Monday, August 19, 2013

Good Dog

Scout's first hike: Pisgah National Forest

Today, I celebrate the birthday of my dog, Scout. She's 10 years old.

She's played quite a few roles over the years: best buddy, favorite trail partner, baby wrangler, toddler pillow, road trip queen, beach bum, lifeguard, mountain climber, and more.

She is a most boon companion.

So, today, in honor of Scout, some quotes about good dogs:

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a
dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
Milan Kundera

"The dog is the god of frolic."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog    

"The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.”
Martin Luther

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
~ Will Rogers


Hallie Sawyer said...

I love this! My puppy is pretty special, too, and we are so thankful we have him. He is my best friend for sure (or at least the one I talk to the most!) and can't imagine life without him.

I love all of your sweet pics with him--the one from his first hike is just the sweetest.

Thanks for sharing!

Katherine S. Crawford said...

Thank you, Hallie! I know what you mean--I grew up with a dog who lived to be 16 years old, and I thought I'd never love another dog like I did him. But Scout is my best buddy. She's definitely slowing down, and it's hard to think about the day when she won't be here any more. I try to avoid doing that and to enjoy her while I've got her!

katwoman said...

I still miss they first dog we had as a couple. A family friend could no longer care for her because of a stroke, so we adopted her. Her name was Katie. She had the most patience I have ever seen. My daughter could do almost anything to this dog. When I was longing for adult conversation instead of baby talk, she always listened. When I was tired, she would lay down by the couch and thus remind me of the advice "sleep when the baby sleeps."

Katherine S. Crawford said...


Sounds like an amazing dog! I think we miss dogs like that our whole lives. Scout likes to stand guard right beside the chair when I'm feeding my new baby (did the same thing with my 4 year-old). There is truly nothing like a good dog.