Abeni was adopted from a boxer rescue group in Alpharetta GA. The group took her in after the basenji rescue group in the area shut down. I was told that her previous owners (who had named her Candi) had microchipped her. When Abeni (nicknamed 'Beni') was found, the owners were called. They said they didn't want her back. I'm so fortunate that they lost their chance to love this girl for the rest of her life. After I told the rescue group that I wanted to adopt her, I went through a long screening process. I almost thought I wouldn't get her. While I was waiting to hear from them, I had plenty of time to consider a name. I knew I wanted to give her a name that was indicative of her African heritage. Of course, the name had to be something that was easily pronounced and recalled (for my sake). I decided on Abeni, which is a female (African/Yoruban) name meaning, "We asked for her and, behold, she is ours." As is typical for basenjis, she is full of energy. I am so lucky that I get to be her feeder person.