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.”

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.”

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 3)

“After the four weeks of no walking he still had exercise restriction; no running and no long walks for another three months.

It was very rewarding when he was finally able to exercise.

He ran and ran and had 20 times the endurance.

The most important thing was that it was all worth it.

Without Charlie we wouldn’t live where we do.

We live by the park for Charlie.”

 

Charlie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 2)

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“Her last dog was a Labrador Retriever, and they bond with more than one person.

Charlie is a Ridgeback Redbone Coonhound mix.

He was so sweet and gentle and she was just happy that I liked him and agreed to get a  dog that she said yes, to adopting Charlie.

He was great from the start, but six months later we found out he had heart worm.

That was challenging because he had several months of exercise restriction, including four weeks of just walking outside to go to the bathroom and then having to go right back inside.

He was confused and it was the only time I understood the concept of one day at a time.

He used to exercise four times a day before the heart worm diagnosis and all of a sudden he didn’t know why he couldn’t chase squirrels and rabbits and do his thing.”

Charlie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 1)

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“My girlfriend had to put her dog down after our third date.

She wanted another dog after some time passed and so she got me to attend an adoption event (that I didn’t want to go to).

I’ve always wanted a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

That’s when we saw Charlie.

We thought he was someone’s dog and that he wasn’t up for adoption.

Eventually, I asked someone at the Pets for Life adoption event if he belonged to anyone and they said, he did not, and that he was indeed up for adoption.

I said to my girlfriend, how about this guy, but she was opposed to having a Ridgeback (because they bond with one person, and she thought it would be me).”