Down, But Not Out!


The peeps brought me home from the hospital last night and I pooped out in my favorite bucket. It takes a lot out of a guy to be in the ER all night and intensive care all day. With  fluid in my chest and abdomen to boot. That damned cancer.  (Sorry, but that ‘s how I feel. I might be cussing a lot, so you’ll just have to overlook that one flaw in my otherwise stellar character.)

It. Was. Not. Fun. Needles. Catheters. IVs. Ultrasounds. Pokes. Prods. Crying. Sobbing. Fear. Pain.

But, hey, here’s a fun way to start a new day: overhear your peeps – through crying and sobs – talking about maybe “it’s time” and “you make the call” – NO WAY JOSE!!!!

I’m down, but I’m not out.

That discussion was early this morning. After I woke up with a bit labored breathing, ears back and general malaise.

Look at me now:


Yes, friends. Once I heard those “final” words, I perked my little ass up so fast you could call me a whirling dervish. And once I wagged my tail for Them, They picked me up and took me outside. It was then that I went into high gear and peed on all my favorite corners and ate treats – heck, I haven’t eaten in two whole days which is like two whole years.

Then, the other phone call was made: “Uh…Let’s cancel that appointment. He’s happy outside and is breathing better. We’re going to hold off on that for right now….”


Yes. I’m rallying. For how long, I don’t know. Two days? Two weeks? Maybe. I’m told it won’t be two months. But you know what, I’m eating green beans, rice and chicken broth and the peepstress FINALLY FIGURED OUT how to shove a pill down my throat.

It took cancer for Her to figure that out? Really peep? How will She ever get along without moi?

I’m taking a Chinese herbal pill called Yunnan Baiyo that’s supposed to help stop the bleeding. It’s no cure, but it’ll give us more time together.

And that’s what’s really important. Other than my comfort of course. Remember: my comfort has ALWAYS come first. Ah…what a life.

Now, here’s the really important stuff. Please know that your overwhelming love and POTP for me and my peeps means the world to Us. It’s helping Us get through this. We were shocked at the love.

You guys, you’re helping my peeps more than you know and I thank y’all for that so much.

Let me leave you with this little photo of moi from just a minute ago:


Yes. Dining al fresco. What could be better than a plate of green beans, rice and chicken broth. Just like I like it. And, yes, I WILL get used to this. No more weight worries for me. It’s all or nothing.


Hum…there’s a squirrel up in that tree. Maybe I’ll….naw. Maybe I won’t.

Remember this: Scotties are tough enough to rock a beard and a skirt.

Thank you again so very much.

About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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55 Responses to Down, But Not Out!

  1. Susie says:

    Here’s looking at you kid! We love you little man! Keep on wagging on!

  2. Kismet says:

    !!!!!!! SQUAAAAAAAAAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Stuart!!! I am SO happy to see you! Mom couldn’t stop worrying/talking about you last night. She was sick about it all. We’re here with you, my friend – all the way. Lots of love & *ear licks* – Noodle

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  5. speedyrabbit says:

    keep on wagging and keep up the good fight,you’re Pawsome!xx Speedy

  6. macjenn says:

    Awright!!! You’ve made our day, Stuart, just like you’ve been doing for years! Enjoy that gourmet diet! You can still give the squirrels the hairy eyeball!

  7. Comedy Plus says:

    Great news indeed. I’m so happy you’re home. We know all about that final decision. We just had to make it last month. So very hard. Hang in there. 🙂

  8. Gail and Kipper says:

    Hang in there! Enjoy all that good food and treats. Kipper was so worried about you. So, glad you dined al fresco in the autumn leaves!

  9. Gavin says:

    Oh Stuart, we are over the moon to see you and to know you are back in the game. We never want you to leave, but know some day we all must go! Please stay comfortable, happy, and with yer beloved peeps as long as you can. Prayers will continue for all of you, and love forever to you💖⛅️🐀🐀🙏🙏✊

  10. rjkeyedup says:

    Ohhhhhh Stuart, so happy you came home! And that they delayed that decision to cross the rainbow bridge. Hang in there little guy – we all love you [amazing how that happened just thru blogging]; had to make that decision three times – always hard, but the love they have given us makes it worth it! Sending your peeptress photos I promised to send a few weeks ago.
    Paws in prayers. Ozzy & Callie’s Mommy
    PS – we have a iphoto event of your photos that you’ve posted so we will always fondly have you in our sight as well as our heart.

  11. Yipppieroooooooo Stuart! You are dah man! Prayer warriors have been working overtime and voila…..our Stuart, with his Peeps, in his yard, eating his green beans. DOG is good! XXXXXX your very worried pal Skyler B and his Mama

  12. Stuart we are so glad to see this update that you are home. We know your peeps will make your time as comfortable as they can for as long as you can stay with them.
    Prayers for you and your peeps
    hugs too
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  13. Anonymous says:

    You rock Stuart & keep that spirit just as you always have.

  14. Erin says:

    You look so good, Stu! So glad you’re home!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Sending you and your peeps lots of love and hugs. Stuart, you are one tough Scottie!! Hang in there. You brightened my day when I lost my Scottie, Raelinn and I will always love you for that. Enjoy your day and have lots of fun eating whatever tastes good.

  16. Lee says:

    Stuart soak up every second of this time of grace you have with your peeps. Give each other lots of kisses and hugs. Time is precious.
    Love you Stuart.
    Sweet William The Scot

  17. Daisy says:

    Arrrooooooo-derful news, Stuart! Scotties are terrier tough. We know there’s going to be some rough moments for you, but we know you’ll be fighting as best as you can! Enjoy the lovely meals and squirrel visits…we think they are trying to show you some support, too!

  18. corkscot says:

    Mom was afraid to go on the computer today. She let out a out a happy yes when she saw the posting. Thanks for rallying in time for the parents to make a good decision about you. Our prayers are with you.

  19. Bella, Roxy & Macdui says:

    We know the fight isn’t over, but it was such good news. It was HER first thought this morning and SHE was expecting the worst. Keep eating those green beans and we’re sending more POTP your way!

  20. Princess Leah says:

    Glad you’re home and enjoying your green beans
    Luffs and hugs to you and your peeps
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  21. Stuart, yours was the first Scottie blog I found….so many years ago. Which led me to Rocky Creek Farms and my own Scottie named Jazzi, then we had to have another….named MacAdoo,
    So now we are a 2 Scottie household….all because of you! We will keep the pop going for you pal! Stay strong and happy! Love ya guy! From all of us in Washington , DC! xoxo. Jazzi, Mac, Gma and Sis!

  22. Stuart you made my heart sing with this post…….We know how tough this is dear boy but we know you Scots have a lot of DETERMINATION……and I have no doubt you will make the most of your time. I hope you get green beans, rice and chicken (or anything ELSE you want!) every day from here on out. Yep – BRAVERY deserves spoiling! I’m sending hugs……special ones……for you and your family. Keep smiling Stuart.

    Love, Sammy (and Mom Pam)

  23. bentley2 says:

    So very happy to see you home and enjoying your day. May you and your peeps enjoy this special time together for however long you have. Sending prayers and Love and Hugs to you and your peeps. POTP
    Bentley and Mom

  24. indyandlucy says:

    Love you, Warrior Boy.

  25. Keep that feisty spirit and you eat whatever the hell you damned well please!!!!!!!!! So happy you are home!! xoxo DakotasDen

  26. WooooHooooo!!!! This is FABulous news dude!!! It has made my day fursure!!! You keep eatin’ and waggin’, and i’ll take care of those tree rats for ya!!! Sendin’ tons of POTP your way dude, and lots of slobbery kisses!!!!
    Ruby ♥
    pees: us Airedales can rock a beard too! hehehehe ☺

  27. gentlestitches says:

    It is 730 am here and you were my first thought when I woke up. I was delighted to see your photo amongst the leaves as I had my morning coffee and my quiet time before the mad school run. I know it is very, very serious but today you are here and today is what matters. I thank you for your gift of a happy morning. 🌈

  28. mavimet says:

    Make every minute count and take every minute – one at a time. Today is good and we will look after tomorrow, tomorrow. Please keep us updated.

  29. Piglove says:

    Squeals with piggy delight – look at you my sweet dear friend. Those ears are perky and you have an appetite – that’s fantastic! One day at a time surrounded by your loved ones – that’s what should be in order now. Having fun and living life. We love you to the moon and back and all around again! XOXO – Bacon

  30. What a tough little Terrier you are, Stuart! We are so happy to hear this news and the AireZen and POTP will continue!

  31. You are such a tough tough terrier!!! We are all so happy to read this update. We hope you have many precious moments with the peeps… Sending you the 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾. We ❤️ You Stu though our hearts are still 💔.

  32. Fozziemum says:

    Stu if i could AROOOOOOOOOO like you i would do so in full happy to see you home so happy to see you chowing down and so happy your diet is on the scrap heap..more green beans all have all our love being sent to you and will have you in my heart every day..enjoy and be Stu as much as you can and just embrace your scottie strength…love and hugs and pathetic attempts at AROOOOOOOO’S from us all..loves Fozziemum xxxx
    Pee ess give the peeps a huge hug from me too okay ❤

  33. raisingdaisy says:

    We were so worried about what we might read here today – you’re a tough little sweetie, Stuart! We’re going to keep sending out our strongest prayers and POTP and Daisy is making special Havachon prayers for you. xoxo

  34. Laura Rivers says:

    Stuart – so happy to hear your home – we will keep praying for you.

  35. Marty the Manx says:

    Arrrooooooo Stuart!!!! Glad you brought out the Scotty stubbornness and decided to rally my wonderful friend! Bugger the diet MOL! Enjoy and love and know that you are loved by all of us!
    Give your Peeps some luvs from us.
    Marty, Mom and the Gang

  36. Bailey says:

    Lots of prayers for you Stuart. Bailey is fighting Lymphoma and we didn’t think he’d see Halloween. Yet, he’s still chasing Katy all around the house and refusing to surrender just yet.

    Dog Dad discovered rice and hamburger as Bailey’s magic food. It’s been the only thing he can keep down and interestingly he doesn’t seem to be able to tell his daily steroid pill from the rice so that has made pill taking much easier.

    Mom has the same fears and worries about how to know when to make the call and always focusing on what is best for Bailey no matter what the choices that have to be made. Your Mom loves you so much, she will give you as much time here as she can and love you enough to help you go when the time comes. Stay strong all of you. God Bless.

  37. theguster says:

    My peep barely got me fed tonight and ran to the computer when she came home. She’s crying again, but she said they’re tears of pure joy because you are HOME, HUNGRY and HAPPIER than you’ve been for the past 2 days. Those are three very important words! Your treatment sounds like it was really rough, but you made it through with your scottie determination, everyone’s love, prayers and hope. We are both so thrilled to see you in your yard having dinner. Keep up the good fight as we all continue to send you the POTP. We gotta hand it to you, Stuart, you are one tough dude!

    Love & Hugs,
    McDuff & Mom

  38. iloveschnauzers says:

    Miss D and Mommy are thinking of you, Stuart! the grandpawents stopped by our place on Saturday to “say goodbye” but I rallied on Sunday and even napped in the yard today. the Big C won’t get us! We’ll go when we’re good and ready!

  39. finleywestie says:

    So glad that you are home… sending big hugs to your and your family… and loads of POTP and prayers for your comfort….luv ya, Stu…

  40. Pat, Wylie and Ruby says:

    I didn’t read email for several days and then OMG! I cannot believe this terrible disease has visited Stuart. We are sending you every possible prayer, hug and positive thought! We will rail against this with you! Fight little Stuie! M&D, stay strong.

  41. sue ellen says:

    Being home with those that love you and that you love and depend on is the most wonderful thing for you …and them. Stay as strong as you can for as long as you can little man. You and your peeps are in all our hearts and prayers.
    sweet hugs to you all……L&M and our family..

  42. rottrover says:

    Stuart! We’re here sending extra strength rottie POTP. ENJOY, enjoy, enjoy!! We love you, man!!

    -Ruby and Otto

  43. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Sweetheart you will know when it’s time. Our Benny told mom and me when it was time. It’s the saddest thing in the entire world and it hurts all our hearts. We love you buddy. Relax in your bed. Sweet dreams. We are glad you are home
    Lily (& Edward)

  44. lauramarec says:

    Sweet little Stu, our Pal, our Joy, there you are as if you’d never left—back at home where you belong with your Peeps who love you so much! You look wonderful in spite of all you’ve been through! We missed you and we worried so much for you and your Peeps. You are strong and we know you will try your damndest to recover. (We are cussing too!) We are praying for you so, so HARD! God Bless you, our Darling Angel Stu! We are with you always!
    Riley-Puppy, Tessie-Girl and their Mum

  45. We have checked your blog forty-eleven times for an update. We’re been so worried. But we want the peeps and dogtor to do what makes you most comfortable.

    Piper, Celti, Ivy and the buglets

  46. Glad you’re back home Stu. I’m sending ya tons of POTP.

  47. Oreo says:

    We are glad that your home Stuart. You keep eating those green beans, moving around and spend time with your peeps. Just love each other.

    Diana and Oreo and Addi

  48. It’s great that you are home now. I will think positive with you and I hope that chinese pill will work . And I’m sure the power of the green beans will help too…. they are like a magic snack and they are green, like the color of hope. Hugs to you and your humans, all our paws and fingers are crossed for you, buddy.

  49. Stu, I just knew you would rally. We Scots are tough as nails. I am glad you perked your butt up and that you are enjoying the outdoors and some fine dining. You are always in our thoughts, buddy.

  50. vera ersilia says:

    Love and comfort hugs from me and two cats.

  51. Hi Stuart – sorry to hear about your difficulties. We’re thinking about you, pal.

  52. You show them, Stu! You’ll get the most out of every moment that’s left. YOU make the call about when it’s time, not THEM.

  53. You keep fighting!!!! Tell your peeps to keep fighting!!!! Every. Minute. You kick that cancer square in the nvts and enjoy every moment you’ve got!!! Love and puppy power to you!!

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