We also have a 5 month old. She goes bonkers around the same time every night for about an hour. We call it the Basenji 500 and The Witching Hour. I recall our previous basenji doing the same thing her entire life. Of course, it slowed with age and later became more of a dance than the crazy antics of a puppy.
I suppose we really have to go "all out" with ALL of our loved ones. Does every city, county, etc. check for chips or tattoos? What I mean to say is that we do everything to protect our human children and family members from harm by getting to know our neighbors, letting our friends into our very personal lives, and asking officials to keep our loved ones in their sight. I know it sounds very silly to some, but to keep all of the people mentioned (family, neighbors, officers, friends) aware of who you are and who your "dogs" are may be very beneficial - especially by letting them know through small conversation that your pup is tagged in a special way.
I live in a very small town outside of St Louis. I have always made sure that my children are street smart. Being a part of this forum, I have been made very aware that I need to be pet smart too. After reading the posts here, I will be sure to let my surrounding neighbors and the chief of police know our dog's descriptions (they know our children already) and that our dogs are chipped. (I'm still consider tattoo-ing and will inform them of that as well).
The only way to bath my two, is to take them into the shower. I use the sprayer with hose. My husband get in the shower and bathes them and I hold the other so he does not escape the bathroo. Then its his turn. While he getting his shower, i'm drying his sister, (with lots of help). It ends up with everyone soaked. lol…
Mya showers as well. She just can't stand the bath. But she'll tolerate the shower. :p
If you need something so that she gets used to wearing a collar, fashion one out of elastic… that way if it gets caught on something... it will stretch and come off.... I do that with all my pups... make little collars out of elastic material... works great....
Well, the pup is finally used to her collar now. I'm going to get into the habit of just keeping the collar on her lead. However; for future reference, where do you get elastic - from a hobby store? Yes, I'm being serious….lol.
I used to keep Mya's collar on when she was wandering through the house so that I could hear her tags jingle and know where she was at all times. But now that she's trained we don't leave it on her anymore. Well, except when she's outside with us. She is chipped as well. Evie will be chipped too.
Also, what is tatoo-ing? Do all vets do this? Where does that tatoo go? Does it hurt? Sounds like a good idea.
First of all, I am so sorry you and yours had to endure such a terrifying moment. Secondly, thank you for the warning.
I don't keep a collar on Mya unless she is outside - attended. I've been keeping Evie's collar on all day, all night (she's 13 wks. tomorrow). I just took Evie's collar off of her.
Here's an update. I have a very close friend of 27 years. We don't talk often and don't see each other very much as we've gotten older. I sent her a picture of Evie after I got her. Unfortunately, my friend's dog (Murphy….rest his soul) had recently been killed so she wasn't really paying attention when I sent my email. She called lastnight and said she had gotten a Boston/Rat Terrier. I said that's what Eve is! She asked where I had gotten her - and she had received Evie's brother!!!! What kind of coincidence is that??
Well, to answer why not another B…. I talked to the breeder I wanted originally and she was not testing for Fanconi on all FOUR (2 males 2 females) of her dogs. I was really upset. I also tried to contact another breeder in MO and all of their baby B's are taken. I contacted BRAT and they had a Basenji available in Michigan and I really don't have the time for travel other than to work and vacation and won't fly a pup.
I went to get Mya a birthday gift for her first birthday. A friend of mine said she had BRAT puppies. I automatically thought B Rescue. She meant BRAT...part Boston Terrier part Rat Terrier...BRAT. I took her to our vet and she said that we couldn't have picked two better breeds. Evie will escape respiratory problems that Boston's have because she has a Rat nose (which is longer). Our vet also said that little miss Eve will most likely live to the ripe old age of 16 years and will hopefully die of old age. That was it!!! Old age won us over.
I love my little miss Mya. I love Basenjis. But the thought of Fanconi kills me. The thought of Mya getting too spoiled to wait another year was hurting too. Mya is well socialized; however, she can really terrify other dogs just by the way her hair stands and her tail doesn't wag to greet them. This was perfect timing for us and for Mya.
Thanks for the nice comments. When I update, I'll be sure to post videos of the pups playing.
Well, after all of the discussions on "The Board", we decided not to get another Basenji. Instead we have Evie, the Boston/Rat Terrier (aka a Brat). Mya just loves her and has been very gentle as time goes by. We didn't realize how very strong Mya was until we got Evie. Now we know she can definately fend for herself!!
Here are the pups on their way to Grandma's for Christmas last week.
Thanks to everyone with their kind comments on my pup-pup. I truly believe she is the most wonderful dog I've had in my 40 years of ownership. Thanks to everyone that has given good criticism as well. It is very difficult to find a breeder that actually cares about their dogs here in Missouri. All constructive information is welcome. It's hard to swallow harsh comments (even when not directed toward me) on a forum. I am very proud of my Mya and am very proud of her breeder as well. This all got out of hand because we all care!!! That's why we're here. We're here for each other and I think that I am guilty, as well as other, for forgetting that.
By the way….the new puppy is coming soon and his name will be Marley (another red and white).