I Am a Dog Breeder

October 2, 2011

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Kralovna Kvitko with the Ridley 'P' litter

I am a dog breeder. I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes. I only put puppies on this planet that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and nicest examples of their breed. I support each family who choses one of my puppies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family. I am there if one needs to come back and will aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if its in the wrong place. I support my breed in rescue and education. I hold them when they arrive and leave this world, not only my own, but my brethren in the fancy. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication.
I don’t keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of dogs, it would not be true measure of how I feel. I support my friends in the fancy, because it takes a village sometimes and only WE know how things are for us.
The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation. I will not be ashamed of who I am, I work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same. I am a breeder and I am proud of it.

If we don’t support each other – we are doomed as a fancy.


Meanwhile…

March 17, 2011

Palma, Tomaš and Gloria

Whilst Erik was taking it easy, the rest of the gang were hard at work on Discover Dogs, meeting and greeting the public.

Palma and Gloria are old hands, but it was a first time for Tomaš. He soon got into the swing of things and learned to pose for every camera that came into sight!

Photo by RBT


Crufts

March 15, 2011
Glenn and Erik during a quiet moment on the Discover Dogs booth.

We are slowly recovering from a hectic week at the NEC in Birmingham, the venue for the 120th Crufts Dog Show.

Cesky Terriers were shown on Saturday,and once again we had a successful show, with Gloria and Palma both winning 1st place in their class. Gloria also took part, for the first time in her life, in the YKC Handling class. Most of the young people competing at this level are handling their own dogs, and have lots of time to practice, but Glenn Forbes met Gloria for the first time just two days before the competition. Despite this, they put up a very creditable show – well done Glenn, we were very proud of you both.
We were also at the show on Thursday, when all four of the gang were present to meet the public on the Cesky Terrier booth at Discover Dogs.  Palma, Erik and Gloria are old hands at this – and it didn’t take Tomaš very long to learn the ropes.

The Third Accolade

January 27, 2011

 I breed and show dogs as a serious hobby, not as a business, and I am committed to the welfare of this lovely and unique breed known as the Cesky Terrier.

I only breed very occasionally, so it’s not very often that there is a Ridley puppy for sale – but this means that when I do breed I can give all my attention to planning, rearing and socialising the litter.

I work to the highest standards, and consequently am proud to be a member of the Kennel Club’s Accredited Breeder Scheme.

Breeders in the scheme are granted various accolades, dependent upon their experience and achievements within the world of dogs. Two of these are pretty straightforward: membership of a breed club shows a commitment to your breed and having bred five litters shows that you have some experience of whelping and rearing puppies. The third award, known as the ‘Stud Book Accolade’ marks achievement in the show ring.

Having been around for a long, long time I could have claimed this award before, with other breeds – but it always seemed to me that this was cheating a little bit! For Rare Breeds, like the Cesky Terrier it is a bit more difficult than in the more popular breeds. For the latter, the requirement is to have bred at least three dogs that have been entered in the KC stud book, for rare breeds the breeder must have won 3 championship show BOBs with dogs they have bred. For some time now there have been quite a few Ridleys that have had 2 BOBs, but only two – Bystra and Jakub with three. However, as a result of a very successful day at Boston earlier this month (BOB with Pamatka and BP and RBD with Tomaš) meant that I have now earned the accolade for Cesky Terriers as well.


Best Friends

September 27, 2010

Ridley Radmila and her best friend, Yasmin

Children who grow up with a dog in the family gain many valuable advantages. Not only do they learn to take responsibility for their pet, they experience unconditional love, gain a confidante with whom they can share their highs and lows, develop a sense of confidence  and even eventually learn to cope with grief at the loss of a friend.

People sometimes ask me if Cesky Terriers are good with children. I usually counter with a question of my own “Are the children good with dogs?” It’s not such a daft question. Children need to learn how to behave around dogs, both in their own home and when out and about. The Kennel Club run an excellent scheme called Safe and Sound which teaches children exactly this.

Cesky Terriers are ideal family dogs. They are calmer and more sensible than many other small dogs, but not too big for a child to walk (under supervision of course); they are very tolerant and children can help to groom them, giving the child a sense of responsibility. Lucky is the child who is brought up alongside a loyal Cesky Terrier.


Crufts

March 18, 2010

Gloria Kvitko ShCM

It’s a week since Crufts Dog Show started, and only now have I found the time to update the blog!

We were there all four days. On Thursday Hynek had his first taste of the party that is Crufts, and how he loved it! He spent the morning on Discover Dogs and made lots of new friends. Before going home he visited the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, and enjoyed champagne and chips and a cuddle from Babs Harding.

Friday was Terrier Day which meant a long wait until we finally got into the ring at 3.30pm. We had a lovely day, with Gloria winning Veteran Bitch and Best Veteran, and Palma taking first place in Post Graduate Bitch and Reserve Best Bitch. Third place in that very strong class went to Gloria’s daughter, Ridley Oslava, whilst 11 year old Ridley Javor was third in Veteran Dog.

On Saturday and Sunday we were back at Crufts on Discover Dogs. The Ridley gang love doing their stint on the breed stand and this year they were joined by their good friend Erik.

Photo by Gabi Hajnova


Going Dutch

February 25, 2010

Oliver and Lambic

I’m just back from a short visit to Holland. I drove over with my good friend Jean Rogers who has been working so hard to raise funds for research into PRA in the Glen of Imaal Terrier. Every year she hosts the Glen PRA FUNday. This research is taking place at Bochum University in Germany, and Glen owners and breeders from all over the world are working together in an effort to eliminate this condition in their breed.

We stayed with Glen owners Rene and Ingeborg Kelleter, and what a good time we had. They made us so welcome – and although we were without our own dogs we had no chance to suffer from withdrawal symptoms, as there were Pinot the Spinone and Moe the Glen of Imaal, as well as Oliver and Lambic the cats for us to make a fuss of.

The cats have this wonderful hanging bed to lounge in. I think I shall have to buy one for my friend Helen’s Burmese cats – I’m sure they would enjoy it just as much!