Good-bye Scout



Last Thursday night, I took Scout for her last walk. It was a good walk and we made it about half a block. I can still remember those long walks we took when she was a puppy, walking for hours, both morning and evening, in a futile attempt to expend her limitless puppy energy.

Scout’s floppy ears were the definition of soft… I don’t think there can found anything on the earth softer. For sixteen years those ears were stroked, pulled, stretched, and twisted, and she loved every minute of it.

If it is possible to say that a dog can have no vices, then you would have to say that about Scout. She was loving, obedient, and always wanting to please. She quietly ruled our pack and kept it in line. She was wonderful with little children.

It’s amazing how one little dog can completely change your life.

When Scout came into our life she was our first puppy. Looking for guidance, we found Good Owners, Great Dogs by Brian Kilcommons. Kilkommons devoted one page of his book to saying good-bye to your old friend. I remember reading this page several times, trying to imagine letting go of my new friend. Then the book got placed on the shelf and the page forgotten for fifteen years. A few weeks ago it came time to re-read what was read so long ago:

People ask me “How will I know when it is time?” and I always tell them “Love them, care for them, and when the pain is greater than the comfort, you’ll know. Trust yourself, you’ll know.”

Good-bye Scout.

Scout passed off this earth on January 30, 2009


7 responses to “Good-bye Scout

  1. Whew…thought I might be reading a story about the leaving of an exchange student until I saw the picture of Scout and how much he looked like my Pepper (who also had such soft, soft ears and was a loving companion). I just finished reading Marley and Me, laughing at all the similarities to my two dogs, Pepper and Tenga, and shedding many tears when it was time to let go. You’re right, when the time comes they will help let you know.

  2. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your dog . . . we have three pugs ourselves one of which is a rescue and you are right, they change your family . . . in a great way. Scout is so cute in that picture.

    • One of the reasons we are taking a break from hosting is that we have three other geriatric pets. The girls get so attached. I would hate for an exchange student to have to experience the passing of a couple animals first hand.

    • And by the way, we love pugs. There is a group of three of them that visit our home regularly.

  3. Hey guys,

    I just read the post today… I am so sorry to hear about it. She IS (not was) a super-star and holds a special place in my heart. Dalmation dog number zero rocks!

  4. Such a beautiful dog.
    I’m glad you were able to enjoy that last walk.
    As long as 16 years may be, it is never long enough.

    Rest in Peace Scout.

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