Our club, along with the Western Washington All Terrier Club, sponsored this new event.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound and the All Terrier Club of Western Washington teamed up on Sunday, September 28, to host a "Responsible Dog Owner Day." This was the second RDO day for the SBTCP and the first for the ATCWW.
The event was very well attended, with an estimated 60 to 80 dogs and their owners visiting throughout the day. A vibrant sun hung in a cloudless sky coupled with the large expanse of emerald field at the Kellogg School in Shoreline made for the perfect dog-day afternoon. Dogs and handlers enjoyed games, educational opportunities, grooming and just having fun together. We had a mobile groomer set up on site, a photo booth providing Christmas card photos, a vendor selling beds, pads, jackets, etc. Club member, Marji Haley, had a booth showing off her embroidered items. There was also several rescue groups on site, including Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue, the Greyhound Rescue and Bullseye Dog Rescue. We had a best trick competition and dogs could try their "paws" at agility.
The highlight of the event was the Canine Good Citizen testing. Coleen Case, our "in house" CGC tester, ran 17 dogs through the test, and 16 passed! That is a fantastic result, and to make it even better, most of the dogs taking the test were pit bulls or pit mixes that were rescue and foster dogs brought by Bullseye Rescue. The club would like to thank Coleen and her assistants, Rob and Wendy Stafford, Scott Penwell and Happy, the friendly greeter, for all their wonderful efforts.
Thank you also to Kristy Strunks for taking photos of the event, to Jenny Merritt for helping with the agility course and to Marji for bringing Nutmeg for the kissing booth (although Nutmeg was more than willing, we unfortunately didn't have any takers on the kissing booth - sorry Nutmeg!)
This event was a great opportunity to reach out to the general public to show how wonderful the “perceived as vicious” bully breeds can be. It was an opportunity that the people at Bullseye Rescue took advantage of by showing off their happy pit bulls. I’m sure their efforts helped to change a few minds about pit bulls. Hopefully, at future RDO events, more Staffy owners will step up to help affect a change in the general public’s view of our wonderful breed. With that hope, we would like to host an RDO day again next fall and, with more members stepping up, we would like to expand the event to make it even better. Please plan now to attend!
Submitted by Cassie Malloy
Click here for pictures from the event.
A strong showing of staffies and their loving owners once again came together for this year's 23rd Annual Canadian Staffy Walk and Fundraiser on July 5, 2008 in Langley, BC. The recurring theme to this year's walk was to rededicate our efforts in abolishing breed specific laws, which received another setback in the appeals court of Ontaria, Canada in October. We will keep you posted as the legal fight unfolds.
Generous owners took part in our annual BBQ as well as donating auction items and buying raffle tickets to raise funds for future legal battles. Owners socialized with each other trading staffy stories and introducing newcomers to the event.
The success of this year's event goes to all participants, including several staffy friends who made the trek from the U.S.A. A big thank you to Randi, Tom, Cassie, Jim, Joe, and Lacy from SBTCPS (the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound in Seattle) for their continued assistance in donating and transporting items as well as helping to set up.
The traditional "walk" was followed by an auction of donated items, and finally hot dogs, chips, and drinks. The highlight event was the annual "weiner dunking race" where hungry staffies competed in teams to retrieve the elusive wiener from a bowl of water. This year's competition was evenly matched with owners as eager as their dogs in this team event. A group photo around our banner and the distribution of participation "certificates" capped another successful event.
Next year's walk has already been set.
Thank you to participants for your generosity and continued support in making this year's event the success it was!
For more information on The Great Canadian Staffy Walk, or if you would like to help organize our 2009 event, please contact Mike or Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find pictures from the 2008 Walk in our event images.
Once again our club started off the new year with a spring get together. Everyone in attendance had a good time visiting and sharing stories of the winter just past and agreeing that we are all ready to start a great new year. The event included a number of games and some treats for everyone to enjoy.
Click here to see some pictures.