It has been over a week now since our beloved pet dog died after suffering from a bout of illness and the feeling of lost still hasn’t subsided. Time is a great healer as they say; I guess it will take time as he was a massive part of the family. We all miss him so much including his little sister. First few nights she wasn’t sure what was going on and kept looking for him. When I took her for a walk, she kept on looking back to check if he was around. She is almost settled now and I guess she knows he is never coming back now.
He has been suffering from multiple illnesses in the last few weeks along with on-going epilepsy he had for few years which was controlled with medication. We did everything we could medically for him but given his age the Vet felt it was the right thing to let him go. He was a Basenji breed, a kind of breed that we have had for the last few decades. We like this breed for several reasons and one of the reasons is that they don’t bark hence refer to them as the barkless dog and the only kind of dogs in the world; unique when you think about it as dogs are generally known for barks. They have short hair which they don’t shed and they generally clean themselves like cat. They originate from Africa the Congo Basin where they would have been used as hunting dogs for their stealth, speed and agility.
We named him Zephyr which means a gentle breeze as he was a gentle soul as puppy and remained the same most of his life unless he was being annoyed. He was very good with hide and seeks game which we would play with him for ages in the house. He was also fiercely protective of his family particularly when he was on a lead. His uncle was a Crufts champion in 2001, known as Jethard Cidevant, so he came from a line of an excellent breed.
The New Year for us was a mixed emotion along with saying goodbye to year 2015, we have also had to say goodbye to him on 2nd of January 2016. We are thankful to him for all the joy he has given us over the last decade through times of highs and lows which we have had our fair shares. It is true what people say about dogs, how loyal they are, no matter what and how people treat them, they would still be by your side. He has certainly been a loyal friend and could not have asked any more of him. We have lots of memory to cherish and he will be remembered forever by the family.
We have requested that he had a proper send-off which our Vet has organised his cremation and we shall say our final goodbye this weekend to scatter his ashes in the place where he loved walking. I shall also like to say, thank you Zephyr, our loyal friend, go forth safely to doggy heaven where you shall rest in peace.
Thank you to everyone for your sympathy and comforting messages of support during our time of loss. Here is the tribute video I put together: https://youtu.be/rcjb6wELubg