Hi all, this is I again with my new adopted four year old basenji Rowdy. My friend brought him up last Sunday and today has been the first day he and I have been alone together without my friend, though in our family we also have: my husband, our border collie Jenny and two cats, my mom, and her two poodles.
It has been very interesting… Rowdy tipped over the kitchen trash several times, ignored our no!s, and ran in to eat cat poo every time we let him loose in the house. He also tried to steal some craft supplies, chased and terroized the two cats, jumped on the furniture, and refused to go outside when told to, so that we had to chase him down and drag him out. He also pulled so hard on the leash, that I thought I'd not be able to walk him, as I have arthritis.
On the good side, he is very calm about being petted, very affectionate without a lot of jumping and licking, and he wants to be with his people in an appealing way.
I've found out that he retrieves the frisbee just as my border collie does. He went into the new crate I bought very easily, as if he knew exactly what it was for, and ate his dinner there. When I got a squirt bottle, he stopped doing his bad stuff when I squirted him. My friend bought a gentle leader halter, which magically improved his walking with me.
I think I'm going to like him and love him and enjoy having him. I hope...! We got a trash can with a locking top and plan to put a small cat door into the cats' area, so the door can be closed against the dogs. This evening I notice that both cats are out and about. Rowdy is tied by the leash to the coffee table and asleep in his little bed.