Hi, since the first night he came to us as a 4 month pup,April 2010, Kell has slept in bed with us. But about a month ago, he got up around midnight and thinking he had to go out, I got up to open the back door. But he was standing in front of his crate, staring at the door. So I opened it for him, he went in curled up and went to sleep,not a peep out of him till morning. This repeated for a second night, and then he started going straight to the box without any bed time at all. This also ended his requests for breakfast between 3:30 and 4:00 am (a great blessing for bleary eyed mom and dad). In fact, he no longer wants breakfast, just eats with the rest of the pack in the evening. So our baby is "growing up". He is still the most toy oriented B we have every had. The house looks like a 2 year 2 legged baby lives there, toys are everywhere! We also have Rogue a 7 year old, who has forever, told me that it was time for bed for her and Sidhe by coming and sitting in front of me and doing a type of whine yelp. Between 9 & 9:15, she makes the announcement, they go potty and then to bed. Anyone else have Bs that put themselves to bed? Kell is also a HUGE Basenji, he is 30 pounds and not fat, just BIG, but really gracefull and so quiet. The others jingle their tags so we can sort of track them thru the house, but Kell is a very sneaky boy and into things with no prior warning for us like the other 3 give. Gotta love them all. Dawn
Wow, big dog. Where did you get him from?
I feed mine 2 meals a day and at least 3 snacks/treats to prevent Cara from vomiting bile.
LOL on the toys, I told someone every night it's like picking up after a toddler. I put them all back in her toy box, by night a good portion are out again. If I weren't so tired I'd teach her to put them back.
My dogs go to bed on their own (in my bed). Only Sayblee would never get under the covers til I went to bed, no matter how cold my room is. Cara goes under but most the time leaves her head out to watch me… just in case. Arwen.. pffff, under the covers fast asleep with or without me.
Kell was one of 8 pups rescued by BRAT in Graham Texas, all were dumped by back yard breeder at a kill shelter. We took him to foster with a possible adoption, but after just a few days, we knew he wan't going anywhere. Had to be sure our old grumpy male Cory would let him live, and after a very bad beginning, they get along fine now and nap together on the couch. We have always fed once a day, with treats during the day for going into crates when we leave for work, when I am home for lunch and they go back into crates and treats at bedtime, so no one starves here. We have been lucky in 36 years as B slaves not to ever have a B with a sensitive tummy.
I love Kell stories!!!!
I have a huge B girl that's 30 lbs. She'll be 8 in a couple weeks and the vet told me she was a bit overweight and could lose 1 lb! Like that's even worth it!!!:)
On the other hand, I have a tiny male that's 20 lbs soaking wet!!!!
When we are out and about, people think the male is the female and vice versa.
Mine wait for me to go down the hall and follow like velcro after about 5 PM. This goes on until I actually go to bed.
Again, I love Kell stories! I picture a happy, funny, clown that is full of love and baroos! Please continue to share!
Yes Kell is full of baroos, a very bass baroo, he sings with the kong in his mouth, a funny sound to be sure. He is a love, no alpha in him. We wonder what he would of become if he had been loved and handled from day one as we handled our pups when we were breeding our Bs. He comes out of his crate, wriggling and wanting to be loved, while the others head straight out the door to take care of business. Our youngest B girl, is Sidhe (Shaye) and if she weighs 18 lbs soaking wet that is a stretch. but she and Kell play, chase each other, she jumps over him or goes under if he gets too close. If she gets snarky with him, he just plants one big paw on her head and down she goes. Who needs TV when you have moving entertainment in your house!
Simon was 30.5 pounds at the vet when we took him for neutering. Lean and heavy, that's our basenjipony. He'll likely gain another pound or so. Since Curie was 19 at her HEAVIEST, this has been a bit of a change, especially for me! 31 pounds is not exactly so easy to just scoop up when the pizza guy comes to the door
Omg, the toys here are ridiculous. We do the same thing, put them in the bin, he strews them around, repeat. It's like he thinks the floor is a big etch a sketch and we "reset" it for him to decorate.
Kell sounds terrific