Not basenji-specific, but my shiba had no problem remembering me when I've had to be gone for 3 months in the past. Sounds like your Cody will be in safe hands, so relax – don't worry.
It's been a while since I've had to be away from home for that long, and I haven't had to be gone for that long since we've had both dogs. But one thing that helped a lot was when my partner sent daily photo messages. Without fail, he sent one every day. Doesn't have to be artfully composed or anything -- and with camera phones, it's so easy to do, nobody should have an excuse (unless they've got a phone plan like my parents and every text message still costs 15 cents!). Yes, I'm terribly attached to my pets, as I imagine you are, too. So the daily photos really set my mind at ease. Yes, they still sleep and poop and eat the same even when I'm gone!
OMG, you made me queasy when I saw the topic and your name. I thought Cody was sick or something horrible! OMG… you needed to put TEMPORARILY basenjiless! I must be hormonal or the fatigue really getting me, I have freaking tears in my eyes lol. (Not to make you feel bad or anything!)
Okay first your dear dog will NOT NOT NOT forget you. I promise.
Second, sleep on a towel or blanket and send a newly scented one home every couple of weeks! We have new parents bring home scented articles from new member, or bring new baby blanket home for the dogs... scents are powerful and it will help keep you connected and Cody comforted.
Third, where in so Alabama? I am not too far and I know we have a couple of folks in the state so maybe we can get together and share our senjis with you!
Finally, what is your thesis on?
When we had both Cory and Timi, brother and sister, they both remembered their breeders George & Cherrly Lawson. Cory was really a one family dog, but he always remembered them and those were some of the very few times his tail would twitch a bit, never a full wag for him, so a twitch was impressive. He won't forget you. Dawn
Thanks for easing my mind everyone. It does make me feel better.
Curlytails, thanks for the picture tip… I may even attempt to teach my parents to use skype
Debra, sorry for scaring you!
Thanks for the suggestion. It's definitely easy and he's always done better with separation when scents are involved.
I'm going to be on the southern coast, in Bayou La Batre. My thesis is on the economic responses of commercial fishermen effected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
I think it's interesting–but then again, for the last 7 months, I've eat, slept, and breathed the oil spill and fishing industry in the Gulf-- but I'm also extremely nervous because it has the potential to really help people and I don't want to screw it up.
I'll be working 20 hour days and not sleeping for 3 months, hence not taking Cody. It wouldn't be fair to lock him in his kennel for so long
Well. I was without for 8 months, 8 very very very long months. I was so fortunate to have Janneke take care of my Lycia.. but she most certainly remembered me when I arrived to see her. There was absolute zero gap in our relationship when I took her back to Edinburgh with me. Don't be afraid! Sometimes we can't always be with them for their best interest.
Thanks to a few problems, I had to return to NC early. It was disheartening because now I have to come up with a new MA research project in half the time….. BUT now I can sleep a little easier.
It's kind of crazy, because I used to complain about his paws pushing into my back as he stretched out, and waking up in the middle of the night on the edge of the queen-sized bed with him comfortably sprawled out in the middle, but now I can't sleep without the little bed hog... sharp nails and all I had such a hard time sleeping without him.
He was a bit stand-offish when I showed up at the door around midnight... for about 5 minutes. (Over 15 hours in a car, in 102 degree heat, and my A/C went out about 6 hours into the trip, so I'm pretty sure I didn't look or smell like my normal self when I walked in the door :eek: ) Then he realized who I was, and he followed me around while I brought in my bags and curled up tightly against me when I finally sat down. He's not an affectionate boy, but he was affectionate in his own way, and I can tell he is happy that I am back.
I've really missed my little butthead.