The Washington State Scottish Terrier Club (WSSTC) is are one of the oldest regional clubs in the United States. The WSSTC was formed in 1934 by founding members George Hudson and Grace Severson. Mr. Hudson, a silversmith, designed the club logo we have today. In the early 1940s the WSSTC was accepted as a regional organization by the Scottish Terrier Club of America.(STCA) Our first specialty was held in 1944, when Blackbriar Brooke, owned by Blackbriar Kennel of Bellevue, WA took top honors.
- In 1947 the WSSTC was incorporated in the state of Washington as a non- profit organization and today, as always, we continue to serve the best interests of the breed. Our primary goal is preservation of the Scottish Terrier. We accomplish this over-riding objective through education on the breed standard and health of the Scottish Terrier, community involvement with volunteers, activities such as Fala Days, picnics, annual participation in Seattle’s Macy’s Day parade, and an annual specialty show and dinner to show off some of America’s finest Scottish Terriers.
- In 1962, the year of the Seattle World's Fair, we were one of ten specialty dog clubs holding a show called "The Associated Canine Specialties" which won wide acclaim for it's exhibition.
- The Washington State Scottish Terrier is fortunate to have had the owners and handlers of some of America’s top Scottish Terriers.
- In 1967, WSSTC's then-member, Bob Bartos, showed Carnation Farms' Eng/Am./Can. Champion Bardene Bingo to Best In Show at Westminster - the most prestigious and sought after dog show win in all the United States. Ch. Bardene Bingo is still listed among the top producers of Scottish Terrier champions. To this day, Bob and "Bingo" are retained in the minds of Scotty people as among the "greats".
Bardene’s Bingo is apparent in the pedigrees of many of the great Scot’s of today.
- Our club is fortunate to have outstanding Scottish Terrier breeders in the area. Their quality stock has received widespread recognition for temperament, obedience, companionship and conformation to the breed standard. Retired club member Jeannie Passmore is noteworthy for all the research she did on Scottie cramp, a debilitating, but not life threatening, ailment that plagues the movement of Scottish Terriers. Jeannie traveled back and forth to Washington State University’s Veterinary School so research could be conducted on this ailment. To this day, no genetic markers or other identifying indicators of this ailment has definitive been identified.
- In 1995, Best in Show at the Westminster dog show was repeated. This time, the winner was Multiple BIS and BISS Am. Can. Ch. Gaelforce Postscript. “Peggy Sue” was bred past club member Camille Partridge of Corvallis, OR and owned by club member Dr. Vandra Huber and co owner Dr. Joe Kinnarney. The WSSTC was the host club for the 1995 STCA Rotating Specialty in June, 1995. Peggy Sue came home to Washington and rounded out her career by earning WSSTC Best in Specialty show honors and Scottish Terrier Club of America’s Rotating Best in Specialty Show in June, 1995. The WSSTC hosted the event.
- Because of the ease of air travel and the internet, the world has grown smaller. As a result, it’s made it easier to make friends and attend dog shows worldwide. WSSTC club members Dr. Vandra Huber and Michael Krolewski bred Am. Can. Russ. Eng. Intl Ch. McVan’s To Russia With Love and gave her to Marina Khenkina, Moscow. Handled by Rebecca Cross, Knopa won the world’s largest dog show, namely Crufts in 2015.
In 2015, the WSSTC hosted it’s second annual national specialty weekend. Scotties and their owners from across America participated in the event. The WSSTC also launched the first Top 20 for Scottish Terriers. For this event, Scottish Terriers who are ranked in the top 20 in regards to breed or group points are invited to participated.
WSSTC membership is made up of Scottie folks involved with Scotties at many levels. Some are owners, breeders, AKC judges, dog show exhibitors, rescue workers, etc. Members Fred & Christine Stephens' Glenby Scottish Terriers have received many top awards for their successes in the show ring and whelping box. Margie and Dick Viciguerra's lovely Am. Ch. Winwar Cosmopolitan, "Cosmo", went to Germany in 1994 and received a World Champion Title. Others have participated in rescue programs to acquire their Scottish Terrier. As varied as the member's interests are, the common bond among them all is the love for this special breed.
The club holds a variety of events. The dogs strut their stuff at the annual specialty which traditionally has been held in June each year. However, the times “they are changing” with the specialty now moving to January in 2017. Our annual specialty entries are strong and include Scotties from all over the U.S. that compete in obedience, conformation, and even agility. The show also attracts Junior Showmanship entries and obedience. Traditionally held in June, the annual specialty show will move to January in 2017.
In addition to the specialty, our club engages in many public activities aimed at improving the health, training, conformation, and grooming of the Scottish Terrier. Each year the club also provides one or more educational events. In some cases, the topic has been how to groom Scottish Terriers better. Health is also an important topic with seminars on such things as first aid for Scottish Terriers, bus and parasites, genetic ailments.
Two of the most popular events are the annual “Howl”-oween party in which the dogs are adorned in costumes. May the best Scot “Howl” at the moon. The Friday after Thanksgiving is parade day with the Scotties and owners participating in Seattle’s annual Macy’s Christmas Parade. You can sport the Scotties by their jaunty walk and the red sweatshirts and Santa hats owners wear. We also have an annual picnic and holiday season party. All of the activities are focused on preserving the breed of Scottish Terriers and sharing the love that comes from owning a purebred Scottish Terrier.