I’m so sorry to hear of Pogi’s death. Like you I’m remembering all the wonderful things about Tikka that made him so special to me - how he would cock his head to one side when listening, how he put his head on my knee and look up at me with his brown eyes and lick my legs when I got out of the shower... so many good memories - love and sadness at the same time.
Thank you so much for all your kind words and sharing your own stories. Gosh it makes a difference to actually FEEL you are not alone. Minke remains subdued but is responding well to new situations and lots of grooming. We are beginning to forge something new as we move forward.
Last night my basenji boy, Tikka was killed on the road. I was out walking him and his sister basenji when he escaped and ran onto the road. The humans in our household are utterly bereft - he was a wonderful little being and so much part of our family. Our girl, Minke keeps looking for him or retreating to her crate, at other times she seems restless and unable to settle. There are a lot of smells around the house to remind her of her brother. I am taking her for long walks along the beach - a perfect landscape for tears and reflection. If you have any suggestions I would be most grateful. In the meantime, fellow basenji lovers be so careful about busy roads!
It must be very distressing to hear your b cry. We had a similar situation with our boy. He would cry piteously when left and our girl would chime in as if to sooth him. We found crating them (their safe place) with a treat, kind words and a covering as if they were being tucked in at night did the trick when home alone. Crating occurred after a walk so they were comfortable and, as far as I can tell, they slept until we got home. Then greetings and another walk. We’ve also found letting them loose whenever we’re at home is a necessary complement to this - they are such loyal little pack animals! Have you discussed this situation with your vet? As a last resort, a pharmacological intervention may be a short term possibility during an adjustment period.
I have a 9 year old girl and an 8 year old boy (from different breeders). Despite the girl being our first, the boy has assumed dominance. Over the last 6 months he has started to bully the girl. He will growl and nip her then smell her butt. It’s sad to see her cower. I will step in and say NO! Then attempt to soothe both dogs but he continues to bully her in this fashion at random times for no apparent reason. Any suggestions about how I can curb this behaviour?
My male b has developed a rather large lump (about the size of a golf ball) on his belly. I’ve had it examined thoroughly by a Vet and am reassured that it is benign. My b is 9 years old. I’m wondering if I should have it removed as it is slowly growing and somewhat unsightly. Has this happened to your b and if so what would you advise? I would welcome your comments.
Unfortunately we have the same problem with our boy (9) and girl (10). Off leash they play well - 95% of the time. The other 5% can be a disaster especially with small frightened dogs. My guys have gone after such animals and even bitten them - once drawing a small amount of blood. This behaviour seems quite instinctive and regrettably I have not been able to curb it. I do hope your pleasant little fellow doesn’t go this far. But we are talking about a very primitive breed.
- list itemg- whenever my basenji male is separated from us he howls- LOUDLY. He is always in the company of our female basenji who chimes melodiously in with him to comfort him. We have just relocated to a more densely populated residence and his howling will not be tolerated. If we are unable to curb his howling we will have to re home him. So your urgent advice would be most welcome.
My Basenji girl has just enjoyed eating a wonderful leather collar that I had handcrafted for her in England some years ago. It was made out of saddle leather - it was soft but durable and designed priniply for grey hounds and whippets and wide back. I got the web address from someone on this website but alas am unable to relocate it. If you are aware of the site I would be most greatful to hear from you. Alternatively if you could suggest another suitable collar that would be terrific. My girl is just over 5 and still lovins chewing!
We are just entering summer here in Australia and my 2 bs (both desexed, male and female) are looking very drab. Although they have retained their rich red fur along the spine the hair on their flanks, sides and cheeks is very pale looking and faded. At fist I thought it might be their winter undercoat because it was fluffy. I've tried in vain to brush it out. Several months have now passed and they remain faded and patchy looking - they in fact look like old dogs but are only 2 and 3 years old respectively. The vet thinks its winter coat but I would be interested in your views.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments - very useful and much appreciated Anne. Jennifer it sounds like you've got great communication with your dog! Bcraig I'll look forward to your posting after you speak with your dog trainer. And agilebasenji I'll following the predator drift. I'll let you know how things progress and what works. I guess my fear is that I just don't know when this rare behavior will be expressed.
My 3 year old basenji girl, Minki is normally very well behaved around other dogs. She and our 2 year old male Basenji boy, tikka love to play together and with other dogs at our local dog park. They often initiate chasing games and display all the respectful greeting procedures before doing so eg the play bow and sniffing. Its a joy to watch them run! However on a recent trip Minki took off after a small fluffy dog (there was no greeting) and nipped him on the back drawing a small amount of blood. Ever since they have been labeled 'the evil basenjis' by a small but vocal group at the park although this incident has never been repeated. Because the basenji's sometimes make low guttural growling noises when communicating displeasure that is taken to indicate their innate viciousness. I believe that on these occasions they are not a menace. I do feel concerned though that there may be a potential problem especially in relation to smaller dogs (and cats) and would appreciate your advice especially in terms of how to discipline any untoward behavior.
Kinda echoing what's been said….a second Basenji isn't necessarily a guaranteed "playmate", nor will it mean your dog will demand your attention any less!
My first Basenji, Jibini, grew up with my Boxer, Sweetie for the first 6 years of his life. The Boxer passed away at nearly 14 (Old for a Boxer, I think Jibini kept her on her toes :). Jibini was closely bonded with Sweetie and spent just as much time "pestering" her for attention as he did with me. He'd curl up with her to sleep and would whine if we took Sweetie and left Jibini behind.
After Sweetie passed on, I was in a career situation where I could be with Jibini all day, every day. He was never lacking in companionship or attention and he was incredibly bonded to me, but he still enjoyed playing with other dogs and I often wondered if he missed having the "extra" outlet of having a dog buddy.
So November '07 we adopted Tana, a playful little female. Tana is 3, Jibini is 8. They get along, but the "pack" dynamic is VERY different than it was for Jibini and Sweetie. Jibini is stoic and standoffish with Tana. Not to humanize, but in many ways he treats her the way an older brother treats a bratty kid sister. He hardly ever initiates play, and will entertain HER invitations to play with a sort of purposeful reluctance. If she jumps up on the bed or couch with him- she doesn't even have to be NEXT to him- he'll get up, sigh, and move to the OTHER couch or will leave the bedroom to resume his nap. Only occasionally, like when they're sharing a coveted warm spot, will Jibini swallow his pride and cuddle with Tana.
What's more, BOTH dogs still seek out my attention just as persistently....only now, it's a COMPETITION. If one's on my lap, the other one must follow, and then it's a gradual contest of nudging and mouthing and weight shifting to determine who can press themselves the closest to my body. The nighttime routine before bed often turns out the same way; a "dog shuffle" as both dogs try to secure a spot actually TOUCHING me. And if one dog is closer than the other, the shuffle continues until half the time Jibini gives up and goes out to sleep on the couch, just like a pouting CHILD. (Tana is a very small Basenji and has a knack for curling up practically UNDER me....so Jibini can't "win").
On the nights when Jibini sleeps on the couch, I feel really bad. Not that I ever regret adopting Tana- I adopted a 2nd dog because I WANTED a 2nd dog. But I thought maybe Jibini would want one too....sometimes, I wonder if he was happier being King of the Castle? If you end up getting a 2nd Basenji, make sure it's because YOU want to double your Daily Dose of Basenji....don't do it JUST for your dog!
Thanks for your wonderful story - it was so funny hearing about the 'dog shuffle' and the kind of indifferent distain a b can show when they have to put up with something that they don?t like. It?s the kind of look I get from Minke when I deign to feed the cat his chicken neck before her.
Welcome to the Forum, fellow Aussie… Im almost as new as you are :)...
I was just curious as to where you got your B from. I have 2, one is 10 months, (Ochre, pronounced O'Kar, Aboriginal for Red, and of course she is red...), and the other about 23 months, (Saba, pronounced Sahbah), possibly getting another this year as well :D. Must be mad, thinking of getting another ;). They are just so adictive...
Good to hear of another Aussie! The breeder I got my basenji bitch from and will get my second b from is: Kay and Ross Eldred from NSW - both lovely people and wonderful with basenjis. Where abouts are you? I'm in Canberra. I'd love to hear more about your expanding b family - particularly whether your 2 basenjis are working out well together.