My name is Anni Toikka and I got my first basenji Multi Ch Windmaker Sijambo Bwana in 1993. Originally I was interested in greyhounds but the greyhound-like
African basenji captured my heart with its distinctive features. "Jambo" did quite nicely in the puppy classes - winning BIS2
puppy out of 800 puppies. He got his two first CC's from his two first shows in junior class - huge International shows in
Helsinki. A couple of years later he was a Best in Show winner in an
international dog show. Jambo was also one of the very first basenjis to compete in official lure
Jambo was accompanied by his male puppy Ikelas Bayanga, "Idi". Idi did not turn out much of a show dog but he was and still is a
very much loved "sofa champion".
Our flock increased with two basenjiladies in 2002 and 2003 when Ch.
Sternhimmels Carpe Diem and Ch. Sternhimmels Ex Bona Fide came to share our lives.
These fine little girls finished their champion titles easily and showed that a very primitive dog CAN be also obedient. Both of them compete in agility
- more or less succesfully - Aida in medi2 and Nala in medi1. Nala has also passed Canine Good Citizen Test.
The whole gang in 2005: Jambo 13,5 years, Idi 11,5 years, Aida 3,5 years and
Nala 2,5 years
In 2000 I was honoured to become an official in the Finnish Basenji Club. After that I have dedicated much of my time for the club activities.
Board: member 2001, vice chairman 2002-2004, chairman 2005-2007
Internet committee: chairman 2000-2006
Chief editor of the club magazine 2002-2004, 2006
Member in several other committees during the years
Member of Finnish Kennel Club's council 2007
Club diploma awarded 2002
Club silver badge of merit awarded 2007
Club banner awarded 2007
In the "real life" I have Master's degrees in
Engineering and Economics. I work as a managing consultant and during my spare
time (should there be any!) I practice martial arts, go to gym, and drive my
Saying "Hi" to Aida's lovely tricolour male pup Heko.
I was honoured to receive the club
banner and silver badge of merit
at Finnish Basenji Club's 35th anniversary party