Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:33
Hi Frank - Orchid Lady beat me to it, in that I wondered whether you'd consider contacting one of the breed rescue societies. I bet there's one for Westies, and they'd probably be only too pleased to hear from someone who'd be happy to re-home an older dog.
I can't imagine life without dogs - since the age of 5 I've never been without one (or two) apart from a brief time when we were living in the Fasr East, and even then we had a cat. It "belonged" to the house we rented then, so although we didn't have to find it a new home when we left - the next tenants would have taken it on - the Amah we had then wouldn't hear of that, so she took it home with her instead, as she & the cat had become really attached to each other.
My two are doing their best to help rid the garden of rabbits these days. Not a total success of course, since the rabbits are in the garden 24/7 and the dogs aren't! Have had to deal with two dead baby bunnies (trophies?) these past two days. Not too bad if I find them outside, but not so good when they've brought them indoors..... luckily they just seem to despatch them and then "show off" a bit - at least it's not too much of a mess to clear up because they don't fight over the corpses, so no gory bits to deal with, just some fluff.