Take it REALLY REALLY slowly. Be sure to make good things happen when they are together and getting along. It took me 7 months to get my 4 yr old basenji rescue (who has a very high prey drive) to coexist with an old cat. If there is a bad experience, it can set everything back months, so be very careful to set up good experiences and avoid bad experiences.
@flashgilbert sounds very Basenji-ish lol. The other test is tissues, might apply to any dog, but I have never known a Basenji that didn’t have a madness for ripping up tissues.
I would agree about tissues, except it is not completely fool proof - Mojo actually doesn't bother tissues unless they have been used (definately a gross spin on it).
Rambo has a long back and short legs, but appears to have many basenji features too (the head, ears, tail, coat, color/markings). He's a cutie and looks smart. Please be careful not to let him get loose in an unfenced area, ever. Basenji are sight hounds (as well as scent hounds) and many meet their early demise to vehicles. Rambo is too cute to have that happen - please keep him safe.
Do you take him to bars often? (smile - no need to answer that question)
I think Tony looks to have a lot of basenji in him. I found my first basenji at the local humane society. We thought she was deaf for the first 4 days because she didn't react to people or sounds (not even a potato chip bag). She turned out to be the most wonderful, loving creature who turned me into a basenji fan for life. I have pulled many basenji from shelters and can guarantee that the dog you see now is not the same dog he/she will be in 6 months. I absolutely love your comment "their loss is our gain". Give him time, love and the best quality food you can afford. Tony will blossom. Bless you for giving him a good home.
For rainy days when Mojo refuses to go out, I carry him down the block (under an umbrella) and when I put him down, he heads straight home, usually stopping to potty at least once on the way back (during which time I hold the umbrella over him). Has he got me trained or what?!?
With my former pack, I bought a small kiddie wading pool with pine straw in it to keep on the covered porch. They never used it to potty, but it made me feel like I at least offered a solution.
Tummy rubs to Rebel.
Good news. After finishing a 14 day course of antibiotics, using antifungal/antibacterial wipes, and a switch in food, Mojo's toes are almost back to normal.
Fingers (and toes) crossed that whatever he had doesn't come back.
(The comment about dogs thinking bitter apple is a great basting sauce was cute. )
Each basenji is different. Some are easier to train than others. Sometimes it is better to adopt a young adult (especially your first basenji) because you will have a better idea of the problems/behaviors you are getting. As Pat Fragassi mentions, a tired basenji is a good basenji. Do a search on "reasons not to get a basenji" and read as much as you can.