So I've not given up on this. I went back to rainshinefoundation.org.au and researched it a bit. It looks legitimate to me, and I'm really skeptical. This isn't an endorsement. They claim they are funneling the majority of donations back to the people they are providing assistance to. I could get behind this. Is a Basenji Hunting Bell worth $300 USD? In my best Texas accent, "Hell Yeah!" If they really are sinking the percentage of money they receive back into direct support as they claim on their website... it's hard NOT to get behind that. I'm still trying to verify that. Feel free to chime in.
Coconut is too big. Western Buckeye is too thin. If the above is legit... I don't want to compete. I don't want to make something that mimics those from Africa. If it's legit... I'd rather support the cause and spend the $300 USD.
So mine have to look different. They have to resonate sound. Which wood? CNC engraving? Laser engraving? Slots? Collar? Clasp? How do I support Basenjis? Tooling is going to cost a bit.
I think I have have the bell figured out. I may also have the clappers figured out too, but I need to test all of this. The part that concerns me is the collar. Weaving, macramé, braiding, sewing...
Anyway... these are thoughts in motion...
Logan is fearful of "things" in my hand. A screwdriver, a hanger, a tape measure and things like that. At first I ignored it. I mean, I gotta get stuff done. No time to park. Then I rethought that. If I walk in with something that he alerts to I stop, take a knee, set it on the floor, and invite him to come over and sniff it. Then tell him, "See! It's not gonna eat you." He get's better all the time.
I agree with everything that's been said. I often tell people the same things. At the same time I have gotten so much enjoyment from my two Basenjis. By the time I got them I was at a place in my life where I had the time to spend with them. If you're there, you have the time, a secure yard, patience and you love solving puzzles (your Basenji will puzzle you) then by all means... consider one! They're infinitely entertaining, enjoyable, affectionate, and clean to name just a few positive attributes. They make excellent companions too.
Mine follows me everywhere. I believe he would come back if called while off-leash in the front yard IF nothing else caught his attention. He MIGHT hang with me in the garage IF there were NEVER any distractions. But, there's so many squirrels in the park right in front of my house... I'll never risk him loosing his mind, then his life.
I’m no breeder, and my knowledge of the Basenji show standard is rudimentary at best. That said Ellie is one of the most beautiful Basenjis I’ve seen. The way her white underbelly cheats it’s way up the sides of her thighs. Not sure I’ve seen that before. The white pin stripe up the back of her skull. Jengo had one, so I’m partial to that. The spot. Just dig that so much. I hope she never grows out of her wrinkles. Happy you found each other! Keep us updated.
There's a few things that make that site so very very cool in my mind.
First, it's just fun to see my pups family tree. I use it to show off to friends and family (Ferrari Dog! ). I use it to contemplate the conversations and thought that might have gone into a breeding say... 4, 5, 6 generations back... that may have created the strongest attributes I might be seeing today. The pictures make that really fun to noodle.
Second is being able to see which breeders have relationships e.g. my breeder, Astarte is closely aligned with Kazor and Taji. There're more, but you get the idea. Why would that be important? Well, I would guess that a person trying to find a puppy might be able to use it as a tool to identify breeders who may not be listed on sites like AKC or BCOA. Sure, it would take a little digging, then some google searches, but to me... half the fun is the hunt. Ask any squirrel hunting Basenji. I can't believe more people aren't using the database for this purpose.
Third, to check health as has been mentioned e.g. Fanconi, PRA, hip dysplasia
There is so much involved in being an ethical and successful breeder. The database gives an indication of both. A person can spot a championship line and see that it's been happening for generations spanning decades. I can go back 5 generations, BUT... if I go to Logan's Great great great grandmother and search her... now I get to see another 5 generations back. Take some notes and do some google searches. It's like a treasure hunt clues. Having a basenji has become a hobby, so I love this stuff. Thanks @Zande