Articles for the Month of May 2013

RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2013

I’m a little late in posting about our trip to Launceston but I haven’t been feeling well this week.  It was a great day and even though we didn’t meet any other Basenjis, it was great for the dogs to socialise (and try some healthy dog treats while they were there).

RSPCA 2013

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is a bit of a tradition for us.  We have been taking part for seven years and always have a fun time.  Considering the weather had been a little nasty leading up to the day, Launceston turned on a wonderful sunny morning and dogs of all shapes and sizes were sporting their biggest smiles.  Isabella received many compliments on her sparkling cherry and sequin dress and of course many people wanted to know a little about our Basenji boys.

 Like I said, there weren’t any other B’s there this year but we were fortunate enough to meet another Basenji owner and had a wonderful chat!  Fingers crossed we can meet her gorgeous Basenji babies Laska and Lykos!


While Papa’s away in the kitchen we’ll play!

My husband has traveled back to Queensland so I’m home alone with the dogs for about a week. Today being Mother’s Day I thought I might bake some dog treats with the fur-kids (and they were waiting impatiently at my feet the whole time). This is one of many wonderful dog treat recipes on the Doggy Dessert Chef website but since they reminded me of little Basenji tails, I thought it would be a good place to start.

Here you are, Peanut Butter & Honey Basenji Bagels!!  If your dog has allergies you could probably make some simple adjustments to the recipe.  They have proven very popular so far and I must admit, they smell very yummy and comforting.

1/2 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Honey
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1 cup Water (more if needed)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and prepare a baking tray with some greaseproof paper.
2. In a large bowl combine the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon until well mixed.
3. Add the peanut butter, honey, oil and water and combine / knead until dough is formed.
4. Roll dough into balls about 1-2 inches in diameter.  Poke a hole through each ball with your finger or the end of a wooden spoon.
5. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.  Cool and just try to keep the dogs away from these delicious bites!

When using human food in our dog treats, Chris and I always try to use the healthiest and freshest available.  Consider using all-natural / organic products where you can with low sugar and salt levels.  Enjoy!


Baroos from Tasmania

Hi everyone. Thanks for popping along to read our first Tassie blog here on the BBNA website. We have loved the past couple of months on the Island state and look forward to sharing some of our tales with you along the way.

IMG_7120 May has bought along the most gorgeous Autumn colours, the sort you rarely see back home in Queensland. It has also snuck in some really cold mornings that I wasn’t expecting this early in the year – this morning was a crisp -3.3 degrees Celsius! Thank goodness for heavy blankets and warm Basenjis to keep you toasty in bed!!

Sadly with the colder weather we will have to say goodbye to our favourite beach at Falmouth…for a couple months at least. Carrying a dog in each arm through the knee-high lagoon waters to get to our deserted stretch of pristine beach is getting icier each time. On the plus side, that means we will be forced to do some more exploring of our beautiful state to find fun things to do with the dogs. Maybe some more bush walking and mountain climbing?

Keep an eye out in the next “BBNA Baroo” for some pictures of our Tas-enji boys, Levis and Rune experiencing Tasmania.