Our Rhodesian Ridgebacks are first and foremost family pets. They live in our house and interact daily with teenagers and children. They are equally satisfied with lounging on the couch all day or competing at an event. Wherever we go, they follow. They are truly a breed that loves to be with their human!
Our first Rhodesian Ridgeback Thor (Amber's Duke Thornton of Karro) introduced us to the breed and won our hearts. Thor passed away in 2011 at the age of 10 years. We really missed having a Ridgeback in our house so we brought home puppy Trace a few months later.
We tried out Lure Coursing in 2012 as a fun thing to do and our boy Trace loved it! We try to attend most of the local events. We have met a lot of great people and dogs through our participation in this sport.
In 2014, we ventured into the show ring with the addition of our girl Amber. As a first time Owner Handler with a puppy, we learned together and made lots of mistakes! I am still not completely comfortable in the ring yet but we are getting there. Who knew it would be so hard to run around the ring and make them look pretty? Again, we have met some wonderful people and made true friends going to the shows. Amber's breeder has been supportive and showed her for me to finish her Championship in 2015. Many people have offered advice and encouragement along the way. Not only is this a great breed, the people that love this breed, are awesome also!
In late 2014, we added Zoey to our pack. We became friends with her breeder and had an opportunity to take her home. We liked both her Mom and Dad and when we saw her, we couldn't resist.
In 2016, we showed Amber to her Grand Champion title and we had our first litter and kept puppy Scarlett. She is bursting with personality and such a pretty girl.
In 2017, we spent time showing Scarlett and finished her AKC Championship and her JC coursing title. Making her our first home bred champion! Trace did a little coursing and Zoey did a few Fast Cats. We will get Zoey back in the ring and on the field in 2018, try for a Grand Champion title for Scarlett, and plan another litter. Julia will serve as Secretary for the Sunshine State Rhodesian Ridgeback club starting in 2018.
Julia and William Toole