In Memory of Basil
Born on 29 September 2000, our Basil is the son of Rusty and Lexie, the latter having been the companion dog of my mother-in-law (Lexie passed away in 2012). Mrs. Shelf and I were all too happy to welcome Basil into our family, which included his older brother, Max (who passed away in 2015).
Basil’s name was inspired by three characters: Basil Fawtly (portrayed by John Cleese) from “Fawlty Towers”; Basil Brush, a mischievous fox from British children’s telly programs; and Basil Exposition (portrayed by Michael York) from the “Austin Powers” film series.
Like all Dachshunds, Basil proved to be stubborn, as well as a fierce protector—he was notorious for barking at almost all other dogs, and has unfortunately bitten ten people (both friends and strangers alike). Basil never passed up food of any kind, but always managed to maintain an athletic physique. He loved going on long walks, and really enjoyed swimming.
We always thought of Basil as a puppy, no matter his age. Although he had experienced back problems in the past, Basil fully recovered each time. Also, he had been contending with arthritis for several years. However, he started developing several new conditions within the past eight months. And we became most alarmed after Basil suffered a seizure last year on Christmas Eve. He had additional episodes afterwards, but always recovered.
This past Wednesday, Basil suffered two seizures and did not regain physical control. His breathing was labored, he was very uncomfortable, and his condition deteriorated quickly. After consulting with Basil’s veterinarian, we sadly agreed that it was time to say goodbye to our old friend.
The doctor later determined that Basil likely had Hemangiosarcoma (also known as canine cancer) that affected many of his organs. We had no idea—our little buddy was such a fighter!
We miss Basil dearly, and will always love him.