Rafismom, we started him out in a crate, but he hated it. Cried something fierce. We then started leaving him in my son's room, and he was absolutely fine….well, until he started crying again. Then we gave him roam of the house while we were gone, and have had no problems at all. Yes, I know. I'm lucky! He absolutely hates for us to leave, but he's good while we are gone. No complaints here, for sure. Maybe it's the possible black lab that mixed in that makes him so calm? He has his moments, especially outside when he sees a squirrel, etc., but overall he's a very calm pooch.
Just last week, I was walking the dog at a local park when I hear a woman saying something about the dog. She was a good distance away. I then realize she was talking to me and asked if my dog was friendly. I said, "yes" and she came over to pet him. She told me that the dog reminded her of her first dog. She said her first dog was a basenji. After more chatting, she said that it was actually a basenji mix, but that my dog looked a lot like hers. She told me how much she loved that dog and told me all sorts of stories about her. Such a nice lady. Gave me a few bits of advice and about a half hour later we parted ways. This is my first dog, and I've been amazed at how friendly other dog people are when I'm walking him. This has been a great experience.
Thanks for the reply. The other thing he does is make a whimper/whining sound. Does it when he sees squirrels in the yard and especially when we pass the horse farm near us. Cracks me up. I laugh each and every time. He's also very affectionate. He loves to curl up next to us and would sit forever if we kept petting him. He's very nasal. Makes funny breathing sounds through his nose and snores a lot. We've only had him for a few months, but love him to pieces already.
Your dog looks a lot like mine. We were told that ours may be a basenji/lab mix. Our Shadow is 3 years old and the sweetest thing you've ever met.
So, what do you all think? Could he be a basenji mix? Some of the things that lead me this way is that he does groom himself a lot. He can bark, but very rarely. We could go weeks between a bark and then it's just a single woof or two. He does make a lot of other sounds. One we call his "piggy sound". If you scratch him under his neck, he sometimes makes that sound. He's a tad larger (about 30 pounds, but that's where I think the lab may come into play) and his tail also looks more like a lab's. No white on him, except some highlights here and there, but not sure they are even white. Maybe more like a tan? Chases squirrels, birds or anything small with a vengence. Anyway, still trying to figure out exactly what our little guy is made of. Your Skylar is adorable. Looks so much like our Shadow! Hopefully the photos will show up. Never done this before.