View Full Version : An update on Basil Puppy - good news!

19-08-2009, 05:26 PM
Well, some of you may remember we adopted puppy Basil from the Dogs Trust (an animal shelter) in May. He was one of litter of 10 taken from a crack den, malnourished and full of worms and other nasties. Someone who lived there tried to get a petshop to take them, and the lasy from there took them straight into the shelter for safety.

He came to us when he wasn't even 6 weeks old, and he was very poorly for about 3 weeks, with the prognosis of only 50/50 of survival at best. I asked for some pixiedust from you all and it came in abundance! We really did think we were going to lose him and there were a lot of vet visits. Well, after a lot of hard work he has now been well for a few weeks, and is officially fit and well!! The vet had thought his illness may have been a permanent thing, but it now looks like it was the result of the mother and him not being fed or cared for properly. He has been late in his socialisation as his vaccinations were delayed due to him being ill, but he's getting there now.

He is a real mix; half Whippet, quarter Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and quarter German Shepherd! At first he seemed to be mostly staffie, but as he is growing he is getting taller and taleer, so the whippet legs are now kicking in!

We have had a tough time getting him to not chase the cats (he doesn't want to eat them, but to play with them - he thinks they're puppies), and it took a long while to get our other dog Sorrel to accept him, but now they play together and she is teaching him lots of good canine stuff. It is lovely to see her come out of her shell with some doggie company, it's one of the reasons we wanted a second dog. Anyway, here our a couple of pics (not great quality but at least you can see him!): the first is a reminder of how he was a couple of days after we brought him home, and the others were taken this last week at the age of 18 weeks!

19-08-2009, 05:29 PM
Oh Basil what a handsome young man you're turning into. :D

Why does Sorrel look so sad? No room left on the sofa?

19-08-2009, 05:37 PM
Oh Basil what a handsome young man you're turning into. :D

Why does Sorrel look so sad? No room left on the sofa?

Sorrel always looks sad :( It's her stock-in-trade look for getting cuddles and biscuits. If she wants to be on that sofa she just jumps up and sits on both of them :lol:

19-08-2009, 06:07 PM
aw he is adorable looks like butter wouldn't melt............ naughty mummy sorrel looks so sad lol that look works everytime for lucy :lol:

19-08-2009, 06:10 PM
Such a sad face, as in 'whoa as me.' So adorable.

And my goodness, has Basil just shot up! Growing like a weed he is.

19-08-2009, 06:10 PM
I cant believe how much Basil has grown!!! I had a shock when i scrolled down after the first photo and an even bigger shock when i got to the third one!
Basil is one very lucky pup, in more ways than one isnt he!
He's lovely Deb! :yes:

19-08-2009, 06:19 PM
hes turning into such a cutie!!

I am so happy he is all better!!!!

And he is looking more like a whippet.. both the legs and the ears!!!

19-08-2009, 06:22 PM
Great news :yes: I was shocked at the difference in him too....he's adorable :yes:

19-08-2009, 08:53 PM
Awwww! he really does look like a proper little whippy.

So pleased he on a better road now. My whippy chased my cats for a while too. They soon worked out if they didn't run she didn't chase them.

19-08-2009, 10:39 PM
http://www.wench.org/forums/images/smilies/love3.gif What a beautiful puppyboy you have there...and you definitely gave him a second lease on life! Bless you for saving a furbaby who couldn't save himself.

19-08-2009, 11:09 PM
OMG!! You wouldn't get that they are the same dog! I am so pleased it's not going to be a permanent thing. I want Sorrel LOL

Great pics


19-08-2009, 11:14 PM
Oh my gosh! What a huge change in Basil. :yes: Looks ever so much healthier, and indeed quite the whippet features now!

Sorrel is too dear, isn't she? :D :D Love that woe is me face. :lol:

Thanks for sharing with us Deb, and thanks more for taking such good care of poor little Basil...

20-08-2009, 04:06 AM
Awwww! What cute furbabies you have :yes:

20-08-2009, 07:47 AM
That is great news Deb. I have wondered how he has been getting on. What a turn around. I didn't a second glance at Sorrel. Where's her fluff.

20-08-2009, 08:27 AM
You have a beautiful family of furbabies Deb!

20-08-2009, 08:34 AM
Thanks all! Just noticed there are no pics of Mr Darcy in there...I do try to get some of him with Basil but they are usually just streaks of blurs across the photo as they are running.

That is great news Deb. I have wondered how he has been getting on. What a turn around. I didn't a second glance at Sorrel. Where's her fluff.

We had it all cut off 3 weeks ago Siobhan. She was getting loads of grass seeds stuck in her, as well as being at a disadvantage with Basil as he was hanging onto her beard (never a good thing for a lady :D ) and ears when playing and it was hurting her. She is really happy now, and can run around and sneak through the woods with out getting uncomfortable :yes:

She does have a little "flag" of hair on the end of her tail though!

Her and Basil are now fighting over custody of the cardboard tube from the inside of a kitchen roll, which doesn't bode well for my floor being clean! It is lovely to see her playing now, she never did toys at all, and now because of Basil she is enjoying them if only to stop him having them!

20-08-2009, 09:50 AM
Oh my word, I can't believe the difference in those two photos, the first one has such sad eyes and the second one so bright and shiny. And I absolutely love the look on Sorrel's face.

20-08-2009, 11:23 AM
He is certainly flourishing under your care Deb. He is a good looking pup.

20-08-2009, 12:05 PM
:ROFL1: I love, love , love that last photo of all of them! Priceless the look on Sorrels face! Simply priceless!! have to show Tyler that one.:yes:

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20-08-2009, 06:02 PM
Awe he is so beautiful.