When I undertook to write this article dealing with the early history of the Scottish Terrier Club of America I had no idea the work would be so interesting and difficult. I assumed it would entail the setting down in chronological order easily accessible, important and interesting facts in the lif of the club. However, I soon found that to garner even a portion of such matter would be difficult, for with the exception of recent years there are no complete Club records to use as source material. So the task has resolved itself into digging here and digging there to unearth a few facts, going to this old time member or that long time breeder to glean a few reminiscences. It is by these means that I have collected the information which I have set down in the following article. I present it as sort of a frame work which I hope will serve as the beginning for a more complete document and I ask all those interested who can draw upon their memories or who have in their possession old letters, magazine clippings or other material bearing upon the history of the Club, its officers, members, judges, breeders, exhibitors, specialty shows, trophies and famous dogs to communicate with the writer with a view to including such material in any subsequent edition of this booklet which may be published.
I take this opportunity of expressing my sincere appreciation and thanks to Dr. Fayette C. Ewing and Mr. Henry D. Bixby who have very materially aided me in assembling the data which appears in the present article.
The Scottish Terrier Club of America was organized in 1900. It owns its being to the enthusiasm and hard work of two gentlemen, Dr. Fayette C. Ewing who at that time was a resident of St. Louis, Mo. and Mr. J. Steele Mackenzie of Cincinnati, Ohio, who brought together in the membership of the Club that little group of Scottie lovers who thirty nine years ago were struggling to improve and popularize their beloved Diehard.
In 1895, before the formation of the Scottish Terrier Club of America, there had been an organization known as the American Scottish Terrier Club composed of four or five gentlemen who had attempted to foster the breed but after several years they abandoned the idea, at least so far as a specialty club was concerned, for the American Scottish Terrier Club ceased to exist. However, its treasurer, Mr. James I. Little of Boston, Mass. became active in the new Club.
Ask the US Senate to Support National Purebred Dog Day
Yesterday, a resolution was introduced in the U.S. Senate to declare May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day.
Senate Resolution 447 “designates May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day in celebration of purebred dogs and the many service and companion benefits purebred dogs have and continue to provide to the United States.”
The resolution further “honors the dedicated and responsible breeders who work to preserve and advance their breeds and responsible dog ownership throughout the United States.”
The American Kennel Club is proud to support National Purebred Dog Day as part of its goal of preserving the future of purebred dogs and advancing and the health and wellbeing of all dogs.
AKC honors purebred dog breeders whose commitment, vision and high standards have developed, sustain, and continue to advance purebred dogs as unequaled family and working companions. Purebred dogs exhibit consistency in size, appearance, temperament and instincts. This enables prospective owners to choose a puppy that fits their particular lifestyle and increases the likelihood of a long, successful lifetime in that home. AKC is proud to advocate for purebred dogs, breeding for type and function, the sport of purebred dogs, and for breeders who are committed to the health and wellbeing of dogs and preserving their unique breeds.
About National Purebred Dog Day:
The May 1 National Purebred Dog Day movement was created by Colorado resident and Puli fancier Suzi Szeremy to celebrate the diversity, heritage, and predictability of purebred dogs. Colorado became the first state to designate a National Purebred Dog Day in 2015, and the Illinois House of Representatives has recently introduced a resolution as well.
The AKC is proud to support Senate Resolution 447 and National Purebred Dog Day. We invite you to join us in celebrating the pride, predictability, purpose, and preservation of these dogs that have done so much to enhance our lives.
Please consider a donation, no matter how small to this worth cause that is in our best interest as breeders. The AKC PAC in there to protect our rights as breeders. Feel free to forward this AKC message to your local clubs also!
Best regards from your STCA legislation team!
Message from the AKC PAC Chairman
Dear AKC PAC Supporter, Thank you for your support of the American Kennel Club Political Action Committee. You are receiving this newsletter because we value your stewardship and we want you to know how your support is helping to ensure the future of purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership.
April marks the launch of the 2016 AKC PAC Club Presidents Challenge. We are asking for both your personal support and that of your AKC-affiliated club’s president to attain 100% club member participation to achieve our goal of $100,000 in one-time and recurring gifts. This year we are seeking small monthly contributions to give us an ongoing level of PAC support. Just $5 per month will make a difference.
The AKC Political Action Committee relies on you. Through your financial support, we can help elect candidates who share our love of dogs. And when you help us identify candidates who understand responsible—not oppressive—dog policies, we can work together to protect our dogs and our sport. This is your PAC and it works because of you.
Thank you again for your support. If you have not done so already, please join our effort to make the 2016 our best year yet!
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a comprehensive passenger train bill that in requires Amtrak to develop a pilot program that would, when feasible, designate at least one car where passengers may transport a dog or cat if the pet is in a kennel that can be stowed according to Amtrak’s requirements for carry-on baggage.
HR 749 has now been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
AKC urges dog owners to support this measure and to contact your US Senators and ask them to support the Amtrak Pilot Program in HR 749 that would allow pet owners to travel on certain trains with their pets.
Visit www.senate.gov and select your state under the “Find Your Senators” box at the top of the page to find the contact information for your senators.
The STCA Board passed the following resolution on Legislation:
7-9-10: Motion: I make a motion to adopt and publish this statement. The Scottish Terrier Club of America was formed and exists to encourage and promote the responsible breeding and ownership of Scottish Terriers and to protect and advance the interests of these dogs. Towards these ends, all members of the STCA sign the following Code of Ethics.
The STCA encourages its members to become educated about and involved in local legislative issues and to support the AKC. We also ask for members to notify the legislative committee of important legislation in their area.
The following items and links are provided by the STCA Legislative committee. They may be national or local in scope. This is provide for your information because the Legislative committee felt it may be of interested. Unless specifically noted, none of the information here represents an STCA BOD approved position statement (See above). If you want more information, contact the STCA Legislative Committee.
The following list shows some of the current AKC alerts. Clicking on an article below will take you to the that alert on the AKC Page. For the complete list, visit the AKC Legislative Alerts page.