The History of Ridgelea Ridgebacks


In 1974 I moved to Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies to teach French at a private school.  A neighborhood Ridgeback walked into my house and when I laid eyes on him, it was love at first sight. "Pippsie,"  my first Ridgeback, was born in Mandeville and entered my life in January 1975.  Despite having lived with dogs all my life, I soon realized my lack of knowledge. "Pippsie" patiently suffered through my inadequacies and bungling and taught me how to live with a Ridgeback. (By the way, "Pippsie" was an alpha dog--10 on a scale of one to 10!!)

 "Tyrena," my fifth Ridgeback, entered my life in October 1986.  She was such an exceptional example of conformation, soundness, Ridgeback type, excellent health, extraordinary temperament and correct, effortless movement that I decided to undertake the daunting task and huge responsibility of breeding her when she was 2 1/2 years old.  By breeding her, and her daughters, then her granddaughters and great granddaughters, I am, in a way, keeping her with me.

I only breed a litter when I want to keep pups for myself. All of our dogs (currently 8) live in our house--not in a kennel.  And so begins the difficult quest of finding new owners who will love these puppies and care for them as my husband Ross and I do. 

Prospective new puppy owners are welcome to visit when the pups are about five weeks old; however, it must be understood that I will make available to them either a puppy or two or three, for them to choose from, depending on which puppy I feel will do best in which home.  And most likely I will not be able to tell prospective owners which puppies those may be until they are ready to go to their new homes. My choices are based on weeks of observing the different personalities as they develop, and it is important to match different personalities with their new owners.