Hi Janet!!! I'm Nancy and Binti is my black and white Basenji. Your dogs are ALL so beautiful and Soso does look like she got some Basenji!!! If so, she will keep you laughing at her antics for the rest of her life. Glad you and the pack are all happy together-that's the BEST!!!! XOXOXO
Ziggy is beautiful and he looks like he got a LOT more Basenji than Border Collie! He is quite young yet and will require a lot of activity to wear him out ("A TIRED basenji is a GOOD basenji") and a lot of loving training to put him on the right road for a lifetime. Binti didn't like her crate at all, but we started putting treats secretly in the crate and when she found them, she figured the crate was a treat giving place. She started sleeping in her crate and just hanging out in it. It does sound like Ziggy has separation anxiety....we went out for very short periods when we first got Binti, always telling her we would be back...gradually we could lengthen the time we were away until she understood that we WOULD be back. Would it be possible to hire a "dogsitter" to come in for a few hours while you are at work to give your pup lunch, a nice walk and a little company?
@debradownsouth I wasn't trying to be condescending and I am sorry you took it that way. I was trying to convey my deep concern for the way airlines have treated pets that fly (many don't even treat people that nicely anymore.) When I said I don't roll dice, I meant that I no longer take chances....when pets fly as "baggage" as my first Basenji did, the treatment she received at the hands of the airline that we trusted made me vow we would never do that again. You have been lucky to have had good experiences in the main. I think that is wonderful. I understand that others such as you may not agree with my views, that's no problem. And I never said that anyone was less caring than I...that is wholly YOUR interpretation, not my statement. Caner is a friend and I was giving him my opinion...I thought he and I were discussing between ourselves but certainly your input is appreciated. Basenji people need to stick together!!!!(Otherwise the Basenjis will TOTALLY take over!!!)
@debradownsouth While it is true that myriads of pets do not die during cargo flights, what if the one who was neglected and died of heat stroke was YOURS????? DOT does not report "near misses" ...dogs left on the tarmac in heat or rain for hours-but not enough to die, dogs traumatized by rough handling by unfeeling freight handles who can't seem to understand that a living thing is not "freight" and should not be handled as such, dog who have NO water offered to them when flights are delayed overnight for for long hours....etc. We flew our first Basenji and our flight was delayed by 6 hours. When she arrived at baggage claim, she was completely tramautized and it took lots of work to get her to feel comfortable again. I have never felt so ashamed for this decision. I will NEVER fly another Basenji unless I am right there with them. I don't roll dice on the odds on my beloved Basenjis.
Caner-I am so glad that you are flying with your new little girl. What is her name??? You two will definitely bond on the flight, becuause if you have a friendly seatmate, they will probably have no objection to you holding a sweet puppy sleeping in your arms!!!! I can't wait to see pictures of you and her together!!!! XOXOXO