One year ago today Bubba died in our arms at the vet's office after we made the decision to free him from the pain and suffering of Lymphoma cancer. Many of you on the forum went through that terrible time with us from his first symptom on Dec. 6th until we sent him on his final journey to the Rainbow Bridge on Dec. 20th. His seven years with us were far to short for such a wonderful, loving, companion, camping buddy, and faithful friend.
His story went on after then, because of the Christmas card exchange last year. Bubba's card endend up in the hands of little Charles Stanley, a patient in the same hospital as Corvuss's wife. Her husband had been bringing the cards to the hospital, and she decided to share them with the children. Bubba's card was given to Little Charles who held it tight and said, "He's black like me," and smiled. Little Charles Stanley later died in the hospital with Bubba's card on his bed. His mother later contacted Corvuss and told him that the card was buried with Little Charles, because it meant so much to him his last days at the hospital.
For those of you who knew him and for those who didn't here are some of our memories of Bubba:
Bubba as a ten week old. We got him as a seven month old after he outgrew his ears and ended his career as a show dog.
Bubba with our Spring tulips.
Bubba with his favorite tennis ball. He would carry it around in his jaw, and pop it in his mouth if you tried to get it.
Bubba hated his boots and coat, but with very sensitive paws and the tempts below zero, he knew they were necessary if he went outside.
One of favorite head shots made on a camping trip.
Bubba's picture that was in last years Christmas card.
"The heart remembers most what it has loved best."
Best in peace, Bubba. We miss you so and you will always hold a special place in our hearts.
I've always loved the coat and boots picture- what an expression!
I remember Corvuss talking about Charles Stanley and the card, but didn't realize the little boy had died. It seems that Bubba touched him in a very special way. What a wonderful gift he gave that child!
Thank you for posting this beautiful tribute to Bubba.
I thought of Bubba this year when I got my first Basset card. I remember last year my son had picked out Bubba"s card as his favorite card. Your tribute was lovely. Seven years is not enough. I am happy for you though because Bubba sent you another soul to love.
Bubba was such a handsome guy. I loved looking at his pictures. The coat and boots are my favorite. When I lost my precious Maggie Mae 3 weeks later, I knew Bubba was waiting to greet her at the bridge. I'm sure they are together, running like young pups again with no illness or pain, sniffing every luscious green blade of grass. Rest in peace Bubba Leroy.
I'm new to the boards and therefore didn't know Bubba, but your tribute made me cry. My thoughts are with you, I understand how you feel. On June 23, 2006 I lost my childhood dog, and I was in the car on the way to the vet when we lost him. The pain and memories of a loved one never go away. Thank you for sharing.
You know, I've been thinking about Bubba for several weeks now. I have bird feeders out for the winter, and have become absolutely meticulous about cleaning up around them and washing the feeders because of what happened.
He was such a special, special boy. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Since I am new to this forum, this was the first time I have heard about your precious Bubba. He was such a beautiful boy, and what a loving tribute you gave given him . I am crying while I am writing this because it is 4 years ago today that I lost my Basset ,Luther, Otis's father. he lived to the ripe old age of 17, but it doesn't matter, its never long enough. I still miss him dearly, and I am sure you feel the same about Bubba. my thoughts and tears are with you today. There is a poem I have found that expresses it so well, i will try to post it:
I ONLY WANTED YOU
They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again
Dear Cyberhound friends,
Thank you so much for all the wonderful replies, kind words, your care and concern, and understanding. They have helped my husband, and I so much on this difficult day. I know Bubba is looking down and smiling on all of us, and that he is enjoying life and romping with all the wonderful hounds and pets, and friends that are at the "Rainbow Bridge" with him. I'm also sure that he and Little Charles Stanley are best buddies and share that special boy and dog friendship.
You are the best!!
Guy and Connie
We remember Bubba. Having been on the board for quite a few years we loved his pictures and stories and were saddened when he went to the bridge. Thanks for reminding us of what a lovely hound he was and how well he was loved.
Toby Tenor (formerly Toby's People)