The Rip Van Wrinkler,
XXIV, Issue 2, May 2020

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Zest quilt by Kim McNeil


Sir Ivan of the Longneck, giraffesenji.

Dagmar Herhoffer

Dear Susan,

Look what I have found when I was looking into some older papers.
I did this cartoon many years ago, but nothing has changed:

We love our Basenjis.....whatever they do!!

Last summer I had to let my dear Cindy go. She was 12 years old.
I was so very sad, and for two month I searched for a basenji for me.
What I wasn't thinking of: You don´t get the one you´re looking for, but you get THE ONE you need.

And so it was!
One lucky day I found an advertisement that a 10-month-old male basenji needed a new home. Hm......I am not the youngest......I had females.....he is young......can I handle him??

I decided to phone an meet the family. Two days later Benji was ours. It was love on the first sight. He wasn´t strange for me at all.

And did you ever had a Basenji who hugs everyone??
He hugs every dog we meet - every person who smiles when we meet - and there are many who are smiling, because he looks directly into their eyes like a kid meeting Santa!!

Making my bed......ready for the photo!!

Do I look good ???

The owners before me had no idea about what a basenji is.
They told me that he steals every sweets he could find.....even he searched through the drawers in the kids rooms.

Look at the photo above. I tested him!!!! On the right you can see my cake and coffee..

Linda Butterworth

I broke Mom's barn broom so I could take a nappy in the sun. She loves it when I help in the barn or drive to the barn in her truck. Well maybe not, since when we go to the barn and I'm in the truck not roof surfing (not sure why she doesn't like that), I ride right in front of her steering wheel, so she has to look out over me. She says good thing for rearview mirrors and side mirrors.

"He is a riot. He opted to come out and put chickens away last night and was very upset when I refused to drop the chicken on my shoulder for him to herd to the barn."

About the February Wrinkler!

Peggy Pick The newsletter is, as always, an absolute delight. I enjoy it very much. Lisa Stewart’s quilts are a marvel. Do I buy raffle tickets under Susan Marsicano on Paypal? Thanks again for the great newsletter.

Jackie Dering Great issue, great pictures!

Susan Kamen Marsicano Aren't they great!

Jackie Dering They really are.

Lotta Olsson Loved it!! And thank you so much for including Hio!

Donna Hess OMG, I LOVE the cover photo.

Susan Kamen Marsicano I do too!

Wendy Hodges Hank’s name is really Tank! ?

Susan Kamen Marsicano Wendy I fixed it. There was a Hank. He was a tri.

Karen Christensen Susan Kamen Marsicano where is Cindy Silver? Hank was her dog?

Susan Kamen Marsicano Cheryl Silver. TX.

Wendy Hodges Cheryl is still in Austin, TX, but works with Airedales now.

Susan Kamen Marsicano Wendy she had Airedales back then, too. Hank was a fanconi dog.

Wendy Hodges Cheryl helped me find a vet for my first Basenji who ended up with Fanconi.

Susan Kamen Marsicano we all have a bund. Wendy I hope your dog did as well as Hank.

Wendy Hodges Her Fanconi was managed ok, but she died pretty young (~6) of an unknown disease, which the internist was certain was a lymphoma. We just never got a solid diagnosis. She was a great little Basenji from the streets of Odessa, TX.

Wendy Hodges This is Bella.

Susan Kamen Marsicano Wendy Hodges awww.

Wendy Hodges Bella with Tank! when he first came home. She loved having a puppy. She died when he was almost 2 and Tank! mourned for her over 2 months.

Wendy Hodges Sorry for taking over your feed, but Thank you for a little trip down memory lane!

Susan Kamen Marsicano Wendy it’s the rvw club feed. Not mine. It’s what it’s for.

Kim McNeill Devon would like to say thank you for centering this month's Wrinkler around him. I tried to explain that it wasn't, but he didn't agree and, well, he IS the Devon.

Lisa Stewart Maddie says Thanks for continuing to let her voice herself. Joe

Chris O'Rear Great job!!! Thank you for including Bakari and Swagger!

Karla Schreiber Another great issue, and Kimber and Tzo were pleased to be featured!! ?

Lisa Marshall Thank you Susan - as always!

Andrea Stone awww, you got Pha and Gage too! Thank you!
That photo of Kim and Devon (or is that Devon and Kim?) is darling.

Kim McNeill pretty sure the star that day was Devon. ;-) he loves it when he can each me new tricks!


Oh My Dog! The Two Legs are acting strange. I thought the Sketchinator was gaining some enlightenment by bringing me my Piddle minions. But no, he continues to lower the learning curve for all Two Legs. He and the Blonde Two Legs have taken to voluntarily wearing muzzles. Since they’ve been staying home I’m suspicious that there is Sketchyness afoot. Now I know Tempest and Gambitch often get muzzled when they’re on a trip to chase bunnies. The Bald Boob says it’s because they will bite lines. This could be the reason as they only wear the muzzles when the go out for eggs and milk. The problem with that is it’s normally Baldy that brings back those essentials. We can all just agree that a Maddie without eggies is just a call for The Shadow to retaliate. It is essential that my belly is served and filled. Anyway, it ought to be the Blonde Two Legs that gets muzzled as I have much greater confidence that she has the mastication ability to chew through the long lines that the Two Legs complain about when they return. She’s like Gambitch in that regard. So there must be another reason. The Blonde did say it improved the Bald Boob’s appearance so maybe it’s that. I must admit that I’ve been a bit distracted with the new entertainment: Keeping Up With the Piddles. Baldy has underestimated how quickly my little red curly tailed Shadowlings are learning to throw Shade. I have already taught them to relocate his Sketchers of Sketchyness. Unfortunately, as it is with all new recruits teaching them the difference between left and right is difficult. Those little needle teethed bitches keep grabbing the right one instead of the all Sketchy left one. Speaking of needle teethed, sometimes the training sessions devolve and bite me in the tail. Literally. Alita, distracts me with an attempted run and Thena zooms in for a grab of my tail. Now, as we all know “Who knows which Piddle gets rolled in the grass? The Shadow Does!” So if my butt gets nipped, you’re getting flipped. Maddie out!

Muwahahahahaha! Beware! Oh Bald Sketchy One. The Army of Anti-Sketchy Senjis is in training to Keep Insensitive Cowardly Known Errant Reprobates of Sketchy disciplined. That’s Right! My puppy ASS KICKERS are already capable of left shoe relocation. They have not yet mastered the subtleties of hiding the sketchy totem, but give me time Two Legs! Their curly tail to shoe weight ratio will soon level out and they’ll be able to carry it without nose diving down the stairs. Yes I may have laughed a bit when the went tail over teakettle. My Piddles have registered their grievances concerning the Crate in Place edict that you have frivolously employed on them. It’s just not smart to lay on the couch in their line of sight, Dude! It’s even worse to let them hear a theme song! ?Bad Two Legs, Bad Two Legs, Whatcha Gonna Do When the Piddles Come For You? There had better be some warm cheese eggies and steak on the menu real soon. Maddie out!

Hey Sketchy. When are you letting the Piddles out? I have a subcontracting opportunity for them. What was that? No! No, I’ve not seen your left shoe. Okay, so you put two under the coffee table and one is missing. Why are you narrow eyeing me? I am perfectly innocent. Perhaps you’re shoe has been quarantined for testing positive to Sketchyness. What’s that? What’s the subcontracting opportunity? Um that’s classified. How could you allege that I would have them piddle on your shoe? I was simply going to show them the essentials of follow the leader. I cannot be held responsible for any BMs that may or may not occur. Maddie Out!

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Moving tushes, by S K-M

Posters From Japan’s 100-Year Old Pandemic Manual

from Spoon and

Roughly 100 years ago the 1918 pandemic, also known as the Spanish Flu, ravaged the world, infecting one-third of the planet’s population. Despite a significant lack of travel compared to today, even as an island nation Japan was not immune. So in an attempt to educate the public and prevent further infections, a now-defunct branch of the Japanese government known as the Central Sanitary Bureau released a manual that detailed what the flu was and how to deal with it.

The majority of the 455-page manual contained factual information about the known status of the disease. There is text and charts showing the number infected and what type of symptoms were exhibited. It also included steps everyone could take to avoid spreading and contracting the flu. Above are the 4 rules, the very first one being “stay away,” which was basically a simpler way of saying “social distancing.” Rule 2 is “cover your mouth and nose,” rule 3 is “get vaccinated” and rule 4 is “gargle.”

What also caught our attention are these posters that were produced at the time and distributed across the country as a way to spread awareness. Looking at these posters, it strikes us that things haven’t changed all that much in the last 100-years.