Date of birth 4.7.1998
Eye screened (normal, minor ppm), Normal Optic Nerves
THYROID: 2002 - Normal / 2009 - Re-tested Normal
Hip Score 4:2 Total score 6 (OFA Good)
Height at withers - 15.75 inches
Jorji has the most gentle, soft nature, she really is the softest Basenji you will ever meet. A very gentle, soft, loving and affectionate girl. She loves nothing better than to snuggle into your lap giving lots of kisses. Jorji is a real sweetie! She delights in jumping into the bath tub whether it's full of water or empty as often as she can!
At the age of 5 months Jorji won a Best Baby Puppy in Group award at a Championship show and then the following week at the tender age of 6 months and 1 day received a Reserve Challenge Certificate against tough competition (including her dam Mali who won the CC) as well as winning Best Minor Puppy in Group! We were thrilled with her progress and were looking forward to a bright future in the ring with her.
A few days later our hopes were shattered when whilst playing outside with our other dogs she managed to get her leg stuck under a tin shed and while pulling it out managed to sever all the tendons in her left hind leg just above the hock.
Our vet was wonderful even though it was a Friday night he rushed into the clinic along with a fellow colleague & performed emergency after hours surgery to re-attach her tendons before they retracted too far to be able to repair successfully.
She had to wear a plaster cast on her entire leg to keep it straight held on by masses of bandages around her waist. We were told that she wasn't allowed to walk at all for about 6 weeks which became 10 weeks altogether before the cast could come off and be replaced by a thick bandage. After 12 weeks she was allowed limited (5 mins per day) walking on a lead basically just to go to the toilet and gradually the time was built up in 5 minute increments until she could safely walk around our back yard off lead.
Sweet Jorji just put up with all of it without complaint and spent the entire time on my lap and in a crate happily chewing on bon bones and Kong toys. We watched alot of tennis together that summer! She had to be under constant supervision to prevent her from chewing her cast off and ruining the chances of a decent recovery so at night she shared our bed with us.
We were delighted to find after a lengthy recovery period and physical therapy that she had lost her limp so we resumed showing her again. She did very well and attained her Championship title (our daughter Karly handled her to her title) fairly easily with a few nice Class in Group awards along the way.
At the Basenji Club of NSW Specialty show in 2000 she came 2nd in the Limit bitch class to the eventual CC and Runner up in Show winner. Again in the Basenji Club of Victoria's Specialty show in 2001 she got a 2nd placing in the Australian Bred Bitch class also to the eventual CC and Runner up in Show winner.
Jorji has given us so much joy, never complains about anything and is an absolute joy to live with and has also produced puppies that have her lovely soft nature ! She is sooooo playful now, its as if she is making up for her lost puppyhood ten times over ! A real success story & we love her to bits !!