Fire was my heart, my soul and the foundation for Fataki Basenjis.
B is for Barkless, but not really mute.
They chortle and yodel, mutter and growl
I think they could talk if they ever learnt how.
A is for Agile, graceful and quick.
They jump like a deer and play like a cat.
Who ever heard of a dog acting like that?
S is for Stubborn, yes they do have a streak.
They'll coax and they'll bully till they get their own way.
Outsmarting a human is just part of their day.
E is for Entertaining, they're all hams at heart.
Ask them to play and they'll act like a clown.
Tell them to heel and they'll sit down and frown.
N is for Neat, a must in themselves.
They lick and they groom till each hair is in place.
If they think that you need it, they'll come wash your face.
J is for Jungle, natives and huts.
On the tombs of the Pharoahs their pictures are found,
And in Africa's jungles they're the belled hunting hound.
I is for Me. An owner possessed,
I feed and I doctor, I worry and care.
And that doggone Basenji knows, when he calls, I'll be there.
Jeraldeen Crandall. 1967