Today my precious Savannah turns 6 year old. We had her since she was 7 months old. We were looking for a playmate for Talker and for someone to keep him company. I wanted another basenji but my husband was afraid we'd have to go through all the trouble we had with Talker all over again. Another basenji was not on his list. One afternoon we were having a basenji play date and my friend brought her female basenji and her new male. He was 6 months old. She told me that Talker's sister had Taj and there was one female that was available. Seeing Talker and Taj play was so adorable that it just pulled on my husbands heartstrings and he said, "go get our girl".
My step son Quinn and I traveled back to Joshua Tree to meet the little girl. She was so cute and she wiggled and ran around giving us her silent greeting. We brought her home and Savannah slept on Quinn's lap all the way home.
When my husband came home from work that afternoon, Savannah was sooo scared of him that seeing her run from him broke my heart as well as his. He thought she would never trust him. But she did.
Savannah is only about 15 inches high. She's small in size but her presence is always known in the house. She watches everything. She has her favorite spots on the couch. She's quiet in her studies of what goes on around her.
My biggest fear about bringing her home was that I would not have enough love inside of me to spare for her. I love Talker so much that I thought that I would never be able to share some of that love with her. My biggest discovery is that I do have more than enough love to give her.
I love our moments together and I study her just as much as she studies me. There is a song that I always hear in my head when I watch Savannah and it's by Keith Whitley called "When You Say Nothing at All"
"It's amazing how you can speak right to my heartShe gives me joy when she wakes up in the morning. She makes me laugh how she can snore with her eyes open. She makes me love her so much for making my husband so happy when he sees her at the door doing her little wiggle butt dance. She is our pleasure and she is my precious little girl. Savannah aka Banners (and a whole list of nicknames my husband has given her) Happy Birthday my little Sunshine.
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain
What I hear when you don't say a thing
The smile on your face
Lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes
Saying you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand
Says you'll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best
When you say nothing at all"