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posted in Rainbow Bridge read more

Oh my lord, I am so extremely sorry for your loss. This is devastating. We are all thinking of you and sharing your pain. And leaking tears.

posted in Member Introductions read more

I see Basenji, for sure. But I am a very biased person, with a 3/4 Basenji, based on DNA testing; but one who the nay-sayers on this site would no doubt probably poo poo results if they they just looked at her photos.
Nevertheless, that is a really adorable dog: super duper cute. The ears are wonderfully delightful, maybe not so much Basenji-like, but so much else is Basenji. Do the testing!

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Beautiful! She's a peach. Enjoy!

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

Oh my gosh. When I first read this posting, my heart jumped, because I thought a Basenji smothered in bed with its people. My Basenji sleeps deep under the covers every night, so I had horrible images of Death Under Cover. Never mind she's been doing this for almost
ten years.
And then when I saw the deconstructed dog bed, it was like, oh duh, been there done that. How many crate mattresses have we gone through this past year? It seems that our girl yearns for the most expensive tempurpedic-type mattress out there. When her beloved most
favorite mattress had to be finally disposed of, alas, every subsequent mattress was summarily destroyed within mere days. The current replacement is a paltry replacement, but
it is working so far. Lord knows, the new kitten loves it.
Anyway, I think these furry people denand the best in beds. They have standards. Swedish Tempurpedic, preferably with built-in massage capabilities. Otherwise, it's a flurry of foam. Been there.
It's all too funny.

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

@kembe

Wow, my Izzy-Bella would be so jealous. Squirrels and bunnies send her into mad-dog frenzy. Oh, to capture one of those pesky little vermin--sublime! She tries, but, alas, no luck.

Izzy loves Big Dogs. She is an unashamed little Ho. She tries to kiss their faces and their ears. It's frankly embarrassing.
She doesn't hate small dogs, as long as they like her. But she yearns for handsome manly Dwayne Johnsons of Big Dogs.

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

Good on you, Patty. I agree. The DNA tells the story. You simply cannot look
at a mixed breed and declare a conclusion.
Several years ago there was an article centering on visual recognition, particularly featuring possible pit bull heredity. There were about a dozen pictures of dogs who all looked like flat-out pit bulls. Almost all were not. So much varied DNA in these featured mixed breeds, and dogs with extreme pittie features had no pit bull DNA at all. Fascinating. Meaning probably in the other direction that some cute little guy like yours can contain Basenji DNA, whether the arrogant purist breeders like it or not. Basenjis are notorious escape artists. In a previous Basenji group that I belonged to, there were at least two rather notorious and egregious escapes. One involved a dog entrusted to a breeder for mating purposes. The dog escaped and was never recovered. Egregious irresponsibility. The other escaped during a family trip and was missing for weeks. Fortunately, it was recovered safe and sound, but who knows what sexual havoc it wrought during its adventure.
Let us know what the testing reveals. I hope there is Basenji in there somewhere.

posted in Basenji Meetups & Events read more

I must agree that naive, first-time wanne-be owners need to do deep, extensive research. Basenjis are supremely unique and definitely not a good choice for a "beginner."
I adopted an 18-month old 3/4 Basenji (other 1/4 is Min Pin, yet another quirky little breed, with some "bad" similarities to B's). I was somewhat familiar with B's, but not even a little bit of "enough!!" Gosh, Izzy-Bella was a piperoo!! A little 18 pound bundle of energy, destruction, and escapism. BUT, I have always loved bad boys (9 years working in a high school), so a little bad girl was a sort of delight. But, again, it takes many years before these dogs mellow out and mature and maximize their amazing intelligence. Izzy is SO SO smart: her early unbridled destructiveness has pretty much ended, and now, at ten years old, she amazes us every day with her intelligence, innate understanding, observational skills, language acumen, and comedic skills. And at ten years old, she acts like a three year old! I hope this means she will live forever.
Once you have bonded with a Basenji, you are probably done and gone. But
first-timers REALLY need to do their research and homework.
Someone referred to entrusting their dog
to a family member. I would entrust my B to nobody except a bona fide Vet hospital/kennel, with big-time fences and enclosures, B's are exceptional diggers-under-fences and escape artists. And a Number One cause of
death for them is traffic. Their prey instinct sends them careening into
traffic. Dumber than deer.
But, bottom line: do your due diligence Basenji research, and understand early on that these dogs are singularly unique: indescribably destructive; escape artists; independent thinkers and behaviorists; smarter than you can even begin to imagine (I swear my Izzy understands everything I say and reads my mind!); and prepare to have lots of tissues on hand as auxiliary food, because apparently, Basenjis require wood pulp
projects to prosper!! I don't get it.

posted in Basenji Talk read more

@kathyb

Wow, this little sweetie could be a twin sister to my Izzy-Bella. She and Izzy have the almost identical same markings (and lack of!). Izzy is a 3/4 Basenji, 1/4 Min Pin. Mostly black, with residual white on her chest and a tiny
white-tipped tail, which is half curled.
What is Layla's heritage?


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