Gus, always remembered

Gus …. another year rolls by. We miss this guy sooooo much.

12th February 1999 – 4th July 2012

I could fall into those beautiful brown eyes …


Never far away

AgiAgi is never far away from Mama’s thoughts.  Fourteen years ago her very first scottie, Agi (Martimm Agnes of Sparhawk) was taken from her. Mama never really got to say goodbye (other than a loving hug that morning) as she hoped to collect Agi from the vets later that day, after an operation.

Sadly, the problem with Agi’s liver was so severe that the vet phoned Mama to tell her the bad news ……..

Agi was collected later that same afternoon and buried in our front garden, in the spot she most preferred.

We never knew Agi, but we are so very grateful to her for being just the right type of scottie that made Mama want to live with them for the rest of her life. If it wasn’t for Agi, there would be no ‘us’.

So, we shall spend our day in quiet contemplation thinking about Agi and all the scotties that have gone before us, those that have been physically close to us, and those, like you, our good friends who we have only known through our blog.


Beautiful Bobby …..

It’s the first anniversary of Bobby’s ‘death’. I’ve been reading “There are no sad dogs in heaven” by Sonya Fitzpatrick. Yes, I still hurt from his loss, but this book, containing the most bitter/sweet memories of others who have lost their animal companions, has helped me understand that I will meet up with him again. He might even choose to come back to me, the the body of another pet,  during my own lifetime – and sometimes when I look at Tayler, I see a little bit of my Beautiful Bobby …..

Bobby 14th February 2003 – 16th June 2015


Bobby, (Sparhawk Sapphire Knight)

14.02.03 – 16.06.15

One of the reasons for our absence has been trying to fix Bobby and get him better. Sadly our efforts to achieve this failed and we said an extremely emotional goodbye to him. He was cradled in my arms, in the garden of the house into which he was born, and at my nod, his wonderful vet Victoria, eased him gently across that Rainbow Bridge. He fought so very hard, in true scottie style, to win his battle not only with kidney failure, but liver problems and finally pancreatitis. He will obviously be forever remembered by me, his Mama. I know we’ll all meet up again one fine day.

I’m sorry that this will come as a shock to you all, but since April 2015 I just wanted to spend every single moment with my bestest boy, and to cherish the short days that I knew he had.

Here’s just 50 photos out of 1,000’s that I’ve taken of my scotties, but these sum up my beloved Bobby.

Gus …..

Mama’s turn to write …..

In memory of Gus – my gentle giant. Two years have passed, yet it often seems like this morning that I had to let you go. Your little ‘urn’ sits in my kitchen – where I’d find you every day snoopervising every single movement of mine – and you still watch over me daily.

You were a big softy really, the most laid back Scottie I have owned. For your size you were so very nimble on your feet, you seemed to glide across any surface – unless it was those pesky stepping stones where they often tripped you up!

Always greeting any strange dog with a huge wag of your rudder-like tail, a quick sniff and then on you’d trot. You were truly mentally balanced and remained calm when your brothers and sister were often barking like crazy at something or another.  Only once was there a ‘cross bark’. You snarled, showed your teeth, gave out three extremely big barks to an intrusive German Shepherd interested in your bottom, then with a swooooosh of that beautiful scottie tail, you sauntered off.

Your presence is still as large in my life today, made more so by the loss of your little brother Finlay, 10 months later. You are both entwined in bittersweet memories; not having the time to truly grieve one scottie before another became terminally ill.

Today will be a day of remembrance for me. Not only will I be thinking of my gentle Gus, but all my other Sparhawk Scotties that have crossed the Bridge (Rosie, Agi, Izzy, Kelpie, and Finlay). I shall also pay respects to those Sparhawk Scotties that went onto live with other families throughout the years, but special thoughts go to my dear friend Maggie who owned two of my Sparhawks : William (Gus’s litter brother) also passed away in 2012 at the age of 13 yrs and 2 months, and Poppy (one of Kelpie’s babies) their niece who recently crossed the bridge  on 20th May 2014 aged 13yrs 2months on Maggies 60th birthday!

May all my scotties run free in their special garden across the rainbow. One day we shall all meet again.

Here’s some fabulous photos of this beautiful scottie boy …. some of you will recognise them from a couple of years ago – sorry for repeating myself – they sum up what Gus was all about ….