty Becker

Courtesy of The Northern Virginia Daily - PetRx



Mystic Pens Canine Karaoke

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Submitted by Durie White Bark to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.”

I’m ridin’ with my pack along the Pennsylvania byway Headin’ to Lancaster for the Westie Club’s one hundredth birthday If you missed the Centennial the Westie breed to celebrate You’re gonna hear about some sights and sounds I will to you relate And now as I’m ridin’ home, paws need rest from partying I think I’ve seen Westies from north and south, west and east, no lying. I saw everything, man I saw everything, man Watched rescues parade man I’ve seen my kin costumed man Westie wares galore for sale man I saw everything. I saw: Rescues Dougal, Lucy, Izzy Idgy, Annie Cupid, Kendric, Zoom and Ozzy, Zachary, Abbie Lilly, Lincoln, Bella, Bonnie, Boy and Baylee Duchess, Shana, Max and Maggie, Millie, Nellie Obie, Colby, Casey, Carey, Jasmine, Jerry Ralph, Finn, Twink, Tiger, Travis, Honey, Hauser, Harry, Penny, Perry. I saw: Donald Duck, Peter Pan, policeman, fireman The Crew from Oz, Musketeers, Michael Jackson Dread dragon, Distressed Damsel, Derby champ wreathed in roses, Bag piper, Bo Peep with her sheep, see them pose! Balloon dog, flower in her pot, quadruplet skunks Cat in hat, Things One and Two, Wrathful grape with person drunk. I saw: Carousels, coverlets, chess sets, bracelets, baskets Tee shirts, sweatshirts, denim shirts, statuettes, magnets Socks, sweaters, swanky collars, photographers Paintings, purses, vests, vases, amulets, authors Earrings, bling bling, kids’ books, breed books, cookbooks, crock charms Wind chimes, wristwatch, wall clocks, necklaces, note cards I saw: Auctioneers, grooming shears, pointed ears, eathdog tests Art shows, fashion shows, costume shows, foreign guests Obedience, Obstinates, eager dogs on leads Westie friends, fashion trends, tail ends, Best of Breed Westie rescues and champs proudly prance around the ring I saw everything, man, I saw everything.



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Alumni News‌ Karen, I tried to call you early last evening but you were not home yet. Bob answered the phone and I told him the very sad news that Betty and I had to have Tibby put to sleep yesterday afternoon. She had been going down hill for awhile but got worse this weekend. Yesterday was terrible — she was really sick and didn't eat anything or drink much water. Just looking at her you knew she was fading fast. Betty and I took her to Dr. Schrader yesterday afternoon and he confirmed the worst, so we decided to not let her suffer anymore and stayed with her to the very end. Thank you for bringing Tibby into my life. Although my heart aches, I will cherish each moment I had with her. Donna

Petey is doing really well and is enjoying his Summer! Thank you for the nice Ann Priddy Holiday cards! Jonna Wilhelm Virginia

Dear Westie Rescue,


I wanted to let you know that Lucy lost her battle yesterday to cancer and she was a brave girl, till the end. I took her in to pass peacefully as she gently laid her head on my arm. As you know, I took Lucy in about 5 years ago as a "foster girl" and gave her love and food. She was only 9 pds., long in body with white, silky hair. She was alpha and Fred happily let her boss him around. They became fast friends and I ended up adopting her. Lucy breathed new life in to Fred, the older boy and would run up to him and bump his nose. She wasn't much of a kisser, but she would bump noses and kiss her Mom. She loved being outside and kept the yard in my townhouse free of squirrels, chipmunks, cats, snakes, turtles and toads. Fred let her hunt because it allowed him to focus on food. She loved to snuggle and would slide under the covers beside me to sleep. At first I worried she would suffocate under the covers, but she loved the warmth and being next to me. My family loved my 2 Westies and my Mom had a particular attachment to Lucy. When they would visit, Lucy would sit by her or on her feet to be close. My Mom once said in describing Lucy, "That little one loves HARD!". A truer statement could not be made. I think that is why we love terriers so much. They do everything they love with gusto. They play hard, they eat like it may be their last meal, they snuggle like the chance may not come again and they love hard. What a won-

derful little life I had the opportunity to share. Fred and I will never be the same. Thanks for giving me the chance to learn to Love HARD by loving Little Lucy Loo. All the Best, Flo



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Alumni News… Karen: In the first few weeks that Bella was in our family, she never barked. (Sparky rarely did) We were concerned that somewhere along the way - - puppy mill probably—someone had operated on Bella’s vocal cords to prevent her from barking. This made us so sad that she was not able to express her instinctual feelings. Her ability to laugh and cry, to express excitement and wonder at people and animals and things around her, even her ability to defend herself seemed to have been taken away. Then gradually beginning about 3 weeks ago Bella has found her voice. Especially the past 10 days or so where we’ve spent our time at our place in Rehoboth Beach. We get a lot of dog walkers on our street, and it’s become one of Bella’s greatest joys to alert us to the parade as it comes past throughout the day. Bella’s is not the usual bark, however. She actually sounds more like some of the squeakers in the many toys she has spread around the house for the occasional wrestling match. She may be high-pitched, but she makes her point, then Sparky joins in to sing tenor. Just as with so many aspects of what Bella and Sparky have brought into our family life, the brief fits of barking are never tiresome or nerve-wracking, but are simply little expressions of happiness and excitement at having a new experience. Really quite a beautiful duet. As they have become more confident in their new “forever” home, so many wonderful personality traits are emerging. And, boy are they smart!! Hope you and the others at Westie Rescue (2 and 4 legged alike) are having a wonderful summer. Since Sparky and Bella joined our family on June 20th, its been a magical summer for us. Though we think about and miss our sweet little man Colby every day, we are comforted knowing that the love he shared with us for the last 5 years of his 16 years is like starter yeast that just keeps growing and helping us to make new bonds of love to nurture our new family that includes Sparky and Bella. In between some pretty swell walks around Rehoboth Beach, these little chickens like to roost on the screen porch at naptime. Jim Johnson and Matt Shepard Virginia

Send us your stories! It doesn’t matter if you recently adopted your Westie or you just want to share your Westie’s antics with us. Submit your story and be sure to include a photograph. Email them to or mail to Westie Rescue, Inc., Atten: Editor, P.O. Box 187, Bluemont, Virginia 20135.

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Animals should never be given as gifts at any time of the year and the holidays are, in fact, the worst time to bring a dog of any age into your home and your life. New Puppies and dogs require extra attention and a stable environment which the holiday season does not permit. Caring for the puppy’s round-the-clock feeding and housetraining needs as well as finding time to comfort and reassure an insecure pup amidst the holiday chaos is an impossible task.

No Christmas Puppies! The fantasy of surprising your loved one with an adorable puppy under the tree on Christmas morning may seem like the perfect gift...but is it really? Humane societies, shelter workers, veterinarians, the American Kennel Club, reputable breeders and rescue groups resoundingly say NO!

No matter how much you think your loved one would enjoy this “surprise”, you should never presume to make this decision for another person. Getting a pet is a lifelong commitment. Given that most breeds, including Westies, can live well into their teen years, this is a major decision requiring emotional stability and financial responsibility— it cannot be taken lightly. For more information on why you should not purchase pets at Christmas, please visit:

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Highlights: Toby’s Story Continues, Ally Against Lyme Disease, Thank You Volunteers, Rainbow Bridge, Westie Rescue Alumni, Event Calendar, K...