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.
*My little girl is 12. I cannot even begin to fathom life without her. Your boys are SO beautiful. Their eyes are simply amazing. They must have made 'pawprints in your heart' - ones which will never leave. I imagine on the days when you miss your dogs - any of you who have lost them, you can quietly go into the soft rooms of your souls, close your eyes and still feel them and see them. I consider these animals not to really be dogs but to be amazingly beautiful creatures of God. I am certain anyone who shares their life with a Basenji would agree they are unlike any other breed in the entire world. I once read that when God finished creating all of the animals, He took everything that was left over and made a Basenji. What do you think? We keep our Basenji bathed as believe-it-or-not, I am allergic to her when she is not. I LOVE LOVE LOVE stroking her soft, velvety coat (she loves it too!). Blessings to ALL of you who have shared your life with one of these beautiful animals and have since lost them. My prayers to all of you. Look for them - 'Somewhere over the rainbow . . . ' *
*Wow. How do they survive in the heat? They must never grow their Winter coats, I am assuming? Here we are in Colorado where my little Basenji girl is running around trying to find the Sun in the Winter. Hallelujah for 300+ days of sunshine in this state! I did have to buy her a little down jacket, though. Does anyone have any experience with using 'booties' on Basenji in the Winter? *
*That is good to hear. Haifa must be a beautiful place to live and your Basenji must love the weather thare. He also must get **lots **of attention. It's interesting they would have Samoyeds in Israel when they LOVE the cold. I raised one in Michigan many years ago and he absolutely deplored the heat. I love my Basenji but really miss my Samoyed an Border Collie as I raised them both from puppies. Also had a miniature Dachshund (would never do that again!).
Thank you for having the courage to rescue your puppy. Rescuing an abused dog takes lots of courage and patience. Our little girl who is a full Basenji was horribly abused when she was surrendered (she was 1/2 her body weight). She still has issues and we have to keep a baby gate up to keep her secluded in one part of the house as she cannot be trusted in other rooms of the house without supervision. NEVER could we let her off of her leash. That would just be catastrophic. CBR - from where we rescued her, warned us never to do that. Peggy told us if she ever ran away (she has gotten out 2X - once by climbing a tree - the clever little girl!), to run away from her as she would think it a game and would come towards you. NOT true but she finally came with lots of coaxing. I have shared my life with a Border Collie before until I became allergic to him. He was abused and the runt of the litter. I raised him from a puppy and he proved to be one of the most amazingly intelligent animals I have ever had the joy of living with. Thank you all so much for sharing your stories - Mamie P.S. My son was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali.