Bowpi's been with us about two months now. Last week she finally got to meet the Welsh Terrier that we often dogsit. This WT is one of the reasons we decided we wanted to add a second dog to our pack, especially an older, mellower dog. The WT is 11 years old, a little bit arthritic, but still quite lively for an "old man." Bowpi's still in her prime, even on the lower end of ages we were considering (we were looking at 5 to 8 year old dogs). Still, she is quite mellow at home and easygoing… apparently this is uncommon for female basenjis, from what forum members and others have mentioned! She and the WT seemed to be quite comfortable with each other right away.
It was the first time we've ever had three dogs in the home all at once.
Meanwhile, it is nice to see Bowpi really learning how to stretch out and take up more space, at least when she wants!
I think it's an indication of how much more active a lifestyle she is living with us that she actually tore up her paw during the week the WT was here. Her nails were REALLY long and her paw pads were pink and soft when she first came, because her previous owner seldom walked her. It's weird how much we take for granted with our shiba… like the fact that daily walks have toughened his paw pads so that we've never had to worry about them.
I applied some antiseptic and bandaged her up for a day, which she wasn't too happy about but I didn't want the torn skin to get infected. By that night, it had stopped bleeding. I wanted to keep her in a bandaged Vetwrap bootie for another day (letting it air out at night) but my bf thought she seemed fine without it, so she's been free to walk on it since and she seems okay. Hopefully we can continue to toughen up her paw pads so that this is an isolated occurrence!