First of all, all of my dogs are rescues of
Cleopatra is a 4 yo r/w
s/f. I bought her at a pet store (oooops!!)
that sells dogs that the community
brings in. Her owner was going to give
them 3 days then take her to the
shelter. I had just walked in
(I never shopped there) and it must have been
fate. I talked to the *breeder* and talked her
into basically giving me the
puppy. Cleo was 12 weeks old! She's my shadow.
Pooh Bear joined us a year
later. She was a snow puppy...ran under our car during a snow storm on
Valentine's Day. Thought we had run over her!
She was about 8 weeks old.
She's a Shar Pei or Chow Chow X. The sweetest,
most gentle 60 pound dog
I've ever had!
Patch joined us the next year.
He's about 4 or 5 yo. He's a r/w
n/m Basenji. Through a series of VERY EARLY
phone calls we were told he
was going to be put down in the next 2 hours at our
local dog pound (doesn't
deserve to be called a shelter!).
Within an hour I had him at our vet's! He's a
great dog. Really laid back.
He's pretty dog aggressive, as are many Bs, but is
totally submissive to people.
I'm now searching for a brindle show puppy to
join our family.
Why do I love Basenjis?
For the very same reasons most
people can't stand them! LOL They a
re the most independent, intelligent,
self-reliant dogs I've ever met.
Read that as STUBBORN!!! Training them is a
real chore...they have to see a reason for
doing something before doing it.
But when they are pressed up against me as
close as they can possibly get and
they look up at me with such love in their eyes,
I almost cry! And who can
resist those wrinkles! Their clownish behavior
has us laughing all the time.
Cleo climbs trees after squirrels
(I'm sure they have a bounty out on her
head!). And in the mornings when Hubby opens
the bedroom door I have to
move quickly to get out of their way!
They come flying, literally, into the
room, onto the bed, and into 2 perfectly
executed forward rolls onto our
I can't imagine ever having another breed...
unless, of course, we get
adopted by another Pavement Puppy. They match my
moods, my interests;
they're my confindentes (sp) who are ALWAYS ready
to cuddle and listen to
me b**** or cry! They're almost human in their ways.
And, like most other
dogs, very canine-like in their total devotion and