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Westies on Capitol Hill

Westies Celebrate their Heritage

On April 6, the National Tartan Day Celebration was kicked off on the US Capitol grounds. Thousands appeared to listen to bagpipe music, enjoy the beautiful weather and catch a glimpse of some famous Scots. The revelers came in both the two-legged and four legged varieties. Among the crowd, a conspicuous collection of West Highland White Terriers turned out wearing their kilts and honoring their heritage. The terriers represented Westie Rescue MidAtlantic, as we took the opportunity to publicize our cause at the Scottish event.

Sir Sean Connery and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott attended the event, resplendent in their family tartans. Sir Sean received this year’s William Wallace Award for his contributions to US-Scottish relations, his support of the National Party and his generosity as a benefactor of education in his homeland. The movie idol attracted a great deal of attention, particularly from his female fans. One such admirer was Rescue Volunteer Terri Chapman, who was escorted by her four Westies. As the crowd parted at Sir Sean’s entrance, Ms. Chapman’s heart leapt when the handsome actor paused to pet and admire her Westie, Katie. Katie had been found wandering homeless on the streets in Western Virginia and was recently adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Chapman of Winchester, VA. When asked for a reaction, Ms. Chapman exclaimed, “I’ll have to tell Katie’s groomer to never wash that spot on her head again.”

Today, over eleven million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots‹making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States. A variety of festivals, games and parades are held each year in Northern Virginia and Maryland to celebrate the heritage of this large and distinguished group of Americans. Westie Rescue MidAtlantic tours a full circuit of these Scottish Events each year to promote public awareness of rescue activities, to raise funds to support the medical and logistical costs in placing rescued Westies and to invite the public to apply to adopt homeless Westies. If you would like to attend a festival with your Westie, please go to to see a complete list of this year’s events.

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