IN THE RING

The focus of my breeding program is to produce Basset Hounds that closely conform to the breed standard. Judges recognize dogs that are excellent representatives the breed through awards at dog shows, and several of my dogs have accumulated multiple wins to be designated a champion and have the title "Ch." appended to the front of their registered names.

This page shows Renaissance hounds who have had — or are about to start — active careers in the show ring and the whelping box. Because my goal also involves producing well-rounded dogs, I have also included hounds who have excelled in other canine disciplines, such as rally, scentwork and therapy work.


MEMORIES: Click here to learn about some of the Renaissance Bassets dogs who graced us with their beauty and their love, and now have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.


Ch. Renaissance Solar Flare
GCHB Renaissance Versailles x Renaissance Queen of the Night

Flare, shown by Novia Staviski of Lindley, New York, and co-owned with Novia and Anne O'Reilly, finished his Championship with back-to-back Winners Dog awards at the Berkshire Basset Hound Club specialty in Frenchtown, New Jersey, in March 2023 at only 21 months old.

Now barely 2 years old, Flare is already winning Best of Breed and is poised to enjoy the same level of success as his father, Odin.

Group-winning MBISS GCHB Renaissance Versailles
GCH Foxglen Takin It To The House x Ch. Renaissance Black Cherry

Odin — Reserve Winners Dog at the 2017 Basset Hound Club of America National Specialty in Lancaster, Pennsylvania — has impressed judges throughout the country. He was the Number 1 basset hound in all-breed points at the end of January 2020 and was the Number 1 Owner-Handled basset hound in 2021. Owned and shown by Novia Staviski of Lindley, New York, Odin displays exceptional movement coupled with a gorgeous head.

During his career, Odin has been a Hound Group winner and multiple Owner-Handled Reserve Best in Show. He is also a multiple Best in Specialty Show winner. Now a veteran with limited showings, Odin won the Veteran Sweepstakes at the 2022 Basset Hound Club of America National Specialty in Rockford, Illinois.

Ch. Renaissance Golden Emperor
Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh x Renaissance Spitfire

Clyde quickly took four majors under the able handling of Holly Hook of Crawfordsville, Indiana — who along with husband Isaac Hook own Clyde — and he finished his Championship winning breed at the Michigan Hound Association show in Belleville, Michigan, in September 2020.

Clyde has found success as a special, with Owner-Handled Hound Group placements and landing in the top 10 of the Owner-Handled Basset Hound rankings for 2021 and 2022.

Group-placing GCH Renaissance Flying Fortress
GCH Foxglen Special Forces ROM x Renaissance Starry Night

Bomber finished his Championship in July 2016 at the Greater DeKalb Kennel Club show in DeKalb, Ill., at 14 months of age after only four weekends of competition, taking Winners Dog at several competitive specialties. He earned his Grand Championship at the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club show in West Friendship, Maryland, in July 2018.

As a team with junior handler Meah Kocherovsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Bomber earned Owner-Handled Group placements and was on the other end of the lead when Meah was best Novice Junior Handler at the 2021 Basset Hound Club of America Nationals in Lima, Ohio.

Group-placing BISS Ch. Renaissance Superfortress
GCH Foxglen Special Forces ROM x Renaissance Starry Night

Griffin finished his Championship at the Detroit Kennel Club show in Novi, Michigan, in June 2017, and he earned group placements while being shown as a special by Sydney Aubert of Holland, Michigan, at events in the Midwest.

A Best in Specialty Show winner, Griffin has sired a litter by Grace (Renaissance Breda), which includes Dozer (Renaissance Presidio).

Renaissance Black Hero
Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh x Renaissance Spitfire

Frankie was coming up to speed with his littermate Clyde when the pandemic sidelined his march to the Championship.

Frankie is very close to finishing his Championship, and he took a placement in a very competitive Open Class at the 2021 Basset Hound Club of America Nationals. Meanwhile, he has already started his stud career in earnest, siring a litter out of Panda (Renaissance Normandy RA) which includes Adelaide (Renaissance Adelaide).

Renaissance Presidio
Ch. Renaissance Superfortress x Renaissance Breda

Dozer has a gorgeous head, but the COVID-19 pandemic but the kibosh on a show career. He might, however, try his paw at Obedience and Rally.

Dozer, who lives with Chad and Kathy Audinet of Frankenmuth, Michigan, has had a successful career as a stud dog, siring three litters, one with Judy (Ch. Renaissance Malabar) and two with Polly (Renaissance Spitfire).

Renaissance Golden Prince
Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh x Renaissance Spitfire

Auggie has given owners Cathy and Dennis Schultz of Troy, Michigan, excitement about learning the dog show world, and in his first outing, with Cathy on the lead, he took a major at the Berrien Kennel Club show in Marshall, Michigan.

The pandemic put Auggie's show career on hold. He may return to the show ring or perhaps will try Obedience and Rally.

Renaissance Adelaide
Renaissance Black Hero x Renaissance Normandy RA

Adelaide is just beginning her show career under the able hand of owner Holly Hook of Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Adelaide is showing some promise, and already has some wins. Watch for her at shows in the Midwest.

Renaissance Pippin RN THDN CGC TKN
Renaissance Black Hero x Renaissance Normandy RA

Pippin's structure isn't adequate to compete as a show dog, but his winning personality is serving him well as a registered therapy dog.

In addition to therapy work, Pippin — who is owned by Michael Meckler in Columbus, Ohio — also competes in companion events, and he earned the Rally Novice title at a trial at Columbus All-Breed Training Club in November 2022.

Renaissance All My Rowdy Friends
Renaissance Presidio x Ch. Renaissance Malabar

Hank, owned by Jennifer and Jason Morad of Highland, Michigan, has taken up scentwork, which involves finding where vials containing a tiny amount of a fragrant oil are hidden.

Hank already has qualifying scores in both AKC and UKC scentwork events, and it's only a matter of time before he becomes the first Renaissance Basset to earn a scentwork title.

Renaissance Normandy RA
Renaissance Arnhem x Ch. Renaissance Weeping Willow

Panda, owned by Michael Meckler of Columbus, Ohio, has impressive size, but she was not a fan of the show ring. She whelped a litter by Frankie (Renaissance Black Hero), which included Adelaide (Renaissance Adelaide) and Pippin (Renaissance Pippin).

Meanwhile, she occasionally competes in companion events, and she achieved her Rally Advanced title at the 2021 Basset Hound Club of America Nationals in Lima, Ohio.

Renaissance Arnhem
Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh x Ch. Renaissance Parris Island

Gavin, who lives with the Winiarksi family of Shelby, Michigan, has been an impressive dog in the show ring, and he has sired a daughter, Panda (Renaissance Normandy RA), out of Willow (Ch. Renaissance Weeping Willow).

Gavin came very close to finishing his Championship, needing only his final major, but the stars never seemed to align, and he is very happy to be retired.

Renaissance Starry Night
Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh x Ch. Renaissance Parris Island

Sweetie displays impressive beauty, structure and mechanics. She wasn't keen on the show ring but has shown herself to be an excellent mother, whelping a litter sired by GCH Foxglen Special Forces, the only dog ever to win Best in Show at the Basset Hound Club of America Nationals three years in a row.

Among her offspring are Bomber (GCH Renaissance Flying Fortress) and Griffin (Ch. Renaissance Superfortress). Sweetie now spends her retirement with Chad and Kathy Audinet of Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Renaissance Breda
Ch. Renaissance Van Gogh x Ch. Renaissance Parris Island

Grace is another wonderful hound who preferred to play rather than taking an interest in being shown.

Grace whelped litters sired by Beau (Renaissance Kaizen Liberator) and Griffin (Ch. Renaissance Superfortress), and among her offspring is Dozer (Renaissance Presidio).