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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cheever's DNA Results

As some of you may remember, during my unemployment, I had Cheever's DNA tested (a birthday gift.) I got his results back last week.

To remind you of what he looks like, here are pictures:

Cheever is all black except for a white belly with two black spots and three feet with white toes.

And his DNA results.... I'm NOT the father! YAY! Wait, that's not what the test was for.

I was totally unprepared for this. I thought for SURE... I was 100% CERTAIN he would come back a lurcher (sighthound mixed with non-sighthound.) I figured he was half greyhound.

Cheever is almost purebred DALMATIAN. An almost-all-black Dalmatian that's also almost 30 pounds and about six inches bigger than the outside of the breed standard. Based on his results, he's bout 87.5% Dalmatian and 12.5% Collie (great-grandparent.)

Also, I'm moving in here in San Francisco. I leased a room in a house yesterday and will be moving Hannah and Cheever out from Chicago the second week in June. Just the three of us in my Civic for three days. Sounds.... great?

The dogs will be sharing the house with a Pug, so that's going to be interesting. Hannah and Cheever will be fine, but if the Pug has an issue with other dogs, that could make things interesting.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Exciting News

I had to share the most wonderful news- ROADIE IS A THERAPY DOG. I received his acceptance letter in the mail today. This has been my dream for him since we adopted him back in 2007. He has such a HUGE heart that it would be shameful not to share him with others.

Thanks to RRUS for saving him- and especially to Jody, his fabulous foster mom, who chose us as his forever home.

Stay tuned for what we do next- his also has his AKC PAL# so we can participate in AKC events.
Amanda and Roadie, CGC, TDI

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Today we headed to the beach dog park- this time to meet Amali and Zari. They traveled all the way from the Midwest for a playdate in sunny FL. I think they "take the cake" for longest distance traveled for a RR playdate.

We had a total of 7 Ridgebacks in the park today. Harley, Logan, Roadie, Zari, Amali, Hudson, and Murphy all enjoyed their fun in the sun.
Amali was adopted from RRUS when she was just a pup. From what her family says even at 2 years old- she still is! They sometimes they call her- Marley after Marley and Me. If there is trouble to get into- Amali will find it.

Here's Amali- check out her eyeliner!

This is a group shot- or the best we could do. Imagine trying to get 5 Ridgebacks sit for a photo!

Happy Memorial Day- thanks to all who serve our country.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Annual Shots

I got some great news this morning. The state legislature finally passed a 3 yr rabies bill. It's on the way to the governor for his signature.

Just checking to see how many other states/areas already have this kind of law on the books?
Have a great weekend- Amanda

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hannah and Cheever's Next Adventure

I was laid off about six weeks ago and yesterday was offered a new job. It requires moving from Chicago to San Francisco, but that's not such a loss. I have to leave this weekend, but the dogs aren't coming out till June.

So here are my questions.

1- I expect to drive my dogs to SF, but flying could be an option. The drive is three days. Any input into the pros and cons of driving with dogs for three days versus a six-hour flight?

2- Are there any RRUS adopters in the SF Bay area? I'll be living in Walnut Creek. If so, where are the good dogs parks? Are there any dog-friendly beaches on the ocean within a few hours' drive?

Friday, May 08, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to 2 former RRUS foster dogs. Roadie and Champ were both born in May- we celebrated their birthday today. These 2 boys are the best of friends and great representatives for Ridgebacks and rescue as well.

Happy Birthday Boys!


I just adopted Tess last Friday and am loving every minute of being her new Mom-just in time for Mother's Day! Her new name is Roux, the base of cooking in Louisiana, and I think she already knows her new name. She is so smart. I hope we will be able to make the next playdate. Roux tells me that she misses her friend Queen, they had a great time playing together.
This is my first time at a blog, so be patient, as I am not sure about a lot of things associated with a blog. :)

Monday, May 04, 2009

Happy Spring

Cheyenne and Chloe wanted to check in and say hello to everyone.

They are enjoying this spring very much. They just met one of our three new neighbors.

I'm not sure what they thought of him, Playmate or snack? Or both.

A fence is a good thing.