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.

me and kitty 2

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.



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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41 Responses to Godpawrents?

  1. lauramarec says:

    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

  2. nordhuesn says:

    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.

  3. Kismet says:

    They know your good people because they saw how you treated Stu.

  4. Sally and Evan says:

    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.

  5. theguster says:

    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

  6. Jackie says:

    I ❤ that story! What a lovely offer!

  7. I think that is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful things I have heard in quite some time. Those people are “keepers” DakotasDen

  8. WestScott says:

    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.

  9. rjkeyedup says:

    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

  10. corkscot says:

    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.

  11. What nice neighbors! It is an honor indeed to be entrusted with someone else’s dog(s)

  12. Kaci says:

    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…………..

  13. 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)

  14. 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…

  15. Wylie, Ruby & Pat says:

    that was SO sweet of your neighbors. the kindness of strangers… especially those who know dogs.

  16. Gail and Kipper says:

    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!

  17. 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. 😦

  18. Elizabeth Davis says:

    Yes the kindness of strangers, this is an awesome possibility. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Donna says:

    Dog lovers are the best people!! Glad you are having 4 legged visitors. It helps.

  20. You’re so right! It does help.

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