Basenji: “Lady”, from the book: Goodbye, My Lady (1954)
Good-bye, My Lady is a novel by James H. Street about a boy and his Basenji dog. It was published in 1954 and made into a movie in 1958. Due to its popularity, it was reprinted in 1978. Skeeter is a little orphaned boy, who adopts a lost dog called “Lady”. A friend hears from a traveling salesman that a kennel in Connecticut lost a Basenji. The description of the lost dog, named “Isis of the Blue Nile”, matches that of “Lady”…
When “Lady” responds to the name “Isis”, Skeeter knows he has lost his beloved Basenji, and with immense sorrow, decides to return her to her rightful owner. A wire is sent to the kennel, and the owner flies down from Connecticut to take possession of Lady. Sadly , Skeeter has to give up “Lady”. However, he gains a new sense of maturity for the world, and is happy with the $100 reward he got for returning her to her rightful owner.
Interestingly enough, the Basenji is the only dog that cannot bark! It rather yodels in a strange way and lacks those functions that enable it to bark like other dogs.It is one of the few dogs that originate from Africa.
Earlier this week, I tackled the topic of anti-barking dog collars; what they are; and how effective they are. I would like to continue with the topic a bit.
Although I briefly mentioned which breeds are the quiet representatives, I would like to continue with this thread. This is also an important factor when choosing a dog or a puppy. The amount of barking depends on three things: Firstly, the environment in which the dog lives influences his behaviour. Secondly it is genetic. Some dog breeds have been bred to be more quiet than others. Thirdly, canine physiology also holds answers. The Basenji breed for instance…ancient as it is, originates from Africa, and it has under-developed vocal cords. It cannot bark, because of a shallow larynx. It can give out sounds like yoddeling though. Some other more quiet breeds include:
Of course they do bark, but in moderation. Dogs that are big barkers have well-developed vocal cords. New dog owners often don’t consider both training and dog breeds when selecting a dog and this can result in problems due to barking.
If you have done your research before buying a dog, good for you! An anti-barking dog collar is not needed if you are an owner of a quiet breed. Research into choosing a dog is imperative. However, if you are a loving owner of a rather roudy dog, then you may just have a problem there and an anti-barking dog collar in this case is a great possibility and solution. According to dog trainer and author; Ty Brown: ” I get tired of people who don’t do research and call these collars mean and cruel without realizing how humane they can be when used right. ” With an anti-barking dog collar, slowly but surely, your roudy dog can become a quiet pet as well; much like the other non-barking dog breeds.
Please do bear in mind that puppies tend to be more enthusiastic and loud. A lot depends on the individual personality of your dog as well. If your dog has spent his early weeks among very enthusiastic barking dogs, don’t expect him to be silent, no matter what the dog breed is. Regardless of which dog breed you end up choosing, don’t overlook the importance of good training. Good training – although often requiring extreme patience and professional help; combined with an anti-barking dog collar- will ensure a happy home environment for both dog and owner. Silence is Golden. Start with an anti-barking dog collar.
All dogs bark. Is that true? Well no. Not all dogs bark, but most do. Owners of a Basenji, an Alaskan Malamute, and an Afghan Hound can take it easy and enjoy the silence around them. However there are dogs that are typically big barkers and these include the Jack Russell, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Mudi, Vizsla, Shetland Dog, Newfoundland, German Shepherd, Dachshund, Beagle, West-Highland Terrier, Toy Poodle, Doberman and the Schnauzer.
So what to do when you have to listen to incessant barking? Not only your sleep, but your neighbors’ nerves will also be affected. Although one understands that barking is natural for dogs, there comes a time when enough is enough. What to do then? Training might help…but an anti-barking dog collar might do the trick as well.
What is an anti-barking dog collar you ask? Well this is special type of collar that triggers a reaction out of a dog…and after repetitively negatively stimulating the dog with every bark, the dog slowly but surely learns not to bark. There are different types of anti bark collars available. There are dog collars that deliver a light shock to your dog as a reaction to barking. There is also a type of dog collar that sprays mists of citronella. This smell is not welcomed by dogs and they sooner stop barking than continue smelling the fumes of citronella around them. This is a more humane solution because it does not inflict pain to the dog.
So how effective is an anti barking dog collar, you ask?
– Anti-barking collars can modify a dog’s behavior while teaching the dog not to bark.
– It helps dog owners in their everyday chores of taking care of their dogs.
– It is humane and the most proper way to stop excessive barking of dogs. Dog owners support it worldwide.
– In a matter of a week, it can already be removed since dogs already get used to such a scheme.
– There are some anti-barking collars which are rechargeable so there will be no extra costs for batteries.
– There are some anti-barking collars which are waterproof which means dogs can use this device even when it’s raining outside.
As with every type of collar, it is important to choose the right type for your dog. This should of course depend on the size of your dog as well as their barking habit. You should buy a small, thin, delicate collar for small dogs, while thicker, stronger collars are the best option for large-bodied dogs. The fitting of the collar is very important! You don’t under any circumstances want to buy a collar that is too tight, since this may lead to choking!
If you are thinking of buying online…look at their return policy. This will help you in case the collar is too big, or too small for your dog. If you are aiming to buy it at a pet store, they may be kind enough to give you advice about the type and effectiveness of the collar that is perfect for your dog. So try it out. You might just catch up on a few hours of lost sleep!
There must have been times in your life when you had wished that your dog would just stop barking! Or maybe the neighbors have threatened to go to the police, if Fido carries on without a break. Well if you are one of those people, who loves dogs, but cannot stand the barking, there is hope! Have you ever heard of the “Dog that doesn’t bark?”…Or more commonly known as the Basenji?
This amazing dog comes from Central Africa, and while civilizations were only starting to blossom, this dog was already established as a known breed! With a gazelle-like sleekness, an almost feline grace; and a movement that resembles more of a trotting horse, than a slumbering canine – the Basenji truly is a unique breed. They clean themselves like a cat; they have no doggy-odor and most interestingly: the Basenji cannot bark. They can howl like a wolf…they can yodel playfully…and they can scream when in pain…yet they cannot bark. Although they have the same vocal cords as other canines, it is believed that they truly are the representative breed of the cradle of canines, since dogs of the past, had little barking abilities as well. Autopsy results have shown that the breed has a very shallow Larynx compared to all other breeds; thus preventing them from normal woof woof! Their extremely high intelligence – that can be easily spotted from any photograph- with their keen eyes sparkling knowingly- means that they are not as easily trainable as other dogs, but they remain loyal, devoted and extremely friendly dogs, that do not fair well, when left alone.
As far back as Ancient Egypt, the Basenji stood proudly next to Egyptian royalty and adopted the noble and aristocratic bearing of their owners as well. Native Africans have used the Basenji for hunting as well and only in 1895, did this breed become known outside of its native Congo. Also known as the the Congo Terrier, the Basenji breed was first established in 1939, in England. While the World Wars did nothing to perpetuate this awesome breed, conscientious breeders have done their job and are still doing their job in keeping this breed alive and well. These breeders and lovers of the Basenji can be found all over the world today- even as far as Australia. This is a medium-sized dog and males reach a height of 17in (40.5cm) while females reach a height of 16in (38cm). The ideal weight of males is 24lbs (11kg) and 22lbs (10kg) for females.
So while more and more breeds come to be established in today’s world, where hybrid dogs are (sadly) the norm, one should take a moment and bow in respect to this ancient dog breed that is often referred to as the “barkless dog”, and which has been with us, since the ancient Egyptians blossomed and ruled Northern Africa. These dogs are cute, intelligent, alert, playful and have affectionate dispositions. But most unique of all it is their lack of barking abilities…that makes the Basenji a truly unique breed of dog.
Euro Puppy has made roots for itself in Africa, much like a huge Baobab tree. Africa conjures up images of the “Big Five” and one would think dogs don’t play an important role in the lives of Africans. Well they actually do. Africa can boast with a number of rare indigenous dog breeds. These include the Basenji from Congo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback from Zimbabwe; the Saluki from Egypt, the Aidi and the Sloughi from Morocco, the Azawakh from Mali, not to mention the Africanis (or Zulu Dog) and the Boerboel from South Africa.
However, interestingly enough, more and more people from Africa are seeking to import dogs from Europe. Dog lovers from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria cannot match the uniqueness of the so-called large-bodied fighter dogs from Europe. The Rottweiler, the Neapolitan Mastiff, and the Dogue de Bordeaux to name just a few, are some of these powerful breeds. People living in Africa have started to surf the net and are looking for top quality puppies for sale; puppies which can be imported into Africa without any hassle from Europe. Since where else can you get these top quality European breeds, than from the heart of Europe? People living in Africa are not only interested in breeding these dogs in Africa, but they are also looking at finding the perfect protection dog. Africa is undeniably a stunning continent but it is also undeniably volatile. It is thus no surprise that people wish to find the best protection dog. Although the massive Boerboel from South Africa as well as the Rhodesian Ridgeback are known fighters, the enchanting character, spirit and unique breed standard of the European bad-ass fighter dogs like the Rottweiler, the Doberman, the Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Neapolitan Mastiff can make any dog lover living in Africa: proud, happy and safe.
Euro Puppy has managed to ship healthy and happy puppies to Africa. Shipping is free to South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya. Top quality European imports from the best European breeders are favored these days. Anyone else who has ever lived in Africa can also safely say that there is nothing more magical than a happy tail-wag in an African sunset…