@zande She Bred my current dog with Kyle Cabral, I could try contacting him. I can also call her directly, so contact is not really the problem and I can email her again in another week or so. Sometimes she goes away to England for a while and it is not uncommon for her to take a little while to get back to me. Just rather concerned, wondered if anyone on here knows if she is ok and don’t want to bother her at a bad time.
So sorry for your loss and I know it is a deep one, I feel your pain. We lost our basenji Suzy of nearly 12 years last Wednesday. Our other Basenji is missing her but adjusting better than we are. I lost my original Basenji in 2013 and it took a long time before anything felt normal again. People tell me I did a wonderful job of giving her a great life and I believe it. Yet somehow, no matter what you do for these furry little friends, it is never enough to repay the love and bond they give you.
@h-castillo Sounds like something wrong, either diet or a medical problem. To give you an idea, my dogs have anal glands expressed about three times in eleven or twelve years. Usually because there is something else wrong. You should be careful as tumors can be a problem in the anal sacks, so best to get it checked out.
@debradownsouth I would also add, that just as within the breed there are variations / personalities (just as there are amongst different breeds), their environment also makes a huge difference. Ultimately my dogs share some traits and habits, no doubt because they adapt to me and my environment. The greatest Basenji compliment ever was when my breeder Jean Martin came to my house to check out the new puppy’s home when I had Suzy for a few months. I used freeze dried liver treats and we were in the back yard. I commanded both dogs sit and then lay down for them, which they did perfectly. Jean said “my goodness you do have them both well trained”.
@giza1 frankly I would argue that it is less to do with experience and more to do with the person. Reading and education are good, so is meeting one and spending time with one. However the most important thing is whether the person is a “Basenji person”. Hard to characterize, but you need to be patient, determined (maybe even tenacious) and most importantly have a good sense of humor. I bet that if you got all the successful, experienced Basenji owners together, you would find they all have many of the same character traits. To own a Basenji you also need to be at least half as smart as the dog.
@debradownsouth Her right weight was around 22lbs, which was perfect with a tucked up stomach and a waist. She had a lot of muscle on her until she became more ill. But as it got harder for her to eat and get her meds down her, we compensated with all kinds of cooked foods and didn’t restrict it much. She often would refuse food for days but if you cooked her steak, then for so longs as it smelled good she would eat. She liked beef steaks, filet mignon, scrambled eggs, chicken, pork loin etc, but only if you cooked it fresh. I guess the smell drove her to eat. In fact, I remember one morning while cooking her scrambled eggs and filet mignon, I then made a bologna sandwich for myself and told my wife there was something seriously wrong with the picture lol. Before she became ill she would eat anything food we put in front of her, just as my other boy does now.
@antigone thanks to all of you that answered. We have had a couple of weeks of hell and as my girl deteriorated, we concluded that she had either a brain problem or more likely a brain tumor. Many things which we thought were arthritis and dementia were actually a cognitive problem. We put her to sleep today as she was suffering too much. She is in peace now. Very tough and I am sure you all know how it is. Hopefully if someone else reads the thread, it may help them.