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While I have been physically owned by basenjis since 1994, my basenji odyessy really began the day animal control left a note on the door saying something had to be done about my Doberman and her nuisance barking. The year was 1989 and to avoid future problems I decided the number one breed trait for my next dog would be a more quiet nature. My research led me to the basenji; the "Barkless Dog of Africa".
Due to the number of animals I currently owned, I waited three v.e.r.y. long years before I even considered acquiring a basenji. That wait became a doGsend however, as it enabled me to buy and/or subscribe to everything I could get my hands on. My library includes (but is not limited to):
THE BASENJI, Out of Africa to You by Susan Coe
THE BASENJI monthly magazine
The Evergreen Basenji Owners Manual Evergreen Basenji Club
The BCOSW pamphlet: At Home with Basenjis
I read, re-read and re-re-read everything twice, thrice, and four-ice (LOL). I was determined to be ready when the time came for my first basenji. That moment arrived in 1993 by the untimely death of my doberman, Talamar from osteosarcoma. After a period of grieving I finally broke down and wrote to the basenji breeder I had mentally chosen a year earlier, Susan Coe of Akuaba Basenjis and described my home life. I asked if she could help me in my quest: a pet quality basenji that I could do obedience with. If you are the least bit familiar with this breed you will understand just what I was asking for - nothing short of a miracle.
My request became a reality when a 10-week old tri-color boy arrived on my doorstep. That baby boy became Tre - my first "everything" dog; Tre was my first basenji, first show dog, first breed champion, first obedience dog, first field dog, and lastly, my first agility dog. All of Tre's titles were owner handled by me.
Two years passed and I realized that Tre needed a playmate, as my senior citizen in residence, dachshund Lugsy, wasn't "making the basenji grade" in the fun department. I immediately began making plans to bring home another basenji, a female this time. Not only did I want the same things for her that I had achieved with Tre, I wanted some "new" native african stock thrown in for genetic diversity. There were two litters I was especially interested in but only one bitch born between them. This meant I had to wait several stress filled weeks for Toni Ackerman, of Wakan Basenjis, to make a decision. My patience was duly rewarded when into my life came Sage, a red and white 5/8th (62% Avongara) African wonder girl.
these two great breed ambassadors, sinbajé basenjis was born.