Seven month old Nailah’s previous owner surrendered her to Basenji Rescue and Transport (BRAT) as being “aggressive”. We suspect that the woman simply didn’t know what she was getting into with a puppy – especially a basenji. She lived in a condominium and kept Nailah crated all day while she was at work, and all night while she went out or slept. Nailah is an active girl and was probably beside herself with excess energy.
However, I am eternally grateful to the woman, whomever she might be, for doing the right thing by surrendering Nailah to a breed specific rescue, and making my husband and me two very, very happy people.
We drove all the way down to Dallas, Texas – a two day drive -- to pick her up from her foster home. Nailah barooed at me the moment I stepped out of the car, and pushed herself into my arms as soon as I got through the gate. She is sweet, gentle, loving, calm and never lets us out of her sight. After only two days with us, she was already fully housebroken, instantly figured out the double doggie door, learned “sit” in less than a minute, and “speak” in just over a minute. She loves her daily 3 mile hikes, and her flying squirrel “sisters”.
Our previous basenji, Smoke, battled Fanconi for over a decade. We long planned that we would adopt a rescue when she finally succumbed. We knew it would be hard, not to have another dog to comfort us when she passed, but we couldn’t risk any added any stress when she was already in such a desperate fight. Smoke required all of our love and attention, and she had that right up to the end.
While no one can replace Smoke (no loved dog can replace another, as can no loved person), Nailah has been a much-needed salve for the devastating heartbreak caused by Smoke’s passing. She is special and beautiful in her own way.
Smoke passed away the evening of Sunday, July 8; Nailah was posted on the BRaT website on Monday, July 9 -- you’ll forgive us if we feel it was fate.
Our beloved Smoke gave us 16 years of love and joy. If Nailah makes us half as happy, we will have been supremely blessed.
-Kayne Sirocco LaTrans