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Remembering Winnie

A loving tribute to the most amazing boy in the world.



Loyal, intelligent, mischevious, and incredibly special, Winston Theodore Norweg passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 8, 2023. He was eight years old. Winnie fought a brief but brave battle with cancer, remaining loving and sweet until the very end.


I knew this would be the hardest goodbye, but my grief has been overwhelming and all-consuming. I wrote a full obituary for my Winnie, an idea I got after reading Dr. Karen Fine's book, The Other Family Doctor (2023) last month. I decided to send the obituary, which was deeply personal, only to close friends and family. I would also like to honor my beautiful boy publicly, especially given how deeply supportive our Scottish terrier social media community has been over the last several days.


I hope you'll join me in relishing the memories of my incredible little Win. He was extraordinary.


FAVORITES


Foods

  • Popcorn

  • Steak (medium-rare, especially a nice, marbled sirloin)

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Raw baby carrots (the crunchier the better)

  • Sliced watermelon

  • Deli turkey

  • Cheez-Its


Popcorn was Winston's all-time favorite food


Toys

  • "Puppy ball" (the Kong Jumbler)

  • Mr. Bear (a huge stuffed bear)

  • Chuck-it balls

  • Mr. Rope (a big twisted rope that he would grab with his paws)

  • "Santa Belly" (a stuffed Santa with a pink ball inside)


Winston as a puppy with Mr. Bear (picture courtesy of my sister, Sarah)

Things to Do

  • Tug-of-war

  • Fetch

  • Sunday roast (especially at Smiths Arms, Guy Fawkes Inn, and Cow and Calf)

  • Pub walks

  • Going to the beach

  • Popcorn and movie night

  • Walks with Naomi and his friends

  • Naps on the couch or in his brown chair


Win enjoys a Sunday roast at Cow and Calf


This chair was Win's favorite place


Music

  • Motown/Marvin Gaye

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers

  • Classical


TRAVEL


Win came with me absolutely everywhere, and we made the quick trip from DC to Boston (and back) frequently


Countries Visited:

  • England

  • France

  • Scotland

  • United States

  • Wales



I used Google Maps to pin all the places Winnie has visited and lived, both in the US and Europe.


UK Landmarks Visited

  • Aira Force

  • Aysgarth Falls

  • Bath’s Circus and Royal Crescent

  • Ben A’an

  • Big Ben

  • Brimham Rocks

  • Buckingham Palace

  • Castlerigg Stone Circle

  • Dunnottar Castle

  • Durdle Door

  • Easby Abbey

  • Fountains Abbey

  • Grasmere Lake

  • Loch Lomond

  • London Eye

  • Malham Cove

  • Mam Tor

  • Oxford University

  • Ripley Castle

  • Snowdon

  • Spofforth Castle

  • Tintagel Castle

  • Tower Bridge

  • Tower of London

  • Ullswater Lake

  • Westminster Abbey

  • Whitby Abbey

  • York Minster


US Landmarks Visited:

  • Boston Public Garden

  • Castle Island

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

  • Gettysburg

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Manassas

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

  • Old North Bridge

  • The White House

  • Washington Monument


PERSONALITY AND FUN FACTS


  • Winnie sat like a little man in the car, sitting up with one arm on the armrest, looking out the window

  • "Circus boy" was Win's signature move whenever he wanted to convince someone to feed him or play with him

  • Winston refused to drink from communal bowls and hated getting dirty--he would avoid mud and streams and the like at all costs

  • Win snored loudly, could give serious side eye, and had the most impressive head tilts

  • Winnie had two microchips and a birthmark inside his right ear


Winnie doing his "circus boy" pose


A love like I've never known--how fortunate I was. I will miss him for the rest of my life.


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Guest
Dec 13, 2023

Sending so much love to you, Kyle, and Clemmie. Mr. Win was the sweetest boy and loved by everyone that knew him. He was so lucky to have you and all the love you gave him. Im so sorry that this has happened - there are no words :(

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Thank you so much ❤️❤️

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Dec 13, 2023

This is such a wonderful gift of remembrance. Thank you for sharing it with us. I was totally overwhelmed with grief when our Scottie passed earlier this year so I know how you feel. Scotties are incredibly special dogs that capture your heart. Remember all those wonderful times you shared , and try to smile through the tears

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Thank you so much, and I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your Scottie. I completely agree—they are very special. Cherishing the memories ❤️

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Dec 13, 2023

What a great tribute to your wonderful and handsome Winston ! He was such a dude and had a wonderful life with you .. So so sad for your loss . My Scotty dog is 7 years and I hope she will have a long life with me ... but remember how grateful you are to have had such a boy by your side ! I’m sure Clementine is going to help you for the grief .. Winston will be missed by all .

Take care

Bisous from France

Isabelle and Milla , my Scottie girl

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Thank you so much. Hugs to you and your precious Scottie girl ❤️

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Dec 13, 2023

Such a heartfelt tribute to your beautiful boy Winnie. 🥰

He had an extraordinary life with you. Eight years are definitely not enough and as with my Ness at 10 year I’m sure you feel robbed. I wish I could tell you it gets better but I am still very much grieving after Nessie passing in August. sending virtual hugs to you at this very sad time. 💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞🐾❤️🐾

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Thank you so much. You’ve said it perfectly—no amount of time would have ever been enough. Hugs to you for your baby Nessie ❤️

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Dec 13, 2023

You have been so lucky to have Win for the time you did! It will get better but right now it hurts so bad ! It will get better, let Clem help ❤️

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Thank you so much. I was so very lucky ❤️

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