Ohhh boy oh boy, does the HappyTales household ever have news for you!
Okay, so you know how Ryan and I thought Happy was a terrier/border collie mix since, ohhh, you know… the day we got her?
Yeah, well, NEWSFLASH! turns out we were most likely 95% wrong. (I hope this doesn’t make us bad parent’s…)
Yes, Happy is most likely still a mix. And yes, she proooobably still has some border collie and terrier in her, but holy WOW did we ever get a surprise when we visited this new indoor doggie-play yard, GoodDog, in NoDa, last week!
The owner (Shawn) of this agility wonder-land sure does know her stuff. Within 10 minutes of chatting with us, she had us convinced that Happy is, in fact, a BASENJI mix!!!
Check out the evidence…
I present to you, a picture of a Basenji:
“Basenjis are small, elegant-looking, short-haired dogs with erect ears, a tightly curled tail and a graceful neck. Some people consider their appearance similar to that of a miniature deer. The basenji is alert, affectionate, energetic, curious and reserved with strangers. The basenji is somewhat aloof, but can also form strong bonds with people and can become emotionally attached to a single human. It is commonly patient, and does best with older considerate handlers. Basenjis dislike wet weather, like to climb, can easily get over chain wire fences and are very clever at getting their own way. The basenji has the unique properties of not barking (it makes a low, liquid ululation instead) and cleaning itself like a cat. It can be described as speedy, frisky, tireless at play, and teasing the owner into play. Basenjis often stand on their hind legs, somewhat like a meerkat, by themselves or leaning on something; this behavior is often observed when the dog is curious about something. Basenjis reveal their animal-of-prey nature by chasing after fast moving objects that cross their paths. The basenji is arguably one of the most ancient dog breeds. Originating on the continent of Africa, basenji-like dogs have lived with humans for thousands of years. Dogs resembling modern basenjis can be seen on stelae in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, sitting at the feet of their masters, looking just as they do today, with pricked ears and tightly curled tails. These local dogs, which Europeans identified the basenji as a unique breed and they were prized by locals for their intelligence, courage, speed, and silence.” Thank you, Wikipedia.
Oh my word. Soooo much of that is true for Happy! Not only is she clever, affectionate, and a climber…but she typically refrains from barking (er…howling) as well.
She also hates going out in the rain, and she stands and walks on her hind legs all the time! I kid you not, this dog has walked from our house to the parking lot, all on her hind legs, multiple times. It both amazes me and cracks me up every single time. Ryan has even gotten her to “hop” across the room like this. I really need to catch it on video so y’all can see what I’m talking about…
So yes, the mystery has finally been solved, and we are pretty dang sure that Happy is a basenji mix!
We ❤ love<3 our little basenji
Have y’all ever heard of the basenji breed before? For those of you who have mixed breeds, do you know what the mix is?