We're currently fostering a very, very sweet, smart girl while we're on sabbatical here in Costa Rica. She sure looks like a basenji mix to me–would you agree?
Our family is so taken with her that we're considering bringing her home with us when we return to the State in September. We're concerned, however, because she did kill a chicken here (and was given away for it--hence she's with us for now), and we have a small flock of ducks in the the States. From the reading I've done, some basenji's can be trained to be safe around poultry. Ours are mostly penned, and when the are ranging free, we could keep the dog inside or penned. But we know, there are always accidents and escapes once in a while...
We also have two adult cats we'll be returning to, who have never lived with a dog before.
Is this a mistake, with so many unknowns? What we do know is that she's sweet and gentle, we've taught her to sit and stay in just a day or two, and we'll work on recall commands next. She's eager to please. We'd ready for a family dog in any case, so if we don't bring her home, we'll be adopting from a local shelter, which, of course, is always full of unknowns...at least this way our challenges are known ones...
thanks very much for any advice,