Article Ideas for Basenji Tales Magazine

I will be the performance stats contributor and a writer for the basenji tales magazine. The first online issue will be out in a few weeks. I'm looking for input as to what type of articles you would be interested in reading.

For the first issue I submitted an article on hydrotherapy, that I previously had published in the Rip Van Wrinkle Newletter and the Australian Western Yodel.

I would like to see articles on rescue, what a person can expect and the joys of watching a basenji "bloom" into the dog its meant to be….

Sharron, can you give me a few bullet comments to start me on my way? Joe does home inspections in our area for the St Louis BRAT coordinators so I can get some input form my spouse on this one too.

Sure, lets go off line for this. brescue@wavecable.com is my e-mail.
I am off to work now, but will touch base with you when I get home…

We are getting ready to leave for a dog show in Owensboro this afternoon, but I'll send you and email so you have mine too.

@lisastewart:

Sharron, can you give me a few bullet comments to start me on my way? Joe does home inspections in our area for the St Louis BRAT coordinators so I can get some input form my spouse on this one too.

As someone who recently adopted a Basenji, I think two points I would want highlighted/explained in an article about rescue are (I remember having a million questions/concerns while going through the process, but of course, now I can't remember them):

"what to expect in a home visit" - ours was really low key, but I stressed before-hand and even brushed up on my Basenji history like I was studying for a college exam. I had no idea what they were going to ask me and I wanted to be ready for anything! LOL! I suppose you don't want to reveal too much as potential adopters might use that info. to "stage" their homes to ensure adoption, but a general idea of what a home inspector is looking for, etc. might be helpful. Maybe some tips on puppy-proofing would be helpful to folks.

Also - I know BRAT mentions this on the website, but I don't think it can be stated often enough - there is an adjustment period with a new dog. In my experience it takes AT LEAST a month for a new dog to show it's true self and at least that long for adopters (or me, anyway) to get into a groove with the new dog. Both of the last two dogs I adopted initially left me with "buyers remorse" at first and now I can't imagine life without them. It helps knowing that you need to ride out the first several weeks before you know if you have a good fit.
Anyhow - that's my 2 cents. BEST of luck with the magazine!

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@lisastewart:

I'm looking for input as to what type of articles you would be interested in reading.

I would like to input on this a I am a recent new home for a Basenji whose previous owner had no idea what the breed really is about. He was kept in a crate for very extended periods of time by himself for about 10 months-owner adopted him from a 'breeder' at 6mos. I believe that because the Tri was with other dogs in his most informative months that is was a saving grace to his personality. I was excited to 'rescue' the little guy, and to say the least the more I spoke with the owner before pick-up, I started to have reservations. He was kept on anti-anxiety meds, poor diet, no real exercise, BUT he did have basic obedience and the owner 'loved' him. His gene pool has blessed him with a great disposition. After six weeks here, the BLOOMING stage has blosoomed! He fits in great with my two, he has bonded with my husband and I-still has some issues with separation, but no real bad-bad habits. (he did find the trash can in the bathroom….)
My point in all this, I lucked out to a certain degree. He could have had REAL bad issues. Because the owner found out that Basenji's do not shed, don't bark, and are able to reside in a small place. The research stopped there- Real homework should be done, how to fulfill mental and physical needs, positive reinforcement training daily, socialize early with animals and humans of various varieties. Any dog should get this, but a Basenji is not for the first timer, the faint hearted, or the full time student or long distance commuter. More articles and stories :of the like "The Good-The Bad-and the Ugly"…..!:eek:

You have to add images and quote to make your article more interesting. Before placing it on site read it again and check spells. Your article is to be medium lengthen and meaningful.

Hi,
I've noticed there are B owners on this Forum from all over the world. What about a future article about B's around the world and their different environments and activities?

Lisa, how about an article that actually says that Basenji's can bark. We know they cannot continuously bark like other dogs but we do know they can give us one or two good loud barks. We also know besides the Roo and the Brrrr, they can make cat like noises, and several other sounds.

An article called and describing the "Sounds of the Basenji" and/or what each sound might indicate and mean might be interesting.

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