Saturday, February 20, 2010


I am sorry that it has been so long since my last post. Right after Thanksgiving we learned that our beautiful husky Scout had terminal cancer. The cancer showed up as very aggressive mast cell tumors. She declined quite rapidly and passed away a couple of weeks later.

Scout was 11+ and saw us through college, many moves, dating, engagement and finally marriage. She loved everyone she ever met and brought to our lives a spirit of playfulness, enthusiasm and love. When we moved to Charles Town, obviously our pets had to make the sacrifice with us and no one handled it better than our Mama dog, who greeted the challenge with excitement. She even welcomed a new family member into the pack, when Millie, the world's most cuddly cat found us.

Scout quickly made friends with all of our neighbors and being the escape artist she was, made many surprise visits to folks that lived blocks away from us! Who knew that an old dog could squeeze herself through a cat door? It took a while for us to realize how she escaping. She always amazed us with her intelligence and determination.

Since Scout passed, we have felt out of sorts and the energy in the house has been somber. Kahlua, our black lab mix, has been having the hardest time, so even though we don't feel quite ready, we have begun looking for a new friend. We are trying to find a rescue dog, and have applied for a couple and are waiting to hear some news. In the meantime, we are still meeting more tail waggers.

Winter is a slow season for the restoration, but we are working on our grant application which is due March 31st. We have gotten a very late start on the application, so we hope we will be successful in getting it completed in time. More on this to come shortly!


  1. So sad to hear about your beloved Scout. It's so hard when our fluffy family members get sick and die. It seems they should have more time on earth. But in the long run, knowing you gave Scout the best life a dog could have will be solace to you. And the love will go to your current and future pets. The more love you give, the more you get back, I believe.


  2. Thanks for your kind words Pam. I am so glad that her last years were spent in Charles Town. She had a huge house to lounge in, friendly neighbors that brought her home when she was playing her Houdini tricks and such an awesome yard for an old girl to play in. And then there's Jim next door who is a dog magnet. She definately had a crush on him!