I have been the proud 'Mommy' of a beautiful red-and-white female Basenji I rescued from CBR nine (9) years ago. She is now 14 years-old & last year she was taken back to CBR due to some MAJOR unpredictable behavioral changes. After some research by CBR, it was discovered she has advanced kidney disease. After much discussion with Peggy @ CBR, she felt it best my little girl (who is now wearing diapers) remain with her. This has been a DEVASTATING decision for me. I cannot count the number of sleepless, agonizing nights I have experienced without her here. For those of you who have shared your lives with one of these amazing creatures (I refuse to call them dogs because they are so much more), you know they weave their special personalities into your hearts. And so my little Muwana wa Bakagi Mulenga (her name in Swahili - which translates to her original name of Pretty Girl), has done so. She has left her 'paw prints' upon my heart forever.
Hi Gretchen. CBR in Colorado does have a pair of R&W seven year-old siblings: Cairo and Cleo. However, they would have to be adopted together. Here is their website: http://www.coloradobasenjirescue.org/adoptable.shtml. However, CBR is not moving doggies right now due to the COVID -19 issue. I am looking for a male puppy or very young male right now. Just not happening. Looks like patience is key right now :0)
With what I do can't take on a Basenji with more problems than my Bakagi. However, she is a beautiful doggie & am certain someone will wish to rescue her. Reddie - my Mom & my husband both had German Shepherds. They are great & wonderful dogs. Very loyal. Good watch dogs (something you really need right now! It's good you got her as a puppy. Shocks me someone would want to trade her for 'toys' (????) Thank Heavens you came along!
Wow. Having to deal with a doggie with Lymphoma. I was unaware they could even contract Lymphoma! You will most definitely be in my thoughts and my prayers. That would be a hard one for me to deal with. I have never had to put a dog down. We had a red Tabby cat who had been hit by a car & lost a leg we had to put down. My son did not understand at all. He asked me if he lost his leg would we do the same thing to him? Oh my goodness, that has stayed with me all of these years. I have learned we cannot allow our emotions to govern our reason when making these decisions, and PRAY. Blessings to you all :0)
You are all so very wonderful.You have no idea how very comforting your words are to me. I was preparing to go to CBR when this health crisis hit us. The President has now announced even more restrictions, so hold on to your doggies. I pray you all have enough provisions to take care of them, yourselves & your families.
Hello everyone. It has been awhile since I have visited the forum. I have been the proud 'Mommy' of a beautiful red-and-white female Basenji I rescued from CBR nine (9) years ago. She is now 14 years-old & last year, due to a progressive kidney disease which led to some unpredictable behavioral issues, after much discussion with Peggy @ CBR, she felt it best my little girl (who is now wearing diapers) remain with her. This has been a DEVASTATING decision for me. I cannot count the number of sleepless, agonizing nights I have experienced without her here. For those of you who have shared your lives with one of these amazing creatures (I refuse to call them dogs because they are so much more), you know they weave their special personalities into your hearts. And so, my little Muwana wa Bakagi Mulenga (her name in Swahili - which translates to her original name of Pretty Girl), has done so. She has left her 'paw prints' upon my heart forever. In working with & speaking to Peggy, she feels I should look for a young Basenji - preferably a male puppy (yay!) or a young male. colour does not matter. But one who is well-socialized. I work with the Human Sexual Trafficking of Children & my Basenji companion, as was my Bakagi, will also be my 'Comfort Doggie' & travel with me not only to bring comfort to these homeless, traumatized & rescued children, but also to the elderly. I can think of no doggie more loving & caring than a Basenji. I cannot begin to describe how many special moments my Bakagi & I shared together. I have sent several messages to Laurie @ SkyHigh Basenjis here in Colorado with no response. In looking @ her website, it does not appear she has had a litter since November of 2017. With Bakagi being a rescue from CBR & Peggy not currently having any young males available, I am at a loss as to what to do. To those who have never been in this situation, I cannot begin to describe the sadness, emptiness & sense of loss I feel without my Bakagi. As far as working with a Breeder, I am not looking for a Champion, but I AM looking for a puppy or young male who is well-socialized & free of Fanconi (of course). Even my Doctor told me she can see a difference in my Blood Pressure with Bakagi's absence. Therefore, for those of you who believe in the Power of Prayer, I am asking for prayers that God send me the perfect little male Basenji to share his life with me. Blessings to you all!
*Hi. I have a very good friend who has had Basenji for many, many years. She just began a new relationship. Although he has not moved in with her, the behaviour of her male Basenji has changed. She has had many Basenji over the years and although she has had this Basenji for about 2.5 years now (6 months of that was when her husband was alive), he became quite agitated with the new guy in her life. In her case, her Basenji was the 'Alpha' male in her life until her new love came in. I realize you introduced the Lab before the boyfriend, but your Basenji boy is also smart enough to see the difference in your relationship with him since the new guy moved in. You might ask yourself 'what has changed for your Basenji boy as far as the way you may treat him - attention time, etc., since your living arrangement has changed?' He could possibly be acting out some jealousy of which you may be unaware. Urinating indoors trying to bite a child causing chaos until you 'wake up and spend some time petting him'. Just a thought. *
We rescued our little girl from CBR. However, we were cautioned - NOT just because she is a rescue but due to the breed not to ever take her to a dog park. These are the reasons we were given: too many other communicable diseases, possible aggressive other dogs and many other safety / hazard risks. She did recommend socializing her with other Basenji or even other dogs in a 'not'so-public' setting, just not dog parks. Therefore, we have never taken her to one but I am certain it would be up to your discretion.
Emilia - Peggy @ Colorado Basenji Rescue (if she has time), might also be able to give you some answers. It is through CBR that we rescued our beautiful little girl. Hope you find out soon. Thank you for the info on the online VEt Dr. Jean Dodds!. Had no idea.