Looking for a basenji/basenji mix rescue in Southern AZ

It seems like you're at the same point I was at when I brought our "doodle" home. I needed a smaller dog, but not "too small", that I would get me out of the house (daily walks) and join me on occasional travels out of town. A companion pet. I ended up with the perfect dog for me. An "adult" dog that was already housebroken and young enough for a decade or more of love and friendship. ❤ her!

But... back to you.
... taking a Basenji to work (yikes) could go wrong very fast. Basenji's tend to become rather "destructive" when they are bored or feel like you are not giving them what they need. It could work... just plan on a reaaalllllyyyyyy long walk before you sit down at your desk. And make sure to provide a toy or two for after they wake up from the walk enducing nap.

... low shedder? Well, my Basenji sheds. Quite a bit actually. Possibly because I'm geographically in a Southern State (NC, USA), but still. She sheds. Her "fur" is extremely fine, and she's a red&white, so it's barely noticable. Until I get up out of the "lotus position" and happen to pass a mirror. It's a great reminder to vacuum!

... no odor? I don't know.... every once in a while, "doodle" will smell of Fritos. ah! I love it! You, however, might not. And,

... allergy issues? Perhaps you could take the family member with you before you pick up your dog and see if playing (with a Basenji) results in any allergic reactions for them. I've heard that Poodles are allergy-free, and Spanish Waterdogs(?), but I don't think Basenji's are in that category. Personally, I would do a test run just to be sure.

I'm not trying to discourage you. Bringing "doodle" into our family has been one of the most positive experiences in my life. It is, however, always good to know what you are getting into.

I appreciate your insight and experience with your own dog, El; please be reassured that I am approaching my search pragmatically, with thoughtful consideration for a Basenji's needs as well as my own capacity to fulfill those needs.

There's no need to play devil's advocate or to test me. It would be fair to criticize if you witnessed me being a bad dog parent or I was clearly deluded, but it is not fair to make assumptions or to challenge well intentioned strangers on the internet through the lens of your own biases and experiences of a particular situation. I'm pretty sure we're all here because we want the best for the dogs in our lives. My initial post was to inquire after available dogs and to let anyone who hears of a Basenji that needs a new home know that I am available and willing.

To clarify: I don't work a desk job. I used the term "office" loosely to refer to my job but I don't actually have a desk and am constantly moving around the campus.

The infrequent yeasty bacteria corn chippy smell is different from the permanent dog odor of many dog breeds (especially wet dog!) - which because of their grooming habits and short coat, Basenji do not share.

It's impractical to drag various family members and friends to meet prospective dogs, I'm relying on fosters and rescues being honest. Obviously, that may backfire on me. If I connect with a dog that sheds more than is bearable for those around me, I may have to crowd fund a roomba or something. 😄

I think it's fairly impossible to completely anticipate what you're getting into until you're in the middle of it. Fortunately there usually are workable solutions to many problems (human and canine).

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I am not playing "devil's advocate", "testing", "making assumptions", or "challenging" you. I'm attempting to offer insights based on the limited communication you provided. (i.e.; If you believe this breed doesn't shed, isn't it relevant to let you know that it does?) You are clearly not interested in getting information... you just want a dog and you'll figure out everything else afterwards. Perhaps spending more time researching breeds would help you narrow down the best breed(s) for everyone involved.

Have you considered a more mature Basenji? For example: our Bunmi is 15 and going strong (a little arthritis, but we manage). I would happily take her anywhere. More frequent potty breaks might be necessary because as we age (humans too), there may be a little less time between gotta and go.

I also have what we call our Fauxsenji. She is just a little street dog who got lucky with color and shape. She is more energetic and completely potty reliable. She went outside during Hurricane Harvey because she refused to use the potty pads. If you are willing to spring for transport, there are dozens of dogs just like her in almost every shelter in Texas. Both my girls are here to stay.

Good shelters will temperament test dogs. I'd be willing to do a personal opinion check if you found an interesting dog(s) in the Corpus Christi area. Then again, if you aren't in a hurry and would consider Texas for a vacation spot, you can test drive any number of dogs. There really are an unimaginable number of dogs available down here.

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Who have you applied for on the BRAT site? I'm the mix coordinator, I might be able to help you out.
Contact me at: giza.1@mcsnet.ca

@elbrant all of the research I have read points to Basenji as a breed being low shedders and many with allergies report not being affected by Basenji as they are with other breeds (there are examples of allergic folx living with Basenji and suffering and those living with multiple Basenji and not suffering reactions elsewhere on this forum). Dander and shedding is a case by case issue per dog and affected human. Things like season, health, nutrition and environment can and will affect shedding. Oatmeal baths and nutritional supplements, air filters & purifiers could make a difference. I do not have unrealistic expectations, but please, tell me more of what I want instead of asking directly.

I am not going to take one anecdote from one pet owner who happens to be a moderator on a power trip, over that research and my personal experiences.

My takeaway is that this forum is exclusive for an in-group and moderators are not selected for reading comprehension or clear communication skills. I will no longer engage with @elbrant

@MrsCastro I am open to older dogs and visiting Texas. There is an adorable fellow on the BRAT mix site in Laredo, but it seems he's used to having a pack and large open yard to run in so it doesn't sound like a great fit.

@giza1 Maxine is doing an overnight trial, Sweetie's & the Texas Lucy's fosters haven't replied to emails from mid-January. I owe Hobson's rescue a call to see if he'd be comfortable being an only dog or also needs the support of a pack.

You might bear in mind that a mix may have characteristics or allergens that a purebred would not have, and also that a "mix", unless DNA tested, may not even have a drop of Basenji blood at all. If you have selected a Basenji as your ideal dog based on your research, perhaps you need to concentrate on finding a "real" one?

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@eeeefarm I appreciate the reminder. I am aware that dander/ shedding and human reactions will be different for each dog, purebred or mix. The available Basenji I've seen on BRAT or in an unlimited area PetFinder search tend to be East Coast or Northern California and a bit far to drive. In a following reply I mentioned that local rescues and shelters tend to have mostly chihuahua mixes and AmStaff/pit mixes, which is why I've started looking beyond locally.

As much as I'd love a Basenji, I'm not excluding other breeds - whippet, poodle or terrier mixes. Timing, location and making a connection will be the important factors.

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@giza1 thank you, will check them out.

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