After 15 years of researching and "waiting for the right time" we finally adopted our Basenji diva, Cory, from Robyn "Yodeldogs". We've had Cory for almost a month now and we are extremely happy that we made the leap. It has been great and we keep expecting the honeymoon to end. Cory is a pretty little red and white, 10 month old female. Robyn let her go because Cory was a "wanna be" princess and Robyn's other girls weren't buying into Cory's agenda. It was obvious that Cory would have to set out and find her own kingdom.
This first month has been fun and interesting. We knew that the time for Cory to come into season was fast approaching and we immediately set a date for her to be spayed…..right after a long planned vacation in the mountains. Whoops - too late. Cory went into heat while we were gone. (And we thought all the "guys" were looking at her because she was so comely!) So we are having to put that off for a while and Cory has been house and yard bound.
So far Cory's Basenji traits have been really moderate. The biggest issue has been the crate: She gets crated when we go out and she loathes that. We can hear her screaming like a banshee and she shreds her bedding and pees and defecates in it. I do leave her a kong with a treat but that isn't taking her mind off being crated. She does sleep quite willingly in her crate by our bed at nighttime. For the record, I don't work outside the home and so she is never crated for more than a few hours at a time while I run some errands.
She isn't wild about being outside in the yard. She's not wild about the feel of grass - wet or dry. She usually does her business and scoots back to the door as quickly as possible. She does try to be discrete about #2. She often straddles our border grass so the poops sit on top like some bizarre sort of berries.
She loves our 3 little grandchildren - aged 4 months, 20 months, and almost 4 yrs. She especially likes the older two whom I babysit 2 days a week. She "yodels" for them but they aren't quite sure if a real dog should be making a noise like that. I think she likes them so much because they can't put things up out of her reach. She especially steals from the 20 month old - often his pacifier. Cory has developed quite a taste for their Goldfish crackers.
Cory is a great snuggler. She drags out dirty clothes. She can jump straight up onto the dining room table without a running start and without using a chair. She helps me make my bed by tugging the blanket back down after I pull it up. She's taught us to put bathroom trashcans on the back of the toilets. She dries our legs after our showers and licks our arms while we watch TV. She is great on car trips - either in or out of the crate. The only time she seems to get upset or makes snarking noises is if she is surprised or if someone comes on too strong when making her acquaintance. I think she is just telling them that they have bad manners.
I think the transition has gone so well for us because: Robyn had Cory housebroken and socialized (She also took a lot of time introducing us and Cory.); our house was already babyproofed for the grandbabies; we REALLY researched Basenjis; and our last dog (a chocolate Lab rescue) was so psychotic that only a wolverine could have been any worse!
We have learned a lot from this message board and we've really enjoyed all the pictures!