A Birthday Wish for Winston

Happy 8-month birthday little Winston. Your Dad Peep and I just have to keep reminding ourselves that you’re still a baby boy, even though you behave manly in so many ways.

Our birthday wish for you, dearest one, is that you’re happy. And we’re not quite sure you’re happy being with us.

A bond is slow to form, if it’s forming at all.

We can only hope and pray that one day, something will click and the three of us will be held together like glue.

One thing’s for sure, we’re home for good. No more traveling. Maybe that’s confusing you? That we’re your peeps? And that this home is yours? Or maybe not. I wish we could have a conversation. 

One day, maybe you’ll like to sleep in the big bed with us. But for now, you don’t. Maybe you’ll like to curl up next to me on the sofa before bedtime. But for now, you don’t. Maybe you’ll grow to like walkies with us?

We love you. And will always be here for you.

We wish you joy in your life as you grow into a proud Scot.

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About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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20 Responses to A Birthday Wish for Winston

  1. nordhuesn says:

    Oh that Scottie aloofness……..frustrating isn’t it? Duffy was that way for a long time. Now he follows me everywhere and is my sous chef in the kitchen! W will come around, just you wait. Could be his mind is there but he just doesn’t know how to express it.

  2. It will happen. It was taken most of a year, but now Fiona, who was two when I adopted her, has decided everything is OK and she’s down wit it. All the best in 2018 !

  3. Sue Ellen says:

    There are times I want to snuggle our 13 yr old Lucy. She is not a ‘cuddle scott’. She is the one that is always happy to be at my side and enjoys a head rub when I lean down to her. She observes everything and often just lays and looks at me with those beautiful (now hazy) eyes. A kiss from her is rarely given, but so special when it is. Our Mac is the lover boy. All our furry kids are different and yet so lovable. Winston is his own little fellow, and I know he adores you two as parents.

  4. I bet it’ll happen.

  5. varaderocan says:

    I agree with the others here – I got Molly in October 2016 after losing my precious Maile (also a brindle Scottie) in July of that year to Lyme Disease. Maile was almost 9 years old and the most cuddly, affectionate dog I have ever had the privilege to call my own. Molly was quite different … she was aloof and distant. She did not seem to care if I was in the room or not – her preference was definitely for her big brother (106 pound German Shepherd). Molly turned a year last July and at some point between then and now – she has grown to love me … I mean REALLY LOVE ME. I can finally feel it. I have talked to other Scottie owners and they all assure me that is quite common – that it takes them a while to warm up to you but when they do, they really do. I pray that is the experience you will have with your precious Winston. He is young still and just finding his place in the family dynamic. Molly still has her moments when she just prefers her independence … and I am learning to be okay with that. 🙂

  6. Thank you all for these wonderfully insightful comments. We’re feeling a bit better already. I’ve said this a million times, but you guys are a true “village” and that’s what it takes for me to navigate sometimes. We’re so grateful for your kindness.

    The Peepstress and Dad Peep

  7. corkscot says:

    I’ve owned 12 Scotties and all of them gad different personalities. Having a Scottie requires a great deal of patience. He is only 8 months old. Give it time.

  8. theguster says:

    I think much of this is due to Winston still being a puppy who is trying to navigate his new life, new home and new peeps. As he matures and his confidence in himself and his surroundings increases I am sure you’ll see a difference. Maybe Stuart’s puppyhood wasn’t anything like this, or maybe it was so long ago your memory of it is different, but every puppy, no matter the breed, is different. Slowly but surely all of this will ‘come together’ for you three – just give it more time, the reward will be wonderful.

  9. Kismet says:

    We got Kali (Scottie mix) when Kyla (purebred rescue) was still alive. Kyla trained Kali. I think that part of the problem is that you leave and don’t take Winston. He doesn’t feel “at home” because you’re not there and he’s unsure about your return The female peep was ready to take the Kali Monster back for the first month. Now, you couldn’t even suggest it without getting a dirty look and you’d have to fight her. Give it time, but make it time with you.

    • Jill Mashburn says:

      I agree with you. A puppy needs consistency. They depend on us for everything and he hasn’t gotten to know that you will always be there for him. He could be aloof from feeling alone and confused. Keeping him with you will allow him to feel part of your family. Included…. Important… loved…

  10. Pam says:

    We had a cuddley and a standoff at the same time. What really helped was getting down on the floor and playing with them. Throwing a toy back and forth, playing tug and a little ruff n tumble. Since his sense of pack has been interrupted, take him everywhere you go in the car for a month. Go to Home Depot or lowes and ride him around in the shopping cart, or the big box pet stores. Take a nap on the floor together. Packs go everywhere together. It’s not natural for part of the pack to go away and leave a pack member behind. Hand feed him for a while if you can. Let him know that all good things come from you. Hang in there. I finally got Miss Bonnie to sit on the sofa with me, at the other end, but we’re good with it. It took lots of treats.

  11. WestScott says:

    Happy 8th month birthday Winston!!! Of course he LOVES being with you – he just hasn’t figured out how to show it, especially since he’s still experiencing so many new things in life. We have had 7 dogs, each with unique, wonderful personalities and their own ways to show love and affection – some way more cuddly and affectionate, and some who would only take so much cuddling. Some dogs are more interested in being with people, and others more interested in their surroundings. You are giving Winston a wonderful life, and shouldn’t doubt whether or not he loves you – he’s just a bit guarded about how he shows it!

  12. rjkeyedup says:

    OK Peeptress – great words of wisdom from our blog village… remember, Winston is only 8 months old…Ozzy at that age would get distracted by a bird in a tree when we went out, and had no idea he was supposed to listen to mommy LOL …. patience is a virtue in all this – just wait and see how he will show his love and affection for you two – and how could he not? Scotties are smart and loyal and loving when they are ready and when they are, watch out! Kisses from firgid, snowy Long Island. AArrroooooo!!!

  13. starfighter441 says:

    Piper is still very much aloof even after 10 years with us, she will cuddle for perhaps 10 minutes, but then it’s, “OK that’s your lot, let me down now.” Once in a great while she will jump up on the bed and sleep on the foot, but I think I can count the number of times on one hand. On the other hand she does like to play tag once a day.

  14. Jackie says:

    Your post sounds so familiar to me, Nan. I had a very similar experience with Archie. He is so different in personality than Bonny Rose was (he’s way more aloof) and had big paws to fill after she passed. But somewhere along the way it happened, we are bonded now. The same will happen with Winston, I just know it!

  15. Your wisdom is immense. I didn’t feel quite right about traveling twice for longer than a weekend when little man came into our lives. But, what’s done is done and we’re a pack now. One thing’s for sure, when we traveled, he was safe and loved. We even had a choice about where he could stay while we were gone! We’re very lucky in that regard.

    We’ve been together with no interruption for just over a week now since the howlidays and that tail of his goes nuts when we come back into the house from being gone for an hour or so. That’s a good sign!

    We’re back to going to the Farmers’ Market every Saturday and have scheduled a class for the three of us beginning next month.

    He’s one smart cookie. And he knows it. So do we! And we love him so.

    Thanks friends and furiends, for your continued guidance down this road of ours….ArrOOOO!

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  17. LB Johnson says:

    I get it. When we got Abby Lab as a rescue, she was a senior, had been a puppy mill dog I’m guessing from signs of multiple litters and she wasn’t used to being in a house. She was scared and aloof. I was commuting back and forth to Chicago as my job transfer wouldn’t go through for months, so I told my husband I was just going to stay in the townhome I rented in the city I still worked in and let her get used to it and me. That second weekend he came down. She wouldn’t cuddle but she’d do walks. Finally a few weeks after I adopted her we drove “home” stopping for a junior Arby’s. She was delighted to see my husband and we finally saw that steady wag. She still isn’t “cuddly” but she loves us with abandon and hates being apart from us.

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