Upon arrival at the shelter I was presented with a pathetically skinny male basenji who the ladies said had been there a month. They reported his owner brought him in and and said he did not want him because he was mean. However, it did not take the shelter workers long to decide he was "too nice to put down". By 2:30 that same day I was driving down the highway with a very scared, but mild
mannered basenji in a crate in the back of my SUV. Since we were the only BRAT volunteers in downstate Illinois, Vegas seemed to be a very lucky boy that day.
Vetting later revealed Vegas was heart worm positive and our family agreed to foster him for the duration of his treatment. Since we had a male poodle and female basenji puppy in a two pet limit neighborhood we were not really looking for another basenji at the time. Vegas convinced us otherwise. We found that he was indeed a very rare basenji who processed and retained every correction of naughty behavior, carefully avoiding any harsh tones or sprays from the dreaded water
bottle. By the time he was cleared of heartworm he had also convinced us he was at home with the Newtons and we completed his adoption.
To demonstrate that Vegas truly has a conscience, unlike most basenjis, once when he had an accident on the floor, he put himself in the corner. He is such a good boy I think he even gets upset when someone else has an accident.
|Vegas in the corner because he pottied on the floor. He went there on his own.|