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Scruffy Hawkins passes away …

Dear Editor and Readers of Tasmanian Times …

Last night Scruffy Hawkins passed away after a short illness.

She will be remembered for her election tilt when she stood against the windbag Senator Erich Abetz; publicised through the good offices of Tasmanian Times.

Her campaign slogan “If you are going to vote for a dog please vote for a real one” has now achieved legendary status.

She honourably withdrew from the campaign at the last minute on discovering that she was a dual national.

Her parentage on her mother’s side was a Smithfield Terrier resident for many generations on this Island, but on her father’s side a first generation Welsh Collie.

However as a result of her breeding she was strong in the tooth, and clever with it.

She will be sadly missed by all her many friends and admirers.

Archie and I particularly thank her French friend Hugo from Devonport, now an international star living the good life in Singapore for his kind thoughts.

No flowers. All donations please, to the RSPCA.

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  1. Steve Biddulph

    November 3, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I was so sorry to hear the passing of Scruffy, one of the more likeable of Tasmanian political figures, and the more talented. Her dual national status interrupted what would have been a fine career with who knows what potential?

    Premier was not out of the question. I hope some new upcoming pup takes another tilt in 2021. Or perhaps a parrot?

  2. Rob Halton

    October 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    John, welcome back to TT. I was sorry to hear about Scruffy. The poor little blighters never live long enough compared to us, and as we get older we appreciate them more and more.

    We have a Jack Russell bitzer, a longer leg version. We got her when she was 3 months old from Norchy (Glenorchy). She is now 15 yrs and has had a few issues in recent years. Our local vet has saved her, and expanded her life expectancy.

    Hope that you are well. Condolences from us at North Hobart as dog lovers, too.

  3. Pete Godfrey

    October 31, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Scruffy will be sorely missed. I hope that Dog Heaven has long driveways and patient drivers who let her win the races home.

    Scruffy was forgiven for chewing on my walking boots. As she was such a lovely being, it was not possible to hold it against her.

    I hope that John and Robyn keep wonderful memories of her.

  4. Luna Maskell

    October 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Scruffy for the lessons you taught me, and for sharing your bed and not getting too cross with me. I will miss you.

    (Cocker Spaniel – 14 weeks old) X

  5. bob hawkins

    October 30, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Thanks Scruffy, you did a great job — but I can’t agree with Catherine M.

  6. Robert Middleton

    October 29, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Scruffy’s passing is deeply felt here, 10,000 miles from her homeland. I am so sorry for your pain and sadness at the loss of this beloved member of your family. Her spirit will live on among the quiet murmurings of the elderly giants of the old Tasmanian forests.

  7. Simon Warriner

    October 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Condolences to you and your family, John. They truly do become family.

  8. Catherine McNeill

    October 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    RIP, Scruffy. You kept the bastard honest.

  9. Russell

    October 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Rest in peace, Scruffy.

  10. Lola Moth

    October 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Scruffy was always happy to say Hello as she waited for her master on the veranda of the Chudleigh General Store.

    Her lovely, gentle nature endeared her to everyone she met.

    My condolences to the Hawkins family on their loss. Scruffy was a very good dog.

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