Hon­our­ing a great small pack­age of joy

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Con­fes­sions of a breed lover (July 26)

I con­cur with Latham Hunter that be­ing a par­tic­u­lar dog breed fancier brings all kinds of “as­so­ci­a­tions and as­sump­tions” to own­er­ship of that breed.

My wife and I were, for 25 years, own­ers of the Scot­tish ter­ri­ers’ cousin, the Cairn Ter­rier. Not re­stricted to just black (or white – Westie), they could also come in red­dish blonde, and tan shades or a mix­ture of any of those colours.

As all the de­scrip­tors that Ms. Hunter at­tributes to the Scot­tish ter­rier also de­scribe the Cairn’s, they were also lov­ing, feisty and very loyal.

They are a great small pack­age of joy and even though many peo­ple thought, that due to their size, they were “pup­pies”, they were our small dogs with huge hearts and lots of in­tel­li­gence. Les Jar­rett, Hamil­ton

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