People in the neighborhood are still noticing that Stuart’s not with us on our evening walk. It took a while to start walking again, but we do. Some people have found out through other neighbors, and some have told us they didn’t want to ask because they were afraid of the answer.
This little kittie comes up to us every time we see her. Those two got a long just fine. I think she’s wondering where Stuart is, too. I reach down and pet her like a dog. She doesn’t mind a bit.
Two schnauzers live down the street from us. Stuart and one of them always had a sniff fest with each other. Tails just’a waggin’. In fact, they saw each other the day he passed. On our morning walk. Stuart acted like a puppy. It’s a visual I won’t forget.
The other day, while on our walk, one of their peeps said, “Hi. Nice to see you. We were thinking to ask if you’d like to borrow our dogs? And be their honorary godparents? You know, if you ever need a dog around. They could stay with you for the weekend or something.”
We don’t even know their names. The peeps or the dogs.
I found it touching.
That ls very touching and kind! So sweet they offered you their dogs! They know the tremendous loss you are experiencing because they are dog pawrents and they have probably lost a beloved companion in the past! How nice to be Godpawrents!
Love and Arroooos.
Riley-Puppy and Tessie-Girl
They do know the loss. Before leaving town over Christmas, we hung a big Scottie house flag. It stayed up for months. The schnauzer peeps told us later they realized it was because Stuart must have passed.
Gosh, this brought tears to my eyes!
We Love you, Stu’s Peepstress!
Riley-Puppy’s and Tessie-Girl’s Mum
We love you back dear friends.
Duffy here – Mom’s eyes are leaking and she thinks this is a great gift offering. (She is partial to schnauzers as you know). This would be a fun weekend once in awhile for you and Mr Peep.
On another note, we are happy to report that a new addition to the family has found us. Her name is Ruby. Dad says she does not have an “off” switch. We will send you a photo by email. Have a great weekend.
I’M SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT RUBY!!!! Can’t wait to see the pictures. StuartTheScottieAThotmail.com
Condogulations. She must be very special. To have found YOU.
They know your good people because they saw how you treated Stu.
That’s so kind. I’m going to swill and spill. Enjoy your howliday weekend!
It is so hard to lose our Furkids —- a member of our family, for sure. Over 53 years of having 10 Scotties, it just never gets easier. Part of the ‘grief work’ is dealing with friends and neighbors who miss the little short Scotties too. Thankfully, there are Scotties out there who need our love and attention. Can you begin to think of a Scottie in your life again? Truly, that will be the road to healing. You need a Scottie, and a Scottie needs you. True, true.
Sally and Evan Mollenkopf Mtn. Home, Arkansas
Thank you for your lovely comments. 10 Scotties over 53 years! How utterly marvelous. And you’re right. At some point, we will have a Scottie back in our lives. We don’t talk about it much, but the thought is there. So nice of you to comment. Thank you.
We are amazed at the thoughtful offer from your neighbor, a kindred spirit that can only know, as you do, the wrenching heartbreak of losing a cherished pet. It was a beautiful thought, a kind offer and very brave of them to ask you.
We hope you consider it.
McDuff & Mom
We’re amazed, too. Haven’t seen them in a while, but always look forward to visiting on our walks. We are definitely considering it. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
I ❤ that story! What a lovely offer!
It was, wasn’t it? I owe you a phone call!!! Have a good weekend.
I think that is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful things I have heard in quite some time. Those people are “keepers” DakotasDen
I think so too! Have a good howliday.
Those are very special peeps who obviously know (most likely from experience) how there is a crater-size void in your lives, and pain in your hearts, and are willing to help. Perhaps you should take them up on their offer, maybe starting out with a walk. You’d enjoy it, and those little guys would enjoy it, too! Maybe offer to take them for a day or evening when their peeps are going out. The doggies won’t be alone, and their peeps won’t feel as though they need to rush home – a win/win situation. Maybe as you get to know them better, you build up to a weekend (might allow their peeps to get away). To feel comfortable making this offer to you, they must have seen you frequently with Stuart and how well you treated him and how much you loved/love him. Honorary godparents; has a nice ring. Yes, very special peeps.
The woman who lives across the street from us had a Jack Russell who was always with her. It didn’t take me long to realize that I hadn’t seen them for a while on their morning walk. At first I thought that maybe the woman was ill, then I saw her one day and she was alone. Like your neighbors, I was afraid to ask because I knew the heartbreaking answer.
You’ve made me think about this. It’s so wise to do this slowly. Take them on a walk, then have them over to our backyard. So they can get the lay of the land. Thank you for the suggestions! So sorry about your neighbor’s loss. It’s hard to know what to do or what to say.
Wow what wonderful neighbors…. and schnauzers are pretty cute too! What an honor – godpawrents…. see how Stuart is working thru others to bring you some healing??!!
Ozzy & Callie’s Mom
Oh, you’ve made my cry. That’s such a wonderful way to look at it. Stuart is, indeed, working through others. (He’s so wise.) And so are you.
I’ve asked after a pet to find out that they are gone. It is very awkward. I walk without the Scotties all of the time. People ask about them and I tell them that they are allergic to walking. I wouldn’t get very far if I depended on them for walking buddies. I’m glad that you have great neighbors.
And I’m glad people ask about your Scotties. You know, it is awkward, but actually, it shows us they care. It’s hard to talk about, but people mean well, don’t they?
What nice neighbors! It is an honor indeed to be entrusted with someone else’s dog(s)
And it’s a big responsibility!! One we’re cautious about. It is an honor.
Mom Peep just got an email from a Scottie Rescue in Tuscon needing rescue. He is an adult male, but that is all we know. She of course responded to the rescue group – what’s another Scottie for us. We love them all if they love us all. However, no word so far, so we guess he was quickly adopted. Scotties are very rare here in AZ. We could really stand one other dog, since on long trips, I curl up in my raised doggie bed but Kali likes to sleep on the back floor behind one of the peep – which leaves another raised doggie bed for a new Scottie…………..
An empty bed? Well, you’ll have to take care of that won’t you??? Y’all are the nicest people I know.
That’s just about the kindest and sweetest thing I’ve heard in like FOREVER. Being Godparents to some pups and being able to “borrow” them – well – that’s truly a wonderful offer because it changes the dynamic in the house when there’s a pet around……shakes things up…….and it would feel good to have that walk with a pup again. Very kind people in your neighborhood – trying to be helpful by sharing.
Hugs, Pam (and Sam)
They really are kind, aren’t they? And, you’re right, it does change the dynamics. Without Stuart, we’re like rudderless ships.
that was a nice offer… and I bet this people know how it feels to lose the best friend…. we got a german from one of of our neighbors, because they saw how lost we felt to walk around alone… it was nearly too much for me, the first thing I did was to cry all my tears on the fur of this pup… but it helped a little to lower the sadness…
We must look lost, too! Thank you for sharing.
that was SO sweet of your neighbors. the kindness of strangers… especially those who know dogs.
You just never know, do you? We don’t know these people well at all, but we’re connected though dogs.
Make that “through” dogs. Not “though dogs”. yikes.
That is very touching and so sweet. I wish I could borrow a Scottie or Schnauzer. Seems so strange to be without one right now. And, I can’t seem to locate a new pup!
I’ve been looking for you, but it is hard to find a Scottie rescue. Don’t worry. Something will happen when the time is right.
We’ve always been very popular in my neighborhood. For MONTHS after Cinderella passed, the neighborhood kids would stop us on our walks and ask about her. It was hard. 😦
Oh my lord. So sorry about that pain you went through. Cinderella is such a WONDERFUL name, by the way.
Yes the kindness of strangers, this is an awesome possibility. Thank you for sharing.
I’ll let you know what happens.
Dog lovers are the best people!! Glad you are having 4 legged visitors. It helps.
You’re so right! It does help.