The Victorian Basenji Breed Association Inc is pleased to present our members with a wide variety of events which encompass something for all members and their Basenji. The Club will also hold impromptu get togethers at regional dogs shows. Our first impromptu gathering was held in early 2013 at Newborough where we met, and had lunch with, some of our members who reside in Gippsland.
Greg Jones, the Clubs events coordinator, has come up with some unique and beautiful settings for walks and weekends away.
VBBA Inaugural Event – Sunday 24th February 2013
We have decided to hold our first event at Jells Park as the park is fairly central to most members. Apologies for those that live further afield but we will be arranging some excursions further out of the Greater Melbourne area – these will be advertised in B-Mail. People that are interested in the Basenji and would like to meet breeders and Basenji are welcome to come along to this event from 2pm umtil approximately 3.30pm.
Venue: Oaks Picnic Area – Jells Park, Wheelers Hill, enter via the Ferntree Gully Road entrance to the Park. Melway Ref 72 B9
Time: 12.00 noon for lunch
The day will commence with a delicious BBQ lunch where members can refresh old acquaintances and meet new members.
Special Guest and Presenter
After lunch we have invited Lea Cogley to give a talk. Lea is a very well known accredited dog trainer and canine behaviourist; Lea’s work includes puppy training, household obedience, problem behaviour rehabilitation and counselling.
Whist the adults listen to Lea’s talk, the children present will be supervised in playing fun games which have been designed as educational tools for our younger members.
After Lea’s talk we have arranged a number of fun activities for people and Basenjis;
- Fun obstacle course (for the Basenjis)
- Musical mats (our version of musical chairs) (Basenji and one person)
- The Great Sausage Eating Relay Race (The sausages are for the dogs!)
- Pin the tail on the Basenji (for our younger members)
- Egg, spoon and Basenji race – a new slant on an old favourite
- And more
Of course if you aren’t so enthusiastic you can come and relax and just talk about….Basenjis of course!
What to bring with you:
- Lunch: Meat (or vegetarian alternatives) for the BBQ and your own drinks. The Club will be providing, picnic ware (plates, cutlery & glassware), salads, bread rolls and desserts.
- Crate for your Basenji (If you have one, if not committee members will have spare crates for you to use)
- Dog water bowl
Map of Park
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Heat and Event Cancellation Policy
Although the park has some nice shaded areas – if on the ABC 7pm news on Friday 22 February the temperature for Melbourne is forecast to be above 35 degrees and/or if there is a state-wide total fire ban then the event will be cancelled. A notification about the cancellation will appear on this website and on the Club’s face book page.
The Great Dividing Range Away Day or Weekend – Saturday 27th April 2013
Time: 11am meet and relax and explore around the Heathcote Powder Magazine. The walk will commence at 11.30am.
Location: Heathcote is located approx 105km from Melbourne (taking the Hume and then taking the Echuca/Kilmore turnoff onto the Northern Hwy)
Meeting Point: Heathcote Powder Magazine car park.
Directions: From the Northern Hwy (in the Heathcote township) take Barrack Street (on the right hand side heading to Echuca), less than 500m turn right into Amber Drive (Immediate right turn after the creek) Drive a short way (less than 1km) along the Valley of the Liquid Ambers until you see the signage for ‘Heathcote Graytown National Park’ which will be in front of you. Take this track 100-200m to the car park where we have some cool drinks waiting.
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Walk & Explore 1:
1.9km walk which is up hill all the way. The walk will pass Devils Cave and onward and upward to the Viewing Rock. The view of Heathcote and surrounds at the summit is magnificent. Heathcote is reputed to have the longest main street in the southern hemisphere. At the summit we will have a picnic lunch (there are picnic tables here but we will transport up additional chairs and dog crates etc *)
Walk & Explore 2:
After lunch the walk will continue downward (slightly steeper but considered fine for all ages) back to the powder magazine and car park (0.9km walk) where we will be met with some more refreshing cool drinks. Explorers and their Basenjis can sit and chat whilst the children are supervised and explore at the Valley of the Ambers and Swinging bridge across the McIvor creek.
Walk & Explore 3:
A short drive across town will bring explorers to Pink Cliffs. A short 20 minute stroll will reveal this interesting and colourful phenomenon which was created by early gold mining activities. The short walk will be followed by afternoon tea.
* Please note there is car access to the summit (viewing rock). If you want to come and just look at the views and enjoy the picnic lunch without the walk, the access track (suitable for cars) will offer that option. The Club will provide transport to the summit for additional chairs and dog crates (we will provide extra crates if required)
For anyone wishing to stay for the weekend (Fri-Sun) you are more than welcome to camp or bring a caravan to Adam’s property just out of Heathcote or you might like to book accommodation in the area – Queens Meadow Caravan Park offers basic accommodation (limited on-site cabins) (Pet Friendly)3 Barrack St, Heathcote VIC 3523, Phone: +(03) 5433 2304
If there are enough members that are staying over we will arrange a BBQ dinner on Saturday evening and a hearty Sunday morning breakfast. And perhaps a short walk nearby before travelling home.
What to wear: Comfortable walking clothes suitable for the fore-casted weather conditions, closed in shoes/runners.
What to bring: BYO chair (if you have one), water bottle to take with you on the walk. Also if you have a dog crate bring it along so that you can enjoy lunch without worrying too much about your Basenji. If not the Club will provide some spare crates.
Catering: Picnic lunch/Afternoon tea (the Club will arrange and we split the bill amongst all participants)
The Great Great Basenji Birthday Party (tentative date 23 June 2013)
Basenjis are generally born in the winter months of June/July. To celebrate the club will arrange a special Basenji birthday gathering. More information about this event will follow.
Puppy Picnic – 13th October 2013
The venue will be decided later in the year once we know where the majority of puppies reside; like most of our events we arrange them for the convenience of members. This event is the ideal opportunity of coming along with your new puppy (unfortunately older dogs are not invited to this event – we let the pups have their own day!) to mingle and socialise with a number of other puppies and people. As with all our events there will be an educational component so we encourage puppy owners to come armed with your questions. If you are looking to purchase a Basenji or would like to have a puppy ‘fix’ this event is a wonderful opportunity to meet breeders, owners and puppies all part of the process of ensuring that the breed is the right one for you. We welcome non members to this event.
Events to Follow – Dates/Time/Venue To be advised
Oure events coordinator, Greg, and Committee are currently researching the logistics for the following Club events. Details for these events will be advertised on this website as soon as the plans have been put into place.
Best Friends Holiday Retreat (Victoria)
Tarra Valley via Yarram, Victoria – a weekend at Best Friends Holiday Retreat. (Holiday for dogs bring your owner)
This weekend will probably include a sand and surf beach walk where those members who live in Gippsland can meet us all.
Paradise Valley – The High Country
The views as you enter this 2000 acre private farm are breathtaking. The weekend will include caravanning or camping along the McAlister River and High Country and activities will be designed around the ages of the attendees but could include:
A mini Congo survival course with you and your Basenji
Carrying your Basenji like they do in the Congo
Various other activities where you and your Basenji will probably learn a lot about each other.
See why your Basenji is called the Ferrari of dogs
The Club is looking at having its own lure racing equipment made. In the meantime we are exploring the feasibility of using a greyhound track to set up a Basenji race day. This will probably be straight line racing with a time trial and /or multiple dog race – the club will provide some colourful ‘jackets’ and appropriate racing muzzles for multi group races.
Family and Friends Day
Where all people and pets can get together and have a great time with some of our favourite activities. The day will be a great way to introduce our breed to anyone looking to purchase a puppy in 2014.
End Of Year Christmas Party
A member get together to celebrate Christmas and our first year as the VBBA!