Posts made by Segbwema
posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

That's for posting as it is always exciting to see basenjis and basenji-ish dogs from Africa.

I lived in West Africa in the 70s and many of the local dogs looked like basenjis to some degree. I had one I named Joe who was larger that Bs here but otherwise looked like a basenji. Joe was a great watchdog for other dogs but liked almost all people he met.

It is hard seeing dogs and other animals who live among people who have so little as life is tough for all. In my village (I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Segbwema, Sierra Leone) people did not have clean water or electricity and very little health care. In the hungry season (when the rains first came in July-Sept) food was very short and people died from malnutrition and hunger, especially young children. So the dogs had for the most part to fend for themselves and most had worms and skin disorders.

I have been reading about dogs and cats being rescued from Iraq and Afghanistan and am impressed with how far people will go to save animals. Let's hear it for the human spirit!

Merry in Columbus

posted in Basenji Talk read more

I took two basenjis to the Philippines back in 1986 when we moved there (my husband works for the Dept of Defense). And brought them back three years later.

Binta and Cheka were young and healthy and did just fine. We had to get a Dept of Agriculture certificate and since my husband was already there we knew the exact procedures they would go through at the airport in Manila. I was on the plane with them (they were in cargo of courses) and it was the longest 24 hr flight I have ever taken (I go to Asia a couple of times a year). I fixed water bottles to their crates which they had used since they were puppies.

After we left the Manila airport we spent Christmas in the Philippine Plaza Hotel (4 stars) with them and then went on to Olangapo.

We did it then as we loved them too much to leave them behind and the Bs enjoyed the Philippines – parrots and monkeys in the backyard and on walks we would see monitor lizards and all sorts of tropical birds. Plus we had an American vet on the base.

Glad I don't have to do it again, however. I did fly my two Aby boys down to Naples with me in a carrier under the seat this January as we still want the animals with us when vacation as much as possible.

Merry ... in Naples for two months with Louie and Hobbes, our Abysinnians

posted in Basenji Training read more

Basenjis have some of nature's best creative minds. Most of us have been surprised with how they figure things out to get to what they want. Personally I would never have such a prey-driven basenji in a house with cats.

Over 40 years of having basenjis we have seen them catch and kill many squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits, one raccoon, and one very large possum, several garter snakes and frogs. One even attacked a full grown deer that got into our suburban neighborhood and jumped our 6 ft fence. She took a big bite of deer hair off the deer's hip as he jumped back over the fence after a chase around the yard.

All of our Bs have grown up from puppies with cats and learned early on not to chase them. The stress of trying to keep the B away from the cats would worry me to death. I really hope your cats will be okay.

Merry

posted in Basenjis For Sale or Wanted read more

Thanks,

I did recognize some names but although I have belonged to BCOA for 25 yrs I would not know all reputable breeders.

I can see why people end up buying pups from people who are not especially concerned with health or anything but making money. I guess there is a long continuum from the backyard breeder who cares about and socializes his/her dogs to the worst of puppy mills.

I was shocked this summer to learn that Amish country in Ohio is known as a place where many people farm dogs just as they would farm hogs. Some in such terrible conditions it gave me nightmares for days.

I think we need humane education in the schools– the Canadians have it-- to teach kids able responsible pet ownership.

Merry

posted in Basenjis For Sale or Wanted read more

I happen to overhear a couple of people yesterday who were talking about how to find a puppy (of a specific dog breed) online and they said it was okay online because puppy mill dogs only go to pet stores!!

After a mini-lecture on breed organizations, rescue, etc. I decided to google basenji pups and see what popped up. Here it is below. Now if a person searching for a puppy knows little about how to find a reputable breeder (and people searching for their first dog may be like that), what does the Internet do for them?

Merry

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Can you post an update of what happened with the cats and basenjis got together?

Thanks,
Merry

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From an early message @Segbwema:

Here are a few photos of Kenset's Liberty Belle and the cats (Zaki and Java together, and Angelfire, our current Aby). Need to scan photos of other Bs.

The last photo is Segbwema, the village I lived in for two years in Sierra Leone. The large white building in the background is PZ's warehouse and I lived on the top floor with the long verandas. Most nights I would sit out on the veranda with friends and watch the cattle egrets fly into the huge cotton tree across the street as we ate goundnuts (Americans call them peanuts) and drank Star beer (Heinikin). Joe, my basenji, loved to eat groundnuts. His regular meals were the same as mine– lots of rice, palm oil and fish with some greens (potato leaf or cassava leaf).

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. Great to be here. Here are some more photos.

Only Bs missing are Tanya and Baji, my first Bs, and the photos I have of them are in pretty sad shape due to a flood in our basement in the 70s.
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JOE**
Joe was my basenjish dog I had as a Peace Corps volunteer in Segbwema, Sierra Leone in 1977-79. In one he is hanging over the balcony wanting to follow me to school and the other he is being groomed by my flat-mate's cat. More about him in that first message.
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BINTA & CHEKA**
The first one was taken the day we picked up Binta from Sally Wournos (Sonbar) at a show in Racine. 1982 I think.

In the second one Binta and Cheka are waiting to get in our boat at Lake Yellowwood in Indiana . Circa 1984.

BELLE was my last basenji. Posted a photo of her in my first message in the thread and am going to use the head shot below as my avatar.

First photo is at Mary Lou Kenworthy's the day Zaki and Java met Belle for the first time. Must have been 1998.

Also posted a photo my Aby cat, Angelfire, currently the only animal in our house and not doing too well because of kidney disease. She is the sweetest animal ever.

Brings back wonderful memories to fish out these old photos.

Merry

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@DebraDownSouth:

I guess things are different there. Here … a dog attack mine the dog would be secure or removed from the home of the irresponsible owners. And if where you walk is so dangerous, why not find somewhere safe or carry say, a baseball bat with you?

Sorry to be so late in responding, just figured out you might be replying to my message and not the one about Gizmo.

We have lived in this neighborhood for 22 years, and I have only seen dogs loose three times, twice with the owner right after them trying to get them back and the once when Belle was attacked. We have fairly strict leash laws and in the area of town I live in you just don't see dogs running loose. That was four years ago and I have not seen a loose dog anywhere around her since.

Although I do remember growing up in Tennessee in the 50s-60s when everyone on our street had a dog and they all were running loose all the time, including our dalmatian who used to chase the garbage truck!

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It is wonderful that you took a rescue into your family. Thanks so much. Here are a few things I have heard people try over the years.

1. Keep him on a long leash (like 8-10 ft) tied to you or another responsible person when he is in the house. That way you can begin to identify clues when he is getting ready to mark and put him outside. Continue until the problem stops because he has learned what you want and wants to be off the leash.

If he was just recently neutered, it might be residual hormones behind this. So a few weeks might help.

I have heard people say a new dog in the house needs a room that is his. A place filled with his scent and no other animals. Helps he build confidence. I don;t know if this is true but when you are desperate, anything is worth trying.

There are underpants for bitches in heat (place for tail to come out). Some people have tried this when males piss inside as they absolutely hate it when they get in on themselves. The male dog wears them for a week after the last time it looks like he is going to raise his leg … Then if it reccurs, they go back on again (only when in the house obviously). Again I have not had this problem, but the panties did stay on an older bitch I had who was becoming incontinent. I thought she would bite them off but the ones I got were really well made.

Keep us posted on his progress. A loving basenji is worth a few cleanups!

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I feel for your cats. One b would be so much easier; two bs are a pack who can drive a cat nuts or kill it. There is nothing most bs like better than chasing a furry creature either in play or to destroy.

How much experience do the cats have with agreeable dogs? All the cats I have brought into our basenji house have grown up with dogs and so the new dog was no big shock, although there was some adjustment for sure.

Do the cats have all their claws? Will they stand their ground and scratch if the dogs try to mouth them? Critical! Otherwise you are endangering your cats lives as bs love to grab and shake, which breaks a cat's neck. Only takes a second. I watched it happen a few years ago when a neighbor's cat went into a yard two houses down because his (the cat's) owner was over visiting, checking out some flowers. The cat came walking toward us and the Dobe that lived there killed the cat in one shake. One of the reasons I would never let my cats outside by themselves.

The cats will go through enough stress just moving; as you know cats HATE that.

I like the idea of keeping the cats in a different area of the house. But where will you be? They need you too, not just space.

I've had basenjis for 36 years and if the pups grow up with cats they can do great together.

Go slow and help the cats adapt to the new house first. Give them lots of love and attention.

Then have the bs in crates and let the cats explore the rest of the house. Then keep them on leashes. The worst thing that can happen is that when they meet the dogs chase the cats. A moving cat is a true thrill for most bs. Cats that stand their ground, hiss and growl impressively and scratch if need be can train a dog to respect them.

If you have to have them where the Bs are, make sure a cat tree or something out of basenji reach. We have armoires, high counters, chest of drawers and cat trees in literally every room. Remember bs can crawl under most beds.

I wish you the best. Hug your cats for me!

Merry

PS. Bs love to eat cat poop!

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@thunderbird8588:

Welcome to the forum , Merry. I enjoyed reading your introductory post.

Love England. Stayed with Marvin and Sally Wallis during a visit about ten years ago. Loved the way their bs hovered around the Aga.

My husband and I once spent two weeks driving across the south from Dover to Penzance. Stayed in B&Bs and kept to the little village roads as much as possible. Stopped to see gardens and a few stately homes, but mostly enjoyed village churches and walks through the streets.

Nice to meet you.

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@YodelDogs:

Welcome to the forum, Merry. All of my dogs have Kenset behind them and your Belle was a very close relative. She was a half sibling to several of mine and a great-great-great aunt to my most recent litter of puppies. You will find other "related by Basenjis" people on the forum, too. Enjoy!

Thanks, Robyn. Is Mary Lou on the forum? I was wondering if she still is breeding? The last time I talked to her was after Belle died.

Merry

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Sorry, here is the photo of Segbwema. It was taken in 2004 (after the war in Sierra Leone was over). I was so happy to see that most of the town survived.

I will dig out photos of Joe, my basenji there, and scan and post.
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Here are a few photos of Kenset's Liberty Belle and the cats (Zaki and Java together, and Angelfire, our current Aby). Need to scan photos of other Bs.

The last photo is Segbwema, the village I lived in for two years in Sierra Leone. The large white building in the background is PZ's warehouse and I lived on the top floor with the long verandas. Most nights I would sit out on the veranda with friends and watch the cattle egrets fly into the huge cotton tree across the street as we ate goundnuts (Americans call them peanuts) and drank Star beer (Heinikin). Joe, my basenji, loved to eat groundnuts. His regular meals were the same as mine– lots of rice, palm oil and fish with some greens (potato leaf or cassava leaf).

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Hi B lovers,

I've been lurking awhile as right now I don't have a basenji.

I grew up with dalmatians but once on my own fell in love with basenjis because of a deep interest in Africa and the idea of a clean active dog that doesn't bark. I got my first bs in Atlanta in the early 70s. One was a rescue (a small tri girl who was about a year old) and the other was a red and white boy from a breeder on the west side (sorry it has been too long for me to remember the name). Baji and Tanya taught me to put my underwear and shoes away! They were so much fun. Baj died of cancer at five but Tanya lived until 10.

In the late 70s I joined the Peace Corps and taught in a very rural village in eastern Sierra Leone, close to Liberia. There were many basenjiish dogs in my village and I adopted a red and white one I called Joe. He was so much fun but I worried about him all the time as he wanted to follow me to school (about a mile) and all the other dogs would come out from their houses and chase him. He warned me once of cobra on a path when I was visiting a friend at night and definitely made me feel safer at home. I lived above a warehouse in a large flat. The village had no running water or electricity . But wonderful verandas on three sides with views of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. Especially during the monsoons and the hermattan (dry wind off the Sahara), When I left he went to live with another PCV and I kept up with him for several years.

I ended up at Indiana U when I returned and Sally Wuornos gave us (met my husband in Sierra Leone and we got married in Bloomington afterwards) Sonbar's Libby (can't remember the exact name), whom we named Binta, a girl's name in Hausa, one of the languages of Nigeria language I was studying at the time.

Two years later we got Cheka (Kiswahili for laughter) from a breeder in Lebanon, OH (sorry don't have the name). Cheka was a wild woman! Well wild girl. I was in Kenya from her 4th-9th month and she rearranged the living room while I was gone. Basenjis are a great way to force the decision to get new furniture!

In the late 80s we moved to Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, and I was responsible for bringing the girls over. My husband who works for DoD had gone on ahead. The 24 plane trip worried me to death but they were fine and we stayed a week at the Philippine Plaza hotel in Manila, which was paradise for me and the dogs.

We lived in a base house that was literally right up against primary rainforest (or real jungle, unlike anything I had even seen living in seven African countries) which had 25 ft pythons, 8 ft monitor lizards (we had a five ft one living in the drainage ditch in our front yard. we called him Monty and he looked like a dinosaur sunning himself when we came home from work. Poisonous snakes were everywhere, along with parrots, monkeys (don't look them in the eye) and other beasties. So despite a fenced in backyard, the dogs could not go out until someone checked the yard first and stayed out with them.

One night Cheka got us awake (she was a very persistent B when she wanted something) and we realized a guy was trying to break in our front door with a crowbar! Called the base police and Cheka became known in the neighborhood as the fierce barkless watchdog! By the way we got comments on them every time we walked them the whole 2.5 yrs we were there.

Brought them back to the US when I took a job in Ohio in the late 80s. Cheka died of lymphona at 7. My husband (who had grown up with Siamese) talked me into going to a cat show and we fell in love with a little brown cat, who turned out to be an Abysinnian. I had never had a cat but this cat acted sort of like a dog. Zaki walked on a leash, and he and Binta hung out together on his 6 ft cat trees (the cat got the highest perch, Binta stuck to the five ft one! Nine months later we got his little brother, whom we named Java (I had just come back from working in Indonesia – Java is the main island). Binta was great with the cats. Cat like dog, dog-like cats, both breeds from Africa...

Binta lived until a week before she would have been 14. We think she had a stroke.

After a few months I picked up Kenset's Liberty Belle from Mary Lou Kenworthy. She was the best basenji ever. Such a lover. We kept her in booda velvets and she never tore up anything! Truth! Of course by now we were trained to put dirty clothes UP in the hamper, had an automatic-closing trash can and fed the cats on a high counter in the mud rooom and kept their little box where only 8 lb cats could get into it.

Zaki died in July 2006 of cardiomyopathy and Java died in July 2007 of another heart problem. I had been on an Aby listserv for ten years and a wonderful Aby breeder in Phoenix (who has one of Bev's basenjis too) offered us Angelfire, a 7 yr old retired showcat. Flew out and brought her back. Since she had lived her whole life with a B she and Belle hit it off right away. She is the most wonderfully affectionate cat ever. Six lbs of love.

Belle died last year. We had 11 wonderful years with her. She had protein lowering enteropathy and we fought it for ten months.

Then we found out In late October that Angelfire, our precious Aby, has chronic renal failure. We have been giving her subqs since November and she has her own vet plus a specialist at OSU Vet School. She has been in stage four since February.

Given that we have lost three pets in three years and the fourth is terminally ill, we have decided to wait until she passes to even think about getting another pet. Although every couple of months I ask a local breeder to let me have a basenji fix. Just an afternoon with a few Bs helps so much.

Glad to join the group. Basenjis are very special, and I cannot imagine choosing another breed. Appreciate all the love and caring on the forum.

Merry

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I was surfing rescue sites tonight and followed a link that ended up on basenjis in Oodle. I was surprised to see so many puppies there. I thought basenjis had their pups from Nov-Jan.
http://pets.oodle.com/all/for-sale/pet_breed_basenji/?oldq=basenji&inbs=1

Some of these are b-mixes and some are adults but there are quite a few pups.

Then there are some ads for "free basenjis" like this one:
http://www.classifiedads.com/free_pets_to_good_home-ad2694153.htm

I thought by looking at BRAT and Petfinder and BCOA breeders I would know about Bs available. Now I am wondering how many other sites are out there.

I live in Ohio and recently learned my state is one of the worst for puppy mills. How can we find out if puppy mills in our state (or town) are producing basenjis?

Thanks.

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Sorry about Gizmo. I know how you feel. It is horrible to see your dog attacked.

Jim was walking Belle a few years ago (she was about 8 at the time) around our neighborhood, the same streets we walk her on everyday. About three blocks away a German Shepherd dog escaped her house and rushed across the street and attacked her. Bit and shook her by the neck and ripped a long gash on her side where her front leg meets her side. A teenager from the house ran across the street and pulled the dog off Belle who was screaming her head off. Then the dog jumped back on her and the girl's mom joined her grabbing their dog.

Jim picked her up and headed home. That's when it is good to have a dog that only weighs 20 lbs! Belle's screaming was such that about eight people popped out and one family called the police as they said the dog had attacked two other dogs on the street over the last few months.

I was in the house when Jim ran in carrying Belle covered in blood . She was alternating screaming and crying. We wrapped her in a big towel and got in the car and headed to our vet, calling on the way to tell them what happened so they could be ready for her.

As we drove pass the house where the GSD lived, there were about 15 people in the yard and two police cars. We've lived in this subdivision (NW Columbus) for 22 years and have never seen such a gathering as people were screaming at the family with the GSD and the police had to hold people back. I never knew there were any problems as we rarely see a loose dog.

Turned out the mother of the woman who owned the dog lived next to the mother of our vet! She paid Belle's vet bill and stopped by a couple of times to see how she was. Belle had to have about 20 stitches and a round of antibiotics but the hard part was keeping her from doing any running for a week. Because we applied pressure to the wounds she do not lose enough blood to warrant a transfusion. She was awfully sore and needed pain pills for the first couple of days. Between the stitches and the shaved areas she looked pretty pathetic for weeks.

About two weeks later we walked her past the house with the GSD and it was like nothing had happened. Belle didn't seem to associate it with anything, even when we heard the dog barking inside the house (yes, they kept the dog.)

I know accidents can happen and at least the scars were not psychological as she still loves my son's German Shepherd. And loves long walks.

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Bs are very special dogs. It is really good you are doing research as basenjis are often gotten by people who think they will be as trainable as a german shepherd or take abuse from little kids like a golden retriever or can get by with a little ten minute walk a day– not!

I've had basenjis for 39 years, and breeders are not all the same. Search out breeders who are known for the reliable temperment of their dogs.

Older cats? A puppy is going to want to play with, jump on and mouth the kitties. The cats are going to need places where they can get away and look down on the little beastie.

I brought home a new puppy in 1998 when my Aby cats were 3 & 4 and ended up putting a cat tree in every room that did not already have a high piece of furniture as Belle "just wanted to play." They had grown up with another basenji, Binta, who was about 8 when they came to live with us and she never chased them and basically ignored them. So to all the sudden have a puppy after them constantly was a real stressor and one cat, Zaki started overgrooming and licked his stomach raw. We always crated Belle at night so the cats could feel safe sleeping with us, yet Belle could be in the same room with us. Worked well for 11 years.

Basenjis are really magical beings... can't imagine having another kind of dog.

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