I go right into the shower stall w/ Kembe - I quickly lather her up and use a hand held shower wand to rinse her off. She’s not crazy about it but tolerates it. I don’t do it too often - usually I just occasionally wipe her down with a wet wash cloth.
When my B was young she also hated to be in the crate when I left home. She would cry and whine when I put her in the crate - it broke my heart and I didn’t like seeing her “caged-up”. So I gradually left her alone increasing the time increments. I have never had any issues of destructive behavior and she is happy to have her freedom. I’m happy to hear the situation seems to be working out for you. Love the photo of Max and the robot - also nice collection of liquors- lol!
I commend you in asking the right questions and showing the responsibility to inquire about basenjis on this forum. It shows great maturity and responsibility. When the time is right - you will have a basenji and you will be a great basenji parent.Some things in life are all about timing. - you’ll know when the time is right. Best wishes in your future ownership of a basenji.️
Basenjis want to be near “their people”. We become part of their pack. My basenji watches everything I do and wants to be “part of the family”. She knows EVERYTHING that goes on in this house. You might want to reconsider getting a basenji unless you are able to fully accommodate the dog. My basenji does have access to a doggie door - but I would NEVER leave her outside alone 6-7 hours even w/ the accommodations you mention. Having a basenji is like having a 3 year old CHILD - it’s a LIFETIME COMMITMENT! And it’s our responsibility to give the Basenji the BEST possible life it deserves. The basenjis will give back to you more than you’ll ever given them.
Ah the “CONE OF SHAME” - several years ago my B had surgery to remove a pea size growth on her leg. She was given the “Cone of Shame” - she was not having it - there was no way she was wearing that contraption. I just watched her carefully to make sure she didn’t lick her leg and fool with the stitches. She was fine - she recovered w/ no issues.
Hello - I’d like to thank everyone who responded and commented about the Vestibular Canine Syndrome and their experiences. To update you - I brought Kembe to the Vet yesterday morning but due to restrictions with the Corvid-19, I could not go in with her. The vet gave her an acupuncture treatment and prescribed a Chinese Herbal medication called External Wind. I immediately noticed that Kembe’s body was not as rigid and stiff - she seemed much more calm and relaxed. We came home and she slept for about 4 hours -and was able to do her “basenji sleeping curl”. When she woke up I could see that her eyes were much more focused - and her face didn’t look disoriented and confused. She was able to stand although still a little wobbly but she didn’t fall over and was not stiffly leaning her entire body to the left. She seems to be slowly improving each day so I am now hopeful she will make a full recovery. The doctor said it could take a few weeks but he was confident that she would recover because the prognosis for this disorder is good. The comments on this forum not only provided me with information from owners previous experiences with Vestibular Syndrome but also gave me reassurance and hope. Thanks again for your helpful comments.
Asking if anyone on this forum had a basenji with vestibular canine syndrome. Yesterday morning my 14 and 1/2 year old Basenji Kembe was her normal self in the morning - by early afternoon she was listing to the left and crashing into the walls. Her head was tilted, wobbly on her feet, body tilted to the left, walking in circles, and right eye seemed fixated. I thought she may have had a stroke. I called our vet - being Saturday afternoon I got his service - he telephoned me back. He said he feels she might be suffering from Vestibular canine syndrome from my description. Although he said it could be a mini stroke or infection in her ears. He told me to watch her carefully to prevent her from hurting herself and to bring her into his office Monday. He said to feed her 4 very small soft meals and to make sure she gets 10- 20 ounces of water per day. She ate her food and drank water this morning. I physically carried her outside and stabilize her with a harness so that she could do her business. I am DEVASTATED and a nervous wreck. The vet called me again today and he tried to reassure me that she will probably pull through this but it could take anywhere from 72 hours and sometimes weeks to see any improvement. I’m reading everything I can on the internet on the topic and most prognosis’s are positive. I just want her to be safe and happy. She is currently resting comfortably. I appreciate any comments or suggestions.