Monday, June 26, 2017

Tina Brown leaves a lasting legacy

Annabelle "Tina" Brown
Passion for our Basenji breed and BRAT runs deep. This was never more beautifully demonstrated than recently through Annabelle “Tina” Brown. Tina passed away December 30, 2016, but left a lasting legacy through a generous bequest to BRAT. We are humbled by her gesture and grateful that she will continue to make her presence known in the work we do for the breed that she loved.

Tina was a wonderful volunteer, especially in her home state of Texas, where she conducted shelter checks and home visits of prospective adopters. Her daughter, Jennifer Fermaint, also a BRAT volunteer and adopter, posted on her Facebook page June 22 more about her mom’s work with Basenjis, as well as providing information about BRAT.

Tina's daughter, Jennifer Fermaint, visited with BRAT treasurer, Debbi Johnson, recently.
Jennifer writes:
This month I will be highlighting the organizations benefiting from the generous bequests that will be Mom's legacy. She made sure that her favorite charities would be supported, even after she gained her wings to be with Jesus.

Basenji Rescue & Transport, Inc. - this is a beautiful, breed-specific organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes the intelligent African Basenji breed. They are a national organization of ALL volunteers that was incorporated in 1999.

Tina Brown became involved with Basenjis when, in 2002, a beautiful tri-colored boy appeared on her doorstep in McKinney. He was skinny, no collar, no microchip, but very obviously a purebred dog. She did everything she could possibly do to find his owners, including contacting BRAT, and there were no leads and no information about a missing Basenji boy. We think he knew exactly what he was doing when he chose the Brown doorstep, because he was treated like a king and found his forever home until he crossed the rainbow bridge in 2012. He was a piece of work, though, and Mom and I both found that we were able to train him, when many others have difficulties with this breed. It led to me starting to rescue with BRAT in 2009, because it seemed I had a special knack with these highly intelligent creatures. I had 3 failed fosters with BRAT, and I am sure there will be more!

We are grateful to Tina for her thoughtful and selfless gesture and will use her gift wisely to ensure that all Basenjis have the homes they deserve.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tiegan Milestone

We recently celebrated one year with our beautiful, amazing, clever, sweet, tiny girl. She adds so much joy to our lives. We grow more enchanted with our little pixie every day. Thank you BRAT for entrusting us with Tiegan, our princess of sunshine and magic.





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Do Your Homework

    At a recent spaghetti dinner fund raiser for a local all-breed rescue, I was chatting with the rescue group volunteers and told them we have two rescue dogs, not from their rescue, but wonderful dogs nonetheless.  I said, “We’re the fifth home for each of them.”  Without a pause one of the volunteers said, “Basenjis.”  It was a statement, not a question.
   “How did you know?” I asked, quickly checking to see if I was wearing a Basenji shirt. She told me when they have a Basenji in rescue, it keeps coming back to them. I gave her BRAT information and followed up with an email, again providing BRAT information and my contact info.

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to do research and take time to learn about breed characteristics before adopting a dog. We think our sweet babies are treasures. However, we can see how the uninitiated might not be prepared for life with active basenjis.

We recently visited the vet for Miles’s DHPP titer. I held him  and gave him lots of praise
while he stood on the exam table. Eric stood in front of Miles and fed him tiny morsels of a smelly yummy treat. Miles was so interested in Eric’s treat that he was a very good boy for the blood draw from one of his back legs. Our vet has heard about the chewed sheets, glasses, pens, briefcase handles, lip gloss, remotes, water bottles, socks, dog beds, and countless destuffed toys. While we were discussing general health, she asked if the babies were still destroying things. We told her the blinds had gotten rather too much attention lately, but it was nothing serious. Eric said, “Lowes has more blinds,” which sums up the situation rather nicely. 
Napping after a busy day of world domination
 and destruction.