We live in the rainy Lower Mainland of BC, Canada and brought home our two eight-week old Basenji pups on the Cdn Thanksgiving weekend 11 years ago. Bajorans Tri and Tucker Me Out (tri boy) and Bajoran's African Violet (r&w girl) have been in our lives since we trekked out to see them when they were five days old. Tucker passed away suddenly on October 6th, likely due to his liver, a problem which had been present the past four years, but which hadn't affected his enjoyment of life until the very end.
Both lure coursed for several years, earning their Field Champion titles, and Vi was shown to her Cdn champ before being spayed. Tucker had earlier success at coursing, but decided not to run after the bunny after a fall on a muddy course in his 2nd season. He never quite earned enough points for his Field Champion Excellent title but would usually keep me company at the start/finish area while everyone else ran. Vi did make Field Champion Excellent while earning two Best in Fields and being awarded ribbons longer than she is.
They have spent very little time apart. While Tucker was at the vets being neutered at six months of age, Vi managed to destroy/soil the contents of her crate (twice) and chewed through six metal window blind slats out of "concern".
While crated in the beginning, when they grew out of their "teenage" years around age 2 and have had very few incidents in the house, although Tucker was fond of certain baby teething items…We've been very lucky that both were extremely patient with our two toddlers (in exchange for the odd unattended ginger cookie or cheese stick). Not sure when or if we're going to be ready for another dog - much will depend on Vi's reactions and needs but perhaps in time??? I have to admit I've been to the BRAT site and checked out the boys up for adoption...