2 thoughts, just things I thought of while reading this:
What you described (I think) as disorientation, that was what my Gretchen did for a couple of years before she started having real, can't deny it, seizures. When she did have them the first thing I thought of was how she just stood and stared for a few seconds before. I concluded they were related. Nothing like that has happened since she started taking the seizure medicine.
My husband was frying eggs 20 years ago, and I saw him just stand real still, shake for a minute, then fall. It looked like a seizure to me. The EMTs took him to the hospital, the doctors did whatever drs do, and said he had low blood sugar, and nothing like that has happened again.
(totally not basenji related, but gives us a laugh when we think of it now - my son Nick was about 6, was right there and saw it too, and while I was down on the floor said "You think maybe we should turn off the stove?" I had always thought he was born a little adult)
To me, definitely a basenji mix. I have seen registered basenjis who are not square, 'curvy' topline. She is not as refined as a female basenji but that might be the mix showing up.
The howling noises are very basenji to me.
A few basenji characteristics she may/may not have:
Licks herself when wet, like a cat, does not have a doggy odor when wet, picks a particular time of day, and goes nuts, consistent with the time of day. Has a hard time controlling herself when a small critter, especially a rabbit is near.
Thinking she is part basenji will buy her a few 'oh well, that's the basenji part showing up' when she does something that a regular dog will get reprimanded for. With Lexi, roll up a newspaper and swat YOURSELF for not giving her a baseni proof environment!
Your life with Lexi will never be boring!
Monica's (my daughter) first Shiba cross was crossed with a Pom. He was about a year old when she got him and just full of energy. She would put him on a leash, stand, and turn in a circle and he'd pace around and around. He had the most beautiful effortless side gait.
Saw the new pics you posted, don't you just love it when they cross their front legs? Makes him look so...so....so innocent (or guilty????) Have fun!
Thanks for the tree climbing story. My first basenji climbed the Cristmas tree we had when she was about 1. I finally figured it out -at the top I had put an ornament about 2 yrs old, and made of a DOG BONE biscuit! 1 point for the basenji, -1 for me.
A few years later we got her a basenji friend, because she needed something to occupy her mind. A few years after getting him, he climbed a 25 ft high spruce tree and ATE THE ROBIN"S EGGS FROM A NEST!!!!! I saw him up there and the blue shells in his poop were evidence.
To get back to the original topic, he barooed once, kind of a sad baroo.
He slid under our couch, his head sticking out the front. That's when we heard the sad baroo. He was stuck, I had gotten another puppy, and that puppy was in the back playing and biting his tail. I think that may have been the only time he made any noise.
Above I commented that I had one that barooed.
I have her daughter, and she got her mother's good traits, but not the bad. She is the most delightful 12 yr old girl. She baroos in the morning when she's happy we finally woke up. She baroos if someone comes in the door after being out for at least 10 seconds.. She baroos when food is coming, she baroos when food is gone and she gets to go out. She baroos all the time, she's just a happy happy girl. Her tail sits right on the top and wiggles whenever she baroos.
I was in a car accident, so stopped breeding/showing, but I always consider her the best that I bred. She's just delightful!
Her sire had 'Charlie Brown' in his name, and she was born on Christmas. So naturally, the puppies got names from the Charlie Brown's Christmas show. Her name is Freida, the girl with them naturally curling tail!
You know how they use Dawn dish soap to clean birds covered with oil? What do you think about using it on a basenji?
I never have, I saw a commercial a few days ago, for Dawn,and just wondered.
It can be used on a lot of things, our quartz countertop in the kitchen included Dawn as an product that could be used on it - no other dish soap was mentioned.