We found out recently that Basil has cancer.
I know. I cannot even talk about it.
Last week, I told Jason that when the time comes, I do not want Sweet Basil to leave us in the environment of a cold sterile vet office. I do not want Basil’s final moments to be filled with the anxious fear he has every time we go to the vet.
I said I would pay any amount of money to have our doc come here, to our house. To Basil’s yard. His grass. His sunshine.
This turned into something of a plan. Basil’s Best Day.
Where he eats all the foods. He squeaks all the squeaky toys. And he is home, in his grassy yard, surrounded by love and comfort. We have been talking about it ever since. The foods. The squeakies. The making our sweet pet comfortable and happy, all of the rest of his days.
Last night I saw this - A Dog’s Final Day.
Oh, wow. As if I have not been crying enough already these last couple weeks.
But it made my heart smile, too. This is exactly what I have been planning! I love that this pup got his day. Basil will have his day. I will do anything to make it happen.
We love you, Sweet Basil Bud.
I am so sorry for your loss. I know it leaves a huge hole in your family. I always loved Basil through your posts and photos. My heart aches for you. Maple pup has been with us for 3 months and now I really understand the unconditional love - on both ends - of having a fur child. I share in your grief and send lots of love and prayers. <3
I'm so sorry to hear about Basil. I saw that Dog's Final Day post a few weeks ago and I vowed that I would do the same thing for Mr. Barney Stinson when that time comes. My worry is that it'll be his back that goes out and that he'll be in too much pain to enjoy his last day. Poor little Basil. 🙁
michelle geil says
Sending you love, sympathy and comfort and prayers for Basil. Wishing you beautiful memories - you obviously love him deeply, and that love is returned now and forever. I too saw the video and was so moved by it. It's a reminder, too, to love each other every day, and make every day the best we can. You are blessed by Basil's love too!
Heather @ FITaspire says
I'm so sorry about Basil, I have an older dog too and I know this time will come, but it's so hard. Our dogs aren't our pets, they really are our family, our children. I love that you want his final days to be filled with joy and love! Praying for you guys. *Hugs*
So sorry about your sweet Basil! We lost our beloved Chewbacca (pitbull) to cancer 6 weeks ago. He was 12. I still look for his smiling face in the front window where he waited for us to return from work everyday. The crying episodes are getting farther apart, but the pain remains. Crying a few tears for you this morning too. I applaud you for letting him go in his own home. I was unable to do that, but held him in my arms as he breathed his last breath.
I am so, so sorry to hear about Basil. I am struggling through the same thing with my dear cat Samantha and I know how heartbreaking it is. I had just seen that post about Duke on Sunday, was so moved by it, although it left me bawling. You and Basil are in my prayers. Enjoy every moment you have together.
The Peace Patch says
All of the moments that you've had together and continue to have are full of love and magic...try to stay in the "here and now" and relish and celebrate every last ounce out of it. When the time comes, your plans sound wise...until then, let go of the future and just be together.