As people started to return to work at the beginning of 2022, so it was that we began to see many adolescent Ridgebacks being surrendered; a direct result of teenage Ridgebacks who are now large, bouncy and with little-to-no manners or training to speak of who were purchased when their owners were working from home. Without socialisation or training classes, these cute pupsters soon became a liability and, in the wrong hands, really were quite a handful. We find ourselves in the tricky position of locating knowledgeable, experienced homes with people willing to put in the work that these teenage hoodlums require!
As with any member of the family, it’s hard to see them leave. Max was no exception when circumstances beyond his control led him to need fostering in an emergency by one of our kind trustees. Having spent 2 months with her he got to feel like part of the family but she could only look after him in a temporary capacity. As his previous owner could not take him back, we began looking for a home for Max. Our Trustee was sad to see him go but no doubt some of the pain was lifted knowing she’d helped him along on his journey to find his final forever family. He’s got good taste and likes who he likes, and was quite picky about who that would be… they say the dogs pick the owners so the two were quite selective 😉 Max found a lovely and caring home that he, our trustee and his new family are happy with, knowing he will be uprooted no more. He’s in his comfy spot and he’s staying there. A new life and a new name, marking the start of a new beginning – to what I’m sure will be the happiest beginning so far.
Good luck out there Max! We know you don’t need it but we’re sure you’ll crack it 😉
LUNA: There were many issues with her initial home which simply did not vibe with what she required. A busy, adolescent girl having her lunch pinched by the older resident Ridgeback. A toddler and a brand new baby was all a bit too much for her and her owners. They contacted us wanting to make sure she would be happy and loved for the rest of her days. Sometimes you really do get what you wish for and the little girl in the tiny house in the middle of the city now finds herself the lady of the National Trust Estate with its own Victorian, walled garden, directly overlooking a beautiful bay in Cornwall. The back door opens directly onto the beach where she loves to run and swim everyday, feeling the sand between her toes.
Duke’s case is like so many others… a marriage breakup and him caught in the middle. Duke had no vices. Basically just an all round good egg, and when you are young, handsome, and loveable, the queue of people willing to give you a second chance is long and illustrious. Jenny was the lucky hooman for this hound, and the adoption went through without a hitch.
Grace: this beautiful 13 year old girl found herself surrendered to Rescue after her previous owners emigrated to Australia. What do you do with a 13 year old nearing the golden years of her life, who has only ever known and adored one family?
I’ll tell you – you find an even better one that cares even more than the last. We are very privileged at Rescue to have some really special people ready to step in and take care of our oldies. Liz is one such brilliant person, and the last we heard, Grace and her new “sister” were partners in crime, running rings around Liz, and generally being a pair of monkeys. It’s true what they say, there really is life in the old dog yet.
Handed in to a non-breed specific rescue, the fantastic staff at Burnley Dog Hotel knew when Ceeba (now Rui) came in that what he needed was an experienced Ridgeback home. They got in touch and gave us his history to enable us to get on and find someone for him.
Boy has he landed on his paws (I’ve seen his new house and, quite frankly, I’d like to live there myself). We get regular updates, videos, photographs, and details of his adventures… and on top of all of that, he genuinely is the latest signing for Salford FC!
Ceeba’s past owners really did score a massive own goal letting him go.
Bailan found himself returned to his breeder because he was so boisterous. Sadly, the breeder’s situation also changed and both Bailan and his dad, Max, found themselves being housed… in a garage.
The breeder’s family contacted us to see if we could offer foster care for both dogs, in the hopes that both would be able to go back to their breeder. Sadly this proved to be too challenging for them, and they signed them both over to Rescue. As you know, we always strive to find the best humans for the best dogs, and so it was that Gayle soon came to the top of our list as the perfect fit for everything Bailan needed… and what he needed first was a new name (Abel) to go with his newly fixed ears and glossy coat.
He now looks a million dollars on his grain FREE, chicken FREE and beef FREE diet… Something that is a very common fix for Ridgebacks with allergies. We don’t know who is happier – Gayle or Abel
Time waits for no man and is the cruellest mistress of all. Unfortunately his previous owner struggled with her mobility in her later years, and it soon became apparent that a young dog like Doug was too much for her. He simply wasn’t able to get the exercise, training or socialisation that he needed as he grew up (he really did grow to be quite mahoosive!!). His original owner’s family was worried both for the lady and also for Doug. Being so caring and responsible, they knew they had to give him the life he deserved, so they contacted us directly to give him a new start. Paul stepped into the picture and stepped up too: a new home full of energy, exercise, training and excitement, Doug now has the life he needs and his previous owner can rest assured she made the right decision in letting him go, hard as it must’ve been. Doing what’s right isn’t always easy, but we hope knowing he’s in the best place possible will ease the pain <3
Yes, you read it right. This poor boy was indeed rescued from a shed! Kept alone and used for breeding, Nicole, one of our supporters saw him on a selling site and simply couldn’t leave him in that situation. Even though she knew she couldn’t keep him herself, she couldn’t turn her back. Taking to Facebook, she rallied the Ridgeback faithful with a flash fundraiser to gain enough money to free Rocco from incarceration. We do not encourage buying dogs from selling sites as this can encourage unscrupulous people (breeders/greeders) to do it repeatedly as it lines their pockets. However, Rocco was instantly signed over to us. On arrival at the kennels, it soon became apparent that he had various medical concerns that needed to be addressed, as well as being neutered. Once everything was dealt with, he was paired with Graeme, a single gentleman who had recently lost his previous partner in crime! Rocco and Graeme are now “best buddies”, together 24/7 – a far cry from life all alone in a shed!
Not much to say here – nothing was the matter with this dog. An unfortunate victim of circumstance, as we are seeing all to often. She went to a home that cared for her but sadly, simply did not fit in as one of the children was terrified of her. Being so very young, the owner made the decision to let her go as soon as she realised a Ridgeback puppy was not for them after all. At such a young age, and with her breeder not wanting her back, we were free to get on and give her a home with a family just aching to love her. She’s now completely and utterly adored in a lovely, warm home with Caroline and Rob, who have been counting down the days to welcome such a wonderful addition to their family. When we called them to say she was available, they were in the car within 30 minutes and she was on their sofa within 2 hours! Some things were never meant to be and others, like moving in with Caroline and Rob were surely written in the stars. We wish you all the very best darling girl and hope it’s plain sailing from hereon out.
Iain and Sharon gave a lovely home to Penny, a previous rescue we entrusted to their gentle care. After losing Penny, the house was very quiet . The loss of any family member, furry or otherwise, is a devastating time emotionally for both guardians and the remaining resident pets, and something that takes an awful lot of personal self care to bounce back from. Once the time was right, they let us know they were ready to give another soul a new beginning and, as fate would have it, a mutually beneficial relationship bloomed; they needed a new companion and she needed a home to call her own where she would be warm and safe. We knew what an experienced and capable environment they would be able to provide for Nyla and in no time they were already forming new memories together. You can never truly replace what is lost, but to be able to think back fondly with someone and recall the good times with someone new lets you re-tell their story, so all may benefit.
Zuri is a beautiful girl, and of that there is no doubt. She was adored by her female owner, but sadly her partner just could not connect with her. Add to this the very specific set of medical problems this darling young girl suffers, it was never going to be easy to find somebody willing to take her on with all the “Baggage” and financial expense that she came with.
We were prepared for the long haul, as was her owner, who was willing to keep her and love her for as long as was necessary to find the right home for Zuri.
Rather unexpectedly, the stars aligned and, out of the blue, we found the most lovely lady who was willing to do whatever it took to give Zuri the life she deserved. Nothing that we told her about her needs or the prognosis for the future phased her – she quite simply wanted her immediately, fully and unconditionally from the very beginning.
From panicking about where we would find such an altruistic soul, she found us. Soulmates really do seem to find one another and on Zuri’s behalf, we truly cannot thank her enough.