March 15, 2006

10 years ago today, a Scottie was born to people who simply didn’t know what to do with him. And didn’t care to know. His tail was bent. His white markings didn’t fit the bill for show. He was different. He didn’t fit in.

So, they largely ignored him, but not before naming him Clifford.

We met the pup who would be Stuart when he was only 9 weeks old. The most adorable living thing I’d ever seen.

He was different, yes, but not for the superficial reasons his breeders didn’t like him.

He was different because he had a presence. Stuart was an old soul.

You can see it in his eyes. Even in photographs. You can clearly see that he never looked at you. He looked into you. He pondered. He thought a lot. He was wise.

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For about half of Stuart’s life, I took time off from work on March 15 so that he and I could go on a little adventure. To celebrate. We’d go to a park or a pond. The last two years, we convinced The Dad Peep to go along with us.

We’d chase swans, study ducks and bark at geese (yes, we’d all bark). All things he loved to do. Together.

I’m staying home today.


Happy Birthday Precious Boy. Pawty On.

stuart pawty


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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31 Responses to March 15, 2006

  1. Scout & Abby says:

    Happy Birthday Stuart! We know you are pawtying hearty up at the bridge and watching over us all. XXOO Stuart

  2. Laura Rivers says:

    He was a beautiful boy – Thank you for continuing your blog. Stuart will forever be a part of your life as all Scottie gentlemen are. My Gordon has been gone 2 1/2 years now & my heart still hurts. Simon Henry is now 10 – where did the time go. Scotties rule Aroooooooo!

  3. Nan you should go to the park or pond and have a little adventure ~ the old souls presence will go with you. The dillies are starting to bloom and Stuart loved the dillies. Smell a dilly for Stuart! You just can’t see him but he will be walking with you.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

    • Nan I just noticed that when you have been able to leave comments you don’t have an avatar that is the little picture off to the side. You need to make an avatar for your account and stay signed in ~ okie dokie.

  4. Lots of warm hugs and kluffs to you on Stuart’s special day
    I mentioned Stuart’s Day on my blog today, I hope you don’t mind butts I wanted you to nose I is still finkings of him
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Mama and I needed a reason to smile today, and just reading about Start does the trick! Clifford…what kind of name is that. My original name was Bogie. Mama said No are George until I can come up wth something. And Stuart is the only other friend I have whose tail is finagelated. But mine does wag, and he said that was the main thing. You must celebrate this day as is your custom…Stuart would want you to I believe. It’s a beautiful day just in honor of Stuart. With love, Skyler

  6. Kismet says:

    Clifford? He wasn’t red (but we was read). I’m happy for Dui and Ranger and hope their day is special but we really miss our Stu.

  7. indyandlucy says:

    Happy Birthday, Stuart

  8. nordhuesn says:

    What a lovely tribute. We know what you mean by the eyes looking through you. Elsa had that quality. Stuart was one of a kind and oh so positively unique. Happy barkday, Stuart….wherever you my be over the bridge!

  9. theguster says:

    Your post today was so very touching. I was caught unaware that today was Stuart’s birthday. As I dry my tears in order to type this, I want to thank you for your intuition and foresight about a then 9-week old adorable pup, whose presence and uniqueness was undeniable, and who would become Stuart of The Scottie Chronicles and loved by so many was surely meant to be!

    I also agree with Sweet William The Scot that you should go on an adventure today and smell a dillie for Stuart. ♥

    God Bless!
    Hugs XOXOXO
    McDuff’s Mom

  10. Happy Birthday, angel Stuart! We hope you and Maggie are partying BIGTIME!

  11. bentley2 says:

    Happy Birthday little guy. I know you are celebrating today so should your peeps. Celebrate his life and love.

  12. rjkeyedup says:

    Mommy’s crying again – the photos of little Stuart did it! There is something about a Scottie look that makes Mommy melt…. so go and bark at a goose for Stuart, and know his spirit is right by your side. Arooooos to you. PS Mommy is all a dither because Callie, now 3, just arooooed for the first time the other day. She’s stealing my spotlight!

  13. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Moms eyes are leaking. It’s amazing how special these little guys are
    Lily & Edward

  14. Remebering your special boy on his birthday.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  15. Roxanne, Truman, Callie & Mandy says:

    Remembering Stuart on his 10th birthday.
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

  16. Remembering his birthday today – he is so missed

  17. Donna says:

    Happy Birthday Stuart!! I just know you are having a party with all your friends and you really miss spending the day with your peeps.

  18. gentlestitches says:

    Happy Birthday dear Stuart. They were lovely photographs. ❤

  19. WestScott says:

    Happy birthday sweet Stuart. Your Peeps sure knew you were something special the minute they laid eyes on you. Though you should be here enjoying the day, you know that you were, and still are, loved beyond belief. I have only recently found your wonderful blog and want to read every word and get to know you, but I have to find a way to stay composed. As a matter of fact, I have to go dry my eyes now.

  20. Jackie says:

    Happy Day of Stuart’s birth!! He was a lovely lad….thanks for sharing him with us! xoxo

  21. Sweet boy….we miss him. He was so young ((((hugs)))))

  22. Sendin big hugs. Happy birthday Stuart.

  23. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BURTHDAY Angel Stu!! I knows that you are havin’ a huge pawty up at the bridge…and keepin’ watch over your peeps. Sendin’ lots of {{{hugs}}} to them ♥
    Ruby ♥

  24. Bella, Roxy & Macdui says:

    Such happy memories. He was such a character. Happy Birthday, Stuart!

  25. lauramarec says:

    Oh my, those are such beautiful pictures of Our Stu!!! We can see what you mean about his gaze! He is amazing!! Happy Birthday, Sweet, Darling Stuart! We know you are pawrtying on! God Bless You, Sweet Angel! Thank you for the wonderful pictures, Dear Peepstress!
    Love and Kisses,
    Riley-Puppy, Tessie-Girl and Mum

  26. Piglove says:

    aaaww happy birthday my pal. I just know he’s watching from heaven and smiling. ❤ XOXO – Bacon

  27. Happy Birthday Stuart… I miss you and in my memory I celebrate the fab beach pawty again… the one we had together with Ranger once …. hugs to you…

  28. Sweet Angel Stu – we hope he had a big time up at the bridge.

    Edgar and his mum

  29. Abigail says:

    He was so teeny!

  30. XOXO Nan – we all miss your sweet boy Stuart! Thanks for sharing.

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