Always With Us

It’s New Year’s Day. And though Stuart isn’t physically here to start our new year off with a bang, or in his case, with a s-l-o-w saunter or a Scottie waddle, he will always be with us.

Here’s proof. Look at this photo!

Angel Stuart

This little fellow was waiting for us when we returned from being away the week of Christmas. We had to get out of the house. There’s nothing worse than an empty house that was once filled with laughter, love and life with a Scottish Terrier.

But we can’t stay away forever. And that’s one of the reasons this little “Angel Stuart” brought such tears to our eyes the night we returned from our trip. There he was. Waiting for us all snug as a bug in a box that a nice neighbor noticed on our doorstep and safely stashed in our mailbox while we were away.

That was last Sunday night. Angel Stuart goes with me everywhere. I put him in my pocket and give him elevator rides between floors. Like we did with Stuart when he was either being stubborn or had trouble seeing the steps or trouble jumping off the sofa or bed. It’s hard to tell with a Scottie isn’t it? Whether it’s stubbornness or something else?

We pat Angel Stuart on the head, talk to him, give him kisses and love him. And, in true Stuart style, he never answers back. But the look in his eyes says it all.

Today we said to him, “Happy New Year little fella. It’s so nice to have you with us. Always.”

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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35 Responses to Always With Us

  1. Sweet post………..Stuart is truly with you always – that little statue is adorable too! A new year starts and it’s not the same without him we know but he’s wanting you to have the BEST year ever I’m sure of it……….Happy New Year!

    Love, Sammy and Mom Pam

  2. Lee says:

    Why he just appeared ~ how did he get there?
    Sweet William The Scot

  3. I so agree with you and empty house is so darned sad and to see the beloved furkid everywhere and to know he isn’t there is the worst. But now this little angel is on your side and it is a connection to Stuart, I’m sure. I wish you all the best for 2016, may it be a better year than this haunted 2015 what brought so much tears to so much of us…

  4. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Ahhh, beautiful. He will always be in your heart
    Happy New Year
    Lily & Edward

  5. theguster says:

    Oh, what a wonderful gift, and perfect timing I’d say. Please give Angel Stuart a pat on the head and a kiss from us both as we wish you three a Happy New Year!

    McDuff & Mom

  6. fergusnguinness says:

    What an incredibly kind and loving gift. It tells how much love Stuart generated. Stuart moving on to his next adventure is very painful for you left behind. I can say all the words that he is always with you, in your heart, is pain and disease free, that he is flying with the angels but the truth is it hurts, hurts real bad. We understand and hope that understanding can give comfort. Strange, we have one of those little statues but ours is plain and does not have the white patches on it. Sending more hugs.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sniffles. That is so sweet. It was like Stuart was waiting there for you upon your return. What a lovely gesture to still remember. Love you guys. Happy New Years!! XOXO – Bacon

  8. Leah and Mac says:

    How Beautiful!! Praying this Little One continues to bring you comfort!! 💙

  9. What a beautiful tribute to your furry love! A friend of mine is currently dying of brain cancer-at age 42- and a mutual friend shared this poem. It brought me a modicum of peace and I hope it does the same for you!

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
    spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
    for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
    of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then, someone at my side says, ‘There, she is gone’

    Gone where?

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
    hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
    And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me – not in her.
    And, just at the moment when someone says, ‘There, she is gone,’
    there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
    ready to take up the glad shout, ‘Here she comes!’

    Henry Van Dyke

  10. What a wonderful surprise and he will always be with you

  11. corkscot says:

    We are so happy to see you back.Angel Stuart is beautiful. I keep a key chain in my car with a tag from each Scottie that has passed. It brings me a modicum of comfort while driving on the crazy roads.

  12. Marty the Manx says:

    What a wonderful little Angel Stuart to come home to! A little piece of Stu love to help comfort you. We are sending you love and comfort to help you start the New Year. A big Arroooo too in memory of you Sweet Stu!
    Marty and the Gang

  13. nordhuesn says:

    That is a wonderful and powerfully moving gift.

  14. What a beautiful gift. Stuart will always be with you♥

  15. Word on the street is that Stuart joined Angus and all the other Scotties at the Rainbow Bridge for a rousing auld lang syne last night. I could hear it down here with my Scottie ears. – Ainsley

  16. speedyrabbit says:

    OMB that is just wonderful,xx Speedy

  17. indyandlucy says:

    Wonderful thoughtful gift. StuartForever

  18. Kismet says:

    At this time last year, I was hoping that 2015 would be better for Scotties than 2014 (RIP Daisy, Jazzi, Kyla). It didn’t happen (Angus Fala, Stuart). I’ve probably missed someone. However, 2016, although you have easy acts to follow, get an A+ at this time next year because nothing bad happened.

  19. rjkeyedup says:

    Knew Stuart’s spirit would show up again… remember the phone call to the tech support guy named Stuart you wrote about? No coincidences – all part of dear Stuart’s energy reaching out to you in tangible ways. He is your guardian angel, and will always be with you. I have the tags of Tog, Wastson, and Jesse on their collars, hanging off the brass bedposts of our bed so we can say goodnite to them every day.
    Much love as 2016 begins,
    Ozzy & Callie’s Mom

  20. Gail and Kipper says:

    I have an Angel MacDuff, Watson, Sherlock and soon have Angel with Kip. Dread that coming as Kip is special. Those Scotties are something else! They stay with you and never let you know anything is wrong with them! They are our companions and protectors as long as they are with us. They give us unexpected moments, lots of love and stare at us until we give in to their commands!!! The most wonderful companion in my life have been my Scotties!! I miss Stuart as I did love his spirit, vigor and he was a saucy character!!! So much a Great Scott!!! Thinking of you peeps in your loss of a most marvelous Scottie!

  21. Donna says:

    After we lost our two Scotties, Bonnie and Raelinn, our granddaughter gave us two stuffed Scotties which I put the girls collars on and they sit on our bed each day. I would tug on their beards and look in their eyes and there were my girls. We have a new scottie now after waiting two years and Skye is a blessing. She has her own personality totally different from the other 3 Scotties I had. Maybe one day you will add to your family again when the time is right till then I’m sending you hugs and Skye sends you a scottie hello.

  22. Oh my that is exquisite ((((hugs)))) and love DakotasDen

  23. Jackie says:

    Reading this makes my heart happy. Happy New Year to you all!
    xoxo Jackie and Bonny Rose.

  24. macjenn says:

    This is inspired! How true that he is always with you. We’re with Kismet – hope 2016 is a kinder, gentler year for all of us.

  25. Bella, Roxy & Macdui says:

    Awwwww, we love the white chest and back. So sweet.

  26. vera ersilia says:

    And somewhere in the world, maybe not far away, there is or will be another Scottish Terrier, maybe a pup – who cannot replace Stuart ever – ever – but can bring some more of that special charm and fun and love that Scotties specialize in. He or she will honor the memory of your Stuart and help you to smile again. I know ‘cos it happened to me. To honor the beloved pets who went away I took another one to my heart. We live longer than they do … so they leave us, but each one that comes after is also special.
    With friendship, Vera

  27. Stay strong! Angel Stu will always be in put ❤️

  28. iloveschnauzers says:

    Awww, ❤ sweet Angel Stu! He's saying "Hi! Love you!" They played Miss D's song during the hockey game last week. That was her little way of saying, "Hi Mom!" Little things the new pups do remind me of Miss D or of Checkers daily. Give Angel Stu a little pet from us. {{{hugs}}} and schnauzer kisses

  29. Cherry & Humphrey says:

    Be of good heart – he will always be with you – the Angel Stuart is just wonderful – we have an Angel Tobias – he is in his favorite place – with us! – Another year will bring you good things including possibly a new little boy to help you along — Be Happy and Have a Great New Year.
    Humphrey and Cherry

  30. gentlestitches says:

    Happy New year. i think of Stuart a lot too. I have some raw fleece from Bev (fozziemum)’s sheep that is just Stuart color and I am preparing it so it is just right. Then we go away for Australia day week holiday 20th Jan to 28th jan and I always take a project with me. This year I will take a little collection of Stuart photos and my hand spun yarn and I will bring back a wee Stuart to send to you. You are both doing well. It is hard. ❤

  31. A portable angel! What a wonderful gift!

  32. Piglove says:

    aaww – hogs and snout kisses my sweet friends. Stuart will *always* be with us. What a wonderful little Stuart you have there – such an angel. XOXO – Bacon

  33. lauramarec says:

    We Know that Stu will always be with you! That is just a Darling and extremely thoughtful Present left for you! It is just like our Stu!! We’re so happy he was waiting for you so you wouldn’t have to return to a memory filled house where Stu was not physically visible! What a touching and love- filled Token for Stu’s loving Peeps!
    Angel Stu loves you and so do we!
    God Bless You!
    Riley-Puppy and Tessie-Girl and their Mum

  34. Anonymous says:

    Ohhhh…thank you so much for sharing this with us. We know it has to be very difficult right now and we’re happy you have a little angel in your pocket!

  35. That is sooooo sweet …… Mama has tears in her eyes, again. We never met in person/scottie, but we feel part of your loss. We can never feel all of your loss, for each scottie loss is different – so Mama says. But that figurine you have is ….. Stuart. He will always, always, be with you, always! No matter where you go, whether he’s in your pocket, riding those elevators, he’ll be by your side ….. always xxxx

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