Kelle’ the last basenji, sister to Belle who was put to sleep last year at 13 1/2 years. Definitele CCD, blank stares, head wave ing back and forth , not see us, jumpy and startled to the point she only relaxed in our lap. Fell a few times bumped into wall and doors. She slept her last evening cuddled in bed and seemed to have a good night. When we woke she was having mini seizures, head jerking, just non stop. Vet agreed it was neurologic . tears sobs kisses and pats..it takes a powerful love to let them go. So now i have five wooden boxes in my nightstand. Which ever of us that passes first takes all five to the rainbow bridge to wait for the other.
Behaviors should tell a lot..is sunshine like a magnet to her, does she climb on the back of sofa or chair and lie there with her front legs crossed, does she “purr” when you stroke her, does she run about the room carooming off chairs and sofas like a crazed creature, can she find any unguarded item of interest such as your underwear, kleenex, tp, tv remote, cell phones, is she standoffish with strangers until she decides to grace them with her presence, can she climb any fence or obstacle that keeps her from where she wants to go, does she sound funny when she vocalizes or tries to bark, . Does she want to get under the covers in bed? If you can answer yes to a bunch of these you may have a basenji mix.
Enjoy her even more....
Our best friends had a sister to ours.....if they ever got together it would have been to the death. However we eventually got a half sister to our girl and the absolute love and loyalty was amazing. About 6 years ago we got a pair of sisters from brat. All was wonderful..until about 10 yrs old. I stepped out for a while and when i came home there was blood on my porch and smeared all over the door and sidewalk. It was awful. A stitch here and there and a short time later you would never have known it happened until it did again. This time i was in the room, no rhyme or reason and the battle was on...after 30yrs of basenjis, i stuck my arm in to break it up.....well you learn something new everyday don ya? Sadly one is gone now, but you just have to be careful with closely related girls. Sometime it makes sense, wolves dont allow any one but alpha female to breed, and if someone disobeys the rules she will pay mightily for it. Wild dogs also. Perhaps spaying might help and it sure would not hurt. Good,luck to you..always be vigilent.