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Nov. 20, 2020


WINNIPEG – Syndicated radio host and bestselling author, Jeremy Bradley, announces the passing of his beloved dog, Basil.


The nine-year-old Labrador retriever-cross had become a staple on the radio shows, Top of The Charts and The Open Road with Jeremy Bradley, after being adopted from an animal shelter in Winnipeg.


Basil, alongside his dog-mestic paw-tner, Ernie, a 12-year-old golden retriever, regularly appeared in playful photoshoots for holidays, birthdays and sporting events. Their faces are on full display through a signature line of greeting cards in the U.S.


Basil was diagnosed with a severe blood disease and despite otherwise perfect health, he succumbed to the illness only nine days after the grim discovery.


“You couldn’t ask for a better dog,” said Bradley. “Basil had a personality that everyone loved. His energy, his bouncing bark, his wide-open tongue-hanging smiles delighted so many people.”


To celebrate the dog’s life, Bradley hosted a special two-hour live edition of The Scribble podcast where he recounts the day he adopted Basil, and shares the emotional last moments. In the second hour, Dr. Phil McGraw discusses how families mourn the loss of a pet. Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan offers insight into how other pets grieve when one is no longer around. Winnipeg’s mayor, Brian Bowman, talks about the importance of adoption – as Basil came from a city-run shelter.


Abbreviated segments with Phil and Cesar air on Top of The Charts and The Open Road with Jeremy Bradley the weeks of Nov. 23 and 30 respectively.


“I am heartbroken by Basil’s death,” said Bradley. “But I know Basil would want us to carry on and keep the energy going. He will be missed by the many people who had a chance to meet him and the thousands of people who smiled when they saw his silly pictures.”


Photo galleries from dog photoshoots can be seen HERE.


Read Jeremy Bradley’s emotional commentary about Basil’s passing HERE.

A sad goodbye

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