The Story of Basenji Forums


Well,Well,Well. Finally the Wizard behind the curtain.:D

Something that does so much good, inspired by a such a heartbreaking loss.
Kudo's to you both for not only creating this Basenji information resource, but a Basenji Community as well. My hat is off to you both and a great big THANK YOU!

Love that! And perfect words too!

Oh my! Leeno was stunning! I'm a sucker for the solid faces as the eyes stand out so much more – and he had beautiful eyes.

Thank you so much for creating this forum. I know I find it invaluable, and am on here every chance I get through the day. Obviously a lot of people had a need for it; look how quickly it has grown!

I am so sorry for the loss of Leeno, but ever so grateful for the fact that he led you to create this forum for the rest of us!

If you had not had Leeno this forum probably would not have happened, even though his illness and death were horrendous something wonderful came out of that ordeal. I can't imagine how it must of hurt to lose your little guy, I am so very sorry. But your baby Chance is just beautiful, that face would surely melt my heart. Love the Chance and cat pic, my B would never allow such a picture, Sahara, knows only how to chase my cat. Well, I just want to let you know that I am soooooooo very grateful for this forum. I am a first time B owner for a 1yr. 3 mos. old girl, and this forum has helped me many times. I come her almost everyday for info or just to see what is happening, I really enjoy what you have done for us and our Basenjis. THANKS, GOD BLESS YOU AND HUBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D 😃 😃 😃

leeno was so gorgeous. he truly must have been an angel. you guys are so caring and clever. we are all so grateful. i do know some breeders are recommending this place when they place a dog. i tell new brat families about it, when i get the opportunity. it has turned into such a great resource. thank you! (hugs)
and thanks to all of the people and basenjis who keep it informative and entertaining

Thank you so very much for all your kind words. This forum has become more like an extended family than just a message board. We watch everyone’s Basenji grow and offer kind words of encouragement when we have those "my B is making me crazy days"
All that Alex and I wanted out of our loss was a way to help others. It’s such an awful feeling knowing that you are all alone and have no one to ask for help. Especially since this breed isn't that common. Now here is a way to talk to experienced Basenji owners who are willing to take the time to help each other out.
I have to say thank you to everyone in this community. If it wasn't for you, Basenji Forums would not be here today. If we help one Basenji out than we have served our purpose.

Basenji Boy- Your picture put it nicely. I just love the little B insert.

Thank you again,
Alex and Vanessa


Basenji Boy- Your picture put it nicely. I just love the little B insert.

I couldn't resist:D … and your little dog too!:D

I am so soory to hear about your loss…Leeno was such a beautiful baby...I am happy for you that you now have Chance...

Very sorry to hear about Leeno. But very thankful that you started this forum.

Alex & Vanessa….how could we ever repay you for such an incredible contribution you have made to the Basenji community. I have gotten more out of this forum than you could ever imagine.

I pray that your kindess will be repaid to you both a 1 million times over with the addition of little Chance to your family 🙂

Although it is heartbreaking to experience the loss of your little Leeno I hope you can be comforted that his little life was not lost in vain. His life with you however short had EXTRAORDINARY meaning and purpose. It is because of Leeno that all of us can be here for each other. Thanks to you too Leeno..always remebered & will never be forgotten.

Thank you for sharing your story, I'm sorry and thanks for starting Basenji Forums!

Vanessa and Alex,
I can't thank you enough for starting this forum, I had no idea it was as a result of such sorrow. Leeno's legacy is that he has helped at least one Basenji be more understood and appreciated. I have such fun and get so much support and advice from all of the members. Nala and I truly thank you both from the bottom of our hearts.
((Hugs)) to you both – and to Chance too!

This site gave me encouragement when I felt completely helpless during Beta's illness. I was desperately looking for an outlet to share my experiences in case someone else had to face symptoms or decisions like I did.

I enjoy sharing my happy moments as well and enjoy the site you have given us, but really appreciate the ability to share facts about the breed with others.

Basenjis have such a sweet spirit in them that is unlike any other pet I have owned. They have had such a mysterious appeal to them with the curious descriptions of their demeanor and health.This site really helps people understand the breed as an asset.

Thank you so much for supporting me through my terror and pain as Beta passed so suddenly, Caesars depression and Cairos joining the pack which has brought us back to a healthy basenji family. I will always be a supporter of this site and share as much as I can to keep the site active.


Dear Alex and Vanessa ~

Your story touched my heart deeply, I was considering adopting a B from
Khani's after the loss of my dear girl Ziva, but in the process was moving
to Idaho and thought against it. Connie was so nice as was her daughter.

So sad for your loss, but glad to hear your Chance is a wonderful companion.

What a wonderful place to come to visit and be surrounded by those of
like minded hearts regarding Basenjis.

Hugs to you …

Nsana's Mom

I am so glad to have the basenji forum to help me learn more about my beloved breed.
Thank you for doing this for us all!


I just read this and realize maybe nobody will see this but… thank you so much for this wonderful forum..I have learned, laughed and cried so many times while browsing this wonderful outlet made especially for me..and you..and everybody else around the world loving basenjis. Thank you.

Vanessa and Alex - I've always believed that there is a silver lining - we just have to look for it. Your Leeno provided a big silver lining by giving you the desire to set up this forum, and then for bringing Chance your way.

As someone newer to the breed and still waiting for the best time to get my first basenji, I can't tell you how invaluable I am finding this resource. First off, through the forum I have met some breeders and have made a very nice friendship with Sharron. I hope to be able to increase that circle of friends because it is so nice to know people who are into what you are into - namely basenjis! I continue to learn on a daily basis so many good health and training tips. The benefits from this forum are amazing.

Thanks for the continued work you do for the forum - I am grateful to you both, and to Leeno.

Fran, your so easy to like! Yes, this forum was a heaven sent thing for folks who do rescue, who breed, who adopt b's and who just love the dogs we all love.
V and A…YOU did GOOD!!!!!

out of ashes. This forum is a testament to your dedication to the breed. Thank you.

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