Animals reflect our behaviour. The animals that we feel a closeness to, encounter often, engage with, attract, and so on; have a role to play in that moment of our lives. They offer an understanding to us of the ‘play’ that is our current experience, and give insight into the intricacies of our lives. Following is the understanding for the quick thinking Basenji.
Basenji (Listen while you read)
Hello! How are you? Nice to see you! It’s a nice day. Going for a walk? The garden is lovely. Lovely smell in the air. Good day!
(May I have a word? We Basenji types do like to talk, you know. If it weren’t for the fact that we are above the ‘norm’ we would most certainly talk and talk and talk and talk. We do have a lot to say, you see. Yes, that’s right. WE HAVE A LOT TO SAY; and that which we do say is quite comical, interesting. Verbose! What is that you say? Verbose? Well, perhaps that is a fitting term. Hmmmmm, verbose. Yes, you are probably right. We are probably verbose; we Basenji types. Oh, alright, verbose we are. However, at least we have ‘something to say’. Not like many who have nought happening upstairs; if you know what I mean. I don’t mean to sound rude; oh, nothing would offend me more than thinking that others find me rude. Oh, no, that wouldn’t do at all. You see (not to put too finer point to it) we Basenji types do find the hm, hm, ‘common folk’ rather disturbing to our otherwise fine sensibility of character. I am a little embarrassed to say so; however; it is true. We do hold ourselves ‘a little above the rest’. Now I’ve let the cat out of the bag. Cat! Cat! Who said anything about cats? Oh, those dreadful creatures with their stickiness all over them. Oh, such creatures are they. Washing and preening, washing and preening. Do they do anything else…….?
…..I shall just calm myself a minute. Please excuse me whilst I settle my mind……. Oh dear, I do seem to be giving away far too much of myself this day. FAR TOO MUCH. I am generally so refined and keep my opinions to myself. This I most certainly do. I do not wish for you or anybody to know me too well. A cover-up; you say? No, just another aspect of a finely tuned, well bred character. Oh darn; I hate giving myself away. I really do. NOW I’m a little cross. Yes, I’m a little cross because you have given me up. Yes you have. You have unsettled me and I have given away far too much of myself. I WILL COMPOSE MYSELF and begin again. Yes, that is what I shall do. Forgive me my outburst. Good day!
Charming, comes to mind as does self constraining/critiquing. There is probably a little of the Basenji personality in most of us. He would rather that we see him as he projects, rather than think this outward show of refinement is a cover for a much more diverse thinking individual. Yes, the Basenji personality is a quick thinking, ever changing force of friskiness. We could all do with the ability to think on our feet as does the delightful, energetic qualities of this versatile well favoured canine.)
Carolyn Page – ABC of Spirit Talk
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