Animal Stories - Basenji

Animal-World Information about: Basenji

   The Basenji is an energetic and playful dog. Its most unique characteristic is its bark, or lack thereof.
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Larry Maddux - 2013-04-19
Watched a good family movie last night 'Goodbye My Lady' with Walter Brennen and Brandon Dewild. It's about a boy and his rescued dog - a Basenji, made about 1956 - Black and White.

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  • Linda - 2015-02-12
    After seeing that very movie we saw a young boy bring a sign to the edge of the road 'Basenji pup for sale' and we bought it. Long story short we ended up getting another, a female, and showed them to their championships and opened a kennel. Had 35 at one time. That was 40 years ago. Hadn't thought of 'Goodbye my lady' for a long time. I'm smiling now.
  • Marianna Van Doorn Pérez - 2017-12-14
    As you can see, I wrote the story about my precious Basenji - Bakagi, whom I also call 'little one'. We absolutely love 'Farewell my Lady'. She looks just like our little girl. It is amazing the world has not discovered these amazing little creatures. I consider them to be one of God's best kept secrets! Ours attracts attention wherever she goes. People are stunned when I tell them she is the oldest breed in the world! Imagine being around during the time of the Pharaohs and being able to live with one of these beautiful , elegant little dogs. I consider the Basenji breed to mean: Beautiful Amazing Stunning Elegant Natural Joyful Intelligent (the 1st letter of each of these words put together spells BASENJI). Can you tell I am a forever fan? Would LOVE to have a puppy!
  • Marianne Van Doorn Perez - 2018-10-17
    I know this is quite some time since you wrote your comment, but thank you, Larry. We rescued our girl from Colorado Basenji Rescue. We own 'Goodbye my Lady' and coincidentally live in Colorado where Brandon de Wilde was killed crossing a street in Denver (where I am from) in 1972. He was 30 years old. The Basenji - My Lady of the Congo (her double in the film was often her little brother My Lord of the Congo and Flageolet of the Congo), who starred in the film with Brandon. My Lady curiously bonded with Brandon which later caused him to adopt her. When I say 'curious', it is because I live with a rescued female Basenji and the breed is known to only truly bond with ONE (1) individual. My Lady of the Congo, a six-month-old Basenji puppy was owned by Miss Veronica Tudor-Williams of Molesey, England which normally means she would have bonded with her owner. Nevertheless, it is wonderful Brandon was able to take her with him.
Marianna Van Doorn Pérez - 2015-10-29
We rescued a four-year-old female Basenji from Colorado Basenji Rescue (WONDERFUL organization - only Basenji rescue within a five-state region) five years ago. At the time, her name was 'Pretty Girl'. We have a very good freind (the Priest who married us) from the Congo from where Basenjis originated. We asked him to name her in his Congolese Dialect. Her name is Muana wa Bakagi Mulenga. She answers to 'Bakagi'. She is absolutely one of the most amazing 'creatures' with whom I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life. I would never have any other 'dog' other than a Basenji. They are no less than amazing. We go to a Rescue Reunion every year where there are sometimes 50+ dogs and NO barking! There are yodeling contests, dancing contests, etc. but spending those few hours with that many of God's special creatures is an UNBELIEVABLE treat! Thank you Peggy for all that you have done and continue to do in rescuing these amazingly beautiful creatures!

Bill Newton - 2012-06-05 has more information and support if needed. They also have Basenji's that need rescue on their sight.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-06-05
    Thanks for the info!
Juliana - 2012-10-24
Do you know where Sailor is now? I think I might have found him. I'm up north in Marysville, but when I found this little dog plainyg in the street I thought, he looks like a chihuahua basenji mix so I googled that mix to see images and sailor looks EXACTLY like him. He's not neutered, he's got all the same markings and a similar personality to what you described. If you know who has him now, maybe drop them a line to let them know he's safe and email me so I can get in touch with them. We also have two dogs already, so we can't keep him.