last edited by JENGOSMonkey
So... I'm not the perfect Basenji custodian. Poor Jenga Jeng use to bounce around inside the car all the time. Back seat to front seat to back seat to the cover over the rear behind the back seat where it would give way and he'd disappear beneath it till I could pull over and extract him. A couple of times he ended up in the dash board. Why? Because I didn't want to upset him by putting him in a crate which he hated! Hated, hated hated. In retrospect, after getting two dogs that ARE crate trained, what a BIG mistake. I really regret that I allowed that. While it's embarrassing as heck to admit here, it was just flat out unsafe. And, that's just a fact. That's on me. Don't be me. Never again. Today... the crate lives in the car. I live in a climate where it gets really hot in the summer. Temp soars inside a car within minute of shutting down the air conditioner. The seats never concerned me as much as the temp did. I've never left a dog in a car. I get that some climates are different and all people are not stupid.
Anyway... what a thread jack. Sorry @RJBasenji You've come here looking for a puppy. I was in you spot not that long ago. July/August 2020. I thought I'd have to wait till fall of 2021 to get a puppy. I was able to find two 2 year old's from a really good breeder. Don't discount a dog that's a bit older. There are many reasons a breeder might be willing to part with an older dog and none of them necessarily mean there's any problems with them, e.g. health, temperament, or behavior. I had more than one breeder explore if I might be interested in a dog about one to two years old. They're out there.
I personally prefer an older dog. I LOVE puppies, but I'm not so sure I want to live with one. Boy that sounds awful to type. My breeder had already taught them manners, and I loved that. My two grew up together. Anyway, I hope you find one. Don't give up! Keep talking to breeders and rescues. Get your applications done. Take pictures of your home and secure yard, and send those. If you don't have vet, find one and have the name ready. Learn about micro chips and how to register them. Find out your city requirements and be ready to license your dog quick cause Basenjis love to escape and are quicker. And, start learning as much as you can about how to train your pup.
Basenjis are work. They take effort, perseverance and stamina. It's a commitment. All that said... I LOVE them. I hope you join us!