Now we live in a small but very beautiful country in a middle of Europe - in Luxembourg. Our small village is by river Sure and is surrounded by fields and forests, therefore dogs have an opportunity to enjoy long walks in nature daily. Earlier we lived in Latvia, Iecava area in a small district historically called Ziemeļi (translation from Latvian – North) – sounds promising, doesn’t it? We have a forest and fields in the nearby area, thus long walks in a fresh air have always been a part of our daily life.
We are registered in FCI with a kennel name "MY AMBERNOSE". We respect ethical breeding, ethical showing and our dogs are our family members.
I have followed and graduated with distinction from cynologie courses organised by Latvian Cynological Federation. As I love getting more knowledge, I have continued with dog behaviorists and dog trainers education in Nordic Education Center for Dog Trainers - International Dog Trainers School.
Since 2020 I am President of Rhodesian ridgeback club of Luxembourg.
How my passion for dogs started? I have liked dogs all my life. In childhood I had a long-haired collie Nika, which I bought from my own savings from weekly pocket-money. After she passed away way too early at age of 7 years, we did not had a dog for a long time until...
When we moved to our house, a decision followed – we need a dog :) We decided that we would like to do a good job – to adopt a dog from a rescue center, we were planning to have a medium / large dog, to have a companion for us and also a guard for the house. We went to a rescue center in Ogre (yeah, it’s a name of a city in Latvia!) where Merilina had arrived recently. She was a small, fully black puppy with funny big ears. After short resistance concerning our initial idea of medium / large dog, we left the rescue center together. Merilina took it as self-evident to be together with us, like it could have never been in a different way. She was expecting exactly us to be her family :) We decided – after some time we will take another, larger dog, but meanwhile we will have a joyful and alert companion at home.
Willing to avoid mistakes in raising a puppy, I studied different resources about dog upbringing, training, breeding, behavioral models, health and caring. Accidentally I came across a breed called Rhodesian ridgebacks and they cough my eye. Later on I started to seek information exactly about ridgebacks, about their character, temperament, met with several ridgeback breeders in Latvia and got acquainted with these wonderful dogs. This time coincided with time when Merilina was diagnosed with a serious inherited illness and a surgery was needed. This was hard time for us, because she was just 7 months old and without the surgery her condition would get only worse. The surgery was successful and we did everything to ensure sound recovery and rehabilitation for Merilina. This situation strengthened our belief that the second dog will be purebred dog – I wanted to minimise the risk of inherited diseases taking a puppy from a reputable breeder, from a couple with health examinations done.
In January 2008 Malozi Habiba gave a birth to 12 puppies – and a month later I visited the breeder Kristīne Liberta. At the moment when I saw livernose ridgebacks for me it become clear – I want exactly livernose puppy! A week later we visited Kristīne again to take a final decision. After playing Athena fell asleep on my lap – exactly she out of all puppy gang. Our decision was clear :) The Easter Athena spent already together with us at her new home. Athena gave the kennel name to us - she is my ambernose.
Within short time we were sure that Rhodesian ridgebacks are a special breed and we became true fans of this breed. While visiting many web pages devoted to Rhodesian ridgebacks I saw livernose ridgeback Hillwaley's Angel for Luanda. For me she was the most beautiful livernose RR girl in Europe :) I started to dream about having a puppy from her. After two years of waiting, a promising litter was planned – with a dog from Canada, Thornberry Akala. After serious reflections of our ability to commit ourselves for another RR we decided that some dreams should be fulfilled – and soon after that, in March 2011, we were coming home from Slovakia with a daughter of Ani and Akala – Dea.
Couple of years after Dea joined our pack, we took a decision, that it would be a time to have a boy. A ridgeback boy, of course. A detailed investigation followed, I explored many planned litters. But somehow I did not came across Mr.Big… until I saw Garet. I liked a lot Garet’s father (already for couple of years) – Makao Line Atuin Art, who became best of breed in World Dog Show 2012. And Garet at the age of two months looked irresistible. So at the beginning of 2014 Garet joined our pack.
In end 2017 we started to think about adding a female puppy to our pack but I had a hard time finding the right combination I would be interested in. In the very few litters I followed closely, the puppies did not quite meet my desires. In summer 2018 we came to Latvia to visit our families and also Athena's breeder Kristine Liberta, who had puppies at that time. And she had free livernose show girl! Exactly the one which in chats over web I had mentioned as my favorite. It was quite spontaneous and emotion based decision, but Diva is now with us and brings us lots of joy!
We believe – not only two dogs are better than one, also two or three ridgebacks are better than one :)
And then came papillon! As our daughters are growing up next to dogs, there came a moment when they started to ask for THEIR dog. A dog they could walk, train, take care of and - yes! participate in competitions. Ridgebacks are too big given the age of our kids, so we started exploring the jungle of small breed dogs. After a long and careful consideration we stopped at papillons due to their temperament. Once the breed was selected, puppy hunt could start. Winn came from Latvia, from Magic Sunrise kennel. He is completely different from ridgebacks, obviously :-) but it is very nice to have him around and I love his easy-going temperament.
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