Rhodesian Ridgeback

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 6)

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“It’s not so much a particular situation, but rather the process of loving her and sharing her with my boyfriend that has enhanced our lives.

Roxanne has awoken maternal instincts in me that I wasn’t aware I had.

She has shown me the I can be responsible and diligent if something is important enough.

She makes my boyfriend and me feel like a family.

I do a lot of the walking and feeding because I can, but when my boyfriend is home he adores her and they spend a lot of time playing together.

It’s wonderful to watch them.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“I came to Jersey City at first, which was no problem because it was quiet.

However, two weeks later we moved to Manhattan, which is taking some adjustment- at least on the streets where there are crowds, cars and noise.

I am looking forward to taking her to Central Park when she has adjusted a little more.

I think she will love it.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 4)

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“I took her back to Germany with me for three months and we lived in the Black Forest, which is beautiful, calm and surrounded by woods.

It gave us time to bond intensively and she was able to adjust to environmental factors such as cars and people.

Once we came to the city she was okay.

She learned a lot in Germany and attained a great deal of self confidence.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 3)

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“Roxanne doesn’t experience any pain and we will have it fixed when we get her neutered.

She has been with us for about six months.

It was a very stressful time for both my boyfriend and me when she arrived.

She had to adjust to city living, coming from farm life.

It was difficult to go through the day because she wasn’t used to walking on a leash and was fearful of everything (sliding doors, cars, too many people, and noise in general).”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 2)

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“I moved to the U.S. from Germany, and the breeder that I chose was in Texas.

It all happened very fast.

I liked that they were a large family that lived on a farm and were home breeders.

They were definitely not a puppy mill.

She was already 12 weeks old and came home with me the following week.

It took a while for her find a home because she has a hernia.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 1)

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“At first I picked a Ridgeback for aesthetic reasons and after looking into it, I found that they are also very good natured and loving.

I did a lot of research online and I bought a book about the character, history and training of Rhodesians; a very depth analysis of the breed.

About a year and a half after doing research and looking into puppies, I found the right breeder at the right time.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 3)

fullsizerender-11“The only limitation of this job is that it is very physically demanding.

I try shoe inserts, take ibuprofen as needed, and am aware of my posture and try to walk as efficiently as possible.

The concrete is hard on the body.  I walk between 7-9 hours a day.

Another downside of the job is the weather– extreme heat, rain and cold can be difficult.

Whenever I am coming to work, riding on the train, I take the first 15 minutes to meditate.

I meditate on the word emptiness.  I try to mimic their openness.

I try to just enjoy where we are in that moment.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 2)

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“It’s also easier to start the day with a lot of excitement.

The dogs are always eager to see me.

I am really emotionally bonded with Earl because it took so long to earn his trust.

At first he was very skittish and then apathetic, but there came a time, a few months in, that I noticed his tail would wag and he would start this happy howl when I came.

That’s a great feeling.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 1)

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“I am an actor, formally, and I needed a nice job with flexibility.

I tried a lot of other jobs, like handing out fliers in Times Square in costume (I was John Lennon in a Sargent Pepper outfit, a sailor in a pink outfit to advertise La Cage Au Folles when it was on Broadway), receptionist at a gym, and then I found dog walking.

It is a lot less emotionally degrading.

I like lots of things about the dogs.

I like that other’s no ego or persona.

The dogs just are who they are.

They are always living in the moment.”

 

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 4)

“As a result of having Charlie I am on a committee to save Teddy Roosevelt Park because the American Museum of Natural History wants to develop public park land and build an expansion including another museum entrance, which would lead to the removal of trees, benches and public park area.

We chose this neighborhood to be close to the park.

It would be a shame to see that change.

We love going outside from the concrete jungle to seeing all that green space.”