Time for Some Tough Love

twitter photo stuart

Dear Peepstress and Dad Peep,

I read your letter. Actually, I was with you when you wrote it. Why do you keep forgetting that I’m with you always? You human do some strange things, but this one, I’ll never understand.

See, this is how it works (and I’ve told you this before…but here we go again):

 Animals are different. We don’t carry the baggage around that you people do. Well, some of us don’t and some of us do, but it’s really not the same.

We are love. That’s what we’re made of. It’s really that simple.

See, I loved you two when I met you. And I knew you’d be a good place for me to spend my life. You’re such suckers! (Sorry, that was ugly.) Oh me…boy, did I wrap you guys around my frog-dog toes! Tee Hee…here I go, making myself laugh at the memories….anyroo, this is how it happens:

1.) We love, 2.) we choose, 3.) then you love, 4.) then it’s time for us to go.

Stop thinking of it as a sad thing because, really, when you do that, you’re dishonoring the gift that I gave you. And that’s not good.

No one ever said we animals would outlive you. Now wouldn’t that be a pretty picture? Sure, sometimes that happens, but generally, it doesn’t.

OK, so, it’s been a year since I left (and, by the way, if I hadn’t left when I did, things would have been much worse – my health would have deteriorated even more and we may not have been together, just the three of us, when I had to leave. Chew on that for a while Peepstress. Actually, GNAW on that and maybe you’ll understand).

Animals exist to provide you peeps with unconditional, perpetual love. To make your life better. See? Get it? CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW????

It’s been a year and I’ve been very patient with you two. More than I’m able to continue because you KNOW I’m not a patient pooch.

So, just pull yourselves up by your bootstraps (whatever that means), snap out of it and concentrate on the happy memories of my gift to you.

Don’t dishonor me anymore.

Because that’s just the way it works. Get. It. Through. Your. Heads. Do. Not. Dishonor. Me.

You Know I Love You Always, ARRROOOooooooOOOOO ROOOOO,

Stuart (aka Stumeister, Studebaker, Little Man, Poobear, Lovebug)

PeeS: BoBo says “hello”. He’s with you, too.  Always. He just scratches his head when we talk about you guys around the water cooler. We do that a lot. We talk about lots of things.

We ask each other what we’d eat – if we needed to do that, since we don’t eat here because we don’t have to – and he says, “pizza and chicken wings” and I say, “green beans and salmon”, then Kyla will drop by and interject – she does that a lot – “I’d eat anything” and Jazzi says, “tacos by the dozen please” and it just goes on and on like that. Toby says, “who cares about eating, pass me the bubble wrap”, Easy chooses shoes to eat and Sammie just howls. You should see us. It’s a hoot. Maggie always chooses ice cream, Daisy says, “leftovers”…. Oh me. The tales I could tell from over the Rainbow Bridge.

One more thing…I asked the orthopedic guy to let you out of your ankle boot, Peepstress, because I can’t imagine your having another sucky, crappy, bad enough holiday without moi, so you may as well be on two legs.

See? I’m looking after you. Because that’s my job. No matter where I am.


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!
This entry was posted in dog photography, dogs, friendship, grief, living, love, pets, The Scottie Chronicles. Bookmark the permalink.

36 Responses to Time for Some Tough Love

  1. sue hall says:

    Yes, Stuart. On earth we have grief. In heaven there is no grief. Just pure love. Your earthly companions are doing the best they can down here. Do continue to visit and keep an eye on them. And stir up a few memories for them now and then also.
    You Stuart are a sweet soul that elected to share that wee soul with two beautiful human souls.
    Glad we could ‘talk’ a little Stuart. We shall all keep “listening” to hear from you…when you have a free moment .
    L&M’s clan mom ♥

    • I will do that. After all, I can’t let them fend for themselves. Just like little Opie and didn’t like Aunt Bee at first, then worried about her because she couldn’t fish, couldn’t play baseball or any of the things he could do. So, he had to teach her. Thank you for writing. You just never know when my words of wisdom will turn up…I arroooo you have a nice Howliday!

  2. gentlestitches says:

    We are going back to the beach (with our Santa hats) where I made your mini me anipal. For some reason we will sing in loud untuneful voices “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”, even though most of us have never seen snow and it is bloody sweltering weather. Our dogs will run free on the sand and all the shops will have Christmas lights and fake snow in their windows. Every word you said is true. Love on four legs. Tell your peeps to well you knew….. consider adding another dog. An elder dog, a young dog , a puppy or perhaps all three. 😀

    • I love that you shared your plans with me Sharon. I’ll be there in spirit with you! I might even sing along. Perhaps 2017 will be a year to welcome a pup into our hearts and home. Love to you and yours and thank you for our Mini Stu. He’s sitting at the front door, among our sparse holiday decorations. Next to a Santa my mother gave me years ago. Very nice to see upon entering our house. Yappy Howlidays!

  3. nordhuesn says:

    Stuart – you are so wise……you taught our Peeps today what all this means, so we are grateful.

  4. Banks says:

    Oh Stuart, your wisdom makes me wag and wag. Give my big brother Toby a paw for me. There is comfort in the thought.

  5. Kismet says:

    You really have seen Kyla. We can’t imagine her saying anything else. She’d try to scarf up some food even if she doesn’t have to eat.

  6. corkscot says:

    Tell Stuart to meet up with my 9 babies and give them the talk. They are always with us. Time for a new little four legged creature to roam the house and bring you joy.

  7. I told Mama you were telling it, Stuart. Xxxxxx Skyler

  8. WestScott says:

    Stuart is definitely one very wise Scottie. 🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾

  9. Stuart is in You! In your heart always.

  10. rjkeyedup says:

    Now be at peace; Stuart has spoken wisely! His love will never fade…
    Much Love,
    Ozzy & Callie

  11. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Ok now we’re crying!!
    Lily & Edward

  12. I know you’ve been here. Tears and all. That Benny Boy. Watching over all of you!

  13. Leah says:

    Oh, Sweet Stuart! I read your letter to your Peeps yesterday but was so touched I couldn’t respond until today! I sure can understand why they love you so much and miss you even more! As I’ve missed my Sweet Mac (he’s the gorgeous Wheaten Scottie Boy that arrived on February 18, earlier this year 💙💔💙) I have said many times (to myself and anyone else that would listen) that as much as I miss him, I haven’t wanted to dishonor his life and time that we had together! So, to hear you say something so similar tells me I’m on the right track, even if I do trip on that same track frequently still. Please tell my Little Man how much I miss him and give him a sweet smooch or two for me (💋💋💙💋💋). He will know immediately they’re from me and will roll his eyes at me from the Bridge since he always would roll his eyes at me when I smooched on him here! 💙🙄💙 And, don’t worry about your Peeps, they are honoring you and definitely feel you close! We will celebrate our Sweet Loves together. 💙

  14. Donna says:

    Stuart is such a smart Scottie!! Now you two listen to him and remember all the love he had for you. You have love to give another member in your family if you choose to try again. I’m glad I tried again. Skye is a gift from heaven. Take care.

  15. iloveschnauzers says:


  16. Rowena says:

    The best piece of advice that any beloved pet in dog heaven could give. And especially during the holidays!

Go ahead...Bark Out Loud! ArroOOOO!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.