“Spend as much time as possible on mountains, in small boats, or otherwise out in the weather; if you never get wet, cold, exhausted or scared, you won’t properly appreciate being dry, warm, rested and safe.” ~ Peter Jay

"I’m an adventuring river rat at heart. Put me on a floating piece of driftwood and I’m happy." ~ Christina Glauner

"There’s folly and foolhardiness on one side and daring and calculation on the other." ~ C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Scruffy Memorial

My (family's) dog, my best friend, my running partner, and my kayaking partner; Scruffy; passed away this evening. I don't feel like saying anything else right now. I'll post some pictures of Scruffy later.


  1. Like my wife said, Pat, it is like losing a family member, and both of our hearts go out to you and to your family. You'll never forget him, and remember, he'd want you to remember, but he wouldn't let you stay sad, so think of that. While we never met him, we feel we know him a bit through your photos and stories. Be thankful for having such a sweet pooch, and again, our thoughts and prayers are with you, sir.

    Jarett & Laura

  2. I'm so sorry, Pat. I also have enjoyed seeing the photos of you and Scruffy enjoying your time together on the river. You had a great companion to accompany you on those cruises, sitting up there in his forward cockpit and leaping out of the kayak now and then to chase geese along the shore. Scruffy obviously had a great life with you.