We started our journey with Rhodesian Ridgebacks around 2002 with our beloved Finn. He was not a show quality dog, just our best friend and companion. He showed us just how amazing that Rhodesian Ridgebacks are as a family pet.
Our next Ridgeback, Enzo, we acquired in 2016. We attended dog shows to find a breeder that had dark red wheaten Ridgebacks, because the very first Rhodesian Ridgeback that I ever saw, was in Home Depot and she was a dark red wheaten. And the owners just happened to of gotten her from Africa when on a mission.
I had retired at the end of 2015, so we decided to start in the dog show conformation world. This has been quite a journey. We quickly learned that showing a dog was not just running around a ring.
I cannot give high enough praise to the community of Ridgeback owners who were gracious enough to provide me with guidance on how to show. I am more than pleased that I can now call many of the Ridgeback owners that we have met, friends.
I was very happy to have found Emerald Dog Obedience Club in Eugene, where Jan Bradfeldt and Wendy Snider, provided such excellent conformation training. I cannot sing their praise enough for helping me.
In 2018 we acquired our first female Rhodesian Ridgeback, Roka Ridge Spring Into Action, (Spring), from Roka Ridge Kennel and is our first ever female dog and first time having more than one dog at a time. She has been another learning experience. We did not realize there was such a difference from a male. Spring has been a joy. To watch Spring and Enzo together, to see how inseparable they are, is pretty amazing.
We live on small hobby farm, just under 7 acres with ½ acre of Lavender, ½ acre of Pinot Noir grapes, two cats, one lama and several cows.
Both dogs and cows seem very intrigued with one another. Having some acreage for these high energy dogs has been great, but they also have no problem lounging around laying in the sun and trying to take up most of the couch. Our daughters have all moved on to have their own families and now we often refer to our Ridgebacks as the “kids”.
We chose our kennel name to honor the origins of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe in the south and Zambia in the north.
Shona (/ˈʃoʊnə/; Shona: chiShona) is a Bantu language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Shona is a Gaelic name meaning happy lucky and fortunate in Irish. In Scottish it means “god is gracious” or “gods gracious gift”. This name is used in the Irish saying “Nollaig Shona” which means “Happy Christmas”. It’s also a Hebrew name meaning “grace of god” with the spiritual meaning “eye witness”. Shona is also a Yiddish name meaning “beautiful” and it also means “red” in different cultures.