Basil is our English connection. He was imported from the UK at the tender age of 10 weeks.
His sire, Filmore, a Texas son, was a joy to show, as was Basil. He loved it. Basil was full of the joy of life and thought because he loved everyone, they should love him too. He finished his Canadian Championship in one weekend at the age of 7 1/2 monts and was also pointed in the US. He took first place in the huge 9-12 Fawn dog class at ABC.
Basil was a delight to train in obedience. He enjoyed it like no other Boxer I have ever trained. He sired some very nice pups, some of which have finished their championships.
When an opportunity came to place Basil in his very own forever home with his best friend and the love of his life, Dora Ryan of Manitoba we let him go. Although he lived a long way from us, we heard all about his escapades often.
My favourite story is about the time that Dora had to run out to meet someone right after arriving home with her groceries. She left them on the table with the intentions of putting them away later.
When she arrived home, she put the groceries away, but noticed that there were no potatoes. She thought she had bought them, but when she did not see them figured she had forgotten. Later that evening, when it was time for bed, she and Basil headed upstairs. When Dora pulled back her covers she discovered the potatoes! Basil had carried them upstairs one by one and buried them in her bed. I laughed and laughed when I heard this story.
I created the collage above for Dora and framed it for her as a keepsake. She missed Basil so much.