Today’s Newspaper Column: “There’s Nothing Like the Gift of a Good Dog”

OldBooMy best friend, trail partner, and near-constant companion for the past almost-12 years recently passed away. It’s still hard to say the words out loud. So, instead, I wrote about her.

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about my life with my best friend–my dog, Scout. To read, click here.

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8 Responses to Today’s Newspaper Column: “There’s Nothing Like the Gift of a Good Dog”

  1. Joe Lombardoni says:

    Dear Ms. Crawford…..I read, (with tears in my eyes), your column this morning in re Scout. Just a short note to let you know that I’m feeling a kinship with your emotions. It was 3 years ago that I lost my lab ‘Jake’, at almost 15 years old, and to this time, tears still flow when i read articles such as yours. We did virtually everything together, romped through the woods (I walked, he romped), swam,ate, played etc etc. Jake was truly my best friend. I could go on and on, and recount so many stories that it would take me all day and drain my emotions.

    After I retired in 2007, Jake and I moved from the frozen northern parts of New York State down here to Greenville, where we continued to thoroughly enjoy each others company. We always seemed to know what the other was thinking.

    Jake will always be with me, in my mind, my heart, and my total being. I still get weepy when i remember the wonderful times we had together, and how we had totally bonded. Please know that my thoughts are with you, and that it does get easier through the years, although it’s something that is truly always an issue that can bring emotions forth with just a few words, or seeing a dog that looks so familiar.

    But then again, | guess that’s a good thing, right? That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Thank you again for expressing it so thoughtfully.

    Joe Lombardoni

    • scout2011 says:

      Dear Mr. Lombardoni,

      Thank you so much for writing, and for sharing your Jake stories. He sounds like an incredible dog, and an irreplaceable friend. I’m glad to hear from someone who knows that it does get a little bit easier.

      Thank you for reading the column, too!

      All my best,

      Katherine

  2. Cora Smith says:

    I read your column regularly. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Black Lab Scout. I pray for any love and comfort you can find. I hope she didn’t suffer. Every word in your column about Scout really hit home with me and my husband. For almost 10 years we had a Black Lab named Bear. We went on vacation to Myrtle Beach last July, boarded Bear and our 4 other dogs and 2 cats on Saturday July 12th on Monday the vet called us to tell us that our amazing dog passed away suddenly that morning. We still grieve for him almost every day! So I know your grief and pain. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family!

    • scout2011 says:

      Dear Ms. Smith,

      Thank you so much for writing, and for reading the column! I truly appreciate your sympathy and prayers. Though you truly have empathy for the loss of a pet, since you went through the same with Bear. I can imagine how hard it must have been to learn of Bear’s loss. But we’re so lucky, aren’t we, to have had them in our lives?

      I really do appreciate your readership, and the kind words.

      All best,

      Katherine

  3. Tim Suddeth says:

    You’ve done a great job of bringing sunshine out of a tough situation. They do give us a lot of pleasure and show us a special kind of devotion. Thanks for sharing.

    • scout2011 says:

      Mr. Suddeth,

      Thanks you for writing, and for the kind words. You are so right: the devotion our dogs give us is so special. There’s really nothing like it.

      Thank you for reading the column, too!

      My best,

      Katherine

  4. Emily Helms says:

    So sorry that Scout has “crossed the rainbow bridge.” There is no grief like it. Been there done that. Wait a while & get another one-it helps fill the void but never will completely take the place of Scout. Always enjoy your column but read this one with tears in my eyes. Your readers’ thoughts are with you. Emily Helms

    • scout2011 says:

      Dear Emily,

      Thank you for writing! And thanks for offering these words–it truly helps to hear from someone who’s been through it and KNOWS.

      And thank you, too, for your readership.

      My best,

      Katherine