When the Basenji National was in Colorado, I drove my 2 basenjis from Maine to upstate NY and the next day, my 2 basenjis joined 6 other and drove from NY to Colorado. This year they will go to the National in Seattle - so we'll be driving from Maine to Seattle. If we were to decide to fly instead of drive to Seattle, I would board my basenjis and not take them with. So, I say - drive. They slept most of the time, but certainly enjoyed their walks in National Parks and all sorts of new locations.
You should check with Eldorado to see if they know of any upcoming hip clinics. It would be a lot cheaper…
And I have blood work done every year as part of my kids annual exams - for a baseline - and have their microchips scanned as well to make sure they are still readable.
Jazzys Mom…I was thinking about you the other day and wondering how you, your kids and Jazz and Keoki were doing. I'm so sorry to read this - it is especially hard to lose her when you weren't expecting it (even in the throws of Fanconi). My heart goes out to you and your family. And I hope that Keoki makes the adjustment without too much trouble (I remember the stories and your photos of his various destroyed crates/beds.
Michelle…I'm so sorry to read this - it sounds super stressful. I'm sure you've thought of this or tried this regarding the pilling, but what about pre-crushing the pills (to the point they are almost dust - I know she gets loads of pills daily so not easy) and mixing them in with baby food or the cream cheese. I know she has to have low protein, but maybe something like baby food that she doesn't normally get would be enough to entice her to actually eat the mixture. I'm sure you don't have lots of time to spend on doing that for every meal, but could you measure it out in advance and do enough for a week and make little packets to mix in with her food. That way, she isn't thinking that she is going to get pilled by your or your hubby every time she sees you.
I can't imagine the stress of having her being afraid as well as dealing with the pee of her and a baby at the same time. My heart goes out to you on this.
Not to come off harsh, but your post in july about your new girl Nikita is quoted below - when you were talking about breeding her before you found out she was from a BYB and said that you would try to find a pedigreed puppy to start with instead. Sorry, but something doesn't add up about having to give her up because you lost your job (how do you do that when you are self-employed) and have plenty of savings. I know…none of my business, but you were the one that posted this...
I have a good savings already set aside for any emergency…whether it be pet or myself. I am also self employed so I am home all the time :) So should I have to be around to care for a pup or mom or both I can be. My vet is always on call and I can call him any time of day as well as my sister who is right down the road from me. I appreciate all the info :)
I also agree with Chelsie that maybe you need to slow down on adding/switching dogs. You have the puppies from the beagle/basenji litter that you are responsible for for their entire lives. You have done a good job of taking them back when they have needed to be re-homed, but maybe slow down a bit until you are more settled.
My boy Ozzy is Timar-Eldorado's Black Sabbath. I'm quite sure if I sent Ozzy's photo to the Osbournes, they would love it that he was named after Ozzy - especially considering how much they love their animals! In fact, personality wise, he is very much like Ozzy (from everything I've ever heard about him) - sweet & lovable.
I know you said that you noticed this while he was running on the bricks by a pool - are the bricks in the sun? If so, is it possible that he is burning his pads because of a hot surface and that is why the skin is coming off - almost like a blister? Just a thought. I don't know if something like musher's secret (which I use in winter) might help soothe his paws - might be worth a try.
Great that you are going to visit and seeing her basenjis first hand. That's one thing I admire about Jean - she is going to do what is best for her dogs and it is great that she is so straight forward - she wants it to work out for the dog and the person adopting. She may know of other breeders that have adults available - ask her when you visit with her - if you still think that basenjis are right for you. They aren't for everyone - my friends constantly ask me - you like these dogs why? hahaha
And just so you know and so you won't think it is uncommon, I have 3 that I would say would need a basenji experienced person, my 4th (which is Jean's boy, Ozzy), would probably be the perfect dog for anyone - he's almost an impostor because he is such an easy basenji - but I deserve him after my other three. ;)