We’re Overwhelmed

We’re overwhelmed by the loss felt around the world. Your tweets, re-tweets, blogs, re-blogs, blog comments, posts, poems, prayers, thoughts, tributes, cards, gifts, emails, phone calls, kindness and shout outs are what’s made it possible for me to put one foot in front of the other since our boy left. We’re taking it one day at a time.

To hemangiosarcoma, I say, “thank you, you evil bastard, for at least making the end painfree and without suffering”. We have that to be thankful for.

All the wishes the Dad Peep and I have made on all the shooting stars over the past 9 years and 9 months came true on December 12: We never wanted him to leave us, but when the time came, we needed to be together and prayed that he wouldn’t be in pain. Thank you stars, for making that happen.

The Scottie Chronicles will be back in 2016. After all, we can’t let the memories of Stuart the Scottie and all that StuART fade into darkness now can we?

No. We. Can. Not.

So until I learn how to breathe, how to walk, how to fully exist without Stuart in my life, I hope you’ll take a gander at his magnificence in the following photos and know that you are as much a part of my life as his was.

Thank you for your kindness and caring.

Best Wishes for a glorious New Year.

Until next time: Keep Calm and Stuart On.

Psst: That’s what he’s doing! He’s calm, peaceful and settled in his new kingdom. He made himself known to me this morning. I was wondering when I’d hear from him. His toenails across the hardwood floors. A sigh in the middle of the night. A glimpse of him somewhere. A bark from far away. Something.

Here’s what happened: my business website server migrated over to a new control panel and I had no idea how to finalize the changes on my end. I made a phone call this morning to my web service to figure it out.

A gentleman with a big, deep, comforting voice said, “Good morning, this is Stu, how can I help you?”

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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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45 Responses to We’re Overwhelmed

  1. Lee says:

    The Scottie Chronicles was the second scottie blog I found. Blogville would not be the same without the Chronicles. Stuarts going has left a big whole in our hearts but we know as you found out with the phone call Stuart will always be around even from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
    Sweet William The Scot

  2. Scout & Abby says:

    I don’t know how but somehow I missed your last post but got this one. I’m just as devastated. I have no words to convey how terribly sorry I am for your loss. All I can say is thank you for sharing your sweet wonderful Stuart with us – he was a special special friend. God’s speed to you sweet Stuart! And God bless you. Know we all know your loss and pain. But, think of all the wonderful memories you have tucked away for this special little man.

  3. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Our hearts hurt. Such a sad time. We know how overwhelming this is. Run free sweetheart
    Lily & Edward

  4. I have CHILLS after hearing about your phone call. If THAT wasn’t communication from Stuart, I don’t know what is!!! OMD!!!
    One thing you might consider, (but you probably have photos hanging all around already), is something I did when my beloved Bobo passed after sharing his life with me for 18 years. I went to Target and bought photo frames that held multiple photos (many of them held LOTS of photos)….I couldn’t bear not seeing Bobo in each room. I gathered photos and put them in the frames and hung photos in each and every room…………….that was 8 years ago and they are all still hanging. My pain was devastating (as yours is), and I will say that DID help me.
    Sending love and (((hugs)))) DakotasDen

  5. Love the photos, thank you so much.
    Have a Happy Christmas and Happy New Year, look forward reading your blog in 2016
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. Leah and Mac ;) says:

    Your description of hemangiosarcoma is spot on! I only pray it will be pain free for my Sweet Mac! Have been and will continue to pray for your comfort!!! Love that “Stu” answered your call! 💙

  7. oh, Sweet Stu, I think of him often when Edgar does something perfectly Scottie. We are so happy to hear from you on your blog and happy that you will be keeping it up. We wish you well over the Holidays, know that you are in our hearts and on our minds. We just knew that Stuart would still be around, when you least expect him – to ease your sadness and let you know he’s still watching over you.

  8. Kismet says:

    That HAD to be a sign. My peep called yesterday because the internet was down and got a guy named Nareem, I think. Nareem has an accent but it definitely wasn’t Scottish. After 25 minutes of getting Him to try this and try that, Nareem determined that the internet was down for their customers in the entire neighborhood. Stu would have done a better job. Did you ask how his girl friend Kyla was?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hello Nan – I was so glad to see your post I was so worried about you both. I know your heart is broken and there is a hugh void in your life. You guys were great peeps and Stuart had a wonderful life so please keep those thoughts as you take one day at a time. Take care Linda, Petie, and Bailey

  10. speedyrabbit says:

    We’ll look forward to when you come back in 2016,have a calm christmas,xx Speedy and Rachel

  11. Gail and Kipper says:

    Blessings to you during the holiday season. We miss Stuart so much. I have been following his blog for the past 6 years and so adored him. He was so much like Kipper – that Scottie personality! Thinking of you. It is so hard to lose our Scottie babies. Kipper is now 12 years old and I know my time is growing shorter with my sidekick. I am so glad that you will continue The Scottie Chronicles. It was always a highlight of the day to read what Stuart had to say!

  12. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about you, Stuart’s mom and dad. Our hearts so hurt for you. Hugs♥

  13. macjenn says:

    Glad the Scottie Chronicles will return in 2016! From my experience, you will think you hear his toenails clipping down the hall, almost see him coming around the corner, and reach for him beside you on the sofa…..but he will be in your heart instead. What a treasure he was! Make that, what a treasure he is, because he always will be just that, a treasure you cherish.

  14. Jackie says:

    We think of you and Stuart every day. I’m glad to hear that the Scottie Chronicles will continue on in 2016. Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful photos of Stuart, he’s such a handsome guy. xoxoxo
    Jackie and Bonny Rose

  15. we think of Stuart often – he was everyone’s doggie here in blogville – as are all the doggies that share this awesome community – we will look forward to seeing you back soon

  16. Gavin says:

    We think about you both so many times each day. Our hearts hurt so much for you and what you are having to endure. We are grateful that you are both just putting one foot in front of the other for now. Stuart just made our hearts melt every day with his pics, and antics. Thinking of him at the bridge all of the time too. Love lasts Forever! Thank you for sharing him with all of us-our lives have been enriched. Peace Be with You.

  17. We’ve been wondering how you are…..I’m glad Stu let you know in his own special way that he is just fine……our “kids” may have physically left us and gone to the Bridge or beyond, but in our hearts we have them with us forever. Stuart was a doll……we miss him too!

    Love, Sammy and Mom Pam

  18. theguster says:

    After feeling as if we had fallen into a deep abyss since learning of Stuart’s passing, your post today was a welcome surprise to learn that you are slowly healing. The road you both will travel will be long and difficult, but with all our love and prayers for you, please know we all walk with you one step at a time, one day at a time sharing your pain.

    When I read that Stuart had reached out to you this morning it took my breath away. We marvel at his timing and unmistakable message to you, so typically Stuart! A magnificent boy with a heart of gold, we are all the better for having him enrich our lives and look forward to the sunshine he will provide when the memories of him in the Scottie Chronicles return next year. God Bless you.

    Love & hugs,
    McDuff & Mom

  19. gentlestitches says:

    ArroOOOO dear Stu.

  20. lauramarec says:

    Thank you so much for telling us you will continue to honor Stu in 2016! That really made us happy, like his going out of our sight wasn’t the end for us! We’re also praying for you to be strong, it really is very difficult–we’ve been there.
    That certainly was awesome that Stu answered your call! We know he is still right there with you! We’re so happy God granted that Stu pass to the Rainbow Bridge without pain. Thank you God.
    Riley-Puppy, Tessie-Girl and their Mum

  21. We were glad to see a post today, we think of you often. The phone call made us break out in tears. There are times when Mabel does something that is soooo Greta , I am sure she is saying HI, I am still here. Just as Stuart will always be there for you
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  22. nordhuesn says:

    We are so happy you will be back. Yours was the first bog we followed. We feel like you are family. Keep breathing and putting one foot in front of the other. Be careful not to step in his tail though, as his spirit will be at your side forever.

  23. iloveschnauzers says:

    There’s a certain song that when it comes on the radio, I know it’s Checkers checking in. I’ve felt both Checkers and Miss D’s presence since her passing. I can’t help feeling it was both of them together who led me to Selena and Rocky. And when the new dogs bark at nothing, I know it’s Miss D just checking in. I’m glad Stu made his presence known to you. just breathe, you’ll be ok. *schnauzer kisses*

  24. Stuart, we knew you weren’t far away. Thank you for sending a message. Dear Peeps, step by step, breath by breath. Stuart’s Nation is here for you. Many thanks for the wonderful photo collage. It really helps.

  25. corkscot says:

    Our thoughts are with you. Tory was my first male Scottie and he only lived for 6 years. He had a special place in the dining room where he would dig on the tiles every day. After he died, all of the other Scotties have availed themselves of the same spot to dig to China. I have seen him passing in the room several times. He is the only one that has done that. He was the one that died the youngest. Coincidence???

  26. Pat Wylie Ruby says:

    I love the one that shows his lower 2 front teeth, he looks so happy there. What a lovely tribute to Stuart. Wylie’s uncle Archie, our first beloved Scottie, comes back to visit us each summer. When he left us a monarch butterfly flew by Soooo slowly, and each summer he comes back again, always a very slow fly by. We always toast Archie when we see that monarch. Pat, Ruby and Wylie

  27. vera ersilia says:

    I love the photo of him in bed, a little milord, and I love the photo on the pier, an iconic image. And I like the white markings, a unique Scottie.
    Vera and the two cats who lived with Scotties and loved them.

  28. Anonymous says:

    We’ve been thinking a lot about Stuart and you. We know you must have such a heavy heart and leaky eyes. To lose a family member is always hard, but especially when they were so loved and loved you right back.

  29. Donna says:

    I can never thank you enough for letting me share in Stuart’s life with you. You and Stuart and your blog was a life saver to me after we lost our Raelinn. I went 2 years without a scottie in my life and Stuart made it bearable. I new a new scottie, Skye, and she makes my heart very happy. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures of Stuart. I still have tears when I looked at the pictures even tho I never saw him or you in person, I feel the pain. You have done any amazing job with this blog. I am looking forward to hearing from you in Jan. Sending hugs and warm thoughts to both of you.

  30. So so very sorry for your loss! You were such a good friend to such a special creature!!! He will live in all our hearts forever!

  31. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos! Sweet boy!

  32. We are all so pleased that you felt able to return to Stuarts blog and let us know that not only you and Mr Peep are slowly coping, but that your beloved Stu chose today to Arooo with you. We all remain deeply saddened, here in the Sparhawk household, and think of you both each and every day. Our sorrow is often quite overwhelming and so we cannot truly imagine your own grief. He was larger than life. He was loved by us all. He was also our first blog friend and we are so pleased that you will have the strength to continue in 2016. Best wishes to you both, and if you have days you feel unable to cope, your friends in blogsville will try and help you get through them, one day at a time. See you in 2016

  33. Sir Jamie of the Highlands says:

    Thank you for this post, there has not been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of Stuart and you both. It is a process, one that is long and sad, but in the end … so many good memories! Stuart reigns forever in many hearts!

  34. Anonymous says:

    beautiful just so beautiful xxx Bonny

  35. Piglove says:

    aaww – we love you guys. I did send you an email last night. I wanted to check on something with you my sweet friends. Much love and can’t wait to hear from you. Hogs and snout kisses. XOXO – Bacon

  36. rjkeyedup says:

    Good morning peeptress! Just read your wonderful news of signs from Stuart… they are NO Coincidence – his energy is still very much with you and always will be. The phone call was the best! Now if I can stop crying [part sadness and part joy] we can look forward to 2016’s blog. So glad to hear it will continue.

    Just saying that down the road the great love you have for Stuart will be shared with a new scottie or two in your life – Stuart will send you a sign when it is time. Trust me, I know so well… my Ozzy is from my Norwich Tog – I was uncontrollable for months after he passed… but it will get better.

    STuart lives on in all our hearts; he was such a special little man. Thanks for the additional photos of Stu that I will add to my iPhoto collection of his gorgeous self.

    Like you, our dogs are our only children – and no matter how long we had them on this earth, it is better to have had their love for a short time, than never to have had it at all…

    Peace and Blessings to you and Mr. Peep this Christmas.

    Ozzy & Callie’s Mom, Julie

  37. Stephanie Sotiros (& Saxby) says:

    I am so glad you are going to continue this blog and all that is Stuart….I read this daily…no matter how busy I am ….my Scottie Saxby & I would sit together and read what Stuart had to say….it was always a bright spot in our day! 🙂

  38. Fozziemum says:

    God bless Stu..he found a way..of course he did..we have been awol awful bad heatwave and offline mostly..we popped in to make sure you were all ok..to make sure you were still in our world..we read this and of course the waterworks start..and of course the smiles at Stu’s beautiful countenance looking at us all..i am glad he found a way..i surely am..and i hope that gives you that comfort you so desperately need,..and as for the cancer..bite me i say…beats of a thing…with all our love and gentle hugs Fozziemum xxxx

  39. Oreo says:

    Oh…I just found out and I am Sooooo Sorry. My heart goes out to you and I know just how you feel. Stuart was so special and you have many memories and he will ALWAYS be in your heart. I can guarantee that our sweet Jazzi was there to greet him with a taco in her paw. He is in good company with many other friends who have gone on before him. We will all miss Stuart.
    Run Free Sweet Stuart!!

    Diana and Oreo

  40. Dolly the Doxie says:

    Terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Love Dolly

  41. Marty the Manx says:

    Sending our love. We miss you Stuart! So very sorry we are late on leaving our condolences, we didn’t mean to be away so long. Sending a little piece of all our hearts to help heal yours.
    Marty, Mom and the Gang

  42. Gavin says:

    You both and Stuart are always in our hearts. Love, Peace, and Healing. XOXO

  43. Hate it when busy gets in the way of important news. Heartbroken to hear of the passing of dear, gorgeous, funny, artistic, dare we say ‘sometimes headstrong’?, all round fabulous fellow Stuart. Your daily routines will ache with emptiness but your hearts must feel wrapped with soft and comforting memories. Delighted to hear you will keep his memory strong by continuing here. All strength.

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