News

In this section are various articles of interest, some written by ourselves, some taken from other publications.

Replacement Roof for the SBT Heritage Centre

Paddy Enfield

Ok folks we now have a dilemma that will affect the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Community "Worldwide". We have to ask ourselves a question !!! Do we want the Heritage Centre to carry on for the benefit of us at home & for those overseas to visit whilst guests in our country ? If it's a no then fine but if it's a yes then now is the time to think & help. The roof on the centre is the last but most expensive job that needs doing. More importantly it's also the one job if not done that could be sounding the trumpets that see it close down. The council…

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Linking The Past To The Present - Part 6

There are many other items that are of historical note that Gerald and Gwen left behind and a great place to see such memorabilia is at the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Heritage Centre, Albert Street, Wednesbury, WS10 7EW. The Centre has recently opened at this new venue and there is a separate article in The Stafford Knot covering this prestigious event. But for now, I will leave…

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Linking The Past To The Present - Part 5

When Gerald died in 1982, shortly after Gwen had passed away, his niece, Pearl Wood (nee Dudley), who knew Harry quite well through his friendship with her Uncle and Aunt, invited Harry to have whatever Stafford memorabilia he wanted when the Dudley's house was cleared. Some…

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Linking The Past To The Present - Part 4

When Harry and Maureen arrived at Gerald and Gwen's, Gerald confirmed that Mr McKellar had indeed been and collected his "pick" of the litter. "But don't worry" said Gerald, "he's left the best one for you"!!! And, as it turned out, Gerald was right - Harry and Maureen brought home their first "show dog" who was to be registered at the Kennel Club using their newly acquired "HAMASON" affix -…

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Linking The Past To The Present - Part 3

During 1970/1971, Harry began to attend various dog shows as an observer, thinking this dog-showing may be something he would like to try. From his upbringing and experience of Staffords, he already knew that, though Patch was loved, she was not of show quality, so his search for a suitable pup began. He and Maureen went to visit several breeders and looked at quite a few litters but decided, from his knowledge of the breed, that none of the puppies he saw were of the quality and breeding that he wanted for his first foray into the show ring. Newcomers to the breed should take note here - by all means have a Stafford, love a Stafford,…

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Linking The Past To The Present - Part 2

The show was a great success with twenty seven Staffords on show that day including: Shaws Jim (Jim the Dandy), Birche's Monty (Vindictive Monty), Peggs Joe (Fearless Joe), Harpers Dreadnought, Silver Queenie, Our Paddy, Foxalls Lady, Tranters Bessie, Brindle Tigress, Brindle Thelma, Hardwicke's Flossie, Smiths Brindle, Brave Nell, Shell Of Gold, Laws Queenie and Quick The Devil. The dogs that competed that day have since been made famous by the progeny they left behind them. Following the show, Mr Dunn decided to form a club and…

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Linking The Past To The Present - Part 1

LINKING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT By Clare Robinson-Cox (HAMASON) The origins of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as a breed is somewhat shrouded in mystery. It is agreed that there is a mixture of different terrier breeds involved but there has been much debate over the years as to what those different terrier breeds are. A major factor in this quandary is that historically, dogs were bred primarily for fashion,…

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Seasonal poisoning risks: Common household threats

As you start to head through the wintery months towards Spring, there are a few things to be wary of in order to best look out for your dog. Poisons are a lot more common than you might think and your dogs inquisitive nature can lead them to sniffing the wrong things out - but learning to recognise common risks can make all the difference to your dogs health and safety.…

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Puppies Update:

Well, the babies are now 2 weeks old and went for their vet check yesterday. Mom and Babies are all doing fine!! Rowdy & Cru2 both have their eyes open today and Baby Boo's are just about to open. They have all been gaining weight steadily and Cru2 has passed the 1kg mark today!! Rowdy & Baby Boo are not far behind. They are now all "official" with their Kennel Club Registrations having come back. Please welcome to the pack: Hamason…

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Our Puppies have arrived!!

Tess and Cruz are proud to announce the safe arrival of their 3 Boys. They were born on Saturday 9th November in the evening and Mom and Babies are all doing well. Two new Albums have been created in our Gallery, one with pictures of the…

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