I often wonder if my basenji would ever STOP eating if I let her eat as much as she wanted. When she eats it’s as if I never feed her and starving her to death. She use to have to eat out of a “puzzle bowl” because she would just inhale her food and eat really fast. I have a friend who has 2 basenjis that she “free feeds” - she leaves the food out and let’s them eat when they want to. I would never be able to do that - I feed my Kembe twice a day @ the same time and I measure her food. She does get her snacks but I do have to limit them. She knows the word “SNACK” - lol.
It’s great that your basenji has already lost some weight - she is an absolute cutie!
Sally is ADORABLE! I’m sure she will transition well. We live in Massachusetts with very cold and snowy winters. My basenji is not crazy about the snow but she tolerates it! She wears sweaters and warm coats when we go out. She has boots but does NOT like to wear them.
As for her weight - it’s best to measure her food intake daily and have a regular walking/exercise routine. It really makes a difference in her overall health and longevity. Sally is a BEAUTIFUL BASENJI!️
My Kembe had a small pea-sized lump on her lower hind leg removed when she was about 3 years old and it was pre-cancerous. She is now 13 years 9 months and has a lot of lumps and bumps - fatty bodies and a few warts - my Vet says it’s due to her age. Hopefully your dog’s lump is nothing to worry about but you should be it checked out by a Vet.
I contacted a breeder and I was going to put myself on a list for a basenji puppy for the next breeding season. She said she had a 1 year old female that was returned (I think she said it was due to the owners divorcing). I had my heart set on a puppy - she said the puppy stage is short lived and a lot of work and not what it’s all cracked up to be - I’d be getting a young dog technically still a puppy that was potty trained etc. She encouraged me to at least meet the dog. Once we did we fell in love immediately and it was as if she chose us. It was a blessing in disguise because she has been the PERFECT DOG and we love her. I also live in New England (Western MA) - the breeder is:
Gretchen Van Alstyne
Rocky Hill, CT
Reading all these statements on aging basenjis has now made me aware of the aging of my own dog. My Kembe is currently 13 years 9 months. These are some of the changes I have noticed in the past several months:
- No longer can jump on our bed
- I have to carry her down the stairs in our house (will go up stairs - unless she’s really tired)
- Doesn’t need her “puzzle bowl” to eat - use to eat too fast & needed a puzzle bowl to slow her down.
- Changed from 80% kibble & 20% wet - to 60% kibble & 40% wet
- Lymphomas and little warts on her body and her little face is now white.
Overall she is in excellent shape - she still walks 3 Xs a day and puts in a total of 3 - 4 miles per day. She is eager to go for her walks and still wants to chase squirrels and rabbits. My vet says she’s in excellent shape for her age and said her daily exercise routine and maintaining her weight were contributing factors.
I can not imagine my life without this dog - she brings me so much happiness and I sympathize with those of you that have to make difficult decisions as your babies age.
My brother had a basenji that lived to the age of 17 years of age. In his later months of life he would roam the house @ night and crash into the walls - he said it was as if he had dementia. His eyesight declined and his ability to control his bodily functions suffered. He said he also lost interest in going for his daily walks and chasing squirrels. The one sense he said that stayed Keen until the end was his sense of smell. He unfortunately had to make a decision to put him down because it was not fair to the dog - that very sad day.
OMG! I feel for you! My Kembe escaped on me 3 times in the first 3 weeks that I owned her . I learned really fast - she’s now almost 14 and has not escaped since. Luckily she returned on her own 2 of the times and I chased her down the 3rd time. You’re always afraid that they’ll get hit by a car since they are not street smart. I pray that you are able to find her. I’ll be thinking of you!