So if you had to choose between a 9 year old perfectly well behaved female B who has been left behind by it's owners or a 3 year old, untrained but nonagressive, friendly female B who has not had the proper care: no exercise, other dog's to play with, and has not had owners who understand B's to bring into your family with a very active , friendly male B what would you do?:o
Personally, I'd go with the 9 year old. You don't know what her real personality is like. I think she could be a fun basenji. Is there any link to see her? The untrained part doesn't bother me-I've had older, untrained dogs-just takes a little more patience and practice to train them and most of them have the focus needed to train. This 9 year old may start to play more. But also, what is the condition of both dogs. Is the 9 year old in a foster home that has a little time? What is the condition of the 3 year old? What are it's circumstances? It's a hard decision to make either way.
The 9 year old is completly trained. The only concern I have is her age. I know she still has some years left in her but what then? What happens to Champ, what happens to us? We've been through losses before and it was heartbreaking. I know even with the young ones you never know but hope you understand my concerns. She's right now placed in a foster home. The 3yr old is the one in need of training and she's going to be placed in foster home tomorrow. Her foster home is limited to I think only a little time. I so wish I could take them both but I would have to kick the hubby out to make room.
I feel that we can give the 9 year old a good home and I feel so bad she was left behind. I would really love to take her for my own personal happiness but it's really about our Champ. I'll speak to her coordinator later and maybe pick a meet up and see how they both (her dog and Champ) interact. Actually I'm going to a Basenji meet-up tomorrow maybe I'll ask her to join us.
I have always liked mature pets because they are trained, but I would think about your basenji and what it needs. An older dog who's somewhat settled (as much as a basenji can be) or the young dog who might be a more playful sibling. This is my uneducated guess…. good luck making your decision. Let us know what happens.
My last B Max was very active until he hit about 15. The two I recently adopted are 6 and 4. And they are much more calm/relaxed than Max was at 15!! I think it does really depend on the dogs and the situation. I do have a soft spot for older dogs–to give an older dog a good loving home for their later years is just the best.....
Pre arranged marriages are not always the best thing. My sister had two cats, one died and she got another and the other cat just hates the new cat, won't have anything to do with her.
Since It's a boy girl thing, I would think your dog would be fine with either.
Remember girl's usually rule the roost.
I can't see them not letting your dogs meet, try to make it a low pressure neutral place if you can. I am sure they want the dogs to end up in a good situation, if they are responsible people.
Originally we got a male and when we brought home the new dog/female puppy, he was great with it right off the bat. He even scalded/corrected her when she did something that they were not allowed to get into or do. They played and had a great time. He was very gentle with her. I can't say the same of her- those puppy teeth were sharp.
Who knows which dog he would like. Also if you let the dog choose you can't blame each other down the road.
he's 1 1/2. I have a compact car so Champ drives in front with me so I don't want to take any chances. That reminds me I have to get to the store to buy that halter/seatbelt attachment.
We just finished watching this kind of korny movie.."year of the dog" if anyone has seen it that's totally me. If I had the space I'd be going to the shelters and adopting all the dogs.lol