The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

December 6, 2007

Guinness Has Moved On To A Better Place

No, he’s not dead, but we had to give him away. Guinness, over the last several years, has showed some aggressiveness to small children that bothered us. He never did anything outright to go after Wyatt, but he typically ignored Wyatt and had growled at him a few times when he couldn’t ignore him. Some people have told us that a dog tends to understand when there’s a new member of “the pack” and will treat them accordingly, but Guinness would bite Joanna and I, so being part of the pack didn’t mean much to him.

So over Thanksgiving, we gave Guinness a trial run with a new family, who are good friends of Joanna’s aunt. And a few days later, we talked to them and they told us “We’re keeping your dog, he fits perfectly in our family!”

For a long time, I’ve felt that our lifestyle isn’t quite right for Guinness. He’s a high-energy dog, who needs attention and the ability to run. In a 2-bedroom, 800 square foot apartment, with a baby taking all of our time, we couldn’t really offer that. His new family can. They have two kids in the teenage years (note, this is an age that Guinness doesn’t get aggressive with), another few dogs, room in their yard for him to run, and generally a much more active lifestyle.

How do I know it was a good decision? Last weekend, my wife and I went to go check on him in the new house. Well, the two boys were playing ping-pong, and Guinness was running from one end of the table to the other chasing the ball. He hadn’t seen us in two weeks, and we walked in to say hello, and he didn’t even give us the time of day. When he came by, I grabbed him and he was nice for a moment, but then wanted to get back to the game.

When I say he’s in a “better place”, he really is in a better place. It sucks not to have him around here, but I really think it’s a better situation for him, a better situation for us, and really a great situation for his new family, who already love him. They’ve already given him the nickname “Turbo”, which is definitely fitting, and he’s already become a member of the family.

So below are quite possibly the last few pictures of Guinness that will make it to this blog… We’ll miss this little psychopath…



Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:45 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || Trackback URL || Categories: Baby, Dogs, Personal Life


  1. Lucy and I had to give away a dog once time years ago because he was “nipping” our kids when they went out in the back yard. It wasn’t like he was biting them to do damage; but it was not a good situation. The fellow who took him had a small ranch and the dog fit right in, no kids and lots of places to run free.

    Comment by T F Stern — December 9, 2007 @ 8:34 pm
  2. Sweet little dog…I’m sorry you had to give him up but it is nice you were able to find a good place for him. We had to give up a dog we loved dearly because she attacked and almost killed two other dogs for no apparent reason.

    Unfortunately, she had to be put down.

    Comment by Dana — December 13, 2007 @ 9:49 am
  3. Sounds like Guinness is happy with his new family. I’m glad that you weren’t so attached that you couldn’t give him up….Maybe, when Wyatt gets older, you can get a new dog.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — December 13, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

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