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Welcome to my site telling everything about my Westies. These are the first dogs I have ever owned and I don't know how I survived so long without them. They take up a great deal of my life but I would change nothing about that. Everybody should own a dog as they light up your life in many many ways. My lot are mischievious, noisy, very energetic and generally rule the roost here at home. They have their own couch, a four seater no less, and dislike sharing it with anyone. Taking them for a walk can be a big problem if they want to walk in different directions. Dinner time is just a rabble. They constantly bark till you get their dishes down to them but they finish every bite you give them. Cassie was always a problem with food but since she's had an operation recently she's become a dog obsessed with food which makes me feel glad as if she's hungry then there can't be anything wrong with her. The other 3 like their food also but are a bit more mannerly with their eating. I hope that you enjoy sharing these pets with me and keep coming back to see when I've added new information. Sandra Silke.
Cassie is the matriach of our clan, the oldest at 12. Born in Nairn on April 1st 2003 she was one of 12 puppies in the litter. We chose her because I thought she was a quiet little soul. How wrong could I be. Cassie is the loudest and most vocal of all our dogs. Catch her when I am preparing their food and the noise she makes is incredible. She is very impatient, demanding her food now not in five minutes!. We nearly lost Cassie a few weeks ago. Following a difficult season, she developed Pyometra and needed to have an operation and to be spayed rapidly. We were very worried about her having an operation because she has a slight heart murmur. She sailed through the procedure and has recovered so well that she is now like a new dog. She must have been pleased to be rid of those pesky hormones and I must say the op hasn't quietened her down any. All we have to watch now is that she does not put on too much weight now her appetite has returned. Cassie is a very very intelligent dog, she knows what you are going to say or do before you do or say it. You cannot fool her in anything, she recognises words even when you spell them out, words like walk, biscuits etc but pick up a bag or suitcase and she's up and ready to go immediately. It is with great sadness that I bring the worst possible news that my Cassie died on the 30th of August 2015 after a very short illness. She was a lovely dog with a great character to go with it. At the ripe old age of 13 years she enjoyed life to the full and had great fun with my other dogs, Jerome, Mandy and Cal. I miss her terribly as do the other dogs.
Jerome is our only boy and what a dog he is. He has a pedigree full of champions including Crufts winners so I can assure you the breeding does show. Jerome takes after his father, Sailor Jack, and like his father he smiles at you showing a double row of teeth. He was born in April 2005 at the then Boat of Garten Kennels Inverness-shire. He's a very affectionate dog and is very protective of the girls, regarding them as his harem. When awe are out on a walk heaven help any dog that dares to look at or approach Cassie, Mandy and Cal. I don't know what he would do if he actually caught them but the noise he makes is certainly a deterrent. Jeromes favourite of all the girls is Cassie, she's the love of his life. He arrived shortly after we lost the original Mandy and he bonded with Cassie immediately. Just recently he seems to have taken a shine to Mandy and the two of them can often be seen chasing each other up and down the inside of the garage until they both collapse on the floor out of breathe.
We named Mandy after another Westie who died aged 6 of pancreatitis a number of years ago. Mandy was born in Methlick Aberdeenshire on December 1st 2009. She is a wee tot of a dog with a big heart and is very very smart. She, like Cal has also learned to do a Meerkat, sitting up on her hind legs and begging and now does it without being asked. She has an uncanny sense of when one of the other dogs is going to be ill or sick before there is any visible or audible signs. She races back and forward on the communal doggie bed for a few minutes then we know to look at the other dogs to see which one is going to be sick etc. Mandy is the only dog I know who's tail wags the whole of her body, yes puppies do it but not adult dogs. Mandy is the first dog I've ever owned and she slept on my bed everynight until Cal came along. At this point Mandy became one of the "big" dogs and she now sleeps in the communal bed with Jerome and Cassie all night. She is a very enthusiastic dog and loves to run and play catch me if you can. This is fine in the garden but if she is on the lead when I take them for their walks she is liable to tie my legs up running round them with the lead on if I am not careful. Mandy is always good natured and does not seem to mind where she comes in the pecking order. She is a terrible flirt with Jerome and this makes Cassie very jealous.
Cal (Short for Caledonia and named after a wonderful White German Shepherd of the same name who died too young). Cal is the youngest of our dogs. She was born in 2011 in Aberdeenshire. She is tall for a Westie, but since her mother and father are long legged I suppose we should have expected a tall pup! Cal does not walk round the other dogs, she just jumps over their backs. She is an intelligent dog when she wants to be. She had fun learning to give a high five with either paw, die for Scotland (rolls over and plays dead) and does a very good impression of a MeerKat. The highlight of her day is playing with a ball in the garden, she just loves it. Cal sleeps on my bed. This started when she was a puppie so that I could make sure her toilet training carried on into the night if need be. Because she is so long in the body when she stretches out she's nearly as long as me. In the Winter she likes to curl up under the duvet with me and keep warm. Cal has a very healthy appetite and although she is usually the last of the four to be fed she is invariably the first finished. She loves her dog treats and is always on the look out in case some the others miss one of their treats and she can nick it from under their nose.