Thursday, March 11, 2010

my sweet basil

december 24, 2008:



On July 19th, 1997 my kitty Bailey delivered 4 lil' kittens. Basil became my best friend for the next 12 years. Last weekend he seemed to be getting much too skinny too quickly, so we took him to the vet on Monday. We learned that poor lil' Basil has cancer and may not even live for another two weeks. I spent all Monday and Tuesday night with him. Last night while everyone slept, he crawled behind the couch and went to sleep. He didn't wake up. This all happened way too fast and it's really breaking my heart. I have never had such a loving, sweet and nurturing pet. He took care of me as much as I did for him. He gave the best hugs that lasted for as long as you could hold him. I will miss you and your million meows. You brightened everyone's life by being here. i love you.

I spent tonight with my grandma, going through all my old photos of him. Here's a few I thought I would share...


1997:



1997:




1998:



2000:



2000:



December 2001:


from my dad:

2005 or so:



This was my last cuddle with him, last night. 2010

7 comments:

  1. i'm really really sorry esme. he looks so very sweet.

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  2. he was so well loved. what a lucky kitty. rest in peace sweet basil.

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  3. you are lucky to have so many awesome pictures of him.
    It looks like he had a happy life.

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  4. Esme, I am so sorry. I cherish my kitties so much I cannot imagine your loss right now. What a great way to honor such a great friend. Thank you for sharing and making me remember to take an extra moment to make sure I hug mine. Hugs.

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  5. oh no! i'm so sorry esme! i have quite a few pictures of him as well! in fact i was just showing someone the other day. weird!
    be strong sweet girl!
    xoxox

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  6. thanku sweeties. it means so much to me that you all care. amber, i was just thinking this morning of the photos we took of hefner and basil rolling around together. and i have a few of basil g'd out with a big chain around his neck, hanging down to the floor. he just looked so straight-faced. it's so funny. or remember when hefner first met him and he hissed and basil just looked away like he didn't even care. he was so passive and cutie. he was nice to everyone.

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  7. i have the best picture from the day i caught basil standing on the tolitseat like a person. he just looked over and was like "yeah i do this sometimes i dont know why"

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