Yesterday I lost a very important part of my family. Guinness, my ten year old Bassett Hound, passed away in my home unexpectedly. My head and my heart just plain ache this morning. He was a beautiful pet…the self proclaimed head of our hound posse. Whenever his brothers (human or canine) stepped out of line, Guinness would howl in disgust — alerting me of a problem. He was sweet, devoted, full of life and personality. I miss him….and that feeling won’t go away. He is a part of me now and always will be. He was a gift and a blessing, coming into my life with a swagger and leaving with his head at my feet.