Hi there, I want to finally introduce myself. I became a basenji mom almost 2 months ago. I adopted Ruby (Ch. Eldorado's Bejeweled) who will be 3 November 22.
A little about myself…I'm a graphic designer living in Maine. My brother had a basenji (Zeke...another show dog) when I was in junior high/high school and after. I always took care of Zeke and Zeke slept with me at night. He was such a cool dog, and although he could be a handful, the only bad thing I remember him doing was eating my underwear...which from reading this forum I understand is not at all unusual. Anyway, I've never owned a dog myself until now, but have had a side petsitting business for about 15 years. Took care of dogs & cats young & old...as well as some with medical issues (a diabetic cat, a jack russell with congestive heart failure & then later a brain tumor).
I'd been wanting to get a dog of my own, but wasn't sure what breed. Thought a long time about a jack russell, seeing as I had tons of experience with them. About 4 months ago, I saw an ad in our paper for a basenji...thought about Zeke and thought, what a cool dog. Went and checked out the breeder...the pup was basically in a byb situation, very poor conditions, tons of flee & tick bites, etc. Horrible. Anyway, decided I really wanted a basenji and did a LOT of research and found this forum...basically it made me remember all the good and all the work that it took with Zeke.
I found Eldorado thru the BCOA and went and visited for a few hours. Checked out pups (not available, but to give an idea about activity level and if I would want a pup in 2008) and adults. Ruby was one of the adults. She was a pistol...very active, full of it and into everything. A week later, I decided that Ruby would be a good choice because with her activity level it would give me an idea if I could handle a pup in the future or a second adult. I picked her up at the end of July and let's just say things haven't been the same since. I'm obsessed with her...and with this forum as well.
I think I'm the only graphic designer w/out a digital camera, so no photos for now...maybe santa will bring me one for Christmas. Her show picture is on the Eldorado website, but I don't think the picture does her justice at all, or really looks like her.
Sorry this was so long...but I wanted to finally say hi to everyone and thanks for giving me some very entertaining and informative reading.
Kim & Ruby