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NEWS 2013

29.12.2013 Enter to winRidgeback Rescue Lifeline Lottery 2014 --

As old father time brings us to the dawn of 2014, we launch a new initiative for the benefit of our poor hounds in kennels....... A new and very exclusive lottery! Exclusive because there are a maximum of only 100 tickets to be sold, by subscription!!

In brief, the price of a subscription is £20.00 for a full calendar year, and covers all the four draws taking place during that year. Half of all subscriptions will be used to benefit the dogs, the other half going to the prize fund. The first draw will take place on 22nd March 2014 at the Club Open Show, please ensure subscriptions are applied for at least one calendar month prior to this date to be eligible for this draw.

Lottery sign

Full details and rules, together with an application form, to subscribe, here.
10.12.2013 Rugar's picture added to the re-homing page.
08.12.2013 Page added for the Rescue Open Show Day, including results and critique.
04.12.2013 Rocco and Rugar added to the Re-homing page.
03.12.2013 We have made some additions to our Merchandise Page, including a Doggy Christmas Stocking and a Doggy Advent Calendar, please take a look
01.12.2013 2013 Christmas Dinner Appeal

For many today is the First Day of Christmas, the Season of Good Will and no better a day to launch the 2013 Christmas Dinner Appeal.

For our Rescue Ridgebacks, Christmas Day can prove to be a lonely time. However, with your help we hope to be able to provide them with a special treat on the big day!

Check out the Christmas Dinner Appeal Form here, you will see that a single food bowl may be filled for as little as 50p, and you can fill as many as you like!

Each filled bowl will be entered into a prize draw, with the first bowl drawn wining a Doggy Christmas Hamper donated by Millies Wolfheart, Details Here, and the second drawn wining a cash prize of £30.00.

SantaDonations may be made as per the Appeal Form, but for the first time, and for those who would prefer, it is now possible to make your donation and entry through Virgin Money Giving. Just ensure you tick "I'd like to leave a message" then type "Christmas Dinner" together with the number of filled bowls you are donating in the message box. The rest will be done behind the scenes, as if by magic!

The Draw will be held on 16th January 2014 at Manchester Championship Show, but donations are always welcome.

So, there you have it. Wouldn't it be lovely, for the sake of our Rescue Dogs, for us all to assume the mantel of Santa Claus on Christmas Day!
24.11.2013 shoesA new way to help the Trust, "Shoes for Rescues"!

For full details click here
20.11.2013 A Quiz Night in Support of Rescue!

A Quiz night was held on Saturday 26th October 2013 at the Normanton-On-Soar Village Hall.

A total of 12 teams racked their brains for answers at our first Fundraising Quiz Night at Normanton-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire, leaving mentally exhausted but happy after a heap of savoury nibbles and a few trips to the bar! A display of a large number of generously donated prizes encouraged frantic sales of raffle tickets, helping to swell our profit from the evening to £274 – a welcome contribution to the Trust’s coffers.

Feedback was so positive that the next Quiz Night is already booked for 26th April 2014. We are still refining the quiz package but if anyone out there would like to pick it up and use it locally we will be only too happy to help - and if you are not too far away we may even be able to come along and guide you through a Quiz Night of your own to help raise even more funds. Just get in touch via

Geoff Phillips
14.11.2013 Pictures of Max, Zeus 2 and Jake added to the re-homing page.
10.11.2013 TitanNew pictures of Titan added, plus profile updated

How can you resist him?!
Details Here
09.11.2013 SpacedogsOur thanks to Spacedogs for their most generous donation of £200.00!

Click on the highlighted links for more information on the Spacedogs Yellow Ribbon Campaign and Charity

The aim of the Space Dogs Yellow Ribbon Campaign and Charity is to have a visible sign that dogs should have their right to personal space respected, just like we do and that some dogs would appreciate a little space, this can mean from both dogs and/or people, a yellow ribbon is worn on the lead to signify this.
06.11.2013 Murphy and N'Kosi have found their new homes!
31.10.2013 Page and photos added for 2013 Fun Day

22.10.2013 Merchandise Page updated with Purchase Details of the 2014 Rescue Calendar and Christmas Cards

Christmas Card 12014 Rescue CalendarChristmas Card 2

22.10.2013 SantaDue to lack of support, sadly this event has had to be cancelled.

Back by Popular Demand............... The Christmas Party............. Hooray!

The first Christmas Party for a number of years will be held on 10th November 2013, at The Village Hall, Jubilee Playing Field, Normanton-On-Soar, Leicestershire, LE12 5HP.

For those of you who have yet to experience this event, it's a party with a difference, it's for the dogs! Well OK, humans are welcome but only as honorary canines for the day!!

DorwestPrizes kindly donated by Dorwest!

Full details and reservation form here, all enquiries should be directed to Geoff or Eileen Phillips.
13.10.2013 2013 Moss Valley WalPage added for 2013 Autumn Sponsored Walk in the lovely Moss Valley!
13.10.2013 Kyle McDonald and Andy RycroftMany thanks to Kyle McDonald & Andy Rycroft who raised a much needed £210.00 for the trust, by running the BUPA 10k run in Sheffield on 29th September 2013.

Both completed the course in under an hour, pretty good going! Once again, thanks to them both and all who sponsored them.

Great Stuff!
11.10.2013 Gee-Tee added to the Rescue Rainbow Bridge page
07.10.2013 Rhodie added to the Rescue Rainbow Bridge page
07.10.2013 RiggsRiggs added to the Missing Dogs page

Riggs is missing in the Steeple Claydon area of Buckinghamshire. Missing since Sunday 25th August 2013 but last sighted on Tuesday 1st October 2013.

Full details and running updates on the DogLost Web Site here
06.10.2013 Support and Rescue Open Show

Another year passed and once again it's time for the Open Show held in Support of Midlands and Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Support and Rescue Trust (Registered Charity No 1146704)!

This will be the fifth year of the Rescue Supporting Shows and how they have grown. From the germ of an idea by Janice Ellis and Peter Broadbent, through their single minded drive in getting the first one organised, we now have the well supported event of today. Let us all try to make it the best yet!

Dog RunningThis years show is to be held on Saturday 23rd November at Rixton-with-Glazebrook Community Hall, Manchester Road, Hollins Green, Rixton WA3 6JZ, where our judges will be Mick Street (Chaslads)(Dogs) and Robin Sadler (Bitches) - Referee, Dorothy Grayson-Wood

We will be holding a Puppy Walk during the lunch break. Puppies aged over 4 months and up to 6 months may take part, as long as they are entered Not for Competition.

Food will be available for purchase.

All proceeds will be credited to the support and rescue charity, as will any donations which will be gratefully received at any time. Why not come along to support this event and at the same time have an enjoyable day in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Full Details and Schedule Here
Entry Form Here

06.10.2013 Rainbow BridgeWe now have a Rescue Rainbow Bridge Page!

Upcoming Events Page and News Page updated
27.09.2013 A new event....... A Quiz Night in Support of Rescue!

The Quiz will be held on Saturday 26th October 2013 at the Normanton-On-Soar Village Hall.

Questions will not be too taxing on the old grey matter, although since the bar opens at 7.15pm they could become a tad more taxing as the evening wears on!!

Full Details and Reservations here
27.09.2013 SantaBack by Popular Demand............... The Christmas Party............. Hooray!

The first Christmas Party for a number of years will be held on 10th November 2013, at The Village Hall, Jubilee Playing Field, Normanton-On-Soar, Leicestershire, LE12 5HP.

For those of you who have yet to experience this event, it's a party with a difference, it's for the dogs! Well OK, humans are welcome but only as honorary canines for the day!!

DorwestPrizes kindly donated by Dorwest!

Full details and reservation form here, all enquiries should be directed to Geoff or Eileen Phillips.
27.09.2013 Upcoming Events Page and News Page updated
30.08.2013 Rose has found her new home!
27.08.2013 The Fun Day, by now synonymous with John and Cheryl Mackfall, raised a grand total of £1,380.23 for The Trust. Our thanks to them and their helpers for all the hard work that went into making the day such a success. We look forward to publishing an account of proceedings,  in due course.
24.08.2013 Although not a Trust organized event, we thought it deserving of mention that Sam Miles, one of our supporters will be running the "Wolf Run" on 7th September 2013, to raise much needed funds for the Trust.

Details of this event may be found here This is no easy, "stroll in the park" requiring rigorous and planned training. We are extremely grateful to Sam for doing this on our behalf, please sponsor him for as much as you can afford.

Sponsorship donations may be made here

Thank You
09.08.2013 The board of trustees has seen one or two changes over the first half of the year.

Julie Robinson has taken on the role of Secretary, well she does type a bit!.........

And we must welcome Kevin Blackwell who has joined to take up the Treasurers role. We hear that Kevin is a master of financial alchemy, the ancient art of turning copper coins into golden doubloons!............

Last but not least, or should that be least but not last, welcome to new trustee Kerry Rhodes, a human dynamo who rarely pauses for rest; no wonder she's only 5' tall, she's worn her legs out!!

All trustee contact details can be found on "The Charity" page.

The "Upcoming Events Page" has been updated with news of the Return of The Christmas Party!

News of proposed Ridgeback Memorabilia Sale/Auction on the "How Can I Help the Charity" page.
23.07.2013 Tia has been re-homed by her owner. Max has been added to the re-homing page and sadly Zeus 2 is back with us, and back on the re-homing page.
20.07.2013 Calendar Competition Results added
09.07.2013 MollyMolly's Story added to Rescue Successes Page
25.06.2013 Sponsored Swim Page added
12.06.2013 More good news, Ruby and Marley have been re-homed!

Details of N'Kosi added to the re-homing page.
18.05.2012 Dogs Unleashed!On 22nd and 23rd June 2013 at Bakewell Showground DE45 1AW, a great doggy day out, where we will have a trade stand!

Why not come along and see us, full details at
16.05.2013 Good news, Milo is now able to stay in his own home! Zeus, Anna and three others, that didn't even make the web site, have been re-homed!
09.05.2013 Fundraise for us using Virgin Money GivingVirgin Moneygiving now live, details here
25.04.2013 We've had a bit of a revamp!

Home Page has been tidied up, two new menu items have been added, "The Charity" and "How Can I Help The Charity" and the Merchandise Page has been updated.

Details of the Fun Day have been added to the Upcoming Events Page.

Equally as important a new Rescue Appeal has been added.
24.04.2013 Have a Stroll for Rescue!

Autumn Sponsored Walk in aid of Rescue - Sunday 15th September 2013

Walking DogDo you fancy a gentle stroll in the mellow fruitfulness of mid September, among the ever changing colours of Autumn, in the Beautiful Moss Valley? Followed perhaps with a cosy lunch in any one of a number of local hostelries!!

There are no mountains to climb just a nice steady walk for a couple of hours, but there is an escape route; a short cut for those who would prefer an easier and shorter walk!!

HostelryIf this sounds appealing, why not come along with (or without) your dog and at the same time help raise some money to aid our less fortunate charges. The walk begins at 11.00am Sunday 15th September 2013.

This will be our 4th of our Annual Sponsored Walks, with your help we can make it the best yet!

For a Sponsorship Form please email Julie. For Directions and a Map of The Walk, Click Here.
To sponsor this event online, click this link to Virgin Money Giving

Note to all walkers (with dogs):

You are fully responsible for the behaviour your dog(s).

All owners are advised to have their own insurance to cover third party liability in respect of their dog(s) (it is included in many Household Contents policies). Alternatively, becoming a member of Dogs Trust (, telephone 0207 837 0006) will give you free third party insurance cover up to £1,000,000 if your dog causes damage or injury to another person, their property or animal.

In the event of them causing loss or injury to another person or dog, neither MNRRSRT or its insurers can accept any liability.

23.04.2013 Picture of Milo added to the re-homing page
21.04.2012 Get Clicking for Rescue!

With Entries Closing on 30th June 2013
, we have a Calendar Competition!

CameraWould you like your dog to feature in our 2014 Calendar? Time to blow the dust off of the old box brownie and take some informal snaps of your clowns, or ridgebacks as they are known as by the general public!!

As usual profits will go towards caring for ridgebacks that need our help!

Details Here.
19.04.2013 And now for the not so good news! Details of Coco, Zeus, Murphy, Tia and Milo added to the re-homing page
18.04.2013 Great news, both Leo and Falco have found new homes!!

Photos of Rose and Marley, and Ruby added to the re-homing page.
21.03.2013 Details of Anna and Jake added to re-homing page
03.03.2013 News of this years funday added to Upcoming Events Page
18.02.2013 Get Wet For Rescue!

Charity Swim in support of Rescue - Saturday 11th May 2013

Credwyn Macauley, our resident Mermaid, has organised a sponsored swim in support of rescue, at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive Huyton, Merseyside, L36 6EG on Saturday 11th May 2013 at 10.45am.

MermaidDo we have any other Mermaids and Mermen out there who would like to take part? With a maximum swim of thirty minutes, it matters not how good you are, one length sponsored at £50.00 per length is the same as fifty lengths at £1.00 per length!

Sponsor form here, the bottom tear off strip is to be return to Credwyn by all who are taking part, as soon as possible before the date of the swim.
11.02.2013 Details of Ruby added to the re-homing page.
19.01.2013 Christmas Dinner Appeal - The Prize Draw!

Well DoneThe draw for the Christmas Dinner Appeal was drawn at the Manchester Championship Show. Ridgeback Judge, Nick Bryce-Smith, kindly agreed to make the draw and Ann Gates was declared the winner of the £30.00 prize. Ann decided that she was far less needy than the poor ridgebacks looking for new homes and very kindly donated the readies back to Rescue! Including this donation the Grand Total raised was £582.50!!

Well done to all who took part and many many thanks for all donations.
13.01.2013 Zeus has found his new home!
09.01.2013 Scooby and Beau, and Kaiser have found new homes!
LilyIt is with great sadness that we report, after a long and hard fought battle with cancer, Rosie Bates has been taken from us; she passed away peacefully at home yesterday, 6th January 2013. Rosie had played an integral role in all aspects of the Gunthwaite and Burncote Kennels.

A keen supporter of rescue for the breed she loved, she was very much the artist that so beautifully decorated the cake, annually presented by her family at the Rescue Show. Her artistry was also evident in her photography, and the many photographs taken at shows at which she was able to attend.

Our heartfelt condolences to Julie, Joe, Ann and David; Rosie will be sorely missed.

Rosie's Funeral Service and Cremation will take place at 11.10am on Thursday 31st January 2013 at Pontefract Crematorium, Wakefield Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 4HA. Her family has requested for donations to Cancer Research in lieu of flowers.



Breed Council

The Breed Council representing all four Rhodesian Ridgeback Clubs in Britain meets twice a year to discuss all Rhodesian Ridgeback related issues. Its function is to collate the collective views of all clubs and present them to The Kennel Club. News of The Breed Council activities will be posted as available.


Discover Dogs

Discover Dogs is becoming increasingly popular. In future on ridgeback day at Crufts, the stand will be manned, and ridgebacked, by some of our Rescue Rhodesian Ridgebacks (check out their stories). We also attend Discover Dogs at Earls Court, London, in November and in May we represent Rhodesian Ridgebacks at the "All About Dogs" exhibition in Essex. We always need people to help with these events so if you would care to volunteer your services for a couple of hours it will alleviate the strain on the regulars who do a full days stint, which is unfair on their Ridgebacks. With hundreds of people milling around asking questions, some sensible, some ridiculous, even Ridgebacks get tired out. As long as your dog is "bombproof" and you like talking (and lets face it what RR owner doesn't) Please offer to help.



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