Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
Leave a bone for Diablo ~ in loving memory
Dogster stats for Diablo ~ in loving memory
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December 8th 2002
Chasing squirrels in our backyard
My not opening the door every five minutes for him to try and catch a squirrel
Stuffed bone toy with a squeaker in it
Anything we're having, or mixing tuna water in with his dry food
Shakes with both paws, sits and lays down on command
When our second rescue basenji, Elliott, was nearing the end of his battle with Fanconi, we started the search for a brindle boy. Unfortunately, Elliott was no longer with us when Diablo joined the family. Diablo is a breeder basenji that we got in Ocala (Serengeti Kennels).
Eerily enough, Diablo was born the day after Elliott passed and we feel that there is a lot of Elliott in Diablo. This is the reason for his registered name: Serengeti El Diablo. The "El" is for Elliott.
Diablo has brindle coloring and he is on the large size of the basenji spectrum, about 32 pounds. Not an ounce of fat though, as the squirrels keep him fit!
Waiting at the Rainbow Bridge
April 29, 2011:
With an immensely breaking heart, I had to say goodbye to my fur-kid Diablo, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge last night just before midnight...
He was 8 years, 4 months and 3 weeks young!
~ Serengeti El Diablo ~
December 8, 2002 – April 28, 2011
He is now free of pain and running in peace with his soul brother Elliott.
Elliott was 8 years, 3 months and 3 weeks young when his time was up. He passed the day before Diablo was born and, I always said their souls touched, with Elliott outbound and Diablo inbound. He shared some of Elliott’s idiosyncrasies and the "El" in Diablo's registered name "Serengeti El Diablo" was for Elliott.
When Diablo was diagnosed with Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia in early March 2011, it was within days of Elliott’s age at his passing. Which now tells me that Diablo came with an expiration date, being a part of Elliott; that I could not have him longer than I did Elliott.
I truly believe that now upon reflection!
We did struggle six weeks trying to turn the corner; there were a few ups, but not enough in the end. He was hospitalized yesterday for an Immuno-Globulin transfusion, amongst other outlined urgent care; but went into cardiac arrest about 11:45 p.m. last night, and could not be saved before I could arrive and say goodbye to him.
Ironically, I had called to check on him just when he crashed, and I was on hold waiting to speak to doctor, who was in trying to revive him.
Crazy, I know!
I feel it was Diablo's way of a goodbye for me not to see him in anymore pain.
When I got there, I sat with him for about an hour cuddling and saying my goodbyes, nonetheless.
My other two basenjis are a strong comfort to me - and me to them - during this most difficult time. I worry most about Tori, who is 14 1/2 and very frail, from having periodic idiopathic epileptic seizures. In December 2002, she took Elliott’s passing real hard. I can only pray that Kivu will keep her focused and in the now.
Diablo will be coming back to me in about a week, in a little cedar box. He’ll sit beside Elliott on my bedroom dresser.
Please hug your fur-kids tightly tonight for me!
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