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Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
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August 10th 2003
Watching over my family, herding, chasing and play-tackling Delilah, opening Hanukkah presents.
When dad wears a suit. He doesn't do it very often but when he does, I'm hysterical. " Look, it's dad's head on a scary, suit-wearing stranger's body!" Scout gets agitated when the doorbell rings or the mailman comes to the door.
Squeaky tennis balls. Delilah.
the 4 basic food groups: kibble, bananas, carrots, & popcorn.
Strolling around the neighborhood, getting admired.
Aside from looking like Michael Bolton? Fetch, sit, paw, down, jump up, dance, unlocking his crate door, goes to his bed when told, waiting to eat until being told "come," getting our kids. He's a genius so.
Scout was adopted into our blended family as a puppy. As result of a divorce, our adult dachsund, Buddy, only lived with us half time. and we were always very sad when visitation ended. It was especially sad for our then 8 year old son. So, we decided to get a second dog. Since Shetland Sheepdogs are known to be very loyal and family oriented, this seemed a good fit for us. After a bit of calling and looking around, we hit a pet store where we found Scout, a purebred from a respectable breeder who didn't meet dog show criteria but was just right for a family. The moment we saw him, we knew he was the one. He's super tall for a Sheltie but we think he's the most handsome, sweet boy in the world!
It was a bit challenging adjusting to life with a full time, energetic puppy sheltie and a laid-back dachsund who visited half the time. Scout began to herd the dachsund like a sheep, which Buddy hated. He started helping Buddy, too. At his other mom's house, we heard a lot of complaints of accidents on the floor. At our house, Scout would alert us if Buddy needed to go out. No accidents at our house! Separation got tough. Scout would bark like crazy when it was time for the dachsund to leave for his other home at the conclusion of visiting weekends. Scout needed a lot of comforting when Buddy was escorted out of the house to go to his other home. Several years ago, Buddy decided to stay put in our house instead of splitting his life into two. It's amazing how Scout and Buddy have bonded and taken care of eachother! In December, 2007, after our cat died, we found our third dog, Delilah, at an animal shelter. Scout totally digs Delilah. She has tons of energy and she and Scouty chase and play and rough house and herd together. She is his favorite toy!
Scout was a big smiler with a great sense of humor. He grew from a very goofy and undisciplined young dog to a very well behaved, sweet boy. He was very athletic. He became very nervous around strangers but was is completely loyal and affectionate with our family. Things that made him neurotic: a constant need to guard the outside of the house, the doorbell, the mail delivery person, the dog across the yard from us, dad wearing a suit, meanness. He started to run cirlces around the house when we turned on the garbage disposal. It's all about protecting the herd and the pack for him. Sweet, sweet Scouty was the best dog in the whole wide world.
In October, 2013, we said goodbye to Scouty. He died in his sleep while we were at work, without distress says the vet. Coming home to find him asleep was shocking and tragic. We cannot forget. He was mommy's best boy, best friend, best child.
This was the best 10 years we could have asked for. He is in heaven, we are confident. We will always be forever thankful to have been blessed with such an unusually magnficent dog as Scout. He is missed every day.
If the herd is happy, I'm happy
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May 29th 2014 12:40 pm
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I wish I had said goodbye, my child, Scout.
You died so unexpectedly, I am so unprepared.
I wish I saw you going gray and at peace, slowly slowing but not hurting.
I would never want to watch you suffer.
I am unsettled and at a loss.
I loved that you were content and joyful when we were near.
You taught me to be content with the safety and nearness of our pack.
You taught me that the simple things were enough to elicit a goofy, full smile, every day.
You loved Delilah, despite her jealously and aggression.
You could take her down yet only did on rare occasion, only after she was beyond awful and untamed.
You were a gentle, pure, loving spirit.
Always sweet, easily excited, brilliant, soulful, agreeable and tenderhearted.
I pray I deserved you and filled your worthy spirit with joy.
You were my beloved boy who would always be my endless child.
I thought you would age visibly yet no.
I was not prepared for you to leave so soon.
I miss your patient, gentle, loyal shadowing no matter where I was at home.
You made our house homey, haymish, home.
Your nighttime ritual was to curl up with me to sleep. For you trusted me.
By day, you faithfully worked at my side, waited for each signal, always understanding the meaning intended.
You were the dog my heart and spirit longed for and celebrated.
What a tremendously fulfilling ten years.
I wasn't ready to say goodbye to you, my child. I have not completed my love.
You were the friend I needed always.
I have more time, more toys, more snuggling, more love to give you.
I am stupefied that HaShem gave me such a magnficient creature to love.
I am heartbroken that He took you so soon without preparation but my faith in HaShem remains.
I am perplexed, pained, longing, alone.
Your place cannot be taken by any other. It is not possible. I didn't do enough.
If only you were old and gray and ancient and fulfilled and ready. That is what I wished for you.
Maybe you were ready and I didn't know?
You taught me the depth of love that only my dog Scout could experience.
I'm so glad you were here with me.
May your soul remain content at the shedding of your physically striking form.
HaShem is perfect and I am faithful, thankful.
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