Officers and Board Members
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Dr. Kammi Kai Hefner has been involved with breeding, raising, training, showing, and managing pure-bred dogs (American Foxhounds, Bedlington Terriers, Chinese Shar-Pei, Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, and Shih-Tzu) since early childhood. She often jokes that she was actually “born in a whelping box!” Officially beginning her career at the tender age of thirteen, she showed Miniature Schnauzers in the breed ring, competed in Junior Showmanship, and completed her first Companion Dog (CD) title in October 1975.
I, Dr. Kammi Kai Hefner, have been involved with breeding, raising, training, showing, and managing pure-bred dogs (American Foxhounds, Bedlington Terriers, Chinese Shar-Pei, Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Miniature Schnauzers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Shih-Tzu) since her early childhood. She often jokes that she was actually “born in a whelping box!” Her dedication and commitment to the Dog Fancy began when she was 6 years old and I witnessed the first breeding and whelping of a litter of her mom’s Dachshunds. Officially she began my career at the tender whelp of thirteen, when she showed Miniature Schnauzers in the breed ring, competed in Junior Showmanship with Car-Lee’s Love With Gusto RA10280, and completed her first Companion Dog (CD) title in October 1975 on Hefner’s Blue Jean Britches, CD RA115692.
Dr. Hefner acquired her first Chinese Shar-Pei in 1984, Chou-Dee’ who was bred only once and who lived 16½ wonderful years. One pup from this litter, Ada, was bred twice and place 4th at the 1996 CSPCA National Specialty out of the Veterans class. Six months later Ada passed from complications of amyloidosis. Over these 16 years she finished several dogs while the breed was only recognized in the Miscellaneous Group. Having been born and raised on AKC principles, OFA and health screening tests, she was forced to end her Shar-Pei breeding program due to the lack of tests for eliminating amyloidosis. However, the Shar-Pei remains dear to my heart.
Dr. Hefner has continued to be involved with dog-related activities via Kushinda Rhodesian Ridgebacks (founded by Kimma B. Hefner). Dr. Hefner helped whelped the first Ridgeback she acquired in 1989. She bred her first litter, Champion, and Dual Champion in 1993. She is recognized for establishing a renowned Lure Coursing kennel known throughout the country for producing the fully functional Ridgeback. Kushinda is complete with having earned more than 240 AKC Titles. She recognized as an Owner/Breeder/Handler showing to Conformation Championships from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class! Her most recent accomplishment in 2014 was finishing two DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Dr. Hefner began conformation judging in 1996, bringing a fresh combination of identifying function in the show dog while maintaining the highest regard for conforming to the Ridgeback standard. She is now licensed to judge Ridgebacks, Basset Hounds and All-Breed Juniors. Currently, she is in the process of applying for 14 additional breeds.
Dr. Hefner, as President of CBARRC, and 10-year member, accepts this honor with the humbled anticipation of leading its membership into 2015 with renewed direction for collaborating resources to support all Ridgeback enthusiasts through organized activities in accordance with Section 2 of the Constitution and By-Laws. As a professional educator herself, her focus will be on promoting educational activities for the general public, breeders, and other rescue organizations and humane societies.
I first met Rhodesian Ridgebacks when my parents lived in southern Africa for a few years, but the encounter with a friends RR, Sarula Fufuru, positively sealed the deal.
About 15 years later, in 2010, it was finally “the right time” and that same good friend entrusted my husband Mike and I with ZiZula (Lewanika Ghaniyah FCh, SC, HIC). Our big puppy boy Nefertem (Dykumos Blue Lotus of The Sun) joined us in 2013.
We lead an active lifestyle with our Ridgies, including frequent walks, obedience training, lure-coursing and straight racing, and they also help us tend our gardens, taste-test our foods and make sure that couches don’t fly away.
Personally, CBARRC has provided a great resource and a relaxed environment to meet and greet other Ridgeback enthusiasts, ask questions and learn about all things RR.
My goal, as a CBARRC member and the club’s Vice-President, is to continue the inclusiveness of the Club, ensure our support for Ridgeback rescue organizations, and promote RR health and genetic studies for the future of the breed.
I got my first Ridgeback in 1996. I knew little about the breed or dog training but luckily ‘Big Dog Jake’ turned into a wonderful pet – a good thing at 120 pounds! I found CBARRC while searching for something to do with Jake. We went to our first ‘fun day’ in 2004, it was a blast to see such a gathering of ridgebacks and their people.
I currently have two ridgebacks: Singer (9 yrs), a ridgeless rescue and Cruiser (2 yrs).
I love ‘playing’ with my dogs; actvities we tried so far: Agility, Rally & formal Obedience, Nosework, Lure Coursing, Conformation, silly dog tricks and most recently Barn Hunt.
I became acquainted with Ridgebacks when I lived in California in the mid-70s. My neighbors had two bitches, Simba and Rhoda, mother and daughter. They were both large and impressive, well above the male standard for height and weight. After meeting these impressive girls and wanting a dog like them, I found a breeder and Kari came into my life in 1974. She was registered as Kariba of Kajun Kreek. The only criteria I knew to look for was “not a lot of white.”
Kari had a wonderful temperament and easily flew through obedience training although I never exhibited her in competition. In 1976 when Kari was 2 years old, I moved to Western Pennsylvania and Tuffi came into my life, future Ch. Rolling’s Tufani. Tuffi was the first dog I showed in conformation. We learned the ropes together and he finished owner handled at 13 months. Two years later I purchased a bitch from Ida Poore in Ohio that had the same sire as Tuffi. He was Rafiki, now very well known in the breed. This little bitch was called Rose, future Ch. Kimbida’s Crackling Rose, ROM, dam of 13 champions.
At that point, knowing that Ridgebacks would be in my future for a long time, I created the prefix Turoka which was used when naming future litters to identify them. Turoka is a home made word taking the first two letters from my first three dogs, hence TU (Tuffi) RO (Rose) KA (Kari). That was in 1980.
It’s now 44 years later and many Ridgebacks and many friends. Over the years I have been involved extensively with the national club, RRCUS, serving four two-year terms as corresponding secretary, serving on several committees over time and assisting with rescue. I currently serve as president of Ridgeback Trust, Inc. (RTI), an all volunteer group dedicated to saving Rhodesian Ridgebacks from the chains of indiscriminate breeding. For Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc.(RRRI) I serve as the Maryland State Coordinator. I also volunteer with Ridgeback Rescue of the United States (RRUS).
My current Ridgebacks are mostly involved in the sport of lure coursing and they compete throughout the year. In 2012 they were introduced to straight racing and did well with that after learning to wear the muzzle. I joined the Hanover Lure Coursing Clubs about 11 years ago.
CBARRC has been a part of my life since its inception in the 90s when we held fund raiser get-togethers at Congressional Cemetery for Ridgeback rescue and to let our dogs meet, greet and have fun. I have served previously as secretary and president.
My wish for CBARRC is to continue the original purpose of supporting Ridgeback rescue and providing support and information to new owners to help them on their own Ridgeback journey.
Brooke Davies joined the CBARRC Board in 2017, having owned ridgebacks since the early 2000s. I was first introduced to the breed in the 1990s through a friend and immediately fell in love with Jasper’s combination of athleticism, loyalty, and love of sleeping on couches (or anywhere). I currently have two ridgebacks – Zephyr (DC Mahaba’s Monkey Business, SC, ET, TDI, CGC) and Celeste (Keniba’s Celestial Queen). Next up will be rally for Zephyr (when I can figure out how to stop traveling for work) and lure coursing/rally for Celeste. I discovered CBARRC through Bonnie Louden’s welcoming attitude while getting involved in lure coursing with Zephyr several years ago and am pleased to now be able to serve the organization and its members through the Board.
Outside of CBARRC, I currently work as a consultant on emergency management and crisis communications to electric and gas utilities. In the past, I’ve served in various board positions, including President, and as a volunteer master firefighter/emergency medical technician for a metropolitan Washington, D.C. fire/rescue department. In my spare time, when I’m not doing activities with the dogs,I love woodworking and ceramics.
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