HEAVEN ON EARTH: TIKTOK VIDEO OF BAXTER’S LAST MEAL GOES VIRAL
Source: The South African (Extract)
Posted: August 05, 2022
Ellie Buckler from Blackpool, in the United Kingdom, wanted to give her beloved Shar Pei, Baxter, a divine last meal before he crosses over the rainbow bridge. Her clip on TikTok showing her four-legged friend’s last day in her company, has been racking up thousands of views since it was posted in July.
BAXTER’S LAST MEAL A TASTE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH
The 21-year-old Buckler ditched the pellets and plain ol’ dog food to give Baxter a taste of heaven on Earth on his last day.
So what was on the menu?
The Daily Mail reports Buckler treated Baxter to a McDonald’s breakfast and his very first chocolate. He washed all this down with a comforting cup of tea! How very British of him!
‘NO DOG SHOULD GO TO HEAVEN WITHOUT TASTING CHOCOLATE
The South African reported last year on Smiths Station Animal Hospital vet Dr Nicole Namie who has gone viral for her sweet idea of making dogs’ last moments more comforting.
Taking to social media, the American vet shared a picture of her “Goodbye Kisses” jar with the following explanation:
“This jar is reserved for our euthanasia appointments… because no dog should go to Heaven without tasting chocolate.”
NEVER EASY: BUCKLER’S FINAL FAREWELL TO BEST FRIEND BAXTER’
The 12-year-old pooch had been battling numerous health issues, including struggling to breathe and decreased mobility. Buckler was forced to make the heartbreaking decision that putting him to sleep, would be the most humane option.
“As heartbreaking as it was, we had to do what was right. It wouldn’t have been fair to allow him to carry on the way he was,” Baxter’s loving owner told PEOPLE.
SPECIAL BOND SINCE BIRTH
Buckler said she had known Baxter since birth. Her family cared for Baxter’s mom, Rolo, before she passed away in 2018.
“We literally had him since the day he took his first breath, so we had a very strong bond,” the devoted dog owner told PEOPLE.
BAXTER OFF OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
On the night before Baxter’s last day, Buckler’s stepdad slept outside with him on the deck so the dog wasn’t alone. The next morning, Baxter awoke to the smell of a McDonald’s McMuffin.
“I’ve let him have a tiny bit of mine in the past, and he would always want more, but I wouldn’t let him,” Buckler told PEOPLE.
Their last day together also included a walk to go and buy some ham and an overload of tummy rubs and cuddles.
Around 6pm, the family took Baxter to the vet.
“I cuddled him while having the injection, and he passed in my arms,” Buckler said, “It was very peaceful, and it was a relief to see him out of pain.”
Buckler added a video of the sunset when she came home, featuring a rainbow.
“Off over the rainbow bridge,” she wrote. “Running in the big fields in the sky, love you forever baby boy, 12 years wasn’t long enough.”
NOVEMBER 24, 2023
‘I’M A LAWN EXPERT – STOP CATS FROM POOPING ON YOUR GRASS WITH THESE EFFECTIVE METHODS’
Cats are adorable creatures, but it can be increasingly annoying when they use your garden as their toilet or play den, especially if you are not the owner of these mischievous felines. >>
NOVEMBER 23, 2023
CHRISTMAS CHEER AT SA GUIDE-DOGS ASSOCIATION: HERE’S THE PUPS’ WISH LIST
The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind has a special request: please assist their future assistance dogs in fulfilling their Christmas wishes. >>
NOVEMBER 18, 2023
THE WAY DOGS SEE THE WORLD: OBJECTS ARE MORE SALIENT TO SMARTER DOGS
When we point at an object, the toddler focuses on the object, while the dog usually takes the gesture as a directional cue. >>