OMG I can't believe I've been without a computer since April!!!! I don't really miss much about it, except for e-mails from basenji lists, the convenience of finding show &/or lure coursing premiums at 2 am on a Saturday, and, of course, YOU!!!! I miss the basenji forums & all the friends we've never met face to face (and 3 of you I did get to meet in real life at the specialty).
I won't be back for long (I have to return this borrowed computer next week), but I have a lot to share.
Without getting into gory details, "Andrew" is no longer Carrie & Andrew, but rather, just Carrie. Its a good thing I promise. The only downside…. Booger now belongs to Andrew, Lola now belongs to Carrie, and as Carrie & Andrew no longer talk, I can no longer update you on Booger (the vet, however, says he was recently in for annual shots & is doing well).
So now I must tell you of mine & Lola's lives over the last couple of months & introduce you to Callie. I apologize in advance. This will be a bit lengthy, but a lot has happened basenji-wise in 5 months!
Lola & I are getting along quite well (& my cat Spooky), but after about a month without Booger, I could tell Lola was suffering. We were taking agility classes, and she couldn't focus because she was so distracted by other dogs. I decided it was time to put out feelers... I wasn't looking to get a dog for at least 6 months. I was on BRAT & looking out for local dogs, but I had a very specific set of requirements: I needed an adult, housetrained & crate trained, but young enough to keep up with Lola. I preferred a female, despite most advice that male/female pairs work better. I preferred another petite female, I wanted a show dog to learn to show with, and I have become partial to brindles. It had to be cat friendly.... etc etc etc.
In May, Robyn of Sherwood basenjis had info on her website about another breeder's two yearling females. I contacted the breeder (Chris Cooper of Lothlorien basenjis), and she quickly realized she and I already knew each other from agility class. (She's in the same class with Lola & I, but the dog she has in class is a flat coated retriever & I never realized she was a breeder). With NO INTENTION of getting a basenji, I decided to take Lola & meet Chris's yearling females later that afternoon at Chris's home.
At first sight, I preferred Callie, but it didn't matter. I wasn't getting a dog, and if I even considered a dog, my vanity wouldn't be the deciding factor. Lola had to get along with it first and foremost. Callie was the show prospect, she was the brindle, and she got along one on one better with Lola. But I wasn't getting a dog. She was crate trained, house trained, and had a great temperment. But I still wasn't getting a dog. And then a cat walked into the room & Callie didn't even react. Here was a ready made perfect dog, but I still wasn't getting a dog. But I looked at Callie and said "Callie, I didn't come here to get a dog. But how would you feel about coming home to live with me & Lola?" The silly dog put her paws in my lap & licked my face. Chris just laughed & said I didn't have much of a choice.
So I took Callie home that day. Lola resource guarded EVERYTHING for the first 48 hours. Callie couldn't play with toys, sniff the cat, or sleep within 15 feet of Lola without Lola causing a scene. And anytime I pet Callie, WWIII erupted in my tiny apartment. And then Lola realized this was the coolest toy ever! They get along PERFECTLY (as long as Callie keeps refusing to engage in Lola's drama). They are ridiculously perfectly & vomitously cute together. Strangers are in love with them & we get stopped everywhere we go.
Callie, as it turns out, is also a great lure courser. Her first weekend out in ASFA, she took BOB both days, and at the specialty she took 2nd in open. We just got home from her first AKC trial. Yesterday she took BOB for a 5 point major. Today she was tired & took 3rd, but I can't complain with being 1/3 of the way to her AKC FC & over halfway to her ASFA FCh in just a couple of trials.
We're also trying our hand at showing, and since I am a brand new handler, I don't expect us to get very far very quickly, but we are learning.
So without further ado, a picture of Lola & Callie (Lothlorien's Kahlua N Cream).
Callie on the left, Lola on the right. More pictures to come tomorrow hopefully.