I subscribed a while ago but never had the time to introduce myself. I will apologize right now for any spelling mistakes, my first language is French (I am from Quebec City). My name is Sanda Saunders I am a volunteer with BRAT and have a small selective breeding program. I live in a small Northern Town of Ontario, Canada. About just a little under 2 hours from Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
I fell in love with the Basenji when I saw one of Kathie Upton's males at a show in Montreal. He was a co-own. Later on, I got to met her and had a great time. I was so impressed by her willingness to help and teach that it made me feel good about getting involved in the breed. I appreciate kind people who are accepting and not judgmental. I became very passionate about the breed and started learning all I could about the different bloodlines worldwide as well as all the issues with the breed. I absolutely ADORE chatting about what is good and what is lacking in all the bloodlines knowing very well that each dog is an individual and is also greatly affected by its environment. I became friends with basenji people all around the planet and we always have a great time "debating" all kinds of subjects.
My love for learning about bloodlines comes from breeding and training horses for 30 years on and off. I saw the direct effect of selective breeding in the conformation and temperament of the horses i trained. When I got involved with dogs, I started right off the bat researching and "stalking" a bloodline that had proper conformation with A+ temperament. I spent a lot of time chatting with anyone who knew anything about basenjis. I became a total sponge for knowledge. I also use my own judgment as we all need to "take some and leave some". I will continue the learning process for the rest of my life.
So I the process of my investigating I was offered what I dreamed of, a sweet gentle adorable well behaved basenji female named Madam who posessed all the attributes I had wanted all along, conformation, athletic ability, temperament and health. My dream came true and I am so in love with her. I appreciate the fact that she loves me too. And my 3 kids as well. Since madam came into our life we have been so blessed. We enjoy eachother's company and we embarque on numerous adventures together as a family.
We use dog shows as an excuse to explore new places and make new friends. My 3 children do junior handling and i am learning to handle as well. We were blessed with meeting Edgar Rojas years ago when we had our first show dog (whom after a full year of showing her, ended-up being a scam from a con-artist). Edgar is a professional handler who is sOOOOO awesome because he is kind, considerate and gentle with dogs. And also with us. He took my daughter under his wing and taught us so much. I am filled with gratitude towards him. We made so many friends at the shows and had so much fun together at all the different shows that we became addicted. Since the dogs enjoy it too, we are planing on continuing for as long as we can.
What also brings joy to our lives is our puppies. We love puppies. Now that we have experienced this joy we will never be without it again. I breed selectively in hopes of producing as perfect as possible. But I love them so much no matter what. Did I mention how much happiness our basenjis bring us? As I am typing I have my one year old Lucky rearing-up on his hind legs pawing at my arm so I will go play with him… so i guess I gotta go now... must torture him with love just a little!
So tell me who do YOU like the best for stud dogs right now, anywhere in the world??? Which stud dog has had the greatest legacy in the last 15 years? Lets start a FUN debate!!!! Shall-we?