Dagny is a 10-year-old terrier mix who is, as her mom calls her, the cutest little nugget! She has more expressions than I can count. One minute she looks like a wise old man who could solve all the problems of life with her advice, the next she’s a classic terrier driven to get at that treat no matter what you have planned instead. Another moment later she’ll look as goofy and silly as a baby puppy playing with her toys, and then she morphs into a total couch potato slash lovebug.

I love her unique look – I’m always a sucker for the short legs! Best guesses for her mix: some wire-haired dachshund, maybe a little beagle…whatever it is, it’s perfect! Don’t you just love mutts?!

Lilly, Barley & Elsie

I couldn’t wait to share this family! These three were such natural models it’s taken me a week to pare down the photos because there are so many good ones. Lilly is the big sister, a 12-year-old tiny Springer Spaniel who was rehomed twice before she finally found her forever home, where she’s her mom’s best friend and shadow. Barley is a 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel with the most beautiful eyes you’ll ever see, and lovely chocolate roan markings – and he’s his dad’s best friend. (They’ve worked it out perfectly!)

Elsie, the newest addition, is a 3-year-old Golden Retriever who is everyone’s best friend and just a pile of lovable goofiness. She was saved from a home where the family bought her as a present for the kids then proceeded to leave her locked in a crate under the stairs for most of the day, and she lost so much muscle mass she couldn’t go for a normal walk when she first came home. 🙁

Despite some rocky starts in life, these three have hit the jackpot! They now live outside Atlanta on a beautiful property that’s pretty much their own personal dog park – acres of fenced-in grassy fields where they can play fetch to their hearts’ content, and even a lake at the back of the property where they love to swim. Not to mention how much they’re adored by their mom and dad, and rightly so! They are all supersweet and playful. Lilly loves her tennis ball, while Barley has a larger ball he loves to play soccer with – loves it so much it’s pretty much in all his pictures. :p And while Elsie never learned how to fetch as a puppy, she knows how to make her own fun!

Heather, Mr. K., Pudley, & Nibbles

These four adorable rescue Scotties are one of the cutest crews you’ll ever meet – so cute they’ve amassed their own fan club through the wonderful blog Scottie Mom! When I first arrived, I thought I was at the wrong house because I didn’t hear a peep when I knocked. But it turns out these four are really just that laid-back. (I know, I’m jealous too!)

Eleven-year-old Heather is the leader of the pack and her main goal in life is to seek out treats, and when she’s satisfied there aren’t any eluding her, she’ll settle down in her favorite corner (she has one in each room of the house). Mr. K is nine years old and of course he loves treats, but he also loves the ball. He’s quite the athlete, along with Pudley, who just joined the family this year with his littermate Nibbles.

It was so fun to see these four together. Even though Pudley and Nibbles are new to the family, they’re finding their places well and it is wonderful to see such a harmonious pack. Their amazing mama takes incredible care of them and is such a great advocate for rescue – many people assume if they want a certain breed that rescuing isn’t an option, but that’s rarely the case. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a pup who had a turn of bad luck end up hitting the jackpot, and they certainly have with the Scottie Mom!

From left to right, meet Pudley, Nibbles, Heather, and Mr. K.: