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posted in Rainbow Bridge read more

Just a quick update – Keoki did NOT adjust well, and after several weeks of me having to sit up next to his crate to prevent him SCREAMING in the night [we did try having him sleep in our room on a bed, no crate, but he just kept pacing and going from my husband to me, sticking his nose in our faces], and his having absolute PANIC attacks every time we had to leave him home alone we cracked . . .
and brought home Teazer Khani's Sorceress at Kabar, otherwise known as "Fiona".
Keoki was not happy at first and we had several really iffy weeks, but they've settled down nicely and while she does annoy him a lot when he's trying to nap and she wants to play {He's 6 1/2 yrs old, she's 1 1/2 yrs old – he likes to nap more than play, lol}, they do play together A LOT.
He's sleeping peacefully at night, and crating quietly when we go out.
Life is normal again :-).
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posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

With Jazz I used to hide the bicarb in blobs of peanut butter and stick it to the roof of her mouth. It's stickier than cream cheese and very nearly impossible to spit out or dig a pill out of.
Just a thought.

Jazz was also on PPA, which completely solved her incontinence issues for the last two years.

posted in Rainbow Bridge read more

Whoa ~~ it's been a full week since this last happened: It is 6:45 AM and Keoki is still sleeping after a peaceful night! He's been in bed since about 11:30 last night. Hoping it's the new trend!

posted in Rainbow Bridge read more

Thanks Everyone.
Keoki has not been handling the loss of Jazzy very well. He does okay, though he's not playful right now and hasn't baroo'd since her death and it used to be a frequent occurrence with him. Nights are VERY difficult as he is up crying most of the night. He is currently on anti-anxiety meds and we're getting 3 -4 hours of solid sleep each night, followed by another 3 - 4 hours of VERY restless napping.
We had him crated Sunday while we went to church and he went into his old destructive mode – my bad, I forgot to move everything away from the crate and had a few things on top of the metal crate. We came home to completely destroyed bedding, papers torn beyond recognition, my camera case chewed up , a camera cable chewed up. The bottom of his crate wasn't even under the crate any more.
Poor guy. Working with the vet to try to get him through this difficult adjustment. We are almost back to square one where we were when he first arrived. :-(.
We are hoping that a week or two on the meds will help ease him into his new life situation.

posted in Rainbow Bridge read more

I know I haven't posted for a long…a very long... time, but for those who remember us ~~ I am very sad to day to have to say that my sweet Jazzy was put down today :-(. She had had Fanconi for the last five years and had actually been doing well, so her vet and I were both surprised when she suddenly began exhibiting symptoms of anything being amiss on Tuesday. I was planning to take her in and have her checked because she had vomited a couple of times and had no real appetite {refused dog food, ate popcorn, but not with her usual enthusiasm}....
but this morning she was semi-comatose. Took her in first thing and all of her blood work was off the charts -- forgive me for not remember numbers at this time {except BUN was >130}....
Had a long talk with the vet and made the decision. I am still coming to grips with how quickly this happened. Jazz would have been 8 yrs old on January 12.

We still have Keoki, who suffers from pretty extreme separation anxiety, so the next several nights -- maybe weeks or months with him? -- will be interesting.

posted in Basenji Rescue read more

He's looking for a kennel {ad vert is for "dog den"} , not a new home . . . Or am I reading that post incorrectly?

posted in Basenji Talk read more

Wish I could help. BOTH of my Basenjis have pretty intense aggression toward other dogs.
Even walks in the neighborhood on lease get interesting sometimes.

Funny thing is, when they were showing, they never exhibited any aggression toward other Basenjis.
It was crazy. My Jazz would be snarking at every other dog on the way to the Basenji ring, and perfectly fine
in the ring of Basenjis.

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

Our female Basenji was great with kids for the first year of two. Now she is great with OUR kids and with those few who she deems part of her pack – the kids she has known well since she was a puppy.
Generally speaking, however, she does not like kids and doesn't really seem to like when adults visit. {She does have Fanconi, and often just doesn't feel spectacular. I imagine it's for them as it is for us -- family is one thing, but when you aren't feeling 100%, you really don't want a bunch of strangers over.}
We crate her when we have guests that she doesn't know well -- for their sake, and for her comfort. Our crate is next to the dining/living area, so she is not isolated --she can see and be seen -- but she seems to prefer to know that she'll be left alone/not bothered by guests. When people who are relative strangers to her come over, we just tell her, 'go to bed', and she runs right in, waits for her bite of chicken, and goes to sleep.

If they have kids who don't listen to our "let the dog sleep" warnings, I put up a baby gate to further block their access to her.....though I will also tell the parents that they need to watch supervise their child or I will :-)......

posted in Basenji Feeding read more

I'm picky now about my dog foods because I can afford to be, but honestly when I was a kid we fed them strictly table scraps – my folks never EVER bought dog food; we'd scrape plates and pots into a pan and the dogs ate it, loved it, and lived long and healthy lives on it. I never even remember taking our dogs to the vet.
When dh and I were starting out, we bought what many here call "crap", and our dogs always lived healthy long lives.
I'm just sayin' . . . . .

posted in Basenji Training read more

While I do not generally strike my dogs – the occasional pop on the bottom does happen -- I also think it's important to differentiate between giving a dog a slap or spank and "beating".......
do these people BEAT their dogs, or do they strike them in a tempered manner? There is a huge difference in the effect and the result.