My Skeeter is 17 years 2 and 1/2 months old. I have had her since she was 2 months old. She has gotten so skinny and is frail but she still eats and drinks and lets me know when she needs to go out. I have to keep her on a leash now because she tends to take off and we live out in the country but the other day she went down our driveway and out onto the gravel road. I'm not sure she knows where she is any more but she does find her way back. She can't see very well but her hearing is still pretty good, She always did have selective hearing. She has been a treasure and I love her dearly. I know she can't be here much longer and my goal is to keep her as comfortable as possible. She doesn't exhibit any signs of being in any kind of pain. It is my constant prayer that she will just slip away in her sleep and I won't have to make the decision to put her down. She was very sick 3 years ago and was diagnosed with a brain tumor and kidney failure but on the advice of a friend, I stopped any food or treat that had red dye in it and she stopped having seizures immediately and hasn't had one since.
We've had two Basenjis live to 17, one only got to age 3 before she died from cancer and our last one died last year aged 14 1/2 but he had been I'll for 7 years with epilepsy, went blind and also developed kidney disease and finally succumbed from a combination of all plus a moth tumour. However, he was the best tempered and softest Basenji you could imagine. We still miss him terribly.
Hi Roseys Mom.
Just an FYI: this post was started by @Roseys_Mom in 2006. I have no idea why, but she hasn't logged back in to the Forum since then. Every year or so, the thread grows. It seems to have taken on a life of it's own. I'm sorry to hear that you had to return your little girl due to illness and hope you find a new little one to cuddle with.
Well I'm not - if you take on a dog it's your responsibility to look after it, you can't just send it back to a rescue centre when the going gets tough. Dogs are sentient creatures not toys to be discarded when the owners gets fed up with them.
Nor am I ! You take on a dog, that dog is your responsibility for its life - or yours. Throwing it back onto a rescue centre - I'm frankly appalled. Are you expecting someone else to take it on ? Or are you just sentencing it to a lonely end ?
That animal trusted you - such a betrayal -