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Jabari Basenji

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Jabari
“This beautiful and audacious name is Arabic and Swahili for ‘Strong’. Having great power or influence. Having the power to persuade. Marked by the ability to withstand stress without structural damage or distortion. Not showing weakness or uncertainty.”
Jabari 6 days after arriving. He survived the OAS hoarding situation in Washington state and was one of 124 dogs rescued by Guardians of Rescue and brought to RUFFF, a rescue in our area which provided the space needed to set up kennels to house these dogs. We took him in as I have been involved with this breed for 38 years and he has some behavioral issues which are already improving.

 

We suspect (and our vet does, too) that thyroid tests will prove him to be low thyroid and his health & mood will improve on thyroxine supplementation. Jan. 17- Update- thyroid tests were in low normal range, but we were told he may benefit from low dose supplementation and will update in a few days. He has been spending a lot of time on his heat mat and has skin issues and skin darkening that also goes along with low thyroid… Dr. Dodds describes some dogs as “subclinical hypothyroid” if they fall in the lower 50% of normal and have symptoms of low thyroid, especially aggression or fear. Dr. Dodds said we could try a low dose of thyroxine because of his clinical signs. His temperament improved over night and he stopped spending all his time on his heat mat. His skin is also improving after 9 days on thyroxine. We also had Hemopet lab run a full CBC/serum chemistries and heartworm test. A few values were out of normal range, but he looks remarkably well considering where he came from. HWT was negative, thankfully… update Jan. 21- unfortunately, when I tested his urine for glucose, he showed that he was “spilling some sugar”. A normal blood glucose with a postive urine glucose is indicative of Fanconi Syndrome, which can be genetic in basenjis. It used to kill many of them, but there is now a somewhat complicated protocol which can give them a longer, quality life. Fortunately, since I have had this breed in the past, I knew about the need for monthly urine testing…we must now have his blood gasses done on Feb. 4 to determine what amounts of supplements he needs to treat him. We also are doing the OFA genetic oral swab test to see if he is genetically afflicted or perhaps just has acquired Fanconi, from the poor care he had received. BCOA has the protocol on their website- Fanconi Disease Management Protocol for Veterinarians
By Steve Gonto, M.M.Sc., Ph.D. Revised September 22, 2003

Jan. 18.. after just a few small doses of thyroxine.

 

Jabari

Jabari

Jabari enjoying his grain-free food

Jabari enjoying his grain-free food

Jabari

Jabari

Here is an article about the horrendous conditions at OAS, where he came from with 123 other dogs right before Christmas.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Former-supporter-calls-Forks-dog-sanctuary-a-torture-chamber-224972202.html?tab=video&c=y

March 2014 update. Jabari was somewhat afraid of our other dogs and deserved a family of his own. Our friend Keith (a BRAT volunteer) picked him up after he had been with us 5 weeks and delivered him to the best home ever! Bernard was raised with basenjis and his daughters and Jabari have really bonded. They love him and were willing to deal with his health needs. Thank you, Keith, Bernard, Kenzie and Kiana! Doesn’t Jabari look happy and proud?

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Yesterday, I met my new friend Billie in town to hand Marcus over to her. Marcus had sat at our local shelter for 7 weeks and was out of time a week ago. I had networked him while he was there, but it was hard, with only one picture and no real description of him to send to people. I had told the shelter to put JERAS as “last resort”. After just a few days here, he won my heart and was loved by our permanent resident dogs (except for Carson). Marcus shared Bear’s yard and Bear’s part of the kitchen. He was sweet, funny, playful and full of joy. However, we are at our limit and I knew Marcus must move on to a permanent home. I posted good photos and video of him and told about what a wonderful little boy he is. Within 5 days, he had offers  from a rescue in Wisconsin and two in Az. One of them, Az. Small Dog Rescue in Glendale, looked wonderful and we thought they would find him the right family. Because we are so remote, he has a much better chance of finding his family sooner by going there. Marcus spent the night with Billie’s Mom and got lots of lap time. Today, Billie, who was traveling to Phoenix, took Marcus to Az. SDR. I miss him terribly and pray he gets the home he deserves.

Marcus

We also met the transporter bringing Pete here from Texas. Pete was about to be PTS last week after spending a month with no one adopting him. I thought he might be part basenji, a breed I have been involved with for 35 years. A basenji person went to see him and thought he was part-bred. When Pete’s time was down to the wire and no one had saved him, we offered to foster him if someone would help get him here. A new Fb friend Kay stepped in as his sponsor. After getting acquainted with him, she calls him Pistol Pete! Well, it ends up Pete was also coming down with kennel cough. The shelter sent him with meds and Kay boarded him a few days until he was well enough to travel. I have him in my bedroom here, keeping him away from the other dogs. The funny thing is, I believe he is all terrier- Boston terrier and perhaps min pin or toy fox terrier mixed in. His classic Boston terrier brindle coat and white markings can sometimes be found in basenjis, too. He is only 14 pounds and a real cutie, so it really does not matter, except I had planned to network him to my many basenji contacts and now I must find a new plan. He still needs another vaccination and to be neutered. Since research shows there is added danger in doing vaccinations and/or surgery too close together, Pete will be vaccinated in a few weeks and neutered 3 weeks after that. He will then be ready to go to a new home.

Pete

Tessie is now in Phoenix with Keith, and has been spayed and is on Petfinder. We also wish her well, as she had spent a month here recovering from the illness which had her slated to be PTS at the shelter before we stepped in.

Tessie at Keith's

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19946835

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May 21 st

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Tessie

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We have been networking the animals at our local shelter, because this is a high kill county. The shelter is staffed with great people. We saw a dog that appeared to be part basenji and I found a friend in Phoenix who offered to foster her and find her a home after June 3. The shelter called us today to say that she had developed a respiratory infection and had to be put to sleep or gotten out of the shelter. We scrambled to set up a little isolation pen, away from the house and our dogs. Tessie arrive tonight. She has a nasal discharge and cough, but is lively and has a good appetite. We started her on supplements and antibiotics, with a little guafenisin to break up the mucous. She is definitely at least half basenji and is very playful and basenji-like.

Tessie play bowing

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