"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are" Anonymous
Basel left us on April 8. It has taken me this long to be able to write anything about him. I miss him terribly. He lived to be 13.5 years which is approx 4.5 years longer than the vet predicted. That part is marvelous so I don't begrudge him leaving at all. I just miss his wonderful loving presence in my life.
He went quietly over a couple of days. Actually once we realized his body was shutting down, we called in the traveling vet to see if she agreed. She did and so gave him the needed shots so he could pass peacefully into doggie heaven.
Basel came to us as a rescue out of a guy's apartment. He had 2 broken legs from a car accident that had not been dealt with so the poor guy dragged himself around for that length of time until a couple of women broke into this guy's apartment and removed the 6 month old rottie. We found a vet that would do the surgery for cost. What a happy puppy! It was predicted that he could never jump or run but he overcame it all. He actually levitated into the back of my Pilot until he was about 9, then he used a ramp. Basel loved all creatures and slept with the bunnies and some of our cats. He especially enjoyed being a shop dog and greeting all customers.