The Rip Van Wrinkler,
XXIII, Issue 2, May 2019

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Bokoto of Blean and Bongo of Blean, imported from the Belgian Congo (now DR Congo), pose wearing African hunting bells for the press at Crufts 1938, one year after the breed made its sensational debut there.

Watch the old newsreel at Basenjis at 0.16.

Feedback. . .

Douglas Nielssen with Odette & Swann, & sibs, 1985

Natalie Culver:

A recent funny exchange between Hannah and me. (While the dogs were doing their usual routine of play-snarling at each other to get my attention all to themselves and Ivy was naughty and jumped up and nipped at me when I was working in kitchen and not paying attention to her right that moment). So I was trying to unpack lunch bags from the day, while making dinner for kids and dogs, and manage dogs needing to go out and Nicholas needing some toy or another and I completely was not focused on Hannah also asking me a question... the usual after work chaos on a day Harry is rowing crew after work...

Hannah, “Mommy what are dogs good at?”

Me, wishing Hannah hadn’t stepped right into my path where I was trying to get dirty dishes into washer, & wondering what she is trying to get at by her question and exasperated that Ivy has just jumped up and nipped me (on the behind...)... “they are good at whining and biting” I say.

Hannah, surprised at my response. “No mommy, I mean dogs. What are dogs good at?”

Me again wondering who Hannah thinks is good at whining and biting if not the pups. I thought of course Nicholas is expert at the toddle whinny-ness but thankfully no reports of Nicholas biting any other kids at daycare. Hum...
So I repeat to Hannah, “They are good at whining and biting” all the while the dogs are play snarling at each other.

Hannah very surprised at my response, “No mommy I mean dogs! What are dogs good at!?”

Me, “I don’t know Hannah I think they ARE good at whining and biting.”

H, “no mommy!!” A pause... then, “they are good at smelling and seeing”.

Oh I thought, she’s right, they are good at smelling and seeing, but right then it was all whining and biting so I couldn’t think of any other response for Hannah’s question, lol.

About the February Wrinkler!

Kim McNeill yea!!!

Amalia Roma Newtie says his photo credit goes to Auntie Tamara (yep, Tamara-on-the-camera).

Wendy Hodges I can't handle the awesomeness!!! Skimmed through it this morning, and will have to spend time later with a nice cuppa to read all the great things in this issue. Thank you!

Debby King It is wonderful and very informative, I have a friend who's dog is having kidney stones problems and I plan to copy and paste that article to her;) Thank you so much for your memoriam on Francesca it was beautiful and touched my heart??? hugs to you Susan, it meant the world to me!

Lisa Stewart Looking for photos for the next issue, I believe we have a number of zen basenji photos

S K-M you mean trance photos?

Lisa Stewart Susan Kamen Marsicano we call them zen moments

Lotta Olsson Thank you for including Hio.

Dennis Allen That is great reading as always,,,,, and the great pictures too.

Lisa Marshall The newsletter is just the best. You include so many things that make it wonderful reading.

Barb Kunze Thanks Susan. The photos were amazing!

Hi Susan,

We hope you are doing very well. Basenjis are a beautiful and elegant dog, but seeing the pictures of the puppies with mom adds another insight for us to appreciate. Very adorable!

Thank you for having us in The Wrinkler again, and thanks for the bracelet plug as well.

Best wishes,
Rick and Darleen Gallione

Please visit our Facebook Page - Rip Van Wrinkle Basenji Club.

Sanna Kortelainen, Finland As promised, some information on our "Ninja".

Born: 6th of December 2008
Owner: Sanna Kortelainen, Finland
Breeder: Marjukka Anttila, kennel Ajibu, Finland
- Ninja started agility at 6 months old in puppy agility class and since then agility has been our hobby
- Our purpose was never to compete however we took our first start when Ninja was almost 2
years old and when she was a bit over 3 years old we rose to highest class (medi 3)
- We have made over 40 clean runs under standard coursing time in medi 3 class and few times placement that would give us certificate has been very close
- Finally that day came that we made clean run under standard coursing time and we got 2nd place out of 39 competitors and that brought our first certificate in medi3 class
- Usually we are not fast enough for the top three as fastest make usually -13 s results as our maximum is about -7s. This time many faster competitors made mistakes. Lucky for us.
- So Ninja is now first basenji in Finland who has achieved agility certificate in medi 3 class, propably only one in Europe. She has also obtained two times needed results to have a permission to entry to Finnish Championships.
- (In Finland, a dog will be awarded the Agility Champion tittle once it has won three agility certificates (three zeros with certain rankings) on the highest level of agility competitions)


I am not sure who wrote this, but it is so funny and so true!

1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in
left arm and repeat process.

3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear
paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap.
Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill inside end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9) Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10) Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw Tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12) Call fire brigade to retrieve the f------ cat from tree across
the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.

13) Tie the little b**tard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak filet. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14) Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the
emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15) Arrange for RSPCA to collect "mutant cat from hell" and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

Pi Butterworth

Just wanted to tell you a little story about me and best friend, Aeden, and of course Mom.

As you know it has been 4 yrs since my arrival on the farm. The dogs have taught me so much, and of course I get to teach them.

Aeden and Mom where heading to the barn to work stock and finish evening chores last week, when I decided I thought they may need a bit of help. So I trailed behind just like Aeden was doing when he hit the deck on Mom's command. I looked around - nope not a thing in sight, then I hear, "come-by".

Well Aeden jumps into action with great speed and is told to "steady -up" and he slows way down. I now see where he was going. I personally thought he may need a little help, and I race past Mom to the geese, who are getting rather grumpy, and circle around behind them.

I see the look of shock on Mom's face when I send them up and over Aeden's head (yeah I did a perfect job).

Mom and Aeden spring into action with her saying, "come by easy". Aeden gets them all lined up to go in, but I decided they needed to change directions and not go in the way they where heading (Yes I herd just as well as the dogs).

So in flurry of squacks, a few hisses, I send them flying off again. Ever so patiently Aeden and Mom go back to the straight line of geese. Me, well I just block the door. I needed to clean a little mud from between my toes.

I hear Mom tell Aeden to "down and hold" so, I go give him a kitty head bump, not sure why he wasn't paying attention, but that's okay, I know he loves me. Well, he got them put away, I peeked my head in the door, and boy they sure where not happy, but I was certain I'd just done the best job ever of helping my friend put the geese away.

Easy to understand visual.

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