I have had the pleasure and honor of loving, owning, and admiring The African Basenji for 40 years. There is not another breed that thrills me or makes my heart go "pitter pat" quite like the BASENJI.
Currently running the Wahl
household are 3 Basenjis
Before you meet my current
tribe, I would like to tell you about my first Basenji. This childhood
experience was the foundation of my love affair with "The Basenji."
My First Basenji
It was either 1956 or 1957 in Ohio, and my father came home with an adorable 6 week old red and white Basenji puppy girl as a gift from a friend. My Father was very proud of this gift, as this breed was still very rare at this time in the United States.
We had no knowledge about this breed, and there wasn't any reference materials like today to tell us about their temperament, needs, or habits. The only thing we did know, was that she would not bark. We thought she was the cutest puppy we had ever seen.
to name her "Sinji".
Lessons in Basenji 101
Sinji would chase down anything that moved in her visual sight. She chased squirrels, dogs, kids running or playing, or someone riding by on their bike. She would catch it and sink her teeth into it. Sinji quickly became the terror of the neighborhood. If she got out, everyone went in their homes quickly. The word was "Sinji's out ..... get inside"!
We learned that Basenji's don't back down. They would rather die than back down from any confrontation, and it was to the death! So to speak!
Once, when my father was disciplining me for some infraction of the family rules, Sinji took offense and came to my aid by attaching herself to my fathers' hand. When she clenched on to something, she could hold on to it with a death grip. My Father had to kick her to break her hold!
Sinji would sneak under the table to beg from us kids. My father was determined to stop this behavior. This fight went on daily, for years with no winners. (Maybe Sinji!)
Sinji Saved My Life
But, there he was blocking my way home. I was trapped between my driveway and the yard with nowhere to go. I remember the fear of that moment just like it was yesterday. With teeth barred and snarling, he was going to lunge for me. The next thing I know, Sinji broke through the screen on the front door. She ran so fast all I could see was a blur, and I don't even remember her feet touching the ground. She ran underneath him, came up and grabbed his throat. The more he struggled the more she ripped into his throat. He died very quickly.
Sinji the Loving Pet
She knew when anyone in the family was sick, and would lie next to us until the fever or illness left, quietly resting her head against our side.
Sinji decided early on that of the whole household of 7 of us, she had chosen me to be her owner (or, in basenji terms to own me). She was the family dog yet she thought she was only mine.
Sinji lived her entire life on the edge and she remained a wild thing from the beginning to the end. She died at the age of 10 while trying to give birth to a litter of puppies that were too large for her to bear. Unfortunately, on one of her escapes while she was in season, she met up with a Collie. In conjunction with her age and the size of the puppies it was simply too much for her.
me volumes of what it is to own a Basenji and it was a Crash Course!
Tigger Tramp Wahl
My 1st Show Dog
Read about Savannah's "near death" experience
with Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA)
Not to be confused with "HA"
Sting of the Congo
My 1st Rescue Basenji
My 2nd Rescue Basenji
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