The Rip Van Wrinkler, Volume XV, Issue 4, November 2011

Stuff, Stuff, Stuff. . .

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Need Xmas Gifts?
Embroidered Club Gear (see page 15)
Contact Suzy Zeh or 1.888.828-5445

Posters for the Basenji Health Endowment
Lunetta/Kamen BHE Quilt, Kiafrika Azima, Kiafrika Azima 2, Twin Towers Tight Rope, The Bakers’ Dozen.
Signed, limited edition, archival prints of all 5 posters still available.

Collars & Slip Leads

Richard Gallione - (888) 283-7575 - Beautiful collars. Master’s Pride

H.R. Hoerr / LTD Leathergoods - (760) 789-5643 - Leather Lure Coursing & Obedience Leashes

Hogan Leathers

Training, Etc.

Clean Run

The Whole Dog Journal

Affordable Agility (equipment)

HiTop Dog Training - Nancy Banask

High Goal Farm - Wendy Cerelli

Dog coats

Montana Dogware - Fido Fleece coats
Glitter lure coursing jackets + non-glitter too - Donna Rotman Miner


Omaha Vaccine - (800) 367-4444

KV Vet - (800) 423-8211

Misc. very nice stuff

Lotte Schaeffer 
Sculptures & dolls, “Serious Art with a Touch of Whimsy.”

Hand Made Xpen Covers
Foxy Roxy Creations

Dog Jewelry
Jacquie Cookingham - (845) 758-8511

William & Shirley Wagner
WiSh Crafts” Basenji sun catchers, stained glass. Special orders from your own photos.  (508) 543-6651

Metropolitan Museum Store

Highly recommended books/DVDs/Blogs:

Temple Grandin - "Animals in Translation"

Patricia McConnell - "The Other End of the Leash"

Turid Rugaas – “On Speaking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals

Leslie Nelson – “Really Reliable Recall”

Michael Reed Gach – “Acupressure’s Potent Points”

Denise Como – “Running Sighthounds”, “Sighthounds Afield”

Robert Vavra – “Canis Basenji”  BCOA store

Jean Dodds and Diana Laverdure - The Canine Thyroid Epidemic - Answers You Need for Your Dog

Debby Mayer Blog

Health Listings:

Apu Basenjis Health page

Fanconi management- Dr. Steve Gonto – - Fanconi Protocol 2003

OFA - New Fanconi test HERE: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

IPSID - Cindy Griswold, (830) 868-7649 or

Thyroid - W. Jean Dodds DVM – Hemopet

Online test submission form

11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Tel #: 714-891-2022 - Fax #: 714-891-2123

HA Test - Test can be done at the University of Missouri.

Canine Phenome Project -

About Billy/by Joanne Free, first on the Basenji List

I want to tell you about Billy.

When I went into the hospital last March, Billy was doing pretty good for an old (14 and a half) dog; when I got out in July he couldn't walk. He could stand if you helped him into a standing position, and sometimes he could pull himself into a stand, but he could not seem to be able to make his legs walk. He would struggle, and I would cry, and AJ didn't tell me any of this... and he didn't want to put Billy down when I was in hospital...

But Billy would eat (with gusto) and drink, let us know when he had to be put outside so he could poo and pee; he was not in any pain, his body just didn't work. He reminds me of me. He was content to lay in the sun, on the couch with his blanket, and very happy to snuggle in bed; how could we just put him down? We decided to let him stay until the weather got too cold for him to do his business outdoors; fortunately we've had a very nice fall.

He seems to be getting better. He can stand for a long time, his balance is much steadier, he easily stands himself up and when he tries to walk he actually gets someplace; his front and back legs are starting to work together.... and he actually yodeled the other day for the first time in months!!!

We think he had a stroke, and he's gradually recovering. I don't think we can put him down now; I'm looking for indoor doggie bathrooms.

He is getting very good care. He is rarely left alone, and if we're going out for more than 3 hours we take him with us. And can you believe it, he still holds rank over our other 2 Basenjis! This all reminds me of many years ago when I put so much effort into our Basenji, Sunny. Billy will be 15 on December 2, he could really use some of that positive B-list energy!

Here's Billy with Willow in the days when he could still hang out in the yard with the big dogs.

Thanks for reading.

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