The Love of the Westie

Chapter 1 Grant Ireland
Chapter 2 New Hope Dog Rescue
Chapter 3 West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers, they are the love of Grant Ireland.  Ireland rescues these little white terriers.

We stopped today to talk to Ireland and made the inquiry if his four little companions were brothers or sisters, and he related that no, no they were not.  Indeed, all his furry little friends came from different parts of the world, but they all had one thing in common.  They were all mothers about to be abandoned.

As a side note, even though Grant’s surname is Ireland, the West Highland White Terrier was a breed which originally came from Scotland, and there follows a bit of history about the breed characteristics of these little cutie pies at the end of this article.

Now then, where did these four West Highland White Terriers hail from?  Ireland has traveled all the way to Saanich, British Columbia, Merritt, British Columbia, and to Ardross, Alberta to pick up his bundles of pride and joy, come back, and provide for them a safe and caring home.  New Hope Dog Rescue, Saskatoon was where Ireland found Lacy.   One of his little dogs was born in Moscow, Russia and came over to Canada as just a young puppy, this is the youngest one, named Fiona.

They were all mothers about to be abandoned.  Such is the case when a pure bred female dog is bred until she can no longer bear under puppies, and there is no more benefit from the sales of her little brood.  Then, when the mother is no longer capable of giving birth any longer, and the little mother is tired and all worn out, these same folks turn around and have no need of the little dog who gave to them so much money and economic prosperity.  Backyard breeding, puppy mills, and puppy farms put the animals in such dire circumstances, and these social little dogs may be faced with ignorance, neglect, discomfort, and poor conditions.  The wonderful thing is that some dog breeders care for their entire family of dogs, and mother and puppies experience great conditions, and super nutrition.  After serving their role as a mother of several litters, and in these cases, four dogs came to a happy life and a great way to live out the rest of their lives, instead of facing euthanasia.  Somehow these dogs were rescued from their fate, and found there way into the loving hands of Ireland.

Note: that if  you consider adopting rather than buying, it will reduce the demand that drives the commercial breeders (puppy mills) of puppies, and isn’t that a win-win! 

Ireland’s heart goes out to these little West Highland White Terriers, and he loves and cares for four of these mothers, some of whom were abused and neglected before they came into his care.

Phoenix is  his oldest lady, and she is 17, which is an amazing age after all her ordeals.

He has little Lacy who came from the New Hope Dog Rescue here in Saskatoon.  Lacy is 12 years old.

Little Tasha is 11, and the youngest one is Fiona age 8.

How in the world does Ireland tell his little dogs apart one from another?  They are all so cute and adorable.
So, if you see Ireland taking his small little dogs out for a walk, give him a pat on the back for an amazing and wonderful heart, and a most kind gesture.

New Hope Dog Rescue

So previously, it was mentioned that if  you consider adopting rather than buying, it will reduce the demand that drives the commercial breeders (puppy mills) of puppies, and isn’t that a win-win! This is just wonderful advice we heard from Tami Vangool, the Executive Director of New Hope Dog Rescue here in Saskatoon, SK

So, where can you adopt your pet? There is more to be learned about New Hope Dog Rescue.  As Vangool, mentions, “New Hope provides a safe, foster-based environment for neglected and unwanted dogs, while promoting the human animal bond through education and community outreach. New Hope Dog Rescue is a registered non-profit and foster-based organization that has been rescuing and re-homing dogs in need since 2003. We work to address the overpopulation problem and to promote responsible dog ownership.

All of the dogs who join our program are partnered with loving and dedicated foster parents who open their homes to these animals in need. Foster families also help provide the care the dogs require until they can be matched with adoptive, permanent homes. A dog living in a foster home helps to ensure that the dog that is adopted is the right fit for the adopter. NHDR defines a “good” home as one that is a match for the dog’s temperament, energy level, and training requirements. A good home must meet both the physical and psychological needs of the dog.

Every dog receives proper medical care while with New Hope. This will range from the basics (vaccinations, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter), while others will require more extensive care (anything from dental work, to corrective surgery, to treatment of skin conditions).”
This Christmas if you  consider getting a pet follow in the footsteps of Grant Ireland



West Highland White Terrier

This breed, the West Highland White Terrier, is very endearing, friendly and happy.  The dogs are lively, captivating, charming and have an innate charisma which allows everyone to fall madly in love with them.   Wikipedia describes them as such; “Westies have bright, deep-set, almond-shaped eyes that are dark in colour. Their ears are pointed and erect. Members of the breed typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds (6.8 and 9.1 kg), and the average height is between 10–11 inches (25–28 cm) at the withers.”

“The temperament of the West Highland White Terrier can vary greatly, with some being friendly towards children, while others prefer solitude. It is normally independent, assured, and self-confident.  It is a loyal breed that bonds with its owner but is often on the move, requiring daily exercise (15–30 min). The Westie is highly social and is the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terriers.”

According to Dogtime“The West Highland White Terrier originated in Scotland and was used for hunting fox, badger, and otter and for killing vermin such as rats.

There’s not much evidence to determine the exact history of the West Highland White Terrier, but many believe that the breed can be traced back to the seventeenth century and a small breed of earth dogs that James I of Argyllshire gave to the king of France.
According to breed lore, the Westie’s white color resulted from a tragic nineteenth-century accident that occurred while Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch was hunting fox. The colonel accidentally shot and killed one of his wheaten-colored Cairns. Devastated, and determined to prevent such accidents in the future, he decided to breed only white dogs that couldn’t be confused with foxes.

The West Highland White Terrier has been known by many names, including the Poltalloch Terrier and the Roseneath Terrier, but he was officially recognized by the Kennel Club of England as the West Highland.”Read More

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Grant Ireland and his four West Highland White Terriers, Phoenix 17, Lacy 12, Tasha 11, Feona 8 out at the South West Off Leash Recreation Area, Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Grant Ireland and his four West Highland White Terriers, Phoenix 17, Lacy 12, Tasha 11, Feona 8 out at the South West Off Leash Recreation Area, Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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