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posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

I have had 2 neutered over the years. IMO, before neutering, they think they are tough, they know all, and everyone should hold them in the highest esteem. After neutering, they were easier to live with, all that went away, and their true, sweet selves were allowed to shine!

I had always heard, and agree, that the best pets are neutered males.

That being said, I placed a spayed female into a home. A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, home. A few years later they wanted another, and after talking to them, I placed a male pup in their home, with no agreement to neutered. They were in their 60's, he was a retired sheriff, and I live in farm country where a lot of older men don't like castrating any males they don't have to.
He LIKED the bullheadedness of the intact male, the obstinance, the 'I'm the king!!!' attitude. I was completely sure there would not be a problem, and there never was.

posted in Basenji Talk read more

First, thank you for the honest evaluation of your situation.
Basenjis are dogs that consider who they live wit, to be part of their pack - family.

They only chew or destroy things when they are bored, or mad at you. (Yes, I know people will disagree, but I have had basenjis for 25 years and have witnessed this activity. This included one dog jumping on the table, with me sitting 3 feet away, and peeing in a circle, as if saying, "There, take that!”)

A young basenji, under say, 8 years, will do this when left alone for so long.
(Yes, I know people will disagree, but I have had basenjis for 25 years and have witnessed this activity. This included one dog jumping on the table, with me sitting 3 feet away, and peeing in a circle, as if saying, "There, take that!)

You write that you live with 3 roommates. You do not mention if this will change, so I will assume it will not. Personally, I think it is very unkind (to them AND the dog) of you to bring a basenji into this living arrangement. Unless ALL the roommates understand, and agree, to sharing their lives with a dog that will require so much of their time. The tiniest thing left on the floor could be destroyed, and could even harm the dog. Bathroom doors left open? A basenji might not be able to find anything as much fun, grab the toilet paper, and run. Fun, fun, fun!!! For the dog.

You are researching enough to show that you are checking really well to see if a basenji will fit into your life. In my opinion, not just yet. Maybe later when your life has settled a bit.

Oh, just remembered you mentioning you studying, the dog doing its thing. It might happen, but if the dog thinks your attention should be on him/her, you may not like that something.
Best of luck in your studies, and with where ever your life leads you!

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

When my daughter was 10-11, we went to the Basenji National, I think in Indianapolis. She showed in Juniors at the time, and I think showed a few of our adults too.

They had a costume contest (it was before Halloween) and she and our Spicer entered. I made her a Dorothy outfit, and Spicer's 'witch' outfit. I attached a 'gown', to a dark lure coursing shirt (sorry, forget what they are called), that dragged on the floor when he walked. I
took some glow in the dark paint and wrote on the gown
"I'M MELTING"

She's 32 now, married, and I gave the dog stuff to her a couple of years ago. You'll just have to take my word for it, they were adorable!

Oh, for the next couple of years when the kids went trick or treating, Spicer got to go, wearing his costume too. He held his head so high, I like to think he was so proud that he won the costume contest. After all, Monica was cute, but HE won!

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

My Gretchen is 12 and had her first seizure a month or so ago.
She takes 1 tablet 3 times a day. They must be 8 hrs apart.
Levetiracetam 250 mg
The vet told me the med comes in a ' time release' form but the dog has to be over 30 lb to get it.
My life is such that I can give her a pill at 8 am
4 pm and midnight.

She has taken this since, and has had no problems. and no seizures.

I guess with the other med, sorry can't remember the name, there would have to be blood tests to check her liver (I think) function.
I opted for the safer drug

posted in Basenji Rescue read more

I know this is an extremely old thread, but it kind of made me cry. I do remember the home in Georgia where Sid ended up was a home that I might even call the best home he ever had.
His owner has written to me over the years (oh, forgot to say I was the person who was in a car accident and had to rehome him.) and I've tried and tried, but cannot find her email, and don't remember her name!
I was just thinking of her when I saw on tv that IRMA is now moving up to GA, not a hurricane anymore, and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her, and praying for her safety. I never received an email that Sid had died, and I really think I would have, so assume he is still alive. My girl that had the same sire lived to be 16, and since he was younger, it's possible.

So if anyone out there keeps in touch with her, please send on my prayers for their safety.

After reading this, ANYONE down that way, please please know up here I feel kind of helpless. There are various places that are collecting things, monetary and otherwise, so doing what we can.
I was happy to hear the folks in Florida (and Texas) are reacting the way I would, trying to take care of each other.

Like I said, I know how very old this thread is, so if no one reads this that won't surprise me
Vickie

posted in Basenji Training read more

I have had 12 adult basenjis over the years and found that some would yodel, some would not.
I had 2 lines and think they either have yodeling DNA or they didn't, one did, one did not.

The ones that did yodeled when they knew they were getting to do something they really liked to do, so it was a happy yodel.

posted in Member Introductions read more

I was very active in the basenji world for 10 years, and I vote:
There is DEFINITELY basenji in the mix!


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