Please take a moment to look at all of the wonderful things our club members have been doing and have accomplished these past few months.


 AKC Lure Coursing

We were fortunate enough to have 2 lure coursing events this winter/spring.  Even more fortunate to get many more Ridgebacks qualified to run.  

Zuri's Ropasa Escapade,SC, aka  "Zuri" received her AKC SC (Senior Coursing) title after the March coursing event.  Zuri also courses with ASFA and at the Apalachee Coursing event, up in Tallahassee, went Best in Field over 35 dogs.  Zuri represented the Ridgebacks well that day!!  In April, on the first day, Zuri was Best of Breed and earned her major toward her AKC Field Champion title.   Zuri is owned and loved by Robyn Sasso

Also earning a Senior Courser title was Finn - Kengali's Leap of Faith, SC.  During the March event, Finn earned another point toward his Field Champion title.  Finn is owned and loved by Denise Eberhard, Matthew Coughlin and Ginny Merchant.  

Ch. Lilly Mandisa Tucker, JC - Lilly - also earned a point toward her Field Champion title.  Way to go Lilly.  Lilly is owned and loved by Stacey and Nathan Tucker.

Also getting qualified and running at the March event was Nixie - TuckerRidge Radiant Water Sprite, JC.  She is in pink in the picture below.  Nixie is owned and loved by Cassandra Carpenter.

Another Qualified Courser and runner is GCh Regal Tolerton's Luminara Unduli for Bindura - Bindi.  Bindi is owned and loved by Denise Eberhard and Matthew Coughlin.  Bindi is in yellow in the picture below

And then there is Deja - Kengali's Deja Vu Sheza Blonde Too.  Deja not only got qualified to run, she earned a 3 point major toward her Field Champion title that day!  Way to go Deja.  Deja is owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.



Brand new champions are always exciting.  Here are the new champions since the last newsletter

CH. Kengali's Leap of Faith, SC.  

Finn finished his championship with a 4 point major at the Treasure Coast Kennel Club on May 1, 2011. Finn was owner handled to all of his points.   Finn is owned by Denise Eberhard and Matthew Coughlin and Ginny Merchant.  He was bred by Ginny Merchant.  As promised to him, Finn will now get to lay on the couch and run his heart out on the coursing field. 

CH. Rouxridge Samira Serafina
Sammi finished her championship with back to back majors at the  Sara Bay Kennel Club on February 19, 2011 and February 20, 2011.  Sammi is owned and loved by Leigh Kniskern and was bred by Sharon LeRoux.  


New Member Section

 Welcome new member Ray Scott.  Voted in on April 30, 2011.

Meet a New Member
Robyn Sasso became a member of SSRRC in February 2011.  New to the Club, she is far from being new to the breed of Ridgebacks.  Robyn has been involved with the breed for nearly 9 years when she got her first Ridgeback, Peaches of Togojo.  Peaches is a Therapy dog, which makes sense since Robyn is in school for Medical Laboratory Technician and she works at Munroe Regional Hospital as a physical therapist.

Robyn has bred 2 litters and from her second breeding, kept Zuri's Ropasa Escapade - better known as Zuri.  Zuri has her UKC championship title, her International Champion title, her CGC and is an SC in lure coursing.  Zuri has only recently started in AKC conformation.  

So if you see Robyn, and you will most likely see her on the field, stop by and welcome her to SSRRC.


More Coursing Brags

 More coursing fun in April saw many more SSRRC dogs get there QC and start their field careers.

We have Deputy Dawg - Ch.Khalfani's Deputy Dawg, owned and loved by Dr. Paula Alshouse and Alan Alshouse.  He is pictured in blue in the picture below.  We even heard a few excited barks emitted by the Deputy Dawg as he chased the bunny!!  You go Deputy!

Windancer's Jambo Kando Ya, owned and loved by Joan Lipiec, had a ball on the field as well.  He will surely be a force to be reckoned with at future coursing events.

Not to be outdone by the boys, Esme showed that the girls can have fun, too.  Esme got her 2nd major at the April event and is well on her way to becoming a dual champion.  Esme is Gch. Kengali's Spirits R' Zoomin, SC.  and she is owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.

And Strider - Kengali's Renegade Rebel, SC - proved he is still going strong at nearly 6 years old.  Strider is owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.

Upcoming Education Seminars

 Sunshine State Rhodesian Ridgeback Club is proud to have several educational seminars coming up this year.  All members, new members and long time members, are encouraged to attend both of these seminars.  

Our first seminar will be held at the Fall Fun Day.  Please check the calendar for this date.  Dr. Paula Alshouse, DVM, will be presenting a very interesting seminar on health testing and why we need to be doing this.  Also discussed will be the need for regular vet visits as well as the need for preventative treatments such as heartworm and flea and tick.  So, if you thought health tests were only for the show/breeding dogs, think again.  Please check the calendar for the Fall Fun Day date.  It will be added in the near future.

Our second seminar will be held in conjunction with the November Ocala shows.   This seminar is still in the planning stages and updates will be made as they are known.  

Show Brags Part II

And let's not forget the new Grand Champions

GCH CH. Regal Tolerton's Luminara Unduli for Bindura
Bindi received her Grand Champion title on March 13, 2011 at the Palm Beach County Dog Show.  Bindi is owned and loved by Denise Eberhard and Matthew Coughlin.  Bindi has always been owner handled by Matthew Coughlin.

GCh CH Mandela's Ridgehill's Straight Shooter, JC
Shooter was awarded his last major for his Grand Champion title on May 1, 2011 at the Treasure Coast Kennel Club shows in Vero Beach.  Shooter is owned and loved by Bill & Carol Smith and also shown by Carol, too.  

Need to Know

 Poisonous for Pets
Did you know that common yard and house plants can be toxic to your pets.  Here is a list of some of them

1.  Lilies           
2.  Marijuana           
3.  Sago Palms           
4.  Tulip/Narcissus bulbs           
5.  Azalea/Rhododendron           
6.  Castor Bean           
7.  Cyclamen           
8.  Kolanchoe           
9.  Yew   
10.  Poinsettia
11.  Pothos
12.  English Ivy
13.  Peace Lily
14.  Oleander
15.  Chrysanthemum
16.  Autumn Crocus
17.  Amaryllis
18.  Scheffelera

Did you also know that there are several common household products, besides the obvious, that are harful to your pets.
1.  Aspartame - the sweetener found in many sugar free items such as chewing gum.
2.  Tylenol and Advil
3.  Isopropyl alcohol - the rubbing alcohol commonly found in First Aid Kits
4.  Batteries
5.  Furniture polish
6.  Glue
7.  Syrup of Ipecac - commonly used to promote vomiting in humans.  Very toxic for pets.
8.  cocoa mulch
9.   Chocolate, onions and grapes
10. Cold medications

For emergencies, please call your vet first.  The ASPCA's emergency poison control hotline is 888-426-4435

And even MORE brags

 Brand New CGC's (Canine Good Citizens)
Ridgehill's Spring Valley's Annie Marie and Rollings Mozart by Spring Valley at Ridgehill earned their CGC titles on May 11, 2011.  Annie and Mozart are owned and loved by Carol and Bill Smith.  Both are handled by Carol Smith.  

 If you are interested in obtaining a CGC, come to the member's meeting at the Palmetto show on June 18, 2011 and tell your board to add this to the Fall Fun Day plans.

Not to be outdone by his buddies, Ridgehill's Shooter's Red Bullet had a tremendous week-end at the Ft. Meyers shows on May 14th and 15th. On Saturday, Bullet was Best Ridgeback Puppy and then went on to receive a Puppy Hound Group 2!    And if that wasn't enough, on Sunday, Bullet was Best Bred By Ridgeback, got a Best Bred By Hound Group 1 placement!  All of this and Bullet is just a puppy!  Bullet is owned and loved by Carol and Bill Smith and handled by Carol.   

Another HUGE brag belongs to Elaine Petersen and her boy, CH. Kimani's Pride of Windermere - Joey.  At the Newnan, GA show, on  April 2, 2011, Joey was Best Of Breed and received a Group 4 selection!  

At the same shows, Riffe - Terra Christa's Riffe Octavian was Best of Winners!  Riffe is owned and loved by members, Rhonda Johnson nad her son, Ross Johnson

Another BIG brag belongs to Rhonda Johnson and her young boy, Zane - Terra Christa's Shock N' Awesome Zane - was Winner's Dog for his first 4 point major.  Zane is owned and loved by Rhonda Johnson.  Zane and Rhonda are pictured on the left in the below photo.

Coming up

Wow!  Our members sure have been busy this quarter.

For our  next newsletter, dust off those funny doggy pictures and send them in to me for the photo gallery.  All photos should start coming between now and August 31, 2011. Send to
 Deberhard20@yahoo.com and please indicate in the RE line that this is for the Funny Photos section for the SSRRC newsletter.

Also, information regarding the Fall Fun day - an event no one should miss - will be in the next issue.  As always, check the calendar for important dates.