When Katie Campbell’s 2-year-old Basenji, Chief, won the AKC Lure Coursing Championship last September he was the first of his breed to take home that honor.
And now Chief has become a local celebrity in his hometown of West Seattle, Washington. This week, “MBIF NFC Taji's hAfrican,” to use his AKC registered name, got the star treatment from Michael King and the NBC affiliate KING5-TV’s “Evening Magazine.”
Katie, Chief’s proud breeder, notes that his mother, FC Avongara Naziki, SC, is a "full African” girl, from Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011.
"Chief has become a local favorite of the Basenji folks around here much in part to his unusually affable temperament and joyful (yet biddable) character. He can/will go anywhere and do anything with anyone that I introduce him to. He has quite the fan club. Chief is truly a very special dog who warms your heart."
The Evening Magazine crew came out to film last week. The production crew was not surprised that Katie could not simply “create” a real lure coursing atmosphere on the spot, so Chief's litter-sister, “Disa,” came to assist, filming Chief with her body-mounted Go Pro. Watch the segment here.
The segment promoted the Evergreen Basenji Club’s Coursing Ability Test (CAT) events that took place this past weekend (May 9th and 10th) in Roy, Washington. These fun CAT events are a sort of Lure Coursing “light” and are open to all adult AKC registered dogs and mixed breeds.