FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What’s your story?

Some of it is in this blog under “About.”  Neither my guardians or I know my birth date or where I was born or anything about my early life before I was found homeless.  Why I was in the park in Rancho Cucamonga (without an ID) is a big question mark.  Anyway, I was found and taken care of and eventually connected with a family that wanted me.

How did you and your new family get connected?

After my new family’s previous companion, a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Raleigh, passed away at age 15 and a period of mourning, they decided they wanted another dog.  They again attended the annual dog show at the Cow Palace to see what breed was attractive, and again decided a Wheaten was for them.  But this time they preferred to adopt a rescue dog if a good match could be found.  They conveyed this to the breeder community in Northern California (http://scwtcnc.net) and, as luck would have it, in a few weeks they were alerted that a Wheaten foster home in Orange, CA, had a resident in need of a new home.  That was me!  My guardians were invited to come down and meet me, which they did right away.  We went for a walk through my home’s suburban neighborhood, and the rest is history.

What is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?

A breed of dog named for its coat, which is soft with a gentle wave and of warm wheaten color.   There is extensive information on us at http://scwtca.org and additional information at the American Kennel Club, http://www.akc.org/breeds/soft_coated_wheaten_terrier/.

What role did the breeders play a role in your rescue?

After I was discovered homeless in the park, I was taken to the local public shelter for a few days.  When I wasn’t claimed, the shelter reached out to the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Association of Southern California, http://wheaten.org.  That organization’s rescue department placed me in a foster home for Wheatens and contacted local breeders to see if anyone knew anything about me or heard from any of their clientele about a missing male.  Nothing came of those outreach efforts, so they publicized my availability to breeders outside of Southern California.

Are you really a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?  How do you know?

In a few words, we think so.  Soon after my adoption and relocation to San Francisco, I interacted with many breeders at a Wheaten healthy living function in East Bay.  Their assessment was uniformly that I am a Wheaten.  Of course we have no documents to “prove” that.

Anything else you’d like to mention today?

At 53 lbs., I’m big for a Wheaten – my breed is normally 30-40 lbs or so.  I’m also more social than most Wheatens and mellower than most other Wheatens and terriers.

About MrWally

I was found in a city park in Southern California without an ID or name and adopted when I was about one. I then moved to San Francisco with my new family who named me Wally. I very much enjoy the parks and beaches. I like all my neighbors and everyone around seems to like me - in fact, many neighbors greet me by name and I'm really friendly with our US Postal Carrier! Occasionally I get to spend weekends at a ranch in Sonoma, and I've already toured much of the western U.S.
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