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On Losing a Dog

In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe, peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able… Read More

When Should You Spay or Neuter a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

Showing a profound lack of judgment by the people at Google, my site often ends up at the top of search results for questions about Rhodesian Ridgebacks. My qualifications for such prestigious placement are that I have Rhodesian Ridgebacks, I have a camera, and I have a very loose understanding of how to control both of those things.That said, I’m always happy to share whatever knowledge I’ve picked up along the way. I can’t offer the expertise of a veterinarian or behaviorist, so I simply try to share the perspective of what an average owner might experience.Recently, inquiries about the timing of a Ridgeback’s spay/neuter are increasingly common. It’s a question with pitfalls and nuance and a lot of strong opinions. I’ve heard people say veterinarians only recommend spay/neuter because it makes them money, and I’ve heard people say anyone who doesn’t spay/neuter their dog is an irresponsible jerk. Neither of these sentiments is particularly helpful (or true), and the conflicting opinions leave a lot of us feeling uncertain and ill prepared to make the best decision for our own dogs.Rather than attempt to make that decision for you, I hope this post offers some dispassionate context for how to best consider your options. Read More

Why I Purchased My Rhodesian Ridgebacks From A Responsible Breeder

On the day I picked up each one of my dogs I handed over a check for nearly two thousand dollars. That is a lot of money.My decision to pay a large sum for a puppy is a contentious one amongst dog lovers. For many, a line has been drawn and anyone who does not acquire their dog from a shelter or rescue is the on the wrong side.But I don’t see my decision to purchase my dogs from an ethical breeder as oppositional to rescue efforts, I see it as complementary to them. I think it’s worth explaining why. Read More

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Quarantine Week Three

How much exercise do Rhodesian Ridgebacks need? More than this! But we’re making the best of the situation. Hope everyone else is staying safe too. Read More

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Quarantine Adventures – Week 2

Two Ridgebacks, two small children, one dad, no problem. Okay, maybe a few problems. Or mostly problems. But hey, at least we have plenty of time to work on solving them. Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!… Read More

The Only Dog For Me?

Penny is not the only dog for me. The math is straightforward. I had a dog before her. I brought home a dog after her. Less straightforward is my conviction there can never be, “the only dog for me.” Because if that dog did exist, I had him. Now that… Read More

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