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Grady
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Jun 10, 2019 at 10:44
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Why does watching a dog be a dog
fill one with so much happiness?

Tell us about a moment that touched your heart with joy.
A smart moment, silly moment, trouble maker,naughty moment. Terriers are all of these and more..Would love to read some of your joyful and humorous times.





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Andrew
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Jun 10, 2019 at 16:49
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Ellie,her joy of freedom and fun..she just loved messing about in water pools and  a rare capture by my camera..it never fails to make me smile this one of her...Hugs Annie Andrew NimbySue and Ellie with their wings xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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My Little showgirl, NimbySue !   always with a Big Beam on her fuzzy face from Luggie to Luggie ...its what keeps you going! Hugs Annie xxx


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Andrew
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Jun 10, 2019 at 17:07
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We have had sooo many funny  humorous times ,naughty,silly..heart stopping..every day with all the puppers 32 years of Cairns and Suckie sis...there was never a day when I did not want to be with them all..even at work or shopping I missed them even if it was just half an hour..they have all and always will mean the world to me....Thank you for your lovely post Sandra and Grady and we have given you POW for  your picture...those bright shiny beaders ! ...and Happy face  we love .Hugs and kisses Annie Andrew NimbySue and Ellie with their wings xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Grady
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Jun 10, 2019 at 19:22
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 Annie, thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures of three of your beloved girls.. I see a peek of Suckie sis too! Ellie was such a brave heart she was and look at her leap in that picture. I remember when you first posted this one.Look at that form...she could put those water dogs in last place..her coming in First for best jump!!  Dear NimbySue we miss her so much!! Her bright happy expression is a joy to see Annie.Like you I think of mine pups always no matter where I go or time of day or night.They are pure happiness and joy in our life and always in our hearts.

Sending you and Andrew big hugsxoxox Sandra & Grady
My Angels Maddie Willie Emily at the RB

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Robin + Mischief at the Bridge
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Jun 10, 2019 at 21:25
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awww! Grady! Look how big you are already! 

With a name like Mischief, you can guess the personality of our beloved Cairn girl. Being a young child, having a naughty puppy was great fun! I loved her more than anything and miss her so much. I'll let her tell you about some of her most special moments in her own words. She penned her "memmywars" before crossing the Rainbow Bridge in 2007.

The crazy terrier antics made us fall madly in love with this little bit of a pup.

"When I first met the people who were to be my family, I was so happy to be out of my cage, that I went
a little crazy and started hopping and jumping all over the place. I checked
out each of their laps, first Mommy, then Daddy, the two girls and the little
boy. They had nice laps. I knew I wanted to go home with them, so I decided to
put forward my best Cairn behavior and show them just how lovable I could be.
It worked!"

"It became clear right away that there would be a
struggle in the family for power. Do you really think I could let the humans
get away with controlling me? My very first day in my new home I was in my very
own little room drinking some water, when I knocked over my dish. My Mummy
(that’s Robin to you), called out to me: "Are you getting into mischief in
there?" She thought it would make a cute name, so she decided they would
name me Mischief.
 I was scared they'd send me away, so I was on my best
behavior for a week, but then, my true Cairn nature shone through, and I
learned to live up to my name!"

I
made sure to protest any rules the people made that I didn't like, and
eventually, they gave in and let me be the boss. When I first came to live with
my people, they had all kinds of rules.
 Well, there were so many rules, I didn't like them and decided
to do something about it. I started with the kitchen. I scratched at the door,
whined, cried and begged to be allowed in to sniff around during dinner. It
worked and I am now allowed in the kitchen during meal times! I sit by Daddy
and wait for someone to give me food, unless it smells really yummy, and then I
beg and give pitiful looks with my big, brown eyes. No one can resist the
pitiful look, especially Daddy!"

"After I conquered the kitchen, I decided to move on
to the bedrooms. Now I sleep in on the floor next to Daddy and Mommy's big bed
or underneath it if Daddy is snoring too loudly. When I was younger, and could
jump high, I would wake Daddy up in the morning with big, wet, slobbery kisses."

"When I was a puppy, one time, my people left some yummy smelling meat on the table when they went out, and I climbed up on the chair, then climbed up on the table and ate their supper! Boy, were they mad! It's a good thing I'm cute, because I also chewed up Daddy's old, smelly sneakers and ate a brand new library book and one of a favorite paperback. One time I got lost, or they thought I got lost. I just went to look for Daddy down by the beach. I was going to come home, eventually . . . someone found me and brought me down the street trying to find my people. When we did find my people, I saw they were really upset; I put my ears back and wagged my tail and gave them kisses so they wouldn't stay mad for too long!"



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Robin + Mischief at the Bridge
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Jun 10, 2019 at 21:33
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and the good stuff that makes us miss her all the time and now I'm going to cry.

"I love to be with my Daddy, I'm a real Daddy's
girl. When I was younger, I learned what Daddy's car sounded like, so I always
knew when he was coming home. I would race to the door, and wag my tail to
greet him. Sometimes I would even say: "Arooo", which means
"Hello!” When Daddy goes away, I get really sad. I wait by the door for
him to come home. 

When I was a puppy, we'd play together all the
time. My favorite game to play was "dishtowel." When Mommy was doing
the dishes, I would jump real high and grab a dishtowel off the counter. Them I
would run around the TV room with my dishtowel while Daddy and the kids chased
me. It was lots of fun! I also loved to play ball, except when Daddy and
someone else tossed the ball back and forth and tried to keep it away from me. The
word “fetch” is NOT in my vocabulary, except to make the people fetch the ball
for ME! I like to go swimming with Daddy at the beach, too. I like
to supervise Daddy while he works in the yard. I make sure no scary things
(like mice and squirrels) come to get my Daddy. I love it when Daddy gives me
belly rubs and scratches my ears. Sometimes, I slip off his lap and sit on the
couch next to him, until Mommy sees me and makes me get down. Simple things
make me happy, like belly rubs. I like anyone who gives me belly rubs.

I have a very special bond with my Mummy (Robin). We
grew up together, and she is one of my best friends. She always knows what I
want and what I am trying to say, even when the others aren’t listening.  When
I was younger, Mummy used to lie on the floor next to me and watch TV and give
me belly rubs. When Mummy went away to school and her own place far away, I got
sad. The rest of the people would go away all morning and I would get lonely.
Sometimes I could talk to Mummy on the phone. Other times she sent me e-mail or
postcards just to tell me she missed me. When Mummy was a teenager, she wanted
to be on TV. One time, she and her friends were making a video and had the door
to the living room closed. I managed to open the door and sneak in and came
right in the center of the room, so the camera could see me, and announced: “I
want to be a star, too!” Everyone gave me belly rubs and I looked cute for the
camera. I know I’m cute! You don’t need to tell me twice!

I like to meet new people, and am always excited
whenever anybody comes to visit. If you come to visit, I'll greet you with my
tail wagging and roll over for belly rubs. If you give good belly rubs, you
will be my new best friend.  I also like
it when people scratch my ears and my face. It feels really good! But if you
stop scratching me before I'm ready, I will make sure that you continue by
tapping you with my paw.



Daddy took me on a walk without my leash not too long ago! He saw something move
in the blue recycle bin and thought it was a skunk, so he called for me to come
because he knew I'd chase the skunk. When I heard Daddy calling, I poked my
little head out of the recycle bin. Daddy said, "How did YOU get in
there?" and picked me up. When he put me down, I climbed right back in the
bin again, just to remind Daddy who is in charge.

Now that I am old, I have decided I like to snuggle a
lot more. It makes me feel safe and happy. 
I like to cuddle up with my head on a lap and have my ears scratched and
my head stroked. I also like to be held and place my head on a shoulder and be
rocked like a baby, but only sometimes, and not when there’s food around or
adventures to be had. Cuddle time is on MY terms only because I am the boss,
naturally.

I have a few questions I want answered before I cross the
bridge. There are some things I don’t understand like:



1)     
Why do I have
to eat mushy food from a can when everyone else gets stuff from the big white
thing in the kitchen?



2)     
Why do I have
to eat on the floor when everyone else sits at the table?



3)     
Why do I have
to go outside and do my business when everyone else INCLUDING the kitty gets to
do theirs inside?



4)     
Why do my
people tell me to “do your business”? I would go if I have to. I can’t go on
command. SHEESH!



5)     
When my people
are hungry, they eat. Why can’t I eat when I’m hungry? (all the time)



Can anyone answer these
questions for me? Mummy says: “Because you’re a DOG!” But I KNOW I’m not one of
those dog things. I know I am a person just like the other people who live in
this house!



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Grady
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Jun 11, 2019 at 10:49
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Robin what a beautiful sentiment and a pleasure to read all about the life of your darling Mischief. The name I have always loved and she lived up to it too. Us cairn parents can surely relate to the antics you describe.Never a boring moment .;-) 
Especially liked that game mischief had with the dish towel...awww I can just imagine the laughter and chase that went on.
Thank you for sharing with us.Mischief had a long life and wonderful home with your family. Surely a day doesn't go by without you reflecting on the wonderful time you had with your darling girl.Kisses blown over the bridge to Mischief.
Hugs Sandra & Grady

P.S. I see so many views. Almost 50. I wish more of you would add your stories please. Cairns and Westies. They can be moments you are sharing now with your darling terriers or of the past. Please join us on this thread. 

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Robin + Mischief at the Bridge
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Jun 11, 2019 at 20:51
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I had forgotten some of those escapades from my childhood until I reread the memoir. She had quite the wonderful life. I'm not  sure my mom was fond of the dishtowel game as it got us all riled up before bedtime but I think she enjoyed watching the tiny puppy jump up and grab the towel off the counter. Squeaky toys didn't last long and neither did anything left on the floor. My mom was a stay at home mom in those early days. I forget how very young my little brother was until I see Mischief lying on his "night night" blanket and look at the picture of all of us we took as our Christmas card that year. My brother and Mischief were both so tiny. 

 I don't think my dad will ever get over losing her. It was a very long time before he could look at her picture. Whereas I wanted another one right away to fill the hole in my heart. Somehow terrier antics are so much cuter and funnier than when my sister's two-legged terriers act the same way. 

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Jun 11, 2019 at 11:02
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View Full SizeWhether she's watching TV with her favorite toy or being bad and chasing the cat, Emmie gives it her all. She doesn't do anything half way and she gives us her unconditional love. When I've had a bad day or don't feel good, she gives me "the look", curls up beside me and gives me a great big sloppy kiss! Honestly, how could you stay down with all that attention! LOL She is our 3rd Westie--each with their own personality and each loved beyond belief! I honestly don't know how some people make it through life without a dog. They bring so much to our lives and we are all the richer for sharing our lives with them!
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Robin + Mischief at the Bridge
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Emmie is a delight to read about, as was Kelsie! You have a great way of telling a story.



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Diana
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Jun 12, 2019 at 03:22
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Matilda is very much the clown in our little family always putting on a show, when we go to the hardware store they have to go in the trolley Matilda bumps up against Izabella over and over and over again just looking at me I swear she looks like she is smiling. Then on the weekend she went into the front garden jumped into the middle of my beautiful perfectly rounded at the top daisy bush rolled around on her back and flattened it. Izabella is quite naughty at bedtime I turn off the computer and light she gets up and starts walking up the hallway her head is turned back to Matilda who is following behind Izzy is growling the entire length of the hallway. Every night it's the same. She's a little minx! Never a dull moment in our household.Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

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Grady
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Jun 13, 2019 at 20:41
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Diana I enjoyed seeing your post. I can appreciate the naughty terrier. What smiles and sometimes surprising things they can do. 
Sorry but I laughed at the thought of the growling up the length of hallway. Brings back thoughts of my Emily with Maddie. Miss Maddie the alpha female of the pack and Emily always challenging that but never winning. 
Your poor plant,hope it recovers soon. It must of smelled sooo good that Matilda couldn't help but roll in it and wear it's flowery perfume.

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Jun 14, 2019 at 03:46
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With these 2 there's no clear boss Matilda seems to have a slightly sweeter nature than Izzy as she never snaps or snarls or even growls @ Izzy but when Izzy growls (apart from the bedtime session) Matilda either gets right up in her face until Izzy plays with her or runs around her until Izzy stops growling and plays with her. Izzy of a night is a little annoying after awhile as Matilda sometimes will hang back and not come up the hallway without encouragement or me picking her up. Kelsi and Hannah there was no question of who was the boss it was Hannah not matter what dog came to visit and how big the dog was Hannah (the tiniest) was the boss. These 2 have sweet natures and seem to adore one another whereas Hannah and Kelsi would have their little tiffs.

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