Hi everyone. It's finally time for me to add an official introduction.
My partner and I have been owners of a male Shiba Inu for the past five years. We've been looking to integrate a second dog into our family for about a year and a half now, and the opportunity finally came up with a 4-5 year old female Basenji. I'm writing this post flanked on either side by sleeping dogs. It's only been the first day so far, but I can't believe how well this is going! Yikes! I feel like I should be more concerned about this (or our sanity, for bringing in two 'difficult' breeds under one roof), but we're committed to making this work, and so far, so good.
So a little more about the two dogs… Bowdu the Shiba is our spoiled baby. He's neutered. He's quite dominant, but sometimes an insecure alpha -- needs to be reminded that he's top dog, and that we don't forget he's top dog. He's done well with an older, mellow Welsh Terrier that we've frequently dogsat in the past, so we were looking specifically for a non-reactive or submissive female, and NOT a puppy.
The new Basenji came with a name, but we'd like to rename her... tossing around some ideas at the moment that I won't reveal yet. She's about 4-5 years old, spayed, came from a woman who obviously cared about her but had to keep her crated for most of the night and day due to her work schedule. She's been around other, mostly bossier and more dominant dogs her whole life; there's been no problem with our Shiba thus far.
Of course, this is only the first day. So while I still consider this a 'trial' period, things look really good! We're going to run a Fanconi DNA test for her (I assume this can be done without knowing her parents?), as she's never been tested and her pedigree is unknown (she's been through at least one other owner). At any rate, I look forward to learning from everyone's collective wisdom, as I'm sure we're all in for lots of surprises and wonders.
Attached is a picture taken within the first... well, 4 hours of her moving in. So we're not all as relaxed as we could be yet, but it's looking good.