Hi there from Pa

Hi there! My name is Rebecca and I am from Pa. I am in the market for a basenji boy. I have a little girl and her name is weeze. She is three years old. After much concideration I think that I could open my home to a new puppy. 😃 I had a breeder refer me here. I spent a few hours reading all of the threads laughing and almost crying (I love reading all of your stories) I was hooked. If anybody would know where to find puppies around Pennsylvania, please let me know! Hope to talk to you soon!

Woo Hoo welcome to the forum. What a great thing of the breeder to do, refer you here. Yup this is the right place to go. I was here almost a yr before I got my boy

It was very nice of her to refer me here. I am hoping (fingers crossed) that it won't take that long. But I will wait as long as it takes! They are a wonderful breed with the right owner. But thanks for the welcome!

Weezie,

Welcome to the forum. Where are you from in PA?

Check out BRAT, maybe you will a new puppy there also.

basenjirescue.org

Please post some photos of Weeze, we would love to see them.

Hi Rebecca!
Welcome to the forums! I'm also from PA - central PA, a little north of Harrisburg. Always nice to see a fellow Keystone Stater aboard! Good luck in your puppy quest!

Welcome! Are you looking for a puppy or an adult?

I would love to have a puppy, I am working with brat on an 11 mo old. I was scheduled for a home visit however my weezie got very sick. She is still intact, yes I know lesson learned. They thought that she might have had pyometra, they did some x-rays, blood work, I didn't have an ultra sound done. They ruled it out with the x-ray. They said that they thought she has a bacterial infection and put her on an antibiotic. I am afraid that she might be starting to show signs of hypothyroid. I am taking her on the third of January to have some more blood work done to see if that is the case, I am also going to have her spayed. It was quite the scare. Today though she is back to her usual self. No tp left un shredded! She is back to running her laps in the house and chasing the cat. I don't think that the cat is liking that to much. 😃 I am hoping to get the adoption taken care of after the holidays. I feel like a new mom. I have read the second had basenji. I thought that it is a wonderful tool if you are interested in adopting a basenji. I am still a concerned about bringing the adopted b home. I am afraid that I might not be able to fix the problems that he may come with. I have also been talking to a breeder in ohio on a 1 year old. I will keep you posted. I am waiting fingers crossed.

Rebecca

You know, all come with "baggage"… puppies included... for a rescue it is just a different sort... and 99% of them work out just fine...

I know. I think that meeting him will put most of my concern to rest. From what I have seen of his pictures he is a wonderful dog. His foster parents have said that he is very well behaved. I have been working with Judy Stahl, she was a very big help when weezie got sick, and very understanding of the whole thing. I think that we are going to try to get everything worked out after the first of the year. Until then I am going to keep working with weezie making sure that she can make the transition from a one dog household to a two dog household. If you can offer advise on the subject please free to tell. I am learning the hard way that with basenjis you must learn to think outside the box. For instance just the other day weezie decided that she would crawl under my couch and tear the fabric from the underneath it. I could hear something while I was sitting there, I looked under the couch and there she was with a pile of fabric lying beside her. :eek: Just when you think that you have controlled the destruction she will always find a way to tear something else up. I think that is why I love her so much. Even as my children grow up (way to fast) I will always have my perpetual child.

@weeziesmom:

I think that is why I love her so much. Even as my children grow up (way to fast) I will always have my perpetual child.

You said a mouthfull there. Mine FINALLY passed the destructive phase when they hit about 12 years old. :rolleyes:

I really have no idea why she decided to tear the bottom of the couch apart. The look on her face was priceless, it was an: oh no busted face. I still laugh about it. I am a little upset about the couch but I don't think that she did anything more to it than my kids. My thought my kids ruin the top and the dog ruins the bottom. 360 degree destruction 365 days a year what more could a person ask for. lol 🙂

With mine it usually start with something like a loose thread. Pretty soon after worrying at the loose thread they have a small hole, then a bigger hole, etc.

@tanza:

You know, all come with "baggage"…

Don't we all, 😃 , don't we all?

We got Keoki from a good breeder, and he came from good stock, but he has baggage – like his weird fear of feet 😕 . He's only recently over snapping angrily at anyone who dared step near him while he was lying down. And for a long he'd attack -- snarling and all -- if a person wiggled their toes. It was bizarre; I'm wondering if he wasn't accidently stepped on as a pup?
We pet him gently with our feet sometimes and tell him what a good boy he is. We had to do something because our feet were in constant danger, LOL. He's learning now that feet can be friends. :rolleyes:

Any way, now he's pretty okay with feet most of the time, Although, still if dh wiggles his feet or toes toward him, Keoki will jump up and play- jump on dh's feet and then start doing the puppy-play-hop thing and the B500 starts.
He is such a goof!

So, yeah, everyone has baggage, but most of it can be worked with.

I'm sure that someone else has already told you that you should try to have the dogs meet somwhere other than at your home or yard. A park maybe. If it's not too cold ( 🙂 ) bring along some dog bath sheets and wipe them both down with those so they smell the same (or use them when you bring them in the house)

Make sure that when you feed your dogs they are in their own space. Kennel, room etc. Food fights are not fun.

Good luck and hope it all works out for you.

I decided to adopt a brat basenji, he will be arriving on monday. His foster is going to drive him to my house. I can't wait. I live across the road from our local school so I am going to meet him there with my girl. I am hoping fingers crossed that they will get along. Life as I know it will cease to exist in three days, oh boy!:o

@weeziesmom:

I decided to adopt a brat basenji, he will be arriving on monday. His foster is going to drive him to my house. I can't wait. I live across the road from our local school so I am going to meet him there with my girl. I am hoping fingers crossed that they will get along. Life as I know it will cease to exist in three days, oh boy!:o

How fun… and yes.... life will be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have such a nervous excitement. And wouldn't you know it all week my kids have been sick with the flu bug. I said you watch I will end up with it on monday. I am so excited. We planned the meeting while every body is home. I am almost wondering if I should have done it while my kids weren't home. Then after weezie and the new dog meet pulling my kids from school a little early to meet him. I know I have to go into this with cautious optimism, he might not like my kids, weezie might not like him. That way I wouldn't get the sorrowful looks from my kids if he doesn't work out. I have been stressing to my kids (and myself) that he might not be the right dog for us. He will be the one to decide. There is also the question how will be act after his foster leaves. I know first hand that when a dog is in a strange environment they may get a little snippy. I have chosen to use umbilical with him because I wouldn't trust him around my children for awhile. If you can offer any other suggestions I am always open to hear them.

@weeziesmom:

I decided to adopt a brat basenji, he will be arriving on monday. His foster is going to drive him to my house. I can't wait. I live across the road from our local school so I am going to meet him there with my girl. I am hoping fingers crossed that they will get along. Life as I know it will cease to exist in three days, oh boy!:o

True, life as you know it will cease to exist. It's amazing how much change one more dog can make. On the other hand, it's also not long before the new situation becomes your "normal" and you begin to forget what it used to be like.

Although there will surely be some parts of your new lifestyle that won't thrill you – like now, when I am trying to type and there are two Basenjis growling and wrestling by my chair, one of which keeps diving under my legs to seek sanctuary, so my wheeled chair is being bumped and moved around -- but you won't want to trade it for the world!

I can't wait. I couldn't have lucked out more, the new dogs foster is wonderful. There was some question on how he would act with my children and he has been working with the dog making sure that he would be up to the torment that my kids would be putting him through. When I asked when we could come to see him, he responded "oh, I was planning on bringing him to you. I want to make sure that he is comfortable in your home". I thought what a wonderful person, I live a good four hours from this man. When I offered to pay his way he declined stating that BRAT would pay for the whole thing. I couldn't believe it. He is bringing food for him among other things to make his transition smoother. I couldn't ask to meet a nicer person.

Funny – I am getting excited butterflies in my tummy for you!

I guess this Basenji disease is contagious!

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