We will be at CRUFTS, ringside this year, all day on “Hound Day”, Saturday 9th March, 2019. Come along and meet the Rescue Team and have a natter, browse our merchandise and try your hand at “Pin the Ridge on the Ridgeback”. Blindfolded, you will simply aim to attach a ridge as close as possible to where you see the real ridge on the picture … closest ridge position wins! It’s just £1 a go and the winner will receive one of our brand-spanking new polo shirts, fully embroidered with our New Name and Logo.
Jo, Eric’s owner, is inviting everyone to do a sponsored walk in memory of her rescue Rhodesian Ridgeback, Eric. But let’s hear her own thoughts about him………..
Everyone is invited to do a sponsored WALK FOR ERIC, between the 2nd and 17th of November 2018, or you could just make a donation to raise funds for Ridgeback Rescue.
My beautiful boy, Eric, came into my life on 26th May 2014. Over the years our bond grew stronger, so much so that we could read each other’s thoughts, body language and mood. Eric’s favourite place was next to me on the sofa. He would let me know what he wanted by staring at me and then walking over to his blanket and nudging it with his nose, which was the signal for me to cover the sofa so that he could climb on. He even tried sitting on the edge of the sofa which was so funny to see. Eric saw me through some very difficult, troubling and low times.
He brought a sense of light, comfort and joy into my life, with his quiet, gentle but mischievous character. Eric was loved by everyone who knew him and would be the first one to greet them at the gate as they arrived. He was part of the family. I was devastated when Eric died, but I am grateful that he had a beautiful final day, playing with his toys and with visits from his neighbours, family and friends. Eric died peacefully, in his favourite place on the sofa and with his head on my knee, as I stroked his ears.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had Eric and, as heartbreaking as it is, now that he has gone, I would not have missed all the fabulous times I had with him. I will be forever grateful to Ridgeback Rescue and all the work that they do.
Thank you Jo
During the last week of March 2017 Ridgeback Rescue Supporter Kay Pettengell undertook the arduous Husky Trail Arctic Challenge, principly in memory of her beloved ridgeback Odin, but also to raise funds for two charities, one of which is our own. This enterprise involved taking a team of dogs 260Km sledding across the frozen wastes of the Arctic. We are happy to say that despite blizzards and the hardships that an enterprise such as this was bound to incurr, she has made it back in one piece.
Support for Kay’s effort has been amazing, raising the magnificent sum of £1,500 for the trust. Our thanks to Kay and all who supported and sponsored her in her toe tingling enterprise!
Should you feel so inclined donations may still be made here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/Odin_Pettengell
Here’s Kay’s account in her own words, with a few pictures……….
“A huge thank you to all the lovely Ridgeback owners who sponsored me. I am keeping the page open for another week and will collate all my sponsors as I have some cheques and cash from people. I know I’m close to my target of £1,000 but will update you all asap. Please feel free to look on my FB page at my photos and videos I took. Here is a little re-cap for you all.
I’m back from my adventure 260km across the Arctic starting in Norway and finishing in Sweden. Such an amazing week. It’s been tough we endured an Arctic snowstorm which held us at the 3 nations border for 24 hours, putting our tents up in the blizzard with winds of 25mph was fun!!!! We then set off the next day having to cover the distance of 2 days in one otherwise we wouldn’t have made it to the Ice hotel. We travelled nearly 100km in a day, the morning of which we had to take it slow and stay close as we had another blizzard to deal with!!!! After running with my dogs on and off for the week I felt I had been run over by a bus and on the last night of camping was tempted to empty my ridiculous large bag I had stupidly brought with me and sleep in that with my dogs for warmth!!!!! Saying all that it was not the hardest thing in my life that without question was when Odin passed nothing could ever be as hard as that day and this trip was for him so I just accepted everything that came my way. I felt I had found myself again after he passed and I know he was with me by my side. Even though I was feeling tired sore and severely dehydrated I felt great and loved every minute of it. My dogs were incredible and I feel really privileged to have joined their team for the week. I have met some wonderful people and we had such a great group on this challenge who made me laugh so much. Missing Norway and missing my lovely boys Igloo, Sparky, Lubbe and Cosmo thanks guys X For you Odin love you always my angel XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”