Pupdate: BREAKING NEWS!!!
In just over three weeks, we’re welcoming a new bundle of cuteness and energy into our home!!!
Last weekend during our jaunt to Gothenburg, we visited a lovely lady named Louise at Kennel Monotype. Louise and her human family share their home with a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback called Flisa.
Flisa’s kennel name is Billinge Gårds Ghanima Ya Penzi, which I believe means Blessing Of Love in Swahili. True to her name, Flisa birthed 10 blessings on 11th September – 7 girls and 3 boys.
Their father is a strong, handsome boy called Jack (aka Ave Caesar Armagniac).
Over the past 8 months, I’ve spent many hours pouring over photos of Ridgeback puppies on the internet. As we drove to Gothenburg, I warned Phil that the puppies would be bigger than he expected because they look much bigger than Border Collie puppies in the photos. I was so wrong! They were still tiny. Don’t get me wrong – they were just right for their age, but I hadn’t seen pups that young before in real life.
In order to tell the puppies apart, they wear coloured collars. Each pup has a different colour.
As I carefully lifted up little Miss Red I could feel her little heart beating a mile a minute. And she shook slightly until I nestled her against me. I knew in that moment that there was no turning back. She had an exquisite face with beautiful black markings.
Meanwhile, Phil had scooped up gorgeous Miss Orange, who promptly made sure he had no breakfast left in his day-old stubble or in his ear!
We spent an hour and a half watching the puppies play, feed and sleep. There is no middle ground with pups – they’re either full on or snuggled up snoozing. As Louise says – this also means that all your puppy photos are either blurry or of sleeping pups!
I was torn between Miss Red’s beautiful face and Miss Orange’s courage.
When I was a child, my parents bought a puppy for their friend. While I was delighted the day we took it home from the pet store, I was also haunted and distraught about the puppy we left behind in the cage. I’ve never forgotten that, so I needed some distance to make my choice.
Phil and I talked it all over in the car.
- Were we sure we wanted a Ridgeback? If we lived in the countryside with plenty of space, we’d have Border Collies – no doubt. But we don’t, we live in a city apartment, so we need a dog that can be happy in that environment. Also, without fail, Ridgeback owners say they’d never consider anything else, which is a great sign.
- How did we feel about the breeder? Confident – Louise had obviously done her research about breeding Ridgebacks and running Ryggebol Gård, a large horse stable and sport centre, she had a lot of experience with animals. Also, she had children who would help acclimatise the puppies to being handled.
- Did we like Flisa? A resounding YES – both for her looks and her temperament.
- Neither puppy had a perfectly correct ridge. Did we want to wait for the other litters I’d registered for? No – because no matter how many breeders I contact, they all have friends who want puppies who will be on the list before us, so we may never get the option for a puppy with a perfect ridge. And besides, we’re not interested in showing or breeding anyway.
- And the biggie – Miss Red or Miss Orange? While I adored Miss Red’s beautiful face, it finally came down to attitude. Miss Orange was very cute too and she seemed a little more self-assured.
We were thrilled when Louise agreed that we could have Miss Orange.
I’m still bouncing about the news now! And I’m busy thinking of names and browsing dog beds, crates, food bowls, toilet training tips and all things puppy.
I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that little Miss Red finds her own happily ever after. Who knows? Maybe it will be in Malmö too and we’ll see her around town?!
I’d love to hear about the furry paws in your family, so please share in the comments below.
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