We are Suzy Eberling, Max Martin, and the Coursing Creeks Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
I’m Suzy, and have had ridgebacks since 1981…..starting with CH Riveroads Joshua E. With Josh, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve not settled on a permanent kennel name until recently, with previous iterations including “Generic” ridgebacks (no need to explain the change), and “Nalzjehe Ridgebacks”, which I finally changed when most could not pronounce it. Nalzjehe is Navajo for hunter, which was fitting as we were living on the Navajo reservation at the time.
In 2000, I married Max while living in Alaska. In 2003 I retired (sort of, since I still work some), and since then we spend half our time in western Virginia and half our time in Alaska, where Max is a commercial salmon fisherman. In winter, we now inhabit 100 wonderful fenced, semi-wooded acres in Virginia where we can all run and play (we started with 38 acres in December 2004 and added another 62 in 2013/2014). In summers, we inhabit 5 wonderful mosquito filled acres in Alaska, and hope for lots of breezes and lots of fish 🙂 . Occasionally we have a year when I’m still in Virginia in the summer, and mosey up to Alaska to contract and teach in other seasons. We are members of RRCUS, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States.
We breed sparingly, about once per year, and strive for healthy, happy dogs that meet the breed standard. Most of the show puppies we keep or sell are owner or breeder handled to their AKC championships: we are proud to have the caliber of dog to be able to do this. We feel responsible for the dogs we have bred for their entire life. We also occasionally foster rescues.
Please enjoy browsing through our pages and meeting our dogs, past and present. Feel free to contact us at any time!