On the last show in Norway this year, we had entered 4 dogs. Kuzonga’s Cheriff ~Sheriff (10,5 years) was entered for “the fun of it” and gained excellent in veteran class. I am happy with an excellent, however I do feel that he is worthy of a CQ as well, as he is, like many commented, in a very good condition for his age. But oh well, it’s just a show 😉
My younger sister Tina (15 years old) was howing Ninja (Wayosi Chattahoochee) for me in intermediate class, and she did a great job with Ninja! They received excellent 2 and CQ, but was not placed in Best Female class. I had the pleasure of showing Ninjas sister Nicki (Wayosi Could It Be Magic) in intermediate class, and she received Excellent 1 and QC, and ended up with Best Female 4 and her first CAC!! It’s only her second show, so I hope we can collect more CAC’s in the future as well 🙂 At last I was showing sweet Fia (Wayosi Beautiful Monster) in open class, and she received a very good with a nice critique. But she was probably the happiest dog at the show this day, and I had a hard time keeping her legs on the ground 😉
This weekend Ninja and I stepped on the express train to Stockholm for a weekend together with Hanna and Maggie, as well as Nordic Winner Show. Ninja behaved like an angel during our travel, even though the train was almost 2 hours delayed. So proud! On Saturday we had booked an indoor dog training hall and got to train some obedience, agility and show training. After this, Hanna surprised me with appointment with a photographer , and we got to take a lot of wonderful photos of our dogs! Thank you so much Hanna! You can see all the photos here.
On Sunday, the Nordic winner show was on our schedule. Ninja had her last entry in junior class, and managed to get excellent and was placed as #2 with CQ. Maggie was also rewarded excellent, and was placed as #3 with CQ in a large open class. Only class winners was picked to compete for best male/female class. After the show we headed for the central station and jumped on the train back to Norway, this time on schedule. And Ninja was still well behaved, and so did even the other dog people on the train complement on 🙂
Wayosi Casino Boogie ~ LILLEBROR HD:A/A ED:0/0
Wayosi Coat Of Many Colors ~ OLAF HD:A/A ED:0/0
Wayosi Circle Of Life ~ TED HD:A/A ED:0/0
Wayosi Cannonball ~ ATLAS HD:A/A ED:0/0
Wayosi Constant Motion ~ LUCKY HD:A/A ED:0/1
Wayosi Could It Be Magic ~ NICKI HD:A/A ED:0/0
Wayosi Come Dance With Me ~ POPPY HD:A/A ED:0/0
Wayosi Chattahoochee ~ NINJA HD:A/A ED:0/0
Wayosi Crazy For You ~ CRAZY HD:B/C ED:0/0
A while ago we found out that ridgebacks would be allowed to join lure coursing (LC) training arranged by a sighthound group in our area, and so we entered both Fia and Ninja. Both girls are very eager to run and chase, so we thought they would find this meaningful. And they sure did! Both girls chased the lure like they had never done anything else, and had a blast! Fia probably found the meaning with life in this sport, and she was more than eagerly following the other dogs from the side line. We had a super day, and will definitely do this again if we get the chance 🙂 Two videos of Ninja and Fia running can be seen under. More photos here.
My little rally rats strikes again, and I’m so proud! I had entered Isi and Ninja to rally obedience at Hadeland Hundeklubb today, in class 2 and 1 respectively. It was very nice to see many ridgebacks entered, and off course it was nice to meet many good “dog friends” again! 🙂
Isi had a great round, and became #2 of 25 entries with 195/200 points and her third consecutive 1.prize in rally class 2! Ninja (only 15 months old) was #9 of 51 entries with 194/200 points and her second consecutive 1.prize in rally class 1. Great work of both of them, and it was such a great feeling to enter the rally ring with them both.
Nixonalso entered class 1 and got a 3.prize today. There was some very good smells in the floor, that was hard to forget 😉
The first weekend in October we travelled to Sweden with 7 Wayosi dogs – Nixon, Fia, Ninja, Nicki, Kiito, Poppy and Maggie, for mentality test (MT) by Svenske Jägareforbundet in Sätra, Karlsborg. This is one of my favorite mentality tests for dogs, and we recommend this test for everyone, even though it is unofficial at the time being. Most dogs we travelled with are still very young, and this test is a quite hard test for such young dogs. Their age are taken into account when we summarize the results, and the main goal with this test is to know a little more about the mental qualites of our dogs, and how we could use these experients in the training of these young dogs to get the best possible dog when grown up. An official test is planned for the B- and C-litter in May 2016.
We got to know our dogs even better, and we got the answer to some questions we had wondered about. In general I am proud to have bred playful, social and kind dogs with good nerves, and we all learned a thing or three about how we should continue the obedience training to form the best dog possible. A lot of photos from the tests can bee seen HERE. Protocol and video can bee seen at the respective dogs pages.
During 2015 and 2016 there are several planned litters with offsprings from Sheriff, and we are looking forward to welcome more grandchildren to the world! Sheriff so far has 3 grandchildren litters, which has turned out quite well if I may say so myself. So of course we are looking forward to see the results of these planned litters as well! 🙂
Sabaku Inus Chocoreto of Sheriff ~ Aka and Sabaku Inus Chie of Sheriff ~ Cayenne will both have litters at Sabaku Inus kennel during 2016.
Sabaku Inus Chikako of Sheriff ~ Kiiro will sire a litter in Norway winter 2015/2016 at Kennel Kelango, with Kelango’s Arif Beautiful Troja. There are also one other litter planned for Kiiro during winter 2015/1016, but not official yet.
It’s been almost 5 months since our D-litter and E-litter came to the world, in the evening of April 22. In total 16 puppies, 10 Rhodesian Ridgebacks and 6 Airedale Terriers. I was blessed with wonderful puppy buyers, and all the puppies got to go to loving and caring homes. Now the puppies are 5 months old in 3 days, and they are all doing great. Most of them have lost their puppy teeth to their owners big delight, and especially the ridgebacks have used their teeth quite a lot 😉 The reports have been good, and no one have had big issues that couldn’t be solved or explained with some guidance for either me, our Wayosi community or their puppy school instructors. Now a new era begins, and in a couple of months the little ones will start their puberty with all the ups and downs that follows. But I am sure this period also will go smoothly, and sooner than we know they will be grown up.. Close to all puppies have attended one or several puppy classes, some have attended tracking courses, and some have shown their paws in puppy shows already with BOB and BOS as result.
I have not found the time to update the website with photos etc from the puppies this summer, but the last couple of days I have updated each puppies album a little bit with photos I have gotten, and stolen from Facebook profiles of the owners 🙂 Hopefully the albums will be filled up with new photos during their first year of life!
Other than that the rest of the Wayosies have been around a little bit. Nixon has competed in rally obedience several times, and scores higher and higher points each time. Him and Bente have gotten their first 1.prize in class 1, and I am sure more will follow shortly. Maggie has been showing her feet in the show ring with excellent and placements in strong Open classes. Fia, Kiwi and Kiito have attended rally obedience classes, Nicki has attended obedience classes and Ninja and Kiito have attended blood tracking class. Some dogs have underwent some surgeries as well, and everyone is good to go again. Juba has been castrated, Aragorn has been castrated due to over production of testosterone, Buddy has removed a non descended testicle and Ted has first recovered from a complicated surgery after complete tendon rupture earlier this year, and then removed a DS in his neck. But they are all fit for fight again, and I am happy to see that we have not had any serious health issues to speak off so far!
In a couple of weeks we will do mentality test in Sweden with 7 dogs, and I can’t wait to see how the dogs will react. Mentality in dogs is one of my biggest passions as breeder, and I never get tired of watching mentality tests. So I look forward to an eventful weekend, and I will publish full report afterwards 🙂
Last weekend I had entered Ninja and Isi in Rally Obedience class 1 and 2, respectively. Ninja is only 14 months old, and her head is sometimes filled with flies and the concentration is not always the best. But, she need the competition training, because after all, I have ambitions competing with her like I did with grandfather Sheriff. Ninja did a super job, following me nicely all the way, she was not bothered by all the other dogs and people around the ring, and her concentration was perfect all the way from start to end. To my delight, we were rewarded with 185/200 points and 1.Prize, which means our first leg towards the RL1 title! We became #7 of almost 30 dogs, well done of such a young dog!
Isi never lets me down, and neither did she this time! The mistakes we did, is because of me, and Isi just does like she is told. She’s the most honest dog I ever had the pleasure of competing with, and she loves to work. We also ended up with 186/200 points, which is 1.prize and leg towards the RL2 title. This is actually Isi’s 2nd leg in class 2, but due to some miscalculations from myself regarding time after giving birth to puppies, I myself withdraw the first result. So we will for sure competing more this fall!
We had the pleassure of having Isi’s son Chaco here for the weekend, and he joined us at the competition. He is so cool and relaxed, and hopefully he will just as easy to work with as his mother and father 🙂
Today our A-litter turns 4 years old, happy birthday Varga, Enya, Juba, Maggie, Juno, Hektor, Leon, Kaizer, Aragorn and Kani! Everyone is still healthy and happy, and they have turned into the most loyal and friendly companions you can imagine. Maggie have given birth to 10 wonderful puppies in our C-litter, from wich we kept our beloved Ninja, and Hektor have sired 11 wonderful puppies at Kennel Anzantra in Sweden. I hope you all get some extra attention and that your owners spoil you a little extra today 🙂
Even though our puppies takes some time and energy, we try to give Ninja and Sheriff quality time with us, and go for long walks and take them training. Isi is a little bit jealous to be left alone while we go to training, but I have promised her that I will train with her from next week. I guess she will enjoy it tremendously! She is born to work, that one 🙂
I have attended a rally obedience course with Ninja, and she has been a super attendant! I have put time into playing and keeping contact with me from very young age, and I feel I see the results from that now. She is still very young in her head, and a couple of flies seems to fly back and forward up there, but she is still doing the best she can and the best she knows how to. See some more photos here. Sheriff has also gotten to do some training, and he is almost bursting of energy and expectation. Still a crazy, though older man 🙂
Fia and her owner Tone is also attending the course, and she is also doing a great job and I am convinced we will see her at some competitions eventually! We also took some stacked photos of Fia, and she is developing into a lovely little girl.
All dogs has enjoyed the last days lovely summer weather, and when we put up the pavilion on the terrace as well as the outside furniture, the dogs was right there sunbathing. We have had help from my younger sister Tina and brother Amund the last days, and Ninja really enjoys having them staying here. She is so sweet and kind with the kids and just loves being around them.
April 22, 2015 both Kiwi and Isi gave birth to our D-litter and E-litter. Initially we expected Kiwi to come into heat in November 2014, and Isi in February 2015. But nature wanted it different, and eventually they were mated the same day. We did not want to wait to another heat with any of them, because Kiwi turns 7 years in May and Isi turns 6 years in July. For a last litter on Kiwi, and first with Isi I think these ages are appropriate. We have had two earlier attempts to mate Isi, but we probably were to late both times, and no mating was done. We were quite sad about this, because Isi is really a once in a lifetime dog. But this time we did a full health check up before mating, as well as acupuncture. Isi was mated early, and to our surprise and big delight she got pregnant! Both Kiwi and Isi delivered the puppies with ease and within just a couple of hours, and they are great mothers for their little ones. Since we have summer and summer holidays coming up, it is also a perfect timing for our puppy buyers, as well as for us, as the puppies hopefully can stay outside a lot between 5 and 8 weeks of age. Luckily we have great help in family and friends, so the females and puppies, as well as Ninja and Sheriff, will have a lot of attention and socialization 🙂
Ninja had her first entry in junior class at national all breed show today, and since she is still a baby both in body and mind, I did not have much expectations. But Ninja stood like a statue while the judge was feeling over her, and wagged her tail all the time. In the end she was awarded Excellent and won the junior class with champion quality (CQ) and BOB junior. Later on she was placed as Best Bitch 3 with her very first CAC. So happy and proud over our young girl!
I am happy to see that Ninja is feeling comfortable in the ring, and both stands and runs like she had never done anything else. She thinks it is exiting to be at dog shows, and greets people, giving kisses to everyone who seems to need a kiss, and begs for food, and even steals from peoples pockets and bags 😉
I recieved some new photos from Maggies owner Hanna the other day, and I now see how much Maggies daughter Ninja resembles her mother! Actually I can see a lot of resemblance between Maggie and all her pups from our C-litter. Maggie is soon 4 years old, and she has matured a lot in body after her litter of puppies 9 months ago. But she is still the same, good old Maggie temperament wise, both positive and negative 😉 See more photos here.
Today sweet Bissy (Wayosi Busy Being Fabulous) was put down, due to a severe condition to her back. A couple of weeks ago she was diagnosed with severe intervertebral disk protrusion between L7 and S1, possibly also between L6 and L7, and she was having problems with walking, jumping, difficulties with rising and sitting down, and having urinary and fecal incontinence. She is now free from her pain, and we remember the little big whirlwind she was with a smile. Our thoughts are with Anna, Viola and the rest of Bissy’s family.
After we learned about Bissy’s condition, we took extra spine photos during HD/ED x-ray of her 3 siblings Buddy, Fia and Nixon, and sent to a specialist in Finland. We are awaiting the final readings, but the backs looked perfectly fine luckily. They also came back as HD A/A and ED 0/0!
We had hoped for a bunch of puppies winter/spring 2015 and another litter spring 2015, but mother nature wanted us to have two litters simultaneously. We are therefore thrilled to announce our upcoming D-litter and E-litter due week 17.
Please contact us if you are interested in a puppy, and want to know more!
We had a lovely playdate with 5 dogs from the C-litter today, and spent nearly 3 hours in the forrest in the sun. The dogs that joined us today was Kiito, Nicki, Olaf, Poppy and our own Ninja. They ran around and had a blast, and Ninja has been sleeping since we came home 🙂 A lot of more photos can be seen here!
Brag alert! I had entered Sheriff and Isi in rally obedience class 1 again today, and once again they did their best! Sheriff proved that the oldest always knows the best, placing as number 3 (of 24) with 195/200 points and another 1.prize. With this he gained his first rally obedience title RL1 at the age of nearly 10 years old, from 3 consecutive 1.prizes of 3 entries in 2015. He is now NUCH LP1 LP2 BH NVV-13 NVV-14 RL1 Kuzonga’s Cheriff. Isi needs a little better leader that gives her time to place her tush on the ground, but she did a perfect job as always, and placed as number 4 (of 24) with 190/200 points and her 3rd consecutive 1.prize with 190+ points. She gained her first rally obedience title RL1 and is now known as BH RL1 D’ Isolde von de Drift. From what I know, Sheriff is the first ridgeback, and Isi the first Airedale in Norway qualifying for the norwegian RL1 title (NKK opened for rally and obedience title registrations from 1.1.2015).
Nixon, who just turned 1 year old, attended his first official obedience competition ever with his owner Bente, and they did a great job in class 1! He was so calm and focused outside the ring, even tough it was a lot of noice and barking from the other dogs, a lot of people and it was inside a sport hall. There was a lot of new impressions that stole his focus a couple of time during their round, but they managed to get 161 points and was placed as number 14 in the class. Given that Nixon is so young and in the middle of his puberty, he did great and I am sure we will see a lot more of him in the future 🙂
I had entered Sheriff and Isi for another rally obedience class 1 competition, and they once more made me so proud of them! Judge was Hilde Nysether at Drammen Hundefestival in Mjøndalshallen, and there was 29 entries in class 1.
Sheriff was first out, and we had great flow and contact when we did our round. I feel so lucky, having an older dog that stills enjoys working and competing! He wagged his tail troughout the round, and was rewarded with 196 points, and thus bronze mark, direct promotion to next class and was placed as number 3 of 29 entries!! This was also the second leg toward the official title RL1.
Isi did great as always, and we actually had no faults! However, she was a little exited in the beginning, and did not sit compleeetely down on the ground in the 1-2-3 steps, and it cost us 10 points. If not, she would have 200 points again 🙂 We got 190 points, bronze mark, direct promotion to next class and was placed as number 7 of 29 entries. This was also the second leg toward the official title RL1.
Isi and Sheriff was entered in Rally Obedience class 1 at Hadeland Hundeklubb today, and I think I am the most proud dog owner today!
Sheriff is soon 10 years old, but he is still the most happy dog, and have great joy with the weekly trainings. He had a splenectomy due to a ruptured hemangioma 4 months ago, and at the time I was not sure if he would still be with us in 2015. But he recovered extremely fast, and has been in super condition since. Last weekend he suddently got tendencies to a bloat for the very first time, but luckily we managed to prevent operation and he quickly recovered again. When you gets older, you need a little more service 🙂
So I decided to let him enter the planned competition today. And he was just amazing, working with good concentration and a wagging tail from beginning to end. I am so proud to have a ridgeback with such motivation to work, and such an happy attitude, even at the age of nearly 10 years old. Isi was the last dog entering the class 1 ring today, and she was as usual just amazing and had a fantastic heel and as always did the best she could. When we left the ring, I wondered if I had forgotten something because it felt like we were finished so fast…
And the results? Sheriff managed to get a 1.prize with 188 of 200 points and the time 01:39 minutes, and was number 11 of 41 entered dogs! I almost started to cry, and I was extremely proud of my old man. But Isi’s was todays star, and my perfect little girl managed to win the entire class with 1.prize and 200 of 200 points with the time 01:34 seconds. All 3 dogs on the podium today got 200 points, and only 0.5 second separated us and #2. No wonder I felt we were finished so fast 🙂 The judge said our round was something of the best she had ever seen, and that made me really proud! Love my wonderful dogs!
Even if we live close, there was a long time since I had seen Olaf. So Isi, Ninja and I met up with him and his owners for a playdate on the field. Ninja and Olaf are very similar in type and color, and it was not easy to see who’s who when they were running around. I am delighted to see that Olaf have developed into a lovely young dog with the sweetest personality and wonderful temper. Se more photos here.
Trine, who is owned by Juba from our A-litter have many good ideas and are somewhat a Gyro Gearloose! She has started to sew ear warmers for dogs, and my own dogs have also gotten their own ear warmers. The dogs do not need to be dressed from top to toe, but young ridgebacks often gets wounds on the tip of their ears, especially when it’s freezing cold like we often experience in the Nordic countries. So these ear warmers could also be used to keep the wounded ear in place, to let the wound heal, and keep them from shaking the wounded ears around. Take a look HERE to see more photos and order information.
Today Kiito, Ted and Nicki had their show debut in puppy class (6-9 months) and Nixon had his show debut in junior class. Ted and Kiito was placed as 2 and 4 in their class, and Nicki was placed as number 3. Nixon received a Very good, and the judge said he had the best head of the junior males, but needed more routine in the ring. They all behaved very well to be first time for both dogs and owners, and I am very happy that none of the dogs had problems with being touched by the judge. They were happy, curious and focused on their owners, and I couldn’t be happier! Critique and photos from the show can bee seen on their own pages.
Our C-litter is 7 months old in 2 days, and in just 2 months they are juniors, and can start rally obedience competitions and enter official classes on shows. Where have the time gone!? This means that our sweet girl Ninja is not just a little baby anymore, but are growing up. She will probably always be my little baby, and she is still such a funny, playful, naughty sweet little girl. I took some photos of her the other day, and she is beginning to develop into a little lady 🙂
The winter has come to Norway and the last weeks we have gotten a lot of snow in most parts of Norway. I have gotten some photos of Lucky and Atlas in Bergen, playing and having fun together in the snow. I have also gotten a photo of sweet Crazy, with her adorable ridge on her nose 🙂 My mother has become an expert in knitting wool sweaters for dogs, and several Wayosies have ordered their own sweater, pictured here Fia, Lillebror, Nicki, Ninja and Nixon.
This weekend we had a lovely kennel get-together in Drammen Dog Park, an inside training hall for dogs with artificial grass and nice temperature. We joined with our three dogs Isi, Ninja and Sheriff, as well as Kiwi. From the A-litter Juba and Kani attended, from the B-litter Nixon, Buddy and Fia, and from the C-litter Nicki, Poppy, Lillebror and Kiito. A total of 13 dogs, and we enjoyed ourselves with some agility and rally-obedience, as well as just being social and drinking coffe 🙂 In the evening we ate dinner at a nice restaurant, and it was nice to be social without the dogs also.
10 days ago Sheriff suddenly got very ill and he had to undergo a urgent splenectomy, were his entire spleen was removed. The vets found a tumor with the size of a tennis ball in his spleen, which had ruptured and bled into his abdomen. Even though he lost a lot of blood during the bleed and the surgery, he quickly recovered. The tumor was looked at by my kind co-worker pathologist Arkadi, and luckily it was “just” a hematoma, which is a benign accumulation of pooled blood. We also did a complete blood test panel, which came back as perfectly normal. Not even one parameter was abnormal, showing us that he probably is in good health otherwise. The irony is that we had a routine senior checkup on him the day before, and he was found perfectly healthy. 18 hours later he was lying on the operating table and we were crossing our fingers that he would survive. Luckily we have the best vet which did a great job with him, as always. The reason for the hematoma on the spleen is unknown, but the pathologist said it could be some kind of trauma. I don’t know what kind of trauma that could be, but the only thing I remember is that the clumsy, crazy old man got a fractured rib earlier this summer when running hard into the sharp corner of a bench. We will probably never know, and we are crossing our fingers that he doesn’t get any complications. We would very much like to have him with us for several more years. Luckily he is in a very good condition for his age, and that is probably also why the recovery went so well.
We have had our challenges by keeping this active 9,5 year old on his 4 legs, not jumping around as he use to, and now I am happy to say that he is doing great and seems to be as healthy as can be, everything taken into consideration. He is back stealing food and being his mischief self, and somehow he is even more hungry. I did not think that it was possible 😉