Shirley the Brat coordinator found him a home in N. CA with a woman who'd had basenjis for a long time and just lost her last one. She is an older woman newly retired, I think, so Rowdy would have someone home a lot. I think she has a Chihuahua, too, and I wonder how that worked out… ;o) Rowdy got a long with my mom's little poodles. It was just the cats and my birds that he wanted to prey upon. I hope he's happy.
Hi all, remember Rowdy, the basenji fella who was adopted in S. Ca by my friend and then given to me? He and my cats didn't get along so I put him up for adoption on the BRAT website. They found him a good home. Anyway I wrote an article about Rowdy and it was published in Pet Folio, a Reno based pet magazine that is really neat to read. They also have an internet site, and the Rowdy article is on it, if you are intereseted. Here is the link http://www.petfoliomagazine.com/. I had to cut my whole article down quite a lot because in the first draft I had info on this forum and more funny stories of his mischief plus info on BRAT and Shirley who found him his home. But the magazine only allows 600 words, so that all had to be left out! I still think of Rowdy and I like this forum for helping me and welcoming me to the world of basenji, even though I couldn't keep him.
Yes, my husband suggested I find homes for the cats instead, but one cat I've had for 13 years and I love him dearly and the other is young but so shy, I'm not sure she'd find a good home. I think it will be easier to find Rowdy a good home, at least I hope so. Today he's been a good boy. This is hard.
Today has been rough with Rowdy. I have a feeling he is beginning to be comfortable here at my house and sure of his own worth, so he thinks he cuold be more important than the cats and the poodles. He's testing the pecking order, I think. Of course, he doesn't test Jenny, since she's top dog. Rowdy is so happy about it all. A smile continually plays around his mouth. I wish I was young and strong. I'd take him to obedience school and also try different methods of teaching a dog to accept cats. In the past I was very good at obedience trials and classes with my dogs.
Do any of you know how long it takes with the BRAT group to respond and place a dog? Not that I'm in a terrible hurry, just wondering.
Basenji Lovers, you will be mad at me. I have had to put Rowdy into the BRAT application for adoption. I have suffered a week with this decision and will suffer long after, I know. He is so lovable and funny and darling.
My friend found him in a shelter after he'd been turned in by a previous owner. He is approx. 4 years old. My friend saved him and thought I'd be an ideal forever owner for Rowdy, and I agreed. But he was an unknown quantity and now I find his only big fault in my eyes is that he chases and bites the two cats I've had for years and years and which I love very much, too. My house is small and open and hard to make into two areas for cats and dogs. I don't want Rowdy to be an outdoor dog, as he loves to be with humans. So that is why I'm looking for a new home.
I'll keep him for as long as it takes. He needs a basenji experienced owner, even though he is mostly good. He does get into the trash and anything else he can find to do. He is crate trained, I think, as he goes in his crate to eat very readily. He is submissive to my other dog, though he teases my mom's poodles a little. He is just so funny and likable, I hope I can find the perfect place for him, without cats or very small dogs.
If you know of someone in the western area, mention him to them. I live in Reno, NV, and can not travel myself. (I'm disabled with arthritis, which is another problem – Rowdy is too quick for me to squirt him for chasing the cats)
My mom's poodle groomer came over the other day, saw Rowdy, my basenji for the first time, and told my mom that her mother used to raise them and that they eat furniture! Then she said they had hyeana in their background, thus the strange sounds the basenji makes. I laughed, and doubted her facts, but thought I'd run it by you guys. I must say, Rowdy does sound awfully weird sometimes when he cries. He scraped his paw the other day outside and came in crying a high pitched squeal, begging me to fix it. He was Ok within the hour.
Another strange behavior is how Rowdy will snap his mouth open and shut in a chattering motion when trying to apease Jenny, the border collie. I'd never seen that in a dog before.