Our Black Magic lived to be 17 1/2 before we had to let her go to the bridge. She welcomed new basenji pups into our house, played with them and then almost overnight she was not Magic anymore, her eyes said it was time to go, and we did with great sorrow, but loved her too much to make her stay. She was a wonder, both of our kids grew up with her, learned to walk pulling up on her, she never growled at them or lost patience with the kids. She was a wonderful protector. As long as my husband was home, plumbers, electricians etc could come in the house and she would never even get up from her place. But let me be home with the kids and a service person needed to come in I had to hold her back from them, she wanted them out of her house and away from her people pack. My friends she had no problem with.