|Call name: Aedan
Breeder: Heather Allison
Owners: Christina Ayre & Heather Allison
Handler: Emily Burdon
Favourite Treat: He loves any raw veggies
Favourite Toy: When he gets excited, he likes to pick up my slipper or shoe in his mouth, and do zoomies around the house with it
Best Friend: Maeve and Zia (Rhodesian Ridgebacks)
Interview with Christina Ayre
When and how did you get involved in purebred dogs? I grew up with dogs, but when I got my first Ridgeback and Weimaraner in 2000, their breeders provided a segue way into the world of purebred dogs and I was hooked!
What drew you to the Rhodesian Ridgeback? Initially, the uniqueness of the ridge of course. The fact they were a short-coated breed, their beautiful eyes and expression. The sheer powerfulness of the breed while still appearing elegant and so regal.
How did Aedan come into your life? I remember that when Aedan’s litter was on the ground, I had said to his breeder Heather how, after having a number of females, I wished I could have a male Ridgeback one day to try and campaign, and she said she just might have one for me in this litter and it was meant to be!
Did Aedan show star potential right away? Most definitely! His breeder, Heather, would tell you that he was a standout in the whelping box.
When and where was their first show? How did they do? I took Aedan to the Elora Gorge Kennel Club shows over Christmas in 2014, when he was just 3 months old, and he won the Best Baby Puppy in Group.
Did you face any challenges while campaigning Aedan in 2021? Most definitely! But all I want to say about that is despite any challenges, never lose sight of your end goals, what Aedan achieved in breaking records for the breed, no one can ever take that away.
What makes Aedan stand out in the ring? His sheer presence – he’s very regal looking, he’s focused, commands attention and is so young at heart. That, coupled with such powerful yet effortless movement makes him stand out.
If Aedan had a theme song – which song would it be? “I’m so excited…and I just can’t hide it…I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!” (I’m so excited by the Pointer Sisters). That is him to a T!
Which tools or products could you not attend a show without? Chris Christensen Miracle Moisture shampoo and Conditioner and a curry brush.
Any advice for newcomers to the sport? Be patient, don’t get discouraged, just keep showing up over and over; be a sponge and take the opportunity to learn from the experienced breeders and professionals around you; never take anything for granted and remain humble, appreciate when you have that special dog because they don’t necessarily come around that often; enjoy the moments and have fun.
What’s next for Aedan? Westminster; a few shows and Specialties in Canada and the US, hoping to obtain his US GCH Silver and his Canadian GCH Excellent; his US National and Top 25 competition in October.