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Many of you read my post: Sammy: The best argument I ever knew for Dogs in Heaven.

That story has now been viewed over one million (1,000,000) times. And, it has apparently circled the globe repeatedly having been passed from one dog-friend enthusiast to another via email.

Thanks for that.


We went and visited CeCe and her people (Dave and Kelly) yesterday.  CeCe is a four year old Rhodesian Ridgeback that is expected to give birth to six little mighty champions February 14th (perfect).

rhodesian ridgeback puppies 4monthsI get a new “buddy”!

This picture is of a Ridgeback puppy at four months.

At about two yeas, he can start running with me.

You need to know there is significant debate around the naming of this particular Ridgeback.

Thoughts and suggestions include, but are not linited to: Achilles, Artemis (my favorite /1), Dude, Mondo, “Mr. Tinkles” (a delicious absurdity. Haley Anne has mused: “how could you EVER get mad at a large dog named Mr. Tinkles?”), Ranger, Telemachus (from Homer’s Odyssey /2) and, ZimBob.

So, lets fire up a poll…

Brian’s Ridgeback should be named:

Feel free to comment with additional suggestions.  The winner gets a cases of Modelo Especial.

By the way…  I probably need a truck now (and, it will come in handy for soccer any way).  So, more about that later.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork



1/ Artemis was King Leonidas’ loyal captain and friend in the movie The 300. Not historically accurate.  But, cool nonetheless.

2/ Telemachus (also transliterated as Telemachos or Telémakhos; literally, “far-away fighter”) is a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Odysseus and Penelope, and a central character in Homer‘s Odyssey. The first four books in particular focus on Telemachus’s journeys in search of news about his father; they are, therefore, traditionally accorded the collective title the Telemachy.

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“brian's new Buddy!”

  1. Avatar January 26th, 2009 at 7:34 pm Steve Wall Says:

    I’ve got three that come to mind…

    Leo – Related to the history of the Ridgeback being used to hunt lion.

    Hunter – Same reason…

    Lastley, and my favorite, “Griff”, shortened verson of Griffin, or Gryphon. Griffins are used to guard treasure.

    Congrats on your new addition!


  2. Avatar January 31st, 2009 at 4:01 pm John Says:

    Here is a video on YouTube of our Labrador eating Roman style and our Ridgeback getting infuriated!

  3. Avatar February 25th, 2009 at 9:52 pm Tobias Says:

    we had also a ridgeback, a very cool dog and they all look like the foto

  4. Avatar February 25th, 2009 at 11:31 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    And, mighty champions all – I am sure.


  5. Avatar March 5th, 2009 at 6:26 pm Lisa Says:

    Brian-wrote a lengthy e-mail and it deleted!!
    Anyway, I voted for Ranger. Be careful in choosing a name for your dog will live up to it. Quinn 14 1/2yrs is the ultimate gentleman, and until age 11 was a wonderful athlete. Griffin is the entertainer! He wakes up daily announcing this will be the “best day ever!” He has done this for 3 1/2yrs. He is also the most skilled of counter surfers. Do know that RR are hard to train. They need to play daily with friends and need ample room to run-we do dog parks M-F and beach Sat-Sun. These are tender and sensitive dogs-not the kind to adopt and then return. with the amount of travel you do it might be best if your wife is alpha or he will miss the constant separation. In purchasing these dogs know that the breeders should have local and national registration; the female should not be bred more than 3 times max. The San Diego RR club has excellent breeders-my favorite are Jill Davis whose dogs have more of a square face with more noticeable mastiff look, and Helen Hayek. My Griffin looks much like the pup in the above picture and he comes from Troy Abney’s Rivercity-a well known breeder in So Cal. Helen has a champion girl, I think and both Jill and Troy have/about to have pups. OK, so by now you get the picture that I love my boys and am a strong voice for them. You will understand when he get your pup, too. I do recommend, though, you should get two–it will be MUCH easier for you! Regards, Lisa
    P.S. if you write back I can send you pictures of my boys-I’m a part-time photographer

  6. Avatar March 9th, 2009 at 2:56 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Hey Lisa.

    Thank you so much for this insight.

    We are transitioning from Black Labradors (Sammy was the inspiration for: “Sammy: The best Argument I Ever Knew for Dogs In Heaven”) to our first Rhodesian Ridgeback.

    We are being guided and influenced by Anne O’Mara at (CeCe is our Rowdy’s Mom).

    We are typically a two dog family. So, stay tuned for stories around the next addition to the family. We will likely space that out around six months to a year.

    I expect to bring Ranger with me to my offices. And, I actually purchased a truck just so he would be safer and more comfortable.

    We will likely “course” him (actually, my wife Joanne will enjoy that). I doubt we are the show type. In fact, we think Rowdy might not be show quality because he has a slightly off ridge (rather like me in many respects).

    Please stay in touch.


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