Comments on the
Thai Ridgeback Dog...
to send your comments!
Hello all TRD owners and fanciers:
I get hundreds of emails every year from people who are curious about how they to can obtain a STERLING TRD for their very own from the number one TRD breeder here in the states or how to get a TRD direct from Thailand. Ten years ago the TRD was very popular in Thailand. When I discovered this breed in Bangkok, a decade ago, I really thought a lot of people back in America would also fall in love with them as I did. I bought the first three TRD in the BLUE colour as I really though that would be what everyone will fall madly in love with. I was right! To this day the BLUE TRD is still the number one seller in the states over the other colours. But the NEW SUPER REDS of STERLING TRD are fast becoming what the BLUES were ten years ago.
In that ten year period only a few people have decided to become breeders and in most cases they only did it once or twice and then quit. Most all you will find in this breed is the occasional pet owner having one or two litters. The Thai Ridgeback Dog is a very BIG issue back in their home of Thailand. (Thailand's land mass is about the size of the great state of Texas or that European country they call... France...the French were the first white foreigners to arrive in Thailand many centuries ago.. thus the Thai call all of the white foreigners FRANG or FALONG after the first French) Many Europeans also saw the beauty of the TRD a decade ago and also imported many TRD into many different European countries.
The Thai economy took a nose dive back in 1997 and this affected everyone in Thailand, as well as the TRD breed. Many breeders could not keep so many dogs and just dropped out of sight from all the Bangkok dog shows and from the breeding business. Today, a lot of new Thai people have gotten back involved with the TRD as they can see by the many people on the INTERNET who are claiming to be TRD breeders worldwide. The real TRUE TRD breeders are people like KHUN SOMKIT of Chanataburi, Thailand who has been in the breeding business of TRD for over 60 years. Now, in her mid 80's she is still the BEST in Thailand. Many of her dogs are in the homes and breeding kennels of hundreds of people in Thailand and around the world. She has always told me RED is the colour and forget the hybrid BLUES.. I did listen to her in 2000 and got my three SUPER REDS directly from her top breedings(SUPER REDS is the name I gave the very dark coloured red TRD in 1999. The name "TRD" was also my idea in 1994 for this breed.)There are many excellent TRD breeders in Thailand now and the prices are just going up and up due to the cost of breeding and the constant demand for good dogs here in America and Europe. It will be at least 20-30 more years before the TRD is as well known as the Chinese Shar-Pei or the Dobermann, Rottweiler,or German Shepherd dog (GSD) or that they will be apart of the AKC rank and file. ATRA will continue to be the registry of choice here in America for the TRD. (As TRAC is in Canada.)
If you are a very serious person who wants only the very best in quality in this breed, I suggest you go live in Thailand for about 3 months and then you will find that perfect TRD. If you just want a pet and cannot afford such a venture, I would suggest you can search the net to find someone who is MAYBE a real TRD breeder and buy from them when you can find one.... OR you call me here in Los Angeles, CA at 818-364-1467 and place your "order" for a future STERLING TRD puppy or let me find the type of quality that you require back in Thailand.
My plans of moving there to live this summer have been postponed due to my parents health and I need to care for them. I will be going over soon in a short trip to buy a few TRD puppies for a few people. If you are serious now for a TRD puppy or want to wait for my next STERLING TRD litter of SUPER REDS, don't wait as some did and missed out on these really fantastic SUPER RED puppies from my 12th litter whelped on New Years day the year. Contact any of the owners from my STERLING TRD owners list and they will tell you what they got... You can always bet you will get a great dog from any of my future STERLING TRD breedings... and WIN in the ring!!
All the Best, Jack Sterling and all the STERLING TRD
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 12:14:25 -0600
thanks for the wonderful internet site with the great pictures. My husband and I have visited it many times. We are very interested in acquiring a blue-silver Thai ridgeback pup (female) to add to our family and would be very grateful if you could help us out. We currently have 2 dogs, a rhodesian ridgeback (3 yrs) and a black and tan coonhound (2 yrs). Our ridgeback has recently been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer and wont be with us much longer. We are looking for a new dog that will be a good role model and companion for our coonhound. We have loved the ridgeback personality with its sensitive and loyal nature, and intelligence as a discriminating watchdog. My husband works at home and our dogs go everywhere with us. We prefer the female nature and would be looking for a dog with a muscular build and well defined ridge.
We live in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) and would be happy to travel anywhere in the states to pick up a puppy. I look forward to hearing from you.
Keith and Donna Rose
Canada T6H 2Y5
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2003 19:30:14 EDT
did you ever receive the pictures I sent you. I also sent them to Stacey
and I know she received it. Linda has never called me back.
Our TRD is doing great. We decided to keep him. He is the most
intelligent dog I have ever seen.
If you never received the pictures I will send them again. I also
have some updated pictures of my TRD I will send.
From: "Sarah Houseman" <firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Arrival of our new puppy!
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:29:20 -0500
Thank you for the beautiful puppy. He arrived yesterday (still
not certain of a name, we are thinking either Gunner or Jabez).
Jon and I drove for two and a half hours in the driving rain, and
blinding lightening. Upon arrival to the airport
we were told that the flight had been delayed due to weather. Once
the puppy arrived all of the above did not matter. He was tired
and cold and so happy to plaster me with wet kisses! At that point
I was convinced he was a keeper. The drive home was so cool due
to him just falling asleep and relaxing after his journey. He snores
very loudly may I add!
When we arrived home he started to investigate the house a bit.
The very first thing he found was a set of sliding glass doors.
He immediately let the other dog (his reflection) know that he
was now the boss of the house. Jon and I laughed so hard.
Anyway, he made it 'home' safe and sound and is going to be a
welcomed delight to our house hold.
Thank you so much for everything!
send this pic. It is one of my favorites. He is with his buddy/cousin
Casey (my parent's 11 year old lab). I think the two have interesting
expressions on their faces. Trajan was always pestering him
for a while in the beginning because he wanted to play. Unfortunately,
when Trajan met Casey, Casey just went through surgery and
couldn't really jump around in addition to him being a senior
other pic, I thought you would get a kick out
of. He is wearing the new high-tech soft Elizabethan
collar (he had hurt his paw and the vet didn't
want him to lick it) - those collars are great
- they don't even notice them and they can play
and do things as they normally would do. They
even work as a pillow to sleep on. Luckily though,
he didn't have to wear it long. Trajan has been
really good about not licking his wounds too
much - even when he was neutered, he didn't lick
the stitches - that was a relief.
Do Thai Ridgebacks ever swim? I take him near a river here and there
are other dogs playing there on the grass, as well as swimming. He
wants to go in the water, but won't. He watches the other dogs jump
in and fetch
toys and he seems agitated that he can't/won't follow them. I suspect
when the water gets warmer, he will take the plunge. He did start jumping
in another very shallow part of the river (which is EXTREMELY muddy)
. It took him awhile to get his dainty little feet wet - but he did
it - and boy was he proud - he spent the next 20 minutes jumping in
and out of the water like a maniac.
So while he hasn't yet attempted even wading in the water, he has become
a retriever. Trajan LOVES to play fetch with tennis balls, though often
he likes to turn it into a CHASE game, especially when he steals other
dogs' toys - a thing he loves to do. At home, I am supposed to throw
the squeak toys down the hall, so he can run and get them. Loads of
From: "Adrian Shaw" <email@example.com
Subject: Thai ridgeback puppies
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2003 15:41:31 -0800
Hi. My Name Is Adrian Shaw and I live in Long Beach, CA. I
am in the process of buying a home right now and that means getting
dog. I've checked through most of all the different breeds and I really
like the Thai Ridgeback. The fact that there is little to no shedding
really appeals to me. I've been to the ATRA web site and have read
about this beautiful dog. I was wondering if I could ask you a few
questions. First would be how many puppies will you be expecting to
have toward the end of March beggining of April? Do I have to reserve
one? How much are they? that sort of thing. If you could give me a
quick reply back that would be great. Thanks for your time,
From James and Tracy Hernandez, dated 02/05/2003
Please find enclosed a check for the shipping of the two dogs
as well as an extra tip for your time. Tracy and I are very
happy with the dogs you sent us. The female is dominating Lil'
SAKORN right now. Hopefully this will change. SAKORN is a little
darker than i expected, but he is beautiful and we love him.
Even though I got impatient and very uneasy at times. I can't
complain now considering within 1 1/2 to 2 weeks I recieved TWO
I appreciate your efforts to get us the two dogs, but it was realistically
the best way due to geographics. Everything worked out great despite
the few obstacles we both incurred. I would gladly recommend your
service to anyone and would certainly call you again if we pursue
Through all the difficulties, you came through for me in the end
and that's what is important to me. Thanks again for everything
and for getting us these two great dogs.
James Hernandez CEO
FLORTEC HARDWOOD DESIGN INC.
Just had to send you this shot from the other day. I really love this
dog. He is so smart too. You really make great dogs.
From: Doug Ferrin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 1:38 PM
Subject: Thair ridgeback dog
I spoke with Jack Sterling last night, and he recommended that
I ask you how you like the dog you bought from him. Tell me about
the characteristics of this breed, how it compares with other breeds
you have had, and the things you like the best and the things you
like the least about the breed. This would include temperament,
barking, friendliness, over-friendliness, ability to be trained,
inability or ability to endure separation from its master, etc.
Thank you,--- Doug Ferrin
DATE: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 13:40:16
From: "Shane Vaughn" <email@example.com>
I'll be happy to help any way I can to figure out if the TRD
is the right breed for you. I know I looked at about 300 breeds
before I settled on this one. It can be a real task.
One of the main reasons I chose the TRD was the breed history.
Dalmations, Setters, and most of the common recognized breeds have
severe inbreeding problems from puppy mills. I wanted a registered
dog just because I've never had one. I'm used to hounds and my
Labrador, but they've all been "just dogs". After a lot
of research I figured my best bet was to select the best breeder
I could find of a truly rare breed -one that hasn't yet been popularized
by a Disney movie or other fad.. I looked at probably every rare
Molosser breed in the world, and during the search found reference
to the TRD.
Just as a sideline I looked them up. They're one of the prettiest
breeds I've ever seen. I talked to one breeder who didn't impress
me much, though they spoke highly of the dogs. Then I got to talk
to Jack. He's a long-winded SOB, but he told me what I wanted to
know. There wasn't a single question he couldn't answer. After
talking to him for a couple of hours I was convinced he was the
right breeder. Over the following week I decided this was also
the right breed.
Giger has been one of the best dogs I've ever had, and that's
saying something. I live a few miles out of town with several acres
of woods. There's a fence along the road in front of the house,
but the rest of the property isn't fenced. When I'm home during
the day, Giger and the lab are pretty much outside all the time.
Giger likes to investigate, but he's never run off. He's pushing
six months now and he knows his place in the world. If I call him,
he comes running. He's a good watchdog.
I'm in the unique position of taking my dogs to work with me every
day. That means I have little experience with them being separated
from me. I do leave them home alone (in the house) from time to
time if I'm not going to be gone long. Giger has never caused a
problem in that situation. He fusses a bit, then settles down to
He's a pretty high energy dog, but no more than any other puppy
I've ever had. This breed seems to have claws much like a Chow.
They're located high on the toe, so they don't scrape the ground
during normal walking. That means they stay razor sharp. He plays
rougher than many dogs of similar size/age. I've never had a dog
leave so many whelps on my arms from playing. His jaws are very
strong -I didn't understand from the pictures I saw on the web,
but these are extremely powerful dogs. His puppy teeth were brutal,
but he's lost those now. If he started playing too hard with me,
I just bit him on the ear lightly and he got the message. At three
months he found and ate a small turtle in the yard. He cracked
it open and ate the chewy bits and brought me the broken shell.
That might give you an idea of the power in his jaws.
He's a very clean dog, and not afraid of water. He'll walk into
the shower with sometimes just to see what's going on, and he's
stepped out into the pond but the water's very cold this time of
year. I have yet to give him a real bath because his coat just
stays so clean. He has very dense fur beneath the outer coat, which
can make ticks difficult to remove. I've been waiting for him to
hit 6 months before putting flea/tick drops on him.
He is extremely loving. He likes to lick, which is a new experience
for me. None of my hounds or my lab have been lickers. He can be
skittish around strangers, but once he gets to know you (about
30 seconds), he's extremely friendly. He jumps up on people for
attention, which can be a problem with his claws -he could damage
fine clothes. I'm working on that.
He learns commands quickly. He already knows Down, Stay, Come,
and Get The Hell Off Me. I can't remember the last time he got
in the trash or pulled something off the kitchen counter. I haven't
been training him formally yet, but that's starting now. He's the
only dog I've ever owned that never once left a pile in the house.
He only peed a few times in the house.
He slept in a cage the first couple of weeks I had him, but after
I was sure he wouldn't get in the trash during the night I let
him start sleeping on the bed. He sleeps through the night almost
without exception. Rarely he'll need to go pee, and he'll fidget
and whimper until I wake up and let him out. He snores louder than
I do sometimes. His snoring has woken me up a few times. Fortunately
you can roll him over and he'll quit.
I think the warnings about socialization are well founded. He's
around people all day every day. He's with my lab 24/7, and I get
him around other dogs whenever possible. He was worse about being
scared of people or other dogs when he was very young. Now he takes
up with anyone right away. He'll walk right up to strays in the
yard, but if my lab starts to get in a fight with a stray, Giger
will come running to get me as fast as he can and yelping like
he's on fire. It's like he wants me to know Finn needs help.
I honestly can't say enough good about this dog. They're loving
and affectionate. They have the most expressive faces I've ever
seen on a dog. I would worry about owning one if I knew he were
going to spend a lot of time alone, or if I didn't have time to
get him around people. I might worry that he could play too rough
early on with kids (although his play is considerably more gentle
Giger still likes to chew. I'm trying to get him to understand
that toys are things I give him rather than whatever's handy. He's
not nearly as bad a chewer as other dogs I've had.
Hope that tells you at least some of what you want to know. I'll
be happy to answer any other questions or help any other way I
Jan 5, 2003
Hello Mr. Jack Sterling,
I already have a pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks,and just found out
about the Thai ridgebacks. I am interested in obtaining one or
two, but they must be either super-red or blue-silver. I was wondering
if you could send me some information on your dogs. I think I saw
on your website that you were having some super-red puppies this
week,are any still available? Thanks, Carla Stewart
Hello Carla, Go see the puppies on my website at www.ThaiDog.org/sakorn/news
There you will see the puppies you missed out on... I will repeat this
breeding again as the puppies were so damn AWESOME! Everyone one of
the TRD owners of all STERLING TRD are totally in love with they puppies.
I am accepting deposits now on this upcoming litter of SUPER REDS...
Don't miss out again as this will be her 2nd breeding, litter #13 and
I will not breed her again for at least a year to 18 months. The next
breeding after that will be is a year from now with my SUPER DARK RED
male Ch RED BO-DANG and a POL from litter #11 GAWKAI. Now that will
be something to wait for...
All the Best, Jack Sterling
DATE: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 11:16:32
From: "Shane Vaughn" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just a quick update. I could not be happier with Giger. Well,
I might be happier if he were declawed. He's just about testicle-height
when he jumps up on me and with those vicious needles he gets my
attention quick. He's learning more all the time. He still has
a tendency to drift off in his own world when he's out in the yard,
but eventually he notices me yelling for him and comes running
home. He's very affectionate with everyone. He's curious and alert,
but not destructive or disruptive. All in all he's just damn-near
perfect. He's still growing like he's on steroids. I'm going to
have to buy him a new collar today. This collar's maxed out at
about 15 inches and it's a bit snug on him now.
Anyway, I guess congratulations are in order if you're going to be
a dad again in January. Keep up the good work. -shane.
DATE: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 20:26:37
From: "SUSAN NEIBURGER" <SNEIB@mc.net>
Thank you Jack for your attention to my emails. We(my husband
and I) have no intention of giving up our TRD(Dori). She is a love
of a dog and after training and constant reinforcement she has
been approved by the parents of our grandchildren...which is saying
Your story of the breed almost matches the SharPei. We have had
several and paid thousands of dollars for them..(.the breed in
general were overbred, not temperament tested, had terrible immune
mediated diseases and untimately died at an early age.)
We lost two of these wonderful animals at about 4 to 6 years of
age...and they are a difficult breed also. The third one is still
alive and now 12 years old. So we decided to join the Sharpei rescue.
We have one that is lab/sharpei mix...she is okay...and now we
have Dori...we have her because someone at the dog pound said she
was real sweet and did not want to put her down. So they called
the rescue, thinking she was a Shar pei of some sort, and then
the rescue called us because we are known to adopt problem dogs.
We are now at capacity, but are always looking...We have fallen
in love with the breed even tho we had never heard of it. I would
like at sometime in the future to meet more of the breed, since
only knowing one is not good enough.
Thank you again for your time and expertise...and I will send
you a better picture by snail mail.
DATE: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 08:35:39
From: "gonetropo" <email@example.com>
Hello, my name is Anthony Blennerhassett and I have a dilemma.
We rescued a Thai Ridgeback from a local pet store in San Diego,
someone had abandoned a litter of puppies in a near by park and
Petco took them in and adopted them out. She was spayed by Petco
so she cannot be used for breeding purposes. We got her at nine
weeks old and now she is a year old. She has been trained with
love and positive reinforcement and is a beautiful healthy one
year old dog. When we decided to adopt her we had a very old golden
retriever and a pug. Had we known what kind of dog she was we may
have decided against getting her because of the pug. I made an
error in judgement one day and left them in my car with the pug
unrestrained and she bit him and hit an eye, needless to say we
had to have the eye removed and he is now healing. We are terrified
of the other eye getting damaged even accidentally by Daisy and
don't know how we would handle it. We are also moving in a few
months to a place where the dogs will be quarrantined for 30 days
and I am concerned that she may become aggressive in that time
and not be the same dog when we get her back. Until this happened
with the eye the dogs had not had a scrap in months and actually
were very friendly towards eachother since he is a male. I feel
that it is inevitable that there will be another episode. I love
both of my dogs intensely and the thought of giving one up is very
uncomfortable. We have a house with a big yard right now but we
may be moving into a condo with no yard. The only way I could see
myself giving up Daisy is to a home where she would be treated
with respect and was able to be free and loved, I could not see
her living in a kennel as a trophy dog. Any advice would be greatly
appreciated. I have always thought of myself as a person that would
never give up a dog but if my pug is killed I don't know if I could
feel the same way about Daisy even if it is an accident. Thank
you for your attention to this matter. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 17:39:46
From: "CWR Riedel" <email@example.com>
My name is Charles. I live in Orlando Florida, and I am interested
some info on Thai Ridgeback puppies. What is the availability? I
understand that these dogs are rare and that availability is extremely
limited. What is the best way to go about purchasing one? Any info
would be appreciated. Thanks, Charles
DATE: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 00:03:49
Hi there, I hope you can help me out. I have a TRD that I am in
need of finding another good home for. I recently go married and found
the now 4 year old female TRD I have is extremely jealous of my wife.
have tried everything we can to modify her behavior toward my wife
little or no effect. We are planning to have children soon and have
several babies come into our lives (due to friends, relatives, etc.,
babies) I cannot trust the dog around my wife and I certainly cannot
her around children either. I have tried to reach both the breeder
man I actually got the puppy from and have met with some difficulty.
not want to give her to a pound due to her special needs. The breeder
Kathy Hughes of Georgia and the man who actually sold the puppies for
Mick Latimer of New Jersey. I have tried emails to Mick and cannot
him. I left a message on his home phone and received no call back.
actually answered a few emails and offered to take the dog back to
help retrain and relocate her, but she has not answered an email in the
now. I do not know if something bad has happened to her or to Mick
hope that is not the case. I know that Kathy was having some medical
problems a while back. Anyway. If you can help in anyway I would appreciate
it. I live in Connecticut but I am willing to drive the dog any where
East Coast and would consider anywhere else if necessary to find her
home. She is a very loving and affectionate dog most of the time, but
needs to be, in my opinion, in a single male household. A female would
probably be fine as long as she bonds with her, but definitely a one
home with no children. A warm dry climate would be beneficial as well
hates the cold and rain. Once again any help would be appreciated.
See what happens when you buy cheap from a backyard breeder who
really knows nothing of the animals their are breeding...There
are many such stories from people who are not right for this breed
as this breed is not right for them... Be careful who you buy your
TRD from and ask them how long have they been involved with this
breed as well as how long have they been breeding dogs in general
and to back up what they tell you in writing...ATB. Jack Sterling
On Thu, 24 Oct 2002 15:48:17 Shane Vaughn
I've never lost so much blood from a puppy. Nor have I ever had as
much fun doing so. This guy's teeth are killing me, but he's a blast.
It's progressed to the point now that clients are making me bring him
out with me. I don't think any have broken something just to so I'll
come out, but they all tell me to be sure to bring him in when
come. There are dozens of people on a familiar basis with this guy
He just goes prancing down the halls and into offices, looking for
pretzels or whatever else he can find. I haven't weighed him in a week
but I think he's 26 or 27 pounds now. He's growing very fast. -shane.
Keep up the good work in the writing of emails about your boy.
Stacey will be adding your text soon to the "comments" section
at the HoS website for all to read and get a chuckle over. All
six people are very pleased with their selections of the 10 TRD
that I had available this past fall. I still have 3 more TRD for
sale which are one BLUE male, two red TRD, one boy and one girl.
I also have a pair of Thai Bangkaew as well for sale to the right
person. Keep the emails and fotos flowing in to me and Stacey.
Thanks again for loving my boy!
DATE: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 11:34:13
Everything's still going well. Giger is doing great. He's over 20 pounds
now. He can drink from the toilet but he can't quite get up on the
bed. He spent yesterday afternoon running all over the woods behind
the house with me and the lab. He never strayed too far away. People
are amazed that I don't have him on a leash. I need to spend some
time with him on a leash just so he'll learn about them, but he's
not showing any predilection for running off. He ate a turtle yesterday,
which is something I've never seen a dog do. He found a small turtle
(couple of inches) in the woods and cracked it right open. He brought
me the crushed shell.
I'm going to see about getting him tattooed next week. Everywhere he
goes he's cooed over like mad. Many of my clients now ask me to bring
him in when I come by because he's so cute and playful. It just supports
my theory that we'd all be more productive and happier if we could
bring our pets to work with us. Anyway, thought you'd like to know
that things are going swimmingly. I'll send you some more pictures
as soon as I find the charger for my camera.
DATE: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 15:08:48
for starters its just me that wants one as a 100% pet for now.
It would be
great to try and establish the breed over here but i dont know many
that even know what a TRD is, let alone wanting to own a pup. which
definatly not a good starting point for a new breed. at least u have
honest with me, and seriously i thank you!! i truly dont blame you
trusting no-one, it seems you have been lied to and decieved by people
thought were honest about their intentions with your dogs, I can assure
wouldnt do that. I would love to purchase a dog from america, thailand
europe but will have to move to one of the countries for a couple of
avoid quarantine (as i said, i dont agree with our stupid quarantine
having pet passports, even though this may seem insane to you i am
about that very seriously! dogs are a huge part of my life and i have
into this breed alot. i am fully aware of their temperament and to
i really cant wait to have a TRD by my side, they seem to me like my
ideal breed! i currently have a South African BoerBoel and 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
so i wont be attempting to move for a few years yet, not till my boys
girl have gone!
You mention other breeders talking badly of you, i think that
must happen just about everywhere (i have experienced that first hand!)
Once again i thank you for your advice and beleive me i will
follow it! at least i know not to make the mistake of buying a TRD
england!. no doubt i will be contacting u again when the time comes
for me to
start my little mission!
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 11:22:13 -0800
I just wanted to say that you have some of the most beautiful dogs
ever seen. Until I happened upon your website I had never heard of
I am truly impressed. I can't tell you how amazing those dogs are,
beautiful, simply beautiful. I'm sure they are ten times as wonderful
personality, but you probably already know that.
My husband and I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and I am supposed
to rescue a Dutch Shepherd. Someday we would like to add a TRD to our
family but it will be a while.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that you have an excellent website,
educational. It is quite obvious even from the pictures that you raise
happy and healthy dogs and that you truly care about the breed. We
to someday share that pleasure.
Keep the pictures coming. We love to check your site and see how
" kids" are doing.
Subject: Re: Thai Ridgeback
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 13:47:31 EDT
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly a few days ago. I was away
for a while so I didn't get a chance to get back to you. Yes, I am
serious as well as anxious to get a TRD. I did check out your web site
which proved to be extremely helpful. That is where I learned most
about this breed. My Rottweiler passed away last week and I wanted
get something different and unique. After looking at many breeds I
kept coming back to the TRD which
certainly possesses those qualities and more. I soon learned that they
not so easy to get and after falling in love with this breed I, of
wanted one as soon as possible. One individual I contacted was in Thailand
who said he had show quality pups available, choice of sex/color and
include shipping cost for $1350 but I felt very uncomfortable about
puppy shipped on such a long flight.
I got in touch with a guy in IA, whom I'm sure you know, who has puppies
ready to go in Nov. so hopefully I'll have my blue male TRD next month.
I can't wait to hear "the question."
Great news For sure! The only reason
for my breeding 7 litters in 7 years was to tell and show all
people about this Thai Ridgeback Dog breed and also about the
crooked ways of John Sebasino Capanetto. Finally, after seven
long years, he might have been stopped by you folks. All mention
of him will be aired on my web site for years to come. I hope
we never have to deal with people like John Caponetto and his
partner in New Jersey, Thomas "Mick" Michael Latimer.
These two guys were the worst thing that could have happened
to this breed. I hope only the "right" people now start
to mend the damaged cause by these two guys. There are still
several people who have started into the TRD world but I hope
they are not going down the same path as these two guys did.
God Bless all four of you pet owners in your fight to rid the
dog world of these people. Now I can really enjoy my pets and
hope the new people in this breed will do the right thing!
ATB. Jack Sterling
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001
According to one of the dog owners involved
in the Caponetto case, they went to court to see what would happen. Apparently,
John's lawyer did not show and he changed his plea. A new
trial will be held in Sept. Here is the scoop.....
"channel 8 was there with the camera
crew......the next thing we heard was someone telling channel
8 that John's lawyer couldn't make it, but that he had withdrawn
John's plea of not guilty, and we are now going to trial on Sept.
6 at 1:30......."
Also, not sure if you are aware but.....
Caponetto was told he could not advertise
in Dog Fancy magazine anymore. Well... he placed an ad
on the sly as follows:
CANE CORSO KENNEL DISPERSAL--Puppies
and young adults, out of Italian import. FCI registered. Stock
all colors. (352) 568-2322. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I checked and this is John # and email.
Dog fancy says:
"Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2001
Subject: RE: Update on case????
John is banned from all magazines. Perhaps
his ad in DF was placed on the "sly". I will check
on that and I thank you for the tip. However I believe we have
responded with due diligence to this issue and I would hope your
future comments would reflect that. In no way are we assisting
a crook...but ads are placed or attempted to be placed in many
different ways every month. Since I have personally handled this
particular matter, I must say Gary that I am somewhat personally
offended by your implication.
Lastly, according to someone who called
John based on the ad, his dogs are already spoken for. Sounds
like he is selling them all to the same person and closing shop. He
said something about judging and showing only."
Well... trial is Sept. 6th ... and I
will keep you posted.
According to the state investigator,
Caponetto plead not guilty, therefore he will go to trial in
August. As for standing up to him, we worked on this for well
over a year and all the while did so publicly online. No
one but the original 4 people came forward with horror stories.
I think many were pissed off about John Caponetto's terrible
way he deals dogs, but were not willing to do anything about
Anyhow, I couldn't let him continue
to perpetuate problems by breeding willy-nilly just for the money.
Mr. Gary Mountain's dog of Northern California not only had severe
mange, but also severe vaginitis, which required a removal of
her reproductive parts. Therefore, she can not be bred and that
is what he paid for - breedable quality. Also, the last
I heard, his dog has bad hip problems that will require surgery.
Debbie's dog is skittish and had skin mange and the vaginitis
issue, but not as serious. My Cane Corso male has had severe
mange and cannot be bred as well. He also had an ear problem
that came back several times and has a hernia as well. What kind
of breeder would send animals out like this to new owners AND
CHARGE $1,500+ FOR THEM? I TOO CROSS MY FINGERS THAT THE STATE
WILL DO THE RIGHT THING AND PREVENT HIM FROM BREEDING, AS WELL
AS FINE HIM AT THE MAX... THROW HIM IN JAIL FOR A WHILE. Maybe
he'll think about his actions then.
But I really doubt it. Just think of
the people who bought from him, fell in love with their dogs
and now have sickness and defects to deal with. He just doesn't
give a shit. Tell all the people you can about this terrible
man John Caponetto of Blanch-o Kennels in Bushnell, Florida.
I'll keep you posted as I expect to
hear from the state as I am the only one he sold to that has
an invalid health cert. that was forged by himself. I am
sure they will need the real thing in court.
Thanks for your support...
(Name withheld upon request)
Update on Caponetto
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001
if you remember me but I am one of the many dissatisfied customers
who purchased a dog from John Caponetto of Blanch-o Kennels.
Just thought I would pass along what I think is great news...
help of several other "owners" who purchased dogs from
John Caponetto, he was arrested by the Florida Dept. of Agriculture.
Caponetto was handcuffed and arrested June 19th, 2001, on 4 misdemeanor
charges including, but not limited to, failure to provide health
certificates with the sale of dog/cat, which is required by law.
He also got bagged for not keeping any records for at least one
year and for providing fraudulent certificates (i.e. bogus paperwork)
when shipping dogs out of state. His arraignment was this week
and we have yet to hear from the state investigator as to whether
he settled or will go to trial. I am so glad that what goes around
comes around and this guy finally got slapped.
A now happy customer of this evil man......
(name withheld by request)
Date: Sun, 8 July 2001
know you were so close to me. I am also in the Westwood area
and work for the SPCA-LA. I have been telling everyone about
your beautiful canine companions. I hope to one day be able to
give a TRD a happy home and family/human pack to live with. I
also think I saw you in the distance at the WWPSA show in Anaheim
this weekend. Anyway keep up the good work.
Date: Sun, 24 June 2001
it's Dori Ganan, in Chicago. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
I was just looking at your website and was not expecting to read
the news about Mr. Big. I am glad I had the chance to meet him
at the WWPSA Trade Show last year in Long Beach. I remember he
was playing with his havaball and Poo-Nee was trying to get it
away from him. My thoughts are with you.
Date: Fri, 22 June 2001
I am sorry to hear about Mr.Big. I have not been to your site
for a while, and I obviously just learned the news. Congrats
on your new TRD though.
Suay is doing
very well. I will send you pictures as soon as they are digitized,
we only have about 500. Everyone calls her "Catdog".
She just has a way about her. Anyway, hope to speak with you
soon. All the best.
Date: Sat, 19 June 2001
is Yafit, Doug is in Portland for the week, and I was at a friend's
house on the weekend. I came back and was very happy to hear
that you came to see your parent on father day, very, very good.
I am sorry
we were away, and we couldn't meet, but I hope it isn't the last
time you will come. Gingy is doing great, she is so so beautiful
and smart. Take a look.
I have taken
a lot of pictures of Gingy lately, but in a regular camera, so
I will send it sometime when I have time to scan them from work,
because we don't have a scanner at home.
We will talk
later, I am going to sleep now, keep writing us - good night.
Date: Sat, 12 June 2001
have been very busy with us. The job has been a great success.
We built a house which turned out very nice, thank goodness it's
done. And then there's Gingy. Things have seasoned to a point
where I can give feedback. I'll send some pictures before the
weekend. How did Mr Big die?
like to thank you for the opportunity of introducing the Thai
Ridgeback as a breed to us. Gingy has turned out to be the nicest,
friendliest dog we have ever known. She has been well behaved,
even-tempered and always loves to be by our side. We thank you
Jack, your love of the breed and hard work introducing the breed
to America is an effort well appreciated.
Doug and Yafit Harris
A man is
sitting in a plane which is about to take off when another man
with a dog occupies the empty seats alongside. The dog sits in
the middle, and the first man is looking quizzically at the dog
when the second man explains that they work for the airline.
rep says, "Don't mind Rover, he is a sniffer dog, the best
there is, I'll show you once we get airborne and I set him to
takes off and levels out when the handler says to the first man, "Watch
this." He tells the dog, "Rover, search."
The dog jumps
down, walks along the aisle and sits next to a woman for a few seconds.
It then returns to it's seat and puts one paw on the handler's
arm. He says, "Good boy." He turns to the first man
and says, "That woman is in possession of marijuana, so
I'm making a note of this, and the seat number for the police
who will apprehend her on arrival."
the first man.
he sends the dog to search the aisles. The dog sniffs about,
sits down beside a man for a few seconds, returns to its seat
and places both paws on the handler's arm. The airline rep says, "That
man is carrying cocaine, so again, I'm making a note of this,
and the seat number."
it!" says the first man.
he sends the dog to search the aisles. Rover goes up and down
the plane aisle and after a while sits down next to someone,
and then comes racing back and jumps up onto the seat and craps
all over the place.
man is surprised and disgusted by this, and asks, "What
the bloody hell is going on?"
nervously replies, "He just found a bomb!
Date: Sat, 9 June 2001
myself, and my family) are with you. Again, we are VERY saddened
by hearing of your loss.
As you well
know, I am not privy to the insiders world of dog showing, breeding,
or promoting. I only care about the breed, not about the hype.
I care that these good dogs go to good homes because this is
such a rare, sweet, dedicated, and lovable breed. THAT is all
I care about. Not that I want to tell you what to do, because
I'm not privy to the information of what's going on in this war,
but to even mention this creeps name in your e-mails isn't worth
the effort of typing. Forget him (or them) and focus on the breed,
like you've been doing. Take the high road, like you've been
doing, and all will fall into place!!!! (No, I won't see what
this other guy is printing about you because I don't care and
neither should you!)
for your efforts, thank you for your courage, but most of all,
thank you for being you!
Robert Stearns, Blue, and family.
Date: Wed, 6 June 2001
and most heartfelt sympathy on your loss.
Date: Tue, 5 June, 2001
hear about MR.BIG. Talk to you later.
All the best
from your friend Ray
Date: Tue, 5 June 2001
I am very
sorry to hear your news. I can't imagine how difficult it must
On an up
note, Madison is doing really well and she is also my best friend.
Rob and Todd
Date: Tue, 5 June 2001
We are deeply
saddened to hear of the loss of your dearest friend. Angela and
I know enough about you to know that your dogs are your family
and that you will mourn the loss more so than most. We hope that
you and your other dogs recover from this as soon as possible.
We wish you all the best.
Larry & Angela
Date: Mon, 4 June 2001
I'm so sorry
to hear about Mr. Big. It is so hard to lose a beloved friend.
Home Of The Pampered Pei
Where Wrinkles Come In All Colors
Date: Mon, 04 June 2001
I am very
shocked and saddened by your loss. I just met you and Mr. Big
at the dog show in Claremont and did not even know he was sick.
We are in very similar situations. I just had to put my horse
to sleep, because he had arthritis. He had been my best friend
for 17 years!!! It was definitely the hardest thing I have ever
had to do and I just cried and cried. Mr. Big was a beautiful
TRD and in the very short time I have had my Thai (Rikshaw) which
I got from Andrea, I am so attached. My thoughts and prayers
are with you and let me know how you are doing. Keep in touch.
Love your site
Date: Sun, 03 June 2001
is wonderful. thank you for all your hard work and the dedication
put into your web page. I'm looking for a new puppy to join our
family of two whippets. We lost our rottie to bone cancer in
March. Was looking for a Ibizan hound, Pharoah hound or this
wonderful breed that you now love. Any information or help will
Future TRD Owner
Date: Mon, 07 May 2001
for your dedication to this majestic breed and introducing it
to American pet lovers. I came across your site by accident when
I was researching nearby [LA] breeders of Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
I have asthma
and wanted a clean-smelling, short-haired dog who didn't vocalize
too much and would be equally amenable to lying around the house
or office as she would be running in the dog park. She needed
to be intelligent and look intimidating when I took her for evening
walks. A Rhodesian seemed to fit the bill. Unfortunately red
is not my favorite color and neither are floppy ears. And then...an
As I'm certain
many people have told you, it's love at first sight when they
see the majestic TRD's [there is no other adjective] on your
site. The astounding range of colors displayed on beautifully
sculpted bodies! And, as a bonus, the ears are erect. I was in
heaven and wanted to get my puppy the very next day. Unfortunately
I will have to wait 8 to 12 months as I am remodeling my house
and currently living in an apartment. This will give me time
to get to know my options.
I hope you
can steer me to some TRD breeders in Southern California that
I can visit to experience these animals in person. Or perhaps
there are upcoming Pet Shows where TRD's will be shown.
I was very
sorry to read that you are no longer breeding without advance
orders as your dogs have beautiful faces. Some of the TRD's on
other sites tend to look to fierce, with almost a pit bull gaze.
I want to get a California bred dog that I can visit before I
buy. I need to love the face.
I would be
willing to consider a show or pet quality puppy, if the face
was appealing. An adult dog might also be ok. An emotional connection
would be the key.
any breeders within a half day's drive of LA that I could visit?
Perhaps some gregarious owners? Pet Shows?
your assistance and maybe I'll luck out and you'll have some
pups available when I'm ready to make my commitment.
6 May 2001
Subject: There is a question at the end of this email
resist emailing you... I recently returned from the small beach
pueblo in Mexico where my Cousin currently lives, he lives there
with Siam and Tyson - two deep black TRD's! - and it just isn't
quite possible to communicate with people who have not been introduced
to these dogs the absolute awe that they inspire. To see something
so exquisite on this planet was a beautiful experience I did
not expect on my visit but am so thankful for. I had never imagined
being so awestruck by a dog. I'm embarrassed to admit that I
took almost as many pictures of the dogs as I did of my cousin!...lol
And as many as I took, there were far more missed because I couldn't
take my eyes off them.
On my last
morning there, after experiencing their personalities of such
unbelievable scope, we took a walk down the long beach, I saw
them at a full and perfect and free run and then their mock fighting
with those delicate yet razor white teeth contrasted against
their black coloring! I was just blown away by these dogs and
had to babble to someone who obviously loves them too :) and
note that I am respecting you by not babbling much more about
them!...lol. I am not a person without dreams...I dream of being
able to one day share my home with two of these lovely creatures
:) and I do not consider that a shallow dream :)
I am curious
if any pictures in your photo album are available for sale, I'm
specifically thinking of a photo on page 2 with the caption of "sterling_jack_-_sakom_photo_3b.jpg"?
for your web page, It's the only one I've found so far and a
much appreciated eye full.
9 April 2001
Subject: Buying your first TRD
We all agree
at ATRA that it is important for all people who are looking to
add a TRD as a new family member to read the following story.
Here is a clear view of what should not have happened to a new
TRD owner. This so-called "Florida TRD breeder" DID
NOT inform this person of the DERMOID SINUS (D.S.) that this
young pup had from birth. A D.S. is positively noticed by the
breeder of any TRD pup at the "moment of birth." The
breeder sold this pup as he does to so many other people without
telling them at all about the D.S. condition, only to make a
fast buck! He sells them for show quality prices as well, even
though he knew this pup had a DERMOID SINUS CYST.
story has come to me from several people around the country who
have bought from this Florida breeder. There are only a few respectable
breeders of this breed who will tell you of this problem. So
PLEASE be wary of the breeders down there. Florida tends to attract
the "so-called" puppy millers, in all breeds, from
all over the midwest and northeast due to the great weather that
Florida has. Many people who have purchased from these people
have been burned bad. This one TRD breeder had over 10 breeding
pairs of TRD and has had over 25 litters in a very short period
of time. They are now being investigated by the Florida Agricultural
Dept and the IRS for many cases of fraud to respectable people
like this lady.
pet owner in New Jersey has joined in to help his fellow puppy
miller friend in Florida to slander me on his website. He calls
me a "puppy mill on wheels" and steals many fotos off
of my website for his own use since he is to lazy to go out and
create his own history with the TRD - he wants to steal it from
me. These are the kinds of people you really have to be careful
of. I own two breeding pairs of TRD. I will not breed my TRD
unless I have buyers in advance. Not like these Florida puppy
millers who breed for quantity. Last summer he had 92 puppies
of many different rare breeds on the ground at once. They were
counted by a field rep. of the Florida State Ag Dept. That case
is still on going...
FUTURE BUYERS of a TRD - BEWARE! GET YOUR FACTS FIRST! Call other
owners of TRD and ask many questions. I will give many, many,
names of happy owners worldwide. Just email me!
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001
is my year and a half old blue TRD and my best friend! We got
Koji from a breeder in Florida in January last year when he was
just 3 months old. He was a shy puppy and arrived with a snowstorm
which blew through Richmond and gave us a foot of snow.
had to dig a trail just so our new puppy could walk outside because
he was so small. In fact, digging is now one of his favorite
pass times, he can often be found with a muddy muzzle from a
hard day of digging in the yard. Koji has so much energy and
loves to run and jump around. This is one of the reasons we enrolled
him in the agility classes which he loves! Koji is, even now,
a little shy, especially with strangers, but we are working on
that aren't we Koji? Koji likes going to doggie play school to
visit his friends (and some say he has a girlfriend there too!)
a couple of times a week. Koji's doggie friends tend to be the
quieter dogs and he leaves the bigger dogs to the ruff and tumble
games. He's far too cool and mellow to do that.
Koji was not doing too great last year. He was diagnosed with
a dermoid sinus, this of course worried us a lot. We had read
about it a lot prior to getting Koji and were shocked to find
that our little guy had a dermoid sinus and that he would have
to have surgery at such a young age. Nevertheless, he bounced
back well and was treated successfully and he is eager to get
back to his agility classes again.
What a wonderful
and smart breed of dog these TRD's are and what a delight to
have one in our family!
would love to meet any other TRD's in the area. We haven't met
any yet but with the increasing popularity of this breed we hope
we will see more around.
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001
I was overwhelmed
to see Blue on your "Comments" page! (Of course, he
looks better in person!) :)
to let you know that although he is from a higher strung line
than the quality of puppies you are presenting, he is doing VERY
WELL!!! I have found that Blue really needs to be reprimanded
in a less emotional way and instead in a more logical way. Instead
of me losing my temper over the things he has done at the time
that I find the things he has done, I wait- and hold my temperance.
to me, head down (which has happened VERY rarely lately!) and
pushes his head against my legs. He knows. I now talk to him,
making it clear that he knows what he has done. I haven't had
to have this talk with him for a long time now since he is getting
For all of
you out there with a TRD that might have a question about the
intelligence and heart that this breed has, please contact me!
Best to you
Robert Stearns, Melissa Keyser, and several other animals! :)
P.S. We ARE
looking for some acreage out here for MAYBE a Thai kennel! We'll
05 Mar 2001
wanted to thank you for all your help and support w/the puppy.
Thank you for sending the papers also.
She is doing
well and is very protective of me.
she is in heat and has been having some vaginal bleeding. She
just can't wait for her morning walks when she gets to see all
the other dogs and they seem to all want her. As you said, many
people ask me what type of breed she is and tell me how beautiful
Do you have
any information on her shots and vaccinations? The vet asked
me for that info so that I could keep her up to date.
Fri, 2 Mar 2001
picture of my son and Minnow's favorite spot. You can lay on
him or do whatever but he won't give up his spot on the sofa.
3 Feb 2001
Subject: Why TRD's have Ridges
Oh, I hope
and pray for the tailless TRD in Florida! You MUST send pics
when you get them! Anyways, to answer your query, I THINK it
must have something to do with hunting and camouflage. But being
the person I am, I came up with a lame Top 10 list. Hope something
in here causes a smile! (You don't have to pass this on, just
hope you get a laugh or two!) :)
TOP 10 REASONS
WHY TRD'S HAVE RIDGES:
ruffles have ridges.
9) They have a two-way petting system.
8) So all other dog owners think his/hers cowls are up when in fact
the TRD just wants to play.
7) The ridge is a solar collector that the breed uses for extra energy
6) It never brushes out - just like a big cowlick.
5) The hairs point the opposite way to confuse fleas.
4) Because petting these dogs one way just isn't enough!
3) To let strangers ask the question "What kind of dog is that?"
2) To allow TRD owners to ask the question "Have you seen a blue
dog with a ridge on their back run by here?" (And assure them
you are NOT drunk!).
And the number 1 reason?
1) Because, darn it, THEY ARE COOL!!!! :)
like it! Hope all is well, and THANK YOU again!
Robert, Melissa, and Serious Adamantine Blue (or just Blue). :)
photos of a TRD pup that was found as a newborn on the side of
a road near Macon, Georgia. No one knows how this could have
happened. Some owner of a pregnaut TRD bitch must have let the
gate open and their whelping bitch went looking for a place to
have her pups. She must have dropped this one on the side of
a road and promply left it to die. Some very surprised people
found it and thought how bizarre and took it to a local Weimeranian
breeder to help save its newborn life. This breeder, thinking
it was a "weimer", cut off its tail... Then afterward
realized that this was NOT a "weimer" but a new breed
to America - a Thai Ridgeback Dog. I was called by the breeder
and she shared this story. I have informed her to keep me posted
of this new puppy's life and if she makes it. The story continues...
20 Feb 2001
Subject: Lost pup
The vet tech
at my vet's office has adopted Annie and changed her name to
Macon. She is doing well, her eyes have opened and she now weighs
over a pound. Looks like this little girl will make it after
all. Photos attached.
12 Feb 2001
Subject: from beau
Of all you have said nothing has pleased me more than a promise
you have made: you want again to become a good neighbor to the
things closest to you. This will benefit us poor shadows, too.
For- admit it - you have hitherto been only too happy to slander
Slander? But why have you never defended yourselves? You were
close enough to our ear, after all.
It seemed to us we were much too close to venture to speak ourselves.
How very tactful! You shadows are 'better men' than we are, that
I can see.
And yet you called us 'importunate' - us, who understand at any
rate one thing well: to stay silent and wait - no Englishman
understands it better. It is true we are to be found very, very
often following behind man, yet we are not his slaves. When man
shuns the light, we shun man: our freedom extends that far.
Alas, the light shuns man much more often, and then you too dessert
It is often with sorrow that I have deserted you: it seems to
me, who am greedy for knowledge, that much that is dark still
adheres to man because I cannot always be with him. If the reward
were a perfect knowledge of man I might even agree to be you
But do you know, do I know, whether you would not then change
unawares from slave to master? Or, through still a slave, come
to despise your master and live a life of abasement and disgust?
Let us both be content with such freedom as you have - you and
me! For the sight of one unfree would embitter for me all my
joy; I would find even the best things repulsive someone had
to share them with me - I want no slaves around me. Tat is why
I will not have even a dog, that lazy, tail-wagging parasite
who has become 'doglike' only through being the slave of man
and who is even commended for loyalty to his master and willingness
to follow him like his -
Like his shadow, that is how they put it. Perhaps today too I
have already been following you too long? It has been the longest
day, but we have reached its end, be patient a little while longer!
The grass is damp, I am getting cold.
Oh, is it already time for us to part? And I had to end by hurting
you; I saw it, you grew darker as I did it.
I blushed, in the colour in which I am able to blush. It occurred
to me that I have often lain at your feet like a dog, and that
you then -
And could I not, in all haste, do something to please you? Is
there nothing you want?
Nothing, except perhaps that which the philosophical 'dog' desired
of the great Alexander: that you should move a little out of
the sunlight, I am feeling too cold.
What shall I do?
Step under these trees and look out at the mountains, the sun
- Where are you? Where are you?
1876 "Human All to Human"
5 Feb 2001
took us so long to write. We just wanted to express our thanks
to you for all your help with Shadow. We appreciate your openness
and willingness to take the time to explain the "thai dog" to
us. Shadow has been a wonderful addition to our family. He is
FULL of energy all the time. He has a habit of carrying very
large sticks around the yard in his mouth, making us fear for
our trees, but nothing bad has happened yet. He has amazing tolerance
for our three year old, often more than we do. He is a good watchdog,
is polite in the house and doesn't seem to have that "doggy" smell.
He also turns heads wherever we take him, most people have never
seen a thai dog.
We know that
there are people out there who would slander your reputation
as a breeder and defame your character, but we have seen no evidence
to substantiate their claims - all we can say to you Jack is
hold your head up high and keep up the good work!
29 Jan 2001
It must be
sunny where you are, it's pouring here!
, I definitely want your SAKORN puppy, I'll send a $100 deposit
along with the $30 for the video today. As far as the balance
I'll go as fast as I can. I'm interested in the other girls,
but I need the video to say for sure.
25 Jan 2001
Subject: learning more
My wife and
I have been researching TRD's for the last few years, off and
on. We currently have a gaggle of RR's we show and breed. We
love our RR's and plan to have them long term. I'm very interested
in finding out all I can about the TRD's, and possibly getting
involved deeper if the right circumstances occur. We belong to
RRUCS and are very involved in the club, this year we're hosting
the National. Thanks for your time and info.
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001
Subject: TRD in Canada
Dear Mr. Sterling
Thank you very
much for including me in the new ATRA HOUSE OF SAKORN list.
I am willing to help you in any way possible, to bring
the TRD to public attention in Canada. If you can send
me some breed information and photos, I can try to find
people who may be interested in owning them. I also sent
an ATRA membership application a few weeks back...did you
receive it? To this message, I am attaching the photos
of the Karwani (Caravan) Hounds which belong to a close
friend in India. Also, since you have started the ATRA
with such great success...I was wondering whether you had
any advice for me and the ICHA.
25 Jan 2001
Subject: Learning more
I am Neil
Trilokekar of Ontario, Canada and I first got interested in Thailand
Ridgeback Dogs back about 3 years ago...when my father told me
about his Thai friend's dog (in Thailand). He said that his friend
described his dog as having a sword-like tail, standing ears,
a ridge on its back and that it was blue in color with a short,
shiny coat. I was already a dog enthusiast by then, so I looked
up in all my dog books and found this dog...the Thailand Ridgeback.
I then looked into the breed further and saw your wonderful and
informative website. On one of the pages it mentioned about how
the Thai people describe these dogs and there it was, exactly
as my father had related from what his friend had told him:)))
I then became a member of this mailing list as I thought I would
learn more about the history of this breed and about its personality
and care. I am currently trying to help an Indian dog breed,
the Karwan Hound, to come into public notice outside of India
and recently started a breed organization with the help of a
few friends here and back in India.
I hope I
can learn more about the TRD from this mailing list...
If it is
only for TRD owners, please do let me know and you may delete
me from it.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 200
As a frequent
visitor to Thailand, I have known about the Thai Ridgeback Dog
for some years. I was not interested in breeding nor was I in
the position to import any before. I have adored this dog since
I first laid eyes on it some years back. I would like to order
your video to learn more specifics of the breed and if it would
actually be the right dog for me. I would not get one unless
I knew I could make it happy and healthy. I live in Hawaii now
and must first know if the hot salty air climate here is suitable
for them. It should be since they come from Thailand. If so then
please accept my order for your info video. Also, do you know
of any other TRD owners in Hawaii? It would be great to be the
first one. Thank you for your time and assistance.
24 Jan 2001
the little American girl born in Bangkok who dreams of owning
a TRD someday down the road. I love the new pictures posted on
the website. What magnificent creatures. There was one picture
that made me think "I would not want this dog angry with
me!" They are so regal. I'm hoping to travel to Iowa when
the weather gets warmer (and I can ride my motorcycle) to visit
Dan and his dogs. It will be my first contact with the breed
I enjoy getting
your updates by e-mail. Sorry I haven't had much to say. Since
I don't have a TRD, I don't have any nice stories to share. But
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001
Subject: TRD info
I enjoy reading
your stories and urge you to continue with this great service
to those interested in the TRD. I think you did the right thing
getting rid of those who only want to criticize all you have
done to bring this breed to the American people. For all you
have done people should be willing to at least send some comments
about their TRD`s for those of us who are trying to get a better
understanding of this beautiful dog. I`m sure you have indeed
done more for the breed in the past seven years than has been
done in three hundred fifty years. American people are too quick
to criticize and sit back with a wait and see attitude, you are
a person who gets things done. If this offends people then they
have no place on your great list!
I have is that I was hoping to here more about your research
in Thailand. How was the show? Did you bring back new dogs? Any
new information about the TRD? Did you take pictures? Do you
work with Thai breeders? What where the kennels like?
are just a few things I was wondering. I`m sorry I have no stories
to share about the breed because I don`t own a TRD but am interested
in learning from you about the breed. The stories from others
would be interesting but your informed opinion is of far more
value, you are the expert on the breed.
These "other" people
who try to put you down are foolish so don`t let that keep you
from the important work of promoting your lovely dogs. You should
be proud of your great strides forward and get rid of those who
are critical on this list and deal with those who are actively
supporting your cause!
I was curious,
who are the puppy mills you speak of? This is awful that the
TRD is being produced by such people. Have you reported this
to the AKC? They have ways of dealing with these criminals. I
will spread the word about them if you like.
for your hard work,
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001
name is Robert Stearns of Washington State. I own a male TRD
named, Blue, whom I bought from Ed Black up here in Washington
State. Here is a picture of him although I will be scanning and
sending you better ones later.
want to get a movie of him getting his "butt-rub" (he
LOVES the full body massage!) and of him doing his famous "stand
on two front legs and pee while doing a cartwheel". I don't
know if this is "normal" behavior, but then again,
he is not a "normal" dog.
He also does
the "I'm so happy to be fed" dance, which consists
of him twirling around in circles as I present him his food while
growling in a VERY deep and happy voice.
for all your hard work with this breed and I wish you continued
success and happiness!!!!!!
me know if there is ANYTHING we can do to help!
Robb Stearns and Melissa Keyser
and of course Serious Adamantine Blue
(Along with Sampson, two cats, a turtle, a rabbit, and a fish named
P.S. We (Melissa
and I) were engaged this Christmas. I hope your Holidays were
as blessed as ours!!
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001
the Washington spring and fall. She likes the summer, but I thought
she would take the heat and humidity better. She plays hard and
when it is really hot and humid she slows down a great deal.
She doesn't seem to mind the cold that much. When it gets really
cold I layer her with a sweater and coat. Even in the very cold
she loves to go to the park to play and go for her walk through
the woods. If it is mildly cold I just put on her coat and she
seems very happy. Madison is very cooperative and does not mind
I was surprised
when I found that the cold didn't seem to bother her a great
deal. Of course, I would not leave her out for long periods.
I think she is like a human that is able to take the cold for
a limited amount of time and not like other animals bred to deal
with very cold climates.
dislikes the rain. She knows when it is raining and she is stubborn
but will still go out back for a quick relief. If there is light
rain and I put her coat on, she is still very happy to go to
the park. She thinks the snow is ok, but the flakes get in her
long eye lashes.
We have a
great radiator heat system, and she loves to lounge next to the
radiator or in the sun from a window.
weather is nice she really likes to go for rides around the city
in my convertible. There is not much of a back seat, but there
is just enough space for her. She loves to watch everything go
by and people always comment on this beautiful dog looking so
regal in her chauffeured seat.
very particular about everything. It is very funny to watch her
and know her routines. She is very intelligent and loves to be
in charge and pampered.
and Madison of Washington DC
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001
Subject: Sharing Ideas
a little paragraph to get people to share ideas with the TRD.
I have a
couple of questions for those of you who have Thailand Ridgeback
Dogs out there. How many of you feel that your TRD is part feline?
Have any of you noticed any feline traits in your dogs? Or it
it just my vivid imagination.
years I've been involved with Siberian Huskies (sled dog type),
Alaskan Huskies, Keeshonds, Havanese, Rottweilers, Cane Corso's,
etc. I've been a member of numerous dog clubs and events. From
judging to setting up shows and from being a veterinary technician
for many years, I have seen lots of dogs working or just chillin'
out and I have yet to see anything like a Thai Ridgeback Dog.
any of you noticed how the TRD holds bones or food with their
paws? I've seen that done with a couple of labs, but not hold
their bones like a TRD does. It's funny to explain, other dogs
that I have seen, hold bones and stuff like just sort of flop
their paw on top of whatever they're holding. But the TRD that
I have experienced actually hold it like people would, with their
paws facing each other. It's a strange thing to watch. Yes, they
still put their paws on things, but they are very articulate
at being able to use their paws. My TRD curl their paws and pull
doors open and closed. Another thing that I've noticed: I've
never seen a dog clean itself like a TRD does. Yes, other dogs
do lick themselves, but the TRD seems to always keep themselves
pristine clean. Have you ever noticed when your Thai Dog comes
in, he gets right to cleaning his paws or if he's been outside,
God forbid that rain should ever touch their "royal" bodies.
They get right to cleaning and drying themselves right away.
They take such time in almost preening themselves like a cat.
have you ever noticed a cat, when they are in the house? Their
very keen sense of smell and hearing! They notice every smell
and movement in the house or outside. (And I do mean every dust
bunny that blows out of a corner or every bird that flies by.)
The cats and the TRD's go and check everything out. They always
seem so attentive, no matter what is going on in the world. Have
you ever seen a breed of dog that enjoys their comfort like these
guys do? Out of all the dogs that I've ever had in my house,
none, and I do mean none of them have ever gone on the furniture.
NEVER! But.... guess what? My TRD's have me trained. After all
these years I've lost the battle and both my little "king
and queen" TRD sleep on my furniture. So much for who trains
who around here. It's getting kind of hard to type when you have
a TRD standing in your lap and pawing at you, that it's time
to go out. So until next time.
your Thai dogs!
Kathy and TRD crew
DATE: Tue, 9 Jan 2001
SUBJECT: TRD's and snow
that we both have to watch out for who does what or says what.
Considering that there are not that many TRD's in the United
States, it's turned into a back-stabbing game. God, it's not
worth getting involved with those people. Keep doing what your
doing and just try and ignore the garbage that they sling.
I have you
beat. Ha!Ha!Ha! We have snow here and my TRD's think they
are snow plows. But after playing in the snow for a while they
come to the back door because their feet are cold and hurt. Ha!Ha!Ha!
Then they have to come in and we have to warm their feet up.
and my TRD crew
DATE: Mon., 8 Jan 2001
SUBJECT: Thank you for everything.
I just wanted
to write you a quick e-mail and thank you for all of your time
and energy in helping me learn about this incredible breed. I
appreciate all the information and the photographs you sent me.
I am impressed by the quality of dogs you have and the puppies
that have come from the litters. Channa Lanna is truly one in
a million. Thank you for all of your insight and perspective
in helping me search for the right dog. I look forward to your
book and will keep my eyes open for its release. Until then,
I wish you all the very best in the future.
DATE: Fri., 18 Aug 2000
This letter is long overdue. I had promised you in April that
I would write you to tell you how amazing Kobe is. In May, when
I had some time to myself my computer had some major issues and
since then I have been working long hours.
to tell you that Kobe is amazing. He has an amazing life. He
and his best friend, Millie, our beagle mutt, do nothing but
play in the yard for hours and hours at a time. Millie makes
up all the rules of the games and Kobe just follows like a male
in love. They literally play tag. Millie nips at his legs or
his extra skin around his neck until he gives her attention.
When he finally gives her a moments attention she runs away making
him run after her. They run up and down hills, through trees,
around the pool, and up and down the deck until he catches her.
When he does, they play-fight for several minutes and he lets
Millie pin him down. Such a gentle giant with her. Then the roles
reverse. He gets up and runs and she goes after him....and this
will go on over and over again.
loves going to Washington Square Park in NYC. He loves meeting
all types of dogs. He cries at the puppies, however, shows his
macho side with the larger dogs. Kobe protects Millie in the
park. You see, Millie is a little instigator. She starts with
the wrong dog and gets herself into trouble. Kobe seems to like
to watch out for her, for he is madly in love with her. He won't
let any other dog chase her.
We also have
had some interesting incidents with Kobe in the park. Two other
dogs seemed to have a problem with each other. Kobe sensed this
before anyone in the park noticed. I know because he was sitting
by my side. All of a sudden he sat very tall with ears straight
up and I could hear a low growl coming from him. Before you know
it, the two dogs started a real fight with each other. Kobe took
off and broke it up! He ran to them before any of the owners
could get there and got directly in between them. He barked and
growled at both of them while doing this. What ever he said in
his language worked. Both of these dogs literally bowed their
heads to him, whimpered, and walked opposite directions before
any human could get to them to break it up. This only took seconds.
My husband and I were amazed. Kobe broke up the fight.
funny, or not so funny story. Another time in the park... all
the dogs were thirsty. I went and got a big bowl of water and
placed it on the ground. Several dogs drank from it. Then, this
black medium sized mutt came over, placed both front paws in
the water bowl and splashed away until there was no water left
and then took his paws out. Kobe kind of looked at this dog with
great curiosity like, "what did ya go and do that for"?????
So, I got up and refilled the water. I brought it back, a few
dogs drank and the black mutt did it again. He splashed away
all the water. So, one more time I got more water in the bowl
and placed it down. This time Kobe became the 'guard' the water.
He stood by the water and let all the dogs drink. When the black
mutt came he growled at him and sent him away. Kobe took a few
steps away, let more dogs drink, but when the mutt came close
to the water, he jumped in the way and growled at him again.
Kobe took a step back again, let more dogs drink. Kobe turned
his head away for just a minute and when he turned back he saw
this mutt with his paws just about to go in the water and splash
it all out again. Well, Kobe would have none of that. All hell
broke loose. Kobe attacked this black mutt.
to warn this dog that there would be no splashing of the water
in this park. The mutt was fine, Kobe did not hurt it, but the
mutt did nothing but sit under its owners legs for the rest of
huge. He is solid muscle, but as big and strong as he looks,
he is only 58 lbs.
He is as
solid as a rock, but a real mush. For the few times we have to
leave the house without him he is happy with Millie's company,
however, what a scene when we get home. He is so cute. We immediately
open the back door to let the kids out to relieve themselves.
Millie takes off into the bushes. Kobe makes it 1/2 way down
the steps of the deck but then turns around, while moaning/crying
with happiness, to give us kisses, goes 1/2 way down the steps,
and again turns back to give us kisses. This repeats about 5
to 6 times before he completely goes down the deck steps.
We are so
happy we have him. We had no idea what our experience would be.
We knew nothing of this breed. We found him by accident. We were
actually looking for a Rhodesian Ridgeback and saw an ad in the
paper for the Thai. We had no idea what this looked like. I answered
the ad and they insisted we come to take a look. We had Millie
with us so she got to meet him. They loved each other from the
second they met. Kobe was only 9 weeks old. The man who owned
Kobe was distraught that he couldn't keep him (he had a 5 year
old Yorkie who was not doing well with this new addition to its
environment and had basically stopped eating). He wanted $2800
for this dog and we couldn't believe it. We did not have that
kind of money. We offered $1400 and couldn't wait to just leave
because we felt we insulted him with an offer 1/2 the price he
was looking for. We just did not have the money. So, we did leave,
without the dog. Two days later, he called me at work and said
I must take this dog. He said Kobe has been crying ever since
Millie left. He wanted them to be together. He also liked the
idea that we had 1 acre of fenced-in land and flexible working
hours (my husband is a nurse working 3 days a week and I have
a home office). He said he had offers for more than 3K but those
people lived in a row house with a very, very small yard. I could
only give another $100, so that is what I did. I took Kobe for
$1500. I brought him home and told my husband to close his eyes
and open his hands and then I placed tiny little Kobe in his
hands. He couldn't believe it.
I know what an amazing breed Kobe is I know we have one of the
most amazing dogs and got more than we paid for. I hope that
Darren, the man that gave us Kobe (was Khan then) reads this
on your site and knows that his little puppy is so loved by everyone.
All my family just adores him. Although I wish he looked at me
as his best friend, I know that will never happen. His ultimate
best friend is Millie. He cleans her, protects her, plays with
her. He shares his food with her and snuggles with her. If Millie
is outside and he is inside, he cries. If Millie goes to the
vet and he stays home, he cries. Actually, one sweet story is
when we took Millie to get fixed. Kobe would not eat ALL day
until he saw her again. When we brought her home he cried, yet
wagged his tail and smothered her with kisses. Millie, although
home, was not up to eating because she did not feel well from
the surgery. She stayed under the bed and would not come out.
So, still, Kobe would not eat. He did not want to do anything
without her. The next morning when Millie felt better, she came
out from under the bed and they ate together. Isn't that cute?
are my stories.
(Also, we are not going to fix Kobe. You did mentioned that you
were interested in breeding more Ridgebacks using Kobe. So, if
and when you are ready, just let us know and we'll see how we
can work this out. I know you travel so I guess sometime when
you are here on LI).
Carole Holzmann (Wayne, Millie, and Kobe, too).
DATE: Mon, 14 Aug 2000
wanted to drop a line and let you know that Madison has blossomed
into a full blown Princess. She is doing really well. We take
her on trips with us and she really likes to travel. Last weekend
we took her to the Northern Neck of Virginia and she loved riding
in the motor boat and playing on the beaches. She is a real joy
and everyone loves her (if she lets them get close to her).
She has gained
some weight (all muscle) and looks like the pick of the litter.
will be featured in the November/December issue of Southern Accents
Magazine. There will be a photograph of us with Madison. She
looks great in the picture. I think the article will mention
her and the breed. Look for the magazine when it comes out.
have started to think about getting Madison a brother. We are
not in a rush. What are your plans for breeding over the next
SUBJECT: Thank you letter about Lukchai
I have to thank
you again. I couldn't be happier with my TRD puppy "Lukchai." He
is so great and I love him so very much. No matter what
he is doing, he always makes me laugh. I am so amazed at
how much he loves kids and people, but even more amazed
by how much he loves to play with other dogs. I don't know
if I told you this but one of the biggest reasons why I
decided to get a TRD puppy from you was your insistence
on me coming to where you live and that you wouldn't ship
a dog to me without meeting me first. At that point, I
realized that the dogs were much more important to you
than the money that you made from them. I figured that
if you only cared about the money, you would ship any dog
under any conditions to any buyer, as long as they paid
for the dog. You really surprised me in the fact that you
wouldn't think of doing this and that proved to me that
your biggest concern was the well-being of your dogs and
puppies. As you know, I talked to many other so-called
TRD breeders here in the states about purchasing a TRD
puppy, I got the rudeness of the guy in Jersey to I might
bred if I can find a male to breed my female to, to some
very uncertain people who seemed to know nothing about
this breed, but no one else came even close to you in the
caring for the dogs. I was also very impressed and thankful
that from day one, when you knew the puppies were on the
way , you would call me and keep me informed about the
mother's progress and later about the progress of all the
puppies. During all our conversations it was very obvious
to me how much joy you got from your dogs and the new puppies
as well. I also want to thank you for all the video material
and literature you sent me about the breed, even before
the puppies were born. I still enjoy watching the video
that shows me when the puppies were born and the day after
they were born. I always try to look and see which one
is Lukchai, but as you know they all look so much the same
at one day old.
I wanted to
let you know I got all the pedigree papers from the AKC-FSS
and the UKC recently. Your help in filling out the forms
made the process so much easier. I like being able to see
who Lukchai's ancestors were and where he came from. I
also really appreciate your calls to find out how Lukchai
was doing, when he got hurt when he was playing and I fell
on his face. He is fine now and loves to run and play and
shows no signs he was ever hurt. But as you know I was
so worried about him and your support during that time
helped me get over these trying moments.
In my life,
I have had other dogs, many of my friends and relatives
have also had dogs, but not one of them is nearly as friendly
or sweet as my TRD puppy. I really believe that this is
in great part due to your playing with and loving him so
much and the other puppies from the day they were born
until I picked him up from you. Your information on how
I should introduce him to other people by letting them
pet and play with him as much as possible during the first
few important weeks after I first brought him home was
so helpful. I believe this, because I could see how sweet
and playful all your dogs were when I first came to your
house. It certainly was an experience to have 7 beautiful
Thai dogs all trying to lick me and play with me at once.
I loved it and all of your Thai Dogs. I don't think there
is any person or animal that Lukchai would ever want to
bite or fight with, other than to play with them and lick
them. This is so important to me since everyday when we
are out and walking so many people come up to us and ask
what kind of dog he is and also how beautiful he is. They
all want to pet him and play with him. Because he has such
a good nature he loves every minute of it and gladly plays
with them and enjoys their affection.
I have gone
on and on, but it is important to me that I let you know
how happy I am with him and how happy I am that I have
been able to have such a good relationship with you, to
give me the support and help in Lukchais's young life and
happiness. Don't let those other people get you down, I
know you are the best TRD breeder in America because I
got the best TRD puppy from you.
again so very much,
Steven Vincent Misiano
Mon, 17 Apr 2000
SUBJECT: Thai Temple
Hi Jack Sterling,
Here are the pictures that we took on the Thai Temple in North Hollywood
with your beautiful Mah Thai Lung Ahn. [Thai Ridgeback Dogs]. Thank
you again for letting us take the picture with them. Your dogs were
so friendly and seemed to be much friendlier than the dogs back in
DATE: Wed, 12 Apr 2000
the 19 week report on SuSu: She's half again as big as in the
last picture I sent, probably tipping the scales at 25 lbs.;
her athleticism knows no bounds, at least in her mind, since
there's no obstacle too big to jump or climb over, no ball too
big to try to carry, and no game of tug of war she thinks she'll
lose; she's still great with the kids, who appear to rank as
older puppies and not alpha dogs, in her eyes; she's still the
most beautiful dog we've seen.
about the breeder of Thai Ridgebacks who is making it his life's
work to blacken your name saddened me. Your conduct in selling
SuSu to us is so utterly contrary to the picture painted of you
on the web site you pointed out that I felt I should write, so
that you could pass my experience on to anyone who has questions
about the way you breed and sell dogs.
- Our first
few conversations made me feel you were interviewing me to determine
my, and my family's, fitness to own one of your puppies; we easily
spent 10x the time discussing whether my household was the right
place to raise a puppy as we did the price;
- Your frequent
updates before the litter was born, and even more frequent updates
subsequent, complete with pictures of the puppies, let us share
your enthusiasm for this great breed and the joy of so many beautiful
- Your requirement
that SuSu be physically delivered into my hands, so that she
could ride in the cabin of a plane to our home, rather than in
the cold belly of the plane, plus your request that I call upon
arrival and let you know how she did, made it clear that your
interest was not over with receipt of my check;
our frequent chats and your continued interest in our puppies
welfare show that what you do is the result of love for the breed,
and your desire to share that love with those fortunate enough
to have these wonderful dogs in their homes.
my experience will be shared by anyone fortunate enough to have
a dog from one of your future litters.
DATE: Thu, 2 Mar 2000
described Madison perfectly. She is definitely the "bossy
bitch" at the park. Things must be her way or no way at
all. Also she does have a killer instinct. She has killed at
least four squirrels and one raccoon. She has caught two possum
(she did not kill them because they played dead) and she chases
deer. She likes cats and wants to play with them (we have two).
Thai Ridgebacks high strung? Madision is definitely very sensitive.
DATE: Thu, 2 Mar 2000
for your message. Madison is sitting here with me now. She is
a great dog and I can't imagine not having her. I am curious
on general characteristics of the breed. Madison plays very,
very hard with other dogs. Some dogs love it and some can't take
her speed and agility. Is this a normal trait? Also Madison is
very sensitive (a bit high strung) when not in her normal routines.
Is this normal? She is also very smart. Her trainer said that
she is one of the smartest dogs she has trained in her 20 year
career. Is this normal? Madison generally likes women better
than men. She tends to be very suspicious of men, but once she
gets to know and like you she will remember you forever. I would
like to see if she would remember you and how she would react.
we are totally devoted to Madison and the breed. I am sad to
hear that you will be leaving the country. In about three to
four years we are planning to get another Thai Ridgeback. Will
this be possible through you or someone else?
introducing us to the breed and Madison in particular. She is
one of the loves of my life.
DATE: Wed, 16 Feb 2000
hope all is well. I just wanted to let you know that Kai has
indeed has his surgery to remove the dermoid sinus in his neck
(as well as being castrated) and all is well at this point. I
was quite nervous about it but knew it had to be done before
it became a problem. I had it done at Ocean Ave. Vet here in
the city of San Francisco... they have a board certified surgeon,
and I have been taking my animals there for several years now.
Kai is still in his bandages but he is recovering nicely - doing
well and feeling good... in fact it is difficult to get him to
slow down and take it easy for recovery. The sinus did go down
to the spine. I am just so relieved that the surgery went well.
I took him to work with me today to make sure he was back to
normal, and I had to stop him and my other dog from playing together
tonight just a day after the surgery. So he seems to be bouncing
I had a couple
who were interested in buying a puppy from you call me to meet
Kai. I have been very busy lately and have not meet them yet.
I also have questions about how this would be to your advantage.
Kai is fluffy and his ears are droopy - he is adorable but he
is far from the breed standard [Kai is a pet-quality TRD]. They
suggested we meet at a dog park in SF.... perhaps some of the
other dogs other people have are dog-friendly but I can tell
you that for the most part Kai is prone to strong aggression
when faced with unleashed and uncontrolled dogs he doesn't know
(he even has my 6 year old, 80 pound Pit Bull mix submissive
to him!) Also, he is occasionally very friendly with strangers
but for the most part you would find him somewhat curious but
aloof and on occasion he will bark and even growl when pushed
by an overly friendly stranger who tries to get too familiar.
I do not always know what makes the difference for Kai, but I
can tell you that he has his own opinions about who he likes
and who he doesn't and who he cannot be bothered with. It would
be questionable whether or not he would make a favorable impression
on prospective clients for you. He is an affectionate and complete
charmer with my friends and family, people he has become familiar
with and likes, but strangers can be another matter. He can be
shy, mildly aggressive or just not interested in being pursued
with new people. If you still think you would like people to
meet Kai I can make time for a short meeting, but not at a dog
for all your help and all your support,
DATE: Thu, 3 Jun 1999
just got your post card. If Luna is 1/3 her weight, then she
is going to be about 60 pounds. I took her to the vet for her
worming stuff when she was 13 weeks old and she was 21 pounds.
If that is only 1/3 her weight, then she is going to be a big
girl. Bonnie's dog will probably be about 10 pounds more than
that. Ray is going to email you some pictures of Luna sleeping
with one of our cats (this cat loves her SO much even though
she nips at him). If you want us to mail them to you too, please
let me know and give me your address. I have everything but your
address in Vegas.
is beautiful and the most wonderful animal in the world. She
is sweet, affectionate and very gentle. She also LOVES carrots
and waits in her bed for me to hide some for her so she can run
around the house with them in her mouth. We just think that she
is just the best and she is unbelievably beautiful. We are going
to photocopy handouts to give to people who we meet on the street
because they tend to ask the same questions such as "What
is she?", to which we reply "She's an elephant".
They then say, "No, I mean what kind of dog is she?" and
we go through the whole mantra. The best question we got was "Is
she a Chihuahua?"
is perfect and I spend all my time with her. She is very attached
to us, but also has a very stubborn mind of her own.
I hope all
is well !!!! Talk to you soon
DATE: Tue, 13 Apr 1999
I just wanted
to say thank you for being so considerate and for allowing Cori
and I to have such a wonderful puppy enter our lives. "Luna" is
a joy to be with. She is adjusting well to her new surroundings.
Our cats are very intrigued by her. They are not at all threatened
by her or threatening to her. They gently smell her and one of
the male Siamese has even taken to giving Luna a little lick
once in a while. Luna is equally curious. I think (hope) that
they will all be best buddies soon.
Jam... someone at a Thai restaurant told us that was the translation),
is doing really well with her crate training. She only gets up
once a night and has barely whined at all. She loves to explore
our front yard and is starting to come when I call her. She seems
all Cori and I think and talk about. We look forward to being
with her and coming home to her.
and talk to you soon,
Ray and Cori Bussolar
DATE: Mon, 2 Nov 1998
My name is
Neva Riches. I am intrigued by these beautiful dogs. I am very
interested in researching to learn more about them. I would love
to learn more about them, even possibly meet one. I understand
that they are not readily available, so I was wondering about
price and locations. I would also be interested in rescue, if
there is any possibility.
Columbia, South Carolina - USA
DATE: Tue, 29 Sep 1998
SUBJECT: Re: Thai Dog or Mah Thai Lung Ahn
Organization: The Balliet Group
finally I have found where you are! I saw your name a couple
of years ago in a dog encyclopedia (where I first saw pictures
of TRs). I even wrote the publisher asking if I could get your
address, but never heard from them. Now that I have a computer
and am learning to use the internet, I'm discovering all kinds
of info that were unavailable to me before.
I would love
to hear from Dr. Howards and would really like to know where
there may be a specialty show I could attend and see these fascinating
dogs. From the e-mail chat list, it sounds as if there was a
specialty very recently.
it must be for you to have founded a whole new breed in the U.S.
We who love ridged dogs owe you a lot for expanding our knowledge
of how this characteristic came about.
for writing me.
Austin, Texas - USA
DATE: Sun, 26 Jul 1998
SUBJECT: Keep up the good work.
I visit this
website by searching for a perfect watch dog for our retirement
home east of Bangkok. We realised we do not have to go very far!
Our home is half way from Bangkok to Trad (TRD country). We are
now searching for a couple of the dogs. I found a mistake in
otherwise perfect website. Under breed standard, The ridge pattern
Pamom (praying hand) should read "Panom". Thanks for
a very interesting website. I will visit this site regularly.
Keep up the good work.
DATE: 18 Jul 1998
SUBJECT: thaidog.org feedback
in Saddle Brook County Park, Fair Lawn, I came upon these beautiful
dogs. They were quite friendly and allowed me to pet their silky,
blue/gray fur. They are more gorgeous than they appear in the
pictures on this website..the photos shown just cannot do them
justice! They are mystical looking when viewed in person.
New Jersey - USA
About 4 years
ago, I was looking for a dog for my husband and our new family.
I saw an interesting breed in a dog magazine, it was advertised
by a breeder in California. He was the only breeder in America
at that time. He had sent some pups to another breeder in New
Jersey. We decided to go see the pups. This breeder said he was
selling them for the other breeder who was about to go back to
Thailand to get more pups and learn more about this beautiful
breed. We bought a male pup named "Sonny" who was tan
in color. We paid $1500 for this pup, more than we have ever
paid for a dog before. The breeder in New Jersey said that he
would help us if we needed any information. He did nothing but
take our money. He never called us to follow up at all.
later we heard from the original breeder, he had been in Thailand
and was back with more dogs. He told us of what the breeder in
New Jersey had done to him. In fact, he had a video tape of the
New Jersey breeder killing his number one dog. We saw the video
and we were shocked. How could this man do such a thing to this
breeder told us the dog was not killed [as the New Jersey breeder
had stated in the video] but sold [the dog] for over $5000 to
another breeder in Staten Island. When he had found out what
this guy tried to do to his #1 dog, he flew back to the east
coast to get his dogs. He said he could only get 4 dogs back,
since the New Jersey breeder had sold the other four dogs. I
believe that the first breeder of the Thai Ridgeback dog in America
has the very best goods in America today. None of the other people
who breed these dogs have a clue on how good his dogs are.
He has always
treated us with respect. He is so caring about these animals.
He has given up his life for this breed. I must commend him on
a job well done. If ever I am in the market for another puppy
I would call Jack Sterling. He stands behind what he has created.
name is Tommy Provenzano. I am a police officer in Ft. Lee, New
Jersey. In January of 1998, I met a guy who had some very outrageous
looking dogs at a Petsmart in Paramus, NJ. I was looking to buy
a German Weimeraner, but when I saw this guy's dogs I was sold.
They had everything I wanted in a dog. He had only 2 males. I
picked his biggest male. He called him Atlas because he was the
biggest pup. This breeder turned out to be the original importer
of this breed. Jack Sterling was so helpful and to this day he
calls me to see how the pup is doing. I would recommend Jack
to anyone who is in the market for one of these dogs. My dog,
of course was the best. And the price was really fair. I am so
lucky to have met him. It's a privilege to have him in my life.
He is my son! My whole family loves him.
Ft. Lee, NJ
To whom it
I first saw
these dogs in Napa, California in 1995. Jack Sterling, the first
breeder and importer of this breed had two litters for me to
choose from. I wanted his male from litter #2, but he would not
sell him. So I chose a pup from litter #3, his name is "Samboon".
He is a true part of our family. My mother tells me that when
I move out, he stays! That means I need to get another TRD or
stay at home with mom for the next decade or so. This dog is
so awesome, I cannot put it in words on paper. You just have
to experience what a Thai Dog is like yourself. Jack Sterling
is truly a remarkable person. I have never met anyone quite like
him before. He was so eager to see where I lived and how the
dog would be taken care of. He's the only breeder I would trust
to get a dog from. He stands behind what he sells.
American Canyon, CA
was surprised to get your letter. It is nice to hear that there
are more Thai Ridgeback lovers in the world.
I have [had]
Rhodesian Ridgebacks since 1975 and I travel to many countries
in the world: South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, Israel, Danmark, Great
Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland. In April [of] 1996, I
am going to Australia to visit a world symposium about Rhodesian
Ridgebacks. All this travel is only for one reason: to see the
Rhodesian Ridgeback. Since 1991, I [have] point[ed] my eye to[wards]
Vietnam and Thailand. You will read that I bought my first Thai
Ridgeback in 1991. I was the first in Holland [with a Thai Ridgeback
dog] and I think in Europe. I did two shows in 1994: one in Germany
and one in Holland. But, now [that] everything is official with
my papers I can go to champion[ship] shows and try to get my
send me a fax as soon as you receive this letter. I hope to meet
you someday. If I can save some money, I will go in November
to Thailand again.
By for now
- best regards,
Subject: Mah Lung Ahn
for some information on the Mah Lung Ahn. I will send you some
information you need to tell the American people of the Thai
Ridgeback dog. You are a very good man to help Thailand tell
the world of one of the many treasures in Thailand. The Thai
people thank you, Jack Sterling, for all your concern in Thailand.
We hope you will come back to Thailand some day. You must translate
in your own words my statement on the Thai Ridgeback Dog. Your Friend,