TWO RESCUE DOGS:
We rescued Cinder from the Longmont, CO Humane Society and Jaxon from the Colorado Basenji Rescue. Cinder was 6 months old when we adopted her. When she was about a year and a half old we started looking for a companion for her and another family member. I had been trying to figure out what mix she might be, because she has the sweetest personality and is always so quick to learn, she is always trying to please, a most lovable girl and also a good protector. She has lots of energy, but not the crazy “gotta play now!” that collies tend to have. She is one of our furry kids and we love her so much. I ended up finding dogs on the internet that had similar color patterns, but described with a completely different set of personalities called Basenjis. We rescued Jaxon when he was 3 years old.
Basenjis are short and velvety haired dogs and considered sight and scent hounds. The short hairs grow on their body over their head, back and legs, then the velvety hairs grow on the chest and inside their legs. They do not have a bark, but they do make noises like wild dogs. They’re famous for their Baroo, yodel, hum, whines and yips, but are mostly silent unless really excited or worried. Being very intelligent, they are very cunning, sneaky, curious, tree climbing, fence climbing little thugs and a lot like your little brother who causes all sorts of shenanigans if they don’t have a good parent who can direct that energy better. They are very bonded to their family and pack though, and if the alpha parent is not aggressive, and teaches with firm love, your Basenji would prefer nothing else but to bask in sunbeams, go for walks, learn tricks, visit other dogs at the dog park, or cuddle with their owner. (they’re notorious bed hogs) Our dogs are crate trained for traveling and they have their own beds at night, but naps with mom and dad do happen.
We did a lot of research before owning our dogs. We made sure we were ready for a multi-year commitment to our furry family. We checke that they got along with our children, that our yard was safe, the house was safe, and that they would get along with each other. We met our dogs and worked with them a few times before adopting to see if they wanted us. This step has made these two our forever family members. Cinder is now 9 years old and Jaxon is 12. They’re still in great shape due to our daily walk routines, but not as energetic as when we first adopted them. They want more scratches and cuddles the play time. I am so glad that we decided to adopt our dogs. There is nothing quite as perfect as these amazing souls that share their lives with us without judgement, and with so much love.