We have been married for 31 years, have 2 young adult children, our son and his wife just had their first child, a beautiful girl, named Adley Lauren born on May 12. 2017 our first grandchild. We have owned, dogs, for the past 30 years. We live in a country subdivision, near Lafayette, Louisiana. We are members of a local hunting club 2 miles from our home with over 1,000 acres where we take our dogs regularly to run, chase wildlife and follow us on 4 wheelers.
We also have 3 horses, 3 Peruivan Pasos and a Tennessee Walker. .
Our love for African dogs started 26 years ago when we bought our first "Basenji", Benji. We owned basenjis for 23 years, our last 2 basenjis had imported stock from the Congo in their bloodlines
Our last 2 basenjis proved to us the significance in going back to the country of origin of a breed and getting new blood to diversify the gene pools.
God used this breed of a dog to bring us to a relationship with Christ.
Our first basenji's breeder showed us an article of the "Basenji being at the birth of Christ", a few years later I began to desire to know GOD more, and contacted the breeder for a copy of that article, the door opened and they invited us to church and our lives have been blessed and on an incredible spiritual journey ever since.
God began to put a passion for Africa and its people within us. We teamed up with missionary friends, Sue and Jeff Murton of New Zealand and raised funds to drill a water well in Mtwapa Village, Kenya, for the Good Samitarin Church near Mombasa; We have done other projects over the years to help the people in Africa, on a local and international level.
Upon looking for a dog at our local shelter that my husband could bring with him to our local hunting camp, this gorgeous red dog just stuck out to the both of us! Upon adoption we were told he was owner surrendered and that his owners told them his name was Max and he was 1/2 Rhodesian Ridgeback and 1/2 lab.
Max had the best of both breeds in him and was the most loyal listening dog we had ever owned! We began researching more about the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and we discovered it was another AFRICAN BREED! What an amazing GOD we serve!
We began learning all about the breed. including the History of our magnificent Rhodesian Ridgeback. We acquired our foundational stock and had our first litter in 2012.
Being a homeschool teacher and doing extensive research on our families genealogies, I have enjoyed researching and learning all about the breed, history, bloodlines and pedigrees. .
I have researched the dogs that were first imported into the United States, studied their types and bloodlines in comparsions to the type of Ridgebacks in the United States today. That is what lead me to pursue South African bloodlines. .