Tennessee Waltz

Hi there.  It Desmond again.  Hope you are enjoying your spring.  I just got back from a road trip to see my human grandparents, Eric’s Mom and Dad.  We took a road trip to Tennessee. I had not seen my grandparents.  The trip also gave me the chance to run in my first Lure course race.  We traveled to Nashville where I got to meet more of my family.  I got to meet my Aunt Margret, Richard, and Sara.  They even came to the Lure Coursing event with my grandmother, Gail.  So I had a great support team for my first event.

Desmond Lure Coursing
Lure Coursing in TN

What is Lure Coursing?  Let me see if I can explain.  Lure Coursing is an event where dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate chasing a live rabbit or some other live prey. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long.   If a dog is lure focused they will typically follow the lure from start to finish and not run off course. Sometimes dogs with some considerable lure experience, termed “lure-wise”, may try to anticipate or “cheat” by attempting to cut off the lure instead of trying to capture the lure using follow, speed and agility. Sighthounds, generally, have no need to be trained or enticed to chase the lure since the desire to chase is instinctual. The dogs must be at least one year old to compete.

Got it?  If not, here is a video to help bring the point home.  So I entered a Lure Course event put on by the Nashville Dog Training Club.  But I had to qualify to run in the real races.  So I entered a Lure  Course Qualify Test, QC.  I ran against another Rhodesian Ridgeback around the course.  They wanted to make sure I chased the lure (i.e. plastic bags) and not the other dog.  I passed with flying colors.

So I have completed in my first Lure Course event and received my JC title.  I also placed third against all the other Rhodesian Ridgebacks in my class.  A good start for my first race.  Sorry, but I need some of oxygen.  Three races in one day is a little exhausting.   I racing my next lure course race in a couple of weeks in Reidsville, NC.  The event is being put on by the Mid-Atlantic Hound Association of Central NC



Until next time.



PS:  A special thanks to Nashville Dog Training Club and Marino Caro for their assistance.

PSS:  I got to chase a real rabbit a couple of days after the event in our backyard.  The rabbit did get away.  I would never hurt “Bugs Bunny”

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Spring Break at the Beach

Hi there.  It has been a while since I last posted on my blog.  I have been busy the past couple of months.  I have been in the show ring.  I have been traveling.  I have been to the vet, YUCK.  So I needed a vacation, therefore, I went to the beach with Eric, Ava, and my kid brother Landry.  I have never been to the beach.  I rode in a car for three hours as a ‘good dog’.  We finally stopped at Sunset Beach, NC.

A dog life at the beach

A dog life at the beach

We (Eric, Ava, Landry, and I) stayed in a house across the street from the beach.  So early in the morning, I got to take a walk on the beach.  Oh my goodness, so many new things.  My nose was on overtime.  I loved the smell of the sea breeze.   Eric did not have to walk me to the beach.  I could smell my way to the beach.


When I reached the beach, I ran all over the sand.  That was until I reached the water.  I don’t understand how the water can attack me.  I was just standing still and the water came up and made my feet wet.  YUCK!!.  But I did like seeing and chasing the small little birds in the sand.  I think Eric called them sandpipers.  They would just scatter when I got close to them.

I even think someone brought a horse to the beach.  Ava was walking me to the point of the island.  Someone yelled “Where is the saddle?”  I know there must be a horse cause I am too small to wear a saddle.

We stayed over the weekend, but had to go home.  I hope I get to go back to the beach soon.  I really like it and maybe I will go into that water that attacks my feet.



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Desmond’s New Years Resolution

Happy New Year 🙂  I hope everyone Greg strong Jan 13 Collage 1had a great New Year’s Eve and New Years.  I did. I spent New Year’s Eve chasing our cats(or lions) around the house while Eric and Ava were partying.  I even made a New Year’s Resolution.  My resolution was to send Eric and/or Ava to school like me.  If I get homework, Eric and Ava are going to get homework too.  I got some help from my handler at the Christmas Classic, Greg Strong, and Bonnie Buchanan, of Bon-Clyde Learning Center, where I have been taking my conformation classes in Sanford, NC.

Greg and Bonnie were offering a weekend dog handling seminar.  The seminar focus on handling skills focusing on ‘first with dog’, connecting with your dog, presentation of your dog to judges,  and some subtle hints on how to use the leash and bait.  I knew Eric did not know the fine points of handling in dog shows.  Eric was a little bit afraid of handling me in the ring. I noticed his fear, and my Christmas present to Eric and Ava was this class.  Eric went and took both Landry and myself to the class.  There were several people at the class from all over the East Coast.  There were from Fla. and as far north as New Hampshire.  If you get a chance to take Greg’s handling class, I would highly recommend it to you.

Desmond was not a complete angel during the class.  I did misbehaved a little bit at Greg’s class.  I got little bit bored on Sunday.  So I used my locksmith skills to get out of my cage visit the other dogs.  I then took the time to teach one of the border collie the fine art of escaping from his cage.  The collie was started herding us at lunch.  I could tell by the end of the class that Eric felt more comfortable in handling me in the show ring even though he did mess up in the end.  I made it to ‘best in show’ contest at the end of the class.  Well, Eric forgot what ‘freebaiting’ means.  He thought it meant ‘free of bait’, but I know he will NEVER forget that term again.

OK, I’d better go.  I am heading off with Greg and his family to the Top of the Bay Pet Lodge in Maryland.  Greg was also happy since the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL playoffs.  I will now spend three weeks with Greg and his staff at the Top of the Bay Pet Lodge.  I am also entered in several dog shows in coming weeks in the Washington DC area called the “Cherry Blossom Tour”.  Eric and Ava will some pick me up and back to “Carolina on my Mind”.

Look for my post from Eastern Shore 🙂



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Merry Christmas – A White Christmas for some people, but not Desmond

Snow in DallasHi all.  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.  It is Desmond from the kennel.  I had a great day in the Greensboro Pet and Day Spa while Eric and Ava left me while they visited  Dallas and Austin.  Now I hear feedback that everyone in the DFW area got a White Christmas.  Paris (i.e. Mom) got a White Christmas.  Maxx, with two X’s(Dad), had a White Christmas.  Eric and Ava were visiting Texas and had a White Christmas.

What about Desmond?  He got a special treat for Christmas BUT no SNOW for Desmond on Christmas day.   So let me know about your Christmas gifts and send pictures of your White Christmas.



PS:  I have to stay hip.  So now have a Twitter handle.  You can tweet me at @RR_Desmond

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Desmond’s First Birthday

It is December 16th!  It is my first birthday.  YEAH!  The year has just flown by my eyes.  For my first Birthday, Eric has tried to put together a collage of pictures from all the puppies in the Maxx x Paris litter.  We were quite a big litter (5 males and 7 females). Maxx was glad he did not have to pay any puppy support. I think Paris should reminded Maxx that Texas is a community property state 🙂

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

The puppies are pretty including me, of course.  I have tried to put together a collage of pictures from all my brother and sisters.  See if you can pick yourself out from the puppy picture in the collage.  It was easy for me.  I am the one biting on my sibling’s ear.  I do the same thing with my Lhasa Apso brother, Landry.

A special message to all my litter mates we have not heard back from:

If you did not send me a picture, please send it to me ASAP.  I will add it to picture gallery as soon as I can along with a couple of comments and descriptions based upon your email.

I would like to send out special birthday wishes to litter mates:

Teaching my brother new tricks..
Teaching my brother new tricks..

Manu  – Manu is our gentle giant living with her owner, Mille.  Manu is pushing a 100 lbs right now.  Manu, however, is still very energetic, curious, and intelligent!  Manu recently got a new addition to his family.  Manu and Millie got a puppy from Juba Lee’s Poppy litter.   Millie cannot wait until they are both grown up and start taking care of her.

Trick or Treat :-)

Trick or Treat 🙂

 Roxy – Roxy is a family dog living with his family, the Spalls.  Roxy has become an excellent counter surfer.  She also enjoys snoozing with owner on the bed or any flat surface especially trampolines.

June – June lives in Louisiana with her owner, Mary.  June is the athlete of the litter.  She going to be on the 2016

Swimming Practice

Swimming Practice

Olympic swim team in the dog paddle.  She gets lots of practice with her lab partner on how to best catch ducks in the pond.  It is great swimming practice for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Good win Gracie!

Good win Gracie!

Gracie – Gracie is the star among us.  She was the first dog in the litter to win a point at a dog show.  She won just as small 6 – 9 mo. puppy in July 2012.  She lives with Cynthia, their two daughters, and Uncle Sid (Paris’s brother).  Uncle Sid has been Gracie all the tips on how to act in the show ring since he is already a champion.  Gracie also loves her family.  She takes long walks with Cynthia at the golf course next to their house.  Gracie meets all of her fellow dogs on this walk by the golf course.  Rumor also has it she loves car rides and in typical Ridgeback fashion, enjoy her food like it is her last meal.  Gracie is shown here with Chris in the that winning pose.

Meco - One of Kerry's Favorites

Meco – One of Kerry’s Favorites

Meco –  My name is Meco.  I am another one of Desmond’s sisters in the litter.  I am living with Rodger’s family.  Like Desmond, I have a bad habit of chewing on anything.  I just cannot help it.  But I am just a little angel at heart.  Meco is one of Kerry’s farovite puppies from the litter  Just look at this wonderful picture of Kerry holding me in her arms.  I hope to hear from my other litter mates too.

Desmond and Rabbit Season

Desmond and Rabbit Season

Desmond – I live in North Carolina with my owners Ava and Eric.  I have a Lhasa Apso brother, Landry.  I have nice place where I can run and chase rabbits and squirrels.  I am also a great locksmith (see blog) so I can help you escape your enclosures.  I am 1/3 of the way towards my championship.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Look, I better go.  I have a big knuckle waiting on me for my birthday snack.  Take care and let me know your birthday was this weekend 🙂

We have now heard from two other litter mate:  Chloe and Bella.  As soon as I get more details and pictures, I will post them on the blog.



PS:  I have to stay hip.  So now have a Twitter handle.  You can tweet me at @RR_Desmond

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A Major Weekend

Hi there.  It is Desmond.  It almost Christmas and my BIRTHDAY 😉  I am seeing my owners, Eric and Ava, run around buying presents and sending out cards.  I spent last weekend at the Christmas Classic Dog Show in Winston-Salem.  RR PlateThe Christmas Classic Dog show was put on by the Greater Hickory Kennel Club and the Forsyth Kennel Club.  It was a large dog with lots of Ridgebacks in the show. I think there were about 20 Ridgebacks at the show.

I got a new handler for the show.  His name is Greg Strong.  Greg is well-known around the dog show community and has shown a couple of Best In Show at Westminster.  We are still using Carmen at some of the local shows, but we will be using Greg at dog show where we will both in attendance. Greg and I worked well as a team even though I acted like a puppy at times.  On Sunday, I got a little bored sitting in line waiting to be viewed. But, I did get my first MAJOR!  I also did well in the Sweepstakes where I won the plate shown in the picture on Sunday.  At the end of the 3 day dog show, here is how I did

Recent Wins at Christmas Classic
Dog Show Type of Show Date Prize
Greater Hickory Kennel Club Sweepstakes Dec. 7th, 2012 Best of Opposite Sex
Greater Hickory Kennel Club Conformance Dec. 7th, 2012 Best of Winners – (Three Point MAJOR!)
Forsyth Kennel Club Sweepstakes Dec. 8th, 2012 Best of Opposite Sex
Forsyth Kennel Club Conformance Dec. 8th, 2012 Winner
Forsyth Kennel Club Sweepstakes Dec. 9th, 2012 Best of Sweepstakes
Forsyth Kennel Club Conformance Dec. 9th, 2012 Best of Winners – (Two Points)

My grandfather, Al, says Ava and Eric are going to have to build me a trophy room. It might have a “dog house” big enough for Eric when Ava gets made at him.  Look, I have to go.  I will talk with you on my Birthday!!!



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First Dog Show

Desmond Stacking

Smile for the Judge

Hi all.  It is Desmond.  I hope everyone had a “Happy Thanksgiving”.  I did have a ‘great’ Thanksgiving.  Eric and Ava gave me a knuckle bone which  am still eating.  Yummy!  I even got a little bit Landry’s bone too.

I also had my first dog show last weekend.  I took part in the dog just outside of Charlotte.  The dog shows was scary for me.  All the dogs, people, and noise.  Eric first had to find a place for my crate.  We did find a place for the crate in a corner.  I hid in my crate and sleep.  Eric was there with me along with my handler, Carmen.  That made me feel better.  Carmen took me out and let me walk around and practice before I got into the ring.  Once in the ring, I did great.  I had to walk around the ring twice, stack up, and let the judge examining my teeth and body.  I won and got my first point towards a championship.

I also took part in a dog show on Sunday.  They had a “puppy dog show”.  Eric’s niece, Jordan, cannot understand why I am still called a puppy while weighing 80 pounds.  But, I am puppy.  I am not even one year old yet.  My birthday is not until Dec. 16th.  I won the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed and completed in the Hound Group for puppies.  I did well and finished 3rd.  I am so pleased to be taking home so many ribbons from my first dog show.

It is time to go.  I am having fun barking at my mother-in-law.  I just did not know who this stranger was living in my house.  I am now used to her especially after feeding me. Also, I think I see some squirrels in the back yard to chase with my brother, Landry.



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Practice Makes “Perfect”

Hi there.  It’s Desmond again.  It fall, and even I cannot escape going back to school.  I have been taking class getting ready for dog shows.  I have been taking class twice a week to let judges look at my teeth, take their hands down by back, look how stand with other dogs, and how I walk.  Am I a beauty queen?  I even have teachers.  Last Tuesday, I worked with Carmen Pitts at the Bon-Clyde Learning Center for Dogs.  She scared me at first, but I got use to her.  We walked around the show ring and other items.  Carmen did give me some cheese. YEAH!  She is getting me ready for a couple of dog shows in Nov. and December.

The only downside is I got homework.  Does the dog not usually eat the homework?  So kids, I understand your life with school and homework.  Look, I better go.  I have to do my homework before I get loack into my cage.



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Someone stole my idea of “whack-a-mole” game with Landry

Hi all,

I was watching the “Good Wife” last night with Eric.  I saw this commerical.  Why did they show it when Eric was watching?  He is now going to hide his Sears card from Landry and I.  I going to have to stop this blog.  Some advertising agency stole my daily “whack-a-mole” game with Landry and how come up with a new way to repair the damage.



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The Audition

Hi there. The summer is almost over. But I took a little road trip down to Sanford, NC.  My groomer, Meg Wood @ Greensboro Pet and Spa, had recommended a handler for me.  His name is Greg Strong.  Greg is the owner of Top of the Bay Pet Lodge on the eastern shore of Maryland.  Greg was conducting a class at a wonderful dog facility in Sanford, NC called Bon-Clyde Learning Center for Dogs.  It is 22,000 square-foot, climate-controlled indoor facility that offers classes, seminars, and workshops year-round.  The facility is run by Bonnie Buchanan.  She is pretty famous and had a dog win best in breed at the Westminster Dog Show.  Her dog has also been in some TV movies too.  She has wonderful place with rings for show dog and agility.

Greg put me through my paces like a dog show.  He looked at my teeth, made me trot around the ring, and stand up while he examined me.  And of course, I did great.  I did have one or two minor issues, but overall very good.  Now Ava and Eric are trying to work things out with Greg.  So you might see me on show circuit in the near future.  Got to go.



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