• Very sad to hear of your experience, brings back memories of my last dog passing. He also had a seizure but then he had them one after the other and it was heart breaking so you definitely did the right thing at the right time, we also didn't realise the vet(emergency vet) had given the final injection so we didn't really have a proper final goodbye, I can only be grateful he was incoherent as the seizures had taken their toll on him. We learn from our experiences and I know we won't let the same thing happen again. Time eases the guilt we feel and the happy memories will out shine the bad. All the best.

    Jolanda and Kaiser

  • And to add, Thank "dog" we have the DNA test for Fanconi so that no more Basenjis need to suffer from this…. now to get everyone, regardless who they are, what they are breeding to test first is the challenge of every Basenji owner. You do not have to be a breeder to impress on everyone/anyone the importance of testing before breeding.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Tayda. I've been following your posts on the difficult times you've been through with her and my heart sank to see this post. You've done the right thing by her. It's comforting to hear you spent one last day..the three of you doing special, memorable activities. I will think about you and Lenny as you grieve, and hope for peace and comfort to you both as you heal. Rest in peace Tayda- you fought with dignity, may you be remembered for the good times.

  • She was such a lucky dog to have you, and you to have her. {{Hugs for your and Lenny's loss}}

  • Sorry for your loss and sorry that the vet experience wasn't the best.

  • Thank you everyone for your support - It's so helpful to log on and see all these messages. We are doing okay. I miss her and still expect to see her lounging in her favorite places around the house. Lenny is also grieving - he is not being himself, it's quite sad to see. I've been bringing him to work with me so he doesn't have to be alone all day. We have a long weekend coming up so we'll work on leaving him for short periods of time. The good thing is I still feel 100% that it was the right decision - and I feel confident that she did not suffer. The vet stressed ME out, but Tayda did not suffer, and that's all that matters.

  • First Basenji's

    Hugs… I'm late to this, but thank you for sharing those final moments in detail. It was very touching, as stressful as it seemed at the time. I'm very sorry for your loss. She is at peace now.

  • I am sorry for your loss and now she is no longer in pain. I am glad you were able to be with her on her last day. My Missy also with Fanconi developed seizures and it was due to a liver tumor. I was never able to do that with my other dogs and it was a great comfort to me to be able to do that with Missy as I held her while I sat in the backyard on the grass in the sunshine.


  • I'm so sorry for your loss. I definitely know how you feel right now.

  • Michelle,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your story hit close to home with me. I am glad you were able to preserve Tayda's dignity. Basenjis are proud dogs and what you did was honorable for Tayda. I know, even as humans, we don't want to deteriorate and all wish to have an honorable passing. Tayda is still with you and a short divide away. She will have plenty of things to show you when it is your time. 🙂

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