There are some beings in our lives with which we make an extremely unique and special bond. Basil and I had such an experience for just over 12 years. He was very loved and gave it back equally. He will be missed as much as I imagine someone losing a child. There is a hole in my heart where his life once filled, which I hope will be filled gradually by the love of the other two pets we have. His life will be honored through the memories he left us and his love will serve as a reminder that animals are very special creatures.