We just got back from our first family vacation.... my husband, me and Guinness. These pictures were taken in Northern Minnesota between Duluth and the Canadian Border along the North Shore of Lake Superior. He was a great vacation companion and was the center of attention everywhere we went. If we heard it once we heard it a thousand times "I've seen pictures of Coonhounds but never seen one in person." We would run into the same people over and over again and it was "Hey There's Guinness". He was a great ambassador for the breed and many people now know about coonhound rescue. We've also decided Guinness is part billy goat as he took to hiking over rocks like a trooper.
1st Pic is Guinness riding in a Tram up Lutsen Mountain -- wasn't too crazy about the tram... when we got back down the mountain and off the tram -- he would bay at them from the ground when they went by overhead -- guess he was voicing his displeasure for that experience!!!
2nd & 3rd Pics are Guinness on the trails at Cascade River State Park.
4th is worn out puppy on the balcony of his hotel room!
Our favorite experience was when a family with an older gentleman (early 90's and very frail) in a wheelchair asked if Guinness was gentle. They brought their father up to Guinness and when he reached out to pet Guinness but couldn't quite reach -- Guinness ever so gently took a few steps forward and put his face in the man's hands... and then reached up and touched his nose to the man's cheek...the smile on the man's face was priceless... I do believe Therapy Dog training is in his future... it was beautiful.
Guinness has been a blessing and a learning experience. We wouldn't trade him for the world. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing these gifts to their forever homes.