House Guest

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.

Guinness
The Best Dog I Ever Knew

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§ 4 Responses to House Guest

  • shadyladypdx says:

    Oh my goodness! What a sweet puppy!!! It’s so sad when dogs get old.
    😦

  • Sheri says:

    Oh Shady, he is such a sweetheart. We’ve been so lucky to know him. And yeah, it is sad when they get old and you see them having a hard time getting around. 😦

  • Cate says:

    What a bittersweet situation for the owner. Even though she didn’t want a dog, I’m sure that it will hit her when he goes, given the connection to her father.

    Funny thing is, I’m hankering for a new pet (think I’m getting clucky to be a grandparent – although do NOT want grandkids for many years yet….) – and was looking at puppies and kittens online today. Hubby and I decided that at the end of the day, we are really cat people through & through…

    • Sheri says:

      Don’t know if you’ll ever see this reply Cate, being so late in coming and that you haven’t blogged in some time.

      Nevertheless, I wanted to say Thank you. The situation was indeed difficult for my friend and you hit the nail on the head with the connection to her father being the biggest factor.

      I went with her last month to the animal hospital when Guinness was put down. It was heart wrenching but we knew it was what was best for him. He had been having so much trouble getting around, especially with all the snow and it was obvious he was in pain. He’s in a better place.

      I have to chuckle at the expression, “…clucky to be a grandparent…”. I hear that big time. Although I also share the sentiment that I don’t actually want grandkids for at least a few years yet.

      And quadruple yes that we too are very much cat people. As much as I thoroughly enjoy my temporary dog sitting stints, having one full time is just not for us.

      😀

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