@debradownsouth I think kindness is in order for anyone looking to responsibly rehome their Basenji. None of us are in any position to assign motives to someone we don't know. We want to keep this forum accepting of all Basenji owners and people will stop coming if they get a lecture on how to live their lives from the forum members. I am sure you did not realize in your zeal to protect this basenji that your comments were fairly critical. I know you were only trying to help, but I'll bet this lady is broken hearted to have to give up her Basenji-we should choose kind words until we know differently.
Basenjis are wonderful dogs....I think they are the best!!!! But you are better to wait until you can give a dog (any dog) the love and attention they crave. When your schedule allows you to really have the time to walk your Basenji, play with him/her, sleep with him/her and just enjoy their antics in general, THAT is the time to get a fabulous Basenji pet. Right now, the Basenji won't be happy so neither will you. But I promise that those of us who love Basenjis will do our best to help you get your dream pet when your schedule permits. Please stay in touch!!!! And I hope your schedule slows a little---it sounds like you need more play time!!!!
I think that Basenji people have to have a special sense of humor to choose this breed in the first pace, and Basenjis have the same sense of humor, doing things that crack us up and then cuddling up and demanding attention and love. Of course we love our Basenjis and want to gush about them...it comes with Basenji territory!!!!
@missymoo BRAT is your very best bet to rehome your basenji . You can contact them at https://www.basenjirescue.org/. They are very kind and will make sure your girl gets a nice home. You can trust them and they have volunteers all over the country. She will be safe in their hands. Best wishes,
She may be a Xolo....we helped rescue a beautiful one who looked at lot like your gorgeous pup. Not all Xolos are hairless. Xoloitzcuintli is an Aztec dog and you might want to do some research on them. She may require special skin care. She is a beauty, Congrats on your new family member!!! XOXOXO
Have you ever tried Stella and Chewy's Dehydrated Raw Diet on Harry? It is a very balanced diet and healthy for a Basenji with lots of protein. Now, you would have to dampen it for him, but I think it is worth a try and it comes in lots of flavors. We have found that our Basenji understands WAY more than you would think and if we tell her what is going to happen, she is usually good with it. And finally, the being startled by ANYTHING out of place is a Basenji thing....if it is in a new place, it is something to be suspicious of. Walking up to the "new thing" with your dog helps...they are very pack oriented, so if the pack is going to investigate, then they figure it is OK to go along, but they will still be wary.
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?
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