• He came to us at 1 1/2, a scoundrel at light speed, our first black basenji. We had recently lost another generation and told Topper he was going to be "just a dog", I wasn't going to wrap my heart around this boy….yeah, right. We have loved Topper deeply for the last 13 1/2 years, and at 15 he was worn out. He had a bad spine, asthma and chronic bronchitis, and for the last 2 years congestive heart failure. He took a handful of meds twice a day like a champ, but yesterday he was OK in the morning, but when I came home he didn't greet me, then he walked into the living room when I was giving out 'treat balls" (pills) and would not take even a bite of good canned food. I got his pills in with raw ground beef, but later he would not even eat that and he wouldn't drink. He deteriorated visibly over 2 hours and we knew it was time. The vet met us and quickly, painlessly, Topper slipped away. He is a bright star in the sky tonight, free of his body that wore out long before his spirit did.

    Topper has run wild on many beaches, roamed free on mountain tops, slept in my bed and had many adventures during our life together. I think he had a good life, I know my life is better for having shared it with Topper.

    RIP my favorite heart dog

  • RIP your beloved boy. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • God bless and run Free, Topper.
    there are no words.

  • {{{{hugs}}}}

  • I'm so very sorry for your loss..

  • I?m very sorry for you loss, I will think of you and your family..

    Run free little man

  • Oh Anne…I'm so sorry for your loss. We all know how much Topper meant to you. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hugs. 😞

  • Thank you all for your hugs and sympathy. We are lonely but a bit better today.
    Basenjis are 'forward-looking' and we must be as well.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • Thinking of you and your family.

    Run like the wind sweet boy!

  • My sincerest condolences to you and Don. He was a special guy and caught my eye when I first joined the forum. Topper is a beautiful Basenji that will live in your heart forever.

  • Houston

    Oh Anne, I am so sorry to hear of your loss…Run free Topper, fast and painlessly.

  • Very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

  • Annie I am so sorry. (((hugs and shared tears))

  • Anne, i am very sorry to hear of your loss of Topper, sounds like he had a great life.
    Run free Topper.

  • God Bless, Anne. Hearts and hugs to you…. 🙂

  • First Basenji's

    My heart is breaking for you and yours. ((((((((MacPack)))))))

  • Thanks to you all for your sweet words, we have fewer tears each day. Eddie and Nicky got 2 long walks yesterday and seem more energetic, less sad. Poor Eddie just lies in a chair, seeming to be asleep but with his eyes wide open. He has always been a thoughtful boy. We have to think of them now and keep on keeping on.
    The hugs are deeply appreciated.

  • Topper was a much loved boy, by you of course, but by all those who knew him. Everyone at West Park will miss him very much, and I know he has left wonderful memories with all of us. Hugs to you both. Run free and happy, Topper.

  • First Basenji's

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your love for him with us.

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