agilebasenji - funny you say that, because in the next year, that is actually our plan!! we have been considering various breeds, and I just love shepherds, so that is the direction we are leaning…
lately tika has been excellent about running alongside us as we ride our bikes. she is not getting worn out, but she is having a lot of fun doing it, and it does at least take up her energy for a little while once we get home!
Oh, I wish Tika would go into water! She swam in the lake near my house once, and that was it. Now she avoids all water at all cost (except mud puddles). I have learned if the bath water is super warm, she likes it. I would love to see a pic of your Basenji in the ocean! That's amazing!
Kipawa, Tika loves to cuddle like that and sleep on either my chest or my husbands at home. That shot was me holding her at the picnic, because one of the dogs would not leave her alone (a male dog who took a liking to Tika - luckily she is fixed, but he was not!)
Tika came with my family (extended family, and friends) on an Easter picnic. We had 4-wheelers, 6-wheelers, Razors, and dirt bikes, with about 7 other dogs. It was just an open area, sand dunes and rocks, and Tika was off her leash the entire day, with no problem. She played so hard that today she is doing nothing but lying around, sleeping! She chased after me on a 4-wheeler one time, but soon turned around and returned to our base camp. She was very good at staying at base-camp with adults, dogs, and kids!
playing in the mud
relaxing with Sadie, her cousin
She has been on a couple of different kinds of the Nutro - just dependent on her needs for the season. Right now she is on one high in fish, because I thought that may help… She is only 14 months old, we got her when she was 6 months old. She was completely current on all shots, had her tests done then, and everything looked great. About a month ago I took her to the vet, because she has a small hernia on her bellybutton. We also asked about the dry skin and itching. The vet put her on an antibiotic, thinking it may some kind of a bacterial irritant, but that did nothing. Other than the dry skin, she acts perfectly fine and normal. (as "normal" as a Basenji can be!)
Hello - I saw a post on here stating that Nutro can cause irritation to Basenji's skin. Tika has been on Nutro forever, and the past 3 months, she has been itching A LOT. She is wearing her skin raw, and has bald patches from where she is scratching so much. I have tried fish oil, fish based food, keeping her from getting on the heater vent so much, changing her shampoo we bathe her with, and anything else I can think of, so I am beginning to think it is the Nutro. Any suggestions on which food I should switch her to? She is not a picky eater, at all. She does get a lot of exercise in the summer, so I want the food to be pretty high in protein for the next 8 months.
Well said (everyone), the special love a basenji gives is precious. When I am sick or injured, they stay close to comfort me. If I am upset, they snuggle extra close. With a basenji, it is a mutual relationship of love and respect, not 'owner and dog'.
That is so true! My Basenji is not allowed on the bed or the couches, BUT, whenever I am sick, she just knows, and it never fails, she will jump up and cuddle with me and be sweet… and she never gets booted off either, because the affection is warmly welcomed and appreciated.