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Thursday, 12 July 2007
The Joys of Breeding Ridgebacks - NOT!
Mood:  blue

When you are breeding show dogs, not all pups in a litter are show quality, even if they have a "show ridge", no kinks and a minimum of white. Structure, movement and attitude play a large part. 

Then there is the bane of RRs - the dermoid sinus, a genetic defect in RRs that is linked to the ridge factor. It's in ALL Ridgebacks, so don't be conned by someone saying their dogs never have sinus... what they mean is they've never had one YET. 

I'm bummed out because I found one in my potential show puppy. So tiny that it eluded me in the early days, but now that it's had time to "fill up", I could finally find it. I didn't find it until Friday and had it removed on Monday. So, she will be going to a great pet home within two weeks.

Hers was located on the neck, but they can be found usually anywhere between the head and beginning of the ridge and from the end of the ridge down the tail. Rarely, but possible, is a DS found in the ridge itself. You can read more about it on my page about the DERMOID SINUS

Here's a post surgery photo of the location:


Posted by kalaharirr at 9:35 AM CDT
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Sunday, 1 July 2007
My newest water dog
Mood:  mischievious

Yesterday was our club picnic, held at a club member's home. They have a lake and it being July in Alabama - it was HOT! The dogs had a ball playing in the lake and keeping us amused.

I took Scout with me for socialization. When we first arrived, she didn't know what to think but soon got into the swing of things. She could have cared less about where I was, she was having a ball becoming a swimmer and chasing after the Border Collies and trying to grab them by the tail.


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Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007 10:41 AM CDT
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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Waves aren't gonna get me!
Mood:  mischievious

Sizzle, Darla and Scout  and I, trundled over to Gail and Bill's across the bay. The water was nice and calm in the morning, but got choppy after lunce. Puppy thought it was fun though.


Posted by kalaharirr at 2:37 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007 10:42 AM CDT
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Monday, 11 June 2007
Pet Palooza
Mood:  happy

Yesterday, my dog club - Mobile Bay Dog Training club -

participated in the Pet Palooza, an adoption extravanza here in Mobile. The Mobile SPCA (I volunteer for them), Animal Rescue League, Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter and Greyhound Rescue had many, many dogs there along with vendors. Lots of dogs got new homes !

Our club spent the day entertaining the crowds with agility, rally and obedience demos. We had our range of handlers -from grey haired ladies to teenagers and everything in between... proving that age is not a handicap.

I took Ms Diva - always a crowd favorite because of her unpredictable behavior and I took the puppy, Guy, too. It was a great experience for him.. lots of barking dogs, people to visit and treats to eat... better than a dog show for socialization. 

Of course, when we packed up to leave the heavens opened up and made loading the trailer a trial... we all looked like drowned rats! It was still fun. 

 


Posted by kalaharirr at 11:15 AM CDT
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Thursday, 31 May 2007
Murphy's Law strikes again!
Mood:  don't ask

It never fails...

 I paid extra to be listed in the RRCUS Breeder's list back in December or January.. they finally got my information up on May 29... and the email address was wrong.

All the pups are placed, I think and hope, so naturally I've gotten call after call looking for a pup.

I'm feeling like going to train for agility... our drought has ended and now it's been raining for 3 days.

 

Oh, well, at least I can revamp some more pages and get them up on my site. 


Posted by kalaharirr at 10:09 AM CDT
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Monday, 28 May 2007
On to better things
Mood:  caffeinated

Through no fault of my own, my website on Geocities was terminated by Yahoo. Seems that someone said that my dog club, Mobile Bay Dog Training Club, had added their email without their permission... which is ridiculous!

In order to join the group, new members had to give me or the moderator their email addy. Then we would send them an invitation and they would have to sign themselves up. Once they did that, then we would have to approve their membership. 

So without ANY warning or notification, we were terminated. All our files, etc were gone. As the list owner, all my accounts were terminated, too. Goodbye 12 years of educational information on my website!

Lucky for me, I had backed up a lot of stuff and through the Internet Archive, I've retrieved even more... gotta love those folks!

 I'm looking at this in a positive note.. been meaning to clean out the site, (wasn't planning on being this drastic) so now I have and will be adding new and revelant things as I go.Kiss

So visit us often and read the blog.. I usually post new and interesting photos here 'cause it's a lot quicker!

 Have a great Memorial Day and summer ahead!


Posted by kalaharirr at 9:21 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, 28 May 2007 9:33 AM CDT
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