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It’s a B-what now? August 13, 2013

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Thalia’s familiar spirit is a basenji. Basenjis are about the size of a fox terrier. The standard male weighs 24 pounds and is approximately 17 inches at the shoulder.
Basenjis are members of the hound group and use both their eyes and noses to hunt. Originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they were used to flush game into nets.

Basenji-like dogs can be found all over the world, but the basenji is distinct from these village dogs, because it doesn’t bark. They may bark a few times as puppies, but almost never as adults. For the most part, basenjis are silent, but they’re not mute and make many other sounds. Their growl sounds a bit like a rabid duck. They make a noise basenji owners call a yawn meow. They can howl and they make a charming sound called a yodel when they are happy to see you.:-)

Here is video of a red and white basenji puppy yodeling:

Basenjis come in five colors, Red and White, Black Tan and white (Tricolor, think Bernese mountain dog colors) Black and white, Brindle and white, and Black Brindle and White (we call it trindle)

So why a basenji? The simplest answer is because I love basenjis. All the things I love about them make them great familiars. Small enough to pick up, quiet, they clean themselves like cats, they have no doggy odor, they shed some in the summer and the fall and the rest of the time very, very little. They are charming little clowns.

Check out this video: (give it a second to load) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deoESC_q_aE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

And this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSQiuF2YECg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

They are not for people with very small children. If you hurt them, they will nip!
But for respectful older children and adults they are fantastic companions.

Check out the interstellar support crew and furry familiars page to see Sky and Banner my late red and while basenjis. And scroll down to see my brindle puppy, “Ranger.”

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Ranger my current basenji “familiar.” August 13, 2013

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We continue our trip through BAK locations w Mna’s house August 8, 2013

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Thalia’s house. It’s actually my sister’s old house. Built in 1882. August 6, 2013

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This is the house I imagine Thalia lives in. It’s actually, my sister’s old house. Built in 1882. August 6, 2013

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The view from Gideon’s backyard, looking out over Lake Ontartio. August 4, 2013

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Gideon’s house behind a high wall on Beach Ave, Rochester, NY August 4, 2013

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What exactly is “High Falls?” August 2, 2013

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As an extra for my blog followers and readers who join the discussion of BLOOD AND KISSES at http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1425901-august-wii-read–blood-and-kisses-by-karin-shah
I am sharing some insights into the world of BLOOD AND KISSES, the setting, the characters origins, the world, etc.

Today we visit “High Falls.”

Gideon’s bar is tucked in next to the falls and an escape tunnel opens into the Genessee gorge. The bar and tunnel are products of my imagination, but the falls, and the bridge where Thalia first shows Gideon her evidence, are very real.

High Falls is a beautiful and historic waterfall in Rochester, NY. Laser shows and a visitors’ center draw people there. It’s a lovely place to enjoy on a warm summer night after a baseball game at nearby Pioneer field.

The bridge which fords the Genessee gorge, is called the Pont de Renne and there are benches and viewing places, just as I described. I love to sit there and imagine Thalia and Gideon walking down the bridge. For more:

http://nyfalls.com/waterfalls/high-falls-rochester/

Other sights visible from the brige include the North American Brewing company, which opened in 1878 as the Genesee Brewing company and is located on the East side of the gorge. For more on the Genesee Brewing company:
http://www.geneseebeer.com/

For more on the North American Brewing company: http://nabreweries.com/about

Another point of interest is that High Falls was the site of daredevil Sam Patch’s last jump.

Sam had survived jumping into Niagara Falls (about an hour and half away) and he survived two earlier jumps into High Falls, but a third jump took his life. For more n Sam Patch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Patch

I hope you enjoyed this extra about High Falls!

High Falls (Gideon’s stomping grounds) at night August 2, 2013

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You like what? August 1, 2013

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Stop by and find out a little more about me at http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1425901-august-wii-read–blood-and-kisses-by-karin-shah Weigh in in my cover and if you’ve read BLOOD AND KISSES join the discussion. And if you like vampire Romance, why haven’t you read it? BLOOD AND KISSES Is a full-length novel filled with sparring witches, ancient vampires, pain-in-the-asss familiars, love and danger for only $2.99! Starbucks costs more!

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