It has been just one week since my husband, I and our 15 year old black and white boy Basenji, Dandy drove 7 hours to IN to adopt a two and a half year old girl Basenji named Gracie. Gracie belonged to her breeder and had been in the kennel her whole life so was not socialized. From here I will let Gracie tell you her story:
Let me tell you about my great adventure. It all started when I left Westfield with the two strangers and their black and white boy. I am sure I was dog napped ! Our trip was a long one. I stayed just as quiet and still as I could through the entire trip. We arrived at my new home at approximately 1 a.m., at which time the new people thought I would surely have to pee. I allowed the man to get me from the kennel and hook me up. We proceeded to outside where I quickly turned my head and snapped the lead, freedom at last. I ran, sniffed and did lots of Basenji stuff which lasted the rest of the night. My new people searched until 4:30 AM with flashlights, calling my name, shaking treat containers and even bringing that black and white boy to help. I was well hidden and they never found me. I heard later they even called the police to report me missing. My new people had been awake over 24 hours by 4:30 AM and needed some sleep. Their last ditch attempt to get me back was to place the kennel in which I had made the trip in their garage, complete with food, water, sausages and my toy from home. They left the man door of the garage open with the front lights on and went to bed. I at some point during the early morning hours went into the garage, into the kennel, ate the food and sausages. I must have been tired and full so I decided to take a little nap. The next thing I knew the man door slammed shut like someone pulled it from the outside and I was in the garage. I was not going to give up my adventure so quickly! It took about 2 hours for the new people to get me back into the kennel, shucks. I then had some breakfast, heated in the microwave, it was yummy, I ate the whole thing, along with fresh water. Now a nap. I slept, except for the new people sitting with me, chatting and petting along with tasty treats, for the entire day. I did not even potty. After a yummy dinner the new people took me outside, aha, here is my chance. Oh no, they have a chain collar and leash. No chance of snapping that even though I did try. Out to the back yard we went, which is fenced. I remained on the chain leash because I think I scared these people and they wanted to make sure I had no more adventure. I resisted the leading but with gentle encouragement it wasn't so bad. As we walked I found a space under one of the three gates where I was able to get my head and shoulders under but the lead did not allow me to get through, shucks. I did pee but was not about to poop for them. We stayed outside for quite a while then back to the kennel for a treat and a good night's sleep.
Now it is Saturday. These people get up early. Breakfast was served around 7 AM with a slight rest afterward. Now back to the fenced yard with the collar and leash in place, which again I tried to bite and again it did not work (these people are no dummies). I was not going to walk willingly. They nudge me from the rear and that seems to get me going. I peed and pooped today and they seemed so pleased that all was working well. They brought that black and white boy out, he was on his lead also and let us get close (ha, ha , ha). I let him sniff my face but when he got to my butt that was enough, a growl let him know, and he walked away, Humph, no fight in him. We then took "family pictures", staying out for a good hour. I am now back in my kennel after having a tasty treat. Time for my nap. I am trying to be the best girl and I think these people like me. They keep telling me how beautiful I am. Life is good as it can be. Before I went to sleep I heard this new man attaching something to the bottom of the fence where I thought I could escape, I will certainly be checking that out. Basenji bye for now.
Gracie aka Amazing Gracie.