Flame

Today we said our good-byes to our dear boy Flame. After much difficult decision we decided that it was his time to cross to the rainbow bridge. He stopped eating and was having problems breathing.

You were the best boy Flame, our short time together was so sweet. You will always have a glowing ember in our hearts. RIP my buddy.

First Basenji's

Peace be with you in your time of mourning.
I'm sorry the end had to come so soon.

I'm so sorry this happened to you and Flame. May your good memories always be with you, and the difficult ones forgotten…....

My condolences on your families loss, certainly too soon. I'm glad you were able to give him comfort and peace in the end.

I am so very sad to read this. Flame was only with you a short time - sometimes it all just seems so unfair.

You and your family have my deepest sympathies.

So sorry you have lost your sweet Flame, his time with you was not long enough.

Hugs to you…. I'm so sorry about little Flame. He will be in my prayers tonight and I hope he is playing with my Lucy and my Zeba.

God's Blessings.

So sorry to hear that Flame has departed - remember all the good memories. Flame now has peace and is pain free. He'll be doing the basenji 500 with a smile on his face.

@Kipawa:

So sorry to hear that Flame has departed - remember all the good memories. Flame now has peace and is pain free. He'll be doing the basenji 500 with a smile on his face.

chuckles…. thank you Fran. Flame was the Nova Scotia Duck Toller though we have not had for yet a year. He was diagnosed with Malignant Lymphoma about a week ago but now that I think if it he had it for quite a while and was just slowly deteriorating. Slowly enough that we didn't catch on to how sick he was until he got the lung infection (compromised immune system) and we finally confirmed it with a biopsy. He was only four years old. Too young to leave this world so soon. We had some time to abosorb the news and make a decision but it did not make it any easier. But I know now he is not suffering, he is up in puppy heaven with my Shiba Inu Breeze, and mixed breeds Cassie and Flower. He's his happy little Toller self again bouncing around and chasing balls.

Thank everyone for all of their kind words. It means a lot at this time. I know he is not a B but it is nice to have such support from everyone.

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Ananda in a similar way to bone marrow cancer, she passed away a week after overt symptoms showed. It is an unspeakably difficult way to lose your friend.

@krunzer:

Thank everyone for all of their kind words. It means a lot at this time. I know he is not a B but it is nice to have such support from everyone.

It doesn't matter that he wasn't a Basenji, I have more non-Basenjis than Basenjis.
Our dogs bring us so much happiness, but such sadness when they go, and sometimes dogs go way too soon.
I'm very sorry for your loss. Good dogs leave great memories.
-Joanne

So sorry for you in your loss of Flame at such an early age.

Now he'll run free and without any more pain.

I am sorry for your loss.

Jennifer

@giza1:

It doesn't matter that he wasn't a Basenji, I have more non-Basenjis than Basenjis.
Our dogs bring us so much happiness, but such sadness when they go, and sometimes dogs go way too soon.
I'm very sorry for your loss. Good dogs leave great memories.
-Joanne

Well said.

They have personalities, it's tough to watch them suffer, but it's also tough to watch them go. Very sorry for your loss.

I'm so sorry to hear about Flame. I had hoped the news would be better or that he would at least have more quality time with you. The flame that burns brightest burns quickest. Though his time here was much too short, I know he left you with many wonderful memories of happy times together. I hope he's doing the Toller version of the B-500 in the clouds (learned, of course, from his B-sibs).

First Basenji's

Condolences to you and yours. It is never easy. I came across this from an email, it makes sense to me!!! I hope it brings a warm smile at this time of your grieving:

A *Dog's Purpose?
**(from a *6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had *been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish *Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, *his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were *all very attached to Belker, and they were *hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker *and found he was dying of cancer. I told the *family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and *offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for *the old dog in their home.

As we made *arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought *it would be good for six-year-old Shane to *observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane *might learn something from the *experience.

The next day, I felt the *familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family *surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting *the old dog for the last time, that I wondered *if he understood what was going on. Within a few *minutes, Belker slipped peacefully *away.

The little boy seemed to accept *Belker's transition without any difficulty or *confusion. We sat together for a while after *Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad *fact that animal lives are shorter than human *lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, *piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we *all turned to him. What came out of his mouth *next stunned me. I'd never heard a more *comforting explanation. It has changed the way I *try and live.

He said,''People are born *so that they can learn how to live a good life *– like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,

''Well, *dogs already know how to do that, so they don't *have to stay as long.''

Live *simply.

Love generously.

First Basenji's

Condolences to you and yours. It is never easy. I came across this from an email, it makes sense to me!!! I hope it brings a warm smile at this time of your grieving:

A *Dog's Purpose?
**(from a *6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had *been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish *Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, *his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were *all very attached to Belker, and they were *hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker *and found he was dying of cancer. I told the *family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and *offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for *the old dog in their home.

As we made *arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought *it would be good for six-year-old Shane to *observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane *might learn something from the *experience.

The next day, I felt the *familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family *surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting *the old dog for the last time, that I wondered *if he understood what was going on. Within a few *minutes, Belker slipped peacefully *away.

The little boy seemed to accept *Belker's transition without any difficulty or *confusion. We sat together for a while after *Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad *fact that animal lives are shorter than human *lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, *piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we *all turned to him. What came out of his mouth *next stunned me. I'd never heard a more *comforting explanation. It has changed the way I *try and live.

He said,''People are born *so that they can learn how to live a good life *– like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,

''Well, *dogs already know how to do that, so they don't *have to stay as long.''

Live *simply.

Love generously.

Thank you Buddy's Pal. I still miss him immensley even though he was with us only a short while. We went camping a couple of weekends ago and everyone had brought their dogs and I was thinking how much Flame would have loved to be there. He could have been off leash and playing with the bigger dogs. He would have absolutely loved it. I planned to do so much with him this summer, get him doing more water sports and trying for his Good Canine Citizenship, he was just that wonderful and loving.

Thank you again…

First Basenji's

I know you will always miss him, I still miss Buddy.

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