25 years ago when I was in high school, my brother had a girlfriend whose sister bred and showed basenjis - following this so far? lol. The girlfriend owned one of the basenjis (Zeke) that she showed and when my brother and the girlfriend married, they all came to live with my parents - Zeke included. Well, Zeke basically became my dog - he became very attached to me and vice versa. I would take care of him after school, he would sleep with me - he would, on occasion listen to me when I wanted him to do something. Oh, and lets just say that 25 years ago, basenjis didn't have the temperaments they do now, lol.. Basically he was my dog unless my brother and the wife were fighting and then the wife would take him away from me :(. Anyway, they eventually moved out and got their own place and Zeke went with and I went to college.
Fast forward 20 years and I had a really successful petsitting business - didn't want my own dog as I travelled so much and was away quite a bit. My favourite client was a JRT (Apatche) and as he got up in age and had health problems, I scaled back my business so that I was available to always take care of him whenever his owner went out of town. Apatche passed away at age 15.
When Apatche passed on, I knew I finally wanted to get my own dog and knew that my lifestyle was a better fit. I was 99% sure I was getting a JRT. Then I saw an ad in the paper for a basenji. Now I absolutely knew I wasn't buying the one in the paper because I knew to research breeders and I don't make a snap decision about buying anything - and certainly not something as important as a living, breathing animal. So, I went to look at the basenji anyway - without my checkbook. Immediately upon seeing him (he was a brindle puppy - brindle wasn't a basenji colour/pattern when we had Zeke) and the other adult basenjis this woman had, I remembered all the things I loved about Zeke and knew then that I wanted a basenji. I left and went home and started my research. I did a month's worth of obsessive research - starting at the Basenji Club of America's website, then researched breeders, etc. and then went to visit breeders. 2 months after I started my research I adopted a 2yo retired show dog (Ruby).
The rest as they say is history. I now am owned by 4 basenji (2 - 6yo retired show dogs that I adopted as adults - Ruby & Brando - both R&W) and 2 that I got as pups (Aaliyah - 2yo - Brindle/white and Ozzy - 1yo - Black & White).