45 – Why Are You a Basenji?

The Basenji, not to be confused with Benji, is only the second African dog we’ve done. These little dudes have some cute quirks about them. You may have stumbled upon the Basenji as you were looking up dogs that don’t bark. Well, that is “true”, they don’t bark. They yodel. So if you found the Basenji, or us because of this, change your search to “Silent Dogs”.

What they are though, is a very ancient breed, and go back as far as 3000 BCE. Although from the Congo, they have a lot of history in Egypt as well. Even though there isn’t really evidence of it in the research, I feel like the Basenji may be what Anubis was based on. Look at the statues and drawings, that’s not any jackal I ever seen. What’s impressive more, is that the dog was initially used as a hunting a dog, which it did by sight, rather than smell. I say impressive, because the modern version is no more than 2 feet tall.

These dogs are also pretty close to the bottom of the scale of intelligence in dogs. By near the bottom, I mean second to last. This is somewhat controversial, as apparently the standards for intelligence measuring is based on ability to take commands on the first instance. I think it’s about time they re-do the test, as the list doesn’t even contain 100 dogs on it.

This episode, Caitlyn and Kyle talk about their time in Seattle which they are actually back from. Caitlyn reveals that she has been preparing to do this podcast over a decade before she met Kyle. Kyle is all goofed up on cough medication, and is particularly annoying.

Song is Can’t Get Enough by Basenji (we rolled a 6).

15 – Why Are You a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

It’s our first African dog! The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog that was originally meant for the greatest purpose ever. These dogs were bread as lion fighting dogs. In fact, at one point, they were called “Rhodesian Lion Dogs”. I’m not even sure why someone thought to mention their weird back hair. The lion fighting part is way more interesting.

This episode was plagued by misfortune and almost didn’t happen but thankfully we got it into your feeds on time! Caitlyn’s dog, Willie, makes mostly inaudible cameos throughout the episode as he is a Rhodie mix. This episode also features tooth extraction, marriage, Frankenstein dog breeding, The Most Interesting Man in South Africa, and more breed culling (boo).

Outro song is Attention by Charlie Puth.