View Full Version : My Sweet Guinness.

03-06-2009, 10:27 PM
It was a wonderful car ride. There was lots of traffic, and the sun was shining – Guinness loved when we would drive through the city, because there was so much to look at. First, we went to the pet store and let him pick out a squeaky (they ran out of burgers! That was fine though, because he had his eye on a Bobo that looks just like Butter). Then, we drove to the Dairy Queen and waited in the drive-thru for treats. Guinness loves drive-thru windows because good stuff always comes out, in smelly paper bags. We got him his very own strawberry cheesecake blizzard, and he lapped it all up on the way to the vet.

We got there a little early so we went for a walk in the field. There were horses in the corral, and birds in the trees. He and Butter wrestled in the grass.

When we went into the office I let them put a catheter in his leg so he wouldn’t need a needle, and it gave him a half an hour to calm down. The table was covered in a big comfy blanket, and as promised I spread an entire bag of goldfish crackers around and he gobbled them all up, tail wagging.

He was so tired, so when I held him in my arms he relaxed right away. I looked into his eyes, and though I was crying (I tried so hard not to, but I couldn’t stop the tears), I was smiling and telling him what a good boy he was. Will stood behind me, with his arms around both of us. It was very fast, and very peaceful. He just relaxed in my arms, like he had fallen asleep. Of course I fell apart, and the vet left us alone to say our goodbyes. I held him for I don’t know how long, and then laid him out gently on the table, and kissed and pet him, told him I loved him, and how proud I was of him. My brave boy.
He looked so peaceful, like he was just sleeping. His body was warm, and his fur was soft. I just wanted to hold him forever.

Will brought Butter in, and put her on the table. She laid down right next to Guinness, curled around him, and licked my fingers. It made me cry even harder. I hope it helped her understand. She has been very quiet since we got home, just laying in my lap.

This is the last photo I got to take of my handsome little boy. Look at that giant cup of ice cream he got to have all to himself - that look on his face? Bliss.

I hope you get the rest you need Guinness, though I am sure you won’t need it on the other side of the bridge. I wonder if your welcoming committee will be able to smell the ice cream that you got all over your face, and your ears? I know they will be very kind to you – after all, they were all raised by such good hooparents.

I know you miss me, and you know I miss you too. More than I even knew I could. I must confess I did not think it would hurt this much, and I can’t help but selfishly wish you were still here with me, licking these tears off my face... But I know you’ve got that silly grin on your face, not wanting me to worry, and that you can run and stretch and breathe easily where you are.

Be a good boy until I can meet you up there. I am happily waiting for the day that you can meet me halfway across the bridge and show me to your favourite places, and introduce me to your best buddies up there. Butter misses you. Will misses you.

You took a part of my heart with you, sweet boy. Take care of it, please. :hearts:

03-06-2009, 10:34 PM
Thought we never met him, he took a piece of our heart too. What lovely last day you gave him. A peaceful and loved end. Who could ask for more? :hug99: :hug99:

03-06-2009, 10:34 PM
I am so sorry....but at least his last day was happy and full of love...what more could any of us ask for.......:hug99: :hug99: :hug99:

03-06-2009, 10:40 PM
We only knew him for such a short time but we feel your pain. He will be met by some great dogs up there, and he's going to get to go to the Doggie Sonic and have cheese sticks.

03-06-2009, 10:45 PM

You gave him a wonderful life and a great last day. He knew love and so did you. Place him in your heart and smile every time you think of him


03-06-2009, 10:52 PM
I had a hard time getting through this post, I can't even imagine the pain and emptyness you feel. You did the best thing for him and gave him a wonderful final day on earth. He will be waiting for you when it is your time. Godspeed sweet Guinness :candle:

I love that you let Butter have time with him, it will help her accept. :hug99:

03-07-2009, 01:53 AM
What a nice sendoff. :hug99: :hug99: He is no longer in pain. I hope your hearbreak will ease soon.:hug99: :hearts:

Alex's Mom
03-07-2009, 07:00 AM
A perfect last day, Brit. So filled with love, and a peaceful end. I'm glad you let Butters see him. My vet is a big believer in that, and I certainly know it helped Alex when Maxe crossed. Although we only knew your sweet boy for a short time, it feels like forever. :angel7: Guinness will be looking over you all now until you're together again. Many many many :hug99::hug99::hug99: for all of you. Please know that we are grieving too. :candle2:

03-07-2009, 08:45 AM
Many :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: for you all. We are sooo sorry for your loss. It's really kinda wonderful that you could give him that wonderful last day and he could enjoy it still. You did the right thing for him.

03-07-2009, 09:26 AM
What a wonderful last day! And that was a beautiful tribute!

You did the best (and hardest) thing that you could ever do for your little boy! :bighug:

03-07-2009, 09:34 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. RIP sweet Guiness.

03-07-2009, 11:13 AM
Ok, I know I don't know you or Guinness very well, but I am in tears here! you did what you could for your sweet man, and we are here for you... :hug99:

03-07-2009, 12:15 PM
I am so sorry. He did take a piece of us too. RIP Sweet Boy. :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99:

Sophie and Lili's Mom
03-07-2009, 12:30 PM
I am so sorry you lost him! I can only imagine how heartbreaking it is for you.
His life had a great purpose though. He brought you to Butter. She can now find a life without fear. He in a way saved her life.

03-07-2009, 12:47 PM
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03-07-2009, 02:27 PM
I think you gave him every dog's idea of a perfect day.

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03-07-2009, 03:22 PM
I am so sorry for your loss it is so sad when it is left to us to help our loved ones on there way but i am sure he will be there at the rainbow bridge waiting for his mom when the time comes your in my thoughts and prayers:angel:

03-09-2009, 05:21 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Guinness. :candle3:

03-09-2009, 07:38 AM
:hug99: :hug99: A beautiful last day...RIP little one.

03-09-2009, 08:49 AM
Brittany, I am so sorry for your loss. He took a chunk of my heart too...

And this is what Duchie and I did Friday afternoon when I got home. I told her about Guinness and how lucky he was to have such a great Mommy and how all doggies do not get to spend a long long time with their Mommies like she has...

and she even shared with Lucy.

I am so glad we were able to be here for you and hopefully ease the pain just a little. It certainly sounds to me like you did all you could and then some, and you did right by your beloved boy.

He is pain free and wholly healthy now. What a great thing you did for him.

03-09-2009, 10:01 AM
What a beautiful tribute. :hug99: I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Guinness. :candle3:

03-09-2009, 11:40 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. How great that you were able to have such a great last day together, though. I wish every last day could be that good.:hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: