Friday, 16 February 2018

George Day



The passenger Seat to himself 

" They are taciturn, aloof and not for everyone !" 
So warned our dog breeder when we went down to pick up our first Scottish terrier
I didn't know what taciturn meant so I smiled politely.
A gaggle of ten scotties bounced around our feet like fat black beetles.

I later found out that taciturn actually means reserved and reticent, which are perfect adjectives to describe a dog which has become synonymous with the Art Deco style, Highland whisky and George Bush Jr.
I must add here, that I would also describe Scotties as being fiercely loyal, quietly comic and at times dreadfully grumpy little dogs who keep themselves to themselves when all about them is swirling.

Today is George day. He has been to the groomers, got to sit in Mary's co pilot seat and has accompanied me in interviewing prospective volunteers where he sat quietly in the corner with curious black button eyes which followed everyone's conversation .
He has refused to accept pats on the head from three strangers but has wagged his tail hopefully when  someone unwrapped a fisherman's friend . He's bloody friendly when food is concerned.

He will follow me into the hairdressers when I get my hair cut this afternoon and will arrrrrooooo loudly when I tell him we are going. Scotties aren't friendly to strangers but they are vocal when approached....painfully so at times.

Anyhow, I'm typing this in Marks and Spencer's. I'm having a coffee and a mooch -George is eating a small packet of cooked ham all to himself in the car.
It's another treat just for him today.

There is white in his coat now and a slowness in his step, but he's twelve years old so he's allowed to look a bit faded around the edges.
Aren't we all


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  1. Such a little sweetie!

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    1. He's a stubborn little sweetie too. A nightmare on the lead

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  2. How great that he gets a special day. :)

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    1. He used to go to be with the Prof every night until a year or so ago. He finds the stairs tough now so remains in his own bed in the kitchen for most of the day

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  3. Bless him, he's our little grey haired gentleman. I'm sure he enjoys having you all to himself.

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    1. He adores being spoilt but only occasionally . He's not a cuddle dog. But will enjoy a hug then goes on his way

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  4. I don't know why, but I am smiling with tears running down my face reading about this sweet sweet good boy.

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  5. We had a cairn terrier who was his own man like George. Fiercely independent and self contained.

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    1. Yes cains can be Bolshey too..we had one as children

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  6. St George's Day is supposed to be on April 23rd!
    By the way, I noticed that there are lots of little Georges on the table mat in the previous post.

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  7. Interesting, I love the look of Scotties but knew nothing about them. That's the sad part about dogs, just when you think you can't live without them, it's time for them to leave us.
    My sister had a husky mix, they can be aloof, so much so that he never came to be petted by me until he was ten years old. He was very kind and gentle however.

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    1. They are ideal if you don't want a lapdog

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  8. Lovely tribute to George. Great line about being faded around the edges. I would use that to describe myself. I know I am juvenile but sniggered when you said that someone unwrapped a fisherman's friend. It created quite an image in my head! :)

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  9. George is my favourite of your clan. Happy George Day, George. xx

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    1. It's nice he has his own fan club

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  10. In my next lifetime, I want to come back as one of your doggies.

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    1. You'll be well looked after

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    2. Oh this I have no doubt.

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  11. Hugs and kisses to George - one of my favourite breeds. I have a feeling that he is really the Prof's dog. Am I correct?

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    1. Through and through pat through and throughu

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  12. I miss the arrrooo. I don't even think about that until George barks for us.

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    1. Yes only scotties arrroooooo. Once heard never forgotten

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  13. Adore George. Love his very regal cut.
    What you wrote about them is so true. As puppies and yournlings they are crazy funny. Older are somewhat more reserved.
    Mine have been always very sweet and like attention. They like to talk to you !
    iwinston is very vocal and I have long talks with him.
    What I really like about Scotties is here in America you rarely see them , so when I do walk them or sitting outside with a coffee I always hear a "Scotty can I pet them or can I take a photo ? I even get people in cars waving and saying hello Scotty. I think the gruff little gud dugs just make people smile.
    How lovely is that !

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

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    1. You are a Scottie expert Gayle

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    2. No not really you said it better than I could have !
      I just love the Little Square Black Dogs. They are my only luxury.

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  14. I like George's day. Here every day is a Dillon day !

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    1. Yes here Winnie and Mary demand most of the limelight

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  15. George always looks very distinguished.

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    1. He looked like a dirty mop only an hour before that photo was taken

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  16. When I was house sitting I barely saw him, apart from when he was eating! He's a sweet little dog.

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    1. I'll email you later we need to book your services again Cameron

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  17. I like the look of George. Faded around the edges? I know what that feels like.

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  18. It's good to know that George can have a share of the limelight. He looks such a wise and serious dog sitting there in the co-pilot's seat. Lovely boy.

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  19. My top dog too is black -he is a terrier & 13 years old.His lovely face has white flecks which appeared last year.Today for the first time I thought I saw him walking a bit stiff.I can't bear to think of him getting old -I love him so x

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    1. Yes it breaks your heart

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  20. Art Deco is reserved and reticent? If anything, I associate that glamorous style to a 1930s movie set (particularly one starring Fred and Ginger.) Sure George isn't more film noir instead?

    Anyway, nice to read about George today. You seem to mention Winnie more often.

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    1. Scotties are a well known Deco motif
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      https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/249809110564486593/

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  21. good boy, georgie! pampered and spoiled for a whole day with daddy!

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  22. He may be faded at the edges, but he is clear in your heart.

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  23. I have loved getting to know your "family" here. I have always loved Scotties, knowing nothing about them. Your description today will explain why our friend's Scotty (a long time ago), who I wanted to be my best friend forever, would have absolutely nothing to do with me. "But, dogs like me!" I always whined in my head.

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    1. Yes the trait
      ( I am told) comes from the fact they needed to be indepentant

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  24. One of several priceless jewels in your life - and ours too.

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  25. I had a pair of elderly cousins who had Scotties, once upon a time, and very dear they were, too (cousins and Scotties alike, come to think of it). Every evening both dogs - Duke and Duchess - got a splash of that night's Old Fashioned off the tip of cousin Florence's manicured index finger. Not healthy, I suppose, but they certainly seemed to appreciate it!

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  26. Sweet George - wonder what goes on in his mind when he sits quietly looking around him.
    Greetings Maria x

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  27. I adore your George. He is my favorite.

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  28. John -George is lovely - Bluey is twelve now - and fading around the edges- she is deaf and cant hear the paper coming through the letterbox - so no more torn papers - how I wish for those torn papers to come back - best wishes to you all - Jane x

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  30. Awwww he is so handsome.

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  31. What do you mean by hairdressers? You mean the barber shop surely? That place where you'd talk about football and set the world to rights, and where they have a long black strap to sharpen the blade and the floor is covered with brown linoleum and they ask you if would like anything for the weekend. Or don't they exist anymore.

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    1. An interesting thought

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    2. I go to a barber/ unisex hairdresser. With a delightfully dense girl (second in charge )

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    3. What's a girl doing in a barber shop? They don't have rows of hairdryers that look like Martian invaders.

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    4. She had tattoos and dreadlocks too! It's a madhouse

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    5. They mustn't let near the razor blades.

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  32. Sweet George. I love a reserved dog.

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  33. I think every pet in a household of many would appreciate a day alone with their owner. How did you come to decide on a Scottie in the first place?

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    1. Well we had our first Welsh terrier Finlay who was totally devoted to me and the Prof wanted a dog of his own to complement the household. Our Welsh terrier breeder just so happened to breed scotties..that how we bought maddie

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    2. Ah! Thanks for filling us in.

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  34. Aww, George got you all to himself and treats! He does look distinguished and handsome! I love all those babies! Xoxo Gabs

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  35. I love the way you write. That was delightful to read.

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  36. George is my favourite!

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  37. The only Scottish Terrier I've had contact with was very naughty - barks and nippy - but that was largely through inconsistent parenting, for which the blame is squarely on the owner! George is a completely different kettle of fish.

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    1. George can be nippy with other dogs when the mood takes him

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  38. I was wondering where the steering wheel is. Then I remembered that you live in GB. Ha!

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  39. Anonymous12:47 am

    What a beautiful animal!
    Debbie

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  40. Parsnip, my friend in Scotland has an Old English Sheepdog named Winston :) Brilliant name .. I can't wait to get a dog so I can name it LOL

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  41. If I lived near you .... George would be missing - he would be in my house! George is my favourite of all your doggies and I do love a scotty. My first dog was a Cairn Terrier so I know what terriers from Scotland are like ... sort of like me! LOL
    Kisses for George from Lady J and her Pekingese Coco XXX

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  42. We've noticed recently that Bok's Jet Black coat is turning slightly brown in places. My wife thinks he sits too near the fire, and has become 'singed'. I presume it's just an ageing process.

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  43. I love George! He looks so stoic but observant of everything. After Christmas we visited a popular shop in a village called Bright in the Victorian Alp region.. they sell all manner of Christmas decorations and stuffed animals. On the shelf was this wee Scotty doorstop. He is quite a solid fellow about 15ins long (he is actually a door stop)... I couldn't resist this little fellow and brought my George home. He is standing by my front door with his bright black button eyes and his pert tail. Everyday I say 'Good Morning' to George I wish you and your clan of doggies well for the day! Elle xx

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    1. Sweet van you email a photo to jgsheffield@hotmail.com

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  44. How old is George in the photo on the right? Have always liked that photo.

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  45. There is two the one with me he was only 6 months old the other with him waving his paw he was around 6

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  46. I meant the second one. Thanks.

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  47. He actually sounds like the perfect dog for me ... but sshhh, don't tell Suky.

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  48. I love that you have one to one days with all your dogs, it must reinforce your love for them, makes them feel special and your place as pack leader. Whereas we just serve our cat....

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  49. The only Scottie I've met, sat like a weighted doorstop while his owners and I chatted for about 20 minutes. He didn't move a muscle and totally ignored my greeting. It amazed me how aloof he was.

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  50. Even with all the chemo there’s no greying or hair loss and just enough weight loss to be elegant. I’m aiming for timeless all the way to the final curtain.

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    1. When you go ( and we are talking manymanymoons from now)
      You will look like Lilian Gish

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  51. My poor multipoo (maltese/poodle) is blind and hobbles on three legs thanks to arthritis. He is so loving and follows me everywhere, a true lap dog. How do you know when they are suffering and need to be put down? He is the best friend I've ever had and couldn't bare to prolong his suffering for my sake.

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    1. When they stop eating is when it is time .
      They know.

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    2. I have had to think seriously about this too Jan four times.Each time I somehow just knew instinctively.Have you tried arthritis medicine.You move tablets ,I have found does help a bit x

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  53. Love this, love dogs :-)

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    1. PS It's the Year of the Dog.

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  54. Enjoyed your spin with your pal. I could almost hear him from your description.

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  55. I love George. He's looking quite handsome.

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  56. Anonymous5:36 am

    Dad,
    Thank you sooooo much for my special day and the cooked ham...
    Winnie did stick her tongue when we got back home, she was a weeee bit envious methinks. Love you George x

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