We took that old adage "you can't have just one" to heart and after much discussion, we got a playmate/companion for Cory. We are so happy with Cory that it made sense to go back to her breeder - Robyn of Sherwood. Robyn selected Jayden (Sherwood's Secret Keeper) out of her merry band of basenji thieves and marauders as the probably best match for our little diva (who wasn't aware that she needed a companion). Jayden is about 3 months younger than Cory and will be 1 yr old this month. Robyn allowed us to borrow Jayden for a 4 day trial at our cabin in north Georgia. It was close to Atlanta and more neutral than our home. The trip went well and the first hour at the cabin went well…....until Jayden (who is part boll weevil) walked over to Cory's crate and pulled out her beloved, cozy little fleece. THEN the fur flew and flew for the next couple of days. Cory emphatically told Jayden that he was not welcome and could pack his bags and leave....immediately. We did find that they did okay outside and asked Robyn if she would allow us to extend the trial and take Jayden to our home in Savannah to continue the trial for 2 weeks.
Here, the tension continued....unless the dogs were in the yard. There they got along fine. Fortunately, we have had a wonderful sunny warm spell and we were able to put them outside a lot. The first day I babysat my little grandsons, Jayden was fearful and snapped at (but made no contact with) my 2 y/o grandson, Anderson. I had Anderson pet Jayden and touch him a number of times during the day so Jayden could learn that this strange little human meant him no harm. By the end of the first week, we were pretty sure that this trial was going to be a failure and Jayden would be going back to Robyn....and we hated that because we were already attached.:( The start of the 2nd week brought a complete turn around in Cory's attitude. She pretty much looked at Jayden and said "Okay, kid, you can stay. But mind your manners!" From that point on, they got along fine! Periodically, Cory tries to get too bossy and Jayden either rolls over and looks at her coyly and playfully or he informs her that she isn't the boss of him. (Cory is on the petite side and was Robyn's smallest basenji. Jayden was Robyn's largest basenji.) When they play, Cory grabs Jayden's collar and tries to drag him around. Since Jayden outweighs Cory by a number of pounds, she is usually the one who is being pulled along. They love playing together and we have frequent episodes of the B-500 around the house and yard. Jayden is learning that Cory isn't a "morning person" and isn't willing to play until she has eaten, pooped & peed, and napped for an hour or so. Then...let the fun begin.
Jayden is pretty easy going - a Bubba (Robyn's own discription). He wasn't really familiar with squirrels (no sane squirrel would dare enter Robyn's yard) but was willing to chase them with Cory. Now he is occasionally the first one to spot one. Being taller, he is able to counter surf and he LOVES dish towels and hand towels. We have to be extra vigilant with clothing and other cloth items. I now have a wool throw with a hole in the middle and DH has a polo shirt with a hole in the middle. :eek:
I need to learn how to post pictures. (I get aggravated) But I think Robyn has some posed of him.