I happened upon your story about Thing and can relate totally with adding an older B to your home. I am like you, blessed to have open my home to Things brother WAKAN IFWISHESWERE BULLFROGS aka Jeremiah "the Jer-bear". Jeremiah came to live with me about 8 months ago from his show home in Virginia. While he never did many shows (he was more interested in chasing birds) the few he did enter he ribboned. But his claim to fame is actually in his photos that have graced many major websites and even made the front cover of this years BRAT calender.
He spends most his day now enjoying the run of the house and keeping me fit with constant walks. I lost my beloved B "Rain" the early part of last year and was totally devastated. He lived a good long life of almost 16 years and was loved immensely by all that he met. He was there to grieve with me when I lost my parents and wife, so losing him was especially hard on me. After a few months I knew I needed another B to fill such a void, but being in my 50's decided a pup would be very taxing and wasn't sure I would be up to keeping one step ahead of a young rambunctious child.
After much searching on BRAT daily and every other adoption site that was reputable I found Jeremiah through his adopted breeders website. He is much like his sister and fills the house with Basenji mischief but he so smart and well behaved, never having an accident or destructive. To all of you deciding whether to adopt an older B don't think twice.
If you get to see this reply here is a picture of Things brother. Not sure if the pictures I attached will show up (this is one of my first posts here). The first picture is all Things brother and sisters when they were young and also the cover of this years BRAT calendar.
This link will bring you to the BRAT 2014 calender page if you wish to purchase one and a great way to support their fine organization. http://basenjirescue.org/calendarcontest/calendarorder.asp