Lovely pictures of your dogs Kim! And of Kelli Harmon's also. That is a very nice article, and I love that the author quotes both of you extensively. Good luck in getting a hard copy, it will be a lovely keepsake.
I'm so glad Chipley is on the physical mend. That was a terrifying attack. Of course you reacted the way you did, it was very understandable. Give him time, and he may regain his trusting nature again. Take is slow and easy. He may be uncomfortable in multi-dog settings for awhile. Remember when Khonsu was attacked by another basenji years ago? He got over it, but it took awhile, and I do mean months to a year to recover psychologically. Gentle pats and hugs to Chipley!
Kim is probably blushing somewhere! Not that I know what she looks like; we’ve never met in person. I do think this is a very deserved award. It has been a pleasure working with her. She is constantly upbeat, and very, very easy to work with in all aspects from images to text. Congratulations Kim, on well deserved recognition!
Guess I’ll have to start work on Fanconi part 2 article This is going to be fun!
I decided the best course to answer your question was to ask Dr. Gary Johnson, the developer of the current Basenji Fanconi Linked Marker Test and researcher looking for the direct gene.
His advice is as follows:
So if that is the case with Kentucky, and he starts showing clinical signs, i.e., spilling glucose in his urine, and confirmed with the appropriate blood tests, please contact Dr. Johnson's laboratory right away. The contact information is available at basenji.org, under the updated Fanconi FAQ link, as well as any other information you made need about how the clinical diagnosis of basenji Fanconi syndrome is made.
When there is a direct gene test available, I will recommend it to anyone concerned about the basenji form of inherited Fanconi syndrome being present in their mixed breed dog.
Until then, there is is no guarantee the markers used in the current test are present in dogs other than basenjis. If they are not present, no reliable results will be generated. Any result would most likely fall in the "Indeterminate" category, which means the dog in question is either a "Probably Normal/Clear" or "Probably Carrier".
But there is no way of knowing in which category the dog falls.
Any dog that is resulted as an "Indeterminate" should be strip tested monthly.
Anyone worried that their dog resulted as "Probably Normal/Clear"(since this is not a direct gene test) may be one of the very few who might go on to develop basenji Fanconi syndrome should also strip test monthly.
For arguments sake, suppose a mixed breed dog DID get produce an interpretable report of "Probably Affected" or "Probably Carrier"? One would strip test the animal
until such time as it starts spilling glucose in the urine.
Even folks who get a result of "Probably Normal/Clear" and are concerned because this is not a direct gene test may still strip test monthly.
The end result? Strip testing the dog's urine for glucose on a monthly basis.
If you are seriously worried that your dog is at risk for Fanconi, your best course is to strip test the dog's urine for glucose on a monthly basis. If you don't know how to do so, you can learn about it the Basenji Club of America website, basenji.org. Go to the Updated Fanconi FAQ link and there will an embedded link with illustrations on how to do the strip testing.
The Linked Marker test was developed with and used with only basenjis to date. Since it is not a direct gene test, there is no guarantee the markers used in the test would or would not be present in a mixed breed basenji. For that reason, it may be best not to ask for the test, since it may not provide useful information for you.
Thank you Linda for an excellent post about an individual that stays well within this forum's guidelines. It actually says as much about you and your growth as a person and a responsible basenji community member as it does about Marie.
Sharron, we all have concerns about oops litters, but Marie is not the first, and no doubt will not be the last to have one or two oops litters. She has been open and candid, as have other responsible breeders.
Obtaining a kennel license to stay within the laws of one's community is not a "red flag". Many responsible breeders comply with their local laws.
jdido09, if there isn't a sign posted forbidding dogs, you should be OK to take your well behaved basenji anywhere! It is great for your dog, good for basenji outreach and wonderful for the bond between the two of you. My Ra is a big hit at his local Ace hardware, where he is affectionately know as Ra, the HooRah! dog, has a great time at Lowe's and Home Depot, and he behaves beautifully outside several local Starbucks. Take the fur kid with you, and have a grand time.
The official BCOA website is a wealth of information about basenjis, for both BCOA members and non-BCOA folks. Lots and lots of great information about basenjis, past, present, and as many of us hope, future! https://basenji.org
A lot of information, including answers to questions posed in this thread about the process of admitting imported Native Stock dogs is on the site, available to everyone. Lots of pertinent information to read and digest!
There are contacts for the Co-Chairs of the Native Stock Committee, although individual members of the committee are not listed nor their contact information. Contact information for individual BCOA members in contained in the BCOA Roster. The online access to the roster is restricted to BCOA members only; the hardcopy of the current year membership is mailed directly to members.
For Clay and whomever else has Sponenberg's Managing Breeds for a Secure Future on their wish list, I checked amazon.com and it is not currently available through them since it is out of print. But it looks like you can get a copy from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy at http://www.albc-usa.org/store/store-conservation.php