Tag Archives: Rhodesian Ridgeback

Still in the po po

19 Oct

Well, I hope the jargon is taken with light humor and no offense.  It is a loving comment to my stubborn canine companion.

Yep… Banjo is still being trained.  The rascal is not wanting to listen.  What started out as a 3 week program is now pushing past the 6th week with a driven and determined trainer.

Paws and Heels are dug into the ground.  Both are determined to win.  The trainer has the upper hand.  Opposable thumbs, advanced cranial skills, and a loving heart wanting to help this dog ‘get it’.  The dog just wants to run free. 

If you recall he is a Rhodesian ridgeback.  A dog bred to hunt lions.  Logic would have it that- that dog cannot be too smart, otherwise it would refuse to do the job it was designed for.  I wonder, what do they do when they find a lion?  Huh…something to think about.

Any way, I miss him dearly and am not allowed to visit.  It disrupts his behavior and cooperation when I am there.  That cannot be a good sign.  He is still in the big house, the pokey, the clinker….and so on.  He cannot get out until he comes on command off leash.  The whole point is to train him for his own safety.  He likes to run into the street. 

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?   We will find out.


That darn dog – time to train

20 Sep

Well, I have to say my dog Banjo is something else.  He is a Rhodesian ridgeback mix.  He is about 2 1/2 years old.  Anyone with a larger breed dog will tell you that the puppy phase lasts a few years more that you would think – so far his is 2 1/2 years. 

Banjo has a heart of gold.  He also is very tall and long.  He can reach anything.  The other dogs actually use this to their advantage.  They run point for him, and make sure the coast is clear.  They also get him to reach things for them.  Yes, you betcha – I believe this conspiracy is real! 

Banjo doesn’t need opposable thumbs.  He has the nose that can open any door, drawer, or cabinet.  I have no idea how.  He doesn’t destroy things.  He doesn’t mess in the house, break things, damage items or anything bad in the house.  He has the sweetest face, and really wants to please his family.  God love him, he just doesn’t know how. 

He is always underfoot.  He loves to give everyone who comes near him 1 kiss.  Just one and then walks away.  That means he will jump and jump until he gets you, and then go lay down.  He doesn’t hurt anyone doing that ( on purpose), except and occasional bump.  Regardless, it is unacceptable.  I have tried many techniques to break him of this, nothing so far has helped. 

He also likes to see what is going on.  He will be in the middle of everything as a result.  Being a large dog he is, many times,  just out of eye sight – but a big enough object to always trip on.  So there are many folks who are constantly trying to catch themselves from falling – and most people do not respond happily to that.  He gets hooted at quite a bit for that.  I have worked with him on boundaries and sit/stay.  He doesn’t quite seem to grasp the actions, word associations, or commands I have worked with him on.  He just looks confused and sad when he gets into trouble. (getting into trouble usually means crated or put outside for a short time)

So with all the pressure and verbal tirades of the family to “do something” I have found him a trainer for a few weeks.  I have him one on one with someone who is on a mission to help him.  I have brought trainers in home, taken him to classes with a group, privately and despite the different types of help – he couldn’t grasp it.  I have to give him the benefit of this type of training in hopes that it is me that cannot properly train him – and for him there is  hope.  He is not bad, or mean, or an angry dog.  He is sweet, and tail wagging.  He only barks if he needs to go out, or if he sees a squirrel.  Other than that he is quiet.  When he does bark it is very loud – the rafters shake.

Well with him gone I am the only one who seems to miss him.  Not a good sign for Banjo.  I hope this will be a good outcome for him.  Or at least for my family.  I have invested enough time and money into this guy for training and so forth that – well lets be honest – I need to think a bit more carefully of who is a keeper in the house.  (joking)

I think if he is better behaved, and understands his surroundings better he will me a much happier dog.  I think it will help him to ‘be in the know’   as well as understand the word no! 

God’s speed Banjo – I love you.


Good dogs to have if you have allergies

6 Mar

 I found this article and then looked up some pictures for each breed.  If you really want a dog and someone has an allergy, these may be some good options. I hope this helps.

Here are some of the dog breeds for people who have allergies.

Bichon Frise: This is cute little beautiful dog with lively expression, alert looking and curly coat. When the coating is curly, it implies that there will be less shedding of dander. This particular aspect makes Bichon Frise suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Bichon Fr...

Maltese: This particular miniature dog breed has beautiful white coat. When you own a Maltese, you need to groom it regularly. Although regular grooming is required for Maltese dogs, they don’t shed much dander and perfectly suits for allergy sufferers.

Toy Poodle: This is another dog breed that needs regular grooming in turn to make most of its beautiful coat. Like other dogs mentioned above, toy poodle also sheds less dander and makes perfect choice for allergy sufferers.

Kerry blue terrier: The hair of Kerry blue terrier will be silky soft and also dense. This particular dog breed doesn’t require frequent grooming and becomes perfect choice for allergy sufferers.

Crazy things a dog will do

31 Jan
Rhodesian Ridgeback during dogs show in Katowi...

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Ok,  I have three dogs.  You never know what will happen.  I have to say, this experience that i am about to describe has been the most unbelievable thing yet.  One of my three seems to be the most mischievous.

I have a Rhodesian ridgeback.  He is 2 years old, likes to hunt, run, and jump.  He is funny and sweet.  There is also a disgusting streak that runs deep in him.  We jus had a 9 in snow drop.  He was out romping and having a fun time.  I was keeping an eye on him, and he wears a remote leash.  When he gets too far or I want him inside, I call him and press the button (on the lowest setting possible).

Well, I noticed him in the front yard under a cedar tree, close to the street.  I wanted him to come towards the back where it is safer.  I called him, and pressed the button.  He completely ignored me and was laser focused on something he had.  I couldn’t tell what it was, but I knew it was going to be gross. 

Since it was freezing cold, I went upstairs to bundle up and put on some boots.  As I came down the stairs I could see him up closer to the house, so I could go out the front door to grab him.  I walked out onto the porch and looked at the snow-covered ground (my front yard is a 1 acre sloping hill).  What ever he had in his mouth (still) was bleeding all over the yard.  It looked like a massacre had occurred.  I could not believe the amount of blood spilled everywhere.  This is where my panic driven heart attack began.  I looked at my dog and he was holding in his mouth, in a protective manner, some type of animal head.  Yep, I said head.  AHHHHH was my first response.  I then had to get him to DROP IT!  I needed to put it in a bag and try to identify it, incase it was another dog.  It looked like a dog or canine type animal.  I rolled it over and could not tell what it was.  With a stick I was able to get it into a large bag.  I called animal control, they came out and identified it as a deer head.  OMG!  I was so disgusted.

It was traumatic and finally over.  Or so I thought.  One week later, the dog came running back to the house to come inside to enjoy his new find.  It was a leg of the deer that still had ‘material’ on it.  Again…AHHHHH.  So with much yanking and demanding he finally relinquished the ‘bone’.  Bagged it and threw it away.

So now I need to go into the woods and find this animal before anymore of it ends up on or near my porch.  Not to mention any illness my dogs may get by eating this thing.  Well for now that is the end of this experience.  With any luck there will be no more shocking scenes.  UGH!

What dogs add to the world

8 Jan

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.  



 There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.  
-Ben William    

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.  
Josh Billings         


The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.  




 If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise    

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can.
that’s almost $21.00 in dog money.
-Joe Weinstein



If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a human.
-Mark Twain


Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.  
-Roger Caras




If you think dogs can’t count,
try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket
and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret



The cutest puppies

8 Jan

A german dog gave birth to 17 Ridgeback puppies.  Wow, 26 hours to deliver them all.  I have a ridgeback…here is how he looks all grown up.

A high energy, amazing animal that is agile, super fast runner, incredible jumping skills, and has a built in desire to hunt.  He is a fun dog, and a bit high maintenance at times.  When he is being cute its 100%, when he is being naughty it is 100%.  Good fortune to the new owners.