After more than two decades as a breeder — and with a dozen years with my own kennel — some of the dogs that have accompanied me on my own life's journey have ended theirs.

This page looks back at Renaissance hounds no longer with us who have had active show or breeding careers. Many of them also served as loving companions to families both during and after their show careers.

STONEYBLUFF MEMORIES: Click here to learn about more of the dogs I showed and cared for at the legendary Stoneybluff kennel before starting Renaissance Bassets.

Stoneybluff Vertigo ROM
Ch. Stoneybluff Spencer x Stoneybluff Danielle

Verti, who passed away in December 2010 at the age of 10, was both the end of an era as well as the beginning of a new one. She was the last producing bitch carrying the Stoneybluff kennel prefix, and she was the foundation upon which Renaissance Bassets were built.

While she was never keen on being a show dog, Verti more than made up for it as a mother, producing eight champions and earning the coveted Register of Merit (ROM) award from the Basset Hound Club of America.

Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh
Ch. Hobnail Stoneybluff Beecham x Stoneybluff Vertigo ROM

Spot finished his Championship in Goodells, Michigan, in September 2008. He remained spry until passing away at 12 1/2 in the fall of 2016.

Spot had an active life after the show ring with owners Steve and Bambi Golombisky of Davisburg, Michigan, to whom he was deeply devoted and a real character. He sired a litter, out of Parris (Ch. Renaissance Parris Island), passing on his style and winning personality to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His influence on Renaissance will always be great.

Ch. Renaissance Rembrandt
Ch. Hobnail Stoneybluff Beecham x Stoneybluff Vertigo ROM

Face wowed judges with his classic style during his show career, and he passed those winning characteristics on to his offspring, including Ch. Renaissance Phantom of the Opera.

Face enjoyed a long retirement at Renaissance, becoming the "elder statesman" of the dog room, and the younger dogs generally made way for him. He passed away at the age of 13 1/2 in 2017.

Renaissance Mona Lisa ROM
Ch. Hobnail Stoneybluff Beecham x Stoneybluff Vertigo ROM

Monique had a brief show career, deciding that she preferred the whelping box to the show ring.

Six of her children became Champions, earning her the coveted Register of Merit (ROM) award from the Basset Hound Club of America. She was opinionated and a bit bossy, so she was very happy to spend her final years sleeping on her own in the kitchen at Renaissance, where she could often get my undivided attention.

Ch. Renaissance Carnival
Ch. Topsfield Circus Circus x Stoneybluff Vertigo ROM

Dolly Ann finished her Championship in Orlando, Florida, in June 2009.

From puppyhood, Dolly Ann was the companion of Dan and Julie Frezza of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, who generously allowed Dolly Ann to travel to shows to complete her Championship. Then she took up her role as guardian of the sofa and the garden fulltime for another half dozen years until her passing.

Ch. Renaissance Four Wheel Drive
Ch. Stoneybluff Freightliner x Stoneybluff Vertigo ROM

Wheeler finished his Championship in January 2009 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He got to enjoy six years of retirement as the companion of Jill and Dan Hall of Highland, Michigan, before passing away. Our condolences to Jill and Dan.

Ch. Renaissance Drill Sergeant
Ch. Foxglen Delta Force ROM x Renaissance Mona Lisa ROM

Brick is seen here as a puppy taking a 4-point major as Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the Lincolnland Basset Hound Club specialty in Springfield, Illinois. He finished in May 2010 with another 4-point major as Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the Crawford County Kennel Club show in Bucyrus, Ohio.

After retiring from the show ring, Brick enjoyed seven active years with Holly and Isaac Hook of Crawfordsville, Indiana. He passed away at age 9 1/2 from an aggressive auto-immune infection. Our condolences to Holly and Isaac.

Ch. Renaissance Parris Island
Ch. Foxglen Delta Force ROM x Renaissance Mona Lisa ROM

Parris finished her Championship in July 2012 at the Basset Hound Club of Greater Detroit specialty at Monroe, Michigan, and then whelped a litter, sired by Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh.

Sadly, after successfully nursing her litter, she later developed a serious viral infection and passed away at the age of 5. She is deeply missed, and her grace and beauty is being carried on by her children and grandchildren.

Ch. Renaissance Semper Fidelis
Ch. Foxglen Delta Force ROM x Renaissance Mona Lisa ROM

Princess, shown here at 6 months placing in Sweepstakes at the 2008 Basset Hound Club of America National Specialty show, finished her Championship in September 2010 at the Butler County Kennel Club show in Prospect, Pennsylvania.

Princess passed away suddenly in August 2013. Our condolences go out to the O'Reilly family of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who adopted her after she retired.

Renaissance Midnight Special
GCh. Foxglen Special Forces ROM x Ch. Renaissance Trapeze

Evie was a special girl who showed tremendous promise, wowing judges across the country and needing only her majors to finish.

Sadly, Evie swallowed a piece of gravel while playing with it, and the gravel lacerated her intestines. Despite heroic efforts to save her, she succumbed to infection after surgery at only 18 months old.