Baxter, the World’s oldest end of life therapy dog, has passed away. Baxter has become famous with his own Facebook page and a book, Moments With Baxter. Baxter died on Friday, October 16th, at the ripe old age of 19. Having spent 16 years of his life comforting patients at the end of their lives by volunteering at the San Diego Hospice, Baxter will be missed by many, and remembered by all the lives he touched.
Like many aging dogs, in the last three years of Baxter’s life he became very arthritic, but that did not stop him from volunteering. He was very adaptable, and spent the last three years being pushed into the hospital rooms on a cart and gently placed into the arms of the dying, where he was able to comfort them. In his old age, there was a sense of vulnerability in Baxter, that helped create a tight bond between him and the patients he helped let go of life.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful tribute to an amazing animal in the video posted below. Baxter truly was man’s best friend.