Wouldn't feel bad about the behavior of your basenji. I got mine six years ago and he acts a lot like yours. I kennel trained him and when I have company he goes in the kennel till he settles down. When I let him out I just tell people to be still till he checks them all out then he is fine. A lot of times he acts like he is going to attack me if he doesn't get his way vicious snarls and all, but I have learned it is just that an act . He also acted vicious around other dogs but after introducing them properly he gets along great. We have recently got him a new basenji mixed sister to play with, after the snarls and viciousness he loves her very much. I wouldn't be afraid to rehome your basenji, it at least give someone a chance to see what they can do.
Happy to be back home
I had left Kananga at my sister's home Thursday evening since I was to be out of town all weekend. He had a 50lbs Border Collie mix to play with while he was there. I was a bit worried since he can be anxious at times, and being in an unfamiliar environment was going to be a test.
I went to pick him up this afternoon and he almost wanted to stay there. It sounds like he had a fun time and did not have any troubles. Except he only ate 1 meal each day. He wasn't as hungry, but I expected that prior. I brought him home, gave him a bath, and allowed him to resettle into his "home". He was happy. Perhaps he really did like having a companion around all day as I was told he had lots of fun. Another B in the future?
Funny enough, I left to go out to the car to get his belongings and heard him howling when I was walking back. He has never done that before. I think he was letting me know he did not want me to leave him again.
So, I am guessing that his UTI problems have cleared up?
Was it just to hot, or he was too busy to eat?
Pat, yes the UTI problems are non-existent at this point. He hasn't had an accident since starting the antibiotics.
I think he was too anxious to eat. He has done that before but considering he got at least one meal per day, that's better than I expected. He's been sleeping all evening. Enough fun for one weekend.
Do let us know how it goes for this boy. Please.
I am glad to hear that his UTI is gone. It might be good for dogs to be left for a few days and then come and pick them up, just like it is good for kids. It teaches young kids that mom, dad or whomever has not 'dumped" you, they will come back. I wonder if dogs would see that connection? Good news that he howled, I have yet to hear Otis, although he does have his own language going on when I vacuum clean.LOL.