New update: Tika is no longer in heat! Yay! Remy got neutered and is doing great! We got a dog trainer to come in assess the situation and she thinks it is starting to improve compared to how I described it when I booked her to come. Only Maia seems to need the muzzle, she seems to be very unsure of the puppy. We are working with her to build her confidence. The puppy doesn’t seem to have any stress with Maia around and won’t start anything. The muzzle is on just in case when I am home alone as I don’t want anything bad to happen when if I can’t separate them. The puppy is getting lots of training time to help her learn how to behave properly. With 2 people here we can have the girls on short leashes and they are fine together. They did have a small altercation of snarling but no biting and no one got hurt. The older female backed down and walked away. As much as I want her to be the top dog it seems that the puppy has a much more dominant personality. If they figure out the pack hierchy hopefully everything will settle down. The trainer says there are no pack instincts in domesticated dogs, but after having 6 basenjis I can’t agree with that in regards to basenjis. We can walk the girls together without muzzles now so I think things are more positive and they seem to be improving every day. When Remy is healed from his neuter I will get the puppy spayed and hope that calms things down even further. So far there is a lot more peace in the house. Please anyone let me know if there is anything else I should be doing to keep these girls on track. Thank you for all your advice and guidance! I am so grateful for this forum as what is normal for other dogs is not so much with these guys!
Basenji on cover of essays on poet John Tranter
An Australian friend sent me this link to a recently published book about John Tranter, an Australian poet. Gracing the cover is a photo of the poet and his Basenji:
"Book cover photo, above and right, by Elizabeth Gillam: John Tranter with his basenji dog ?Biscuit?, Stanmore, Sydney, late 1989. Basenjis are African barkless dogs, though they are known to yodel and howl when they think they are alone. Owning a basenji is not like having a canine companion; it?s more like having an antelope as an occasional acquaintance. The Pygmies of Africa used basenjis to hunt small game, and often carried them on their shoulders, which the dogs seemed to like. Look up "basenji" on Google and in Wikipedia."
… I'm afraid I don't know anything about the poet, but I'm more inclined to keep an eye out for his work, knowing his preference in dogs.
Although a poetry fan I'd not read John Tranter but am now going to find out more and try to get hold of his books.
How delightful, I love the description of life with a basenji.
This is very cool. Thank you for sharing!
Interesting. I know Roy Blount Jr wrote a poem about basenjis; I wonder if Tranter did as well.
BASENJI: "A small dog having a short
Smooth coat, and not uttering the barking sound
characteristic of most dogs"
So what does it do? Snort?
Utter the croaking sound characteristic of most frogs?
Make an occasional snappy remark?
Can it bark,
And just demurs?
You aren't going to tell me it purrs.
From Webster's Ark by Roy T. Blount, Jr.
I never heard of that one. Thanks for mentioning it!
OMG, I love his description of owning a B it is describes Dolce to a "T".
I'm pretty certain Bowpi would purr if she could…
Wow Arwen was going to look up the poem but you did it for me! Thanks.