Kona was true to her breed (Cane Corso) up to her final hours, guarding the castle and alerting us to animals and humans who walked by or dared to come to our front door. But once inside, her whole body wagged with enthusiasm as she happily greeted each visitor, whether it was her first introduction or a well-known member of the family. Kona made everyone who came into our home feel welcome and loved, as long as her bark didn't scare them away.
"Kona Girl" was high energy and even when her eyes were closed, she could leap out of her bed at a moment's notice if she smelled, heard, or saw anything she deemed worthy of her attention. The doggy door, which leads to the back yard, was often in full swing as she came and went as needed, including when she was ready to bake on the deck in the warm sun.
Since her death, there has been a noticeable change in the energy level, which is a big adjustment. For over ten years Kona entertained us, made us laugh, and finally made us cry when it was time to say goodbye. We will miss her forever, but treasure our memories of her as part of our family. As someone once said, "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."