Reggie is a purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback, she is 10.5 years old (her birthday is July 21, 2005), she is wheaton in coloring (and getting grayer by the day!) We picked out her name before we knew what gender we were getting, which is how she ended up with a male name. Her AKC name is Jabulani Player Coach Reggie Dunlap Mills.
We decided to get a Rhodesian Ridgeback when my husband and I couldn’t agree on a breed to get. I wanted a small dog, he wanted a big dog; one day he said “we could get a dog that hunts lions!” Initially it was a joke, but as we read more and more about Ridgebacks we fell in love with the breed. We met with a breeder in Lindstrom in the spring of 2005 and put money down to get a dog from the next litter. When the litter was born, we went and met the pups. The breeder didn’t want us to get a girl unless we were going to show her, but there was one girl with a slipped ridge that could not be shown. I fell in love with her immediately. I had never had a dog before, and when she came home we were both very nervous. It was a bit overwhelming at first, with myself being a first time dog owner and her being so worried, but she finally calmed down and we fell asleep with her on my chest. We have been the best of buds ever since.
Reggie’s favorite toy is any squeaker toy she can squeak and then throw around. She loves to nap in the sun or on the couch. Her best friend in the world is Mom, she can be a bit clingy to Mom at times.
I have so many favorite things about Reggie. The smell of her frito feet, the way her long ears blow in the wind when we are on the boat up north, how she comes and cuddles with me at the perfect time, if I am sick in bed she lays at my feet all day long, barely getting up to go to the bathroom or eat. She is the sweetest dog with our 6 year old son. Now that he is at school all day, she gets so excited for the bus to come; when she sees it out the window in the afternoon her tail wags uncontrollably and she cries until he gets to the door so she can lick him.
Reggie has been through a lot in her 10.5 years and AWC has been there helping her through everything. When I was pregnant with my son, she became very anxious and started breaking out of her kennel, eventually tearing up some of our house while we were away. I brought her into AWC frantic and worried that she ate carpet nails; they took care of her scrapes and wounds and got her on an anti-anxiety regimen to help her anxiety. She also was attacked at a doggy day care and I immediately brought her in with many bloody wounds. The staff helped and loved her through her drainage tubes and stitches. Most recently, she had a tumor removed in 2014. The placement of the tumor made it hard for the incision to heal. For about a month we were SO well taken care of, coming in daily or every other day for bandage changes while she healed. No one at AWC ever seemed to get sick of seeing her come in, she received love and kisses every time. I also recently brought her in thinking I was going to lose her. Dr. Ambrose has been amazing through all these events with Reggie but most recently saved her by noticing her face looked different, and she was displaying tragic face, which is common in dogs that have hyperthyroid issues. After some blood work and tweaking her medications, Reggie is a new dog. She is down about 20 pounds without even changing her diet, is up for going on walks and playing with our son. She has SO much more energy and is happier than she has been in years. We owe all of this to the staff at AWC and the follow up calls and patience that Dr. Ambrose has shown with me as well.
From Dr. Ambrose
In the fall of last year, Reggie's owners started to notice that she seemed more and more lethargic and uncomfortable. She had gained a substantial amount of weight and was slowing down considerably. Her owners were becoming concerned about her quality of life and brought her in for me to assess her condition. Reggie's symptoms, including a puffy face and episode of vestibular disease, suggested to me that Reggie could possibly have hypothyroidism. Blood tests confirmed that Reggie's thyroid levels were very low. I started her on thyroid medication and have been amazed by her transformation!
Now we get to enjoy seeing Reggie bounding through the door, excited to see everyone and acting like a dog half her age! Reggie has lost roughly twenty pounds and has become a high energy girl again. Her owners tell us that she is acting like a crazy puppy at home, reminding them of her younger self. I am overjoyed that Reggie is now a happy and comfortable girl!