When I was sixteen I came home from a choir concert to find my parents and siblings were not home. I was exhausted, went to bed, and woke up to everyone returning – with a brand new Westie puppy! I was so tired that I decided to go back to bed and be excited in the morning. That is until I heard my sister calling him “Prince” which just would not do. So I went downstairs and fell in love with a soft, scrappy, tiny little pup. The family could not agree on a name so a week or so later my dad refused to let anyone in to the house until the dog was named and so we all went inside with Scout. Scout has always been an amazing dog, the gold standard for Westies. As much I love my parents other Westie Leo and my own beloved Oz, there has always been something special about Scout. While dog sitting, I took the opportunity to take some portraits of my little Scouty man. I love these images so much. Especially the photo of all three dogs, albeit slightly motion blurred, it’s fairly impossible to get them all still in a straight line! This is going to be Scout’s last Christmas and we have been so fortunate to have such an amazing dog in our lives – so many good memories, belly rubs, toys chased, cuddles on the couch. I am so happy that Evie has had a chance to know Scout too. She is very protective of him and a big help in keeping the other two dogs away from his food when he’s visited us. We love you Scout – so much. It honestly doesn’t feel real that he’ll be gone soon, I was so sure he was immortal. Gilda Radner said it well, “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” Thank you for your unconditional love Scout.