That's the name of a really old movie and a book about a boy and his Basenji, But it's also applicable today for me and My basenji Lady.
Lady would be 17 years old in December, but she won't make it that long. Lady hasn't eatten in two days, can no longer stand or walk very well at all and has lost alot of weight.
Lady even turned down her favorite yogart and she's just lost all spark. The vet said "I've never seen a Basenji this old before. The oldest one I've ever seen was 12 years old". The average lifespan of a Basenji is between 12-14 years of age. There was not much we could do for her, It was just her time.
I still have her two sons and they are also both over the 'average" lifespan for Basenjis and still going strong.
We had a funeral last evening for her. I took her two sons George and Ice Man out to say goodbye. My mule Shy walked away from her food (unusual in the first place) and quitely joined us (another unusual behavior for her, ususally shes pushing people around trying to be the center of attention) while we were out there in the pasture and then walked back in with us without trying to harass the two boys (also unusual for her). So I guess she knew something was up.