My Captain, 16 this month, is on Denmarin and Ursodiol too. I like to do an 'old age workup' when they're old (I thought he was only 15!) and the vet something about keeping the bile thin - he had his gall bladder out when he was 5.
I suppose he'll want to do bloodwork again, he's only been on it 2 1/2 weeks.
He acts healthy, and if these few drugs will make him feel better, I do it.
@zande I'm so happy you suggested this! Getting a permanent playmate was the first thing I thought, remembering my first basenji, and then second.
Sugar was a sweetie, but ornery. I had to be aware of where she was, and what she was doing, all the time, Luckily the crate was ok, when we were gone or in bed, but not when home. So we got another because I thought, maybe she just needs a dog to keep her busy.
We welcome a male pup into our home, and it the best thing for Sugar. Some one to keep her occupied, and someone to boss around who really didn't care!
Many, many years ago, I sold puppies to families. I always met them ahead of time, before the pups were born were born, and had a little 'class' in which we went over the beginnings of what to do, and not do, with the puppy.`
I remember one family came again, after the pups were born, but not old enough to leave Mom. They had a little boy (just him, no siblings) who did not come the first time (it was for them to approve me, and me to approve them). He was about 6, very smart and well behaved, and went out to the dog room. That was the year I had some oops litters, all born within a week of each other, and he was so excited to just get buried with puppies! I think they were about 6 wks old. I took photos of the whole experience that day, and made a special PRIVATE page of "Ethan's day with the Puppies"
We went over my 'getting a basenji puppy' class and he was so attentive. I never got a call from them about any problems - I'm not surprised, he wanted that puppy so much.
I lost 2 earlier this year, 15 and 16,
Now we are dealing with a 15 yr old and every night we ask each other "Is he in pain?" No
"Does he enjoy part of his day" Yes.
The first girl, we waited a bit too long. I knew this, but forgot - the vet told us her brain was shutting down. She had seizures (for the last 8 mos) and was losing the ability to control her rear legs. He said if all else is healthy, they start at the rear of the body, and gradually lose control of the body, working up to the brain.
So, we are letting the boy enjoy what he can. He sleeps a lot, but he did always like his pillow. When I show him where his food is, he enjoys eating it. Today he was just circling in a small circle. He has a bit of 'dementia' so my husband just grabbed him to sit with him for a bit.
Like Zande said, dignity with no suffering. You just evaluate on a dog by dog basis. The second girl was 16 and the vet said "You just know."
Give yourself permission to decide, and know you've loved him all these years, You just know.
We let her cross the rainbow bridge.
When I got my first basenji, she was the same way, but it was clear it was just playing. When she had her littermates, they'd play and bite each other, and I had to replace that, giving her something to bite that would be a challenge.
So, what I figured out, I tied a thin rope to a toy that as okay to bite. About 3=4 times a day we'd play 'chase the monkey," running around the house.
She loved it, got her energy out and bit as much as she wanted. It was good for me too, running around dragging the poor monkey.
It got to the point that whenever I said 'monkey' she got all excited!
Sometimes I'd get lazy and hook the rope to the end of a stick, and lay 'fish for the monkey.' She loved that too.
At that age, ti's easiest to substitute something she CAN bite, rather than always saying 'no.'
It was so rare that (X - sorry, can't remember which) was sleeping on the coveted heat vent, and had an audible fart. X immediately woke up, looked at the source of the noise with a "what the heck was that?' look!
(It was 3 feet away, and LOUD)
(Nothing like writing a 5th grade post)
When my dogs got on the furniture (don't now, all too old to get up), I bought some blue vinyl and cut it to the length of the cushions. Then I bought some cheap bed pillows, about $3 at Walmart, and put one or 2 on the vinyl for them to sleep on. I threw the pillows away when they got anything on them, or were just 'dirty' The vinyl is easy to wipe clean.
I've found that just a sheet on the furniture doesn't protect the furniture because it's too thin.
@donc I live in Ohio, and have one basenji-ocean experiece:
Years ago my husband and I drove to San Francisco, up the coast to the Basenji National in Oregon.
On the drive up we walked the dogs on a beach, no people around - perfect for walking them on a leash. When they got about 25 ft from the water's edge, they made it very clear they were going NO closer.
We finally figured it out - there was seaweed, or whatever it's called out there, all over the beach and it looked like the snakes they'd encountered in our yard.
Ohio dogs - go figure!
Sky Hunter, are you a character? I've heard, and found it to be true, that tris are characters - but fun!
I do not have a subscription to this, but from what is shown, one could get an idea of where to keep their dog treats!