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Trixie: A Basenji Dog With a Golden Heart

Pups that look just like the mother.

Pups that look just like the mother.

Trixie Was Not A Bloodhound

We had many dogs on our grandfather's farm, but Trixie was more than just one of the other dogs; she was a member of the family. She was also the protector of us kids and went everywhere we went.

Trixie always led the way and seemed to know where we were going. Whenever she was ahead of us, all we could see was the white of her curly tail and the white of her face. She would go with us to the Blue Hole and the creek and she would swim and chase rabbits or squirrels. Trixie knew when we were going to the Blue Hole and would lead the way, and we would follow with our canes, which we used as fishing rods.

Trixie Cried Real Tear Drops That Rolled Down Her Beautiful Face

When Trixie had her first litter, I knew she was different.

When Trixie had her first litter (three little pups) we all wanted to hold them even though they did not have their eyes open. Trixie did not seem to mind, but I can still hear Mammaw say, "You kids give those pups back to their mother so she can feed and care for them. You can play with them when they get their eyes open and can run around." We would gently put the puppies back in Trixie's bed and she would wash her babies as they fed. But, we never got the chance to play with them. Pampa said we had too many dogs, and before they were weaned, he took them away.

We kids sat around Trixie as she cried. Without making a sound, her tears rolled down her beautiful face and dropped onto the wooden porch floor, forming little puddles on each side of her nose. This was because her babies had been taken away from her, and all six of us cried with her.

As her tears rolled down

They splashed upon the wood

Somehow I knew that Trixie understood

This time her pups were gone for good.

Bit by the Rattle Snake

Trixie was not afraid of anything, so when she happened upon a rattler, she was not leery and went up to sniff it. The rattle snake struck her on her back. We heard the rattle of the snake, and when we heard Trixie yelp, we knew that she had been bitten. Pampa grabbed a hoe and killed the rattle snake.

Pampa made an incision with a sharp knife at the puncture wound where Trixie was bitten by the rattle snake. He held Trixie in a pan of kerosene so that the wound was submerged. He said that this method would draw the poison out. I guess it must have worked because after being sick for a few days, she got well.

A few more days after that, we were in the yard and heard the familiar rattle. Trixie ran toward the sound in the weeds. Pampa said, "That dog wants to get herself killed," and he reached for the hoe. But, before he could find the snake, Trixie came out of the weeds, dragging the snake with her. She had killed her first of many rattlers, and she became a mighty hunter of rattle snakes.

Trixie Died Giving Birth

Later, we moved to Indiana with my mom and stepfather. My aunt came for her children and they moved to Chicago. With no one left to help Mammaw and Pampa with the chores, they sold the farm animals, boarded up the log house, and moved to Chicago.

I am guessing that my grandparents knew that the independent Trixie, who was allowed to come and go as she pleased, would not be happy in an apartment. So, she was taken to my Aunt Hattie’s house to live until they earned enough money to start having a new house built.

In less than a year, after my grandparents moved to Chicago, Trixie died giving birth to her last litter. She had been allowed to continue roaming the farm land that was still owned by my grandparents. Aunt Hattie said that Trixie’s pups were too large for her to give birth normally. With no veterinarian nearby and Aunt Hattie not having a phone, Trixie was doomed. Although we had other dogs, I never forgot Trixie. I can still see her in the tall grass, the only thing showing was her head and the white of her tail.

When we moved to California from Indiana, Dad (our stepfather) adopted a jet black Cocker Spaniel, and we named him Jip. Jip was always chewing up shoes and did so much damage that we gave him to a family who owned a house with a fenced yard, where he would have lots of room to run around outside. After Jip, we got another dog and named her Pigeon (nicknamed Pudsie), but I never forgot Trixie.

This Is What Trixie Looked Like

The Independence of the Basenji

Many years after Trixie died, my husband and I went to a dog show, and for the first time, I saw dogs that looked just like Trixie. That was when I realized that she was a Basenji (or at least part).

After the show, I went to the library and did some research on the Basenji. I was amazed at what I found. It was then that I realized what a unique and awesome animal she was.

The Basenjis are somewhat like cats in that they are very independent and keep themselves clean. They yodel, they laugh, and they cry tears, and it is said that they don’t bark. It is also said they mimic other dogs. Trixie did bark, but not much — only when strangers came around. Her bark never sounded exactly like other dogs. I never heard her yodel, but I did hear what sounded like laughing from her. My research also revealed that the Basenji does not like water. But, Trixie used to swim in the Blue Hole or the creek when we went fishing.

Do You Have a Basenji?

I still think about Trixie. She was such a special dog. It was so sad that she died without her family by her side, except for Aunt Hattie.

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko

Comments

C E Clark from North Texas on July 16, 2020:

A great story to read oneself, or to the kids that are likely stir crazy from being shut in for so long. Posting this to AH &FB.

Blessings, dear friend. Stay well . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on March 12, 2020:

Back to post this wonderful story on AH & FB. Hope people have found it and read it to their children.

Blessings, dear friend. Stay well.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 14, 2019:

A great story to read that is positive compared to what is in the news these days, and a great story to share with children.

Hope all is well with you dear friend. Many blessings to you also . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on May 03, 2019:

It's so nice to read a story like this after all the ugliness in the news everyday with no hope or change in site for our country. Hope all is well with you dear friend . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on December 19, 2018:

A great story to share with young children over Christmas. Not because it's a Christmas story, but because it's something positive among all the other stuff coming at us through the media these days. A nice family story suitable for children and adults alike.

Sharing this on FB and AH. Hope all is well with you dear friend, and that you are looking forward to a new year.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 24, 2018:

One of my favorite stories, this caught my eye again when I was perusing your collection. Hope all is well with you dear friend. Blessings . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 14, 2018:

Au fait, thank you for the comments and compliments, I really appreciate you.

I hope all is well with you. Many Blessings My dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 13, 2018:

Came back to revisit this excellent story about Trixie. It's a great story and a children's book about Trixie would be a great addition.

Blessings dear friend. Hope all is going well for you. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 06, 2018:

Au fait, thank you so much for the comments.

I hope you had a great Christmas and wondrous New Year.

Blessings and hugs dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 23, 2017:

This would be a great story to read with children during the holidays, or any time. With kids home from school, some parents are looking for ways to keep them entertained and this story would do that for a little while.

Hope your Christmas will be peaceful. Blessings and hugs now and always for both you and John.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 24, 2017:

Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing it.

I do hope all is well with you.

Blessings my dear friend

C E Clark from North Texas on September 14, 2017:

Sharing this wonderful story again. Anyone who hasn't already read it should do so if only to offset all the negativity in the media these days.

Blessings dear friend, to both you and John. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 21, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing.

Blessings and hugs always my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 12, 2016:

This is always a favorite article for me to read. Giving it another share today. Animal lovers especially will love this. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 23, 2016:

Au fait, for the comment and sharing this, I really appreciate you.

Trixie was so beautiful and smart.

I do hope that all is well with you, finally got hubby to go to find out what is wrong with him.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend

C E Clark from North Texas on February 12, 2016:

Sharing this again. A wonderful story that everyone will love.

Enjoy our pretty weather while it lasts and take care! Happy Valentine's Day!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 18, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing this story of our amazing dog.

I am sorry to hear you burned your hands. If you have a piece of cloth to throw over the steering wheel, that would help.

All of our stuff outside is blazing hot.

Blessings and hugs dear friend, take care.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 18, 2015:

Audrey, thank you for the comment. Yes Trixie was a great dog.

Blessings and Hugs to you my dear friend.

Audrey Howitt from California on July 14, 2015:

Aw--what a great dog! Thank you for sharing this with us!

C E Clark from North Texas on July 14, 2015:

This is a wonderful story for dog lovers and kids. A great tribute to Trixie. Sharing it again.

Hope you stayed in as much as possible. Burnt my hands when I went outside to move the car into the shade. There was nothing inside or outside that I could safely touch. I sure wish I could find a way to drive up North for the rest of the summer. They're experiencing temps in the 80s for the high. :)

Blessings and hugs dear friend, and please take care of yourself and be careful in this awful heat.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 29, 2015:

Poetryman6969, thank you for the comment, I do appreciate you. You are right, we can all learn for our animals.

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 29, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, up votes and for sharing.

At hubby's insistence, I drove the truck out on the lawn and got it stuck, I was going to drive the truck to the ditch to pull the lawn tractor out. that was stuck, then we got the big tractor to pull out the truck and it got stuck. and now it is all a mess.

Our wonderful neighbors have all come out to help. What a blessing they are.

Blessings and Hugs to you.

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron

poetryman6969 on April 26, 2015:

A nice story. Voted up. Sometimes kids can learn valuable lessons from animals. Not always nice lessons but valuable nonetheless.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 26, 2015:

This is a great story any time and good to share with children and grandchildren. I hope people will read it to their kids. Sharing and voting up and awesome.

We're to have rain again for hours and hours once it gets started. Hope you have your yard work caught up so you can stay in for a day or so.

Hope all is well there. Blessings and hugs, dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 01, 2015:

ris8994, thank you so much for reading and commenting on my article.

I too believe that animals have the same feelings as humans. Trixie was truly was a special dog and she understood so much more than anyone gave her credit for. I miss her more now than I did those many years ago.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend and Happy New Year.

Shyron

rls8994 from Mississippi on December 31, 2014:

Oh my goodness, the thought of Trixie crying for her babies brought tears to my eyes. I believe animals feel things like we do. Trixie truely was a special dog :)

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 30, 2014:

Peachy, thank you for the comment, I appreciate you stopping by.

Yes Trixie was unique is so many ways. Basenji dogs cry tears and their bark sounds like laughter and yodel.

Blessings and hugs to you

Shyron

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 30, 2014:

Au fait, thank you for commenting again on Trixie's story. I appreciate you so much and it was good to talk to you also.

Blessings and hugs to you also.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 28, 2014:

trixie is a talented dog, no dogs are daring enough to catch a snake. I am touched when you said she had tears falling. She must had missed her pups

C E Clark from North Texas on December 27, 2014:

Sharing this wonderful story again. I know there are lots of people out there who would love this story but haven't read it yet.

Good to talk to you and will do it again soon. Blessings and hugs to you and John. Take care . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 29, 2014:

Linda, thank you for the comment, compliments and up-votes. I truly appreciate you.

Yes Trixie was loved and I know she loved us.

Blessings to you dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 28, 2014:

Au fait, thank you my dear friend for the comment, voting it up and awesome, and posting on FB and sharing.

Sorry I slept a lot today and did not wake up in time to call you.

I hope you have a good day tomorrow, without excitement.

Blessings dear friend.

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on September 27, 2014:

What a tender story about a special little girl. I fell in love with Trixie in the first capsule. The video of her bark made me cry. Trixie had a voice and the heart to match it. I know her loss was devastating since I too have lost several dogs that I knew were my "heart" dogs. I know the pain but I also know the joy of sharing a life with the special ones. So do you, clearly. Trixie was a beautiful girl and your hub is a real tribute to her. Voted up, awesome, beautiful. You did a wonderful job of telling her story.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 27, 2014:

Coming back to share this beautiful tribute to Trixie again. Voting it up and awesome, and posting on FB, also.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2014:

Au fait, thank you for the comments, compliments, post on FB and for sharing.

I am glad that you got good training in CPR, I know that a lot changed from when I learned.

You are right the humidity was a killer. We stayed in mostly because of the rain. Did you get a lot of rain, you did not mention it, so I was wondering.

I hope today went well for you.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 17, 2014:

This is such a wonderful tribute to Trixie and a great story for animal and pet lovers everywhere. A great story to read to one's children too.

Hope all is well there. First day at work I learned how to save everyone's life. Did you know if you're alone and start choking that you may be able to save yourself? We did first aid and CPR. A review from way back when I was in high school and not surprisingly, a lot of things have changed.

Posting this article on FB and sharing with followers. Hope you and John enjoyed the cooler morning, though the humidity was a killer, and that all is well with you both.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 25, 2014:

Patricia, Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate you.

Yes, loving our pets.. does make us better people.

I am so glad you liked this story about Trixie.

Thank you for the Angels.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 25, 2014:

Au fait, thank you for the pin and sharing this. I hope all is well with you also. Did you get a lot of rain?

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 24, 2014:

You, my dear, have a gift for telling about experiences that makes me feel as if I was there. This was another one that I will remember for some time.

Loving our pets...it makes us better people doesn't it???

Angels are on the way ps

C E Clark from North Texas on June 24, 2014:

Giving this another pin on AH. Sharing too. Hope you've had a good start to your week and that all is well.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 30, 2014:

Thank you Au fait, for the votes up, comments and pinning and share. You are such an amazing friend.

I hope all is going well with you.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 29, 2014:

This is such a great tribute to Trixie and a great story that animal lovers will love. Voted up, BAI, pinned to AH, and shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 30, 2014:

Thank you Tom for the comment. I am sorry it took so long to get back with you, somehow this got put in the spam folder.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 26, 2014:

Thank you my dear friend for the comment, votes and for sharing it also.

No improvement yet, had MRIs today. I asked my Doctor Monday if he found a radio in there, he said if he does he will change to a station without the static.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 26, 2014:

Devika! Thank you so much for the comment, Trixie was so beautiful. Thank you for the votes and sharing. I do appreciate you my friend

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 24, 2014:

An amazing story told and dogs are such beautiful animals I didn't know much about the Basenji until now. Voted up, and useful, interesting and shared.

Tom Schumacher from Huntington Beach, CA on March 23, 2014:

Trixie sounds like she was the perfect companion and rattle snake hunter! Truly, this was a great story to share. In fact, it almost brought me to tears a couple of times when I began to reminiscence about pups I've owned and lost over the years. - Thanks : )

C E Clark from North Texas on March 23, 2014:

This is such a great story and tribute to Trixie. I've voted it up and BAI and pinned it to AH. Going to share it too.

Appreciate all that you do Shyron, but I hope you will put your health and your rest above everything and that tomorrow's doctor visit will bring a big improvement.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 19, 2014:

Thank you Au fait, for your comment, up votes and for sharing. You are an awesome friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 19, 2014:

This is such a nice article to read and I'm in the mood for a 'comfort' story. Last week didn't go well at all. I hope this week will be a big improvement. This is a great story. Hope you and John are well. Voted up and awesome. Sharing with followers.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 24, 2013:

Thank you Au fait for sharing this again and for the pin. I really appreciate you..

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 24, 2013:

Thank you Mary, for your comment, and voting up. The Basenji are the most loyal dogs, or maybe Trixie was just a special.

Mary Craig from New York on November 23, 2013:

I'm so glad Au fait shared this hub again so I could get a chance to read it. What a wonderful dog and one I knew little about. The Basenji is a nice looking dog and after reading this I know a loyal one. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 23, 2013:

Really enjoy this story and going to share it again along with giving it another awesome vote. Also pinned to Awesome Hubpages.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 09, 2013:

Thank you Au fait, for the up vote, awesome and sharing.

I am sorry I have not been on here for the last couple of days, I have a migraine, today is the third day, wish it would just go away. I have to go outside and work this morning, can't let hubby do everything by himself, then going to see my great grandson, then to my game so it will be to late to call you today when I get home.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 08, 2013:

Love this hub! Voted up, awesome, and sharing!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 20, 2013:

Aunt Jimi! Thank you, for commenting, up votes and sharing, I really appreciate you, my dear friend.

Shyron

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on October 20, 2013:

A beautiful tribute to Trixie. Dog lovers would appreciate this hub and I'm going to share it again in case my followers missed it the first time. Also voted up and all.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 17, 2013:

Thank you younghopes, for reading and sharing my story, and sharing it. I am glad you like Trixie's name. Thank you so much.

Shadaan Alam from India on August 17, 2013:

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story of Trixie, i love its name so much, sharing your post

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 08, 2013:

Thank you Rose for reading and commenting on my hub and for the up-vote. Trixie was a special dog and I miss her, even now when I think about her.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 08, 2013:

Thank you Peg for reading, commenting and sharing. You are welcome and yes wonderful memories of a special pet. She was beautiful and I don't think we appreciated her the way we should have. But I do appreciate her now, can't speak for the others.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 07, 2013:

What a wonderful story filled with both sad and fond memories of your beloved Trixie. This was such a lovely story. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2013:

You certainly have some wonderful (also sad) memories of your Trixie. She sounded like quite a dog! Thanks for sharing some memories of her with us. Up votes and sharing.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 03, 2013:

Thank you Aunt Jimi, I appreciate your comments and sharing.

You are right, If only people would do the right thing by everyone, things would be a lot different. and people would be a lot better off.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on August 03, 2013:

Really enjoy this story even if it isn't about politics. Life would be so much nicer if people would just do the right thing instead of playing politics with the lives of other people. Sharing.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 17, 2013:

You are so welcome Savannah, and thank you for reading about Trixie and sharing my hub and thank you for the following.

I will be reading some of your hubs.

Suzi Rayve from California on July 15, 2013:

Love your Hub! I grew up with Basenjis and Trixie looks like a major winner! Thanks so much for sharing her!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 30, 2013:

Rajan, thank you for your comment and reading and sharing my hub.

I really appreciate you!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 30, 2013:

Lovely dog and a fine tribute to Trixie. Loved watching her videos as well.

Voted up, awesome and shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 12, 2013:

Au fait, thank you for you comment and sharing. You are very much appreciated.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 12, 2013:

This is such a great hub that I want to share it again. I think pet lovers will appreciate this hub and and understand and identify with your wonderful tribute to Trixie. Sharing.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 28, 2013:

Au fait, thank you for you comments. Forgive me for taking so long in replying to you comment.

Trixie was a special dog, I feel bad that I did not appreciate her until long after she was gone. I was a child and did not realize she was different from other dogs.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 13, 2013:

Such a beautiful tribute to Trixie. Everyone, especially pet lovers, need to read this story. Sharing.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 07, 2013:

Thank you moonlake for reading and commenting on my hub. It is still sad even though it is the way it was done and does not keep it from hurting.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 07, 2013:

Thank you sgbrown for your comment and reading my hub. Yes Trixie was heart broken and so were us kids. To see a pet cry real tears is very heartbreaking.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 07, 2013:

Thank you Au fait, for your comment. You are right, most of our pets love us unconditional love.

moonlake from America on April 07, 2013:

Sad that Trixie lost her puppies but back in the day that was the way things were done. Voted up

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 07, 2013:

What a sweet yet sad story. I am sure Trixie was heart broken that her puppies were taken away, that is so sad. Our pets always keep a special place in our hearts. I am sure Trixie will always be in yours! :)

C E Clark from North Texas on April 06, 2013:

Such a great hub. Animals are always so loyal and full of unconditional love. Going to share this because I think animal lovers would enjoy it.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 16, 2013:

Thank you Au fait for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 16, 2013:

Thank you Au fait, for your comments.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 16, 2013:

A heartwarming tribute to Trixie that all animal lovers can relate to.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 15, 2013:

Very nice tribute to Trixie!

C E Clark from North Texas on March 11, 2013:

A heartwarming story that all animal lovers, especially dog lovers can appreciate.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 11, 2013:

Thank you Au fait, I am glad you like it, it is a true story of Trixie.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 11, 2013:

This is such a great hub, and you've only just published it. Makes no sense that they want to idol it already. Hope lots of people read it and change their minds.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 07, 2013:

Thank you Brett, really appreciate you. Thank you for sharing

Brett C from Asia on March 07, 2013:

A really nice story and tribute. Dogs touch our lives in wonderful ways!

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up, beautiful and awesome.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 05, 2013:

Thank you Ava, for reading and commenting on my hub, I really appreciate you taking the time.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 05, 2013:

Thank you Au fait for your comments for the votes and for sharing, I agree that animas have feelings also.

ava10 on March 05, 2013:

Trixie was extraordinary; when you have the best why breed? We had Boxers for more than 30 years, never once did we breed, we knew we would never be able to part with even one puppy.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 05, 2013:

Trixie was quite a dog! I felt sorry for her having her puppies taken away. So many people think animals don't have emotions, but they do. Growing up on a farm I learned that animals all have their own unique personalities and dispositions, not so different from people.

Great story! Voted up, AI, and will share!