Basenji Companions

Devoted to Basenjis as Pets

How to Contact Us

President:  Betsy Polglase
Vice President:  Laura Whitney
Secretary:  Bill Whitney
Treasurer:  Janet Rotante
REVELS’ Chair:  Roberta Kosek
REVELS’ ribbons:  Rhonda Peckham


  • Betsy Polglase
  • Cheryl Paul
  • Anita Furtner
  • LeeBeth Cranmer

Satellite Board of Advisors
Facebook & Webmaster:  Wayne Curtis
Bookeeper:  Barb Kunze
Membership:  LeeBeth Cranmer
Caring Cards: Donna Kaufman
Listserv Administrator: Ann Blanton

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13 comments on “How to Contact Us

  1. Jeffrey kellogg
    June 1, 2013

    I am looking for this protocol for vets

  2. Tommie Owens
    May 7, 2014

    I am looking for someone in the San Antonio, TX area that works with training Basenji’s. I have a new puppy and this is the first time we have had this breed of dog. I want to make sure we are understanding her way of communication and don’t make any mistakes. She is a sweet puppy!

  3. Betsy Polglase
    February 1, 2015

    The Gonto Fanconi Protocol for veterinarians can be found at:

    Click to access fanconiprotocol2003.pdf

  4. Betsy Polglase
    August 6, 2015

    Note: there is an updated Gonto Fanconi Protocol (introduced June, 2015), and it is up on our web site under Select Category/Fanconi in the pulldown box on the upper right of every page.

  5. Laura Sacks
    February 10, 2016

    My name is Laura Sacks, I have an Australian Terrier that the vet suspects has Fanconi Syndrome? I need to get any info that I can to save my Bruiser’s life. Please any assistance you can offer is appreciated. I am in VA.

  6. Betsy Polglase
    February 28, 2016

    Hi, Laura,

    There are several good articles on Fanconi on our Basenji Companions’ web site – see guide box on upper right.

    The first step is to see if your dog has a normal blood glucose and is possibly spilling glucose in the urine. Next, find a vet who will do a venous blood gas – usually larger veterinary centers which do a lot of surgery. Check the HCO3 reading on the blood gas. It should be about 19-23. If less, there is a very strong suspicion of Fanconi. Take a copy of the Fanconi Protocol (on our web site) to your vet and follow. If Fanconi is confirmed, check back at to be included on the Fanconidogs’ support group.

    Best of luck! Betsy Polglase

    Laura Sacks commented: “My name is Laura Sacks, I have an Australian Terrier that the vet suspects has Fanconi Syndrome? I need to get any info that I can to save my Bruiser’s life. Please any assistance you can offer is appreciated. I am in VA.”

  7. Laura Sacks
    February 28, 2016

    Dear Betsy

    Thanks so much for the info. I will take it to my vet. We are still trying to figure out what is wrong with him. Thanks again for your help.

    Laura sacks Lskater

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. Janet Hamilton
    July 17, 2016

    Dear Betsy,
    I tried to join but received no answer! I am now trying to join your other group As I said in the my past email, on July 1st I adopted my wonderful & handsome Basenji, Garnett is a Fanconi dog. I am looking for anyone who has a Fanconi dog in Manhattan,NY.
    I live on the upper eastside and would love to meet another pet owner who has a positive dog. I also need a good recommendation for a dog walker.
    I feel all alone with this challenge and could use any support out there.

    Thank you.

  9. basenjicompanions
    July 18, 2016

    We are available on Facebook, on yahoogroups, and you should have encountered a PDF download to get our membership form.

  10. Betsy Polglase
    July 19, 2016

    Janet, I’m so sorry that your request to join oup did not reach me. Please contact me directly at As you are an owner/caretaker of a Fanconi dog, you are certainly eligible to join, and I”ll make sure you get an invitation to join. I’m sure you will find the group knowledgeable, helpful and kind. We have had over 300 Fanconi dogs and their owners on the list in the 17 years that we have been in existence.

    The Fanconidogs support group is a separate group from Basenji Companions, athough I founded them both.

    As someone mentioned, if you want to join Basenji Companions, go to the “join” page on our web site, download the .pdf membership form and send it in. We also have a free Facebook page with nearly 2,000 members from all over the world.

    Hope to see you on both soon. Betsy Polglase

  11. Annet Forsyth
    November 9, 2016

    Our B’s DNA results have just come back as Affected Fanconi Syndrome.
    I have sent an email to to join. I am already a member on Basenji Companions Facebook page.

  12. Joann
    April 24, 2019

    Hello, I have a 6 yr old Jack Russel that was diagnosed with Fanconi. Can I join this group. I’m looking for suitable Pet vitamins other than the Pet Tabs mentioned in the Gonto protocol.

  13. basenjicompanions
    April 24, 2019

    If you click on ‘membership information’ in the main menu, you can download our membership form which will give you access to our member listserv and the accumulated advice of some of our most knowledgeable folks. We do have a Facebook group, but if you ask a question like this on there you are likely to get all kinds of advice from people who are not officially members of the organization, and may not have the experience or knowledge you’re looking for.

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