Mr Wiggles loves walks, soft spots, chewies, belly rubs, summer haircuts.
He is not so sure about squirrels, cats, lizards, bunnies, possums, and the mailman.
Mr Wiggles mum writes, "Mr Wiggles was on his afternoon walk and came across a big black cat nestled in the neighbour's hedge. They proceeded to have a stare-down while Mr Wiggle's tail wagged back and forth, and the cat's ears folded back as it hunkered down for the attack. Wig gleefully smelled, cat scarily hissed, Wig yipped, cat growled, Wig wagged, the cat curled its tail. I told him to kiss the kitty cat, and Wig nuzzled in while the cat sat frozen in horror as he accepted the Westie tongue on his face. Mr Wiggles was very pleased with himself and looked at me for an acknowledgement. Never again will I see this..."
Eddie loves walkies, walkies and more walkies!!!
He is not a fan of puppies, pigeons and not going for a walkies at least five times a day!
I’m Eddie McWestie. I’m a rescue boy who was found strolling the streets of Sheffield. I’m a very handsome boy, so it’s thought my past life was a stud dog. I'm an independent chap, my family say I’m like an old-fashioned teddy bear as I’m okay with being picked up for cuddles but I like grumble and make some odd noises. I’ve got a little sister called Rosie who I pretend not to like, but we do get on well, and we look out for each other when the cat is about and looking for a fight! I love walkies and can easily walk miles and miles in a day without getting tired! Mum said she’d love to have my energy levels sometimes!
Rosie loves cuddles (before getting too hot), little tennis balls, any babies (human, puppy or kitten!)
Rosie isn't so keen on breakfast being fed late; baths (after rolling in what mummy calls 'unpleasant smells' but odours that Rosie thinks, are delicious); and her teeth being brushed when she has eaten said delightful smell.
I’m Rosie McWestie, and I’m a rescue Westie! I’ve been with my Mum for about a year. I had very bad skin, and my old family didn’t treat me or my bad skin correctly, so a lady from the RSPCA removed my sister and me! My older sister got adopted very quickly, but it took me a little longer. My mummy found me on social media and met me straight away! We all fell in love with each other, and I now have a lovely brother called Eddie, too! I’m very spoilt and have lots of cuddles and kisses, toys to play with and different collars for when I roll in mud and lots of friends and my doggy daycare! I’m very cute now all my fur has grown back!
For the next three months, we will be raising money for the RSPCA. Twenty percent of each item purchased on either the US or UK My Westie is My Bestie shop will be donated to this very worthy charity.
Two dogs in our Westie community greatly benefited from the medical help they received from the RSPCA in Putney. In April two years ago, I adopted Islay and Finnegan. Islay had four pups with Finnegan being one of them. She is a Westie, and we are making an educated guess when we say we think he is half-Westie and half-Patterdale terrier.
My friend Lynne contacted me to say that she knew of someone who had rescued these two little ones in February of 2016. I suggested that she ask her friend to bring the two pups to the upcoming Westie Walk to see if anyone might want to adopt them.
They arrived at the walk and were lovely. There was some interest in adopting Islay, but not any to take them both. It broke my heart to think that they should be separated. I loved seeing their laid back and easy going nature with other dogs, owners of other dogs and children. I slept on it for one night and then made the call first thing in the morning to say I wanted to adopt them.
That is when I learned their story in greater detail.
Little Islay was bought as a pup and lived in a trailer park with many other dogs and families. When she was around the age of two years old, her then-owner gave her to a woman who lived nearby. The second owner was unaware that Islay was pregnant and would soon give birth to four little pups. When the puppies came, Islay developed an infection and needed desperate medical help. Luckily the RSPCA was there to help. There she received excellent care. She recovered and had her lady parts removed. Finnegan also was given medical attention with all of the puppy shots and the snip. Bless him. The new owner got into a relationship with a man who did not like dogs. He was known to be abusive. In the early part of 2016, he told the owner to get rid of the dogs, or he would give them to the local dog fighting ring as bait. I know, who would do that?! Shocking and terrible. At any rate, the owner's neighbour had caught wind about this and offered to help. The neighbour's best friend, Laurel, helped to rescue Yorkies and offered to find the dogs a good home. The owner said she would think about it. The following week, Laurel had heard that the boyfriend of the owner had kicked Finnegan in the face. Immediately she brought the adoption papers over, and the owner signed the dogs over that day. That was in February 2016. The dogs were in poor health, especially Islay who weighed more than 13 kg. Poor girl would waddle when she walked. It turned out that the owner had been feeding them out of date puppy food. The dogs were put on a healthy diet of age-appropriate food and walked and exercised each day. A foster home was found with a lovely woman named Laura. She looked after the dogs for two months before them being adopted.
A huge thank you to Laurel whom I have lovingly nicknamed, "Laurel the Rescuer" and to Laura for loving my two pups as if they were their own. A big thank you to the RSPCA in Putney for taking care of these little dogs in their hour of need. From the beginning of April until June 30, 2018, with any purchase on the My Westie is My Bestie shop a donation of 20% of the item will be donated to the RSPCA. So pick up some cute Westie goodies and help animals at the same time.
For the months of January, February and March 2018, we will be raising money for Westie Rescue UK. Visit the My Westie is My Bestie shop and find items for yourself or friends and family. Twenty percent of each item bought will be donated to Westie Rescue UK on the last day of March 2018.
Westie Rescue UK was founded by Kevin Baker and his partner Nikki on 20th November 2016. In the beginning, the rescue consisted of just Kevin and Nikki, fostering in their own home and it was funded solely from their personal savings. Since then, the number of staff involved has increased significantly and consists of volunteers undertaking a variety of roles from fundraisers and fosterers to transport providers. Westie Rescue UK prides itself on being a non profit organisation and finally gained registered charity status on the 22nd June 2017.
Westie Rescue UK Mission Statement
Westie Rescue UK will rescue any Westie they are made aware of that is in danger or need. Their network of volunteers will help with home checks and transportation. The network of foster carers will ensure that there is a place of safety for each dog. Initially, the dogs will be placed in a foster home in order for an assessment to be undertaken on their temperament to establish what type of home and owners who would be suitable to adopt or foster. A full vet check and any treatment required. Adopters will be made aware of any health conditions where necessary. All dogs will be neutered before going to a new home. Westie Rescue UK seeks suitable forever homes for each dog where possible. If a dog is unsuitable for adoption they will stay in long term foster with a staff member of Westie Rescue UK. This wonderful charity operates a non destruction policy for all healthy dogs.
Toby's mum Gillian says, "Toby is 15 and a half years old and he was rescued at age 5. He's a cantankerous old man who likes to have lots of snuggles and his own way. His favourite place in the world is nestled between my husband and me, making sure we are not being affectionate to each other but only to Toby. He can sense when a new squeaky toy has been bought for him and will rummage through the bags until he finds it. He spits out his peas that are in his food and chews his jumbone on my rug knowing I will walk on it without my slippers. He has lots of friends and is loved by everyone."
Opening presents, squeaky toys, snuggles, cheese and walking in the woods
Veggie sausages, peas, little yappy dogs because they scare him
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The My Westie is My Bestie shop is open!
Here you will find fun Westie related gear and merchandise. As part of our desire to help Westies in need, we will be donating a portion of the proceeds to chosen charities.
For the months of October, November and December we are raising money for WestieMed. Read the story below about how WestieMed helped a Westie who has joined us on many walks in Windsor Great Park.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales on the My Westie is My Bestie shop will be donated to this very worthy organization.
They help rescued Westies in need of medical attention. WestieMed is an all-volunteer, non-profit created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescued Westies.
All projects and activities of WestieMed are funded by charitable contributions. With these contributions from donors, they help injured or ill Westies, giving them a second chance at adoption and love from a permanent family.
Our Westie friend Pasha started her journey as a foster pup in March 2013. At that time she was very withdrawn, unfit, not socialized, had a severe yeast infection, skin problems, wispy and thin hair, her back was dipped with the weight due to being overweight. She didn't bark and, as she was withdrawn, she spent her days finding places to hide. Treats were the only way she would appear from her hiding place.
A family was following Pasha's journey on social media. In June 2013 they lost their little Westie, Poppy, and were heartbroken. The family made the decision to get another little Westie so they made inquiries about fostering Pasha. They met Pasha twice and received the wonderful news they could foster her.
Unfortunately, Pasha's health continued to be an issue and the foster family needed some help. This is where WestieMed stepped in and gave assistance. With their help, Pasha was able to receive the treatment. To learn more about WestieMed and how you can get involved or help, go to www.westiemed.org.
If you have a charity you would like us to raise money for, please send the name, website address, and UK registered charity number to My.Westie.Is.My.Bestie@gmail.com. We are looking for charities to support in 2018.
As many of you are aware, I moved abroad from England this past summer to get married. This meant that it looked like our Westie Walks would become a once a year affair on my annual visits to the UK. Luckily we have a group of Westie Walkers who are pitching in and helping to host the walks in my absence.
We hope to see you at one of our future walks!
It is our endeavour to create a community of Westies and their owners in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey, & our Westie friends worldwide.