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.