Reading all of the stories about B's and their special ways I have to believe that Basenji's and Shib Inu's are sisters under the skin. Karin and I have just adopted a sweet little B 2 months ago, but we have been parents of a pair of Shiba Inu's for 8 years. Shiba's are another breed that does not bark, unless there is a very good reason to do so, they will make a number of odd sounds as B's do. Our 8yo Shiba, Sable, has taken Bitty under her supervision and has shown her the ropes. They now share toy destuffing, paper napkin shredding, and cat pouncing duties. Bitty is slowly teaching Sable how to do a Shiba form of a B Baroo. I can't help but think that somewhere back in the mists of time these 2 breeds had a close connection.
I guess that explains it then. It is so hilarious watching the 2 of them tearing through the house. Clockwise Sable is the chaser and Bitty is the chasee, counterclockwise they switch. The hardwood floor in the kitchen and around the island makes their game even funnier to watch.
We notice that the shibas and basenjis seem to get along at first sight at the dog park, like they recognize a relative. The first shiba I ever met was red and looked just like my Ginger (red basenji), except furry. Friends walked up and commented on Ginger's long fur, and were amazed it wasn't her. A trip to the groomer for a haircut, and Bogie and Ginger would have passed for twins.