is the registered Affix from the Kennel Club, of Messrs. E.G. 'Ted'
Adams BSHI & D 'Burt' Weedon BIPP, FPS.
most of his life has been involved in purebred horses, Arabs,
Anglo-Arabs and Thoroughbreds.
the horses, Ted bred, broke to saddle, and judged, and as with
most horse people, whose whole life has been involved with horses,
has hunted. Also acted as whipper in for the hunt. Ted also kept
some dogs which the after a while became a pack of dogs, mostly
Hunt Terriers, and a couple Chow Chow's.
interest in dogs first began as a child, his father had Beagles
and Working Fox Terriers, (Wires & Smooths), and used to help
out for pocketmoney, by cleaning out the Hounds & Terriers
Lodges on a daily basis.
his early teens he was allowed to have a dog of his own, (so long
as it was a Terrier or Hound). He chose a Beagle, since then the
love for hounds has grown. For 15 years he went without a hound
due to work. The employ of Her Majesty's Armed Forces. Then on
retirement from the Forces decided to obtain a hound.
enjoy the company of the Basenji immensely, and at Merkuri we are lucky
that we can allow the pack to work (hunt) and run free. Obviously showing
and breeding is also a big part of our lives, but since we met and made
a firm commitment to the Basenji.
Merkuri got its Name
at Merkuri they decided it was time to breed, they wanted a name that
acutely meant something, and not just made up. Combining Ted's vast
knowledge of horses, and Burt's former career So they set about looking
at names a few sprang to mind.
The Great white hunter of Rhodesia.
The winged messenger of the Greek gods.
The story of the pygmies messenger who decided never to speak again.
After finally deciding on Mercury, Burt wrote it down, spelling it Merkuri
because of his dyslexia. He did not see it was spelt wrong, then when
Ted looked at it and said 'you've spelt it 'Merkuri' Merk-u-r-I, 'I
like it' and that was it. So we sent off the paperwork to the Kennel
Club and it was passed in 1995.
We try to support
the breed, as much as possible, and one way we do this is by being members
of all three Basenji Clubs in England.
Starting with the
premier basenji club in the world, the first, and oldest was founded
- The Basenji
Club of Great Britain, (BCoGB), of which Ted is a committee member.
is Mrs. J Savage Tel 01362821445. Unfortunately they do not have a
web site, (pending). If however you require further information about
the club you can e-mail me and I will pass on any information on your
- The Basenji
Owners and Breeders Association, (BOBA) founded in 19
The Secretary is Mrs. C Wright you can contact her via the BOBA web
Basenji Society, (NBS) the Acting Secretary is Mr. L Siddall
Unfortunately they do not have a web site. If however you require
further information about the club you can e-mail me and I will pass
on any information on your behalf.
- We are also
members of the Basenji Club of America Inc., (BCoA)
The Secretary is A Graves you can contact her via the web site at
Ted and Burt are
also members of: -
- Hound Association,
which is the largest single group championship show in England (Houndshow)
they also manage to bring together hounds, from the packs that give
- The Hound
Club of East Anglia, (HCEA), which is purely, dedicated to hound
breeds. This club has 2 open shows a year and their web site is at
- The Herts
and Essex Canine Border Society, which holds 2 open shows a year,
judged on the group system. Ted and Burt are members of their committee.
at Merkuri would like to thank Peter Papadopoulos for allowing us to
have this web page and making it all possible.
a special thank you to 'Anne Gilpin' of the world famous Wenonah Greyhounds,
(who is a much accomplished artist in her own right) for drawing our
very own Merkuri © Basenji.