from Kevin Rose, Oct. 16, 2012


It is with deep regret that I pass along the info that Cairo passed away last night in my wife Danielle's arms. For the past few months he had struggled with diabetes, liver issues and other age issues. His lust for life and ability to snuggle at all costs will be with us forever, we owe these memories to you and Gail who brought him into our lives through BRAT, thank you from the bottom of our families hearts. 2 years ago Cairo's adopted sister Darby (golden lab) passed away and he was never the same, the love he showed for her and our family was immense and has changed us forever. I've attached a picture of him from last year when he could still run on my in-laws property where he learned to stick close and swim (yes!) from Darby and her mom. He was truly a one of a kind little guy.

Thank you again!

from Ian & Jamie Backlund, Sept. 17, 2012

Hi Russella,

I'm sorry it has been so long since we've updated you on Colt and Diva. Life has been crazy. But they are doing wonderfully. Diva has such a great personality and Colt keeps her in check when she's being mischievous. It's really cute. They get along so well and we can tell how much they love each other. We love them so much and Jamie and I wouldn't know what to do without them now. Thank you for such amazing Basenjis!

How are you? and how are our other basenji friends?

from Jeff Miller, May 4, 2012

Hi Russella,

A couple pictures attached of our first beach trip with Kauze. He was pretty much given out after walks on the beach.

It surprised me when I happened to check out your website and saw Michelle and Kauze there. Hope you and all your little ones are doing well.

from Pat Dukes, Mar. 19, 2012

Hi Russella: 

I haven’t sent you photos of Kermie in a bit and thought you might like to see him.  He’s handsome as can be!  He’s such a good boy – still going to Susie & Sarah’s every Wednesday for socializing.  He’s much better with other (especially larger) dogs now.

 I haven’t wanted to bother you as I feel sure you are trying hard to get your life and world back under control.  I hope things are going well for you and that you feel hopeful about your future. 

Any thoughts of showing Kermie soon?  I got the Mid-Atlantic Hound Premium List.  I can bring him up for those shows and keep him if you’d like to show him there.

They have a BBE group.  Judges for weekend are:
  • Charles Bagnell
  • Barbara Pepper

I’ll continue to pay his entries if you’ll show him.

from Jeff Miller, Feb. 14, 2012

Hi Russella,
I assume you have been extremely busy lately with dog shows.  We have been watching some of the Westminster this week on TV.  Hope you are doing well.  Kauze has officially claimed his territory.  He loves the attention he is getting.  I think you will be able to tell from the pictures attached. 

from Greg Wingate, Jan 25, 2012


I haven't given you an update on Calvin. He has been absolutely the perfect dog! We just love him and take him everywhere we go. He's even been to Disney World!  thanks so much!

from Rita Pitts, July 19, 2011

Hi Russella,

Russella, thanks for the tip - McCain remains the love of our life - best dog we have ever had and being married 51 years, that's a lot of dogs. He still hits puppy mode every now and then and is adorable when he does. Hope you're having good luck with your dogs. I know you're showing them.

from Sharon, May 10, 2011

Hi Russella,

Just a note to tell you how well Sherry is doing. She has turned into a little sailor girl and enjoys outings on my friend's pontoon boat. When the tide is low sometimes we pull up to a small sandbar and she gets out and runs around.

Best regards,
Sharon and Sherry

from Ian Backlund, Colt's future owner


Thank you so much for letting Jamie and I visit. It was truly our pleasure. We would love to do it again, even before taking one with us, if you end up having the time.

I can't express how much of a relief it is to know that such a nice breeder (and person) is out there that clearly cares as much for animals as we do. We were so distraught after Tyco, and felt that we wouldn't be able to get another Basenji, for it seems all you can find are puppy mills online, and even if they weren't, it seemed impossible to tell the difference. You are a clear cut above the rest, and we look forward to seeing you and your puppies again.

Please do keep us updated on Colt, he is such a wonderful dog. We will definitely do the same.

Thank you so much,

from Don Blair Teed

Hi Russella,

Yes, Summer is sleeping in my sofa chair now and I'm on the floor, rightfully so! When I go away for work I take her picture with me (she's also in our Christmas cards every year). When I return she greets me and I look into her eyes, it's sickening to my wife as she is second on the list to be greeted AFTER Summer!! I LOVE HER!! I often call her "Mama's" ... just my term of endearment for her! When she goes to the Vet here in the Winter and it's cold I bundle her in a blanket and carry her. We did get her papers, thank you. She is complete OPPOSITE of Carter the Basenji, Summer is everyone's favorite so I try and pay extra attention to Carter. Summer did have a hernia when I got her so we got it fixed. She had a physical and shots last week and will get her teeth cleaned next month. She went to the Groomers once and they loved her. She eats the best food that I get at the Vet, she gets heartguard and topspot every month. It's funny ... I had someone tell me that they were going to take her home across the nation (they were kidding) ... told them not to try as I would have their airplane turned around!! (I work Air Defence with fighter jets). Yes, everyone knows she is a queen or a princess in the house, love her!!!! I will tell the kids to take some pics, may take a bit so remind me (feel free also to use my FB pictures also). I also had her portrait done and that sits in our room. I would love to have you come visit this summer to see Summer and us if you can. We heard that Summer went to a Convention in Warwick, RI for Basenjis right before we got her, did you in fact bring her? If so she was there not far from us and little did we know that we would have her soon after. THANK YOU so much for being a good person!!! Summer could be the poster child (that's what I call her ... my child) for exceptional care. Have a great day and I look forward to hearing from you.                  

from Dawn Belair (Purvis)

Hi Russella,  

I got Undercover Amnesty aka Vesta from you when you were down in Florida. I think I heard that you are not down here anymore.   My baby “Vesta” (goddess of the hearth) was born 12/18/1997 & is now 13 years old.  She’s just adorable still, lean & has a great coat!  But I think it might be time for her to get a little sister.   Glad to see you're still breeding beautiful Basenjis!!!!!!

from the Devore Family

Russella and Aaron,

Thank you so much for your kindness, I was very touched as you could see. That was so nice of you! We love Gunner already. He is such a good boy. He has so much to explore here so he is not lacking in stimulation. The kids are overjoyed by all the things he does and have had lots of laughs since he arrived. We are thoroughly enjoying every minute and know we have lots of things to do before Kya gets here. We can't wait. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Eric has been shooting video so when he gets a minute? he'll send that your way also. Steph said she was hanging out with Trey tonight after work but they will probably end up at our house so Trey can see Gunner. Oh what fun......:)

from Vernette, November 15, 2010

Thank you for such a wonderful loving Basenji!  What a joy.

Izzy is so intelligent, he opens the door and lets himself out. Zeda wants out also but she's afraid the door will hit her and can't open it herself as he does.  Izzy is such a joy and the most wonderful companion, he follows me everywhere I go. 

Izzy is doing excellent these days.  We knew that Basenji's could be a handful, having had one before, and it seems like it takes a little longer for them "to grow up" but it's worth it in the long run.  He's so faithful and loyal .  Can you believe he will be 3 in a couple weeks?  I still brush his little pearly white teeth. I'm so glad I started that when he was young and kept it up.  You never have to worry about him.  He is loved deeply.  Hope all is well these days with your showing. 

from Leslie, November 15, 2010


Just wanted to send you Corky's first birthday picture.  She just got a new toy (Woodstock) that she can't wait to tear up. We love Corky very much and are glad that she joined our family.

from Brian July 19, 2010

Beyonce is doing great.  She is playing with Jude right now. We took her to her first day of dog training and she did very good and she was good being around other dogs. I think all her showing helped so she was not focused on the other dogs, but us.  I think she will do very well at this.  She has fallen into a routine that revolves around me, including going to bed and waking up when I do.  She and Jude still play a lot.  But they are more settled and do everything as pairs, including napping next to each other.  And she likes to sleep on top of all the toys in the toy box.  Just a little update.  Keep in touch! 

from Leslie March 29, 2010


Corky seems to have adjusted nicely to her new household.  She is such a good dog!  We are all in love.  I am attaching a couple of new picture.  As you can see, she gets along well with our cats.  Have you had a chance to send her records yet?  I am planning on taking her to our vet next week to get acquainted.

from Sharon April 5, 2010

Hi Russella,

Sherry is doing great! New pic attached. She just had her annual physical this week and she has a clean bill of health. She is so full of personality and such a joy.

from Rita Pitts Mar 31, 2010

Cain continues to be the love of our lives and is Bobby's main focus. He dotes on that dog and the two of them have long conversations, at least on Bobby's end. The sweetness and loving nature of this dog are amazing. He is truly our lap dog and greets us with such joy when we come in - he has to be the best Basenji on earth!

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