Love my Basenji - What pets do you have?

  1. Hello,

    From looking at some of the avatars and some of the threads....I can tell that there are alot of pet fans out there.

    Thought maybe we could share photos and stories...

    I love my basenji. Her name is Shiva (hence my screen name).

    I was never really much of a "dog" person, but my boyfriend really wanted to get a puppy. I told him if he could find a dog that had short hair, didn't drool and didn't bark much....I would go for it.

    So we got a basenji. They definately aren't for everyone....hard to train and very stubborn. Very smart, but want things their way.... But she's so cute I can't stay mad at her when she chews the couch, rips up the toilet paper, towels, etc. You name it, she will try to chew/eat it.

    I will try to post some photos later. I'm at work right now and don't have any except the one on my avatar.....

    Please share.....
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  3. by   jnette
    She really is a pretty dog.. can't say that I'm familiar with tehm. Would love to see more of her.. how big/small a dog is she?

    She wll outgrow the "chewies".... my daughter's dalmation chewed everything in sight for the first year or two... they had to put their chairs, etc. up on the couch, move furniture away from the counters... just to keep her from getting up on things and chewing them into tatters. Now she wouldn't even think of chewing anything but her bones and toys. It's a tough period.. don't know how my daughter stood it.. I know I couldn't have !
  4. by   Shamrock
    Shiva is cute! I have a Red Heeler named Fred.
  5. by   Shiva_Las_Vegas
    jnette - Shiva is about 17 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 25-26 pounds. She's about a year and a half old.

    The breed comes from Africa. They are known as the "barkless" dogs because they really do not bark. They can make a number of other weird and bizarre sounds. Sometimes I call her a little monkey dog because she sounds like a chimp. It's really weird.....

    Sounds that that dalmation was a handfull! I'm glad to hear that it's possible for them to kind of grow out of it.....

    Shamrock - I'm not familiar with Red Heelers. I will have to look them up on the internet. Did Fred have chewing issues?
  6. by   kats
    We have a cocker spaniel named Courtney. I also had one when I was a kid with the same name. She is very sweet. I don't know what I would do without her. We also just got a kitten that we named Tigger. She and Courtney get along as if they grew up together. They play and sleep together. Here is a picture of Courtney. We have to keep her hair short as it is very hot where we live and even though she is an indoor dog, she has to go out sometimes. We also plan to buy her an electronic doggy door so she can let herself out when she wants. The good thing about the electronic ones is that it only responds to the tag on her collar so our cat can't get out and other animals from the neighborhood can't get in. We don't have any pictures of Tigger yet, but soon I am going to get a digital camera and then I will be taking lots of the two of them together and then I will post one.
    Last edit by kats on Jul 14, '03
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  7. by   Shiva_Las_Vegas
    What a cutie! I would love to see a picture of Tigger when you get one. I love kitties too, but am allergic to them.....
  8. by   Shamrock
    Heelers are cattle dogs. There are red and blue ones. The things
    that Fred liked to chew were my chickens and cats!! Well, never
    could break him of the chicken chewing so just quit keeping them.
    (were more pets than anything) He will still do his level best to
    keep our 80 acres free of other fur bearing animals! He does allow my cat to live with us, but we have no problem with stray dogs/cats as Fred does not allow them. He is one hell of a
    frisbe catching dog!! Would post a picture if I had a scanner.
  9. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    We have a (B)Rat Terrier. She was also a chicken eater. My husband brought her home from work because his boss wanted him to drop her off at the pound on the way home. Hubby is a big ol softy and couldn't do it. She was already house-trained and is just the best dog to have inside!

    We have had her for 2 years and can't imagine not having her! Her name is Freckles.
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  10. by   H ynnoD
    We have 3 dogs,2 cats,2 mice and a Blue Jay.We've had the Blue Jay for a month now,she fell out of the tree as a Baby.Can't let it go because it does'nt know how to defend for its self.Is a really great pet.
  11. by   MelRN13
    I have a pomeranian. She's full grown and weighs about 6 lbs. She is very protective of me, and even barks when I put my shoes on!

    I'm planning on getting another one soon, because they are such adorable little fluffballs.

    Her name is Sable, but she is black (ironic, I know, that's what my son wanted to name her)
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  12. by   Shiva_Las_Vegas
    I have yet to see an ugly pet here yet!

    I don't know if I could handle a bird in the house! I wouldn't know what to do with it.....

    And I'm really not that familiar with the different dog breeds....I didn't know what a rat terrier looked like. I probably would have gotten it confused with a chiquaqua (is that how you spell it???)

    And I thought pomeranians got bigger than 6 pounds! This is an educational experience for me......
  13. by   MelRN13
    There are different types of pomeranians, some are bigger. The parents of mine were 7lbs, and 10lbs.
  14. by   H ynnoD
    During the day,the Blue Jay has free roam of the house,seems to make him/her happy.Took alittle while to get use to.If you ignore him/her,him/her pecks at your feet,but only if your bare foot.Hurts like h--l.Him/Her also drives the cats crazy.:chuckle