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Ancient Enemies

Posted in Basenjis, squirrels, Uncategorized on March 4, 2008 by jezandia

squirrel-tile.jpg Dogs and Squirrels. It doesn’t get much more basic then that. Enemies since the dawn of time. They laugh at me. I know they do. Taunting me from the branches. Some day they will pay.  But in the meantime I bide my time.

And research:

The squirrel’s common name can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, where Aristotle used the word “skiouros,” skia meaning shade, while “oura” means tail. Thus the meaning “he who sits in the shadow of his tail”.   Give me half a chance and I make him “he who sits in my stomach”!

There are over 365 species of squirrel’s or squirrel like mammals through out the world.  “Gaaak!”

Squirrels are the most active in late winter,  when the mating season begins.    The males will chase a females, as well as, chase off other suitors. This ritual of chasing, occurs through the trees at top speed.  Geesh!  Couldn’t they get a room?

A squirrel’s brain is about the size of a walnut.  I could have told them that! 

Squirrels communicate through a series of chirps. The frequency,  and the duration of the notes communicate everything from laughter to alarm.  See I told you they were laughing! 

The gray squirrel has been known to build a nest in many unusual places, in an attic or a crawl space seems to be the most common. Squirrels have also built nests in automobiles, chimney’s, barbecue grills and under porches.  Or Archaeological storerooms.
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I tell my Human, just give me 5 minutes alone with that *#$%* critter!

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Me, Me, Me!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2008 by jezandia

It was brought to my attention that I had not formally introduced myself.  So to remedy that.

My name is Raisin and I just turned two (I don’t think 2 is too young to launch a campaign of world domination, do you?)  I’m a female brindle Basenji.  I have lots of interests.  I go to work with my Human occasionally where I give the impression that I am a “good dog”.  Ha!  Silly Humans.  I do the dog show thing with pretty good success, I have a pretty wide circle of friends I hang with, both canine and human and I like to think I strike fear in the hearts of squirrels everywhere.  Really, what I’m best know for is being a Super Model in the dog world.  But like your regular family dog I mostly enjoy mayhem and chaos.  Especially if it involves paper products.headshot3sm.jpg

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Basenji Day

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2008 by jezandia

Not to be confused with Groundhog day.

I know we covered the whole Cabin Fever thing last week.  I was holding out that we’d get better news on Basenji Day, but it was not to be.  Even though I closed my eyes and turned away quickly I still saw my shadow.

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So sorry people.  Its official.  This means a Butt Load more of Winter.

Cabin Fever

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2008 by jezandia

My human says she has something called “cabin fever”.  Let me tell you if anyone has cabin fever, *I* have cabin fever.  I’m from Africa man, I don’t do cold.  I don’t have the coat (although my human has bought me an extensive wardrobe).  These days if I get out 4 or 5 times a day to do my “bidness” I’m lucky.  I need some exercise! let-me-out.jpg

You can only run up and down the stairs so many times.  Maybe I’ll keep the world domination thing on hold and work on convincing my human we need to move south.

Like the swallows I have returned

Posted in Basenjis, Uncategorized on February 20, 2008 by jezandia

Well I’m back.  Still not on top of my game.  While at my breeders I “came in season” again.  For the second time.  For some reason my human is really annoyed about this.  Why she should be pissed off I have no idea.  Her butt isn’t swollen and twitchy… Or maybe it is and she hides it well.

raisininvt-019.jpgSo the whole world domination thing is still on hold.  In the mean time I am dreaming of Spring.