Sarabi is a special girl for our kennels, as she was one of our foundation bitches. She had a wonderful nature, with a face which seemed to be constantly ‘smiling’! She would always win a competition for the best food catcher and was an expert at catching tidbits thrown from the verandah! This is definitely a trait she has passed onto her offspring!
Sarabi did achieve some high rewards while she was shown. These include: Multi Class in Show at Specialty shows; Multiple Best Gaited and Best Brace in show (partnering her favourite man, Micky!); Dam’s Progeny at the Sydney Specialty in 2003 ; Multiple Class in Show and Group at All Breeds Shows; as well as multiple Best of Breed and Runner Up Best of Breed!
Like her housemate, Makena, she will would do anything if it resulted in a food reward! She totally embarrassed herself at the Adelaide Royal in 1998, when she stole an ice cream from a passing toddler, while his parents were talking to us about Ridgebacks! She was very delicately licking the ice cream!
She also achieved her Endurance Title in 2001, which is a 20km run over various terrain. Sarabi was training with her constant running partner Micky (which kept him fit also! He achieved his title the year before, which meant that Sarabi was in training then also!) The judges at the Endurance Trial were very impressed with her extreme level of fitness, needless to say, she cruised through the course (my husband and dog fitness trainer, Sean, always ran with the dogs, while other handlers rode their bicycles. I think Sean still holds the record for being the only person to complete the Endurance Trial on foot, for 4 consecutive years!)
Sarabi has whelped 4 litters in her lifetime, 3 under the Amakhosi Prefix (the ‘Gold’, ‘Diamond’ and ‘Ring’ litters) and one under the Usakose Prefix. She has produced 5 Champions so far, two of which are American Champions!
Sarabi passed away on ANZAC day 2010, with her family around her. She passed peacefully while asleep in our lounge room. She will be missed by us all. It is so quiet around feed time now, as she was always impatient for her dinner and would bark at us until we fed her! She is asleep now under a tree looking out on the paddocks she loved to run through!