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Newsletter Number 33
15th December 2010 - Newsletter Number
Thirty Three will start being posted out to the membership tonight.
Weather permitting, it should arrive by Christmas. The
envelope also contains this year's renewal notice. Enjoy the
Diary Page Updated
6th December 2010 - For those of you
particularly well organised, please note that the dates of the 2012
Open Shows have been amended on our diary page. The show
previously listed as taking place on 26th February 2012 is now going
to be on 15th January, and the show that was to take place on 25th
November has been moved to 27th October. Apologies for any
inconvenience, but this is not our idea. Check the
diary page for the full story.
We'd also like to take this opportunity
to inform you that the 2011 Annual General Meeting has been
scheduled for 27th March. All members will still get the
standard notice of the AGM, this is just an advance warning!
Advocates Heavyweight is Best
in November Open Show
28th November 2010 - Congratulations to
the Taylor, Willoughby, Gent and Jackson partnership whose dog
Advocates Heavyweight was judged best in show at The Bohunt
Centre today on referee Peter Hopgood's decision. Reserve Best
in Show and Best Opposite Sex was Miss K. Stevens and Miss D. Raynsford's
Raynstaff Do You Know Who I Am. Best Puppy
was Mr. & Mrs. P. Stanway and Miss L. McCulloch's Waystaff See The
Stars. For full results, click here to see the
show results page.
Dylan Needs a Home
24th November 2010 - As many of you
know, the Downlands SBT Club works closely with the Downlands
Rescue. The Rescue has had a dog in kennels for he past two
months whilst efforts are made to find him a new home. His
name is Dylan, and he is around five-six years old and very re-homeable,
but needs to go to a cat-free home. He was at one point placed
in a home with four cats with very unfortunate consequences for one
of them. Now that the weather is getting colder, a kennels is
not the place a Stafford wants to be, although they are very kind to
him. All he needs is a nice, warm cat-free home, and somebody
to love and look after, and be loved by, him. He is good in
the house and very affectionate (just like a Stafford, really!)
If you can help at all,
Ann Gatenby on
01730 828048. Please, someone, help make it a happy Christmas for
Dylan - a boy in need of a loving
Championship Show Schedule
available for Download
19th November 2010 -
The Schedule for our 2011 Championship Show is now available for
Download. Click on the link above.
Discover Dogs Discount
4th November 2010 -
The Kennel Club are offering a 10% discount on tickets for
Discover Dogs which
takes place at Earl's Court, London, next weekend, 13th and 14th
November for all members of the Downlands Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Club. To claim your discount, you'll need to quote a code,
which you can obtain by phoning our secretary, Ann Gatenby, on 01730
A Stressful Time For Dogs
28th October 2010 -
We're reposting this timely advice, first published last year.
The following is reproduced with the kind permission of Robin
Glover. Visit his website at
more good advice and information.
We are now
approaching the time of year that puts dogs (and other family pets)
under more stress that at any other. Halloween, Bonfire night and
then the run up to Christmas.
Halloween, that wondrous time of the year when gangs of small, and
not-so-small children travel from house to house demanding
protection money. “Okay, Old Woman! What’s it going to be, the
sweets or your front window?”
The temptation is to go to the door with your dog. Bad move,
and potentially very dangerous for the dog. He doesn’t know
it’s Halloween and when he goes to the door with you and is
confronted by loud, squealing, strangely-dressed creatures, he may
well fall back into defence drive. All your dog, any dog knows, is
how to be a dog. When a dog is threatened, angry, frightened or just
hacked off; they don’t call their lawyers - they bite. It’s called
If your dog bites, or even has a near miss with a child on your
doorstep, even if the callers are at fault, you will be looking at a
lot of grief and potentially fatal consequences for your dog - who,
after all, only did what he thought was right.
When you answer the door at any time, but particularly at times like
this, it's a good idea to put your dog in another room first.
After all, it’s not your dog's job to decide who can or can’t come
into the house, is it? Play safe, and nothing can go wrong for you,
your visitors or your best friend.
For Bonfire night, and the period of firework displays around it, you
will hopefully already have a system in place to keep your dog safe
and as relaxed as possible while all the noise is going on. If not,
perhaps you’d better arrange a consultation with a dog listener
before next year. Of course, that is not going to help your
dog now. If your dog is not concerned with the noise then
that’s fine, just carry on as normal. If your dog sees you
unconcerned he’ll be relaxed. Under no circumstances comfort
your dog - you will give him the signal that you are terrified too
and he is right to be frightened. If he does show signs of
fright or stress, just take him by the collar and hold him at your
side with no speech or eye contact. He will, at first,
continue to shake or bark. Ignore it until he relaxes.
How long will this take? Who knows? Every dog is different,
but relax he will. You can then silently release him. It
may be that shortly after there is another loud bang, and your dog
becomes stressed again. Repeat as above. Each time you
hold him by your side the time it takes for him to relax will
Which only leaves Christmas, another stressful time. So much to do,
so little time and it’s started already. Money is in short supply,
tempers get frayed. By the time the big day arrives, in some homes
it’s a war zone. Rowing parents, unwanted relatives, spoilt
children and burnt turkey. It can be bad for the humans - and
we know what’s going on! The poor old dog just wants to be
left alone. Give him a bit of peace if you can, somewhere he can
just go and chill out.
2004 - 2010 Robin Glover, PURE
Dog Listener. Reproduced by permission.
Hands On Breed-Specific
Judging Assessment Seminar Announced
6th September 2010 - We're
delighted to announce that we'll be holding a Hands On
Breed-specific Judging Assessment Seminar on Sunday 31st October.
For full details please, follow this link to our
June Open Show Judges'
Write-ups Added To The Show Results Page
30th June 2010 - We're
pleased to inform you that Dave Manito's and Mark Marshall's
write-ups have now been added to the show
results page. Click on the link to see them.
RAMBLIX REVISIONIST AT KHANSPRIDE JW is Best In Open Show
7th June 2010 - Congratulations to Mr J. R. & Mrs S. A. Lowe and Mr
A. Hedges, whose bitch Ramblix Revisitionist At Khanspride J.W.
was judged Best in Show at the Downlands June 2010 Open show, held
on 6th June at the Bohunt Centre, Liphook. Best Dog and Best
Opposite Sex was awarded to Miss J. Essex's Javawolf Mighty Mouse.
Best Puppy In Show went to Mr. N. & Mrs.Z. Robinson's Leger Son of
an Irishman. As ever, for full results please see our
show results page where full placings
and awards can be found.
26th May 2010 - We have had an urgent request to pass this on to you
all. It comes from our friends at the Southern Counties SBT
It is with grave concern and urgency
that we feel it crucial to contact you and ask you to spread the
Are you aware of the Dog Control
Bill that is currently on its second reading in the House of Lords
and the effect it will have on all our dogs?
We believe this bill is aimed at status, illegal and dangerous dogs
but it actually affects every dog in the country.
It is intended to replace the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) and other
legislation, but actually extends the power of the law into your
home and gardens.
Having taken legal opinion, it is imperative that you visit the
DEFRA website and complete their online questionnaire which
addresses a number of dog issues as well as this bill.
If you want to read the proposed bill, go to
As the bill stands, there would be a far greater chance of your dog
committing an offence that would be subject to the law, seizure and
Any act of aggression by your
dog towards another animal or person can be deemed a reportable
offence - with potentially fatal consequences.
How is your dog to know the
difference between a trespasser and a burglar?
If your dog chases a cat that
could be deemed an offence
Should your dog react to a child
entering your garden to retrieve a lost ball, is that an
This bill would remove your right to
a trial by jury in a dog biting case, as it would seem that such
offences could only be tried in the Magistrate's Court. Also, if
you wanted to appeal against a Dog Control Notice, then there would
be no form of Legal Aid available to do so.
responsible for the most serious dog biting incidents
face a reduced maximum fine of £5000 instead of the current
unlimited fine and a maximum of 6 month jail as opposed to the
current 2 years. Although the bill refers to a maximum 51-week
sentence, magistrates are currently only able to impose a maximum 6
It is great that this bill
would rescind breed-specific legislation. However, the worst case
scenario would be that during the committee stages this is
reintroduced and then leave us with both BSL and the increased
powers permitted by the bill. DEFRA is currently consulting on
dangerous dog related matters. Whilst not specifically looking at
this particular bill, DEFRA does ask for opinions on the law
on breed specific legislation, dangerous dogs cases, Dog Control
Notices as well as micro-chipping and insurance matters. It is
vital that as many of us as possible make DEFRA aware of our views
on these matters, especially as this bill is already before the
House of Lords.
WHO WILL ENFORCE THIS BILL?
In all likelihood, a local authority
employee - who may have had only a few days training
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - YOU ONLY
HAVE UNTIL 1ST JUNE TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
DEFRA is conducting a consultation on this bill and other dog
related matters. It is vital that as many of us as possible make
them aware how seriously this bill could affect us, the responsible
Get involved, and tell as many people as possible about this.
This request originates from the
SCSBTS Dog Control Bill sub-committee.
- When completing the DEFRA questionnaire, please be aware that when
you reach the end and press ”DONE” it will close, so make sure you
have said all you want before pressing “DONE”.
There is no “print” option so if you want a
record of what you have said try to “screen print” as you go.
8th May 2010 - We're
sorry to inform you that we have today been advised that one of our
life vice-presidents, Percy Tottman, passed away at the age of 89 on
15th April. Percy was a founder member of the club, and our
first show manager. Our thoughts are with his family at this
Breed Council Health Seminar
24th March 2010 - The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Council of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland is holding a Health Seminar on
Sunday 9th May at the Kennel Club building, Stoneleigh Park, Warks
For further details, please see our diary
Jamie Mace Confirmed as
08th March 2010 - We're pleased to announce that Jamie Mace was
elected President of the Downlands Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club
at the club's 2010 Annual General Meeting. Jamie has been
serving as acting President since the sad death of Pat Pritchard.
Jamie will now serve a two year term as President, in addition to
continuing his duties as Show Manager. Congratulations to
Jamie, the club wishes you well.
Top Dogs 2009 Announced
07th March 2010 - The
Top Dogs of 2009 have been announced. As you know, there are
three trophies which are available to members only.
||A & J Norris
Jorja on my Mind
||Who Da Thought
It Of Acutestaff
As the top scoring dog,
Fantazmic Megaboon takes the Perleen Shield.
Ramblestaff Jorja On My Mind wins the Oakshire Salver (as
top scoring bitch) and the Larry Cup (as top scoring puppy).
Congratulations and well done!
28th February 2010 -
For the first time in its 21-year history, the Downlands
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club has had to cancel a show.
Despite having done much of the set-up for the show on Saturday
night, on 7.30 on Sunday morning committee members arrived at The
Bohunt Centre, Liphook, to find that due to heavy rain overnight the
sports hall was flooded. The water was up to an inch deep in
some areas. The caretaker and members of the committee tried
to mop up the water, but it was still raining, and as quickly as one
area was dried it was soon back under water. As the Bohunt
Centre were unable to offer a suitable alternative facility, the
show manager at this point reluctantly took the decision to cancel
Committee members then remained on site at the Bohunt Centre until
10:30 to explain the situation to any exhibitors who made the
journey. The treasurer will be contacting all exhibitors over
the next few days to arrange refunds or the transfer of entry fees
to future shows as appropriate.
We apologise for the inconvenience and share your
disappointment and frustration. We will be seeking assurances
from the venue that steps will be put in place to prevent this
situation from recurring.
Committee member Gill Thomas endures
her second hour in the cold and wet,
breaking the news to exhibitors that the show has been cancelled.
Happy New Year
3rd January 2010 -
The officers and committee would like to wish the members of the
club - and indeed their dogs - a very happy new year. 2009 was
a challenging year, which the club has negotiated in good shape.
There will doubtless be further "interesting" times in the coming
year, but the club remains firmly committed to its primary aim to
further the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as a breed.
A few wishes for the
A good turn out
at the AGM on March 7th
A full committee
- i.e. no vacancies
The election of a
worthy successor to Pat Pritchard as President of the club
shows (28th February, 6th June and 28th November)
That the media
and press cease their tireless and inaccurate vilification of
our breed - what is a so-called "Staffordshire Cross" anyway?
If it's not a purebred pedigree, it's not a Stafford - it's a
articles and input from the membership such that the club can
publish another Newsletter