Laurie has lived with Scottish Terriers since 1978 when she fell instantly in love with a pet-shop Scottie, whom she named Hanna and brought home, despite living in an apartment that didn’t allow dogs. Since then nine other Scotties, all rescues or rehomed, have lived with Laurie and her husband, Jim. They currently share their home with two Scotties, Hemingway and Nessa.
Laurie has been a member of both regional and national Scottish Terrier Clubs, serving on the Board of the Scottish Terrier Club of Chicago and as the editor of their newsletter. She was an editor by profession, but spent her free time on dog stuff: as a mentor on a canine epilepsy list, taking classes with her Scotties in obedience and nose work, learning to groom her Scotties, and attending numerous canine health and behavioral seminars, including a wolf intensive at Wolf Park in Indiana. She and Jim have adopted many special-needs Scotties and are devoted supporters of Scottie rescue—fostering, transporting, and donating freely, including from their Scottie collectibles.
Laurie and Jim will be receiving the Door County Scottie Rally Braveheart Award in 2021 for their long term self-less contributions to assisting numerous physically challenged Scots live their days with joy and love until they crossed the Rainbow Bridge.