Oh that is going to be hard to tell the boys. You sound very intelligent and informed with this situation, I'm sorry it had to take such a negative turn but it will all work out in the end! Good luck and please keep us posted on you and your family's quest for a B. It is unfortunate that Mary Beth will get $100 free in all this, hope she get's a paper cut counting it!
The only mistake made is Mary Beth Weiss is a bad breeder that gives wonderful breeders bad names. A good breeder breeds for the love of the breed and not the love of an easy buck. I am glad you still want to get a Basenji, what a wonderful breed! I am sure that you will find a good breeder on this forum that is near you. This is a good time of the year to find breeders with puppies but puppies are usually spoken for in a way due to the fact this breed only has one breeding season, for the most part. I understand your desire for a puppy and not an older dog…I have adopted older dogs from the "pound" and that is a good thing to do but sometimes you just want a puppy. Look into BRAT, a good Basenji rescue group and sometimes good breeders (who usually show dogs as well) have older dogs they would like to place in their "forever home"...so don't give up!
Please "JJUDS" do not get a puppy from a BYB (back yard breeder) such as this Mary Beth Weiss. A responsible breeder is the only way to go. A responsible breeder will not take a deposit due to the fact that life has a way of changing your plans, no real breeder will make you take a dog you can't have. A responsible breeder does all the health testing required on the parents before the breeding actually occurs to help bring healthy pups into this world. A responsible breeder builds a relationship with those who are going to take one of their loved ones home. This means they are always available for questions or advice. A responsible breeder will not let a Basenji pup go to a new home at 8 weeks to someone who has never had a dog of this breed before because they are "special" and require additional time for proper training, socialization and such. I personally waited a year before getting my B, as has others…we spend the time educating ourselves and preparing for this addition to our families...much like the upcoming arrival of a baby. Please, please, please make the right choice when getting a new Basenji...they are not a Lab or Chihuahua!
I hope I didn't spout too much! Congratulations on choosing to bring a Basenji into your family, just choose the right breeder.
Exactly, I agree with Lisa… the hardest part is to talk them into taking it easy. However, that said, I very, very rarely use any medication for pain on a Spay or Neuter. I would rather they feel a bit of pain to slow themselves down. (After the first night) I think you will find in 3 or 4 days you would not even know that she had a surgery.
Thank you Pat…very comforting to know she will bounce back in a few days or so.
I did not know if you would be bringing in the new dog close to when she is having surgery. If you are I would make sure she is completely over her surgery as she will not feel well and I think it would not be good to bring in another dog during this time.
We are planning to have it done a little bit after he arrives. I am hoping to let them have a month or so together first to start bonding. How long will she need to recoup? She is my first female dog and I am not as knowledgeable about this side of things.
How old is your girl and does she get along with other dogs in general? How long after the surgery will you be bringing home the other dog?
She is about 16 months…gets along well with other dogs. I am about to change vets because I am not comfortable with my current one, I have been waiting to switch vets until her booster shots were due and that will be at the end of the month. The exact time frame right now is unknown. Why do you ask?
Scarlett, what a pretty little miss you are!
Walter, it really looks like she knows how to pour on the charm. If Therese has a summer event this year, I really hope that you'll be able to be there. It would be so much fun to see Scarlett and Kipawa together!
She is definately a little "Princess Charming". We had planned to go last year but we didn't find out what weekend it was to be on early enough for Sarah to get the time off from work but she was dissapointed we missed it so we will definately be there this summer if only for a day. I wonder what Kipawa will think of Apollo?