Hi from Sally.

Hi everyone! This is my Sally, going to be 4 years old in this December the 5th. She is now in Thailand. We are moving to Calgary just before her 4th birthday. Hope she will be fine with snow and freezing cold temperature.
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She is very cute and welcome... that said... she looks to need a diet, sorry to say being overweight is not healthy

@tanza thank you for your advice. She is on diet now. She is 14.5 kg and she needs to lose 2 kg.

She'll acclimatise OK to different weathers and climate - but do get that weight off, and then keep it off. Carrying too much weight puts such a strain on organs of humans AND Basenjis !

Sally is ADORABLE! I’m sure she will transition well. We live in Massachusetts with very cold and snowy winters. My basenji is not crazy about the snow but she tolerates it! She wears sweaters and warm coats when we go out. She has boots but does NOT like to wear them.
As for her weight - it’s best to measure her food intake daily and have a regular walking/exercise routine. It really makes a difference in her overall health and longevity. Sally is a BEAUTIFUL BASENJI!🐾❤🐕

Sally sure is a cutie! I'm interested to know how she travels. Will you be flying from Thailand? And I guess she'll go in animal freight. I'll be living in Macedonia next year for a few years and want to take Pippi with me but not sure how she will go with the long flight from Sydney to Europe. Any thoughts from yourself (or others here). Best wishes and safe travels with Sally. 🐾

Sally will do great. Inside, under a blanket, and looking out the window at the winter landscape, she won't be too cold at all! Will be quite the temperature change though when she goes outside.

Hot or cold outside, she's very cute.

@zande thank you for your comment. Our veterinarian recommends new diet food for her now. She lost 2 kg so far. She gained weight because the treats and maybe wrong food.

@kembe thank you for your comment. I prepared sweater for her to wear in Canada already. In Thailand doesn't have many choices for dog winter clothes. For her weight, I already got our veterinarian to help with her nutrition but it takes time to lose.

@pippi thank you for your comment. Sally will travel with me but she will stay at the cargo. I travel with Korean Air and will take about 20 hours of travelling time with 2 stops. I was a flight attendant so I know the procedure of having live animal at cargo but the owner should always check with ground staffs if the animal is ok and they bring your animal to the next flight when you transit.

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@donc thank you for your comment. I hope she will love snow as in thailand she loves ice so much. !0_1571538883217_FB_IMG_1571413190468_resize_86.jpg

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I often wonder if my basenji would ever STOP eating if I let her eat as much as she wanted. When she eats it’s as if I never feed her and starving her to death. She use to have to eat out of a “puzzle bowl” because she would just inhale her food and eat really fast. I have a friend who has 2 basenjis that she “free feeds” - she leaves the food out and let’s them eat when they want to. I would never be able to do that - I feed my Kembe twice a day @ the same time and I measure her food. She does get her snacks but I do have to limit them. She knows the word “SNACK” - lol.
It’s great that your basenji has already lost some weight - she is an absolute cutie!

@kembe said in Hi from Sally.:

feed my Kembe twice a day @ the same time and I measure her food. She does get her snacks but I do have to limit them. She knows the word “SNACK” - lol.

I keep dog food in a tin dustbin in the utility room. I scoop out the ration for the day each morning and from that ration come the treats. I put a few in the bum-bag which goes on walks with us, adding a few extra cos some of the dogs we meet recognise me as a soft touch. There are a couple of Spaniels who race over to me and sit, looking plaintive - to the embarrassment of their owner . She knows I won't be able to resist the pleading look in their eyes.

But it also means my own dogs don't get 'extra' - they just get their daily ration. They know 'Biscuits' and 'Bickies' and come racing back when I whistle.

As for flying, long distance, don't worry, I have flown my dogs to USA, Western Australia, and they have been in the special part of the aircraft hold that is airconditioned. I use shredded newspaper as lining for the crate, as they will burn everything for quarantine. They will perhaps piddle so make the newspaper big enough to absorb the piddle. For water, add some ice cubes made with Gatorade, or similar, for the trip. Make sure they empty before the journey, and, as soon as you can, give them a chance to potty on arrival. A kong or something similar, might give her a snack on the way, but do not feed her before the travel, save that for when she arrives. Do not feed her at one of the stops, as they often bolt when the airline staff feel it necessary to feed her.

Relax and enjoy the ride, and she will enjoy the reunion with you when she arrives at the destination.

@redial Thanks so much for your email and advice Len. Great tips that Im going to take on board. The gatorade (or gastrolyte) cubes is a clever idea. Will keep you posted as to how I go. Many thanks again Len.

Alison
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I've flown dogs all over the world and agree with Len - ice cubes, NOT water. I used diapers where he uses newspaper - they give a one-way only path for pee and the pup remains dry. I also always made sure the dog had a low residue diet for at least 24 - 36 hours before flying, to obviate, at least to a large extent, the need to defecate. Most Basenjis are mortified to have to dirty in their crates so a low residue diet helps they keep their dignity !

Some airlines (KLM was brilliant) find you a place to 'empty' the dog before finally boarding it.

She'll be fine !

Welcome! We flew our basenji and samoyed from the USA to Israel..no problems.

@zande said in Hi from Sally.:

I keep dog food in a tin dustbin in the utility room. I scoop out the ration for the day each morning and from that ration come the treats. I put a few in the bum-bag which goes on walks with us, adding a few extra cos some of the dogs we meet recognise me as a soft touch.

But it also means my own dogs don't get 'extra' - they just get their daily ration. They know 'Biscuits' and 'Bickies' and come racing back when I whistle.

That is a brilliant solution! Really great. It can be hard if you're training to ensure your critter(s) aren't getting an extra meal.

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