Hello all! I am so glad I found this forum. After 6 years with my Basenji, you'd figure I would have already, but better late than never!
Here's a question that's been gnawing at me for quite some time: When do I get my next Basenji? Any advice, personal anecdotes, or experience-sharing is more than welcome!
A bit of background (and the reasons as to why this is a tough question):
We have Penny, a 6 year old spayed Basenji, and Daisy, a 5 year old Miniature Australian Shepherd. We have Emma, a 12 year old FIV-positive cat. (And a lizard and a snake, but they don't really get out "in the mix".)
My husband and I recently graduated from law school. We're planning on starting a family within the next two years. At that point, I'll be a stay at home mom, and in the future, my work schedule will be very flexible.
We've begun to confront a few realities: Daisy and Penny won't be here forever, and they are very attached to each other. My biggest concern is that when one of them finally crosses the Bridge, the other will be left without canine companionship. I'd like to put a "patch" in place, and I certainly want another Basenji. I'll never live my life without at least one in it. I'm hooked, and Mini Aussies SHED; can't do another, as much as I love my little one.
Penny is not fond of other Basenjis. Male or female. She's not terribly dominant, but she seems to recognize other Basenjis when she sees them. Other dogs… well, she's selective and does NOT do high energy introductions. (And while she does better with male dogs in general, they are STRANGELY attracted to her. She gets an unbelievable amount of "male attention" for being a spayed dog.)
Penny is not fond of puppy antics; my parents' new Lagotto Romagnolo receives snarls and corrections from her every 15 minutes on average. Will that only get worse as she ages? In other words, is it better to get it out of the way and get her used to a new dog sooner rather than when she's older?
Babies and basenjis... when is the timing best?
Third dog dynamics. I only have two hands, you know.
How close to a perfect personality match will I be able to get with a puppy; can breeders tell this? Penny is FANTASTIC. She loves cats, plays nicely with ferrets, never "bolts", has decent recall considering, doesn't chew on personal items (and never has, even as a pup), and is happy to laze around all day. (She's crated during the day for her safety.) She's completely potty trained. She's friendly with strangers (not as much fast-moving kids, she prefers to keep her distance). Can she teach a puppy her ways?
I'm worried enough about introducing Penny to a future baby (let's not even get into the Mini Aussie here... she HERDS children... save me), and a new puppy seems like a lot to think about. But it's going to happen at some point, and if Penny is able to share wisdom and attributes, I want to consider that when thinking about timing.
Thanks in advance! Looking forward to getting to know everyone!