Howdie. Billy K. here. In July '06 my wife and I rescued Jenny from the animal shelter. My guess is she was a run-away since she could climb up to eye level in her fenced shelter space (and loves to run). We did the research and repeatedly weighed the various reasons not to own a basenji and decided that we could handle the "chalenges". Then we almost didn't get her as the shelter has a first come first serve policy for adoption! The day Jenny was available, we were 2nd in line to a woman whose only response to my question "What do you know about this particular breed?" was "I think they come from Egypt and the dog gets along well with my 4 year old." When I pointed out it's exercise needs, she said she "lives on a farm so that shouldn't be a problem." Well, I turned to the shelter director and said "let me know when she returns the dog-I want to be sure we're next in line."
Long story short - in 5 days she called the shelter to ask if we were still interested in the basenji and returned it siting "doesn't get along with my german shepard" and "that dog must have been given the run of the house where it lived before" as reasons for return.
She's been with us for better than 7 months, and let me just say she is AWSOME and it only took my wife about 45 - 50 days before she stopped saying to Jenny "I don't really like you all that much" and started whispering "I guess you're okay" and when she thought I wasn't listening "I love you, peanut".
Jenny shares dog duties with Betty the Sheprador Chowtriever (Lab/shepherd chow mix) and has 3 cats to mess with.
Here is a photo of Jenny and Betty.