• First Basenji's

    That is so wonderful! Makes me happy that she is already the apple of someones eye!


  • Ohh, I have homes lined up for her. About three of them. Everyone wants the disabled puppy!


  • @nomrbddgs:

    Not really. She's had a home for a long time now. They've seen her once (they live about 5 hours from me) and they will be seeing her the end of this month as well. After she started eating on her own, she became one of the bunch, so I've been able to distance my self from her.

    I'm so glad to hear that - I'm just can't imagine doing all that for a baby and then sending them off to a new (wonderful) home. But I have fostered without a problem, so . . .


  • I am sorry for the stress you are going through. One thing I have learned is "not in the bloodline" is meaningless unless you personally are the breeder for generations. People lie. Breeders many of us thought nearly walked on water have come up proven to lie. So while it may be a fluke, I would breed nothing from this litter. Too many dogs without a potential serious birth defect to risk passing it on.


  • Debra, since you don't know the particulars, you cannot say whether or not anything from this litter would have potential problems. I know the lines. I'm not talking about breeders, I'm talking lines. I have seen cousins on both sides, know and rely on the knowledge of not just one breeder, and I believe I know which ones would 'fudge', the truth, and outright lie. On both sides, I know the breeders from many generations back and littermate breedings as well. Not one has had an issue. It may be a fluke, but there is no way of knowing. And who knows for sure unless it comes up again? Can you really say that one incidence is enough to throw the whole breeding program out the window? I don't measure in 'one time's.' If it happens again, then, and only then, would I throw the breeding program out the window. But, I have other factors to consider with the merging of this line. The line on the one side is almost certainly gone because most of the last three generations were neutered/spayed. So, I had one chance to do an outcross with an almost full bloodline from one side and a line breeding from another line. I'm glad I did it considering Johnny is now gone. All of the puppies picked up his movement-although I think Lizzy is the best. She is fluid, steps out, and, so far, doesn't throw anything 'off.' Unless you understand what is in my mind, you can't understand my breeding program, which BTW, I have been working on for about 8 years to even get to this particular point. So, unless you are in my position, don't pass judgement on my 'serious potential birth defect.' And, if she had had other issues besides just the lip, I would have put her down. Did you think I wouldn't? Have you done any research on clefts? Do you seriously know anything about why, when, where they happen? Or just general knowledge from the internet without talking to people who have dealt with them. I did a lot of research before I even decided to keep her alive after 4 weeks. Including talking to people (breeders) that had puppies with clefts. Both good and bad experiences. And believe me, I know quite of few of the 'responsible, trusted, big name breeders who omit information or just outright lie, and have lied about many things including Fanconi in their lines, PRA, defects like this and other things.

    And, the only stress that I have with this puppy is from the people who have condemned me for keeping her alive. Mostly, the 'old-time, responsible, trusted, 'I've seen it all and done it all', breeders. I have dealt with an abundance of know-it-all breeders like this. Then I have the others, who say 'you just never know until something comes up. Good job, I would have done the same.' And who have supported me knowing that I would not keep a puppy alive, or a breeding program, just for my feelings. These people are few, but they are the newer generation of breeders who believe as I do. If you aren't public about it, where do we get the knowledge if it happens to someone else?

    Believe me, I caught flak for putting Johnny down after 5 hours of surgery. Some people said, but why did you put him down? I generally don't care what others think, although I will take their experience into consideration. But, I also have to do what I feel is right. I could have kept this quiet and not told a soul. But then where would that have gotten me? This is part of the problem with some of these breeders IMO. They keep it under wraps, the vets don't see these dogs that have problems. The vets cannot move forward and the people who get the lineage dogs don't get the knowledge of this type of happening, then they go ahead and breed and low and behold, down the road, this issue comes up and everyone says the same as I did-how did this happen? I just happen to be more open about issues and I get condemned for it as well.

    What's the old saying? Oh yeah, don't judge me until you've walked in my shoes.

    Sorry for venting against you Debra, but you do not know the particulars, so I feel that you cannot make an informed decision on my breeding program and shouldn't pass judgement or comments until you know the whole story. And even what I told you here is just not all of it.


  • I am certain that the lucky family who gets to take baby Bella home is glad you decided not to put her down! And she is adorable.

    As far as people second guessing what you did with Johnny, that's just awful! You know your dog best. And it sounds like you've made you descision out of love and compassion.


  • First, I meant the stress of your divorce.

    Second, yes, I have a hell of a lot of experience with cleft palates– not in basenji but in bulldogs. I learned to TUBE FEED puppies because of cleft palates. Genetics vary from breed to breed, of course, but my caution was in general, not related to just cleft palates.

    Third, anyone who 2nd guessed you on your decision for Johnny needs a butt kicking. Unless someone thinks you are a monster, the decision on when to stop your own dog's suffering if your call only. I am sorry people put their 2 cents worth (not that it was even worth that) to criticize you instead of simply support you.

    Fourth... on the puppy, call me jaded, but I find those quick to put down are not admirable. You seemed to look at the possibility of a healthy good life and chose to put yourself through intense work, financial obligations and care to give this puppy a good life. Unless someone is paying for or being asked to do it FOR you or it is your own vet telling you the dog is suffering and has no chance, to heck with them. How anyone can criticize you for doing your best for a puppy with a chance of a good life is beyond me.

    QUOTE::: Can you really say that one incidence is enough to throw the whole breeding program out the window? <<<

    I guess yesterday I should have left IN what I deleted. Yes, I believe in throwing out the baby with the bathwater in some cases, Yes, I can really say if it were my own litter I would very seriously consider spay/neuter all the pups unless I could honestly say that this line is so incredible that it is worth the risk. And I am not talking out of no experience. I discussed this very topic with my friend who feels she should stop all breeding, even after Westminster/major invitational show dogs, because in the last 3 yrs we have come up with OLDER DOGS (over 😎 who, when put on steroids (one had pancreatitis) that developed diabetes. All the people say, oh don't worry about it.. it isn't genetic. BS. When you have 4 dogs from a line who do it, and have NEVER had it happen in the 20 yrs before, it sure as heck is genetic. Sadly the last 2 generations are from that genetic base and so she is pretty much done, nothing of super quality to pull from 3 generations ago. And you know what, she's searching for a new line to buy a pup from. It is heart breaking, but to me she is doing what is utterly the most responsible action. Of course Rottweilers have many more dogs to choose from. But we have gone from almost never hearing of diabetes at any age to suddenly swamped. Something is wrong, and to me, if you suspect what you have may be, stop.

    Given that you know so much of your lines, I am sure you have much better judgement of what has actually been produced. But when you say that it is a new cross, surely you have to consider the likelihood that this particular cross is the issue genetically? I absolutely would step back and ask if the likelihood that this new mesh of genetics is likely the issue.

    However, please hear me... I was not judging you. I was offering an opinion. Unlike Johnny or the puppy, what breeders do affect all of us, so I felt it was okay to voice an OPINION. I am sorry you took it as judging. I was offering it because in the throes of being that close to a situation, sometimes it helps to have someone say something you might not have considered, or were pushing aside because of your involvement. I threw it out there, but I am not judging you whatever you decide to do.

    I will say one more thing. I didn't see anything wrong at ALL with your response, do not feel dumped on, attacked or anything of the kind. I wish I had the ability to RESPOND with so much reserve and clarity where the other person can hear and not react as if punched. πŸ™‚ Really.

    But I do take one thing as really off. Commenting about internet info... sorry, but you missed the boat. The world of crap that people BELIEVE because betty joe and sue told them, or it's what they THINK, or their own experiences isn't often worth a bucket of warm spit when compared to looking at actual RESEARCH on the topic. It isn't. So excuse me for dissing your "knowledge based on experience"... but I have a lot of EXPERIENCE with cleft palate dogs and guess what.. I don't know jack. But I can spend (and did) an hour searching UNIVERSITY/VET research and tell you that human, dog, cow.. makes no difference, every single research says it is GENETIC. Yes, genetic INFLUENCED sometimes by environment.. but genetic. Since you diss internet info, I won't bother to give you a dozen or more links from research stating that. Because of course that ONE PUPPY in the litter may be the only one who got the wrong combo to help create it... but at this point in time, I find nothing that suggests it develops -- no matter the environmental influences (even drugs) -- without also having genetic predisposition.


  • Thank you Debra for clarifying.

    Thank you for the support also. It comes at a time when I needed it.

    As for the breeding aspect- I would have kept Mia Bella myself, but she is being placed with people who have had basenji's for 30+ years, so I know they will take care of her no matter what and will keep in touch with me regarding all her issues that may, or may not, develop. My point in breeding this line is that I could very well be a one-off, or it could show a genetic default completely down the road. We will never know unless we move forward. Am I willing to put any puppy down that would have a fault in the future? Absolutely. All of the rest of the puppies in this litter are to be spayed/neutered, so I will have the only breeding puppy. That way I can decide if this will be something to consider in my breeding program down the road. And, those puppies in future that 'may' go to breeding or show homes, will be informed of this event. Any puppies that think are worthy I may or may not keep, but will probably be placed as pets-which will go with a spay/neuter contract.

    But again, if everyone keeps what happens with their puppies and dogs secret, these are issues we will all come up with. We could all have something that could, possibly, come out in our breeding program and be unaware of it for generations until the **** hits the fan. Like you said, there are liers, hiders, and totally ignorant people out there.

    And the internet is a wonderful tool Debra, don't get me wrong, but I also like to combine it with personal experience in cases like this. I know what the internet says, I spent hours upon hours on this subject trying to make an informed decision on this puppy. But, that still doesn't negate the fact of personal experience. I have been old of horrible experiences as well as good ones. And only I can make a decision like this.


  • I commend you on bringing to light what happened because that is something that not only other breeders should see but also owners like myself who plan to stay in the breed. I really never thought or hear of cleft palettes in dogs and it has opened up a line of communication to me that I should be aware of this and research it to become more familiar with it. I admire that you gave her a chance to live and thrive. At a time where it probably made more sense monetarily to put her down (emotionally too), you chose to give her that chance. And seeing pictures of her now is so endearing because she is obviously thriving and is so absolutely pretty..it's a hard thing to choose the path less traveled.


  • Arlene, lol, I do want to add something. Others wondered about being so close to a pup and letting it go. But I admit that I have gotten more joy from the love of a pup I "let go" and the love they gave and got from their new home than almost any I kept. I have rarely believed I was the ONLY or even best home for any dog. My chow/coyotee and Sayblee being 2 exceptions.

    I just got a "thank you, I love you" from a chow mix I placed 12 yrs ago with one of my best friends. Sally died 8 yrs later, and a woman I had never met but who was friends/neighbors with my friend (the one who is starting a new line btw) offered to take sweet Rachel as she also had adopted her litter mate from me. Donna died about a 2 yrs later with cancer, but Rachel is still doing fine. Her children have grown up with those dogs, her son distraught soon after they got Donna that he couldn't take her for show and tell. πŸ™‚ Count me in on those who understand placing a dog can bring and be joyful. Obviously you have found a great home.

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