Sherwood's Timeswept Promises
Dec 20, 1997 - Feb 23, 2012
Those of you who have been "in" Basenjis long enough may remember my "Brady Bunch" litter. There were 6 puppies, 3 males and 3 females, and I called them Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy. I documented their growth every week on my website in my first edition of The Puppy Chronicles. Jan was my keeper. I had one heck of a time coming up with a permanent name for her though. I tried out many but I kept calling her "the little pipsqueak". That evolved into Pippin. I used the theme "Time" for the litter and I chose Timeswept Promises because it sounded like a romance novel. Greg went to live with Lisa Voss (lvoss here on the forum) and went on to become lotsoftitles Sherwood's In The Nick Of Time lotsofmoretitles, call name Nicky. I am very proud of Lisa and her accomplishments with Nicky. She did a great job raising him and getting him out there for competition. I showed Pippin and she was halfway towards her AKC championship, including both majors, when I went through a divorce and could no longer afford to show dogs. She never earned her championship but she proved to be an exceptional dam and gave me three litters of puppies. Her grand-daughter Bindi and several of her great-grandchildren still live with me. Pippin will live on.
Pippin was a funny puppy. She had an affinity towards plastic and chewed on the plastic doghouses all the time. (Pippin's nickname was "Termite".) She eventually had them so chewed up that the tops wouldn't stay on very well. I still have those doghouses in my yard today, still decorated with Pippin's handiwork.
Pippin was always healthy until she reached her senior years. She had issues with her heart and lungs and took a small dose of Prednisone daily. She managed well until a few months ago. Her liver was enlarged and it was starting to make her feel bad. Her breathing steadily became more labored and she told me she was ready to go. My best friend Steph accompanied me to the vet clinic where she was euthanized. It was a peaceful passing and I know that she is pain-free now. She is buried in Steph's yard with her older brother Logan, older sister Luna, and cat friend Sherman. It's not quite the same around here now, for me anyway. The animals have already adjusted to her absence. Life goes on.