Basenji Mix

After Mo left for the Rainbow Bridge, I was not sure when I would be ready for another B. During the past months, I began researching breeders, and the possibility of finding a new pal. I love the idea of rescue, but the dogs on BRAT never seemed to match my family. (I have children and already have a female dog.)
We just moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana, and the have a post paper that is circulates every week. In the paper the have listings for stray dogs located at the post humane shelter, with a website for the dogs available. I logged on just to see what I would find. So many dogs, but it was hard to determine breeds from the pictures. I decided to go and see the dogs myself, still believing myself not to be ready for another B.
The kennels were each filled with two dogs; one cage had a cute Boston terrier and a Sheppard. As I passed each cage, I could not help but feel sorrow for all the homeless doggies. However, I was still only looking for a B, which the person on duty had no idea anything on the breed. LOL
The last cage housed a very excited jumping little red-dog; I asked the worker if she knew if the little one was a Basenji mix. She replied, ?What?s a Basenji?? I told her that I wanted to see that dog, upon further inspection, I believed this dog to in-fact be Basenji like. She has red fur, a white throat and chest, a B smell, and a tail the curls up, but not in a complete Basenji curl. Her ears are both flopped and erect. Well, only one becomes erect when she becomes curious. She also wrinkles her forehead, in the cutest way.
She and I bonded instantly. The worker informed me that if she was not adopted that she would be shipped off, or gassed. (I?m not sure if she was being truthful.) I brought home my little doggie that may be part Basenji.
She has even managed to win over my husband; could not resist her face. She does have some NON- Basenji like characteristics. She barks :{, and I found out that she likes water when she decided to take a shower with me the next morning. I am pretty sure she is mixed with terrier. She loves to track and gets excited every time she sees anything that flies, to include birds, butterflies, bees and flies.
Additionally she has many B qualities, separation anxiety, and the need to run free. My favorite is her smell. I love the way Basenjis smell, and her fur is definitely Basenji fur. She also runs and stands like a B. I wish she howled like a B, but I am happy. I couldn?t stand for her to be pinned up in that cage one more day.
:rolleyes:

Pictures please! Pictures please! Don't make me beg please!

Congratulations on your new doggie. She is lucky to have found you.

Houston

Yes pictures, pictures..pretty please..
I am so glad you found a new friend..did you name her…oh, I am dying to see a picture..

What have you called her and can we have pics please 🙂

Congratulations on your new family member. Best wishes to all of you.

Rita Jean

:p

To all who have asked for pics, trust me i've tried. Every time a snap a pic, my sassy one moves and shakes. As soon as pooch permits, i'll add pic. She is so clever and funny. Last night she slept on my husbands neck. LOL He can't resist her, she won't allow it.

Also, I had picked Ella Louise, but my daughter had her trained to LoLa before I could sneeze. So it's official LoLa Louise. Louise for when she misbehaves.

Added at 9:30 am

We live on post and any problems are handled by work-orders. Well a contractor just left and he thinks that the pooch is mixed with Rat Terrier. Well upon further investigations, I am thinking she is a mix of Decker Rat Terriers, and Rat Terriers. I have read other sections of the Basenji forum and the Decker Terriers bloodline consists of Basenji. That explains it. She definitely looks like all three.

This website http://imageevent.com/sierras_heaven…msaurorash?n=0 from YodelDogs posted in September 2009 has pics of Decker Terries and they look a lot like Basenjis.

The only exception for LoLa is size. She is approx. 13LBS, smaller than a Basenji, or a Decker Rat Terrier, but average for a Rat Terrier. However, she looks just like a Basenji or Decker (Giant Rat Terrier) from neck down.

I wish that the shelter did more research, they had so many dogs, and many of them are Labs. Labs are high-energy dogs; they seemed only interested in adopting them out, then insuring a proper fit. I told the worker that she needed to be careful adopting certain breeds into certain families. I am happy that LoLa fits into my family. We love her and pamper her.

Houston

I love the name Lola, one of my favorite dog girls names..I might have to have a Lola one day..but you beat me too it..

She sounds like so much fun, can't wait to see pics.

Well, LoLa stayed stationery long enough to capture pics.

hope I did this right.

What a pretty girl love that face. Good pictures.

Rita Jean

Houston

she is so cute..thanks for sharing.

Lola is beautiful, well done posting the pics, have been a member since begining of the year and i still cant post 😃

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We live on post and any problems are handled by work-orders. Well a contractor just left and he thinks that the pooch is mixed with Rat Terrier. Well upon further investigations, I am thinking she is a mix of Decker Rat Terriers, and Rat Terriers. I have read other sections of the Basenji forum and the Decker Terriers bloodline consists of Basenji. That explains it. She definitely looks like all three.</snip>

I fostered a Decker Rat Terrier than I pulled from a local shelter they believed to be Basenji or B-mix. He was a delight, I'd be happy to share pictures with you if you like to compare.

Tegs,
Sorry that it took me a while to reply. I would love to trade pics with you. Everyday that passes, I am reminded of the Basenji Code. She is a bolter, I am happy that we have a storm door to help.

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