This post is really hard for me to write.  In fact, it has been exactly one week from yesterday that our Scout went to the Rainbow Bridge and I am just now bringing myself to write this post.  I feel he is deserving of his very own post since he has been the voice of this blog ever since Phe went to the Rainbow Bridge.

As you probably have noticed, Scout hasn’t done many posts lately.  Mostly because I have been overwhelmed with getting the house put back together and working full time.  I really should have had more posts with pictures, but time just got away from me.

Scout’s health had started to deteriorate and we knew it was just a matter of time, but as with all things good, we hoped it would be later rather than sooner.

Scout was 14 and 1/2 years old.  He lived a good life but that doesn’t make it any easier.  He was an awesome dog, friend…he was just everything good.

Scout a white Lab

There are a lot of things that I am going to miss and already miss about our big boy.  I miss watching him turn in circles when it was time for him to eat.  I miss him sleeping on my feet all night long.  I miss him laying on the couch beside me to keep me company.  I miss him running to the refrigerator every time somebody got ice from the ice dispenser.  Honestly, I just miss him.

I don’t know if Ash and Teddy really know that he is gone.  Teddy seems to be more friendly and wanting more attention.  Ash is just her same old self.  Of the two, I would think Teddy would be more aware that Scout isn’t with us anymore.  He is the one that would lick Scout’s mouth all of the time.  It wasn’t just one lick, it was many licks that lasted two or three minutes at a time.  Teddy loved his Scout.

White Lab

                    Scout getting a bath a couple of months ago

A week a ago last Friday night around 9 pm, Scout started acting kind of funny.  I stayed up with him until about 1 am Saturday morning when he decided he wanted to lay in the entry way on the tile floor.  It was cooler on the tile floor and I thought he was going to be okay and I went to bed.

White Lab

I’ve had enough mommy! Let me out!

At 5 am Saturday morning, Scout barked because he couldn’t get up.  That wasn’t anything new cause there were several times that he would lay on the tile and wouldn’t be able to get up.

Hubby and I got up with him and took him out to potty.  He came back in and was walking around but was panting kind of heavy.  I think he had a stroke next because his tongue was hanging to the side of his mouth kind of strangely.

At that time, we knew we had to take him to the vet as soon as they opened.  We got him to lay on his bed, got dressed and called the vet.  I sat there with him, petting him and talking to him.  His breathing became labored and he just kept holding on.

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Scout sleeping peacefully moments before he went to the Rainbow Bridge

I whispered to him that it was okay to let go, that we loved him and he had been a great dog, our best friend and we were going to miss him and then he took his last breath.  I have never had a dog die of natural causes and it startled me so.  I couldn’t believe he was gone.

I guess if he was going to go to the Rainbow Bridge, that was the best way for him to go.  He was on his bed, surrounded by his two humans, along with his doggie siblings …Ash, Teddy, Diesel and Tess.  All of his friends were there with him and he slipped away from us in peace.

OMG…it is so quiet around here without him and we miss him so very much.

We took him to the Pet Cemetary that morning and waited for them to open.  He was cremated and is sitting in his urn in our sunroom, where he is with us most of the time.

RIP dear, sweet Scout.  We were so lucky to have you in our lives.  We love you and miss you.

Run fast and forever free and say hi to Shiloh, Summer and Phe for us!  We know they were waiting to see their big boy and I know they are taking good care of you!


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