Sadly, most isn't exaggerating... it is fairly realistic preparation. If you need an easy dog, a dog that is easy to train, on that won't challenge you or look for alternate ways to do what you said literally without actually complying, this isn't the dog for you.
The upside: Waking up to sayblee's nose gently touching mine to wake me up. The "not dog" smell. They eye contact and feeling of companionship more than a pet. Watching the cogs turn as they figure things out. Gaining their trust and love so they are willing to work with you.
Consider fostering one for a few weeks up to 2 mons and get a close person view of what it is like.
There is NO BREED OF DOG ON EARTH that is hypoallergenic. Period.
I totally disagree with "keep the dog outside" but the rest may help. Try being around the dog or several. See how you can tolerate it.
I am glad to hear of her improvement. Sometimes we live with dogs and don't see the changes they start so slow. It's good to make it a habit to actually inspect them monthly. I hope she keeps improving but as Sally said, too much weight gain isn't good.
You could do a DNA test to get some ideas. I don't see Basenji, but I've seen mixes that the bitch is known to be one breed and the pups don't look like they could be related to her. Your dog looks like a small Lurcher, but that's probably the terrier I'm connecting with. Whatever, that's one happy dog.
Your post... your words, no interpretation. Don't blame others for your writing.
"I would recommend delaying the decision, if:
This is your first Basenji.
You don't have experience with breeding (any type of dog).
You are considering breeding as a way to make money.
You are involved in any competitive events (showing, agility, lure coursing, etc.)."
I'm old, and I've poured over the changing research since before the internet. The push for spay/neuter by vets and anyone, actually, bothers me. There is absolutely no hard and fast rule. (Though suggesting you should even consider not spaying so you can make money being a backyard breeder is really disturbing for responsible owners.) There are health pros and cons and the bottom line there are life-threatening dangers either way. As for age, mammary cancer is almost zero if you spay before the first heat, still greatly reduced before 2nd, and no difference if you let her have 2 heats. You can help by checking each nipple each month (8 on the 8 -- dogs generally have 8 nipples, so they started the idea based on that). Even found early, though, it can still be a death sentence. BUT there are also growth plate and other issues, even temperament, with early spaying (prior to a year or 2). No one but you gets to decide which way you want to go because it will be you holding her if the choice turns out to be bad for her. And you won't know unless it happens.
Some breeds (Samoyeds being one of them) have high rates of diabetes in females who aren't spayed prior to first heat.
There are non-health issues. Can you absolutely keep male dogs away from her when she is in heat? Do you live in a house with children or someone who cannot be trusted to keep her safe? Are you willing to deal with neighbors' howling male dogs (though there are sprays for where she pees as well as wipes to help keep the hormone smell from broadcasting her status) and roaming loose dogs visiting your yard?
Too many vets seem programmed to believe clients are idiots. They said yearly vaccines even though proven unnecessary because owners wouldn't get health checks otherwise. They push spay/neuter because we're too stupid to keep our dogs from mating. Talk to your vet, but make your own decision.
I admit that the older I am the less I believe in spay/neuter. But that's for my own situation and abilities.
Like eeeefarm suggested, lots more meet & greets should help. If you can find a place with few dogs and get different owners to just walk by, starting out at a distance far enough to not be a danger, then slowly getting closer. The more times in a day you can do it, the better. Hopefully she will get tired of the theatrics. Happy up tone when praising her, use kibble for treats for now. Start out sitting somewhere and have her still and sitting. Then standing. Next walking in the opposite direction.
Keep in mind she has only been with you less than 4 months, so she's really just settling in and building trust in you. Be patient. If that's the only times she is distressed, then if you have to walk really early and late to avoid most "dog traffic", until she has a few more months to settle. If she is distressed over other things, talk with your vet about a short term trial of prozac. It sounds like other dogs are the only issue. The goal is to decrease her reactiveness... it isn't to make her a social butterfly. And bless you for adopting her.
We learn the hard way a lot of time. I'm glad you are here on the forum where long-time breeders and owners can help you. I moved from GA after almost 25 years (I'm now in Israel). Sadly the info on Harmony Hounds given here is correct. I'm glad you got this puppy because you want to be informed and will take care of him. I'll be curious to know if other littermates appear or if he's the only one that matched the stud so they couldn't be registered without the other male dogs being tested to determine parentage. (Yes, you can use more than one stud in a litter. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeding/stud-double/ )
If your pup is a carrier, it's just info with no chance of developing Fanconi. However, if he has it, then it's good to start watching diet now. The earlier you know, the better chances for a longer, healthier life.
that BRAT would actually attempt to have Animal Control take, by BRATS own admission, any red and white on my property
Without you taping the officer, you have no proof. Nor does the officer's comment prove anything. How many basenjis do you have on your property? Are none tattooed or microchipped? Can you place/rehome other dogs so your finances are better?
I am fairly sure any judge would require proof the seized dog is BRATS'... a potentially good thing you don't know how to upload photos as they could be used. '
You continue to say you won't accept Brat stopping medical care/food payment. The bottom line is that unless the contract states they are liable until the dog dies, they can choose to cease funding. In a court, the vets who will no longer work with you will give a heavy mark against your complying with care.
You are at a point of having to accept they are not going to fund his care further. Use the energy you are wasting on the horrible personal attacks you have been subjected to here, the anger at BRAT, all of the negative emotions, and work on how you can find a way to fund his needs. Using your own analogy, you aren't being the mother running in to save your child. Your actions are not helping... so you are the crying mother. Be the other mother... do a go fund me to help tide you over while you find means to care for him. A week on this board under constant abuse has done nothing positive. Turn your back on it and start brainstorming with people who want to help you.
Dogs that are in a healthy environment are not anxious and insecure."
Not true. Dogs can be unstable, not necessarily related to their home.
Nor is it true you have to own an emotional support dog. They are not the same as Service dogs, but Service Dogs also do not have to be owned by the person. Some organizations train, place dogs, take back if there are issues or the dog is aging, etc.
Nor do you know what was meant for Declan. A dog with bite issues that is deemed by a rescue to not be adoptable could likely stay in one home as long as it lives.
@debradownsouth She said it was sawdust, please go ahead and show me that RC satiety is sawdust? Link me to where it states RC satiety is sawdust as the statement says?
Go read their ingredients and research. Beyond bored with your obsession.
The more you continue to defend the indefensible, the more I lose respect.
No idea what "indefensible" you are accusing me of defending. But I'm pretty sure you know how deeply I care about your level of respect. I do care how you keep going off topic with personal attacks so I'm going to simply stop responding to your broken record.
You are equally implying that you know BRATs intentions and the facts here more than I do. It is you “puffing”yourself up and insulting me.
Speaking of lies.... there is one. I said NO ONE knows their intention who isn't on the board or wiretapping. Since I do either, that puts me in the "no one knows their intentions." Surprised you are so frothing you tried to twist that.
Damn right I am focusing on the dog, you go right ahead and tell me it’s better to leave the dog where he is with no medical care.
See above. You're making things up. I didn't say that either.
@dagodingo Just stop. She didn't say it was ONLY sawdust. And it is you who continue to make all-knowing claims. You have no better insight into Brat's intentions than anyone unless you sit on the board or tap their lines. And that isn't helping the dog for you to keep attacking her personally or defending Brat. It's about the dog. Not you puffing up about how you are reporting her, hope they get the dog, hope she's sued etc. Just focus on the dog.
I care for basenjis. I don't equate being for or against or totally unconcerned with BRAT to be a test for loving the breed. Again, you want to keep on puffing up your defense of Brat. Focus on the dog.
As for her posts, I have addressed her posts.. without calling her names or being abusive. Maybe that's why you missed them.
Heather, when you or any client refuses to follow any professional's advice, they would be irresponsible and total idiots to continue to be listed as your doctor/vet/pharmacists/ dentists, whatever. Period. It is very telling that no vet will treat him if he is in your care. It says you have blown off all of their advice or gained such a reputation they won't risk it. You have managed to put the dog into an unsafe position of having no veterinarian. It doesn't matter if you are right about the meds if you lose the dog and he is euthanized. You are old enough to know it is necessary to convince a professional of your view. My vets have always met me at least halfway even when they disagreed because I went to them with solid research and specialists in the field willing to discuss the case with them. Add to this, BRAT owns the dog, not you. The vets have to answer to the legal owners.
You locked in on sawdust and one brand. They said you could find an equitable brand. There is no research or medical proof that a dog needs freshly cooked meat.
Your posts can still be seen by the moderators, and the police can demand copies if this issue escalates to a legal challenge.
You have yourself and the dog backed into a corner. Adopt him, or offer to hold him while they euthanize him if you are really sure that is their intent. That they are pushing for intervention is a clear sign that you are about to lose any options. The police and animal control can appear at your door and simply take the dog. If you care about this dog, you need to be sure what you need to do to save him. You are not going to find that through venting on this board.