From Stellasperson, This is a continuation of the posting I began and had to split into two postings due to size.
My part time job during the summer is operating a tour boat at Mystic Seaport Museum, I take my Sweeted Heart and Stella along as my assistants, most passengers like very much for Stella to ride with them, many want their pictures taken with Stella, she usually obliges with a Hollywood like pose, of course the kids pet and hug her, she never seems to mind the mauling.
She has been adopted as the mascot of the Boathouse at the Seaport, she is an official Volunteer, she gets credit for her time, We Made a Denim sleeve to fit over her collar, (Official Seaport Uniform) she has her own identification badge, and this year she is to receive a five year Volunteer pin.
I have trained her to obey hand signals, two signals I have trained her to do is approach a person I point to and raise her right paw to "Shake", another is to approach a person I point to and "Sit Pretty", she does both well, and took little training. I trained her these "Tricks" for accepting her five year award.
We all know that Basenji's don't like to get wet, during a rain storm Stella will go outside reluctantly, holding her head low, squinting her eyes in the rain, does her "Piddle" and runs back to the porch. She does like to ride with us in a small rowboat, and in our small sailboat, she stands in the Bow like a figurehead.
She will grudgingly walk with us through water up to her chest, and that she may have to swim a bit in to get a small Island not far from the beach we live near.
I've read that Basenji's are classified as sight hounds, Stella can see a cat or squirrel two blocks away, she gets very excited when she sights another animal while riding in a vehicle.
Stella does love to snuggle, most evenings after her dinner she will sit at the foot of the sofa, as my Sweeted Heart and I sit and watch some TV. Stella stares at us until we ask her if she wants to get up on the sofa, of course she jumps right up between us and snuggles in.
At night she will climb into her bed, but sometime during the night she will climb up on our bed, she likes her half in the middle stretched out across the bed. Numerous times I have woken up about to fall off the bed as Stella has pushed me to the edge of the bed.
Stella does seem to understand a vocabulary and amazingly does as she is told with limitations as we Basenji keepers know they can be stubborn.
One command she knows well is "Go piddle", she go outside, will then sniff around to find that special spot to squat.
Often she will sit in front of us and stare at us, we have learned that this means "I want to go out". Has anyone noticed female Basenji's do a three legged squat? Not a salute like a male, but definitely one hind foot off the ground when squatting is this common?
I am away from home for three or four months at a time sailing as engineer on ships, (I am now in Hawaii) but I get equal vacation time. When I get home I get smothered with "Doggie Kisses" (Sweeted Heart kisses first). While I am home my Sweeted Heart tells me that Stella is definitely MY DOG!
We have told Stella many times "We are so happy you selected us".
I have had dogs that I dearly became attached to, Stella is a special one.
Stella Bella's Human Companion.