Tag Archives: Scottish Terrier

Marking Harry Maclary’s 40th anniversary

For Dame Lynley Dodd, a sketch of a dog on note paper started it all – 40 years ago.

Harry Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy was first published in 1983. The book features Harry, a mixed breed dog who looks a lot like a Skye or Scottish Terrier (Dodd has said that he is a terrier mix) alongside his canine friends:

  • Hercules Morse, As Big as a Horse, a Mastiff
  • Bottomley Potts, All Covered in Spots, a Dalmatian
  • Muffin McLay, Like a Bundle of Hay, an Old English Sheepdog
  • Bitzer Maloney, All Skinny and Boney, a mixed breed dog that is clearly part Greyhound     


  • Schnitzel Von Krumm, With a Very Low Tum, a Dachshund

Every Kiwi child knows this story! (with a further 19 books that followed the first).

NZ Post will release a series of commemorative stamps on 1st March to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this now classic children’s book. Can you guess which character is Sox’s favourite?

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Remler Radio Scottie Dog

On a recent layover in San Francisco International Airport, there was an exhibition on the history of radio and one of the companies featured was Remler Company Ltd, of San Francisco.  The company traded from 1918 to 1988.

A Scottie Dog (Scottish Terrier) featured as a brand motif on many of their radio models.

Here’s a selection of those I found on the internet:

Any of these radios, if you can afford them, would make an ideal ‘retro’ addition to a dog lover’s home.

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Doggy quote of the month for April

“These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala.

Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them.

You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since.

I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President

FDR and Fala

Background:  During the 1944 presidential campaign, Republicans alleged that Mr Roosevelt had left his Scottie dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands and sent a U.S. destroyer to collect him (at taxpayers’ cost).  President Roosevelt chose to respond during a speech to the International Teamsters Union.

The art of Lucy Dawson

Lucy Dawson (1870-1854) was a British illustrator who was best known for her pen, ink and pastel drawings of dogs.  Sporting breeds were a favorite subject, but she also painted other breeds and her work can be found on collectible items such as postcards and cake tins.

Through used booksellers, you can still pick up copies of her illustrated books including Dogs As I See Them, Dogs Rough and Smooth and Lucy Dawson’s Dog Book.

Dogs Rough and Smooth

Dogs Rough and Smooth published in 1944

You can also purchase reproduction prints such as these:

Sleepy cocker spaniel

Sleepy Cocker Spaniel, 1937

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier, 1946

Flaxman the Greyhound

Flaxman the Greyhound, 1946

Original works periodically turn up at auctions, for those who are die-hard collectors.

I particularly like how Ms Dawson was able to render the beautiful fur coats on the dogs she drew, a rare talent.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand



Goodbye, Miss Beazley

Photo courtesy of the Presidential Pet Museum

Photo courtesy of the Presidential Pet Museum

My favourite Bush, Miss Beazley, passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Miss Beazley, a Scottish Terrier, was a birthday gift from George W to his wife, Laura, in 2005.   (She was born on October 28, 2004.) After leaving the White House, she lived with the Bushes in Dallas, Texas.

My condolences to the Bush family.  The passing of Miss Beazley means that Bo and Sunny Obama are the only living presidential pets.

Photo courtesy of the Presidential Pet Museum

Photo courtesy of the Presidential Pet Museum

Source:  Presidential Pet Museum media release


Fala – a presidential dog

If you are visiting Washington, DC, one of the best memorials on the Mall is to commemorate the life and achievements of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR).

Fala and FDR

And one reason I liked this monument is that FDR’s dog, Fala, is also featured and this makes him unique – the only presidential dog that has been honoured in this way.

Fala, a Scottish Terrier, lived from 7th April 1940 to 5th April 1952.  FDR renamed the dog referring to the name of his 15th century Scottish ancestor (John Murray), “Murray the Outlaw of Falahill, ”  The name was then shortened to “Fala.”

Fala close up

Fala accompanied FDR everywhere; it was said that FDR fed Fala personally.  Fala’s leather collar had a silver plate on it which read, “Fala, the White House.”

Fala was often present during FDR’s fireside chats (via radio) to the US public.  So, it makes sense that Fala is seen at the FDR memorial sitting at his master’s side.

The Fala statue is quite large; this is me sitting next to it (for scale).

The Fala statue is quite large; this is me sitting next to it (for scale).

The dog on the Monopoly board

The manufacturers of the Monopoly board game, Hasbro, announced this week that they would be replacing the iron token in the game with a cat, based on votes from the game’s fans.

When we played Monopoly when I was a child, I always had to have the dog token (no surprises, there).  So who is the dog on the Monopoly board?

Monopoly dog

Well, no one is sure if it is a male or a female, but it is definitely a Scottish Terrier, or Scottie.  The Scottie was introduced as a token in the 1950s, although some history sources say that a small dog token made from rubber was included in the game in the 1930s.

It should be noted that this week’s fuss was all about the standard Monopoly game.  There have been many special editions of the game introduced over the years including a Dog Lovers edition:

Dog lovers monopoly

In this edition of the game, all of the tokens have a dog theme including a dog, bone, water/food bowl, dog house and fire hydrant.