Bella is a GIRL!!! Tell THAT to people we meet!

This is TOTALLY of-topic, sorry, but I just had to say this after ChaseandZahrasmom's comment:

When my oldest daughter was about 6 mos old, I was standing at a travel agency desk when an elderly man came in and starting chatting about the baby. Bear in mind, my daughter was dressed in a little yellow dress and bonnet.

Old Man: Is this your first baby? Me : Yes. Old Man : Is it a boy? Me: No, it's a girl. Old Man: Should have been a boy.
Me: uh, well, she's a girl.

What a weird thing to say. 20 yrs later and I still don't know if he meant that because she was the first, or because I had an ugly little girl. LOL

@JazzysMom:

This is TOTALLY of-topic, sorry, but I just had to say this after ChaseandZahrasmom's comment:

When my oldest daughter was about 6 mos old, I was standing at a travel agency desk when an elderly man came in and starting chatting about the baby. Bear in mind, my daughter was dressed in a little yellow dress and bonnet.

Old Man: Is this your first baby? Me : Yes. Old Man : Is it a boy? Me: No, it's a girl. Old Man: Should have been a boy.
Me: uh, well, she's a girl.

What a weird thing to say. 20 yrs later and I still don't know if he meant that because she was the first, or because I had an ugly little girl. LOL

That *is weird! I have had a couple people tell me that Ethan is so pretty he should have been a girlโ€ฆ.again, like you said, hard to know if that is a compliment or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

Actually- I do the same thing someone else mentionedโ€ฆ.for some reason I think of all dogs as masculine, and cats as feminine. Maybe cause our first dog was a boy and first cat was a girl (when I was growing up). Of course, our second dog was a girl and second cat was a boy.

Now I have Jack....who is aaaaaallll little boy. like 2 year old little boy.

Okay- I tend to look before I say thingsโ€“ Or I say, "Oh, cute dog! What's its name?" That's safe. ๐Ÿ™‚

But less we forget that "he" is universal.

Lucky for me, Miles is a huge big man Basenji. And Lexi is a dainty little (Lexi, hold your ears, darlin) "runt". ๐Ÿ˜‰ They're at the opposite ends of the size spectrum. That in combination with their gender specific collars makes it easier for people to tell who is what.

Maybe you should try dressing Bella in one of these gowns: ๐Ÿ™‚ ggg

For some reason I do it too. I have Tosca, so all dogs are girls to me, weird huh? Oh but the worst is thisโ€ฆI don't have kids yet so when I scold or call someone its always Tosca..."Come on Tosca" etc.
Well, we do have toddler nieces and nephews, and when they come I am absolutely horrible and call them Tosca as well! Like if I want Rylee to follow me I will accidently say, "come on Tosca" Luckily my brothers and sisters-in-law don't take offense to me accidently calling their child a dog's name, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

@Jylly18:

For some reason I do it too. I have Tosca, so all dogs are girls to me, weird huh? Oh but the worst is thisโ€ฆI don't have kids yet so when I scold or call someone its always Tosca..."Come on Tosca" etc.
Well, we do have toddler nieces and nephews, and when they come I am absolutely horrible and call them Tosca as well! Like if I want Rylee to follow me I will accidently say, "come on Tosca" Luckily my brothers and sisters-in-law don't take offense to me accidently calling their child a dog's name, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

When my 85yo father calls my dog Ruby to come over for some love, he always says, "come Kimmy (my name ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ :rolleyes:)". Cracks the whole family up. The best part is she goes over to him when he calls her my name, but rarely answers to her real name when I call her ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ :D.

Here's another misconception/unobservant thing that people do โ€ฆ almost universally when strangers or new neighbors see my basenji, they immediately think its a puppy. I'm not talking about little kids who call all dogs puppies, but grown ups. I think its because here in Minnesota the big breeds (labs, retrievers, etc.) are far and away the more common. So unless its a poodlething all other breeds are "puppies".

I think that many people are just plain unobservant, especially adults. My dogs are all related and have a strong family resemblance especially their markings, 2 are black and white and 2 are red and white.

What I have noticed, most kids tend to ask if they are related like are they brother/sister, mom/child, etc. The kids will point out all their similarities where their white is, their curly tails and so forth. Adults who see my dogs often get hung up on the fact that the dogs are different colors and for whatever reason tend to jump to they are unrelated. How unrelated depends on the person. People who know just a little about the breed almost always jump to the conclusion that my reds are pure basenjis and my blacks are mixed breeds.

Okay, the appropriate response when JQPublic calls your little princess a boy is:

Lift the dog and show the neather region.
Say "She's a she. See, she has an eraser, not a pencil."
Smile.

(I actually did this in reverse with my grandmother.)

I have lots of dog, but not basenji, people tell me how femine Zest looks. And yes, she is a very femine little tomboy princess.

You picked up your grandmother? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

er, no, silly. i picked up my boy dog and showed g'ma that he had outdoor pluming.

People tend to assume Mattie is a boy as well. Then they check and realize the error. I guess I could doll her up with a pink collar or something, but my son would probably have a fit. I think she looks like a sweet little girl no matter what they think.

Ok no cheating ๐Ÿ˜ƒ :p I'm Not putting there names cuz that would give it away ..

Can you guess if they are females or males just by looking at there face ???? :p
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Okโ€ฆtotally stereotypical here...the first two are girls, the last a boy, cause the girls are sitting like ladies with their paws together. Plus to me they just have a "Girly" expression, don't know why though...
I am probably wrong, but just thought I would guess ๐Ÿ™‚

HaHa leave it to boys to lay with there legs open right ? lol lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Anymore guesses before i tell ya ??? ๐Ÿ™‚

@phoenix3:

HaHa leave it to boys to lay with there legs open right ? lol lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Anymore guesses before i tell ya ??? ๐Ÿ™‚

I think.. from left to right.. Boy, Girl, Girlโ€ฆ (I'm prob sooo wrong)

Nope .. ๐Ÿ™‚ From left to right it's โ€ฆ........ Boy, Boy, Girl ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Aspen is first , Phoenix is second and Cheyanne is 3rd see if i put the names it would have given them away lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Although none of them lift there leg when they pee so maybe there all kinda girly :p :p ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Although Phoenix only lays down like that with his paws crossed cuz it's a B. Thing however i think if he had little shorts on u would see him in the pic sitting there with his paw down his shorts lol ๐Ÿ™‚

When we took Lola for her second set of shots, the doctor was EXTREMELY nervous & we'd never seen him at our vet before so I assume he was new at thisโ€ฆ. but he called her a he. It kind of irritated me because she was in his hands being examined... um shouldn't he have known?
And Lola does not have any puppy fat at all (she's 6 months & never had a ton of baby fat to begin with) & since she's brindle, several people at the park have asked if she's a min-pin. They will even identify Booger (red & white) by saying, "Is that a basenji!!?? I've never seen one!?!?) & follow it up with "Is that one yours too?? What is it? Some sort of terrier?"
I have to remember our breed isn't very common & try not to get defensive. Heehee.
It is fun because not too long ago I met a woman at the park who asked me all sorts of questions about them. The next time we showed up, she was there. Somebody else started to ask questions about them, and she took over, telling them all she knew. It was really funny, a practical stranger listing off every detail she knew about my dogs.

For some reason people always hear Dallas' name & assume he's a she. I didn't realize that Dallas sounded like a female nameโ€ฆhmmm...

& I actually was asked in Petsmart on Saturday if Dallas was a chihuaua!!!! I had heard the more common mistakes like a fox terrier, jack russell, etc. but a chihuahua?!? Come on people!!!

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