A Year Ago


This time last year, we were given the gift of time with Stuart. We didn’t know it at the time, but we’d enjoy four more weeks of wonderfulness with our boy after his hemangiosarcoma diagnosis.

A friend of a friend recently suffered a devastating and sudden loss due to this dreaded and untreatable cancer. A beloved Portuguese water dog. Gone.

Here’s to every moment with your loved ones. Every bark. Every nap. Every walkie. Every treat. Every face kiss. Every disobedience. Every smile. Every silent-but-deadly “who did that?” aroma. Every head tilt.

Everything. Love ’em while you got ’em. Because you never know when it may be your last day.

To Stuart: You changed us. For the better. We miss you, my little man.

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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20 Responses to A Year Ago

  1. I agree with you …. every moment is precious … after reading your post I decided to take a deep breath and a shovel to close the new euro tunnel Easy dug today without giving a major rocket to the gold digger… I rather give him a hug, not for the hole in the ground, just because he is my pup…

  2. (((hugs))) and love and thank you for the reminder

  3. Jason Luna says:

    Aww, cheer up now. Don’t worry, he’s on a better place now. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  4. Piglove says:

    Every moment is priceless, every tongue lick, every bark, every snuggle, every butt shake. And they all bring back wonderful memories of, “Hey, do you remember when Stuart did …. ” Those times are extra priceless. Hugs to you my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  5. Leah says:

    It was a year ago last week that we knew my Sweet Mac had splenic hemangiosarcoma. I cried for days but finally had to tell myself not to waste the gift of time I was given with my wonderful Little Man. We had another three and a half months. I still cried, but I worked hard to soak up his joy in living and that has helped me in the days since we said goodbye. I miss him so, so much! As I’m recovering from back surgery, I still reach out to put my hand on him beside me to love on him but he’s not there. 💔 But, I also believe he and Sweet Stuart are at the Bridge giving everyone “what for” and having a wonderful time smelling peemails and chewing on disgusting things they found among the forest and smelling on other dogs’ private parts to their hearts’ content! 😉 Having a grand time! Thinking of you all during this difficult and precious time of remembering. 💙

  6. theguster says:

    With a big lump in my throat, tears on my cheeks and a tug at my heart I am bracing myself for this inevitably sad journey we all will travel some day.

    McDuff & Mom

  7. I can’t even imagine! I haven’t lost a pet of my own since childhood and it was REALLY hard! I still remember so well, right after Kurly died, I had a dream of him running up the stairs to my bedroom, I could hear his tags jingling as usual, only to realize he wasn’t there and that I was only dreaming. It was a terrible feeling! I still miss sweet Kurly and it has been 30 years. I have my sweet Cino now and I can’t imagine my life without her. God Bless Stuart! Have you ever seen my post about animals in heaven, I believe he’s there with my Kurly! Animals are the sweetest beings on earth. Here is the link if you are interested. (It was one of the first posts I did a few months ago once I started seriously blogging. Hopefully, I am getting better.) It is a short, but sweet post: https://animalsarefeelingbeingstoo.com/2016/08/05/animals-in-heaven/

  8. rjkeyedup says:

    And how we have all been blessed to have had Stuart in our lives via this blog!
    It is a lesson for all of us – live each day to the fullest, give of yourself, bask in mother nature, and smile with the memories of each doggie that has sent God’s love to us.
    Arooooo Peeptress!

  9. Thank you for sharing with us as always… sending love and prayers from Sherry, Lil Mac and Angel in Ohio…

  10. Momma knows how ya feel – she’s missin Whitley a lot lately (she got Whitley in November and her birthday is in November – it’ll be da furst one without Whitley). Sending hugs.

  11. Kismet says:

    It never goes away totally. Missing our Kyla also.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Missing all our departed sooo much. We miss Stuart too. He was such a gift, thank you for sharing him with the world.

  13. WestScott says:

    Been through it 5 times, and know I’ll be going through it at least two more times, and probably even more. Each time there was a huge hole ripped out of my heart. Though the pain does diminish with time, it never totally goes away. Thankfully there are so many wonderful memories and pictures. Yes, you have to love your fur babies and cherish them every single day and not take one moment for granted, because “the day” will come at some point. We should all do this with other family members and friends too.

    While it’s hard to believe that a year has passed since you got news you never wanted to get, it’s so special that you were able to chronicle, share and immortalize Stuart’s life through this fantastic blog, which obviously means so much to so many people. Thank you for that wonderful gift and for continuing to keep Stuart’s legacy going! 🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾

  14. It’s so hard. We miss Mitch so very much. Huge hugs to you♥

  15. Fozziemum says:

    I know how you feel..each day is to be appreciated because they go too soon..i have been awol here as our daughter is getting married on our property and we are workinh our tails off..but we feel Forrest up in the corner in the sun smiling at us..we bought a big weeping cherry tree for him to lie under..we miss him sniffing our butts while we work..licking the sweat off our arms..and all the while we mourn him we are preparing for Doc to leave us..he has CHF on top of his EPI has had 2 ops not long after we lost Forrest..one to remove a cancer the other warts the poor old guy had that bled..and only a few weeks ago back on a drip for 2 nights aftee some weird stomach bug…he recently turned 14 and every day..every day i love him too bits..we just hope that he can hang in for the years end..i could not bare a Christmas with 2 pups missing..bless Stu..i know he spends time with Forrest and when i see the Scottie shortbreads on the shelf in the shop i say his name…loves Bev xx

  16. Edgar's mum says:

    Hugs to you Nan

    Edgar and his mum

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