Dear John

I write to let all at CAESSR know that our lovely Cocker Spaniel Guinness had to be put to sleep last week. Guinness had been diagnosed with kidney disease and after bravely soldiering on for a many weeks we finally decided that he had suffered enough. He was just short of his tenth birthday.

Guinness came to us in April 2012, and quickly became not just a part of our family, but central to it. He took to country life with relish, enjoying long walks in the nearby woods or along the river, and loved the local beaches. He would spend many hours laying in the sun, barking in a friendly manner at anyone who passed our garden to let them know who was boss.

Guinness was almost permanently in a sunny mood and seems just happy to be alive. He would often lie in the living room seemingly fast asleep, but if anyone in the family laughed, or spoke his name his tail would wag, giving the game away. It was when his tail stopped wagging that we know it was time.

We only had Guinness for four years but we feel privileged to have shared a part of our lives with such a lovely, good natured dog.

Very Best Regards

Niki and Nick

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