• @MacPack:

    "someone in a pet store up in New Port Richey (about an hour north-west) told us about you and your basenjis and that you could be found here every afternoon". It was pretty funny, we laughed for a long time about being a "local tourist attraction"!

    Anne in Tampa

    Well, it's one I always try to get when I'm in town. 😉

    (Of course I always have to invoke Digital's name to get Anne to pick up the phone.)


  • The caller ID needs to show "Digital" ! I'm wary of calls that may be work related, but always delighted to talk with Kim & gang! Or anyone else that may be passing through…......

    Anne in Tampa


  • That happened to me tonight, actually. I was walking with Tosca, listening to my ipod, when I see some lady across the street waving at me. So I turned off the music, and went over to talk to her, and she said, "Is that a BASENJI???" She was thrilled, apparantly one of her good friends who has now passed away used to breed them. I live in east-central Wisconsin, and before we got Tosca from rescue, we were looking at breeders and could find NONE in our area, so I was interested to hear that there was one at one time.
    For all you breeders out there…are you familiar with this person? I guess her name was Debra K (forgot the last name, I was on a walk) and she was from around Reedsville, WI. I assume she was a pretty good breeder because the lady I talked with mentioned how she had the contracts and stuff where you could return the dog any time, etc. Don't know how long this woman passed away, though. Anyway, she passed my email along to the woman's daughter, so she may be able to connect me with more basenji owners in my area...yay!


  • Lol thats so funny…its the same way in out appt complex EVERYONE knows Indi. He is a star. Before we had him no one would talk to us but after we got him everyone wanted to come and see him and pet him...sort of like he was a celeberty.


  • I get that even with Mica my little b-mix. Somehow, people seem to know …a basenji... yesterday Mica and I were lure-coursing near Milw. and another couple had a little red-b and they came up to talk to me about what kind of dog was my Mica. Needless to say she was barking at the lure-course on the other side of the fence, waiting for her turn. We had fun talking and the most important lure-coursing.

    BaMica mom


  • You said the lure coursing is near Milwaukee? Do you know what city? We are only about an hr from Milwaukee so I would maybe try it sometime…is it something, though, where the dogs are all together? Tosca doesn't always do good with other dogs, and I would be nervous about doing an activity where she has to be around them as a group unleashed...


  • They are only off lead to run.. and for practice, she would be running by herself… the rest of the time all the dogs are leashed at lure trials.


  • When they are off lead to run, do they have access to attack other dogs, or do they have their own little area to stay in? She has never attacked another dog, but she has been attacked twice, and she growls at other dogs, so community events make me nervous 🙂


  • @Jylly18:

    When they are off lead to run, do they have access to attack other dogs, or do they have their own little area to stay in? She has never attacked another dog, but she has been attacked twice, and she growls at other dogs, so community events make me nervous 🙂

    Well in our area, the field they run on is pretty much away from the rest of the dogs… so unless she would want to run off the field to try and find another dog to go after, usually not a problem... and also you need to gage her interest in the lure before you would turn her loose.... And remember they are off lead (the dog running), totally different the being on lead and wanting to go after other dogs. Honestly I have never really seen a dog run off the field just to go find a dog to go after.

    The field that they run on, the other dogs are kept off... but it is not like a fenced in area.... at least not in Ca.


  • Try the web-site www.lurecoursingfanatics.com. She has a website and takes time reservations. You can purchase a punch card for the runs, too. This is not a formal lurecoursing like the AKC trials, or however I have read how they do this… She has a large fenced in yard in the back of her house and than people bring their dog-cages and use those or generally, keep the dogs on leash, too. She is very organized. The dogs go, one at a time on the lure coursing course, and it is strictly for fun. I think it is just in Somers, WI. Off of I-94 south toward Chicago just past Mitchell Airport and at exit 339 if I am correct, just heading out of Milw.
    BaMicas mom


  • Thanks! I checked out the site, and it looks cool, and very safe! It is a bit far, though, almost to Kenosha, but we do go down to Chicago to visit relatives frequently, and usually bring Tosca, so maybe we will stop sometime.

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