My B boy flunked out of puppy kindergarten twice! LOL! My favorite thing was having him snuggling up next to me on the couch. If I'd move over, he'd immediately scoot over. He HAD to be touching me! He also loved lying across the top of the couch, next to the window. The only time my B liked to be on the floor was if there was a space heater or fireplace there!
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Posted: 2013-10-13, 8:10PM EDT
Need to rehome my male basenji. He is nine months old, neutered, up to date on all shots, and microchipped. I would provide all of his toys, crate, leash, etc. I would recommend him to be the only dog in the household. There will be a rehoming fee (to be discussed.)
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I strongly believe that my basenji was extremely intuitive. My brother and his wife initially got him after they got married. I "inherited" him when he was 5 1/2. He "knew" about 2 miles before we got to my brother's house that we were almost there. (An 85 mile trip!) We also credit him with "diagnosing" my brother's colon cancer. Fortunately, it was caught early. He also used to lay his head on the side of my abdomen, where I had a malignant melanoma. After I had it removed, he didn't do that anymore. They certainly are amazing dogs!
RIP, my dear, sweet Senji! My brother came over today and we took him to the Banfield Animal Hospital at Petsmart. They were open today. It was a good time, because they weren't too busy, being the 4th of July and all. Senji seemed to know that it was time too. The vet was very nice and gentle, and everything went very quickly. He was 16 1/2 years old. He's had a good life, and I didn't want him to suffer. With his previous liver disease, the vet felt that he was probably full of lung cancer too. He was having a lot of difficulty breathing. She said that we did the right thing, and that he probably wouldn't have died a peaceful "natural" death. We'll miss him dearly! The house will feel so empty without him. I'm sure that many of you know how it feels. Thank you for all your kindness and prayers!
He actually ate today! He had some pasta with meat sauce. And he was actually interested in a piece of one of his doggie treats. He just finished grooming himself a little. That's a good sign, right? I'm wondering if he might've gotten stung in his mouth by a bee. We'll have to see if he perks up some more, or if this is his last hurrah.
Senji is still alive. My brother and his family stopped over Sunday night to say their goodbyes. He's still drinking water, but only ate about 2 little bites of fish yesterday. He ate 2 little bites of chicken the day before. He can still jump up on the couch. All he wants to do is go outside and lay on the pad on the patio. It's been in the 90's all week. I try not to let him stay out there more than a few minutes at a time. Not sure how much longer he can live like this. He's skin and bones practically. The pet hospital at Petsmart is open on the 4th of July, if he needs it. I've been advised by several people not to go to the local emergency pet hospital. My brother's wife and kids don't want him to be "put down." They want him to die a "natural" death. They don't know what we're going through. My mom is especially stressed out, watching him waste away.
Thanks to everyone for your responses! Senji doesn't seem like he wants to die yet. He still drinks lots of water and can jump up on the couch. He wasn't eating very much, though. His breathing seemed labored, and then I discovered why. His nostrils were completely occluded with hard snot plugs! I tried using a warm wash cloth to remove them, but it didn't work. So I did what any respectable basenji owner would do. I picked my dog's nose! He was able to breathe a lot better after that. He also ate a little bit more. I guess he couldn't smell his food. We've been trying to wait until my brother and his family (his original owners) came back from vacation to see him one last time. His allergies are still very bad, and he keeps having asthma attacks. He managed a benadryl pill this morning. I think he knows it helps him. He lost a lot of weight these past few weeks, but he was overweight to begin with. The weather is oppressively hot, and it's very difficult for him to breathe outside.
In the meantime, I called around to various vet offices to ask about the euthanasia. Most of them don't want to take you unless you are already a client. I was hoping to take him to someone besides his own vet, because he gets so stressed out going to the vet's office.
I've never had to deal with the death of a pet before. I've had Senji for 11 years. He's 16 1/2 now. The past 6 months have been bad for him. Balance and depth perception problems. His allergies have been horrible. This past week, he hasn't been eating much, but drinks a good bit. He's lost a fair amount of weight. He just sits and stares at his food, like he's forgotten how to eat it. Somehow, he manages to eat the $10/lb salmon, but turns his nose up at the ground turkey breast that he's always eaten. I made some turkey breast with lamb broth and he ate that, but he won't eat leftovers. Just making small amounts of fresh food for him. He'll go out in the front yard to pee, but I'm lucky if he poops once a day. He doesn't want to walk much anymore. He can still jump up on the sofa, but sometimes loses his balance when he jumps down. He gets snarky when I try to help him down. He's mostly deaf, but somehow hears the birds chirping at 5am, when he wakes me up to take him outside. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. Just lethargic. I'm mostly frustrated. I started a new job last month, but my mom stays with him while I'm gone.
The vet thinks that it's a combination of the allergies, as well as a new brand of treats that I've been giving him after his walks. I was trying to get him off those chicken jerky treats. He's 16, and the weather really isn't agreeing with him. He seems much better when he's in the house. I just gave him a bath too. So I hope that helped get a lot of the allergens off him.
He never needed more than the benadryl before for his spring time allergies. I've never seen him this bad. I was just curious how basenjis with asthma are treated. Is there such a thing as a doggie asthma inhaler, or are things usually in pill form?
Senji had the mother of all asthma attacks tonight. He's been sneezing a good bit this spring, due to the pollen. I managed to get a benadryl in him, hidden in cream cheese. And also a prednisone pill in cream cheese. I had the prednisone left from when he was on it for his liver problem. He went to the back bedroom to lie down. He seems to be resting comfortably now.
What medications are dogs with asthma usually given?