Our beautiful Flame is the foundation bitch of Mzalia Basenjis.
From the minute she arrived from her breeders in Tasmania, Flame proceeded to steal the hearts of everyone who has ever met her. A wonderful companion, she has a delightfully naughty nature - something which she has passed on to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Flame adores cuddles and sitting on your lap - but only after she has made a thorough sweep of the room to ensure there is no food within her reach! And if she can't find any food, she will sit and yodel until you give her a treat!
A very intelligent basenji, her native instincts are still most evident, as she is an excellent hunter. One more than one occasion I have seen her catch a bird on the wing, and over the years, it has been amazing to watch her pass these skills on to her puppies and their descendants.
Even though she is rising 12 years of age, she still regularly supplements her diet by eating birds she has caught.
Still highly active and in excellent health, it is hard to believe that Flame is the age that she is. Whilst she may be very grey around the face and muzzle, mentally and physically she is still as sharp and sound as she has ever been. She is just a wonder.
1 All Breeds Best in Show winner (Aust Ch Mzalia Texas Gunfighter)
6 Best in Group winners
1 Runner-up in Group winner
Multiple Specialty and All Breeds Class in Show winners
Her children have themselves gone on to be successful producers in their own right and have produced:
Champions and Grand Champions
All Breeds and Specialty Best in Show winners
Specialty and All Breeds Class in Show winners
Best of Breed and Group placed dogs in Europe
Flame also won two Dam & Progeny Classes at Breed Specialty Shows.
Flame had a successful show career over several years, her successes coming at both Specialty, Hound Club and All Breeds levels.
A Runner-up in Group, All Breeds and Hound Club Class in Show and Specialty Class, Opposite Class in Show and Property Class winner, the highlights of her career would be her two Specialty Reserve Challenges (one in New South Wales and one in Victoria), two Adelaide Royal Challenges, and Intermediate in Show win at the New South Wales Hound Club October Show.
Flame was semi-retired from the show ring at 5 years of age, and was fully retired at 8 years. In early 2009 she was still looking so good, we decided to enter her in the Veterans 10+ Class at the Victorian Specialty where she was placed 2nd.
"Another quality bitch with a lovely body, very close up. She acquitted herself well when brought in to challenge for the Res CC"
Mr Paul Singleton (United Kingdom, Jethard Basenjis)
Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc Championship Show - 12 October 2002 2nd Place - Australian Bred Bitch Class and RESERVE CHALLENGE BITCH
"pretty 3yrs r/w, quality head and expression, feminine outlook, confident showgirl, sleek and fine coat, enjoyed "taking off" on the move, excellent front action, well handled"
Mrs Liz Cartledge (United Kingdom)
Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc - 07 October 2000 1st Place - Australian Bred Bitch Class and AUSTRALIAN BRED IN SHOW
"Another bitch of good size and type. Carried herself well on the move."
Mr Hans Lehtinen (Finland)
Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc - 09 October 1999 3rd Place - Intermediate Bitch Class
"Best of Breed, Eilsta Qwyt Kutani had [a] well wrinkled medium sized head with the necessary "high on leg" look - well handled and moved nicely."
Mr Frank Lister (New Zealand)
Spitz Breeds Club of South Australia Inc - 06 June 1998 Best of Breed
"The winners had the elegance, the correct proportions, good movements with reach in the front."
Mrs Eva Ekstam (New Zealand - formerly Finland)
Hound Club of South Australia Inc - 14 March 1998 Reserve Challenge Bitch and JUNIOR IN SHOW
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Summary of Results
4 x Classes in Show
3 x Runner-up in Group
16 x Classes in Group
16 x Best of Breed
42 x Runner-up Best of Breed
67 x Bitch Challenge
67 x Reserve Bitch Challenge
Specialty Show Highlights
2009 Basenji Club of Victoria Inc
2nd Place - Veteran Bitch 10+ Years
Judge: Mrs Susan Coe (Australia - formerly United States of America - Akuaba Basenjis)
2004 Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc
Shortlisted - Open Bitch Class
Judge: Mr Simon Parsons (United Kingdom)
2003 Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc
Shortlisted - Open Bitch Class
Judge: Mrs Sandra Bridges (United States of America - Jato Basenjis)
2003 Basenji Club of Victoria Inc 1st Place - Dam's Progeny
Judge: Mr Peter Frost (Victoria)
2002 Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc Reserve Challenge Bitch
Judge: Mr Paul Singleton (United Kingdom - Jethard Basenjis) 1st Place - Dam's Progeny
Judge: Mrs Mary Hickie (New South Wales)
2002 Basenji Club of Victoria Inc
4th Place - Open Bitch Class (18 entries)
Judge: Miss Margaret Joyce (Victoria)
2001 Basenji Club of Victoria Inc Reserve Challenge Bitch and OPEN IN SHOW
Judge: Mr Darren Bowey (Victoria) 1st Place - Brace Class
(with her son Mzalia Lotus Tasman)
Judge: Mr Jamie Hubbard (Victoria)
2000 Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc OPPOSITE AUSTRALIAN BRED IN SHOW
Judge: Mrs Liz Cartledge (United Kingdom) Best Red & White Coat (Adult)
Judge: Mrs Irene Terry (United Kingdom - Zizunga Basenjis)
2000 Basenji Club of Victoria Inc 1st Place - Brace Class
(with her daughter Mzalia Texas Cheerleader)
Judge: Mrs Kris Coralluzzo (Victoria)
1999 Basenji Club of New South Wales Inc
3rd Place - Intermediate Bitch Class
Judge: Mr Hans Lehtinen (Finland)
Final Cut - Best Red & White Coat (Adult)
Judge: Mr Peter Warby (New South Wales)
1999 Basenji Club of Victoria Inc BEST RED & WHITE COAT
Final Five - Best Gaited
Judge: Ms Judy Oliver (Victoria)
Final Cut - Intermediate Bitch
Judge: Mrs Dawn Clark (New Zealand - Clendon Basenjis)
Specialist Show Highlights
1999 Hound Club of New South Wales Inc INTERMEDIATE IN SHOW
Judge: Mrs A McE Field (United States of America)
Reserve Challenge Bitch
Judge: Mrs Romayne Strilka-Switch (United States of America)
1998 Hound Club of South Australia Inc JUNIOR IN SHOW
Reserve Challenge Bitch
Judge: Mrs Eva Ekstam (New Zealand)
Royal Show Highlights
2002 Royal Adelaide Show
3rd Place - Open Bitch
Judge: Mr Paolo Dondina (Italy)
2001 Royal Adelaide Show Bitch Challenge
Judge: Mr David Grimbly (Zimbabwe)
2000 Royal Adelaide Show
2nd Place - Open Bitch
Judge: Mr Jorge Nallem (Uruguay)
1999 Royal Adelaide Show Bitch Challenge & Runner-up Best of Breed
Judge: Mr Ramon Podesta (Chile)