A Word from Kwella
Kwella and Honey
A “Tale” of two Ridgebacks
Some of the calls to rescue for surrender of a dog simply must be heard and acted on. When a distraught friend of the family calls about not surrendering, but holding the dog while the owner is hospitalized, is due some consideration, though not our normal function.
This situation was discussed and given due consideration among several RR groups. Two dogs are involved, one 12 years old and one 2 years old. The owner, a gentleman who had lost his wife shortly (before or after?) acquiring the 2 year old, was totally alone with his dogs and he was hospitalized without warning or prior notice. The dogs were left alone in the house to be fed by neighbors and after some time, a relative from out of town. These dogs were the man’s life and he did not want to surrender them, however with recovery from stage 4 cancer, his ability to care for the dogs is highly questionable. The chemo therapy was extremely hard on the gentleman and the doctors offered little hope. With this knowledge the gentleman chose to forego the therapies/therapies and spend his final days at home with his dogs. After only a month, he passed and the dogs were in need of immediate rescue.
More About Kwella
WEIGHT: 89 lbs
BREED: Rhodesian Ridgeback
TRAINING: Crate Trained; Potty Trained
Kwella, the 12-year-old, looks every day of her 12 years. Both dogs have lived a reclusive life with exposure only to their owner and immediate family. They had never seen any other environment. Naturally when they arrived at TIRR Rescue they were frightened and extremely timid. However, after only a few short weeks their true personalities have developed. Kwella is a tough old girl who tolerates no nonsense from the other dogs. She is extremely protective of Honey and is very careful who she associates with.
Name's Special Need
We would like to place the two together as that was the owner’s dying wish. Observations of these two over the past weeks have indicated that we may have to consider separating them despite their dependency on each other. Honey is an energetic pup and Kwella, at 12 hard years of age, simply cannot maintain the level of energy Honey requires.