Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated

Thank you everyone, this is all very helpful. I have to say, he has been a lot more like himself in the last two days. He has been playing fetch again and we've been revising his tricks. Haha we have talked about getting another Basenji! They're a fantastic breed, I am learning so much from my pup everyday.

@zande I'm so happy you suggested this! Getting a permanent playmate was the first thing I thought, remembering my first basenji, and then second.
Sugar was a sweetie, but ornery. I had to be aware of where she was, and what she was doing, all the time, Luckily the crate was ok, when we were gone or in bed, but not when home. So we got another because I thought, maybe she just needs a dog to keep her busy.
We welcome a male pup into our home, and it the best thing for Sugar. Some one to keep her occupied, and someone to boss around who really didn't care!

@rugosab When Keepurr died last year, Hoover was miserable. She has never been the only dog in the house - starting life as one of 5 or 6 who gradually passed, over time.

A house is not a home without a Basenji and Hoover is now 12 so I had to have a puppy. She has bonded well with Mku and is teaching him all kinds of naughty tricks - like creeping into the greenhouse and stealing cucumbers.

In turn he is helping her become a new dog, the years are falling away, she is playful again, puppyish. Its wonderful.

These are pack animals and while I am the Alpha they need each other. They work as a team. She picks pockets for paper hankies and gives them to him. He jumps up and hits the low hanging bird feeds and she eats the peanuts. . .

When she finally crosses the Bridge, Mku will be the lone dog - but only until another puppy comes along, I guess !

@zande said in Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated:

She has bonded well with Mku and is teaching him all kinds of naughty tricks - like creeping into the greenhouse and stealing cucumbers.

Love this! LOL It sounds like they are keeping you on your toes!

@elbrant said in Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated:

Love this! LOL It sounds like they are keeping you on your toes!

If only they were ! I am waiting for a knee replacement and while I can just about struggle across my own kitchen on a couple of canes, get to the greenhouse and to some parts of the garden, I have to rely on neighbors to take them for proper walks.

Sue is taking them tomorrow, and Paul gave them very long free runs in the woods over the weekend. They know Sue and will come when she calls - we walked with her and Maisie, a Border Terrier, before I become crook.

@zande Hopefully, the medical community will allow us to get those things they consider elective (and we do not) very soon. You will be in my thoughts, heal well.

I agree about dogs liking the company of dogs and being depressed when the fun times end. Any time we take our dog down to visit my brother's dog (the whole point of the trip, don't you know...) both dogs get really bummed when it's time to leave. And the next day he just sighs and looks at us under his brows to let us know he wanted to stay longer.

The post-fun "recovery period depends on how long we've been gone and how long he's been with another dog.

I heartily recommend doggie day care visits to keep a dog happy just being a dog.

Not sure about a second basenji--double the fun and double the trouble ! LOL

@b5004ever said in Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated:

Not sure about a second basenji--double the fun and double the trouble ! LOL

Wait until you have had eight at a time - two, which I am now down to, will seem like an empty house LOL

Thanks everyone. He is definitely back to his old self this week thank goodness!!! Playing with me again, trying to steal my dinner haha! His coat is even shinier. It must have been a rough few days for him trying to adjust to his holidays ending. I'm just so happy and thanks for all of the reassurance. We have enrolled in puppy classes, which start in two weeks. Sadly we never got to do them because of the covid lockdown. So that is something to look forward to!

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