• @tanza I’ve heard about the post birth season, so maybe that’s what it is. Weird thing is she had a season last May as well. She’d never been bred and was 2 and a 1/2 at the time. This is her second bi annual season. Make it stop! 😆


  • Almost certainly, Greg. But good luck for getting her in whelp at the next one. Thereafter it will probably go for one more post parturition season and then revert to a more (Basenji) normal cycle of one a year.


  • Well… I’m traveling and my wife is home, working, and trying to keep the peace in my absence. Sparkle is in full-blown heat. Logan is inconsolable and doing everything he can to get to her. What a mess. She’ll get through it but NOT happy with the situation or me. Timing SUCKS! Do you ever notice that sometimes life can be a challenge? 😆


  • @jengosmonkey With a Basenji (or two) ? Of course it is ! I wouldn't have it any other way though, would you ?


  • FWIW, from an inexperienced intact bitch owner ... I'm quite sure this has been a full blown 'heat' as my girl has been very swollen, blood everywhere. Not the mellow pup of her first heat. She's been bouncing off the walls and any time I leave home she howls relentlessly. Poor, poor girl. She is not the happy, destructive girl I know and love. I thought maybe she is howling for a boy ... and maybe she is ... but she does not do this when I'm home; only when I'm gone and my hubby is home (and possibly when left alone though no proof of this).


  • @beth314 But is all over now ? She should settle to an annual routine from now on. I had a bitch who would scream for a man from about Day 4, every year. One time, to shut her up, we mated her and got 4 lovely puppies. But I am not suggesting you should do this each year !!!


  • @Beth314 I feel your pain. I just got back from an extended trip visiting and helping out my parents in another state. The second day I was back was the first day in many weeks that Sparkle and Logan could be together. So her heat is finally over as well. My wife had to keep them separated and hold the peace while I was away. To say it was a challenge would be a gross understatement. I have a few repairs to make around the house. She was as determined as he was. The howling while they were separated was incessant. Many thanks to my breeder who called and talked my wife off the ledge.

    Both got baths yesterday. I hope most of any residual hormones went down the drain. They're much calmer now. She's definitely not having any of his occasional attention at this point; although, they do play together again.

    I believe your girl will get back to being herself soon, Maybe not back to her puppy self, but I'm sure you'll recognize her again very soon. At the very least we can say we survived! 👊 😅 👍


  • @zande - The only way that I could keep the male "happy" was to kennel him next to the bitches in season.... If I was home and the boy was out and the girls kenneled, my boy would grab hold of the crate and drag it around.... He didn't eat for weeks, cried all the time unless he was right next to the girls... makes for fun times.... NOT! And since Basenjis are typically in for a month, that month is like a YEAR!


  • @tanza and explains why I now have just two boys. I was lucky when we had 3 intact boys and 5 more than willing ladies that the boys could be housed up in the orchard with a huge area to run in. Fenced, of course. Far enough away from the girls in the house where they had access to the rest of the garden.

    A nursery alarm beside my bed let me share the pain of the rest of the village at two am when they all gave tongue.

    Such joy when they could be reunited!


  • @zande - And why I have two bitches...LOL! Or only neutered males if I have one.... while neutered males can have "safe sex".... solves the problem of unwanted litters!

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