Various shots of Veronica Tudor-Williams tending her Basenji dogs in her house. The breed almost became extinct, but Veronica started breeding them 25 years ago from some pups she brought back from the Belgian Congo. They are the only dogs that cannot bark.
Several shots of some fully-grown Basenjis and numerous very cute puppies seen in a pen and then running over Veronica’s lap and a sofa. She feeds them and they get very excited.
In the fifties, another famous breeder, Veronica Tudor-Williams, successfully acquired further Basenjis from Africa to freshen up the European stock. She discovered the dog "Fula of the Congo" herself on an expedition in the South Sudan on the border with Zaire, and later wrote a book about it.
Several M/S’s of the Basenjis dogs at Bossingham Kennels near Canterbury in Kent. Nice M/S of a little girl holding two puppies. The commentator says that the dogs come form the Belgian Congo in Africa. He also says that they have no bark. More nice shots of numerous puppies playing with the girl and being fed.
Good-bye, My Lady – NOVEL
Good-bye, My Lady is a novel by James H. Street about a boy and his dog. It was published by J. B. Lippincott Company in June 1954 and reprinted in paperback by Pocket Books in February 1978. It is based on Street’s short story “Weep No More, My Lady”, which was published in the 6 December 1941 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
Good-bye, My Lady – MOVIE
Good-bye, My Lady is a 1956 American film adaptation of the novel Good-bye, My Lady (1954) by James H. Street. The book had been inspired by Street’s original story appearing in The Saturday Evening Post. As written, the story takes place in Mississippi, but was Hollywood changed to the state of Georgia, where some on location filming occurred. Street was going to be the principal advisor on the film when he suddenly died of a heart attack.
English Basenji breeder Veronica Tudor-Williams tells of a letter she received from Street in 1942 saying that he first got the idea of writing about a Basenji after seeing a photograph of Veronica Tudor-Williams with some Basenjis in an American magazine. He also wrote that the reader reaction from his first story was so strong that he wrote a sequel, “Please Come Home, My Lady”, reuniting Skeeter with Lady. “Please Come Home, My Lady” appeared in the 11 April 1942 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
A young orphan boy Skeeter (Brandon De Wilde) is being raised in a swamp cabin by his poor and toothless Uncle Jesse (Walter Brennan). One night a mysterious noise breaks the silence. They later discover that the noise was caused by a strange breed of dog (My Lady of the Congo) unknown to them. Rather than a bark the dog has a yodel or laugh. The animal has keen senses and they decide to train her for bird hunting. In time the rightful owner (William Hopper) of the animal appears and due to the rarity of the breed wants it back. Skeeter is forced to “come of age” as it were and surrender the animal. With the reward money given, he is able to purchase Jesse the false teeth that he needs and is able to get himself a hunting rifle, remembering then that Lady is no longer with him.