It’s hard to lose a scottie. Especially when it happens suddenly, very suddenly. Our hearts were broken when Shelby and Doug’s gentle giant Mr. Chaplin got his wings this past week. Although he had sinus problems as long as I can remember, his health never seemed to be an issue. He was a big ol scottie at around 35 lbs. but he wasn’t fat. Like most rescues Mr. Chaplin had a hard start in life, but that was quickly put to the back foot where he kicked dirt on it and moved on. Mr. Chaplin struck the scottie lottery with Shelby and Doug where he became the overseer of the manor so to speak. You wouldn’t think a big scottie could move very fast but when it came to squirrels, snacks or a threat Mr. Chaplin was quick as lightning. When it came to a couch… not so much.
Mr. Chaplin learned critical skills from Ms. Maddie (Queen of Cliff Mill) and was in the process of becoming King (Mr. Donovan had held that position for years)… Of course, the Court Jester Mr. Spencer and Princess Ms. Marley, were always by his side helping him to stay grounded. During his stay with us while Shelby and Doug had a hospital honeymoon (long story), he was large and in charge (with Ms. Maddie’s permission of course). Teresa just about didn’t let him go back home, but don’t tell Shelby that… One of his best traits was how he gave his love and support when Ms. Maddie went to be awarded her wings.
Now, the yard is down a scottie or two and seems so lonely. Mr. Spencer can only be so crazy and keep Shelby and Doug occupied. Ms. Marley is spending time being beautiful with special effort to make it look easy.
We will miss Mr. Chaplin but we know he is patrolling Heaven’s yard with Mr. Higgins, Ms. Maddie, Mr. Donovan, Mr. Pierre and Mr. George… AAAarrrRRROOooo from our crew…