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We've had many temporary visitors, who only graced our home long enough to rebuild their health and then move on to a more permanent, loving home. I especially enjoy helping little mamas to give birth to a healthy litter, then help them raise their puppies to weaning age, afterwhich I can find mama and all the babies new homes. The local dogpound knows a good sucker when they see one, and quite often give me a call when they have a small female that is pregnant. Folks don't generally want to adopt a pregnant dog, but if I can foster her long enough for her puppies to make weaning age, we almost always find them all a good home. Below are some of their stories, and pictures.

 

Jorge

Jorge has found his home ... he's gone to live with a wonderfully loving family!

Jorge came to us from a loving family, who simply no longer had the time for him. He’s not been abused, so he doesn’t have a lot of the special needs of some rescues. He’s a beautiful specimen of Boston Terrier. Great markings and a gorgeous big, blocky head. He’s been neutered and has had a surgery on his nose to keep him from snoring very loudly. He’s about five years old, which is a great age… still plenty of energy, but out of the puppy-chewing-on-everything stage! He’s very smart and potty-trained. And he loves being loved!
The first night he stayed with us, he snapped at us when we tried to get him out of his kennel. After a little patience and a lot of ham, he came around and was loving on us in no time. He didn’t act like he wanted to hurt us. He was just scared and feeling cornered and trying to protect himself; however still, I would prefer he go to a home without small children. His new owners need to be patient and mature enough to understand his boundaries until he feels safe again. We’re not asking for a re-homing fee for Jorge… just your word that as soon as you get him, you’ll take him to the vet and get him current on his shots, as well as maintain a worming/flea & tick treatment regiment. And of course that you’ll love him and spoil him rotten! Because he’s timid in new surroundings, and because he has such a gorgeous flat nose, I will not allow him to be transported by airplane. You can pick him up, or we might be able to deliver him by car for a fee, depending on the situation.

If you wish to offer Jorge a home, here are his needs :

  1. A fenced yard is preferred, but not mandatory.
  2. These guy MUST be an inside dog. Bostons are very cold natured. An 'outside' home is NOT acceptable.
  3. He should be provided with a dog house / crate, feed, vet / health care, etc ... all things necessary for a sweet dog to live a long, healthy, and happy life.
  4. The new family will be responsible for transportation: pick him up, or I can meet you within a distance of my house, or I can make transportation arrangements at your expense. (See FAQs page). Jorge CAN NOT be flown unless you come and pick him up and take him as your 'carry-on'.
  5. If you are interested in Jorge, please send me an email describing your facilities and ability to care for him, and your plans for his future.

 

 

 

Information about Skin Conditions ... (not just Westies! Many breeds have skin conditions!)

This page is devoted to animals we have rescued, and I generally only put animals which have actually been on the premises on this page, but this past week, it suddently occured to me that I have rescued others, too ... dogs which I have never seen, whose families wrote asking for advice. Here is communicaiton between myself and 'Sherry' concerning her Westie:

July 23, 2009:

Nancy, I just looked at your web sight and you seem to genuinely care about animals I am not sure if you can help me or not but I have a 5 year old westie that has been batteling severe skin codition for about 2 years, the vet says it is probably allergies and we have tried every dog food under the sun, food suppliments, medicated shampoos etc. The typical treatment for her has been prednisone but I dont think that is a good long term answer. Rhiley is such a fun loving little dog with personality plus but this skin problem is making her absolutely miserable. Do you have any suggestions? it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Sherry

Hi Sherry,

I'm not a vet, so please do not accept my advise as that of a health care professional. Your vet knows far more than I ever will. That being said:

We do a lot of rescue work, and almost all of the (rescued) Westies have skin
problems. We shampoo with Mal-a-ket shampoo and leave it on for about
20 minutes, and then we use a combination of ResiChlor and ResiCort
cream rinses. I mix the cream rinses together in a quart or so of
water and pour it over them, rubbing it in as I go. The cream rinses
are 'leave on', you don't rinse them off. I've also been known to get
powder antibiotics such as Lincomycin or tetracycline and put it in
the rinse water and / or their drinking water. I have, if they are
really bad, drenched them daily in the anitbiotic water, without
actually shampooing them every day as that would dry their skin. And
I've also, at times, put just a bit of bleach in their bath water ...
maybe a capful, at most ... just enough to kill bacteria.
The shampoo, cream rinses, and powdered antibiotic can all be bought
online at vet supply stores. Just google them and you'll find them.
Good luck, and I'll bet this works! I keep hearing that this condition
is caused by allergies, but I really believe it is some sort of
bacteria or fungus, because this treatment works, and if it were
allergies, I don't think it would work.
Let me know if it works for you.
Thanks! Nancy

September 25, 2010

Nancy
Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to send the information on dealing with my dog Rhiley's skin condition, we are using the shampoo and leave in conditioners and her skin for the first time in 2 years is finally healing, the fur is thickening up again, no more sores all over her body and she is no longer scratching 24-7... all this without the prednisone or expensive allergy testing that our Vet was suggesting. Rhiley is no longer miserable and her quirky little personality is back!!! we really can't thank you enough :)
sincerely, Sherry

 

Gertrude and Puppies

NOTE: Gertie and her puppies have gone to their new furever homes ... no longer available.

Gertie is a wire-haired dachshund. She was surrendered to the local pound by a breeder who no longer wanted her. She is getting a bit older (~6 years old) and I'm assuming was thought not to be a good breeder any longer. Unbeknownst to the breeder, she was pregnant at the time she was surrendered. Gertie gave birth to 8 little babies on Christmas Day, 2010. However, since all the staff were home for Christmas, nobody knew ... and she lost 6 of her puppies, probably to chill. The ladies at the pound called me, and I brought this sweetie and her babies home. The two she has left are very healthy and happy, and BOY! does she love these babies! There are 2 little girls, and we believe they are full blooded dachshund, but we could be mistaken.

There is a $75 re-homing fee to help defray the cost (meds, microchip, etc). Gertie and her puppies are current on their worming, heartworm and flea/tick preventative, and shots, except Rabies. They will be microchipped with a life-time paid microchip, which will be registered in the name of the new family.

Please enjoy their pictures below ... or check out the videos.

 

If you wish to offer Gertie or one of her puppies a home, here are their needs :

  1. The new family will be required to have the dog spayed. They must agree to have her spayed before her first / next heat.
  2. A fenced yard is preferred, but not mandatory.
  3. These guys MUST be inside dogs. Dachshunds are very cold natured. An 'outside' home is NOT acceptable.
  4. She should be provided with a dog house / crate, feed, vet / health care, etc ... all things necessary for a sweet dog to live a long, healthy, and happy life.
  5. The new family will be responsible for transportation: pick her up, or I can meet you within a 100 miles or so of my house, or I can make transportation arrangements at your expense. (See FAQs page)
  6. If you are interested in Gertrude or one of her puppies, please send me an email describing your facilities and ability to care for her, and your plans for her future.

 

 

Freckles

This big girl is believed to be a red tick hound dog, with perhaps some pit bull mixed in. I took her in from a kid who said someone had dumped her at his house. Poor thing was covered (and I do mean COVERED) in ticks. She had ticks six deep all around the edges of her ears. They were literally buried up under each other! If I were a betting woman (which I'm not), I would bet there were 500 ticks on this puppy ... seriously.

We brought her home with us, bathed her with flea and tick shampoo, and gave her a big bowl of food. She ate until she looked like she had swallowed a basketball. She is now current on worming, shots, heartworm preventative, and flea and tick preventative. And she's ready for her new forever home! If you would like to provide Freckles a new home, see the list below, then send me an email.

Freckles 's needs are as follows:

  1. Her new family will be required to sign a spay contract. They must agree to have her spayed before her first heat.
  2. She needs a large, fenced yard.
  3. She should be provided with a dog house, feed, vet / health care, etc ... all things necessary for a good hunting dog to live a long, healthy, and happy life.
  4. The new family will be responsible for transportation: pick her up, or I can meet you within a 150 miles or so of my house, or I can make transportation arrangements at your expense.
  5. If you are interested in Freckles, send me an email describing your facilities and ability to care for her, and your plans for her future.

 

 

The Lady in Red

The Lady in Red is a very talented and beautiful Red Bone Coon Hound, as in 'Where the Red Fern Grows'. She will tree a coon in a matter of minutes after being turned lose in the woods ... or she is just a wonderfully loving pet. She is pathetically anxious to please. When we found Red, she was nursing a litter of 8 puppies and was the skinniest living dog I have ever seen. It was unbelievable that such a thin creature could have the energy she had, especially while feeding a large litter of puppies. I traded $20 and a bag of dog food for her, and a couple of days later, I talked the kid into letting me have 4 of her puppies. The puppies have all now gone to new homes, and it is Mama's turn to find a good, loving forever home. She is free, but with conditions.

The Lady in Red 's needs are as follows:

  1. Her new family will be required to sign a spay contract. They must agree to have her spayed.
  2. She needs a large, fenced yard.
  3. She should be provided with a dog house, feed, vet / health care, etc ... all things necessary for a good hunting dog to live a long, healthy, and happy life.
  4. The new family will be responsible for transportation: pick her up, or I can meet you within a 150 miles or so of my house, or I can make transportation arrangements at your expense.
  5. If you are interested in The Lady in Red, send me an email describing your facilities and ability to care for her, and your plans for her future.

 

 

 

BlueBelle

GONE - N O LONGER AVAILABLE

BlueBelle is NO LONGER HERE! She has found a wonderfully happy forever home!

BlueBelle is a full blooded Neapolitan Mastiff. She is still in tact (not spayed). BlueBell is housebroken, microchipped, loves people, and is in excellent health. She is current on shots and worming, and has been kept current on heartworm meds and flea/tick prevention. Her family obviously loved her because she came to us quite well maintained. However, she does not play well with other dogs. I believe this is a common problem with female mastiffs. While she is very loving to people, she is quite territorial to other dogs. Therefore, she needs a home where she is the only dog. I've also noticed that she really barks at the cats, so I don't think she should go to anyone with a cat.

BlueBelle's needs are as follows:

  1. Her new family will be required to sign a spay contract. They must agree to have her spayed.
  2. She needs a large, fenced yard.
  3. She is a house dog, so she needs to live indoors. We currently have her outside in a pen because she can't get along with the other dogs, but when it comes winter, she would be horribly cold out there with her short hair. She needs to be an inside dog.
  4. She must be the only pet in the home.
  5. The new family will be responsible for transportation: pick her up, or I can meet you within a 150 miles or so of my house, or I can make transportation arrangements at your expense.
  6. There is a $100 adoption fee.
  7. If you are interested in BlueBell, send me an email describing your facilities and ability to care for her, and your plans for her future.

 

 

Flora

GONE - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

FLORA HAS FOUND HER FOREVER HOME - SHE IS NO LONGER WITH US - THANKFULLY, SHE FOUND THE PERFECT HOME WITH A WONDERFUL FAMILY IN CONWAY, ARKANSAS

Flora is looking for that good 'forever' home that every doggie deserves! She is a Westie that someone abandoned over a year ago. We've had her here helping her get well. She has skin allergies and needs to be shampooed with medicated shampoo on a regular basis, but otherwise very healthy. We had her spayed, so the new family won't have that expense. Also, if the new family wants her microchipped, I would happily do that at 'cost' (~$20). We think she is probably about 2 or 3 years old. She is not housebroken and is not very well socialized (She's afraid of strangers). She is leash trained and a very sweet , young, strong, little lady. She loves people and she likes kids. She will make the right family a wonderful pet for many years to come. However, the family that gets her must be willing to spend the time and money required to take care of her properly.

If you are interested in adopting Flora, here are Flora's needs:

1.) To clear up her skin allergies, we have kept her shampooed with Mal-a-ket shampoo, and a combination of ResiChlor and ResiCort cream rinses. Her new family would need to be willing to purchase those shampoos and cream rinses and keep her shampooed. If she starts breaking out or losing her hair, she will need to be shampooed about once a week. But most of the time, once a month is fine.

2.) Her new family needs to be able to provide her with a comfortable, loving home and all the necessities of a dog's life, including flea preventative, heart worm preventative, wormer, shots, and take her to the vet if needed. She can not go to a family that can not afford vet bills.

3.) Her new family will need to provide her with a good food that doesn't cause allergies. We feed her ProPac High Performance Puppy Food (www.propacpetfood.com), just like we feed our puppies, and she has done very well on it.

4.) She needs to go to a home with no other dogs, or with a non-aggressive dog that is large enough to defend themselves. She can be a bitch to anybody smaller than her, but I don't want her hurt by another dog! So ... I would prefer that she be the only dog in the house.

5.) The adoption fee is $100 (to cover the cost of the spay), and the new family must provide transportation. I will happily make flight arrangements for her, at the expense of the new family. The total travel expense, including air fare, necessary shots and vet / health check, travel crate, my trip to the airport, etc, would be $350.

6.) I will happily microchip her for my cost ($20), which includes registration in AKCCAR.org's pet recovery program.

 

 

The Little 'Rascal'

GONE - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

RASCAL HAS FOUND HER FOREVER HOME - SHE IS NO LONGER WITH US - SHE HAS GONE TO PLAY WITH A FANTASTIC 7 YEAR OLD BOY IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - AND I PROMISE YOU, THERE IS NOTHING RASCAL COULD ENJOY MORE THAN A KID TO PLAY WITH! SHE WILL BE IN ABSOLUTE WESTIE HEAVEN!

Rascal is a very pretty little Westie female with wonderfully warm brown eyes. It is obvious that she is full blooded West Highland Terrier, and that she is pretty darn scrappy! She has lost part of an ear, probably in a tangle with a larger dog. We believe her to be about 6 or 7 years old. She is in excellent health, other than skin allergies. Notice the extra long black on her nose? If she is kept bathed in a good, medicated shampoo, that goes away. If she is not kept bathed, she will lick huge bald spots all over her body ... which is, I'm sure, why she was deserted by her previous family. Rascal is very well socialized. She is leash trained and generally well behaved. However, she will chase cats, chickens, ducks, etc, if not under watch or on leash. She knows what 'NO!' means, and will stop what she is doing. She also knows what 'Quite!' means and will stop barking. I know she is extremely well crate trained, and probably house broken (but not certain on that). She loves children, and she loves people. But she is 'alpha' and can be a bitch with other dogs, including little puppies. We had her spayed, she is current on worming and shots, etc. Rascal is a special little lady that will make the right family a wonderful pet. However, she needs a family that will (and can) give her the time, attention, and special care she needs.

If you are interested in adopting Rascal, here are Rascal's needs:

1.) To clear up her skin allergies, we have kept her shampooed with Mal-a-ket shampoo, and a combination of ResiChlor and ResiCort cream rinses. Her new family would need to be willing to purchase those shampoos and cream rinses and keep her shampooed. If she starts breaking out or losing her hair, she will need to be shampooed about once a week. But most of the time, once a month is fine.

2.) Her new family needs to be able to provide her with a comfortable, loving home and all the necessities of a dog's life, including flea preventative, heart worm preventative, wormer, shots, and take her to the vet if needed. She can not go to a family that can not afford vet bills.

3.) Her new family will need to provide her with a good food that doesn't cause allergies. We feed her ProPac High Performance Puppy Food (www.propacpetfood.com), just like we feed our puppies, and she has done very well on it.

4.) She needs to go to a home with no other dogs, or with a non-aggressive dog that is large enough to defend themselves. She is a bitch to anybody smaller than her, but I don't want her hurt by another dog! So ... I would prefer that she be the only dog in the house.

5.) The adoption fee is $100 (to cover the cost of the spay), and the new family must provide transportation. I will happily make flight arrangements for her, at the expense of the new family. The total travel expense, including air fare, necessary shots and vet / health check, travel crate, my trip to the airport, etc, would be $350.

6.) I will happily microchip her for my cost ($20), which includes registration in AKCCAR.org's pet recovery program.

 

 

 

JoJo

GONE! - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

FOUND HIS FOREVER HOME! JOJO HAS GONE TO LIVE IN MALVERN, ARKANSAS WITH DEVIN ~ But we have left his story here for you to enjoy.

JoJo is a one year old Boston Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier Mix. I believe this combination is called a BoJack and is often sold as a designer dog. It is quite a popular designer breed. JoJo's mom, Kenzie (see below) has a very sad story. Someone abandoned her and she found her way to the home of some folks who owned a Jack Russell Terrier. The pair bred, and the family felt sorry for her, so they let her hang around. JoJo came from that litter of puppies. Kenzie came into season again, bred to the Jack Russell again, and then got hit by a car. The folks couldn't afford to have her hip repaired, so they asked the vet to find a solution. We were the solution. We found her puppies all homes, and my 'Boston Terrier Fanatic' daughter has kept Kenzie (and had her spayed, I might add!!!). In the meantime, JoJo was still with the folks who owned the daddy dog ... and he got ran over. His rear leg was broken (I saw the x-ray) completely in two. Again, the folks couldn't afford the vet bill and asked the vet to find a solution ... you guessed it ... I'm the solution!!!

The vet correctly hoped the leg would heal on its own, and it has. The little stinker doesn't even have a limp. He's very healthy, active, and rowdy. He needs a boy to play with!

Does anybody want a good BoJack?

Here are JoJo's needs:

  1. His new family needs to be able to provide him with a comfortable, loving home and all the necessities of a dog's life, including flea preventative, heart worm preventative, wormer, shots, and take him to the vet if needed. He can not go to a family that can not afford vet bills.

  2. His new family will need to provide him with a good food. We feed him ProPac High Performance Puppy Food (http://www.propacpetfood.com/dogs/index.tpl?SKU=20020102155828), just like we feed our puppies, and he has done very well on it.

  3. There is no adoption fee, but the new family must provide transportation. I will happily make flight arrangements for him, at the expense of the new family. The total travel expense, including air fare, necessary shots and vet / health check, travel crate, my trip to the airport, etc, would be $350.

 

 

 

 

GONE! ALL SPOKEN FOR - ALL OF Kenzie's Bo-Jack Puppies HAVE FOUND THEIR FOREVER HOMES:

Kenzie is a young boston terrier who was hit by a car and as a result has a dislocated hip that will eventually need surgery. Her previous owner no longer wanted her, so we welcomed her onto our little farm. She has two adorable little boy puppies and one precious little girl, and they have now all found their loving forever homes.

The boy puppies are the two outside pups in this picture. The smallest boy (aka Jake) will be moving to Clarksville, Arkansas to live with Grandpa Bob and Grandma Betty. The biggest boy (aka Chunk) will be moving to the Chicago, Illinois area to live with Grace, her husband, and Nessie (a Nancy's Westie!). The middle puppy is a tiny little girl who will be living with the Kordsmeier family in Morrilton, Arkansas.

The pups are allegedly sired by a jack russell, so we'll call them bo-jack puppies!

They're all colored like bostons, but they have long tails. I can't speak for the father's temperament, but Kenzie is pure sweetness. They'll be old enough for new homes on March 30th.

To help you make an informed decision on whether or not this would be a good pet for you, here's an article we found helpful on the pros and cons of this mixture:
http://www.jack-russell-lover.com/jack-russell-boston-terrier-mix.html

 

 

GONE! FOUND HER FOREVER HOME!

Update posted August 18, 2009: Chewy has found her forever home! She has gone to live with Mike and Lisa, just outside Seattle, Washington. She's having a blast traveling and going places with them. They tell me that she really enjoys her 1 1/2 mile walk through the woods every day, and is behaving herself like a perfect lady. Here's a picture in her new, well-deserved retirement home. Isn't it sweet that her pillow so perfectly matches her? The pink and white! Go to Retirees to see more pictures of Chewy in her retirement home!

 

 

Chewy is one of my original Westies, and one of the most beautiful Wesites I've ever seen. As you can see from her webpage (http://www.nancys-westies.com/chewy.html), she thinks she's a model, and loves to go places and pose for pictures. She's great to travel with because she so obviously enjoys it.

She is now over 7 years old, spayed, and ready for a good retirement home. But it must be a very good home. She is very well crate trained, but I would not go so far as to say she is 100% house trained ... maybe 80% house trained.

Chewy is hard headed and domineering, so she needs a 'one pet home' as she picks on other dogs and cats. She is very affectionate towards people and never meets a stranger, and is great to take for a walk as everyone wants to stop and pet such a beautiful dog. She would make a very good apartment pet or a great pet for an older couple, since she is not as energetic as a young dog. She would also make a great pet for a family with non-rowdy children - though she would not be as playful as a puppy, she is far from sedate.

If you are interested in Chewy, please email nancy@nancys-westies.com and tell me how you could offer her that very special retirement home she has earned.

 

 

uPDATE: HOMES FOUND!!

These two adorable young, healthy, gray tabby males were found living under a dumpster. They were wild but are being tamed and are now normal, playful kittens. If you're looking to give a forever home to some fun and spicy kittens, please contact us for more information.

 

 

GONE!

We worked with the local shelter to foster Pettee, a pregnant chihuahua/terrier mix. We cared for her until she gave birth to five puppies. We then found homes for her and two of her puppies. Sadly, three of her puppies were deformed and didn't make it. The vet said she had either eaten poison during her pregnancy or caught a disease from not being properly vaccinated. We implore all pet owners to research the needs for your pet, and we strongly encourage responsible pet-ownership.

 

 

We found Forest in the middle of the road on a busy highway. He had a bum leg and a droopy eye, so we named him Forest (after Forest Whitaker for the eye and Gump for the leg). He was a terribly sweet Pekingnese with soulful eyes. We took him in and doctored him while we ran ads in the paper and finally found his rightful owner, who was as excited to have him back as he was to be back!

 

 

GONE! Callie has found a good, loving, forever, home ... but we left her story here for you to enjoy.

Please have the pleasure of meeting Callie, a CFA Registered dilute calico Persian cat, though her registration papers have long-since been lost. She's about 10 or 11 years old and she has been spayed, but NOT declawed. Callie came to me because she doesn't like sharing her home with other cats. She had been with the same family for many years, but when they got a couple of new cats, Callie decided to pee on their beds ... not the new cats' beds ... the peoples' beds. After several months of trying to stop this very bad behavior, they finally gave her back to my daughter (who had originally given her to them) ... and ofcourse my daughter has asked me to find her a home.

I would like to point out that Callie was not guilty of such a nasty habit as long as she was the only kitty in the house. She was a perfect pet until then. Though she is haughty, and thinks the world revolves around her, she is quite acceptable to petting and snuggling ... she loves to have her ears scratched and her head stroked.

This elegant lady is one of the most beautiful cats I have ever seen. If you are interested in giving her a good, loving, forever home, please email me at nancy@nancys-westies.com

 

 

Well, Folks, here's Phyllis. The local dog pound called me and asked me if I would take Phyllis ... someone had walked up to a vet's door, opened the door, stuck in Phyllis, and ran back out to their car and drove off ... and, of course, she was very pregnant. The vet took her to the dog pound, who called me. I brought Phyllis home and fell in love. She gave birth to a litter of beautiful puppies, which I found good homes for ... 3 went to the wonderful ladies at SouthWest Airlines in Little Rock ... I've seen recent pictures ... they grew up soooooo cute! And the fourth went to a lady whose precious dachshund had been stolen ... she was still grieving the loss, and I'm sure the new puppy helped her.

Phyllis is one of the cutest, most personable creatures I've ever met. I can't understand how someone dropped her off like that, because they must have loved her. She had a few parasites when I took her, but she doesn't act as though she has ever been mistreated, she's completely house-broken, she knows exactly what a couch is for, and she thinks God made laps just for her personal comfort. Maybe they just got tired of having to hunt for their houseshoes and other sundry possessions that Phyllis deems her own, and then hides so others can't find! I guess I'm just very grateful that they dropped her at the vet's office instead of down a dirt road somewhere.

I became so attached to her, that I have kept her ... I have a friend with a boy mini dauchund (Snickers) ... and we couldn't resist ... we let them make little weenie dogs. So Phyllis and I raised a litter of little dachshunds to weaning age (Nov 7, 2007), one of which my son was proud to present to his beautiful fiancee as a gift (love abounds in Arkansas!). After that, Phyllis was spayed, and has become the much loved companion of my granddaughter. You'll see her in many of the videos of my Westie puppies ... she is a terrible ham! I've never seen any dog that wanted in front of a camera as bad as Phyllis!

 

 

Cowboy has found his permanent home! We're sure he'll stay there forever and ever ... but if they decide they can't put up with his wandering ways, we'll gladly take him back again.

;o)

Please take the pleasure of meeting Cowboy. Cowboy is a beautiful Lab mix. He's about 5 years old, weighs about 60 pounds, he's been neutered, and is a very healthy, happy, loving dog.

He gets along very well with other dogs. As you can see from his pictures, he's quite a good 'puppy-sitter'. As a matter of fact, he gets along too darn well with other dogs. Instead of running off stray dogs (as any good country dog should!), Cowboy goes out and finds stray dogs and brings them home!

I got him from some folks that were giving away puppies in front of the local WalMart, about 5 years ago. He was pick-of-the-litter ... a beautiful puppy. I wanted him to guard the yard from all the unwanted critters of the night, and he does that well. He may be friendly to dogs and cats, but he is NOT a 'possum's friend. He terminates 'possums ... (thats 0'possum to you folks up North).

I gave Cowboy away once, to some folks who lived out in the country and had a two year old child. I asked them to bring him back if he didn't work out ... he didn't. He wouldn't stay 'at home' and he was too big for the 2 year old to play with ... so they brought him back home to me. Obviously, he needs a home with a fenced yard, or a home that is so far out in the country that it doesn't matter if he wanders (and he will! ... I've seen him over a mile and half from home!). He also needs someone who can offer him a very active lifestyle.

 

 

This is Bugsy. This poor little girl had been given to the pound, along with several other Boston Terriers. She was is very sad shape, so she was not able to find a permanent home as the other, healthy dogs did ... There was something about her eyes ... she looked at me and I swear she begged with those eyes ... she knew she was in jail and probably sentenced to death ... she was so human ... I just could not leave her. I called my daughter in California (struggling grad student) who absolutely loves Boston Terriers, but didn't see how in the world she could afford a dog ... but I got her to say she'd like to have the dog and would try to figure out a way ... and I almost ran back down to the dog pound to sign a foster agreement on this soulful, woeful little lady. She stayed here with me for several months while I worked on clearing up the horrible skin condition and ear infection she had, but her day finally came ... she went back out to Southern California to live with my daughter. Bugsy now strolls the streets of Little Armenia (LA), and frequents the doggie parks along the beach, or takes weekend jaunts to Big Bear. She quite often goes on 'play dates' to her aunties house in Long Beach and plays with Famous Amos, the Westie. You would think my daughter had a child the way she acts! Geez ... I get pictures of my 'grandchild', the Boston Terrier! Bugsy's now living a life she could never have dreamed existed when she looked up at me with those horribly depressed eyes from behind the chain-link gate of the dog pound ... The kids are absolutly ga-ga about her, and they bore all of their friends and family with their 'Bugsy Stories'. They take videos of her at the doggie park and put them on youtube, or take videos with their cell phones and send back and forth to each other ... oh my goodness ... Do you see the Halloween costume they put on this poor dog? And, YES, you are seeing right! That is a bikini the dog is wearing on the beach! And they even have a kimono for her! What will happen if she ever has a real baby?

 

 

I found Amos when I was searching for a stud for Nancys-Westies. While he was a sweet, beautiful Westie, he wasn't of high enough quality that I'd want to continue his blood line, but he showed signs of abuse. One eye was blue from a damaged retina. The vet suspected it was the result of being slapped. I gave Amos a home until my daughter in California could take him. He has made her and her husband a wonderful pet. He goes to the beach and doggie park, and he's now enjoying being spoiled in a way he's never been before!

 

 

Willow was our first rescue. My daughter brought her to me from an abandoned shelter in Long Beach, where my daughter was on set. Since it was suspected that the pup had Pit in her, she was destined to be put down in the Los Angeles shelter system. Her intelligence and adorable personality won over my daughter, and she drove her to my farm in Arkansas, where she has beautifully settled into farm life. She keeps the 'possums (that's "opossums" to you folks up North) chased away from my chickens and acts as everyone's mama on the farm (even the cats love her)! Our vet has since stated that he believes she's a Sharpei/Australian Cattle Dog mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy's Westies
Russellville, AR
nancy@nancys-westies.com
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