We began our search for a show potential Rhodesian Ridgeback after we moved to the Texas Hill Country. Up to that point, our ridgebacks had always come from a friend of the family, a South African, who, as a former Olympic swimmer, had been coached by my Grandfather in South Africa and later raised his family in Texas. My eyes and heart kept being drawn to the European ridgebacks. I started studying a line and followed it out to a German breeder, Anke van Wyk, (Heshima Ya Kimba Rhodesian Ridgebacks) who had married a South African ridgeback breeder (Arno van Wyk, Karoskloof Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and moved her kennel to Port Elizabeth South Africa. I just missed her last litter, so remained on her waiting list for a year and a half until her next litter.
We were able to get pick puppy, a beautiful dark little girl, Heshima ya Kimba Fisela-fika, "Selah". Selah wasn't crazy about the show ring, but she did well, missing just a couple of points on her championship. We didn't breed her until she was five, and she whelped three beautiful litters. One with Saber, Usakose Double-edged Sword, and two with Zeke, Rich-Rach Zik the African Legend.
Selah's loves: squeaky toys, puppies, children, toy breeds that look like puppies, being a mom and FOOD. A shameless food hound ~ no shame in grabbing anything off the counter or out of a child's hand.
Her dislikes: rain, baths, having her nails trimmed, dog shows, or bossy dogs.
Selah's puppy picture is on our logo, taken by her breeder, who is also an accomplished photographer.
As I studied Selah's pedigree and the dogs, behind her, I found a few blank spots. Scotty Stewart (Rhodesian Ridgeback International Foundation) was a great help in filling in the missing pieces as well as telling me about the dogs in Selah's history. As I followed her relatives, I've gained a great deal of respect for Selah's breeder and the skill and care she put into developing her line.