Josh and James surprised me Saturday morning with a call from James's school. They were at the yearly Fall Fest event and one of the vendors was a dog rescue group. After a brief call and some back and forth texting, I told Josh to go for it and to adopt this fellow. What made up my mind was watching a little video of James walking Basil on a leash--as you can see below, he is extremely rotund, and he waddles more than walks!
Josh instantly started him on a reduced calorie diet with a majority of cooked green beans, carrots, beats, or kale along with a portion of healthy dog food without fillers like corn and soy. Within a few days I noticed a difference in Basil; he was happier, moved around so much more, and he actually could run!
Well, it was more of a waddle-lope, but it's definitely progress:
We lost our greyhound, Jinjo, in 2010. The memory of losing Jinjo is still painful for both Josh and myself, and it's hard to even link to the post about her loss.
Basil is similar to Jinjo in many ways, although clearly not in weight! They are both very laid back, low maintenance dogs, and they both sleep and lie around for the majority of the day.
Basil has nearly one acre, completely fenced in, to explore and go on scent hunts. And James has made it a routine every evening to give him a run before he gets his dinner.
So that's it about our new dog! He is an older dog at eight years old, just as Jinjo was when we adopted her at five. We hope to enjoy many years with him just as we did with Jinjo.