Name: Linda Thelen
City, State: Okemos, Michigan (near Lansing)
How long have you owned basenjis? 14 years
Number/names of people/dogs in your household: 2 people, Linda & husband Chris; and 2 basenji's, Zak - 13 yrs. and Zuki 15 yrs. I have had Zak since he was a puppy and I adopted Zuki from BRAT in 2001. They are both in relatively good health even with Zuki having had a thyroid cancer mass removed in July of 2007 (with no additional treatment) and has been treated for Cushings since August 2008. Zak's only problem is he has had 14 teeth removed over the past 5 years because the roots are rotting - vet can't explain it.
What do you and/or your spouse do for a living in the real world? Linda - analyst; Chris - engineer.
Other activities you do with your basenjis? None
Do you belong to any other basenji clubs? No
What do you like/dislike about basenjis? I love their personality and the fact that they do not bark. Dislike - that they are not more friendly toward other dogs (mine anyway).
If you are an active volunteer in BRAT, what things do you do?
(e.g., foster, screen, coordinate, admin work) - I screen new owners for BRAT and would transport but have not had the opportunity.
Do you have time to become more involved in BRAT's work? At this time I need to devote my free time to my aging B's and do all I can to make their lives happy. The occasional home screening and/or transport fits my schedule best.