Sunday, October 4, 2009
Remembering Basil and Flash
Growing up, neither Kathy nor I had ever owned a dog. We were married in 1982 and for a long time our motto was "No kids, no pets, no plants."
But after ten years, we decided the time was right to bring a dog into our lives. What breed of dog should we adopt? What was the best dog for us? In the pre-internet days, the sources of information were limited. For most part, we read books that were not very accurate. One book told us that basenjis were "tractable and eager to please"!
Due to the definite advantages of barklessness, size, and easy grooming, we decided to adopt a basenji.
We found a local show breeder in the Dallas area and went to see her litter of pups at a local dog show. We were instantly enchanted and Basil joined our family on February 28, 1993, a little 12 week old red and white puppy girl.
As she grew into an 11 month old "teenager," Basil was driving us crazy. One of our basenji friends told us that the cure for one basenji was a second basenji. So, we adopted Flash as a one year old rescue in December of 1993. Basil and Flash were always closely bonded. This photo of the two of them is one of our favorites.
Basil and Flash opened up our lives in so many ways. We met people, made friends, did things and went places we never would have without them. Because of our love for the both of them, we became interested in rescuing other basenjis.
Through this interest, we helped create the Basenji Underground Railroad in 1997 and Basenji Rescue & Transport, Inc. in 1999.
Flash outlived Basil by fifteen months and he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in September of 2008. It’s still hard to believe that they are gone. As someone has written, “Profound is the silence left by the absence of a barkless dog.”
Their presence and the places they took us enriched our lives in uncountable ways. Our basenji rescue friends are a continuing tribute to their influence.
Posted by Mike Swan at 3:11 PM