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FALL 2013 P R O M O T I N G T H E S T A F F O R D S H I R E B U L L T E R R I E R

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Volunteer Positions Available .............................................................................................. 3 Advertising Rates & How To’s ............................................................................................. 4 Cover Story ....................................................................................................................... 5 Illustrated Breed Standard & Judging Seminar Links ......................................................... 6 Stafford Health Database Project ........................................................................................ 7 Chip N Activate! - Kristina Estlund .................................................................................... 12 Handling Tips - Norman Berry............................................................................................20 A Pearl of Great Advice - Noel Banks .............................................................................. 28 Canine Structure & Compensations - E. Katie Gammill ....................................................35 How To Teach Loose-Leash Walking ..............................................................................40 Staffords of the Past (Pictorial) - Brian Owen ................................................................... 42 Health Testing Information ................................................................................................ 44 Letters to the Editor ........................................................................................................... 45 Brags, Shows, Litter Announcements ............................................................................. 46 Rescue Organizations Worldwide ...................................................................................... 47 Classified Advertisements ................................................................................................ 48 From the Editor .................................................................................................................. 49 Back Issues ....................................................................................................................... 50 2


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GCH Trugrip Summer Dayz aka Abbie Born on the 4th of July, to Sire: CH came to me as a result of a litter of all males. I Gritnsteels The Traveler and GCH Trugrip was looking for a show quality female and that Summer Dayz, Manorview Staffords is proud is what I got. Abbie's show career started early, earning her AKC Champion Title at 11 months, followed by her Grand Champion Title at 18 months. Abbie also has earned numerous BOB, numerous Group Placements

to introduce the next generation of 3 males and 1 female to enter the show ring in March 2014. Jack aka Manorview's Lil' Firecracker, Cisco aka Manorview's All American Boy, Finnegan,aka Manorview's Stars and Stripes

shown by her handler Kim Rudzik and BOS at 137th Westminster Dog Show. Abbie has now earned her Silver Level Grand Champion title. Prior to her recent litter she was the # 1 female SBT in the AKC rankings, #3 overall.

Forever and Rosie aka Manorview's Lil' Miss Independence will all be shown by myself along side their mother, which will be an exciting adventure for all involved. All of Abbie's pups share the same quality as their

After a well rested break, she will now go for the AKC Gold Level Grand Champion Title.

mom, they truly love people, and I am sure they will become the Ambassador that Abbie is for the SBT breed. Toni Pawson taylorstnt@aol.com

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ILLUSTRATED BREED STANDARD & JUDGING SEMINAR CLICK HERE to read or download the TSK Staffordshire Bull Terrier Illustrated Breed Standard

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to read or download a version of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Seminar which was given at the AKC Advanced Terrier Institute in Orlando Florida on December 14,

Also - CLICK HERE to view a 30 minute video of this presentation on You Tube HUGE thank you goes to all who contribute to the Illustrated Breed Standard and Judge Seminar projects. We could not present here such a collection of information were it not for all the work done by so many people in this breed and others. We cannot name all of you but many many thanks are indeed passed on to each of you. Thank you also to those who sent in images of dogs to be used. We consider the projects to be invaluable educational tools. Take from them what you will with the understanding that we cannot all agree on all points but should continue to work together in efforts to protect this wonderful breed we all cherish. Updates will be uploaded as more info is sent in to TSK. Please check back or email editor@thestaffordknot.com for details or to contribute.

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In Progress! Please participate in this very important project!

Stafford Health Database Project How you can help our breed The Stafford Knot only accepts ads from owners and breeders of dogs who have been health tested. The minimum requirements are L2-HGA & HC testing. We provide information on where to go to have these simple and inexpensive tests performed. Documentation is required to be scanned and sent in to the editors for approval. Further health testing (Cardiac, CERF, PHPV, Hips, Elbows, Patella, etc) is also encouraged. It is highly recommended to buyers that they see these documents prior to purchasing their new Stafford.

point, if only clear tested (l2HGA & HC) Staffords are bred from - these two genetic diseases could be eradicated in three generations of breeding. That’s certainly something to think about. Some argue that this would narrow the gene pool too much and is not a needed step to improving the future of this breed. To those i say, possibly, however - is that carrier stud dog so structurally superior to his clear tested brother that you wouldn’t consider using the brother instead? Just something else to think about.

a database project so that documentation will be on hand for future generations. In the U.S. our registries do not document these test results as the K.C. does in the U.K. Therefore too many people who own ‘clear by parentage’ Staffords have no proof in hand several generations down the line. In time, we at TSK hope the database will help those who wish to know the status of a particular dog or litter.

If all breeders and owners were to test, Staffords would all be better off simply by the fact that we would have more information regarding where this breed is going as far

TSK and StaffyHQ are compiling registered names and scanned

If you have a tested Stafford - please send an email to

as health matters are concerned. To further this

health@thestaffordknot.com containing the full registered name, registration number, pedigree, sire and dam registered names and scanned copies of all health documents testing done on your dog. of all tested Please only send One email (clear, carrier per dog. and affected) Staffords for

Thank you for supporting TSK and promoting health testing of Staffords worldwide.

We are also working on a database of semen stored from health tested stud dogs. If you have semen stored from a tested dog and wish to have him included, please email HEALTH@THESTAFFORDKNOT.COM

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Chip N Activate! by Kristina Estlund As the SBTCA Rescue Chair, I recently pulled two gorgeous Staffords from a shelter; an intact male and intact female. Both were young--12-14 months old--and both chipped! But neither chip was activated. A day of phone calls and research led me all the way to Avid Canada for the female, where the trail ended at the CKC. The male, through international calls and emails led to Planet-ID in Germany and then from there to a “WinVet” in Czechoslovakia. Again, the trail ended. No one had ever registered the chips and no record on who purchased/implanted them. How can these companies sell microchips and not have a record of who bought them? How do dogs get chipped and there is no way to trace it back to the person who implanted the chip? Because no organization tracks chips unless activated. No one, not the original vet, the breeder or the owners, ever activated them so we have no way to track their history. The shelter said the male was chipped, but not the female. She was. Their altering vet found both chips and said they were with three possible companies: Res’q,

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In my research trying to track both chips, I realized that AVID completely lost its initial foothold on chipping and the companies now run in the dozens. When I first microchipped, there was just AVID, and a flat fee of $19.99. Here we are a dozen or more years later and microchipping runs $10$40 (I paid $40 for my pup recently) and an additional $19.99 to activate. Add to that the various microchip services, online registries and 800 numbers, and my head was spinning. The only way I was able to narrow the potential chip companies down was by calling the AKC, who registers breeds from all over the world. They were able to give me leads as well as many potential chip companies. In two days of research, I ended up with a long list of microchip companies: AKC/CAR, EIDAP, Microchip ID Systems, Found Animals, HomeAgain, InfoPet, PetKey, PetLink, AVID, AVID Canada, Save This Life, SmartTag, 24PetWatch, Digital Angel, Banfield, Bayer resQ, ALLFLEX®, Schering Plough, Lifechip, Crystal Tag, Datamars, Trovan, Destron

Fearing…not to mention just as many international manufacturers. If your chip is activated with one of the abovementioned companies, do not pay for any other registry. It’s overwhelming how many sites online there are. I was referred to this site http:// www.petmicrochiplookup.org (or AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup) and told they would have all dog chip info. I assumed they mean they could tell me that the number I input was for my Penny and I needed to contact AVID. It did not. It said it was possibly an AVID chip. The same for two more of my dogs. I can’t imagine what a new adopting owner must go through and no wonder so many do not activate the chips. 13


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I have only had chips with AVID and HomeAgain. I did not know the other companies existed. I thought there were just these two and AKC/CAR. With AVID, you have to deal with them directly, phone, fax or snail mail, they do not have an online sign in or database. HomeAgain, which one of my dogs is with, does have an online registry and database. You can update photos and they do offer an annual $17.99 membership for their additional unneeded services. What I have done is make sure I have them all activated, their forms and confirmation in their hard copy files, chip numbers and organization name in my phone and in the online “AKC Manage Dogs” for each. The moral of my story is ALL breeders need to activate their microchipped pups before they leave your home. Without that, it’s pointless to assume if a dog is lost they will be recovered. We rechipped and activated the two international rescues with the AKC/CAR chips.

Kristina Estlund writes for the AKC Gazette representing the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America and can be reached at Gazette@SBTCA.com

This column first appeared in the February 2013 AKC Gazette and is reproduced with permission. To read the online Gazette, visit akc.org/pubs.

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Handling Tips by Norman Berry (Rendorn) With the recent discussion on handling here is a copy of the notes I wrote for my delivery at a seminar some time ago which still apply today.

sure before entering the ring the collar is properly adjusted, allowing you greater control over your dog, I would never recommend slip leads these

Due to its great popularity over the last twenty odd years or so, the 'Stafford' has become one of the most competitive breeds to exhibit.

can be a big disadvantage if your dog is a little unruly.

With an aim to improving your chances in the ring, consideration should be applied to two requirements. Firstly, your dog must attain a standard of breed acceptability and you to acquire the expertise to assist and improve your dog's presence during the time it is in the ring.

Various forms and ways of standing your dog can be applied. You may squat, kneel, or, if you have a well-trained dog, you may wish to highlight the fact by standing upright behind him and holding the lead in an outward fashion. The latter may seem impressive and appear influential; unfortunately, you may be magnifying faults you

may not be unaware of from your lofty position for instance; unaware off a steep upper arm or Bringing a well-trained dog into the ring, a knowledgeable handler will enhance its status and over loaded shoulders - causing the elbows to presence and install a feeling of complete pride of protrude, or perhaps, the top line having dropped a little. These discrepancies are more easily achievement in his or her handling ability. Ring presence and character is a great asset. If a dog is rectified from a kneeling position. happy and comfortable when being handled it is likely due to the rapport between yourself and your charge. The difference between an experienced handler and a novice is exemplified by the method of application. You must enter the ring with a positive attitude by thinking 'mine is the best' not asking yourself the question 'is mine the best'? and demonstrate this by your seemingly apparent confidence. Many newcomers make the mistake by using a slack collar. This can prove a hindrance. Make 20


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A further fault I see, handlers standing in Emphasize your dog’s finer points and try to front of their charge when being examined from disguise faults. Look on it as a contest between the rear, by doing so they push the head back you and the judge. They hold most of aces and causing the top line to dip. I recommend that you really shouldn't succeed, however, it you stand to the side of your dog, pull the collar happens. upward and forward if you think your dog needs further enhancement. We in the U.K. have the fortunate option of being able to choose our own position where to Handlers have various methods of standing and placing their dogs. Adjust the front legs first in the correct position before proceeding to the rear quarters remembering to place each foot separately. I find it is far better to place each

stand on entering the ring, unlike some other countries where the alphabetical order system is used. If your dog isn’t the best of movers, stand somewhere in the middle of the line or near the beginning, avoid being at the end. By

leg individually to its designated place. Avoid making the mistake of placing your hand between the back legs to position them; this can cause the dog to stand with a straighter rear angle than its natural stance.

the time the judge has completed the task of going over each exhibit, it's possible your animal's definable frailty has been overlooked. Most judges make their final choice during their last assessment anyway and it is quite likely

A further fault to be avoided is stretching the your dog’s faulty action has long been forgotten front quarters too far forward and the rear end by then. too far backwards causing the dog to give a veritable imitation of an old fashioned rocking horse resulting in an unwanted dippy top-line. 'So far, So good' - not quite so - check the head is correctly angled and looking straight ahead. Refrain from lifting the muzzle too high; this can lose sight of definition and expression. Be aware not place your hand over the animal's face, doing so you are likely to obliterate your dog's greatest asset. 21


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I have always found that a dog looks its best after immediately being stood for presentation. During a large class I find many exhibitors posing their dogs long before necessary. When the judge starts his/ her final assessment it seems to alert a signal for many to stand their dogs, even those at the back end of the line up who are unlikely to come under the judges eye for possibly a further ten minutes or more. In this time your dog starts to relax, moves a foot; drop's its top-line or performs some other unwanted displacement - wait and watch the judge, anticipate the right moment when to stand your dog for its final assessment. Most judges will come up with an overall appraisal. Others perhaps, a little 'picky' on certain points and will eschew a fault they have encountered in their own stock . It is most wise and prudent to discover what these foibles are. Knowledge will eventually be gained from past experience. Other than that, keep open a cocked ear during conversation with seasoned exhibitors you find this valuable information can save yourself a few quid/dollars before writing out your intended expensive entry. On entering the ring, settle your dog down with a comforting pat and a quiet word of assurance before standing or the call to move him. This can achieve a soothing affect. Don’t be afraid to stop if your dog sets off too fast, reassure him by a gentle pat and start again. Movement is a most important point to consider. Find your dog’s best walking speed. Ask a knowledgeable friend to assist by pointing out any obvious faults. Should the animal walk with a padding or hackney action, or moving close behind, try moving at a slower pace or faster speed until you find the best to suit your dog. 22


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A further tip – find the biggest mirror available by practising in front of it you will see yourself as others see you and allows you to iron out a number of faults and mistakes. Many people find it is most uncomfortable standing the wrong side of their dog. Many prefer to use their natural hand side. Problems surface when they are required to use the side they are unaccustomed to. Being ambidextrous in this department is most advantageous. You will find from time to time judges require this awkward task to be performed by wanting a side on view. They also may wish to have dogs standing face on or perhaps back-to-back. If unprepared, this will be the time for you to curse your cak handed performance and possibly the loss of that coveted C.C. or even meritorious Best in Show. Mats at indoor shows are usually provided. These are for your dog's assistance by allowing more stability and grip to the floor surface. Take cognisance of the fact it is dog which should be

mat then trying to stand your dog with a great degree of difficulty on the same highly polished surface.

taking advantage of the mat and not the handler. Much to my amusement have seen this little indiscretion applied many times with the dog scrambling about on the polished floor. During a large class; room on the mat may become a premium. Again, it is prudent to make sure you manage to obtain your own little square of operation rather than find yourself pushed off the 23


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The following are Do's and Don’ts. Don’t let your dog bark insescently at other dogs while other dogs are being gone over and are under the immediate eye of the judge. They may well be as feisty as your dog and possibly this distraction may prevent them from showing at their best. I feel it is bad manners and most unsportsmanlike, the odd spat can be overlooked. Make sure you have entered the right class and always have your ring number in a prominent place! Beware in a large class of which is the last dog to be seen -meaning, being aware and ready to prepare your dog for the final inspection, especially if you are among the first few in a large class. Finally, great pleasure is gained by winning. No one enjoys the misery of loosing. In the past I have experienced my share of the latter. Always keep in mind dog showing is supposed to be a pleasure. Avoid taking the whole matter too seriously. Try to look on the bright side although you have been less than successful on the day. - Next week, 'another show - another judge' perhaps with a different view and opinion - bringing further optimism and hope for future shows.

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A Pearl of Great Advice by Noel Banks Sometimes a great article comes to us from other breeds. Good information is worthy no matter the source if it has proven value. Therefore we at TSK have brought you this gem. We hope you enjoy!

In the commercial world of greyhound breeding, the following statement has often been made by an enthusiast becoming attracted to the sport of the greyhound: “1 decided to get a bitch pup rather than a dog pup as if it is no good for racing at least I can breed a litter and get my money back.”

A horse breeder once told me, “A good mare gives more than half to her foal.” This was a knowledgeable man, a long-time successful breeder. I started to object — genetically the inheritance gift must be half. “No,” he went on to say. “At the instant that the egg is fertilised, they have each given one half, stud and mare, but from What a fallacy! No doubt in a majority of these that point on it is the mare's own healthy body that cases, a later mating would be effected with a nourishes that newly created life. At the instant of currently popular sire, with thoughts of ready sale of fertilisation that organism acquired its total the progeny uppermost in the breeder's mind, potential. From then on realisation of that potential without due regard to the needs of compatibility of will be up to the dam.” bloodlines, temperament, conformation, and. of course, a continuation of inherited inability in This is as true for the brood bitch as it is for the relation to speed or pace. mare. Man, the breeder of record, will assume the responsibility only at some time after the actual Perhaps the following article, although it was birth, and if that responsibility must be taken very originally written in relation to another species of early in the young life, it is very possible that no canine, is equally applicable to the practical and matter how diligent the care, it will never provide proper approach to those deeply interested in the what could have been derived from a healthy, reproduction of the greyhound. (*or Stafford) temperamentally sound dam providing from her own body the perfect diet, warmth, and security. 28


A Pearl of Great Advice by Noel Banks The creation of a fine brood bitch must begin generations before the day she first whelps. Not only must she come from stock notable for beauty of form and movement, and stability of temperament ideal for her breed, but there should be also behind her generations of dams granddams who whelped easily, normally, and who nourished their litters without assistance, and who never slackened their attention to the cleanliness and safety of their broods. Laziness and weakness in the whelping box, enough to make the surgical birth, caesarean section, necessary, and irresponsible maternal attitudes seem to be inherited. A bitch puppy whelped naturally in peaceful, comfortable surroundings, and given the proper care by her dam from the first anxious lick, seems also to be 'programmed' for performance of the same duties when her turn comes. Modern veterinary medicine coupled with the know how of the experienced breeder have today made it possible to save many a pup, even many a litter that would a few decades past never have lived to maturity. This becomes a mixed blessing for it enables us to preserve the constitutionally inferior animal and from it propagate a weakened strain. The medical skills that can save the strong pup from epidemic viral disease and accidental post-natal injury are far too often employed to preserve a life that nature has marked as inadequate for continuance of the race. That body beautiful brought precariously into this world and maintained here solely through human effort and against nature’s will to eliminate the weak

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may well survive to pass many essential weaknesses throughout subsequent generations. Trust a good bitch. If she has six strong, wriggling, greedy puppies filled with the unlimited urge to survive, fighting for their nourishment, thriving, don’t be upset about that seventh one that she has shoved off into a cool corner to expire. If she has been handling her personal affairs up to this point suitably, assume she knows something you don't know. Let that one go! And that littlest one who can't seem to hang on to a tit—let it go! Many a tiny one is unbudgeable as is the biggest in the litter. Vigour and ability to survive is unallied with size, large or small. Long ago in the eager altruistic early days of my dog-breeding experience it was a matter of pride to 'save them air. And many a time I was successful. One little female that I remember especially had to be fed minute quantities of food every two hours. Because she had thus become very dear to my

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A Pearl of Great Advice by Noel Banks heart as a result of our great battle together, I gave her to a very good home. Within four months she had succumbed to the worst all-over case of red mange I have ever seen; she grew bald and scarred. I recommended euthanasia but her owners persisted with the most time-consuming care. At the age of two-and-a-half years, after finally achieving an orderly estral cycle, she kicked the mite and haired out almost completely, except for a few areas permanently scarred as a result of secondary bacterial infections. Very much against my advice they bred her. Slow, difficult labour produced two pups and a caesarean section the remained four, of which one was dead and another dying. Massive infections followed and ultimately one pup survived. A few months later the bitch did finally have to be euthanised because of almost complete paralysis from back trouble. Full and half sisters of this same bitch, out of the same dam, bitches vigorous and strong from birth on are the best whelpers, the strongest, fiercest, most infectionresistant members of my kennel gang. Without details, I will say that something like this did have to happen more than once before 1 became a believer. Now, when someone mentions a lot of trouble with a litter, I ask questions about a bitch's family and make a mental note to follow the reproductive career of the survivors. Far too often the sad story is repeated in varying forms. The inherent weaknesses having to do with reproductive capacity express themselves differently in the male. The undescended testicle is one thing, the low or non-existent sperm count another. The breed as a whole is luckier than the individual proud owner when a terrific performer fails to reproduce himself. It suffers sorely when the constitutionally

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inadequate male that has been kept alive at all cost and raised to maturity because of his famous parentage and sheer external beauty does succeed in reproducing himself prodigiously. “We didn't want to lose the bloodline,” may be the excuse. If that bloodline is essentially sturdy, this weakling will not honour it, and if not, chances are that this line is one that nature, if left to her own devices, would have cancelled some generations earlier. There is a bonus benefit. Inherent constitutional vigor carries with it in both the male and the female the ability to resist infection, disease, and even severe parasitical infestation. The animal will flesh out and grow glossy coated with only a good maintenance diet, not requiring a superfluity of dietary supplements as it is able to extract the maximum available in the food ingested. It will adjust readily to extremes of heat and cold, thus it will require less artificial heating and cooling in the kennel. This in turn reduces chances of illness from changes of weather and temperature in the course of shipping and traveling. This healthy animal will cost you a lot less in time and money to keep in top condition and may even spare you the heartache of an early demise, with possible disruption of carefully formulated breeding plans. So, if your bitch is beautiful and healthy, strong and natural in her breeding behaviour, talented in the performance of her maternal duties—trust her. Pick your winners from the healthiest of her offspring. Honor her—she will honor you — this pearl of great price.

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A Pearl of Great Advice by Noel Banks Noel Banks [Pioneer] Years involved in industry: 40 Category : Pioneer NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS: §

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National Coursing Association Secretary 17 years

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National Coursing Association Executive 14 years

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Original Director of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association   

Born in Dalmore near Tooradin in May 1921, Noel Banks OAM spent his early childhood in Oakleigh where he went to the local primary school and then to Caulfield Technical School. His first job was with the Singer sewing machine company in Melbourne where he earned 17 pounds and six shillings a week.

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Club. He commenced as NCA secretary in 1969, initially for a three-month period, but stayed in the position for 17 years. Before joining the NCA, Banks was one of the original directors of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA) and was appointed to the Greyhound Racing Control Board (GRCB) in 1964, which he served with distinction for 24 years. "Noel was proactive and always searching for ways to improve coursing. He was a deep thinker, and he didn't want his name up in lights," Mills said. "And he wouldn't stand for any skulduggery. He was straight down the line and kept a lot of people honest." In addition to his work in greyhounds, Banks was a Justice of the Peace and a committeeman of the Bendigo Coursing Association. For 10 years he was president of the Kyneton Shire, the government nominee on the Kyneton Water Trust and a member of the Kyneton Sewerage Authority. He was also president of the Kyneton Football Club for six years, president of the Bendigo Football League for 14 years and president of the Victorian Country Leagues Association for six years, and acted as president and treasurer of the Kyneton GolfBowling Club.

Banks later worked at the West Oakleigh abattoirs and 'graduated' to the Oakleigh brickyards where his father and three brothers worked. He returned to the brickyards Noel Banks was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in after WWII and eventually bought a truck to cart bricks until the late 1960s. When he was 11 he was given his first 1986. He passed away in November 2001, aged 80. greyhound - Winellie - by an uncle who had rescued the dog from injury after it was bewildered by the traffic in Flinders Street. He began following coursing in 1934 after the opening of the Sandown Speed Coursing track where he won his first plumpton competition. Winnellie, was bought for 10 pounds (around $685 these days). He also raced one of Silver Chief's pups, a greyhound named Cansia, which had his first win on the tin hare at Harold Park. Banks won an unprecedented 11 Waterloo Cups as either the breeder and/or trainer. One of these Waterloo Cup winners, Sylvan Prince also won three country cups and was runner-up to the immortal Temlee in the 1974 Maturity Classic. "He left nothing to chance in the preparation of a coursing greyhound. And he gave plenty of thought to breeding," said incumbent NCA president Tony Mills, who was 10 years old when he started walking greyhounds with Banks. "I picked up a lot of things from Noel, from both a training and administrative perspective." Banks devoted a lifetime to sport but particularly to his first passion, coursing. Banks became a member of the NCA executive in 1955, representing the Tynong Coursing 31


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Canine Structure and Compensations by E. Katie Gammill, AKC Judge, TheDogPlace.org Exhibition Editor Words associated with structure sometimes need clarification for breeders and dog show judges. That’s when what we thought we knew becomes NEW knowledge.

Thank you to those allowing the use of the images for this article. The dogs in this article were selected for their virtues in construction.

BALANCE: To “equalize” or “arrange” elements with each other resulting in more perfect harmony. When a judge rewards this “more pleasing arrangement” as correct, do two wrongs make a right? Why is it easier to win with a dog that is wrong at both ends than it is to win with an outstanding dog with a single fault. FAULT JUDGING: Passing on an exceptional dog due to a single weakness and accepting something totally incorrect simply because it does nothing wrong. Balance is simply an “excuse”.   SYMMETRY IS BALANCE WITHOUT EXAGGERATION Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Symmetry is “balanced proportions.” It brings something into a pleasing arrangement. Dog judges with an “eye” see the dog as a whole. “Filling the eye” means no one thing out of place. Therefore, when the eye is drawn to a particular part of any animal such as rear, coat, front, or head, it usually is incorrect because it is IN EXAGGERATION. Many judges

carry a template in their head and fit the dog into it. Having an “eye” means a judge recognizes symmetry. Dogs filling that “eye” have not been “jury-rigged” or rectified by nature due to incompatible faults. COMPENSATIONS FOR FRONT INCORRECTNESS Something of interest can be seen in the head proportions. Be it a “balanced” (there’s that word again) head piece or one with shorter muzzle than back skull, take note the length from nose tip to the occipital bone is often the same length as the occipital bone to the withers. If this occurs, the front legs will be beneath the body where they belong. The bulldog standard depicts this beautifully. Draw a line through the withers. The head and neck will set” in front of “that line. Drop the line to fall on the front toes. If the head sits directly on the withers, you have a “straight front”. Dogs reach only as far as the shoulder lays back. A straight front places 35


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the legs further forward on the narrow part of the rib

perpendicular and parallel hock. If the hock passes

cage. Behind each elbow will be a “pocket”. Straight fronts cause the dog to reach from the elbow rather than reaching and opening the shoulder. This dog may pad, wing out, bow out, or “crab” to get out of the way of its driving rear. It’s

the butt bone, the pup is overt angulated and won’t change. If it doesn’t reach the butt bone, the dog will stand under itself. Some stacked dog continually adjust their feet despite a handler’s efforts to smooth out the top line.

nature’s adjustment that allows the dog to function. Head and neck proportions are visible as early as 12 weeks of age. If puppy doesn’t have a neck at this age, it won’t grow one!

Over-angulated rears are usually cow-hocked. They bow in or out when moving. The entire hock may lie on the ground when trotting. In an effort to avoid running over the front, the hind toes may curl on the

COMPENSATIONS FOR REAR

follow through to buy a few seconds of timing. Some dogs kick too high behind and some will have a “ping” or “hitch” every few steps to coordinate the rear drive with the restricted front movement. Again, natures solves a “timing issue”.

OVERANGULATION Over-angulation can be seen at 3 months. Lift the hock gently, raise it toward the ischium or BUTT bone. If it meets perfectly, the upper and lower thigh is of the same length. This balance creates the

When the front is more correct than the rear, the dog will be “sickle or locked hocked”. The rear reach should equal the follow through motion. Due to a short front stride, this rear action CANNOT be completed and the result is obvious on side movement. Dogs “stacked” may appear more level, but many have a “carp back”. This “carp” accommodates the lack of balance and allows the lower assembly to propel the dog forward. (Re: Front action is lifting, bowing, padding) Shepherds in Germany and the US reflect both types and dogs are analyzed in the context of which they appear. The standard “higher at withers, sloping into a level back, without sag or roach” is pretty explicit.

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COMMONALITIES BETWEEN BREEDS Breeds have commonalities, so view the skeletons. From the withers to the back of the ribs cage is 2/3 of the back length. From the back of the ribs to the hip bones is 1/3 of the length, thus making the whole. These proportions reflect a short back and long underline. This enables the dog to function efficiently. Different breeds describing proportions consider measuring different ways, but this works. Draw a line through the withers and it falls on the front leg. Draw a line from the ischium bone and it will drop slightly in front of the rear toe. This is a symmetrical dog! Not being a vet, I don’t speak in medical terms. I have lived with a savvy horseman over half a century and am a great observer of horses and dogs. Participating in judging contests and sitting a saddle makes one aware of structural faults. One might consider that different breeds of horses have evolved by the concentration of a particular fault or virtue to the extent it becomes a new breed such as the Tennessee Walker, Paso Fino, trotter, pacer, Saddle Bred and Arabian. Each breed is balanced and perfected for its intended function and type. However, some gaits are intensified by strenuous training techniques, weights, or consistent breeding of a physical trait.  

Not all judges and breeders will understand this. Today’s breeders have an opportunity to apply this information to their dogs. Sitting ringside watching conformation and competitive events of both horses and dogs is educational. It also explains the joy of being a judge. It’s the continuous search for the animal excelling in structure, movement, and breed type, one that “fills the eye” and makes the heart beat faster!   http://www.thedogplace.org/ShowPlace/CanineStructure_Gammill-125.asp credit www.thedogplace.com, B.J. . Andrews editor

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How to Teach Loose-Leash Walking

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Get your dog to walk without pulling! But how? We are masters atallowing our dogs to drag us down the street. The most asked question at obedience classes and private consultations is "how can I get my dog not to pull on his leash?" As far as dogs and leashes are concerned, we want to arrange things so that loose leashes "pay off" and tight leashes don't. Historically trainers encouraged folks to act like a tree the moment their dog began to pull on the leash. This method does work nicely with puppies, but it just doesn't work for the adolescent or older dog who has learned to pull you around. The following method requires first, that all or most reinforcement will come from behind you and second, that you will toss the food to the ground—not far—so the dog has to look for it.

Let's play Loose-leash walking is going to begin as a game. Here are a few simple steps you will train BEFORE you do any walking with your dog: Put your dog's leash on and just stand still. When your dog releases the tension on the leash, click and show him the treat in your hand. Let him see you place the treat on the ground by the outside of your left foot. Once he's eaten the treat, move to the end of the range of the leash so it is taut and stand quietly. When he moves to release the

tension, click. Show him the treat and place it by your left foot. You don't care about eye contact. What you are teaching is that releasing the leash tension gets clicked and treated. Do this a number of times. Continue to stand now that your dog is not pulling. Now you will click for eye contact. After the click, treat by your left foot. Remember after he has finished eating the treat to move to the end of the leash. Put your dog's leash on and just stand still. When your dog releases the tension on the leash, click and show him the treat in your hand. Let him see you place the treat on the ground by the outside of your left foot. Once he's eaten the treat, move to the end of the range of the leash so it is taut and stand quietly. When he moves to release the tension, click. Show him the treat and place it by your left foot. You don't care about eye contact. What you are teaching is that releasing the leash tension gets clicked and treated. Do this a number of times. Continue to stand now that your dog is not pulling. Now you will click for eye contact. After the click, treat by your left foot. Remember after he has finished eating the treat to move to the end of the leash. 40


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Click and treat three times for looking at you while on a loose leash. Again, just standing with your dog on a loose leash, looking at you, toss your treats right past your dog's nose to about three feet away. When dog eats the treats and comes back to you looking for more, click and treat by placing the food by the outside of your left foot. Move and repeat.

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Again toss the treat right past your dog's nose. When your dog finishes eating it and turns around to come back to you, you turn your back and start walking. (Just take a few steps in the beginning.) When you dog catches up to you, but before he gets past your pant leg, click and treat. Repeat.

As your dog gets better and you can now walk quite a distance without forging and pulling, don't Note: Make sure when you toss the food it goes right past the dog's nose. fail to reward This is the warm-up. Now that you have the dog following you for a few steps intermittently. For your it is time to start walking and reinforcing behind or next to you. dog to walk without Training on the move pulling he has to believe (because you rewarded Your dog is on leash. You turn away from him and start walking. Your dog him) that there is a better follows. As the dog catches up to you and is coming up next to you—maybe even makes eye contact—mark (click) and drop the treat next to your left foot. chance of good things Don't keep moving and be sure the first few times that you let the dog know near you than in the wide that you have food in your hand. Once he's finished his treat, start again. world. Use the long line if Show him the treat and then turn and take a few steps away from him, walk till he catches up, drop the treat next to you or a little behind. you have to control your dog and are not taking a Note: Dropping food next to your side or a little behind helps the dog to stay close to you. It prevents the dog from anticipating and forging ahead. So drop walk. Remember, if you never let the leash get the food behind you or you can even let the dog take it out of your hand behind your back. Don't drop the food so far away that the dog has to drag tight, your dog won't learn you to get it. that he can pull you. What he doesn't know won't Start again. Begin to walk in such a way that the dog is at an angle beside you or is behind you. As the dog catches up, drop the food behind you (or hurt him or you! next to your pant leg). Once the dog has eaten the food and is coming back toward you, start walking away from him again. Try for more steps before dropping. Timing is everything! Don't let the dog get in front of you. If he does, pivot away, wait till he catches up BUT is next to you or slightly behind you (or his nose is at your pant seam), and drop the food. Now it's your job to increase the number of steps before dropping the food behind you. Never drop food if your dog has gotten in front of you. Work towards walking more steps before rewarding. You can vary this and reinforce while he is next to you if you wish, or toss the treat way behind you so the dog has to hunt for it and then reinforce him for catching back up to you.

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HEALTH TESTING The Stafford Knot wishes to provide the following information for your convenience. TSK encourages health testing of all Staffordshire Bull Terriers, especially those used for breeding purposes and/or performance events. The testing is made available to be used as a tool to eliminate certain diseases from a breeding program. Used wisely, this can be accomplished. The following testing information is provided as a service to you, however should not be used as the only health checks your Stafford receives. There are many more health issues to be considered when breeding dogs, caring for dogs and when looking to buy a purebred dog. As always, please seek the advice of your personal veterinary specialists for your day-to-day needs of your dogs. Thank you!

* * * Please note - a CERF or PHPV test done by a canine ophthalmologist is NOT the same test as the DNA test for HC - BOTH tests should be carried out * * * ***PLEASE send in your test results for the databases. Accurate records are valuable to the breed*** Remember, if you choose to breed from a carrier you must test the entire resulting litter to determine clears & carriers. Thus if you choose to keep a carrier from that litter, the same must be done for each subsequent litter resulting from breeding carriers. If you sell carrier pups, please consider spay/neuter so that more carriers are not produced. With the advent and ease of genetic testing many of these diseases could be eliminated by only breeding clear to clear. To use a known carrier requires an extra step of responsibility. There is no excuse to breed an untested dog.

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I’m not sure if you can answer this question for me, or if it is even a real question but I am curious about why your publication and the registery parent clubs around the world are not working together in order to centralize information for judges, breeders and puppy buyers. Your breed is a difficult one to understand as there are so many variations and so many differing (strong) opinions and viewpoints regarding what they are to look like, act like and be judged like. It seems to me that it would be advantageous to the breed as a whole if your publication could somehow help lead the way to more unity in this breed. Just wanted to send this question in to see if you have an answer or ideas. (unsigned email)

be open to working with any and

of the mind that lack of

all interested parties on some level to help achive this goal of

exaggeration equals balance.

convergence.

We are currently working with an artist to improve our Illustrated

We would also like to say that

Breed Standard to simplify it and

one reason The Stafford Knot was to give the readers better images. started was because by not being associated with one particular

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governing body, this frees us up

take this opportunity to invite any

to publish ALL articles, opinions

registry parent club to join our

and images without having to go through the politics involved in

efforts of education, promotion of health testing and financial

trying to please everyone.

support of rescue.

We try very hard to portray all

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aspects of the breed from many

hope we were able to satisfy you

viewpoints in an unedited and

somewhat with answers. Please

unbiased manner. Additionally we

feel free to write to us at any time.

make changes and updates often

Perhaps an introduction would be

as new or proven information is

nice so that we can continue

sent to us as needed for improvements.

correspondence and work on some concrete ideas how we can make your requests a reality.

We are a 100% volunteer group of Stafford fanciers from all

Dear Anonymous (your hotmail address email was not signed) We feel that your questions and suggestions are certainly justified and valid and we would

across the globe. Each of us has a slightly differing opinion but with the goal to portray a healthy, balanced animal which meets the breed standard. This slight differing of ideas is natural with any group, but we strive to remain

Thank you! to our readers for sending us your feedback. We include a FEEDBACK form on the website. Please feel free to submit your questions, suggestions & comments. TSK cannot survive without all of YOU!

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BRAGS, SHOWS, LITTER ANNOUNCEMENTS New Titles EMAIL CH STAFFMAX BRONX CAT, RN, CGC

Staffjoy’s Nobelse Oblige x CH Staffjoy’s Georgie Girl

Kate handles Kitty for two more titles: Rally Novice and Canine Good Citizen Congratulations, Kate and Kitty!

Breeder: Kristi Johnson Owners: Kate & Brenda Holmen

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Club Shows EMAIL NESBTC "CLASSIC" WEEKEND Join us for another NESBTC "Classic" Weekend filled with fun, food, and a great time. Jodie Sing (Pranksta - AU) - Friday Michelle Murphy (Brockmar - IRL) - Sweepstakes - Friday Liz Stanway (Waystaff - UK) - Saturday Judith Heller (Moonstruck - US) - Sweeps - Saturday

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FROM THE EDITOR “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead (1902-1978) I was taught at a very early age if I wanted something done to just get up and do it myself. I don’t wait for others to do it for me. I jump right in and make changes or I volunteer my time to help others or create projects where I see a need. I know that this is not how many people act and thats okay too. I dont volunteer my time to satisfy the needs of others but rather to satisfy my own wants and needs. If I see something that needs doing, I make arrangements to get it done. Four years ago I saw a need for an informational unbiased publication, promoting health testing and at the same time - raising much needed funds for Stafford rescue. The Stafford Knot, Inc. began as a small way to just raise money and get information out to the world. We had no hidden agenda or anything so complicated as that at all. Just a simple fund raising newsletter. In four years, 28 issues later, we have developed into a full sized publication with a distribution of thousands worldwide. We have a Facebook and Twitter following. Our website receives 1000’s of hits daily. Each issue receives up to 10,000 unique hits and we have raised $15,000+ for Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescues worldwide. We offer fundraisers of various types and we have now begun an incredibly complex database to track health and behavioral issues in the breed.

We appeal to pet owners, performance, sport and working dog owners, show folks and those just interested in the breed for other reasons. Judges in all registries around the world read The Stafford Knot, Inc. and according to their feedback - they like it! We have published over a dozen updates to our Illustrated Breed Standard project and are currently working with an artist on a new version due out early next year. We have worked with several breed clubs in putting together Judge Seminars for several registries. All of this takes full time work, dedication and time - LOTS OF TIME! We have asked for volunteers in each issue over the last four years. There have been several dozen breed fanciers and several folks in other breeds volunteer in many ways. At this time we are looking for someone who is Mac savvy to take over my position as editor so that I can concentrate on my many other projects. We also need a web person to work closely with the editor to keep the website fresh and updated with each issue. Until we find those volunteers we may not see another issue of TSK, but our Database project should be in full swing within the month. We are asking that each of our subscribers and followers PLEASE take advantage of this database by creating a Breeder or Owner profile and then create a page for each of your dogs - living and/or disceased. Be as detailed as possible. Any health certificates that you upload

are only visible to yourself and our Database moderator. Once you upload your certificate you will receive a VERIFIED status besides each certificate you send us. Until then, you may select that tests were completed, however you will see PENDING next to the test. Within this Database, you will be able to track pedigrees, photos, behavioral issues, link with friends, send private messages, search dogs by tests completed, owners name or breeders name. The success of this project depends wholly on YOU! We are serious when we tell you that years of work is behind this project and we will rely upon YOU to help us make it work and offer value for our dogs. Thank you to all who have advertised in TSK over the years and thank you also to those of you who have volunteered your time promoting the publication, writing articles, helping to sell advertising, sharing us on FB and subscribing. The next level is the Database and new version of the Illustrated Breed Standard. With your continued support we CAN make a difference!

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BACK ISSUES email editor@thestaffordknot.com for copies of articles if not linked here January 2010 Issue #1, Vol #1 Articles include: Joseph Dunn - Hints to the Novice SBT=Bulldog+Terrier February 2010 Issue #2, Vol #1 Articles include: SBT Breed Seminar, Raymond Crilly Breeders Code of Silence SBT Exhibition Center

March 2010 Issue #3, Vol #1 Articles include: Balance & Movement PHPV - Tala’s Story Demodectic Mange - Alternative Therapies for Treatments

July 2010 Issue #7, Vol #1 Articles include: Dogs Who Fly - Dock Diving Judging My Way The Holy Grail How to Weight Pull with your Staffordshire Bull Terrier Track Training - Starting Out Flyball - “Organized Chaos”

August 2010 - Veterans! Issue #8, Vol #1 Articles include: Grey Muzzles & Puppy Dog Tales Staying in the Game My Sunshine Tammy Alf May be viewed HERE

September 2010 Issue #9, Vol #1 Articles include:

April 2010 Issue #4, Vol #1 Articles include: Training Your Stafford RX For Whelping & Caesarians Forequarters What You See is What You Get What Price Glory The Tragic Loss of Bloodlines Early Neurological Stimulation & Mentoring in America A Very Special Boy Meets His 1st Stafford May be viewed HERE May 2010 Issue #5, Vol #1 Articles include: Info on Health Testing Tan Point Markings - AKA Black & Tan Staffords in Working Trials Fibro Cartila....what? How to Select Against Genetic Disease with Knowledge, Not Hope June 2010 Issue #6, Vol #1 Articles include: GDC Genetics Interview Balance in the SBT One By One - What YOU can do! The Disappearing Sperm SBT Breed Record Holders

October 2010 Issue #10, Vol #1 Articles include: Living With Cushings Don't Steal My Joy What is Natural Rearing Using Genetic Pedigree May be viewed HERE November 2010 Issue #11, Vol #1 Articles include: Miracles Do Happen Nostalgia The Versatile Stafford The Genetic Pedigree Arnica Montana May be viewed HERE

December 2010 Issue #12, Vol #1 Articles include: The Breed Today Puppies For Christmas Pets As Therapy Understanding Recessive Genes A Tribute To Trilby When Things Don’t Go As Planned May be viewed HERE January-February 2011 Issue #1, Vol #2 Articles include: Arthritis How Cassie Became an Australian Obedience Champion What is L2-HGA? Teaching Bite Inhibition The Truth About Vaccines The Eukanuba Experience Q&A - Toplines May be viewed HERE March - April 2011 Issue #2, Vol #2 Articles include: Cherish Every Moment Importance of Nutrition in Natural Healing What is CERF? Competitive Obedience Understanding Judging Consistency How Diatomaceous Earth Works Q&A - Underjaw May be viewed HERE May - June 2011 Issue #3, Vol #2 Articles include: Tally Ho - Lure Coursing The Topline of the SBT The Rule of Fives Interview - Norman Berry (Rendorn) Renal Disease in Canines Hereditary Cataracts in Staffords Q&A - Bites May be viewed HERE

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BACK ISSUES email editor@thestaffordknot.com for copies of articles if not linked here July - August 2011 Issue #4, Vol #2 Articles include:

Mar - Apr 20112 Issue #2, Vol #3 Articles include:

Breed Specific Legislation Hip Dysplasia Preferred Breed Type The Problem with Dog Parks What Veterinarians are Saying About

Vaccination Reactions Can Mimic Disease Symptoms Phil Drabble Playing COI Kennel Blindness

the Raw Diet Interview with Tony Brindley (Cabrindle) How It All Began May be viewed HERE

Bull & Terrier Letter To The Editor: Structure May be viewed HERE

Sept - Oct 2011 Issue #5, Vol #2 Articles include: Got Itch? The Backyard Puppy Sportsmanship, Part 1 Sportsmanship Revisited Dog Showing Q&A - Slipped Hocks May be viewed HERE Nov - Dec 2011 Issue #6, Vol #2 Articles include: The SBT Standard - A Personal Interpretation Breeding - The Big Picture Where Have All The Pure Breeds Gone? The Ostrich Syndrome Foster Mom Finds Rewards The Head of a Staffordshire Bull terrier Q&A - Hocks Let Down May be viewed HERE Jan - Feb 2012 Issue #1, Vol #3 Articles include: Faultlessness vs Virtue A Dog Named Tilly BSL - Banning Lassie Meet the Breed What is Your Target? Choice of Stud Dog Letter To The Editor: Imports May be viewed HERE

May - June 2012 Issue #3, Vol #3 Articles include: SCSBTS 75th Anniversary of 1st Show Hints to the Novice: Joe Dunn Our Dogs - Review of 1936 by HN Beilby The Breed According to Fred Phillips Pictorial Early Staffords Letter To The Editor: Weak Structure May be viewed HERE July - Aug 2012 Issue #4, Vol #3 Articles include: Line Breeding - Past & Present Building Confidence Why The Shit Hits The Fan Flying Bricks - Flyball The Stud Dog

Nov - Dec 2012 Issue #6, Vol #3 Articles include: On Balance Changing Estimates Staff Only Slipping Hocks Puppy Puzzle

2011 - 2012 Issues also include Illustrated Breed Standard Information on Health Testing Featured Rescues Stud Gallery

Working & Conditioning Staffords Unleashed Q&A Fighting Weight May be viewed HERE Winter 2013 (New Format) Issue #1, Vol #4 Articles include: The 5 Virtues - Lorelei Craig (Ciera) Tan Point Markings - AKA Black & Tan (Sian Hammond - Hammystaff) Judging Abroad - Chris Jacksic (Jaxstock) Reprogramming the Second Hand Dog - Erica Pardy From Clueless to Champion - Deb Roseman May be viewed HERE Spring 2013 (New Format) Issue #2, Vol #4 Articles include: Important Steps to Safely Foster a Rescue Dog Lorelei Craig (Ciera) An Exceptional Dog - CH Caring Positive Profile Tony Brindley (Cabrindle) We Are Not Judging Statues - Lisa Dubé Forman

All Breed Lure Coursing - Sara Lenahan AKC Judge Champions of the Past (Pictorial) - Brian Owen Letter To The Editor: Judge Competency May be viewed HERE May be viewed HERE Summer 2013 (New Format) Issue #3, Vol #4 Sept - Oct 2012 Articles include: Issue #5, Vol #3 Saxon the Stafford, Service Dog in Training Articles include: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Hindquarters – A General TSK Photo Contest Sporting Bull & Terrier Klub Polska Karyn Dawes Tribute Q&A Demuxed Progression in Animal/Human Behaviour May be viewed HERE

Overview - Mick Smith How I Trained My Service Dog Evolution of The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Standard Pumpkin Seeds: A Natural Solution For Worms May be viewed HERE

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