I think all dog owners probably have one dog that
they consider a "once in a lifetime" dog and Scooter was mine!
I first laid eyes on him when he was six weeks old. He was the most beautiful
puppy that I have ever seen! He was so fuzzy and cuddly. The two weeks that
I had to wait before he could come home with me seemed like an eternity.
He fit right into my home and was the perfect puppy from day one. He didn't
chew anything other than his chew toys, he was housebroken in two weeks,
and he won first place in his puppy kindergarten class. He was my pride and
joy and a true blessing in my life. I can never adequately thank Gini Shaw
(Shallimar Shelties in Michigan) for entrusting that wonderful dog to me
in June, 1987.
Scooter quickly became known as Mr. Curious
around our house. He had to see and be apart of everything that went on in
the house. If the plumber came over, Scooters nose would be right beside
the plumbers wrench watching his every move.
I called him my silky head puppy throughout his life. Even for a sheltie,
the hair on his head and behind his ears was exceptionally soft and silken.
I miss having that pretty head follow me around the house. The window to
Scooters soul was thru his eyes. They were so expressive. It was his
eyes that finally told me it was time to let him go.
Scooter had a brave spirit. Twice in his life, he faced and beat cancer.
He gave it his all the third time around, but alas it was more than his tired
body could overcome. He died in my arms on the kitchen floor on February
27, 2000, just 52 days short of his thirteenth birthday. It was the saddest
day of my life, but I am so glad that my face was the last thing that he
saw on this earth. He trusted me to do the right thing, and I did. Ending
his pain was the last and best gift that I could give my loyal and loving
I believe in the Rainbow Bridge, and I am confident that one day we will
be reunited there. Until that day comes, I will cherish the memories I have
of the special bond that we shared.