Murphy & Bones March
"Murphy and Bones" LeClainche
Murphy and Bones are two Rhodesian Ridgeback girl dogs. They were born at High Plains Vet Hospital on Jan 23, 2009 when their mom had an emergency c-section. Dr. McKenney delivered these two girls along with their seven siblings. She and Dr. Pierce have been taking care of them ever since.
Murphy and Bones have been showing in conformation with AKC since they were a year old. Both are Champions and Murphy just got her Grand Champion at the big dog shows in Denver in February. Of course they much prefer sleeping on their beds in their owner’s home office, racing around the yard and sunning themselves when the weather is nice! After all they are dogs first and family pets too.
Their breeder/owner has taken good care to ensure the health and temperament of her dogs. She makes sure that her breeding dogs both represent good breed type and overall soundness through careful selection of a breeding pair. This process includes testing for known genetic health problems that can affect any dog and Ridgebacks specifically. As a member of RRCUS (Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the U.S.) she follows the Code of Ethics of the Club in testing for known hereditary problems and does not breed dogs that are unhealthy. In fact, High Plains doesn’t see much of these two dogs, except routine checkups and the occasional “ouchie”, because they are so healthy.
Now that they are two years old, Murphy and Bones are coming to the March OFA clinic at High Plains for their final certification for hips, elbows and heart, and for their OFA thyroid test as well. Because they are “show dogs” – quality Ridgebacks that meet the breed standard and are destined in the future to continue the breed - their owner/breeder is screening them before planning any breedings. At an early age, they were tested for Juvenile Cataracts (through CERF, the Canine Eye Registration Foundation) and checked for hip and elbow dysplasia with Preliminary Certification through OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). They had those tests at the March OFA clinic last year. They also had the new DNA test for Degenerative Myelopathy, a neurological disorder that affects several breeds when they were just a few weeks old.
We’re planning to have Murphy at the Colorado Springs Dog Show in June. Come and see her, and all the great purebred dogs!