I previously posted in the forum when we were in the "decision stage" of Basenji ownership. http://www.basenjiforums.com/showthread.php?t=9543
I am happy to report that last week (February 5th) we drove from Green Bay, WI to North Branch, MN to pick up our new little pack member from Sally at Sonbar Basenjis. We had originally chosen a brindle female from Laura Mae Hess, but that female was doing SO well, that Laura decided to keep her to show (we didn't want to own a dog under a show agreement). Laura took to the task of finding us another little girl and led us to Sonbar.
Our sweet Mabel is doing well and Cooper (our chihuahua) is getting used to her and they play together quite a bit. Cooper gets a little possessive of his toys and will tell Mabel to stay away…we are trying to stop that behavior and teach them to share.
Mabel tries to encourage our 14 year old beagle Belle to play with her, but Belle almost always tells her no. Mabel keeps trying!
Mabel is just a little over 2 months old now and she already knows the "Sit!" command. We are working on "Come" and "Down"...which she isn't picking up on as quickly. The word she hears most often, of course, is "No!"...which I'm hoping she will hear less and less as time goes on.
She really enjoys going outside with the rest of her pack to do her business. We are teaching her to ring a bell before she goes outside also. She's not quite grasping that either. Once, I was in the kitchen and I heard the bell ring and was so excited. I rushed to the door only to find that she was biting the top of the bell (it's a bell like a hotel bell...or a service bell). I'm confident that she will get the hang of it.
I've learned a lot just by reading through these forums and although I am not an active poster I just wanted to introduce my little girl to all of you. I respect all Basenji owners because I know that they are kind and patient people (you have to be with this breed!).
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope I won't be too much of a stranger in the future.
Here is a photo of Mabel and my niece, Ava. Ava adored Mabel!