Stella is one of those once in a lifetime dogs that come into your house and then they take over your heart in a flash. Stella from day one has been calm but goofy, gentle but athletically phenomenal, loyal, kind and steady.
Stella has also been successful in the show ring winning first time out at WELKS Champ Show in 2011, from then on she has only been unplaced once in about 25 show outings and amongst stiff competition often in large classes of quality bitches. She also took Best of Breed/Hound Group 3/ Puppy Group1 and Best Puppy in Show at Melton Mowbray Open Show level at just 9 months of age. She has qualified for Crufts 2013 and we were planning on our first EVER entrance in the Crufts ring! She qualified and was entered for Crufts in 2012 but was in season so we could not go.
Regretfully Stella suffered a recurrence of a foot injury she had surgery for in 2012 (for a migrating foreign body causing tissue damage) and has been retired from showing as of March 2013. This has been a very sad time for us as she has been a joy to show and has provided us with some amazing times. She will continue to be a best loved girl at home and instead focusing more on her assistant dog role with my visually impaired daughter and hopefully participating in obedience classes later in 2014.
Stella displays many skills within our home environment too, her athleticism and gentle calm nature means she enjoys swimming, bikejoring, pulling kids sledges in winter as well as pulling their bikes up hills when their legs get tired. Stella also helps my visually impaired daughter navigate kerbs on the school run. Stella has been clocked at 35 mph as well and can jump tall and wide. She has an enormous capacity for fun and play as well. Everyone who meets her falls for her, she is a very special girl indeed.
Stella was bred by Graham and Janet Dickinson of Jesamuda Ridgebacks in Anglesey, Wales. There will never be enough words to describe what I owe to them for allowing me to choose this most incredible girl. Details can be found at jesamuda.com
Link to Stella’s Pedigree
Stella has been Hip and Elbow Scored:
Hip Score 4-2 (6)
Elbow Score 0-0
The breed average for hip scores in Ridgebacks is 12.
Thyroid tested in 2011 – Normal
Spine X-ray in 2011 – Normal