The joyful pounding of her feet
upon wet sandy beach did meet
matched by rythmic pounding of her heart
Oh April was my joy
She rode with me throughout the city
by the bay
She posed for my lens as a lady would
holding still upon command.
and when beside me on our bed
her heart did finally stop
her spirit ran once again
upon the sand at great speed
to and fro on Ocean Beach
Rhodesians were bred in Zimbabwe, known as Rhodesia
by European occupiers, as wagon dogs and protectors of the family.
They accompanied the Dutch and Europeans as they crossed the boiling deserts of Africa.
With webbed feet and hair between their toes
a ridgeback was well equipped to travel the hot dusty hardpan of the rutted wagon trails.
Their heritage came from interbreeding of European stock
consisting mainly of Great Dane, Mastiff, Collie, and Boxer
with the smaller but fearless ridged Hottentot Hunting Dog.
This breedline gave the Ridgeback courage to track and bay the lion thus their nickname African Lion Hound.
They were agile enough to stay just out of reach of the lion's claws, and were smart and quiet so as not to give their presence away.
The ridgeback is a quiet dog, usually bonding to a single member of the family, and prefers physical contact with their master.
We had the honor to conservatively breed, and show Rhodesians and they have enriched our earthly experience in great measure.
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