May we introduce Malaika


I did, before the kids were born ๐Ÿ™‚

In what capacity Andrea, please tell me more ๐Ÿ™‚

Welcome little one!!!!

She looks too cute!

Congratulations Shelley, you have a little beauty there. Her name is fab too.


Sorry another pic, i just love her:D


Hey, she has really cute face. I want more and more pics of her :D.

Thank you Irena, i feel like i am going to turn into the biggest bore on here ๐Ÿ˜‰


Yes Jess she does have a hernia, thanks for the advice, Elaine has told us to gently push it back. I massage it with my finger and have managed to get it in twice. How many times a day do you think ?

I'd do it as much as possible, just when you're giving her a cuddle. My pug Delilah had a very large hernia as a pup but with lots of regular sessions of pushing it back in it closed up and has not been a problem since. She just thought she was getting belly tickles and loved it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It wont go away so easily if it is an "open" hernia (where the intestines (i think) are coming out through it) and that would need an operation but it only looks like a little one so hopefully it will go with time anyway ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Love the last picture of her, what a gorgeous face!!

She's beautiful, Shelley and I hope you have years of pleasure with her. Re the hernia - I agree, just massage it and push it back whenever (as frequently as you can). This often works but don't worry if it doesn't - it's not really important. Very rarely they cause a problem.

Very cute! Congrats to you! Keep the pictures coming!



Sorry another pic, i just love her:D

Don't apologise the more the better!


Shelley..she is so darling..She was so worth the long wait.
Her name is really unique, I love it.
I can wait to see her grow up..lots of pictures please..
What does Tom and Jerry think of her?
Again, Congrats on you new baby.

Otis had a small hernia too, but massaging it several times a day made a huge difference, it is much better to almost not visible anymore.

She is lovely Shelley - i hope you have many happy years with her

Congratulations on the new baby. (My Bryn is her great-grandfather).

Again, thank you everyone for your responses.
Petra, we have to watch her closely with the Cats, as yet she's still a bit wary as i don't think she'd seen Cats before but she's getting bolder by the day.
Tom is a cool laid back Cat and is very tolerate when she's sniffing him and pushing him along like a train, he's slapped her a few times but is quite gentle.
Jerry is rather nervous and has exploded in her face a few times.

Lisa what is Bryn's show name then i can find him on her pedigree. One of her great Grandads is Jolly Swagman who was my first Basenji's Grandad.

Great pics!!! Congrats on a beautiful B!

Congrats Shelley!

Great to see CoCo's sister!

Having 'puter prob's at home so logging in at work!

Catch up again soon,


Just for the record ๐Ÿ™‚ half of our dogs have umbilical hernias, and I have done the massage back into place with every one of them as a puppyโ€ฆit has never worked ๐Ÿ™‚ Open hernia just means that the muscle is separated, and if it is small..just a little fat has poked through. A closed hernia would be one where the fat has poked through, and then the muscle closed, so there is still a blob, but no possiblity that anything else could slip thru. Only a large, as in large hole, not fat blob would carry the risk of intestines slipping thru.

I had Blondie's fixed at one point when she had her teeth cleaned, because it was big enough that I was concerned about it in the case of pregnancy. Turned out we never bred her, but the correction was super simple.

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Congrats! She's so beautiful and has the sweetest face! She looks so sweet and innocent, although I suspect that looks can be deceiving ๐Ÿ™‚

Shelley, what a beautiful pup! Bet you couldn't wait to get her, but it was definitely worth the wait! May I ask, who is the B in your avatar? I haven't been on the Forum for too long, so I don't know.

On the other note, I haven't really caught up with all the readings in other sections (school and two jobs kinda take some time away from basenji readings ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but Lana has a hernia too. We got her as 21-month old, so I never really got to do what some of you guys are suggesting with puppies. I am assuming it does not work on adults? I did take her to the vet when we first got her, and the vet said it's not a problem, it's not the actual intestines poking out, just fat (?) like some of you guys were saying here. Andrea mentioned that it could be a problem during pregnancy?

Sorry to ask this question here, only because someone already started talking about thatโ€ฆ

I can second what Quercus says I have had two with hernias now, and I tried massaging them back in to place with no luck. My first bitch was bred from twice and we never had any trouble.


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