The Kindness of Children

I’m not a parent of the 2-legged variety. Never have been. Never will be. But in our neighborhood, there are lots of children. And we’ve watched them grow – almost as fast as puppies. And you know how quickly puppies grow.

The three of us would take our walks in one of several directions. Sometimes we started out across the street where we passed a home with two little children. A boy and girl. At the time, I’d say they were toddlers. Maybe 3 and 1. But what do I know?

Every time we’d walk in that direction, the little girl would shout, “Hey Doggie!” Of course Stuart couldn’t have cared less. And kept on going.

This went on for years until she grew into a young lady. With another sibling added to her household. Now there are three children.

They liked Stuart a lot. When, “Hey Doggie!” stopped, it grew into friendly waves from across the street. But the little boys carried on the tradition. “Hey Doggie!”

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The three of them liked Stuart. More than I ever knew.

How kind of them – the 2-legged variety – to create heartfelt tributes to the little Doggie across the street.

About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a dog 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. He would have been 11 years old in March 2017. The Scottie Chronicles is dedicated to Stuart and the joy he shared with everyone who met him or saw him from afar. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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71 Responses to The Kindness of Children

  1. Scout & Abby says:

    Awww how adorable. I guess not all 2-legged kids are bad. LOL (kidding). Well, to know Stuart was to love him so it’s no wonder they too were infatuated with our lovely Stuart.

  2. Gail and Kipper says:

    How sweet! Stuart was much loved in his neighborhood and around the world! Very special Doggie.

  3. Oh wow, that brings a lump to the throat doesn’t it. Soooo very kind and thoughtful. Well, just goes to show, as if you didn’t know already, what a very special chap Stuart was
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. This is so beautiful that it made me cry. Look at the effect he had on EVERYONE….so beautiful and these children are extremely thoughtful xoxo
    DakotasDen

  5. nordhuesn says:

    The hearts of children are so pure, not yet tinged with anything dark. So….you see they truly express themselves so honestly. We, as well, have no 2 legged child beings in our house but our “cousins” of the 2 leg variety show us love, kindness and their hearts all the time.

  6. How very sweet, this brought us tears
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  7. that’s so very nice…. my tears are running like the niagara falls, but it feels so good that you have such a wonderful neighborhood with fabulous kids…

  8. Nice children usually grow into nice adults, and how special that Staurt had a small role to play in that! His legacy lives on!

  9. Jackie says:

    Aww, how sweet. Like others who have commented here, that story brought a tear to my eye. We just never know the impact we have on others.

  10. sue ellen says:

    just wonderful. love has no bounds. ( tears again…) ♥

  11. Loved them. The third one we found to be most evocative. Mama says she needs a tissue….or ten. We hope you will find a way to keep these wonderful, heartfelt expressions of sympathy. Xxxxxx SB & M

    • A dear friend suggested that I keep a “Stuart” box. I have a “BoBo” bag with his collar and cashmere sweater in it (yes, a cashmere sweater for the little guy when he had to have his belly shaved in the month of January – a guy’s gotta have a cashmere sweater). So, now I have a Stuart box and these will definitely be in it. Some day.

  12. Sweet Story. But my position on children is well-known. As a Scottie, I don’t like em, don’t like em a little bit. My late great brother Angus would tell me they are a great source of dropped food, but I just don’t trust em. A little mini-hooman say “hey doggie” to me, I’m finding somewhere to scurry away and hide to. – Ainsley McKenna, CEO Angus Fala Worldwide Enterprises

    • Ainsley, you’re not alone. Stuart didn’t like children either. As he grew older, though, he knew they liked him, so he tolerated well-mannered children. And he just sat and let them pet him. Yes! He let these children pet him. They’re good kids. Thanks for the laugh!

  13. Fergusnguinness says:

    You really never know the impact “hey doggie” has on anyone. The children miss the fur kid and will remember him their entire lives. Mom saw a Scottie every Sunday morning when she was little and that made her want one when she grew up. We hope they become champions for Scotties when they are grown.

  14. that was very sweet of them

  15. Kismet says:

    They were a couple of days late for displaying their StuArt.

  16. theguster says:

    Could there be anything sweeter than this gesture of love and sympathy from these children? I, too, have a lump in my throat as I try to blink away the tears without any luck.😓 The circle of love for Stuart just keeps getting bigger and bigger. So, beautiful and so well deserved 💘

    Hugs,
    McDuff & Mom

  17. Isn’t that just plain sweet of them………..little kids just LOVE animals for the most part – some are scared at first but then they get to know OUR “kids” – and start a relationship that sometimes means more than we know!

    Hugs, Pam

  18. I love it! I have 9 grandchildren. 4 of them live just down the block and have grown up with our Westies. They love to draw grandma pictures that decorate my fridge and office at work. All of them
    have Westie’s somewhere in the picture. They are my treasures.
    Susie and Malcolm

  19. lauramarec says:

    Yes, we think that those 2 legged non-fur-bearing, low to the ground small peeps and us 4 leg-eds in some way identify with and are drawn to each other, esp when we are puppies, cuz we both are bouncy, playful and full of energy. If us furry children aren’t much used to having the 2 legged, devoid of fur kind around we are easily startled by their shrieks of joy when dey are playing and wails when dey is crying, so we shy away from them den! But we has observed dat dos little bipeds sure do love to pet us and play with us furry kind. Dey are so sweet when dey don’t scream! So we understands how much dey miss our buddy Stu! His soft coat, cuddliness, and loving personality would surely be super attractive to dem little bipeds. Dat is so sweet dat dey expressed der love for our Stu to you his Peepstress and Peep Dad—-we got a lump in our throats, and Mum drew us real close, and hugged us and she cried!
    We love and miss you and your wonderful spirit, too, Stu.
    Wags,
    Riley-Puppy and Tessie-Girl

  20. Bella, Roxy & Macdui says:

    That is so sweet. Gave us a tear….

  21. The little ones are special that is why I like being a reader dog ~ they give me lots of love and kisses and they eat up the attention I give them. I hope you saw our StuArt in the blog hop Sunday you did not stop by!
    Sweet William The Scot

  22. This made our eyes leaky. *ear licks* Noodle and Mom

  23. That’s so sweet!! We’re very popular in my neighborhood too, and lots of kids asked us about Cinderella after she passed.

  24. I love kids and kids art. It is pure self expression and a gift they can give which is truly from them.
    I am a minimalist and I don’t like clutter around me. I have however kept every single piece of kids art I ever received. I keep them on the fridge and in an artist folio on top of a bookcase. Stuart was so special and is telling us in his subtle Stuart way that we all effect each other and mean more to each other than we realize. Thank you so much for sharing their pics with us. ❤

  25. oh, dear, how sweet. got a lump in our throat reading that, who knew how much they loved Stuart? Makes me feel the need to check my irritation when children yell “hey Doggie” at Edgar…I’m always afraid they will come clobber him and he will get upset and get into trouble.

    Edgar’s mum

  26. rjkeyedup says:

    just amazing how the love for stuart keeps pouring in to you from all directions… Stuart is smiling from the bridge! Having taught two legged peeps for 38 years, it’s nice to know even when they are not in your charge they can do something special! ARoo to you Peeptress!
    Ozzy & Callie’s Mom

  27. OMD, that is abouts the sweetest thingie I’ve ever seen!! High paw to those shrunken peeps and their peeps! They gots some good ones there! Then agains, who didn’t fall in loves with Stu…he was hard to resist! (not THAT way Murphy ☺) {{{hugs}}}
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

  28. Fozziemum says:

    You never know how such small things as walking a pup becomes part of another persons life..i know pups here and look forward to seeing them..if they were to not be in my routine i would be the lesser for them..see our Forrest and Doc love each other..but are fear driven by other dogs..we walk and play them where they are safe..but how i wish they could join us out at cafes for coffee..so instead i meet Snoopy..and other pups who walk and dine with their peeps..so to see that despite Stu maybe not being keen on kids..let’s face it they are unpredictable and a tad scary..he had an effect on their world…and so animal lovers are raised..and love for animals forged..even by a grumpy Scottie …love their hearts..and bless Stu and his irascible charm 🙂 xxxx

  29. That was very thoughtful and sweet of them♥

  30. Piglove says:

    Out of the mouths of babes who always say what they think. They were so great to do that for Stuart. So totally sweet! XOXO – Bacon

  31. Nessa Noodledog says:

    That was nice. As others said, at least one of those children will have their own Scottie Dog later in life.
    Nessa Noodledog

  32. corkscot says:

    After watching my two children grow up with Scotties, I realized how much I missed by not having pets as a child.

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