Everyone needs to talk about a spay/neuter... while in Europe it is not the "norm" to do so... however in the US it is.... that said waiting till the pup is mature is the best... but in the US we have issues with puppymills and Backyard breeders that breed/sell pups for profit... My contracts say that the pup needs to be spayed/neutered... and we talk about the age. Again, I will say that my puppy people are "Vetted" before getting a puppy, but many Puppymiller puppies and/or Backyard Breeders could not care if those pups were bred or not... nor are they health tested... so as they say "buyer beware". Responsible breeders stay in touch with the pups they place... the others... NOT... could not care less... OK I said my 2cents... And many in the US are not ready to keep a female that is in season... a short story about a friend that had 2 German Shepards... Male/Female in tact.... female came in season, so they locked to male in the backyard, female in their garage... the male "ate down the door to the garage to get to the female..".... puppies happened... no health testing either... IT HAPPENS... DO NOT THINK THAT IT WILL NOT! And I can tell you stories about males coming through windows in the home to get to a bitch in season....years ago we had a 12yr in-tact male lab 3 blocks over, he knew exactly when my Basenji bitches were in season... thankfully we had 12ft fences... but he was there every single day... not so for many homes that have fences this big... and if this boy was younger... I can bet he would have found a way over the fence
First time camping
wizard last edited by
Last week I took Gossy and went camping for a couple of days. It was her first experience and I think she did well. However, she did not like to hike in the woods very far - she'd reach a point as turn to me and say "that's enough, I'm heading back to the camp". She also didn't like the sound of rushing water or waterfalls – several of the trails crossed the rivers at waterfalls and she would not go on the bridge, even if I picked her up she would fight me to get off the bridge.
The park was along the north shore of Lake Superior near the Canadian border. Here are a few pictures from when we went down to the lake Superior (for our non-USA friends, this lake is the biggest in the US and often has ocean-like weather).
thunderbird8588 last edited by
Lovely pictures Wizard. Gossy looks like she's eyeing the lake up and thinking "I'm not going in there !"
The lake does actualy look like the ocean to me.
Kananga last edited by
Lake Superior is great (well maybe not in the Winter ).
Looks like Gossy had a great time. I've always had issues with Kananga and bridges until he gets used to a specific one. Did she have fun in the water at all?
wizard last edited by
Actually though she hated the river water she was curious about the lake waves. One time she stood at the end of the waveline and got her paws in the wet sand but not close enough to get splashed by waves. I thought the picture of her with the driftwood log was funny - she seemed to think at first that the log was some kind of strange creature and she was really hesitant to approach it.
nobarkus last edited by
Thanks for the pics and how it went. When you start taking them out in different environments you find out what they like and don't like. I took Buddy to the beach for the first time and he ran right into the ocean to play with the other dogs. He's a go with the flow dog. He's just a bit cautious walking in the dark which all Basenjis are.
Janneke last edited by
Very nice pics! Sounds like great fun, going camping with your dog!
Basenjimamma Houston last edited by
Sounds like so much fun. I love the pic with Gossy and that wicked dangerous looking log…scary..LOL