|Sweet Scottie vintage fruit box label|
Scottie dogs, with their distinctive, stylised looks and appealingly earnest facial expressions, have long been a popular 20th century motif for fashion, ornaments and various what nots and bric a brac. They ooze character and have a kind of retro, old-fashioned charm - possibly because their image can be found on so many old tea towels, cake tins, calendars and brooches etc. Like the poodle, they possess a serious style cachet and were particularly sought after, as decorative accents, from the 1920s through to the 1950s. They even had the distinction of being a Monopoly playing piece.
|Scottie dog brooch|
|Licorice Scottie dogs|
|Scottie dog tea set|
Scottie Dog Fans
|Scottie dog soap|
|President Roosevelt and his beloved Scottie, "Fala"|
Dear little friend of mine, I never knew.
All-innocent are you, and yet all-wise.
(For Heaven's sake, stop worrying that shoe!)
You look about, and all you see is fair;
This mighty globe was made for you alone.
Of all the thunderous ages, you're the heir.
(Get off the pillow with that dirty bone!)
~Dorothy Parker, from Verse to a Certain Dog
|Scottie dog salt and pepper set|
Although Scotties are commonly portrayed as black, there is also a paler, 'wheaten' variety. By most accounts they are feisty but loyal and one of the oldest of dog breeds. While real life Scottie dogs may have lost some ground as chic pets since the 1930s when they were at their height of fashionable kudos, they still have their admirers, including ex-president George W Bush.
In fact, they are a presidential dog it seems, as they're the only breed to have occupied the White House more than three times....
|Scottie for President? This is "Barney", President George W Bush's dog.|