I'm a fresh Basenji owner, Her name is Zola !
She is 3 month old, and it has been 2 weeks since I got her.
This is my first dog ever. I've been looking into every dog breed during almost 2 years before deciding myself to take the leap and organize my life to be able to welcome a dog. ( Moved from the city I was living in and negotiate a full remote position with my company )
I fell in love with the breed of B. The whole story that comes with it, and physically they look like the perfect dog to me.
They have the size I was looking for, and I'm an active and sporty person. I also like the fact that I don't have the same dog as everyone, to be honest.
I realized during my research that it was not an easy task to have one, but I was motivated to get as prepared as I could to welcome her. Followed countless online courses, videos, books and advices of what would be my future breeder.
I completely fell in love with my little Zola these first two weeks ( Especially when she yawns after waking up, it's as if the world stops every time )
She is so smart, and it's wonderful to watch her discover the world. It was also lovely to see her completely relying on me so fast. I can see that she makes progress already, and understands her environment better and better every day.
However, after two weeks, I'm not going to lie, it's starting to be really exhausting. I'm living alone, so I'm the only one who takes her out every 3 hours, every day, to make her learn how to potty. We're getting there slowly, and I'm glad to see that happening.
Also, I don't really know any other owner in my area yet, so I can't talk about all the doubts of the first weeks..
It's sometimes really frustrating when she doesn't seem able to calm down even after an hour of walking, and with the tiredness I find myself losing patience sometimes and not being as nice with her as I always promised myself to be.
I know it's just the beginning, and I'm not expecting to get better or worse, but I just wanted some of your testimony, so I can read what made you fell for the B's. Just to cheer me up and read about your beginning and how your life with your B is now.
I read few topics on this forum and to be honest, it could be a little overwhelming sometimes and not really reassuring…In the other hand, I often see some of you guys getting a second one ! ahah
I could use some positivity, and stories of your special bonds with your beloved ones because I can clearly see there is something special about them that I maybe forgot about it a bit with the lack of sleep
And if we could avoid the sarcasm like "you got what you paid for" just for this time, I would really appreciate it
Anyway, thank you guys for reading this long post, and thanks to those who will take the time to answer.
Looking forward to reading your stories and future topics on this forum.