RIP Scottie, taken by cancer when he was far too young

Scottie as a puppy
Scottie as a puppy
Scottie all grown up
Scottie all grown up

Samantha asked the Scottish Terrier and Dog Newsto do a memorial for her dog Scottie who died last week. She wrote:

I would really appreciate and be forever grateful, if you would please share Scottie’s story as a memorial for this brave little soul and also to raise cancer awareness to other Scottie owners. Cancer is much more prominent in Scotties then other breeds.

He was a wonderful Scottie and the smartest dog I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was sweet, charming, energetic, loving, obedient, and just always brought a smile to his families faces. He would talk to us and respond when we would talk to him. He loved helping us hunt for mice and was so joyous when he caught one the first and only time, he strutted around the house for days just as proud as can be. He was and always will be my best friend. I would sit on the stairs every morning before school and share a peanut butter sandwich with him. He is going to be deeply missed and I do not think our hearts will ever stop aching for him.

Scottie has been battling Melanoma Cancer for 6 months now, he is only 4 years old… It all started out around October 2011, Scottie had a dime sized growth on his knee. We took him to the vet, he and said to not pay much attention to it unless it started to grow or bother Scottie or us. So we left it alone and watched it. It started irritating Scottie and growing. We took him back to the vet in November, the doctor removed it with out doing on autopsy first or checking a sample under the microspore. We then did not know any better. Before his stitches completely healed, another growth started, but was growing very rapidly along with multiple pea sized growths going up to his leg to the base of his abdomen. We immediately took him back to the vet, it was around late November. He would not tell us what it was and told us we had to go to a specialist. He referred us to an oncologist. We got in early December, she took a sample and looked at it under the scope – melanoma cancer was the diagnosis. She told us with how aggressive it is we really did not have much time left or many treatments we could do. Most of the treatments take 6-8 weeks to even get into the system and another couple of weeks to start helping, if we removed his leg it would barley heal and the cancer would possible only spread faster when opened up. She also told us, that no matter which road we take there is only an extremely small chance any of them will help. She recommended we let Scottie live a more fulfilled shorter life and put Scottie on Remedol.

Scottie did very well at first, the Remedol slowed the cancers growth and he was his wonderful little self for many months. This month has not been the case. The Remedol stopped working because Melanoma evolves and learns how to get around medications and treatments. The Melanoma has become immune to the medication. All we could to for Scottie when this happened was make him as comfortable as possible and enjoy every good day we have with him.

RIP, Scottie. Our sympathies go out to Samantha and our family.

Here is a resource site on Scottish Terriers and cancer.

17 thoughts on “RIP Scottie, taken by cancer when he was far too young

  1. Samantha, I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing like a “Scottie”. They get into the deep part of your heart and soul. God Bless you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. myra

    1. They really do. I can not beleive how much he was to our family. Its like we lost more than just a family member, he was like the glue that held us together. He was our little sunshine. We still have a really hard time day to day. This is the first time i have came back to look at the comments, i just couldn’t till now. Thank you all for your kind words and for letting us know there are others who know how we feel.

      God bless,
      Samantha

  2. Samantha, I am saddened to hear about young “Scottie”. Scottish Terriers are the most amazing little creatures — each one unique and precious. Thank you so much for sharing his story, as difficult as that must have been. Your information on canine Melanoma symptoms is a wake-up call — at least, to me. I will be more vigilant about checking “Maggie”.

    RIP, wee “Scottie”, you were a gift to the world. Samantha, you are in my thoughts today.

    1. Thank you Wendy, you are so sweet and i am so glad our story might help protect Maggie. Monthly body checks are good, especially for Scotties. Be persistent in having growths checked under a scope before removing anything. We have two other Scottish terriers and each one is so special. I have never known such loving amazing little creatures. Thank you for your support and for learning from our story to protect your little one. That is exactly what we wanted. Sharing our story was very hard, but I hope Scottie’s story might help save or prolong more lives.

  3. Dear Samantha,

    We feel your pain. Thank you for pointing out that Scotties are “cancer magnets” as Our vet says. Before I came into the world, my peeps had a beloved Scottie named BoBo who developed melanoma of the gum. It was caught at the perfect time – just in time to see it, to test it, and to remove it along with part of the jaw. He lived another 5 or 6 years and passed at the age of 16 partly from complications from another growth he developed.

    To all, heed Samantha’s story and be diligent about your precious Scotties and their tendency to develop cancer.

    We’re so very sorry for your loss, Samantha. Cry when you need to, smile when you want to. The wonderful memories will help get you through. Even though it may take a lifetime.

    Sending you peace, Stuart and Peeps
    Aroooo to your little wee one who’s running free and eating peanut butter sandwiches with you in his heart!!!

    1. Dear Stuart,

      I am sorry for your peeps loss of BoBo, I am glad to hear his cancer was caught in time and properly treated to give him many more years of love and time with your family:) Every minute with your precious Scottie is a treasured one. I hope BoBo went peacefully like our Scottie did.

      Scotties are unfortunately cancer magnets as your vet says, but they are completely worth the risk. Scottie gave us so much love, hope, joy, peace, many smiles and lots of laughs. Even though we are going through so much pain right now I would do it all over in a heartbeat to hold our little Scottie again.

      I am glad you urge others to be cautious and diligent with their Scotties because you do need to be. I believe if our vet had been more knowledgeable, Scottie may have had a few more healthy capable years in him. I do not hold my vet responsible, but i do want others to know so they can inform their vet if they do not know like mine.

      There have been a lot of tears the past few weeks, but we are starting to laugh again and remember all the wonderful little quirks Scottie had and are able to smile now instead of cry. It is not any less painful, but it is getting a little bit easier to handle. I do not feel we will ever be over Scottie leaving us. We will always ach for him, he was very special and dear to us.

      Thank you for your support and your very kind words. You made me smile, laugh, cry and remember my sweet little Scottie. I’ll always remember those peanut butter sandwiches in the morning, I loved that. You are right he is in a much better place now running free, being happy and healthy.

      Thank you so much Stuart and your peeps, your message really means a lot to us and made us smile

      Sincerely,
      Samantha & family

  4. RIP to your pup.

    Any way Ann can upload pics of the initial growth so we could check our Scotties for anything similar?

    Blessings to you and to your Scottie loving families.

    1. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts.

      Sadly, we did not take pictures of the growth. That is a very good idea. We should have to help spread knowledge, but i can explain it the best i can.

      Scottie’s cancer was on his body, the oncologist said this is very rare even for Scottish Terriers. Usually it is in their mouth like Stuart’s BoBo’s was. When caught in time it is sometimes treatable, but it has to be at the perfect time. This is why i urge everyone to be cautious and persistent with what their vets say.

      Our vet just assumed Scottie had a button tumor and it would go away in a few weeks/months. He told us to watch it and if it continued to grow, or started bothering us or Scottie then we would have it removed. It was a small pea sized, round, slightly darker ball under his skin. It looked like a little pea was under his skin. When it started getting bigger it was no longer round, it started becoming oval. We had it removed (DO NOT remove growths off your Scottie with out the vet taking cell samples and looking at them under a scope, it takes less than 10 minutes). The weirdest thing was it must have been growing while the stitches healed because it was fairly large before we could see anything because of the wound. It did heal, but not for vary long. It was really bumpy and just sickly looking. You could tell it was something serious just by looking at it. Once it is at this state there are likely only months left with your baby. It is the worst news to hear that your precious loved one is going to have to leave you.

      My advice would be if your Scottie gets any growth, have it looked at under a scope, just to be safe. The oncologist said usually if they are going to remove cancerous growths they give Remedol. This helps to contain the cancer so when opened up it will less likely spread. This is why Scottie went so fast is because the growth he had was just removed. This is why you need to be the one to protect your Scottie because your vet may just not know.

      If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask. I will answer them the best I can with what knowledge I have.

  5. My father and i would like to get a cancer awarness/melenoma skin cancer help fundraiser of some kind going in Scottie’s name. Does anyone know how to do that? Maybe hold a Scottie walk here in Utah and donate all the funds?

    Please give advice if you know.

    Thank you,
    Samantha

  6. Hi Samantha,

    İ am very sorry and sad of your scottie’s situation. İt is a terrible situation .. İ imagine becasue i go through the same right now. They become a real blessing for ourlives.. Just another case, to see how dangerous and painful it can be i like to explain what our gentleman scottie been through.

    Yesterday, We just lost our 12 yrs old ‘Sorci’ becasue of Sarcoma( bad tumor) he started to have difficulty walking all of a sudden 3 mo ths ago, took him to his vet, got the scans etc and blood test, diagnosed for artiritis and was taking glycosamine, i am told he wont be walking like before and we need to strenghen other legs. So we pursue. 15 days ago only,we noticed a piece like a swollen bump in the leg, we got another scan and all kinds of test, then was diaognosed for sarcoma. Offered 3 choices, amputation, leave the situation w medications or kemotherapy. Before we even decide, the cancer spread agressively to the lungs just in 3 days and didnt let him breathe in the lungs and he passed away silently in our arms.. He was a wonderful scottish gentlemen he could easly teach behaviour . İ am writing all thse becuas before i had no idea how agressive cancer can be and how hidden it can be and take our loved ones from us. May he rest in peace and may all rest in peace.

  7. Dear Burcu,

    My name is Mindy I am Samantha’s mom, loosing Scottie was very hard, it is still something we deal with as a daily battle. We do have 2 other Scotties (Larry and Bear) that have made it alittle easier, even though we worry about them all the time, wondering if they will have any of these same iussues. I wanted to thank you for your kind words. And to let you know how sorry we are for your loss as well. Having a Scottie has really opened our eyes on how special these little guys are, we have had other dogs in our lives, but none have touched our hearts as strongly as these little guys have.. It saddens me everytime I hear the world has lost one of these specail souls, it leaves a hole in your heart, that feels like it won’t ever heal. However going through this together helps us both deal with the loss, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.. May your Sorci rest in peace, knowing the cancer can no longer hurt him.. Our hearts go out to you and your family..

    1. Dear Burcu,

      I am deeply saddened for you and my heart aches for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious gentleman Sorci. You have been in my thoughts daily since your post and I have been praying that you may feel comfort. Know you are not alone you are in out hearts and our minds we do feel for you. It is very painful and I am so sorry for what you are feeling right now.

      I feel so terrible for what Sorci had to go through, it is so hard to see your little one in pain and feeling completely helpless. I am truly sorry for how sudden and fast Sorci was taken from you. I know there are no words I can say to bring you peace, but know if I could I would. I hope you and your family can at least find comfort in knowing my family and I are praying for you and you are in our hearts.

      Scottish Terriers are amazing little companions. We are blessed to have them for the time we do. Try to remember the good times, do not ask what if, do not dwell on the sad ending, and know Sorci is in such a better place. You gave Sorci all your love and he knows it. Thank you so much for sharing your story Burcu God bless you and your family.

      This Poem helps me when I am having an especially hard day, “The Rainbow Bridge”

      “Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

      When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
      There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
      There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

      All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
      The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

      They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

      You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

      Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….”
      Author unknown…

      Rest in peace sweet little Sorci, you will be deeply missed.

      My deepest sympathy,
      Samantha

  8. Samantha, my heart goes out to you and your family. The loss of my precious Tally last summer is still so fresh and painful. These ornery critters worm their way into out hearts and there is no getting them out. I have been owned by four Scotties now, two of whom remain my life. I hope you will have room in your heart for another one of these days.

    This information is old but may still be relevant to your cause of too much cancer in Scotties: Dr. Marcia Dawson, Scottish Terrier Club of America Health Trust Fund Chairman. You can find more information about the STCA Health Trust Fund at http://www.stca.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=99&Itemid=95. Good luck!

  9. So very sorry for your loss???? I have had Scotties for many years and truly enjoy them. My rescued scotty just went yesterday to the emergency vet with a small growth on her paw. The vet immediately took a sample of fluid. She looked under the microscope and Is sending it to a lab. I am praying it is benign but if it is cancer we will not let her suffer.

    1. Dear Cindy,

      I hope all turns out well for your little Scotty.. Our hopes and prayers are here for you.. We lost another Scotty 3 months ago to a tumor and cancer his name was McBear another treasure of ours gone.. We truly miss both Bear and Scotty.. But hold tight to our last little Scotty named Larry.. Keep us updated on your little angel as we hope for the best.. Hang in there love and hope..

      Mindy

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