My name is Rae, I live with my longtime boyfriend and our two senior rescue cats, and we are planning on getting a Basenji puppy this winter/spring (I know puppies only come around once a year, we decided to not get one this past spring so that we had adequate time to do research and interview breeders and all that. There is no way we are rushing this, or impulse buying one at a pet store)
Thank you so much for all of the amazing info on this forum, and of course all the links to other invaluable sites!! Truly, I have never encountered a group so devoted to their particular dog's breed, you guys should be proud to be as loyal as your pets! I'm also delighted with the HONESTY. You guys are totally upfront, no BS, about the fact that these dogs aren't for everyone and take a lot of work.
So… after doing tons of research, and reading the books, and trying to get ahold of the few Alberta breeders I've found (there seems to be one in Lethbridge, and another in Innisfail, does anyone know of any others or know these two at all?), reading and trying to absorb all the horror stories and all the good ones too, the next step seems to be to meet and hang out with some basenjis.
There is only so much you can learn by reading and watching videos... and I was wondering if anyone close to the city (we're willing to drive) would be willing to let us meet with them in a dog park, or similar, to just watch and hang out with your dog/s.
I'm really sold on the idea of a b, but it seems foolish to commit without SEEING one in the flesh first.
The breeders I've called/e-mailed haven't gotten back to me (2+ weeks), so visiting their dogs seems like not a very viable option ATM, and I am SO excited!
We're attending some dog shows next month and also the Alberta Kennel Clubs Summer Classic (I think that's what it's called...) to get a good look at some Bs too.
Anyway, regardless, thanks again for the great info, videos and pictures... I never tire of looking at pictures of your puppies rompin' around. I'll be around the forum lurking for the rest of the year, and then hopefully I'll start adding my own horror stories and pics. :eek: