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About Harper: 

 August 6, 2016 ~ December 4, 2019
Aged 3 years. Cause of death: Wide-spread Adenocarcinoma.

Harper is a liver nose Ridgeback with a brown mask. 
She weighs about 79 lbs and stands 26.75 inches at the shoulder. 
Above, Harper is handled exclusively by Bekki Pina of Kaije Kennels. Harper loves Bekki and Bekki does an outstanding job showing her.

Health Testing

Harper's Health Testing is now complete. If you would like to see the results of Harper's testing I am happy to provide that upon request. For Harper's DNA testing I decided to go with a Genoscoper test (Optimal Selection), as the results available are much broader.

Eyes: Normal (January 2019)

Heart: Normal via OFA, also See holter test below 
Thyroid: Normal (February 2019)
Hip Xrays: Good
Elbow Xrays: Normal
Degenerative Myelopathy: Normal/ CLEAR
Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME): CLEAR
Early Onset Adult Deafness: Both parents high confidence clear
RR Inherited Ventricular Arrhythmia Holter: determined NEGATIVE by NCSU

ALL health documentation provided upon request...

Accomplishments and Performance Information

20161126 Harper completed her first class at 4Paws Dog Training, in Fallston, MD at 10 weeks of age.
201170103 Harper completed a second puppy class at Oriole Dog Training.
20170306 Harper completed a Basic Obedience (manners) class at 4Paws with Polite Pooches.
20170306 Harper attempted her AKC CGC, but did not pass the separation portion, we will try again later.
20171103 Harper earned her first conformation point out of the 12-18 month class, under judge John P. Wade.
20170801 Harper earns one leg of her AKC Junior Courser title.
20190330 Harper Earns her ASFA Cert to run with other dogs for AKC and ASFA Lure Coursing
20190406 Harper earns 1st place for 1 AKC Lure Coursing Point
20190407 Harper earns 1st place and Best of Breed for 4 AKC Lure Coursing Points
20190413 Harper earns second place out of a large field to earn 2 AKC Lure Coursing Points
20190414 Harper earns first place, Best of Breed, and Best in Field for a 5 point AKC major.
Harper also won the Mystic Isle Memorial Trophy for the most defeated Ridgebacks over the
two-day weekend, where her name will be engraved for 2019
20190505 Harper Earns Best of Breed for an AKC 3 point major to finish her Lure Coursing Championship. 
For the first quarter of 2019, Harper is the #1 Lure coursing Ridgeback in the US, defeating more Ridgebacks than any other dog currently running.
20190515 Harper easily passes all requirements for the American temperament test society as having a sound temperament for a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
20191001 Harper still ranks as #4 for the year in Lure Coursing for AKC.
20191005-20191006 Harper earned a total of 12 ASFA points, two best of breed wins (one with competition), the Kushinda Cup for overall Best of Breed for the weekend, and made it through round 1 for the Gillette Cup. She was beat out by an exceptionally running Saluki to round out the weekend, but we couldn't be prouder of her wins.
for her ASFA FC.
20191020- Harper wins best of breed at the Hanover Region 8 ASFA trial for 28 points.
20191026/27- Harper wins second place on Saturday at the ASFA II for 18 points. On Sunday she takes first place and best of breed in a phenomenal BOB run-off for 40 points. She also took home the perpetual Ida Tropy and had a fantastic run for BII. She is now only 2 points from her ASFA FCH title.
November 2019- Sadly a month after the ASFA II Harper was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in her lungs, spleen, liver, pancreas and lymph nodes and we had to let her cross the rainbow bridge. 
20200101- Harper finished 2019 tied for #10 for combined lure coursing. She finished #11 for AKC and #11 for ASFA in limited coursing.

Cumulative Points:
AKC Lure Coursing: 15 (with three majors)
LCX: 2
ASFA Lure Coursing: 98
Above: Harper won the Mystic Isle Trophy for most defeated Ridgebacks over two days of lure coursing. This effectively put her at #1 in the US for AKC lure coursing for the spring of 2019. Harper finished 2019 #11 in AKC, #11 in ASFA and tied for #10 overall for combined lure coursing with very limited running.

Above photos by Shody Lytle. 

Below candids courtesy of Shody Lytle