About Uz
My name is Alyson Damery-Ouellette .
Now living in SW Florida with my husband, Paul
and our 5 Ridgebackz.

Until 2002, we lived in British Columbia, Canada with my 3 grown

In Canada,  completed my Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary
Technician certifications.
And have a few years of schooling/studying towards my DVM.

In Canada I started showing dogs at a very early age as a junior
Took a small break to attend schooling at St. Mary’s University .  
1982 married and started a family.
In the early 80’s started up again as an "all breed" handler in both
western Canada and the western United States.
I have owned, bred and handled our ridgebackz since 1983 with
wonderful success.
Producing beautiful healthy pups for show/breeding & pets.
I still enjoy my wonderful hobby of showing/handling, training all
breeds & my ridgebackz

Early 1990's - 2002 Owned and ran an Equestrian Centre..  
Ridgebackz Stablez
Boarding, Lessons, Training etc.


I was the 1st founder and elected President of the
Sunshine State Rhodesian Ridgeback Club here in Florida (SSRRC)
Board of Directors and Ethics Committee.
SSRRC Webmaster and continued on the Ethics Committee.
SSRRC webmaster and on the Education Committee.


My goals with my breedings are to meet and/or exceed the AKC
Ridgeback Standard for looks, temperament, performance and

My Mandela’s Amandla gang are a beautiful deep red wheaten.
Within the AKC Ridgeback standard size.  
Lovely flowing movement.  Solid bone with the wider head shape,
strong in structure with a very Regal appearance and expressions.
Excellent temperaments & personalities

They have or do participate in Confirmation, Luring, and Hunting
Instinct Testing.  Some in Agility & Obedience.
Have passed their CGC’s (Canine Good Citizen) and
Therapy dog certifications. In luring have received the Junior

Some may have more then one Championship title threw other
organized Kennel Clubs.
I prefer to show all my ridgebackz in AKC Bred By Exhibitor classes
& Breeders Sweeps.

2008/2009 - 2009/2010 was honored to have Afrika eligible to
participate in the AKC Eukanuba Dog Shows held in California, US.
2010 Started up a small business:  Ridgebackz Gourmet K9 Kitchen
( Homemade & no preservative treats for animals)
2011 Introducing back into my US line, a British blood line
2012 Participated with Knotty, in AKC Eukanuba Dog show held in
Orlando, Fl.  (won Bred By Exhibitor class & Reserve Winners Bitch)

All parents are health tested & certified

All puppies are placed with either a “Pet” or “Show” contracts.
All are placed with a “Return Clause”
All are State & veterinary health certified with a health guarantee.

Home raised and well socialized
Since 1983 my goal has been to encourage and promote quality in the
breeding of purebred Rhodesian Ridgebackz.  

To do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection through many activities.  

To share and encourage breed educational information
Mandela's Amandla Ridgebackz was established in 1989,
the year prior to Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

The kennel's name meaning:  Mandela's Freedom/Power

"Mandela":   Refers so Nelson Mandela who was falsely imprisoned
in Africa for 27 years.
Released & Returned to freedom February 1990

"Amandla"  which is the Khosi & Zulu word meaning
The word was a popular rallying cry in the days of resistance
against Apartheid, used by the African National Congress and its
allies. With a raised fist to the sky, The leader of a group would call
out "Amandla!" and the crowd would respond with "Awethu"[1] or
"Ngawethu!"[2] (to us), completing the South African version of the
rallying cry "
Power to the People"!.[3] The word is still associated
with struggles against oppression.

I am a dog breeder.
I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking, and learning from those in
my breed and those outside it.
I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding
them loving forever homes.
I only bring puppies into this world that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and
physically) and best examples of their breed.
I support each family who chooses one of my puppies and let them know they are now a
part of our extended family.
I treat them all well.

I am there if one needs to come back and will aggressively pursue the return of one of my
dogs if it's in the wrong place.
I support my breed in rescue and education.
I hold them when they arrive and leave this world.
I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my
I don't keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of dogs, it would not be a true
measure of how I feel.

The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation.
I am not ashamed of who I am...
I work hard at being a good dog breeder and encouraging others.
I am a breeder and I am proud of it.
If we don't support each other - we are doomed as a fancy.