I'm so sorry this is working out like this, but I'm really glad you got him out of his bad situation. I'm from rural Ohio (though in CA now), and I know what those shelters can be like. I also know what it's like to realize that a rescued dog really isn't going to get along with another member of your pack–if you recall, I had to send a really sweet basenji mix to rescue when the resident Airedale tried to eat her. You did a really good thing, though, and Mowgli will find a good place to grow up into a fantastic dog.
That is so fantastic! Congratulations! For what it's worth, Yoshi was extremely fearful and unwilling to eat or play for about the first month I had him. Now he's the boss of all the four-legged members of the house.
Mowgli is beautiful, and lucky to have a place with you and Shango.
Good lord. You'd think that being on the lookout for a relatively rare breed would mean relatively few hits scored. But alas. This kid is in the LA City shelter in the East Valley Animal Care and Control center. I have no idea about size, mix, temperament or anything, but the city shelter doesn't usually classify a dog as a basenji mix unless it either a) looks very much like a B, or b) yodels. If you're in the area, check her out. She's about 9 months old. Medfly Basenji Rescue is, sadly, full to bursting with dogs in trouble.
Her ID is: A1048471
Here's her PetFinder ad: http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14237781
I'm just glad I had a place to send her where she'd be okay. Without a rescue available, I would have had to either pass on her entirely at the shelter or make Lady miserable with a 60-pound dog waiting to eat her every time she stepped out of the crate.
Everyone who can, please help out your local rescue, or at least just send them a thank-you email! I went to Karen's ranch, and they are quite full at the moment. Even so, they take great care of the dogs they have and work with quite a few sad and angry basenjis (and mixes!) to give them happier lives. I'll definitely be back to take one of them into my home for good.
It was a very good effort you made so don't be too hard on yourself. Karen does a very good job of finding someone or she keeps them. I think Lady will be easy to place and you will find one that fits in with your situation.
She said that she had ideas of where to look for matches already, so I hope she gets somewhere quickly. I felt bad about giving Karen yet another dog to deal with, but it's better than having Lady traumatized or worse. The right basenji for my house will come around, I'm sure of it. Until then, I'll keep learning about them and raising Yoshi.