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Introducing Sissy...

Fall 2011

Sissie (Trumphill's Ooh La La) wins Best in Show at Tantramar under Judge Charles Betts.

AKA Trumphill's Ooh La La - a champion at just 11 months - watch out for this girl!

Rhodesian Ridgebacks

The lion-hunter, a dog originally bred in Africa for pursuit of large predators, is today popular both as a pet and a show dog.  This majestic looking breed is renowned for its loyalty, intelligence and devotion. 

The famous 'ridge' is actually a long line of hair growing in a different grain along the back of the animal, with two separate crowns.  Although there are many acceptable variations of the shape and length of the ridge, it remains a distinctive mark of a most distinctive breed.

Our Boy

Conifer Ridge's Just Jack



CKC Canadian Champion

Sire:  American Ch Juba Lee's What About Bob, CD, CGN, NIC, ROM "Bob"

Dam:  Canadian Ch Kopera's Shining Gem  "Penny"


Jack is just a young dog so not a lot about his winnings yet.  He is a Champion with many group placements.  He's a champion in motion, grace and power, a pleasure to watch out on the trail, a gentleman and comic to live with.  Sire of our beautiful Waltzing Wilma.

Our Girls











Alice (CH Trumphill's Go Ask Alice)







Kopera's Red Tape



Sire:  US & Can Ch Rajataru El Toro

Dam: Ch Wheatenridges Challenger

CKC Champion

Multiple Group 1st winner

Absolute excellent mother and a real lady.




Ch Trumphill's Waltzing Wilma



Sire:  Can Ch Coniferidge's Just Jack

Dam:  Can Ch Kopera's Red Tape (Gheila)




Ch Kopera's Lola Shesa Show Girl



Lola is one of Trumphill's rising stars, had her six month birthday at the end of September, and has  started her show career with a bang this fall!



Sire:  US & Can Ch Rajataru El Toro

Dam:  Kopera's all of Me of Course


Breeding tells...

US & Can Ch Rajataru El Toro, sire of Trumphill's own Gheila and Lola...



Rhodesian Ridgebacks at home...


Wilma and young Lola getting acquainted...


did you hear that?


Candid Snaps...

Jera, Wilma & Sissy

Jera is going places...


Trumphills But of Course (Jera) is off to England to live with Liz & Paul Storey of Kiromol Kennels.





Lola at the Moncton Kennel Club under Judge Pam Bruce (at left), with handler Laurinda Parks (at right).  Lola is a champion at seven months.



Kopera's All of Me of Course (Olive) dam of our own Lola takes Best in Specialty in Michigan.



     Our own Jack as a pup...


Ridgebacks at the show...



Jack winning group 2nd in Halifax...



Gheila winning one of many group firsts...



Jack, Gheila and baby Wilma relaxing in the shade at a PEI show...


In Tribute

Our Beloved 'Nanna' and her girls.


Nualla - Irish Wolfhound
March 6, 1995 - January 7, 2000


My Dog

You lift your soft brown eyes to see
If your love finds response in me.
A touch, a word, is all you seek,
Your faith is strong, mankind's is weak.  You are my friend in sun or rain, To share in pleasure or in pain.

Should fortune cease to smile on me, If crust of bread my portion be,
Our cabin floor like pals we'll share:
Together, show we do not care.

And when at last with measured tread, My friends pass by and flowers are spread
A canopy 'neath the heaven's blue,
I know you'll come, my friend so true, And sleep at night on bed of stone, So's not to leave me there alone.

Ruby Altizer Roberts





Canine Quotes...

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue."






Trumphill Kennels

Hazel Parker
74 Old Cemetery Rd., RR #1
Stewiacke, Nova Scotia
Canada   B0N 2J0

Tel: (902) 639-2351
Fax: (902) 639-2944




Rhodesian Ridgeback

(copyright CKC)

General Appearance

The Ridgeback should represent a strong muscular and active dog, symmetrical in outline, and capable of great endurance with a fair amount of speed.

The peculiarity of this breed is the ridge on the back, which is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. The ridge must be regarded as the escutcheon of the breed. The ridge should be clearly defined, tapering and symmetrical. It should start immediately behind the shoulders and continue up to a point between the prominence of the hips (haunch bones), and should contain two identical crowns opposite each other. The lower edges of the crown should not extend further down the ridge than one-third of the ridge.


A mature Ridgeback should be a handsome, upstanding dog; Dogs should be of a height of 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), and Bitches 24-26 inches (61-66 cm). Minimum bench standard: Dogs 25 inches (63 cm), Bitches 24 inches (61 cm). Weight (desirable): Dogs, 75 lb. (34 kg); Bitches, 65 lb. (29 kg).

Coat and Colour

The coat should be short and dense, sleek and glossy in appearance, but neither woolly nor silky. Colour light wheaten to red wheaten. A little white on the chest and toes permissible, but excessive white here and on the belly and above paws is undesirable.


The head should be of a fair length, and skull flat and rather broad between the ears and should be free from wrinkles when in repose. The stop should be reasonably well defined, and not in one straight line from the nose to the occiput bone, as required in a Bull Terrier. The muzzle should be long, deep and powerful. Jaws level and strong with well developed teeth, especially the canines or holders. The lips clean, closely fitting the jaws. The nose should be black, or brown, in keeping with the colour of the eyes. No other coloured nose is permissible. A black nose should be accompanied by dark eyes, a brown nose by amber eyes. The eyes should be moderately well apart, and should be round, bright, and sparkling, with intelligent expression, their colour harmonizing with the colour of the nose. The ears should be set rather high, of medium size, rather wide at the base, and tapering to a rounded point. They should be carried close to the head.


The neck should be fairly strong and free from throatiness.


The shoulder should be sloping, clean, and muscular, denoting speed. The forelegs should be perfectly straight, strong and heavy in bone; elbows close to the body. The feet should be compact, with well-arched toes, round, tough, elastic pads, protected by hair between the toes and pads.


The chest should not be too wide, but very deep and capacious; ribs moderately well sprung, never rounded like barrel hoops (which would indicate want of speed) the back powerful, and loins strong, muscular and slightly arched.


In the hind legs the muscles should be clean, well defined, and hocks well down.


The tail should be strong at the insertion, and generally tapering towards the end, free from coarseness. It should not be inserted too high or too low, and should be carried with a slight curve upwards, never curled.

Scale of Points

Ridge - 20

Head - 15

Neck and shoulders - 10

Body, back, chest, loins - 10

Legs and feet - 15

Coat - 5

Tail - 5

Size, symmetry, general appearance - 20

TOTAL           100


Trump Hill's

Sweet Savannah Sun

- owned by Jenny Cunningham

Puppy Pics

Gheila with her babies...

It's more fun with friends!

Where did everybody go?

Puppy 'pawses' for a rest...

But I'm not tired and I don't

      wanna go to bed!


What Have I Done Wrong?

I wish someone would tell me what it is,

That I’ve done wrong.

Why do I have to stay chained up and

  Be left alone so long?

They seemed so glad to have me when I

   Came here as a pup.

There were so many things we’d do

   While I was growing up.

The master said he’d train me as a

   Companion and a friend.

The mistress said she’d never fear

   To be left alone again.

The children said they’d feed me and

    Brush me every day.

They’d play with me and walk me

   If I would only stay.

But now the master “hasn’t time”

The mistress says I shed.

She doesn’t want me in the house

    Not even to be fed.

The children never walk me

   They always say “not now”

 I wish that I could please them

Won’t someone tell me how?

All I had, you see, was love.

I wish they would explain.

Why they said they wanted mine,

  And then left me on a chain.


William Custer

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