I am writing to you today with the devastating news that we have had to finally say “goodbye and sleep tight” to our wonderful Basil!!!

I travelled up to Stoke on Trent July 22nd 2014 to meet and bring home Basil (Teal as he was then) – a 10 year old Springer who was needing a home as his Gamekeeper owner had lost his job.

When I arrived, Basil was gazing lovingly at Mrs Powell and I remember saying to her “I hope he gets to love me as much as he obviously loves you!” Mrs Powell looked at me surprised and replied “But I’ve only just met him!”

That just summed up my gorgeous Basil – he simply adored people!

And sure enough as soon as we arrived home in Warwickshire, I became his Number One Love and he became mine! (I have four other dogs and although one shouldn’t have favourites, Basil and myself were a love-match made in heaven!!!)

We had five glorious years together – holidays in Wales at least six times a year – he loved chasing a ball on the beach and boy did he love the sea!! Well – he was a Springer after all!!

He became ill with vestibular disease (similar to a stroke in humans) a couple of years ago but he handled the illness extremely well – He eventually lost the very appealing head tilt but his balance was rather wanting! We were always telling him to take more water with it!!

He also became incontinent but had a wonderfully colourful variety of nappy bands!!

The stories I could tell about my precious Basil would fill a book!

I know he was fifteen years old but my God when that day came when you just knew his time had come and you make that decision to call the Vet – it’s utterly heart-wrenching!! I was holding him as we said goodbye!!

At the moment I find it difficult to believe that I’ll ever smile again – I feel so empty!

Thank God I’ve got my other babies to keep me going but I can honestly say that – to me – Basil was one in a million!!!! So very special!

We were privileged to have Basil even though the pain and sorrow is excruciating at the moment!!

He has certainly left a very large hole in our hearts!

He has given us five years of utmost pleasure. He was the loyalist, sweetest dog I've ever owned - and there have been a few!
 
When God made Basil He completely excelled Himself!!
 
Thank you “All at CAESSR” for all the wonderful work you do and especially for bringing Basil into our lives!!
 
Hilary and Mike

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