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December 28, 2016

Dog Writers Association of AmericaThe Ridgeback Magazine Team is proud to announce that, for the third year in a row, The Ridgeback Magazine has made the final cut as a nominee for a Dog Writers Association of America award! This RRCUS publication is currently in the running for Best Single/Related/All-Breed Magazine of 2016! The winner will be announced in February. Paws crossed for another prestigious award!

December 26, 2016 Nancy Tisdale New Advertising Director

December 16, 2016

RRCUS member Glenn Boettger displays heroic life saving efforts to save a fellow exhibitor at Long Island NY Rally Trial

Mr. James P. Crowley
Executive Secretary, American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016-2401

Dear Mr. Crowley:

I recently contacted Janice Sondys, Senior Companion Events Representative, regarding an exemplary display of Sportsmanship that occurred at a Rally trial event that I judged recently. She suggested that I contact you directly to recount the events that unfolded, so that is the purpose for this letter.

I judged two back-to-back AKC Rally trials for the Suffolk Obedience Training Club on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Deer Park, NY on Long Island. The morning trial proceeded as is typical, and I had the pleasure of greeting two gentlemen entered in the Novice A class who were both looking to finish their Rally Novice titles that day.

After a short lunch break, the afternoon trial began, and mid-way through the Excellent B class, something dreadful happened. As I was judging a team in the ring, I heard a commotion in the gallery behind me. I quickly turned my head to ensure there was no immediate threat to the dog or handler competing in the ring, and caught a glimpse of a group of people huddled together in the gallery. Once the team in the ring had finished the course and I had handed over my scoring sheet to my table steward, I heard cries of concern and a call out to 911 Emergency Services.

I approached the group to see what had happened, and learned that a woman (an exhibitor who had recently competed in the Excellent B class) had suffered a seizure which led to a cardiac incident, and had collapsed and was lying lifeless on the floor. One of the Novice A exhibitors, who is a nurse, immediately sprang into action and was exuberantly performing CPR on the woman who had collapsed. She had no pulse, and her face was blue. As another exhibitor was on the phone relaying information to the Emergency Services who were en route, this man worked non-stop administering CPR to her. After several long minutes, the woman all of a sudden drew a breath on her own, and a pulse was now detected. I watched the color of her face transform from blue to pink, and saw her eyes flutter open.

Due to the location of this particular training center, it is difficult to locate and took the EMTs longer than expected to arrive at the site. Had the gentleman not administered CPR to her as immediately and effectively as he did, she would not have survived the incident and would not be with us today. After being taken to the hospital via ambulance, and a few days of tests to determine the root of the problem, she has a good prognosis and a second chance at life thanks to the quick thinking of that selfless Novice A exhibitor. On Saturday, December 10, 2016, Mr. Glenn Boettger saved the life of Ms. Catherine Kelly at the Suffolk Obedience Training club AKC Rally trail. It was the ultimate example of Sportsmanship that I have ever personally witnessed at a trial, and I suggest to you that Mr. Boettger should be recognized by the AKC in some way for his heroism.

Later that afternoon, as the last exhibitor to be judged for the day, Mr. Boettger did earn his Rally Novice title with his lovely working Rhodesian Ridgeback. His love and respect for his dogs and his fellow competitors shone quite brightly that day.

Mrs. Danette M. Chorney
AKC Rally judge #96943

December 12, 2016

Hello all RRCUS members,

This is a note to let you know that Melissa Petersen has resigned as Advertising Editor for our wonderful, award-winning publication. We heartily THANK Melissa for her time and effort in making this publication of such quality, and for her countless hours of time dedicated to the club. For the time being, please direct all magazine correspondence to Becky Nelson, magazine editorial, at

On a side note, if you have even a few small minutes of your time, our club is always in need of quality volunteers. You'll be guaranteed to meet new faces and learn about our breed. Please consider how you may lend your talents; contact us and we will be thrilled to help you connect with an investment of your passion!

November 22, 2016


For those who were not able to attend the Cardiac Webinar with Dr. Kate Meurs, it is available here.

October 30, 2016


RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS: Ventricular Arrhythmia affecting young Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Presented by: Dr. Kathryn Meurs DVM, DACVIM
Wednesday, November 9th at 4:30 pm.

The webinar will allow for 100 participants and you will be able to interact live. The webinar will then be archived on the North Carolina State University's website. Register Here.

Dr. Kathryn MeursAbout Dr. Meurs:
Dr. Meurs completed her DVM at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and completed a small animal internship at North Carolina State University. She completed a Cardiology residency at Texas A&M University and is board certified from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). Dr. Meurs has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Texas A&M University and her areas of interest include familial aspects of cardiovascular disease, especially cardiomyopathy. Certifications:Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

September 26, 2016 To all interested RRCUS members

We are in the process of adding a committee to help the Treasurer with the accounting. If you feel you can help with this please contact me with your interest in helping and your qualifications ASAP so that we can formulate this at the Board meeting on Oct 10 at the National.

Ross Jones, RRCUS President

July 22, 2016

RRCUS is pleased to announce that our clubs donation to the AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer project has come to fruition!

This photo of the completed trailer, shows our club logo. The trailer is designated to be presented to emergency services in Lynchburg, VA in the near future, date and timing pending.


When the date of the dedication is announced we will advise, so if you are in the area you can attend the event.

Mike Teeling

July 7, 2016 Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation (RRCF) will soon be arriving in your mailbox. A year in the making, RRCF's mission is to Promote , Educate and Protect the breed we all love for future generations. Several other AKC Parent Clubs have established foundations and have been able to support health and genetic projects in a significant way. An example of success is the American Boxer Charitable Foundation that has donated $1,177,130 since 1994 making a difference to their breed and dogs in general. We can achieve the same with the support of our membership and friends in the Ridgeback community. Check your mailbox and learn more about RRCF and become a pioneer in the Foundation.

Jane Missimer, RRCF President

June 29, 2016


This is an official RRCUS sponsored presentation and hands-on workshop for AKC judges and applying AKC judges.

  • LECTURE - Friday, October 14, 2016, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. In the Osprey room at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839.
  • RINGSIDE MENTORING - Saturday, October 15, 2016, during the Best of Breed Competition. In Wilderness Hall at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839.
  • HANDS-ON WORKSHOP - Saturday, October 15, 2016, immediately following the Best of Breed Competition and Presentation of Awards. In Wilderness Hall at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839.

For more information, contact Barbara Rupert at

June 12, 2016 Welcome to Robin Robertson who has taken over the RRCUS store from Christine Kitsch as she focuses on her new duties as Club Secretary. The store has also moved to Shopify and is now consolidated with all our other online purchasing options including The Ridgeback, membership renewal and National Specialty activities. We have several books in stock, and will soon receive a shipment of T. C. Hawley's book, The Rhodesian Ridgeback: The Origin, History and Standard of the Breed.

We will be posting store specials from time to time. If any club members have product ideas, especially RRCUS specific, please email Robin at

March, 2016

On behalf of RRCUS and The Ridgeback team, we wish to extend a warm welcome to fellow RRCUS member Becky Nelson as she takes on the job of Content Editor for the magazine. Becky will begin her tenure on the Top Performer issue with assistance from prior editor Pam Rape who will be stepping down to address other opportunities. Becky can be reached at or 951-707-6895. Thank you Becky for volunteering your time and skills to fill this position and we look forward to an exciting 2016 and beyond!

Becky Nelson


I am appreciative and excited for the opportunity to actively participate in RRCUS as the Ridgeback Content Editor!

I am a member of RRCUS and TVRRCOT (Trinity Valley Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Texas) and am the proud owner-handler of Obie, a 2-time Top 20 RR and the #1 AKC Owner Handled RR in 2014. Although I have been a dog lover all of my life and have owned pet Ridgebacks for several years, I did not enter the competitive world of canines until I became Obie's partner. Together, we have learned the ropes and titled in Conformation, Rally, Lure Coursing, Agility, and CGC.

My professional life has been varied, as I worked for 13 years in Professional Baseball and another few years as the Director of International Adoptions for a Humanitarian Aid Agency. I have been in the field of education for the last decade and am presently an Administrator in Adult Education for my local school district, as well as a trainer for Adult Education professionals in the state of Texas. My husband, David, and I have 4 young-adult children. We live in Weatherford, Texas.

March, 2016


Ridgeback Magazine Award

March 7, 2016

An updated version of the National Specialty Guide, now called The RRCUS National Specialty Manual, Policies and Procedures ("Manual"), has been approved by the RRCUS BOD. The new version of the Manual can be found in the Members Only section of this website, here.

This update contains the following revisions:

  1. Changing the name to The RRCUS National Specialty Manual, Policies and Procedures.
  2. Edits made to clarify and modify policies and procedures, and to include some of the "unwritten policies" for clarification and to provide for accountability:
  • Modification of the RRCUS Annual Awards policy and procedures.
  • Expansion of the communication policy for clarification.
  • Expansion of the budget and finance policies and procedures to clarify and provide for financial accountability.
  • Expansion of the hotel policies and procedures to clarify and provide for financial accountability.
  • A separate new section to clarify the policies and procedures for contracts and proposals.
  • A separate new section to clarify the approval process for the Tentative Schedule of Events.
  • A new section for printing requirements for the information packet and catalog.
  • A new section for Ring Steward Policies and procedures.
  • A new section to include posting of results for the National.
  • Adding W-9 actions to the Timeline.
Sandy Weaver

March 1, 2016

The election results are in for the 2015 selection of judges voting. We are pleased to announce that the following judges have been elected, and that Frank DePaulo and Erin Coogan are honored to accept their judging assignments.

Election of 2018 NS Judges

The 2018 NS Breed Judge is Frank DePaulo

The 2018 Sweepstakes Judge is Erin Coogan

Nomination of 2019 NS Foreign Judge

The Foreign Judge nominated for 2019 is James Reynolds

Nominations of Judges from AKC List for 2019 NS Breed Judge
The judges nominated for the 2018 NS ballot are:
  • Mrs. Linda Clark
  • Mrs. Paula Nykiel
  • Mr. Eugene Blake
  • Mr. Clayton H Heathcock
  • Mr. Glenn R Hoffman

And for the bit of trivia, there were 308 votes.

Sandra L. Weaver

1 February 2016 Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar
Take advantage of this Invitation to attend an upcoming education opportunity, sponsored by Penn Vet and the Theriogenology Foundation. Genetics play an increasingly important role in the advancement of canine health. This Seminar gives breeders the opportunity to learn from top experts in canine health.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Learn More

January 2016

Happy Winter everyone!

Hope this all finds everyone safe and warm.

Bids are now open for the 2019 RRCUS National Specialty to be held in the East area. Please contact me with any questions and/or if you are interested in submitting a bid for 2019.

Happy New Year,

Welcome to the new RRCUS slate for 2016

1ST VP: Sandy Weaver
2ND VP: Barbara Rupert
REC SEC: Sally Swenson
COR SEC: Christine Kitsch
TREASURER : Asta McCormick
AKC DELEGATE: Mike Teeling
DIRECTOR: Rosann Sexton
DIRECTOR: Diane Jacobsen
DIRECTOR: Anne Jones
DIRECTOR: Pat Hoffmann
DIRECTOR: Glenn Hoffman

October 2015

Rhodesian Ridgeback Boot Camp and
Welcome to a New Mentor and Advisor.

The RRCUS Education Committee is committed to carry on with much needed education, both for new comers to our breed and for our seasoned breeders and exhibitors.

We have developed an extraordinary and unique tool for all: Rhodesian Ridgeback Boot Camp.

We encourage all Regional Clubs and/or Groups or interested individuals to organize a "Stand Alone" Ridgeback Seminar. This Boot Camp is an all day learning Seminar. Click here to see the information and what this great program includes.

We also want to welcome Neil T. McDevitt Jr., Ohio, as a new mentor and MaryKay Ligocki, Washington, as a new advisor.

Barbara Rupert
2nd VP - Education

October 2015

Happy Fall Everyone,

We are excited to announce that the 2018 RRCUS National Specialty will be held in Loveland, CO, September 29 thru October 6, 2018. The host hotel is the Embassy Suites Loveland - Hotel, Spa & Conference Center.

The Show Chairs for 2018 are Nancy Faville and Elizabeth Lane. Thank you Elizabeth, Nancy and all your Committee Chairs for volunteering!

Sandra L. Weaver

September 2015

Rhodesian Ridgeback Genotyping

Info for all that are interested in Jennifer Waldo 's DNA swab test for the ridge gene.

We have developed a genetic test that can tell you how many copies of the Ridge allele are present in your dog.

A dog with one or two copies of the Ridge allele will have a ridge. A dog with two copies of the Ridge allele will produce offspring with a ridge, regardless of his/her mate's appearance. On the other hand, a dog with one copy of the Ridge allele may produce ridgeless pups if he/she is mated with another dog with one copy of the Ridge allele.

Prior to the development of this test, breeders could not determine if a particular dog has one or two copies of the Ridge allele.

This test is now available for the public to purchase. The cost is $130 for analysis of a single dog. If multiple samples are sent in simultaneously, the cost is $104 per test (a 20% reduction).

Once we have your order, we will send you a sample collection kit. A swab is used to collect your dog's saliva. Once we receive the returned kit, a completed order form and the fee, we will process the samples and send you the results of the analysis via email. In most cases, results will be available within two weeks of receipt of samples.

If you would like to request this service, please email me: Make sure to indicate:
    the number of samples you would like to collect an address at which you can receive US mail delivery

August 2015

From Sandra L. Weaver, 1st VP RRCUS

The RRCUS National Specialty Guide has been updated! The new version of the Guide can be found on the Members Only page of the RRCUS website under Key Club Documents (right column). This Guide contains the rules and procedures to follow when planning a National Specialty, and represents best practices as established by historical knowledge. This version of the Guide implements National Specialty Accounting Codes to provide a way in which an accurate accounting of National Specialty funds can be captured; contains updated contracts for judges to include new, more specific language for expenses in order to limit RRCUS' liability; includes revised and updated procedures for insurance certificates and financial accountability, and other financial information so RRCUS and the NS is compliant with accounting, insurance, IRS and business best practices and requirements; and has an expanded time line, which also now includes after the specialty things to do.

July 2015

From John Arvin, 2015 RI Executive Committee and Lure Coursing Chair

Attention all RR Lure Coursing enthusiasts! The 2015 RRCUS National Specialty LC Trial is closer than you think! Enter now because entries close on August 15th! We have a great site, excellent judges and we'll have a superb field crew to get you and your RR's rev'd up and running! Along with pre-entering your RR you also need to pre-order lunch (from Subway!) a new feature we're trying out this year. So don't delay—time is short! If you want to volunteer to work at the trial please contact myself, Susan Newman, for Inspection and Paddock or Anthony Davies to huntmaster! The premium list is available at The lunch order form is on page 25 and the lure coursing premium starts on page 39. Payment for lunch is sent to Susan Ohanesian—her address is on page 26. The entry form goes to the FTS, Celia O'Brien whose address is in the Premium.

June 2015

From Mary Lynne Elliott, RRCUS President on behalf of the RRCUS BOD:

RRCUS would like to welcome Melissa Peterson as our new Advertising Editor for THE RIDGEBACK. At the same time we say a fond goodbye to Celia Hoffman who has resigned from THE RIDGEBACK. We would like to thank her for her success and diligence of guiding our club magazine over the past few years. RRCUS also welcomes Glenn Hoffman as a new board member.

June 2015 The information packets for the 2015 84th National Specialty, Warwick RI, have been mailed and online ordering is available at

31 March 2015

RRCUS Canine Good Citizen Program has been posted with details. The inaugural "Annual George Sexton CGC Award" will be awarded for the first time at the 2015 84th Specialty in Rhode Island. For details on sending in your CGC certificates to participate in the achievement part of the program, please contact the CGC record keeper Angie Hartley (

15 March 2015

Happy Upcoming Spring Everyone!

We had two great bids from the West to choose between for the 2017 RRCUS NS—one from Las Vegas, Nevada and the other from Portland, Oregon. A huge thank you to David Hayek & Nancy Faville (and their teams) for all the work they put into these great bids for our National Specialty.

So, without further ado:

We are excited to announce that the site of the 2017 RRCUS National Specialty will be Portland, Oregon. The tentative dates are September 17-23, 2017. Below is a bit of information:

Show Chair: Nancy Faville
Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Breed Judge: William ("Bill") Shelton
Sweepstakes Judge: Karen LaFleur

Again, a huge thank you to Nancy & David for all their work, and all the work Nancy will be doing for us going forward!


Sandra L. Weaver

RRCUS 2016

Canine Good Citizen Program

Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation