hi, my 2 year old basenji mix, Rica, has a hard time being picked up. I've only had her for a year but she has loosened up a bit and doesn't panic as much as she used to. But i can tell she still does not like it. Another thing that she has never done is lay on her back. She will lay on her side and lift her leg up to get belly rubs but that's as far as she will go. I've tried to teach her to "roll over" but the second i give her a slight nudge she jumps right back on her paws. I'm not sure if it's a breed thing or something that has happened to her in the past. All that the humane society told me is she either came from a high kill shelter or she got sent to tampa when they had floods in mississippi, alabama, etc. about a year and a half ago. This is something I'm not too worried about because she still acts normal otherwise and she doesn't get aggressive towards anyone if they pick her up but any helpful information would be appreciated, thanks, matt
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Being picked up/ laying on back
Welcome, Rica is darling! Are you in the Tampa area? We have a basenji meet-up every Sunday and would be delighted to have you join us. It is at West Park, Sundays around 11.
sounds like fun! Rica and I will have to make it out there one sunday. We live in pinellas but are willing to spend some time with other basenjis for sure, thanks for the info
usually there are deer in the backyard so she try's to chase them
if that doesnt work….
Hello, my name is Matt and this is my dog Rica. I adopted her about a year ago from the tampa humane society when she was 1 year old. The humane society told me she was a smooth coat fox terrier. After doing some research and my ex girlfriend saying she was working with a basenji, I now believe she is mostly basenji with a slight fox terrier in her. She has all the traits that a basenji has from the curly tail, the wrinkles on the forhead, she loves taking my dirty laundry and spreading it around the house, and she is an excellent escape artist. The only thing that isn't a basenji trait would be her BARK. This must be where the fox terrier trait comes in. She will bark like a normal dog but sometimes she will produce the "yodel" bark. I honestly think the half regular bark, half yodel is what makes her so unique though. She is one of a kind. Anyways I am new to this sight and just looking for information or any relative insight! Here are some pictures of my little girl…