Welcome! We too have a Zorro! It's very fitting as he is the "masked bandit." We had so many of the same issues as you do when Z was a pup. He climbed over the gates when we left him in the kitchen and would be waiting patiently for us on the couch. We tried crating him but found that he was not house destructive. We just let him have reign of the house and it worked out fine for us. I can't really help you with the cat situation. Does she have enough high places to retreat to where Zorro can't get to her?
I think there are plenty of folks on the forum that have cohabiting Bs and cats, perhaps they will weigh in?
We recently added another basenji to our home and it's working out so well. Zorro is so happy to have someone to play with!
Best of luck and congrats!
We are lucky to have never had serious damage to our furniture. Our dogs like to destuff EVERY animal and take out all the squeekers. It's funny, the incision they make to get the fluff out is ALWAYS at the throat. Very instinctive dogs, they are. We also have to keep the door to the bathroom closed or else we'd come home to a TP'd apartment!
I agree with everyone else. Your pup should go out to pee in the earrrrllly morning, around 1 or so? We let our boy sleep in our bed when we became comfortable knowing he wouldn't pee in bed at around 5 months. We took him home at 14 weeks. He now would like to sleep in until 9 am everyday but our new girl wakes him up around 7. Good luck!
Check out this thread, perhaps she has a yeast infection?
Sounds like some type of dermatitis. Does it look dry? Maybe add olive or fish oil to her diet.
Regarding the "growl" it most definitely sounds like the beginnings of a happy baroo or yodel. Both our dogs do this when we come home. Queen Zola is just trying to tell you how happy she is too see you!!!
Well, we've already fallen in love even if she is actually in a "blue funk"
I think having two young Bs in the house is actually better because they keep each other company. I find myself getting more work done! It also helps that we have a big backyard as Hobbes' parents do not. They have plenty of space to go wild!
Well, we have had Billie here for a week and have fallen in L.O.V.E. She is a doll. Uber sweet and affectionate and Zorro adores her. They snuggle like they were meant for each other! It's funny, a few months ago she was taken home by Zorro's brother's parents and they gave her back to Pat as they described her as "wild, hard to manage and…WILD!" She has not shown any of these signs and I take it that she knows she's found her forever home and her new best friend, Zorro. Just happy to have her!!!
We also decided not to co-own and will not show her. One day we'd like to try lure coursing! Too bad we will be in Tahoe during the trial in March.
Thanks again to everyone for their input and advise! I've put up some new photos on my profile of the two lovers.