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It is with heavy heart that we share news of the crossing of Laurie Haight Keenan, DCSR Board Member and friend of all Scotties. Laurie passed away in the comfort of her own home early Saturday morning after battling metastatic breast cancer for nearly 5 years.
Laurie was a wise warrior. A very private person, few people knew she held a PhD. An editor by profession, she was an award winning writer and fortunately graced us at DCSR with her free time; focusing on her love for the Scottish Terrier breed. Laurie was a mentor on a canine epilepsy list; she took obedience and nose work classes with her Scotties; she learned to groom them, and attended numerous canine health and behavioral seminars. Laurie has been a member of both regional and national Scottish Terrier groups – most recently serving as a member of the Door County Scottie Rally Board of Directors. Within that role, she created our electronic newsletter ‘Rally News & Aroos’ and played a pivotal role in every online DCSR auction since 2019.
Laurie and her sweet husband Jim were recipients of the ‘Door County Scottie Rally Braveheart Award’ in 2021 for their long term selfless contributions to assisting numerous physically challenged Scots live their days with joy and love until they crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Our hearts find peace in knowing there is quite a ruckus at the Rainbow Bridge this week, greeting Laurie with licks and AROOS.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laurie’s honor to Door County Scottie Rally or St Louis Scottish Terrier Rescue.
We love you and will miss you, Laurie.
Our first gathering of Scottie lovers began in May, 2001 with 9 Scotties and 24 humans as a celebration of this noble breed. What ensued over the following years was a progressive expansion of people from all over North America who love Scottish Terriers because of their “scotti-tude”, loyalty, companionship and unconditional love they provide. As a result the Rally has provided substantial annual donations to support the work of Scottish Terrier Rescue and health related research and education on a national level. After our 4th year of holding the Rally we decided it was time to form a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2005. The decision to do this moved the Scottie Rally from an event to an organization with volunteer Board members. We are proud to be one of the largest Scottie gatherings in the United States and continue to be one of the largest contributors to the STCA Health Trust Fund (HTF) for Scottie related research and regional symposiums.