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Yes. CRd means "Carrier" vs. CLd is "Cleared" -
Actually, on my database website, I started using pCL and pCR - in the days before DNA testing - Certificates emphasised PROBABLY clear and PROBABLY carrier. When the direct test came in, I changed the way I entered the data to CRd - carrier by direct test and CLd - clear by direct test. NOT 'cleared'.
This coding, which I devised for the database website but which is used more generally, is all spelled out on the search page - if anyone is interested.
Show Off Your Dog
Our first half Basenji came from a rescue and she was described as "half shepherd and half collie". She was just a little ball of fluff, but as she grew, our vets told us "she is DEFINITELY part Basenji." She grew a single curl tail, never barked (she could but she didn't) , made strange sounds (which I now know were baroos) and she could balance on her hind legs like a champ. She was much furrier than a full bred Basenji, but her behaviors were pure Basenji. (we researched Basenjis) When our sweet Goldie passed away at 13, we decided to get a pure bred Basenji, and our Cassie came from BRAT. We became confirmed Basenji rescuers after that. Basenji or no, you are going to have SO much fun and love with Hugo. Congratulations on a beautiful boy!
@jagali Its wonderful how an older Basenji will accept and bond with a puppy. We bought in Mku when Hoover's older half-brother died and she went into a decline. Utter misery ! However within a very short time they were soul-mates, he brought her back to almost puppy-hood, certainly to life-enjoyment and mischief. She taught him survival life-skills and how to gang up on Mom -
Sadly Hoover herself left us a couple of weeks back and now I have a lonely wee Mku - I guess there is only one thing for it though . . . LOL
Basenji Health Issues & Questions
One of my Basenjis is also diagnosed with early kidney disease. The vet prescribed Enalapril Maleate (generic for Vasotec). My vet allowed me to choose whatever prescription food I wanted to use. After some research I chose Blue Buffalo BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet KS Kidney Support. I looked into and tried a more holistic food, Dr. Harvey's - a dehydrated food, but Kushika couldn't manage to eat it without getting it all over the walls, kitchen floor, and herself so we went back to the kibble. I liked the Dr. Harvey food AND you can call to talk to Dr. Harvey, who asked me to send Kushika's lab results to him so he could make specific recommendations dependent on those results. Kushika came to live with us at almost 10 years old and was immediately diagnosed with kidney disease. At age 12+ she is still with us, going strong and looking better than when she arrived.
Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
@elbrant I hope it will arrive today and I will let you know of its success or otherwise. We will try it out immejutely it arrives.
Mku slept with me last night. He slept like a log. I didn't, but at least it gave Paul a rest.
The diffuser is supposed to diffuse comforting pheronomes. I like the idea of changing it to encourage eating etc. You could be onto a winner there !
I'm no Basenji expert since I've only had one. And, I don't want to start a dog park argument. I'll just share my experience.
Jengo LOVED running free, but he's a Basenji. Can't do that cause... cars. The dog park near our house is HUGE. A big completely enclosed lawn area the size of a football field with towering oak trees. We were OCD about keeping Jengo's vaccinations up to date. He was chipped and wore a collar with contact and rabies tags 24/7. He loved the dog park, but not all the dogs there. He hated any dog of any size that would try to dominate him in any way. He rarely instigated it, but he never tolerated it meaning regardless of size... he wouldn't back down. He also hated if another dog approached him from behind and would snap immediately.
My solution was to stay near him and to keep moving. We would walk laps around the perimeter and by about the second or third lap he'd been or had checked out all the other dogs. Then things were good. If I saw that he was getting anxious I'd usually catch it before he reacted and would tell him "Easy". 9 times out 10 that was enough. I'd also make sure that he was aware of dogs in our vicinity so that he wouldn't be surprised if they came from behind. We went to the park for years. He never caught anything that I was aware of. I did pick him up and leave if there was another dog he and/or I weren't comfortable with. And, I also recall walking away before ever entering the park if there was a dog we didn't like already there.
I guess my point is that part of protecting your dog and others is knowing and focusing on them without over-reacting at the same time. I don't want to set him off. But, I want to know what he's going to do before he does. You have to read him. All dogs give signals one way or another. Tune in to your dog, not the other people at the park. I liked the other people at the park, but I wasn't there for them. My focus was always on Jengo.
I had a somewhat similar experience. Joey had a seizure which I correlate to taking Simparica. He looked terrible so took him to the vet when the first seizure happened and he was late Stage 2. Put him on Royal Canin kidney kibble and Hills kidney wet food and 4 years later he has only had 1 more seizure and his kidney values have remained constant. I will believe your homemade version is most likely better if you have the correct proportions. All the best to your Bs! Joey will be 15 in November.
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
New Basenji owner here from Melbourne, Australia.
I know this topic is a couple of months old but I thought I'd just add my experience for anyone else needing help with puppy biting.
My wife and I had been having mouthing/biting trouble with our (now) 12-week old pup for the last week.
The behavior has improved almost instantly by following the advice in this video.
She's still pretty mouthy but it doesn't escalate the way it did before when we'd try and stop her from doing it/yelping/saying '"NO". I think everything we were doing was just turning it into the funnest game ever for her!
@eeeefarm We have had more than our fair share of summer litters but that is extremely rare. And Ok might be true in USA but across Europe I doubt Damon would find a youngster such as you suggest. 'Finished' show dogs are very seldom passed on too.
I have put him in touch with a couple of the best people to help him get onto a waiting list
I’m impressed with the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in reaching out to you and making a donation in memory of Jengo. You definitely have to do a shadow memory box for Jengo - I love the one you did for your previous dog. What a beautiful memorial! ️
Basenjis For Sale or Wanted
You can search for breeders at www.basenji.org by state