Sunday, March 24th, 2019


Name: Keno Age: N/A Sex: M

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Our sweet Keno passed away last week. I’ve been so saddened by this loss that it’s taken some time to get to the point that I could sit down and put into words what he was to us. He came into our home almost 6 years ago. I was friends with AWCR on Facebook and noticed a post announcing a desperate need for fosters. We had a weim and loved the breed and decided to apply to foster a dog. Initially, we were sent information about a beautiful young, green eyed male who we were instantly excited about. We were sent videos and pictures of this spunky young thing and couldn’t wait to meet him. As we got close to setting up a meet and greet, we were notified that his current foster family had decided to keep him. We were very disappointed but came to terms with the fact that this wasn’t meant to be our dog. About two weeks later, I was contacted by Lianne Griffin, a longtime foster for AWCR. She told me about a current foster who was currently in her care. An older dog (7 to 10 yr. old) who was finishing up heart worm treatment. We were skeptical at first given his age and current health issues, but decided to meet him. That Friday after school, my family loaded up and headed to Lianne’s house. We were greeted by this calm, sweet boy who instantly became part of our family.
Keno had a heart of gold! He never asked for more than he gave. He adored our back yard. He was clearly a hunter. He was always hot on the trail of something: squirrels, armadillos, chipmunks, snakes. You name it, he hunted it. Baby birds were doomed every spring. He would tear through every shrub or bush to get to new hatchlings. We always joked that he and my husband were soulmates! Not only did they share a love for hunting, but they were both the most accident prone beings I’d ever come in contact with. My husband, who participated regularly in triathlon, has had his fair share of accidents. From being hit by a car to crashing his bike, he was always going under the knife to repair something. Likewise, sweet Keno was accident prone. He underwent heartworm treatment, surgery to repair bloat, and was stitched up numerous times. He was a busy boy! In fact, the only time he slowed down was at night in his favorite chair.
We have so many wonderful memories of our sweet old man, Keno! He accompanied us on several family vacations, enjoyed nightly walks, and demanded thousands of head and belly rubs over the years. We don’t know what his first 7 to 10 years were like, but we like to think his last 6 were the highlight of his life. We love you sweet boy and thank you for the unconditional love you gave our family!


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