We said goodbye to our beloved Scottie this evening. And with that I reflect on what this small, 27-pound bundle of fun taught me over the past 12 years. Throughout my life I’ve had many wonderful dogs, but none have been as special to me as Mackie. She will be forever missed, remembered, understood, and appreciated as such:
Mackie, the Queen of Scots
Patience is for the Owner, not the Scottie
Persistence will win out
Ornery is fun to be around
Straddling a basketball can be used to sooth a tummy ache, or it can simply be for your entertainment
A Scottie can pass a vocabulary test
“Bye-Bye” means “Go-Go”
We all should go for a walk and enjoy it as much
Certain people (and dogs) come into your life that are very special (thanks also to Ms. Sarah & Mr. Quinn for being part of Mackie’s caring Royal Family circle)
Family may taste good, but biting them makes you feel bad (she really was sorry Tyler)
Take a few minutes to clear the goobers from your eyes
Cashews are good
Stretchin’ does the joints good
Roll over and let someone scratch you tummy every once in a while
If you sit up pretty, good things will happen to you
“Goodness Sakes” is sometimes all you need to hear
Sharing the AC vent in the car is not always an option for others
Really? You have to ask? Who doesn’t want a treat?
Find one toy amongst the many, and like it best (“Dino” was Mac’s)
Eat more watermelon
“Come here…I’ll scratch you’re butt” (believe me when I say that was a term of endearment, not to mention a daily ritual)
Being low to the ground is not such a bad thing after all
Whisper good secrets in my ear, but tell me no lies
Airplanes are never welcome to land in your back yard
Wasp strings are annoying
You can never have enough squeaky toys
Bark until you have the whole neighborhood’s attention
Pooping and peeing on the doctor’s lawn before your appointment says how you really feel
Your own bed gives a great deal of comfort and security
Give hugs generously
Motorcyle engines are way too loud
Barking at the school bus each morning doesn’t mean I don’t like kids
Be a silly girl often
Find solace where you sit, and enjoy every sitting
“No Mac. It’s choc-o-late…you can’t have any”
When you speak, raising up off the ground does help emphasize your point
Leather shoes are meant to be scuffed, as are pant cuffs meant to be torn when you’re happy to be walking along side your best friend
Wag your tail and people will smile at you
Who needs a paper shredder when you’ve got a Scottie?
Always expect fresh water
Show your excitement…hippity-hop
“Come on…it’s 5:30. Time to get up, Tim”
There is no such thing as reserved seating when it comes to the living room furniture
Low windows and wide sills on which to rest your chin makes watching the world go by so much easier
“Gotta go” means “I expect you back here soon”
Be a good girl
“Medicine” means “peanut butter”
Whether it’s a window pane or a car window, both deserve a nose print or two
If you don’t like Mr. Kitty hanging around, by all means let him know
Go ahead and use your paw when you need some attention
Everyone should help water the plants
If you poop in the backyard, then you should always kick backwards to cover it with dirt
Keeping telling yourself “when this bath is over I will get to shake, and then I will feel better”
The (dog) door is the gateway to your castle…guard it well
Go outside whenever you can
Know as one generation stepped forward during a time of loss, so too will the next
You’re the Queen, you always will be in charge
Mackie leaves us with wonderful memories of a companion, friend, and lovable member of our family. Had she been anything less, her passing would be much easier. As she did for me so many times before, she would comfort the sadness in my heart, and want it to be short lived. And that it will, because don’t you know I have many-a-picture of her to bring back a smiling memory. So long baby girl. Aroooo!
The Scottie Queen Mackie spent the day at home today, that is after first spending an hour at the vet’s getting blood work checked this morning.
Those internal organs are being somewhat ornery, letting Mac’s liver function get back to “normal”, yet keeping us concerned for her kidneys (their behavior, much like a typical Scottie, remains abnormally “high”).
She is looking much better, acting a wee bit more like the Mac of old, and thankfully still has her Scottie-ness, although it has been a bit dampened.
Regardless, she indulged me with her patience this evening….
She has obviously gotten used to me carrying her around the past few days….
Thanks everyone that has asked about, hoped and prayed for, and those blog followers that have patiently tolerated my Queen posts the past few days.
Now, for crying out loud, let there be other photos taken in the coming days….
Before Mackie’s appointment with the veterinarian, the Royals had their own version of morning tea on the patio (never mind the dreadful, outstretched garden hose please – terminate the gardener immediately).
The Princess Zoey…sad, in her own way, that our Queen is ailing
My Queen at home this evening. She spent the day at the vet’s struggling with a decrease in kidney function, infection, and dehydration. The bandage on her front leg is an IV – she gets to spend the day with the vet again tomorrow. She isn’t too happy with her Royal subjects (me) right now. Oh geez this lady…she just needs to get well if she can.
Today’s post marks the halfway point of the 365 “The Daily Cap(s)” effort for 2012. And I need to give a h-u-g-e thank you to all the old friends, new friends, and visitors that have been a part of the first 182 posts. There are several followers that are family, and then there are several more that I consider family (and you know who you are…:) ) I may be trying some “daily” themes – don’t know yet – but my hope is I don’t bore you to tears with the next 183 posts….
Cloud watching can take up entirely too much of my day sometimes….
A humble abode. There’s just too much..ahhhh…well…”cool-ness” going on with this building to list….
And have a look at the neighbor’s place….
Caught the Queen (Mackie) looking at me (with her nose out of focus). “Mac” will be 12 this October. She’s had a rough week – not herself, not eating, kind of spacey and out of it. I had to drop to the floor a few times to give her some lovin’ – she always perks up a bit when that happens. Today was the first day in a week she’s felt OK. Poor lady – “don’t be doing anything radical or rash on me now Your Highness”.
The Princess (Zoey) always strikes a pose for me (with her nose in focus)….
Still cloud watching, this time from the backside of a Denton (Texas) landmark….
The Royals – Princess Zoey here – were lounging about the living room today, staying in the AC instead of the 93º temperatures….
Mackie Queen of Scots will always give me that annoyed look when the camera is out (no matter if its the big Canon or the little FugiFilm…she indulges me only for a few shots, so I gotta be quick with her)
But there is one way to get at least the Queen out-of-doors…feed her watermelon! She absolutely loves this summertime treat. She recognizes the melon when you bring it in the door and will start bumping your leg. When its being cut, she either sits up and begs or will scratch the beegeebers out of your leg….
The Princess on the other hand, is a bit less enthusiastic about the treat (although there is no way the Queen will get any of her portion of her melon whether she eats it or not). Regardless, it got their lazy butts off the couch and to the backyard
Mackie, Mack-a-do, Mac-a-roni, Mackers, Mack, Mack-Attack…I call her all those names, along with “Hey You Baby Girl”, “Such a pretty girl”, “Goofy Ball”, and “Goodness Sakes”. But mostly she is referred to as “Your Highness, the Queen of Scots”!
Her and Scottie Gal Pal Zoey get their hair and nails done tomorrow…they’ve been invited to Prince William and Kate’s wedding so don’t you know a gussey-up is warranted. Funny, the Royals always act as if they are embarrassed to have their pictures taken afterwards.
Since the day we got her – some 11 years ago – her eyes have always melted any dog discipline I try to enact. Her antics always make me laugh
From my good friend and co-worker Larry, an avid mountain biker, who said he stopped along the trail and photographed this tree with my dogs in mind. It definitely looks like a Scottie dog. Is it Mackie? Zoey? from Texas. Perhaps Molly? Bonnie? visiting from Kansas. Continue reading →
Wow – it’s been 1 year since Sadie the Scottish Terrier won the Westminster Dog Show…it seems only like yesterday. Almost to the day one year ago I proudly wrote I’ll see your Sadie, and raise you Mackie – not the most popular of posts, but one of pride and contentment in so doing.
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