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March 20, 1998

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Bailey, Humphrey, Boswell, the Pets of the Day
Name: Bailey, Humphrey, Boswell
Age: 3, 4, 1 1/2 years old
Gender: Female, Male, Male
Kind: White West
Highland Terriers
Home: Middle Haddam, Connecticut, USA
   This is Bailey, Boswell & Humphrey, who we lovingly refer to as "The Paw Firm." They love to guard the house and each one has their own sentinel post. They watch the comings and goings on in the back and can detect the slightest movement.

    Westies are typical terriers, active, alert inquisitive, and demanding of attention. That's why we have three. They keep each other company. They are pack dogs and tend to be very close. When one is missing the other two are despondent and listless.

    Westies are hunters and were used to hunt rodents, weasels, muskrats, etc. in Scotland, where they hail from. Consequently, our three "patrol" the grounds surrounding the house looking for squirrels and chipmunks. When they spot one, all hell breaks loose and they go spastic until I let them out into their run where they bark until the intruder disappears. Westies are only "barky" when an intruder invades their domain, otherwise they are relatively calm. However, they are terriers and have all the traits associated with the breed.

    Westies are very friendly and make great pets, especially with children. However, if raised with adults, some tend to find small children annoying.

    Bailey, our smallest, and the one on the left of the picture, is the female and runs the household and the males. She tends to be very vocal and keeps the "boys" in line. She's 3 years old. She has decided that it is her "duty" to see to it that the house is run perfectly. If anything is out of place, she lets you know.

    Humphrey, the oldest and largest, 4 years old, is a sweetheart and loves to go for rides in the car. His joy in life is to lay in the sun and soak up the rays. At night he sleeps on the bed and has to be touching you. He tends to lay his chin on your leg while he sleeps.

    Boswell, on the right side of the picture is the youngest, 1 1/2 years old, and still has a lot of puppy left in him. He loves to play with stuffed animals and tends to destroy them, especially if they have a squeaker inside. Boswell also loves to "hide" under the bed and call out to the other two so they try to get him to come out. It's like hide and seek.

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