The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is, to me, the most fabulous dog in the world. They are true clowns, zooming, making people laugh, leaping 5 feet straight up from a sit and the next moment cuddling up on the closest lap. But they are not for everyone. Despite their teddy bear appearance they are terriers in every sense of the word, not to mention having a high maintenance coat. There are also health problems in the breed that potential owners need to be aware of.

I am involved in Wheaten Rescue, fostering Wheatens for WIN (Wheatens In Need). The saddest thing is when these confused little dogs arrive. They have no idea why they are no longer in their homes but among strangers. The greatest thing is watching them build confidence, learn to play again and come into their own. So many are given up because people get them on the spur of the moment. They can't resist that cute face in the pet shop window, thereby putting money in the pockets of the puppy millers. No legitimate breeder ever sends any of his or her litter to a pet shop. The same thing with the sweet lady who tells people she is either selling the pups for a breeder who is too busy to be bothered with selling the pups or she is selling them for a relative who is too sick. Beware! This is a broker getting the pups from a puppy mill. Legitimate breeders not only are very particular about the placement of their pups, they also have a long waiting list.

One of the greatest things about Wheatens is the fellowship of the owners. Several of us even banded together to form the Dog Star Kennel Club & Gala, a group existing in cyberspace. We have published a book; Wheatens on the Web, Volume 1 and Volume 2 is in the works now. We also offer mugs with the star puppy design, bumper stickers and address labels. The money raised goes to Wheaten Health and Rescue.

 

Bobbie Baird makes wonderful dog bandanas, truly inspired designs and she can be reached at OBAIRDXXXX@aol,com. Check back often, as I will be adding more links to Wheaten related items.