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Posted by laurie on May 23, 2014


Rest in peace, Scout who passed away at the age of 14. He’s 4 years old in this first photo.


And this is from last year. Scott writes: “Here Scout brings me my hiking boot from the upstairs bedroom. A boot dropped at my foot was his hint to go out.”

44 Responses to “Scout”

  1. Hi Scott – my heart goes out to you. I am sending you a big warm hug. Scout was such a good boy. How handsome he was. As smart too judging by the way gave you the ” boot” to get you outside.God bless. I gave Buddy and Holly extra hugs last night as per your request. Hang in there Scott, it will get better.

    • Terry from Minnesota said

      Scott — So sorry for your loss of Scout. I went through this last October with my Barney (he was also 14) – (still have days of second-guessing myself — even though I knew what I needed to do for my faithful buddy). Though it has been 8 months for me, it is still very hard. Please accept my deepest sympathy and just cherish your great memories of Scout.

      • Hi Terry, your note is much appreciated. Please do not second-guess yourself. As you said you know what you needed to do. And as a loving, and responsible mom, you did what was absolutely best for Barney. It’s always a decision made with regrets because we always wish we didn’t have to make that choice. But, our guys depend on us to do right by them, even when it’s hard on us.

        That’s part of the deal. Unconditional love in return for us making that difficult choice. It’s a deal I would sign up for again.

    • Audrey, thanks for the warm hug and nice thoughts. Scout quickly taught me not to sit at the bottom of the stairs. If so, he would throw the shoes down the stairs, instead of bringing them to me. And, yes, he would go back and get the other shoe.

      • Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

        Now That is just funny. What great memories you have of this wonderful dog!! It took me a little bit to be able to laugh and love the wonderful memories, after loosing my Kramer. πŸ™‚

  2. Lynne said

    Hi Scott so sorry for your loss. Scout was such a great boy. I am sure he is now running free from pain and illness with all the other DD faithful doggies who have passed on before. I am sure my Sandy, Sam and Samantha were right there to greet him. May memories of happy times bring you peace.

  3. Karen S. said

    Scout looks so sweet…so sorry for your loss.

    • Thanks Karen, I have to admit he was a sweetie. And, even my Mom loved him. (Okay all, I just had to add that snarky remark to get my Mom’s attention. HAPPY 89th BIRTHDAY MOM!)

  4. Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

    How smart he was to bring you your boot. Sweet memories. Hugs

  5. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Scott – I am so sorry to learn of Scout’s passing. I know how hard it is to lose a furchild, and it never gets any easier with each loss.

    Hugs and sympathy to you. Bogie and Benny will be at the Bridge to greet Scout so they can run through the fields together, howling and chasing all the wonderful smells!

    • Luana, thanks for your kind words. Last night I was watching a video of him on my iPhone. And when I heard his tags clink, I actually looked up expecting to see him. He’s running somewhere, without his tags, cause I have em! πŸ™‚

  6. harperlea said

    RIP sweet Scout. What a handsome and smart boy!

    My Whisky Girl Beagle was there to meet him at the bridge… Probably hopeful he will show her how to nab a rabbit and she will show him how to catch a gopher! Hugs and prayers,

  7. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    When I saw the pictures my first thought was that Scout was the perfect name for him. He really looks like a Scout.

    Harperlea said something in yesterday’s comments that’s true for me too: I cry every time one of “our” dogs goes to the bridge.

    • Scout did fit him well, always sniffing and snooping. And smelling out cats, bunnies, and……..bunny poop! :-0 Scout sure was better than than “LOKI”, the name the rescue group gave him. Loki – the Nordic god of treachery and deception, ummm….no…….. :-()

  8. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

    I am so sory for your los. Scout was a beautiful dog.

  9. LAURIE, thank you so much for allowing Scout to be an Honorary 100 Percent Real Beagle for a Day !! Not sure if he or I are more proud of this crowning acheivement! πŸ™‚ In all seriousness, while I am not a frequency poster, I am a long time frequent DD reader, so you and the other DD’ers are my dog family. Thank you all, so much, for your wonderful thoughts and wishes.

  10. Susan in DE said

    What an awesome dog!! Beagles (and even if they’re part beagle, they are most definitely BEAGLE!) are special souls, and Scout was definitely one of the best. Scott, even though you’re an infrequent “poster”, you’re always spot-on (and hilariously funny, when appropriate). All your responses to us during this difficult time have once again hit the mark, and you’ve touched on the love and joy these critters give to all of us. We’re all a family here, no matter how often you leave a message (sometimes I think I post TOO much, so you help balance me out! ;->)

    • Susan, thank you so much for your welcoming words. And, yes, even if Scout was part beagle…….. I received a wonderful card from my neighbor yesterday. They commented on Scout’s “distinctive bark and yelp.” I think they meant his ear piercing squeals and (for some reason) high pitched baying πŸ™‚ Man, could he make your ears hurt!

    • harperlea said

      Ditto to what Susan said….
      I love reading her posts..
      And yours too Scott, always good!
      I always think, I hope I’m as awesome as my dogs think I am. πŸ˜‰

  11. Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

    I’m SO sorry for your loss, Scott. What a great dog. RIP Scout.

  12. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in the UK said

    Scott, he was an incredibly handsome boy!! Our two don’t bring our boots to us, but they can be fast asleep in another part of the house and if you put your walking socks on, they’re at your side in an instant!!

    • Julie, yes, amazing sense of hearing also. Those walking socks make a lot of noise! πŸ™‚

      Scout learned to come into the kitchen when the microwave beeped, as it usually meant getting some table scraps. This past summer, the microwave went on the blink and would intermittently run the “popcorn” program at will. So, in the middle of the night, the microwave beeps, and Scout jumps off the bed and runs downstairs. πŸ™‚ I accepted the fact that he would go with whomever had the biggest steak to give him. “-)

  13. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    RIP Scout. Scott, I’ve loved reading your ‘life with Scout’ posts, such great memories to treasure. Not only was Scout a beautiful boy, but quite a character. Eddy is sending you his best beagley hug

    • Thanks Carol, glad to know Scout brought you some pleasure also. I figured he had some beagle in him as the second I brought him into the house for the first time, and turned my head, he jumped up onto the kitchen table. From the floor. No chairs. Still not sure how he did it.

      But, after a stern “NO!”, he never did it again.

  14. Love the picture of the boot. Beagles are amazingly smart and determined. Oscar does the same thing with The Ball. I think if I told him about The Boot trick he would do that too

    • Hi Donna. Scout never cared to play with balls or toys. However, for about eight months once, we shared a townhouse with three other dogs. After a bit, the landlady noticed that almost all her dog’s toys were gone. Then we caught Scout in the act. He had been taking the toys and hiding them in a corner of the backyard!

      He never played with them, (and in my house alone, just ignored them). But, with the other dogs around, Scout had to hide them for himself. Dogs are so funny……….

  15. Tammy, Mom to a Variety Pack said

    Scott, I’m so sorry for your lost. Seems Scout was a very smart boy! May your happy memories bring you peace during this difficult time.

  16. Scott, I was thinking about the name Loki all day so I just looked up Loki in the Hawaiian Dictionary and it means Rose. Not a bad name. Scout was a rose of a dog??? The only thing I can’t figure out is that Roses aren’t native to Hawaii????

  17. Hi Donna, I’m not sure if Scout was a “rose” of a dog. As a guy dog, he may have not wanted to be referred to a rose. Most people assumed that he was named after Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I should have said, “yes he was.” I would have sounded so much more intelligent with that answer. πŸ™‚

    About now, it’s time for his Saturday morning walk. 😦

  18. Carolyn Campbell, Reno, Nevada said

    Scott, so deeply sorry for your loss, I missed my two wonderful beagle kids Princess and Milo every single day, and I still cry over them. Now I have four beagles who brings joy to the house, but they will never take the place of them.

    • Carolyn,

      Four Beagles! Wow!

      Our guys can never be “replaced” because they are as unique as snowflakes. Each has their own personalities, certain funny faces, goofy things they do. If this wasn’t so, it would be easy to “replace” them. But, we would never want it to be that way. So, yes, I (as you) will never quite get over the loss. But, it’s in our nature (as great beagle lovers!) to give our heart to new one’s so they can in turn give us theirs.

      It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s the best we have, and all in all, it’s pretty good!

      And, while of course, I don’t know. I like to think that the guys who have passed on, wouldn’t want it any way.

  19. Momma & Papa 2 beagles said

    Scott, we are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Scout. What a handsome boy.

  20. Sam, Sweetums, and Sadie's Mom said

    Scout sounds like a smart and funny dog! May he greet you across the Rainbow Bridge.

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