May 15, 2015 marks the 6th anniversary of the time Guinness, 2009 rescue, arrived at his forever home and became our constant & beloved companion. Five years, 3 months, and 1 week later – on August 21, 2014 – he went peacefully "to sleep" after a nine month battle with an autoimmune disorder. Thanks to his wonderful vet, he was pain free & happy until the last day. When it was clearly time to let him go, she came here to HIS home and eased his passing while he lay in HIS spot on HIS (and our) bed.
How we loved him & how we miss him! It has taken months to be able to write this and the tears are flowing again. As Dianne Collins' 2009 photos & write-up reveal, he had been through a difficult time before she rescued him from an Atlanta shelter. We are ever grateful to her for his rescue & loving foster care and to Dianne Ewing for selecting us as his forever home.
Guinness was our 3rd Kerry and our 1st rescue. We adored each of our Kerries but with his delightful Kerry personality & attributes and with his unique manifestation of the Kerry sense of humor "with a touch of blarney", Guinness was extra-special. He quickly trusted us as his forever family and it always seemed like he remembered that he had once been lost & never wanted that to happen again. He loved car rides, his daily leash walks, the fenced back yard, and surprisingly, after very carefully testing, going off-leash with us into our front yard. If someone or something walked by - even a rabbit - he responded to "No" then "Stay" (a first in our Kerry experience). Accepting what was expected and with us nearby, he was a perfect gentleman - content to sit or lie down & wait for us to go back in the house.
Guinness was indeed a very gentle soul. He loved people & other dogs and never barked at anything in a territorial manner. When he did bark, it was obvious to all that he was actually "talking" and telling you something specific. Considering himself a lap dog, he liked to spend time in "Daddy's" (Craig's) lap before moving to HIS spot on the den sofa. If Craig didn't go to the sofa when anticipated, Guinness located him and woofed to remind him it was lap time. One of his favorite activities was going to "day camp" where he always made many canine & human friends. On his "pawgress" reports, the camp associates consistently commented about his sweet, gentle disposition and about how they enjoyed his "talking" to each of them.
Guinness came to us when we were caring for both of my (Elaine's) 95+ year old parents in our home. He was loving, gentle & amusing to them and also gave me a lot of cuddle therapy and kisses when I was weary.
After he was gone, his vet wrote us a special note in which she said, "He was loved and he knew it." Guinness found his forever home and while that "forever" was far too short, the treasured memories of our very special boy will always remain in our hearts.
Thank you, KBT Foundation, for enabling Guinness to be a special part of our lives. (Full rescue story)
Craig & Elaine Fowler