Local Staffordshire Bull Terrier enthusiasts have been active in every aspect of promoting, protecting and enhancing the breed's welfare in this community. Locally, we have been involved in AKC conformation, Obedience and Jr. Handling showing; Canine Good Citizen; Legislation; Rescue; Judge's Education; Public Education Projects; Ring Stewarding; "B" Matches; "A" Matches; National Specialty; handling classes; puppy socializing; breeding and caring for our Staffords.
When the National Breed Club (SBTCA) was ready to begin working toward Parent Club status, the Puget Sound area was asked to host the second "B" Match. This Match was held in August of 1986 and judged by Dr. Robert Myall (now an AKC judge). There was an entry of 40 Staffords and the match was very successful.
When it was time to proceed to an A/OA Match, the Puget Sound hosted the first match in April of 1989. Our judge was Steve Eltinge (now an AKC judge), with an entry of 39 Staffords. The Match was a great success, a really fun event and a tremendous education for all involved.
In August of 1992, the SBTCA held it's third National Specialty Show in Bellevue, Washington. There was an entry of 83 Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Grounds, Trophies, Catalog, Obedience, Hospitality, Ring Stewarding, Banquet arrangements, and Seminars were all handled by local/semi-local members. This event was a great success as well as an incredible learning experience for all involved.
The decision to form a local club was made in April of 1994. A meeting date was set and the word was circulated to every known Stafford owner, breeder and fancier in the area. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound was formed on June 12, 1994.
At first, club meetings were held at various locations, i.e. at a member's home, or at a dog show, etc. each month. It was decided that in 1995 club meetings would be established at a set location and time.
In 1995 we…came up with a club logo…held a Fun Match, a Puppy Party and our first "B" Match…attended the 10th annual Stafford Walk in Canada… made our presence known at the Portland Benched Show…and had our first Annual Meeting. All were a lot of fun and great learning experiences.
In 1996 we held two more "B" Matches and focused our attention towards Public Education. This, of course, included going to the 11th annual Stafford Dog Walk…and we also participated in the Puyallup Fair's "World of Dogs". Our dogs met many people who had no idea how friendly Staffordshire Bull Terriers are. This was an experience our dogs (and the people they met) will never forget. As one child put it, "These are the best dogs here".
The Stafford Walk, Puyallup Fair and Portland Benched Show are events that our club members look forward to every year.
Also in 1996, we prepared ourselves for a fight. A Legislator in Yakima proposed a statewide breed ban. The front page of his petition had a lovely picture of a vicious, snarling half dog-half Lovecraftesque monster. Thankfully, the people of Washington State are not as ignorant as Mr. Legislator had hoped. His attempt, however, hit too close to home. We immediately formed a Legislation Committee.
1997 proved to be a milestone year. With more members becoming actively involved in the club, we were able to take Public Education to the next level. Staffords have been seen in elementary schools throughout Pierce County. Children are not only learning about our breed, but also how to treat and approach dogs in general.
As far as our meetings are concerned, we often have guest speakers in an attempt to help us better care for and understand our dogs. Our speakers have included a Veterinarian, a Dog Behaviorist and a Holistic Medicine Specialist, to name a few. We have covered everything from nail care to whelping to agility training. Every meeting is a learning experience for all who attend.
Our club began with twelve people sitting around dinner table, setting goals and making plans. Now, years later, we find ourselves sitting around a conference table… setting goals and making plans. COME JOIN US!
Membership in the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound is available for everyone.
Three classes of memberships are available:
Membership Dues are currently $20 annually, per person, and include a one-year
subscription to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound monthly newsletter. To join our club
simply print out an application form, fill it out and mail it in to our
Randi Taormina, SBTCPS Treasurer
719 169th Ave SE
Snohomish, WA 98290