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Baxter the therapy dog passes away

Baxter the therapy dog, who we featured here last week, passed away Friday.

The news was broken on Facebook, where Baxter has his own page, in a message sent to members of The Baxter Bussey fan club :

“Baxter, the world’s best and oldest therapy dog, 19 years and 6 months, eased peacefully from his life on Friday afternoon, October 16th, 2009 … The sweetest angel. … We love you Baxter, and many hugs to his family…”

Baxter worked with hospice patients, bringing them comfort and love at the end of their lives His story was published in a book, “Moments with Baxter” all proceeds from which are being donated to animal and hospice charities.


Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time October 18, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this, though glad that his passing was peaceful and easy. I know his humans must be grieving terribly. I hope they’ll be comforted in remembering how many lives he touched and how many people he helped.

Comment from laura
Time October 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Ty for shareing Baxter with the world, and with the people who deeply needed him, I am sorry for you’re loss. May God bless you and you’re family
laura harrison

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time October 19, 2009 at 10:48 am

And now I am crying AGAIN in my office! But what a great legacy this dog leaves. And over 19 years old!….If only we could get all of our dogs to live such a life. Thanks for bringing us this story.

Comment from Sara J Handley
Time October 30, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Thanks for such a great story. And thank you Baxter for being such a gift to so many!

Comment from Maryanne Dell
Time November 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Baxter was an amazing dog. As are all dogs who do this work (See Elise and Diana’s book, home page). Love your site. Really nice, really clean, well-written … and somebody actually knows how to spell. Thank you!!

Comment from patty
Time November 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I still cry everytime I see Baxter’s video.He was so special,I know he’s walking around heaven,happy.Job well done boy!!

Comment from linda roper
Time August 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I just found out about Baxter’s death. The video I saw of him tending to patients in hospice care was the dearest thing I’ve ever seen. God bless him. I know he’s in heaven.

Comment from Rae Appleyard
Time August 25, 2010 at 8:10 am

What a wonderful dog. Over here in the UK (up in the north ) we have only just been made aware of his fantastic achievements. So sorry to hear of his death.

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