August 15th 2006 2:58 pm
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I've been taking Tiber to dog parks since he was a few months old. He is very social with all dogs and I rarely have any problems. I started taking him to Lower Woodland dog park but have shifted to Golden Gardens dog park because it gives him more room to run and is easier to keep track of him there.
July 28th 2005 12:08 am
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Our 2 1/2-year-old basenji is named Tiberius, "Tiber" for short. Tiber has a
lot of character. The following is his truly big adventure when he was only 7
One summer morning my wife and I left for work. Our house heated
up during the summer days, so we opened a couple of the the upstairs windows and inserted window screens.
When my wife and I got home after work I saw a note on our front door from
the next door neighbors that said:
"Tiber is over at our house. Some people down the street said they saw him
jump off the roof after crawling out of the upstairs window. He is okay
though! No broken bones :)"
This was next to another note which read:
"Hi, I have your dog (ch. phone message) He fell (or jumped?) off your porch
roof. I couldn't find anyone home or any neighbors so I brought him home."
Taped over that note was a third note that said:
"PS, my neighbors in Apt #1 [names] have kindly said they would watch him
as I need to leave for a mtg. [phone number]."
On the answering machine there were a series of messages.
Sure enough, Tiber pushed through the second floor window screen and
was stranded on our front porch roof. Basenji's make very alarming sounds
when frightened - crying and whining, rarely barking. A neighbor walking by
heard Tiber's cries, saw him standing on our porch roof and became
concerned for his safety. She walked back to her home a few blocks away
and made a call to the fire department. To her dismay, she was told that
they couldn't help. So, she returned to the scene to find that the little dog
was no longer on the roof, but that he was on the ground and frightened, but
surprisingly not injured. (He must have landed on some plants to break his
Not wanting to leave the puppy alone, and not finding any neighbors home,
she took him home. However, she had business to take care of - so she left
him with her neighbor and their kids, who fed him, played games with him
and kept him safely on a nylon rope for most of the morning in their back
yard. (no doubt the Apt. #1 family)
The messages on our answering machine gave us a better idea of the day's
adventures - they progressed as follows...
Message 1 is the helpful neighbor lady who found Tiber. She explained what
happened, says that she has him, that everything is okay and gives us her
Message 2 is the same lady calling back an hour later in a worried tone.
She explains that while she was gone her neighbors left Tiber alone for a
moment in their back yard and when they returned he was gone - he had
chewed through the nylon rope!
Message 3 is from a completely different lady who has found our puppy
wandering around the local neighborhood with half a rope attached to his
collar. So she catches him, and returns him to our address which is printed
on his tags. But, since we aren't home she leaves him with our next door
neighbor who is now home from work and knows Tiber well.
While my wife picks up Tiber from the next door neighbor, I call the first lady
back and let her know that he is found and in good health and thank her for
Amazingly, Tiber escaped twice that day! That night Tiber was tired a little
earlier than usual. My wife and I watched him as he dreamt - occasionally
his legs would twitch. He was probably re-living parts of that afternoon. We
should have known he was capable of such a stunt by the nickname his
breeders gave him as a pup before we acquired him - Christopher
Columbus. We now also call him Houdini.
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