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:
- 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?
- When played, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” makes us all stop what we’re doing and sing along
- 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!
I have written on this blog so often of Mackie, but these are my favorite: The Queen Poses, Scottie Takes Flight, and Queen of Scots
I’m letting this post serve as my Daily Cap(s) today – this was Mackie early this afternoon, the last photo I took of her:
23 thoughts on “The Mackie Teachings Daily Cap(s) (204)”
Good read, cute pet photpgraphy!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga
Always sad to lose a dog. I am sorry for you but also happy for the joy she brought you through the years.
That it is Mark…and I have good reason to be happy because of her. Thanks.
Oh, Tim. I shed a tear for you both. God blessed you with Mac’s unconditional love. And, God blessed Mac with your unconditional love. How special is that!
I knew you would Bec. Everything about Mackie was special.
A touching tribute to your sweet and sassy girl. You and your family must be heartbroken. I’ve enjoyed reading the funny stories about Mackie and seeing your beautiful pictures that captured those deep, soulful eyes. So sorry!
Thank you Elisa. It is times like these that I’m thankful my love for photography and blogging captured Mackie memories. I bet I find myself re-reading those stories more than once in the coming days.
You’ve inspired me to try to capture more moments with our two little crazies. Unlike Mackie, they have no patience for it. Once the camera comes out, the ears go down and suddenly the floor looks very interesting. Mackie posed for you beautifully, as though she felt your love coming through the camera.
Tim, I’m so sorry that you lost your girl! It is so hard! They are our joy, our companions, our best friends, and our family members! You are in aw how they become so special to you… how much love and laughter they bring and how much heartache when they leave! But…. You do have one thing so many don’t….. So many pictures! What a blessing to you! Thinking of you my friend!
Thanks Em. She will be missed so much but remembered so well.
Oh Tim, I am so sad today after reading this. I am glad she was such a joy and I love this list of remembrances and thoughts. We will miss her…she will find her castle in doggie heaven I am sure.
It is tough not to be sad, but I will remember how special she was and be glad for that! Thanks Em!
What a great way to remember such a sweet doggie. I’ll never forget how patient she was with my Heidi’s intrusion of her floor space. She will be missed. Sad day.
Indeed it is a sad day Mikel. She still makes me laugh with those memories. Thanks
Oh Tim! I am so sorry.
So sorry about Mac. She was surely a joy. We had to say goodbye to our Ginger last month. I feel for what you are going through. What a wonderful tribute you gave to Mackie.
Thank Laurie. Her personailty made it so easy to give her a deserving tribute. And I’m sorry for your loss last month as well. Dang those pets, huh?
Siento mucho lo de su Scottie, yo tengo también he pasado por la experiencia y se pasa muy mal ¡era precioso!
Manoli, gracias. Un miembro de familia muy especial ha muerto; estoy afligido, pero sus palabras amables realmente me ayudan.
What great life lessons our animals teach us! You two are in my thoughts. =)
That they do – I miss that ol’ girl but grateful she was a part of my life for 12 years, and thanks. My thoughts are with you and Spot as well.