April 11, 2012 § 4 Comments
Our favourite house guest has been with us for a week and a half and it’s been such a joy having him.
Guinness!!! Yay. What a great dog he is. If we were going to be dog owners, we’d have to be able to pre-order a Guinness dog. He’s so quiet, so agreeable and so lovable. He appreciates everything we do for him with a happy tail wag and friendly growls.
Unfortunately, his age (12 years) and ever weakening joints means that this will likely be his last visit with us. His owner has decided that it’s time to consider putting him down. As it was, she was adamant that if we couldn’t take him this time around, she’d have done it already in lieu of putting him in a kennel.
To her credit, Guinness isn’t even her dog really, she inherited him from her father who passed away a few years ago and she has gone above and beyond to give him a good home. But she never wanted a dog and never pretended too. Yes, she does care about him and has given him a good home but an elderly dog is a lot to take on in the best of circumstances.
I’m torn. We love Guinness and really enjoy being temporary caregivers. The key word being “temporary”. If we wanted a dog full-time, we’d have one. Hubby and I have discussed it at length and have decided that our clowder of cats is more than enough.
So, unless we’re willing to take Guinness permanently then we have no choice but to support his owner in her decision. Which I know has been a very difficult one for her. On one hand I’m very sad that he’ll only be around another couple of months and on the other, I feel privileged to have been a part of his life.
The Best Dog I Ever Knew