The Rip Van Wrinkler, XIX, Issue 3, August 2015

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In Memoriam


The hurt is unbearable. RIP my sweet Cody boy.
12/23/98 - 4/23/15 Calypso Windsor Joslin JC MX MXJ MJB NF

Our first agility competition was both horrifying and gratifying. I was so nervous that the naysayers on Basenjis doing agility would be right. We were half way through our first ever run when Cody's hound instincts kicked in. His nose went in the air, he jumped off the teeter, ran out of the ring and went for someone's unattended chicken sandwich (otherwise known as the infamous Vero Beach Chicken Sandwich Caper). I was humiliated and whistled off the course, though in retrospect Cody made Basenjis proud Worldwide when he hunted that chicken sandwich down in front of all those other agility dogs. Cody went on to redeem himself the rest of that weekend with two 1st place ribbons and a 3rd.

Thank you to all of you in the Agility Community who believed in my Bs and helped us achieve a dream. It was a week ago this morning we had to let Cody go, the pain still so raw.....Deb Joslin


Debby Mayer's sidekick

In memory of my dear Lulu, I’ve decided just to post this short personal essay about us.
It’s been published in the Times Union (Albany, NY) and The Rip Van Wrinkler, the award-winning newsletter of the Rip Van Wrinkle Basenji Club, but it has never appeared on this blog.
Some of you may have heard me read it—it’s a good short piece for open mics and group readings.
It sums up everything I have to say; really, after this piece I could just stop writing. But I don’t.... Debby Mayer

Adieu, Lulu
Apu Louise Brooks
December 31, 1999 – June 4, 2015

Why I Let My Dog Hang Her Head Out of the Car Window

Because she’s beautiful. She’s red and white, a short-haired hound with a fox-like face, a tail that curls up and over her back, and a line of charcoal-brown kohl rimming each eye. MORE


This morning I had to say good bye to my best friend Vixen ..she was with us for 19 yrs..The best friend anyone could ask for...Vixen traveled with me everywhere, babysat the puppies thru the years,loved the kitties especially Mika who died last year...Life will not be the same without her.. My heart is broken and I will never forget you.

I know your spirit will always be with me. Vixen you were the best....... Kathy Helming

Fast Eddie

Fast Eddie MacMillan, 9/29/99-4/9/15
Sweet old boy was having difficulty eating pretty much anything yesterday and this morning, his throat cancer finally getting the best of him. We had a long , though slow, walk last evening and this afternoon, after a short walk, we drove him to his final vet appointment. It was peaceful and he was gone in a second. His sister Bella died just a couple of days ago, maybe they will meet up again. We bought out a backyard breeder 13 years ago, taking Ed, Bella and Buttons, all 2 years old and all weighing only 13 pounds, almost having been starved to death. We were friends with 2 couples who wanted females to be buddies with their basenjis, so both girls were adopted in a week, and Topper and Nicky said we needed to keep Fast Eddie, so we did. Topper was a bit of a wild man, and Ed was his wing man right from the start. Topper would start some stuff with some big intact male dog, and when it looked bad for Topper, Ed would rush in, nip the big dog on the butt and run off, breaking up the skirmish. I like to think they are together again. Ed has been great dog and we miss him already. Anne and Don MacMillan

Angie La Belle

1918 - 2015

Angeline M. LaBelle SARATOGA SPRINGS - Angeline M. LaBelle, whose unwavering cheer, gentle nature and quiet strength inspired generations of family and friends, died Sunday, July 5, 2015 following a brief illness. She was 97. The youngest daughter of six children born to Gennaro “Jerry” Lamberti and Johanna (“Jennie”) Caputo Lamberti, “Angie” was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on January 13, 1918. Upon graduation from Saratoga High School, she worked as a Court Clerk and stenographer at Saratoga County Children’s Court, now Family Court, from 1936-1952. On November 6, 1952, she married Francis “Jock” LaBelle, whose exploits as a referee for the Harlem Globetrotters novelty basketball team, college basketball and assistant trainer for heavyweight boxer “Bicycle” Bob Pastor would earn him induction into the Saratoga Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 . “Jock and Angie” remained together and in love until his death at the age of 81 in 1986. Her husband was also the Recreation Director and Jockeys’ Room Supervisor at Saratoga Race Course and later, Delaware Park, Hialeah Park in Florida and Atlantic City Racecourse in New Jersey. That necessitated traveling throughout the year with their three children – daughters Theresa and Mary Beth and son, Francis Jr. – and it was Angie who orchestrated the moves back and forth from Saratoga, re-enrollment of her children at different schools during the year and the establishment of the family’s household. Although Angie never got a driver’s license, her personality always put her in high demand as a traveling companion. She was always up for a road trip and any new adventure. She loved nature, especially horses. She loved people and she loved desserts. Angie had out-lived her husband, parents, siblings, most of her friends and even some nieces and nephews, but never forgot them. She cherished her memories of all. And then she went out and made new friends. A communicant of St. Peter’s Church in her early years, she was an active parishioner at St. Clement’s later on. She served as Grand Regent for the Catholic Daughters of America, and enjoyed her membership and participation in the projects of the Ladies of Charity. She prayed the Rosary daily. Barely five-foot tall, Angie’s spirit was gigantic. She took an interest in anyone she met and put her strong faith to practice every day. Her recovery from quadruple by-pass surgery in 1999 and a bad fall and head injury four years ago, amazed all who knew her. Until recently, she attended the gym at 6 Care Lane three times a week and would train on the Nu-Step machine for an hour each time. It was her iron will and the concerted efforts of her family that allowed her to live in her own home up until three weeks ago. Angie is survived by her daughters Theresa and her husband, David Tomlinson of Eliot, ME and Mary Beth Printsky, widow of the late Mark Printsky; her son, Francis; two grandsons, Mark Tomlinson of Portsmouth, NH and Shane Tomlinson of Jamaica Plain, MA plus many nieces and nephews and their children.

Jane Forsyth

Photo AKC Gazette, 1963:
The three Poodle varieties, presented by a dream team of handlers - Annie (Rogers) Clark, Jane Kamp (Forsyth), and Wendell Sammet. Standing is future show superintendent Tom Crowe.

Jane Kamp Forsyth, 86, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015.
She was born March 3, 1929, in Cambridge, Mass., to the late Louis and Katherine Kamp.

AKC Judges' Biography: Mrs. Robert S. Forsyth
Jane Kamp Forsyth, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, who began showing dogs as a child, this year celebrated 71 years in the sport. By the time she married Robert S. Forsyth in 1967, she was already a top pro handler and a leading breeder of Boxers.

The Forsyths were dogdom’s most famous husband-and-wife team of handlers. They both handled BIS winners at Westminster, the only married couple to do so, and they are the only winners of the Ken-L-Biskit Couple of the Year Award. Together they wrote the award-winning A Guide to Successful Dog Showing, long considered an essential text on the subject.

Mrs. Forsyth was named the Kennel Review Handler of the Year three times and won three Gaines Awards, including Woman of the Year. She was inducted into the American Boxer Club Hall of Fame in 2001. Mrs. Forsyth judged all breeds in the United States and all breeds for the FCI.

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