years… that’s a long time and yet it goes by in a blink of an eye. Our Ms.
Maggie made the trip over the Rainbow Bridge today after living the life of a
super star. Who could have ever imagined when she came in to our lives that we
would be forever changed in so many ways?
to Huntsville, AL to pick out a Scottie dog. We had met her siblings Ms. Maddie
and Mr. Donovan and knew our lives would be enriched with this little black fur
ball… and wow has it ever been. Never having a Scottie before, we were
introduced to ‘Scottie-tude’ in a big way with this girl. She was house boss
from day one. All toys were hers (sorry cats). All food was hers. All laps were
hers… you get the picture. Ms. Maggie was naturally curious and for thirteen
years she explored, sniffed, chased and claimed all sorts of treasures. She
allowed us to take her camping all over the south from the Outer Banks to the
Gulf of Mexico. Chester Frost Park in Soddy Daisy was one of her favorites as
was River Edge in Pigeon Forge. For all of her lady like Scottieness, it was
hilarious to see her lay belly down in the frigid cold creek water at our
mountain cabin or to see just how much sand she could keep in her fur at the
beach. Ms. Maggie loved attention and she got it whether we were marching down
the middle of the street in Gatlinburg and Dandridge during the Scottie Parade,
on her daily neighborhood walks in Jonesborough or all the times she showed her
stuff at the Scottie Rescue Picnics.
One of Ms.
Maggie’s best qualities was her Queen Bee status at the house. She was in
charge of multiple Scotties over the years. Ms. Maggie gave us our drive for
rescue. So starting with Mr. Monty we put her in the leadership position of
Scottie management. Mr. Brody fell in line as did several dozen other rescues
that came into our lives. They all knew who was boss and she made sure they
toed the line.
always pick a human to bond with and love most. Teresa has always been the one
for our Scottie Clan and it is well deserved. She loves her puppies like no
other and they always return the favor. Ms. Maggie saw in Teresa an easy mark.
It didn’t bother her in the least to take advantage of an extra treat or to
move Teresa over so she could lay flat out on the A/C vent. Their bond was
tight and special… the way it should be.
will rest at our house and will occupy a place in our hearts that can only be
reached with the kind of love Scotties give.
and sweet dreams Margaret Caroline Livingston… we will miss and always love our
little Ms. Maggie.
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
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…