Nigel's here!

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Not sure if this will work, but I've posted three videos of Nigel on the site above. He is a fantastic lil' guy. I can ride my bike with him. He did great his first night by himself. No accidents, he marked the couch when he first got here, but nothing since. He goes for three walks and a bike ride/run per day. We usually nap two or three times.
His stools are loosening a bit. I feed him about 1 3/4 cups of California Natural Lamb and Rice per day and he gets Wellness venison treats when he's a good boy (which is very often…) Maybe this will work itself out. He's still in "tranistion" mode, although he seems pretty darned happy.
He tried to jump in the shower with me twice today. So much for not liking water and he brings back every toy that gets thrown and drops it in front of me. He's definitly a lil' velcro dog right now.
Two of his toes are a little raw from the pavement I assume. They don't seem to bother him, but they are less calloused and more pink/red than the others. Any tips or fixes? Thanks all. I could not be happier. Nigel is a perfect addition. Colorado Basenji Rescue (Peggy Schifflet) has been a wonderful help/matchmaker.

Take care,

Nigel N' Greg

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Houston

I am so happy to here that Nigel is fitting in so wondefully..can't wait to see the video's..

Hi all. Sorry for my ineptitude. I have some photos that I took of Nigel, but they are way to large. I have ifran viewer on my computer, but can't seem to make the file size shrink from 900ish kb to 90 or less. Tips? Thanks. Nigel is great!!!

Greg

I went to Majorgeeks.com and downloaded Photofiltre. It's a free photo editing program that takes little memory space, and is very easy to use. You can resize your images with that and make a few other edits.
(Of course, I have the big Photoshop too, but this little program is quick and easy for internet posts.)
When you resize, tell it to go 480 on the height box. Then your photo will be the right size for this site. 🙂

Finally got it! Thanks AJ's human! The quality is probably pretty poor. It's from my cell phone and I think they had to be pretty small to get below 97.7kb. I'll upload some more later. Thanks everyone.

On a side note, I don't think Nigel is used to the amount of exercise he is now getting. I've noticed his little paws are getting raw. Two pads had little spots of blood after about 15miles of hiking/walking. Any tips/treatments or should we just take it real easy and walk on soft surfaces? Thanks a lot.

Greg
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I would say ease him into the walking and hiking. It's great exercise, but they can get blisters same as us. Especially if they aren't used to it.

He's a very handsome boy.

Houston

He is lovely..tahnks you so much for sharing. I am gld Nigel is finally with you.
As far as his pads, maybe start him slow on long walks, so they will get harder and be able to withstand the hiking better. I am pretty sure you could put som balm on them to protect and also soothe them, since they now sound sore.

Thanks for the pics Greg, he's lovely

Greg,

Did you REALLY walk Nigel for 15 :eek: miles?!?! That's a really long way. I'd start with 2 or 3 miles max, and work up from there….

We did a 4mile walk when I got back from work at 7am, then a nap on the couch, then a 6.5mile bike ride followed by, you guessed it, a nap on the couch, then a hike for just over 4miles. We both had some food then slept for a few hours before I went to work at 10:30pm. Nigel went happily into his crate. I assume he snoozed the night away.
We took it easy today. Just a 3 or 4 mile walk along the St Vrain river. Snow is on the ground, we'll see how Nigel likes that when he gets up! Thanks again all. I will oblige and slow the pace for the little fella. He seems to love the activity and certainly doesn't lag behind.

Take care,

Greg

Talk to a vet. Our last basenji we took on a hike across southern Utah. (128 in 28 days) She was in excellent shape but we worried about her paws. The vet gave use a bottle of stuff that we dabbed on and let it dry. Provided some protection as we had no problems at all.

@Nigel:

We did a 4mile walk when I got back from work at 7am, then a nap on the couch, then a 6.5mile bike ride followed by, you guessed it, a nap on the couch, then a hike for just over 4miles. We both had some food then slept for a few hours before I went to work at 10:30pm. Nigel went happily into his crate. I assume he snoozed the night away.
We took it easy today. Just a 3 or 4 mile walk along the St Vrain river. Snow is on the ground, we'll see how Nigel likes that when he gets up! Thanks again all. I will oblige and slow the pace for the little fella. He seems to love the activity and certainly doesn't lag behind.

Take care,

Greg

YOU are in good shape!

Sounds like this B went to the right home! His feet will harden up and be able to withstand the walking. Just be sure to cover his chest when it gets too cold. He is an African dog, after all.

Sounds good! I'll check w/the vet, it soundslike putting super glue in cracks on feet and hands. I'll also look into something to keep him warm. I used to guide down in s Utah. I love that area. Everything east of Capital Reef onto the eastern slopes of Boulder Mt. Kicked around in the San Rafael Swell and down s Cedar Mesa during my off time. Beautiful area. Thanks agan.

Greg

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