Pete was a friend of my brothers who one summers day came around with a little red Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup. My brother is seven years older than me, so I was about eight or nine at the time.
I remember it clearly how Pete had the pup on his knee, as the lads sat out on the grass by our house, talking.
Pete was always into animals, over the years, I have known him to have all kinds from geese flocks to a huge Iguana that sat on his coffee table in his living room, Goshawks to hamsters, horses and cats. He always had a way to bring out the best in whatever he had, his animals were always well looked after and always trained and very tame. Never did I see animals dirty or not well exercised. I learned that from him. Dogs aren't machines, but sentient beings and to bring out the best in them you have to build a strong relationship. It's just the way it is.
Our house back then, and which my parents still live, was a semi detached and is adjoined by what we call flats, or others might say apartments. Most of these were occupied by elderly folk at this time, and right next door to us in the flat on the ground level was an old man who had a big, shaggy black dog called Sooty. Sooty was the top dog of the area and would attack dogs that wandered past and were not ready to accept him as such. These were the days when dogs were left to roam, and called in at night. We had a little female mongrel at the time and when she came into season, we literally had dogs sat around the house for days. This made going to school for a young boy a tad difficult as the dogs would follow me and try to jump me. At these times, armed with a broom handle I would run to school over the back wall and if any of the dogs followed I would swing the stick at them and shout at them. Sooty was a bad dog who would growl and bark back at me !
Around a year later I walked out of my house to hear a dog screaming around the corner and as I approached saw Pete and his friend with their dogs. It appeared that Sooty had attacked Pete's Stafford who subsequently dealt with him quickly. Sooty wasn't looking so tough now, and the old man quickly scuttled his dog back into the flat (usually he would just leave Sooty to bully the other dogs without interference). I remember that all the kids and some of the adults were happy that the big dog and had his come-uppance at last! We didn't see Sooty for weeks, which was great as it meant I could play footy near my house without Sooty trying to steal the ball. As I look back on it, he was a very dominant and ill-raised dog indeed.
At this time there were, to my knowledge, five Staffords on our estate and I really liked them all. I would often see Pete on his bike with Red (the now grown up Stafford) running up ahead. Red would always be at a canter, not a dog trot when out on the bike. He often carried small logs in his mouth and I watched on numerous occasions how Pete would bend a branch down for Red to take hold of, then let it go, as it swung up, Red would not let go at all. He could be hanging on there for what seemed like ages to me. His muscles would be obvious, but his desire to break the branch off really impressed me. Pete also showed me how he would swim underwater too! He would through a big stone or a half brick into a brook (or a stream you might say) about a metre deep. Red would swim over it and dive down and scour the bottom for it. He may take a few dives before he would return it to Pete. I think sometimes he would just bring another stone back when he wasn't sure!
About this time my sisters boyfriend bought her a brindle Stafford and we named her Sally. She was by Battlement Major and Tinker Tina. Red was siring pups by now and just about every Stafford on our estate was by Red! They all came red or red and white and were all active types of dogs. He was very well known on the estate and many people would stop and stroke him when he was around. I remember my parents returning from a night out saying they had seen Red as they called in at the local Chinese Take away. I can't remember what Pete was up to with him but I clearly remember them being really impressed by him. I sat and listened about this 'wonder dog' and was just so impressed by him.
We decided to breed sally and for some reason we tried another dog called Butch (of all the names). Butch was a poor stud and promptly tied himself and just stood there panting, despite my dads best efforts 'to get him in'! We called Pete, and asked him if he would bring Red around the next day, he did. We let him have a sniff of sally and loosed them, sally looked as though she may be coming off her season as she bit Red on the cheek. Red promptly, took hold of her and shook her to the floor and let go, Sally got up, ran over to the darkest part of the garden and stood for Red like a good'un! Red mated her in seconds.
We had a good litter of pups from this mating and they came black brindle, red and one super female was tiger brindle. My sister and her boyfriend sold all the pups, with an older couple taking two of them.
Years later I came to understand more of Red's story and how his ancestry goes back to some of the most famous Stafford's in the breed. The KC pedigree shown for him is not his true pedigree, as so many times is the case with the dogs. He was a strongly made dog with a serious looking expression. Rose ears but without a black mask.
The pups on this blog also come down from the same true lines as Red. looking at some of the pups out of Barclay and Gary's female's it takes me right back to them. I know I am biased, but for me these Red one's are some of the best in terms of character and representation of the breed. as I see the pics of these dogs with their new owners, I do hope they appreciate what they have and that they breed wisely to ensure this line continues on for the world to enjoy.
I could tell plenty of stories of the Red dogs that were around my area as a boy but these will have to wait for another time.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank my good friend Rivergreen for taking the time to write his wonderful story about Sir Red Benji and allowing me to publish for all my Stafford enthusiasts to read..We will all be looking forwards to reading many more !
Regards Gary B.
Sir Red Benji
Myself, Barclay and Tinker outside the house of TH where Red was born almost 50 years ago.
And the line continues !!
This months blog has so kindly been sent in by my good friend Leonhard Klotz from Italy, who owns Riskys Miss Timberfake ( Nikki ). I would like to thank him for taking the time to write all about her and for all the regular updates and pictures he sends me on her progress.
I visited the Riskys Staffords Kennel this winter on a London trip. As a Staffordshire Bull Terrier enthusiast I was really curious to see the dogs in real life and to meet Gary. The high drive and great conformation of the dogs was easy to see. I loved the back and topline which made the dogs really springy and they always seemed ready to go. The two dogs I like the most were Captain Barclay and Maggie, so when Gary later on told me he had mated them I decided to get a pup.
When I came to collect her you could already see the perfect rear angulation on her and her sister.
Once at her new home she instantly made a friend in our other Stafford, Sammy a 2 year old male from the Wild Staffy Kennel.
Nikki is now 8 months old and really represents what I expected from a Riskys bred dog. Tremendous drive, cat like movement, good length of muzzle, legs and body and that typical Riskys head. She's a really people loving and affectionate young female.
I am really impressed by her agility and flexibility and fluid movements which she displays on the flirt pole and her wrestling matches with Sammy. I have hardly ever seen a Bull and Terrier type dog being able to move like her. Her weight is around 16kg and height about 44cms at the withers.
I'm really pleased with her and look forward to her progress. I could very well see some throw back to Riskys Simply the Best ( MJ ) in her.
Special thanks to Gary and my brother who took the very long car journey with me from Italy to the UK to collect Nikki. And a big thanks to my girlfriend and sister who are always helping me with the dogs.
Regards Leonhard Klotz
Please see below a catalogue of updated pictures of Rosie from my good friend Andrew Nice.
She has just turned 18months and is from a combination between Phil Green's Sid x Riskys Tazmin
We are really pleased with how she is progressing/ a cracking example typical from the Riskys Bloodline ..
Another outstanding litter sired by
''The Celebrated Captain Barclay''
Pups born on 21/07/18 from our very own Roxy Jnr.
3 males & 1 Female..
Once again a superb litter that were a joy to raise, Roxy being a very good mum taking great care of them, this being a 1st litter for her. All the pups have gone to experienced, knowledgeable Staffordshire Bull Terrier enthusiasts. People who have researched their breeder and know exactly what they are wanting and getting from us here at the Official Riskys Staffords Headquarters !!
Following on from the marvellous response we had from our previous litter in July,
I would like to introduce to you our latest 6th generation pups
and the Kennel Club Registered names..
Riskys Miss Bouya Blan.
Riskys Captain Barclay.
Riskys Royal Albert.
Riskys Fat Boy Timberfake.
Please see a selection of photos of the pups and new owners below..
Regards Gary B..
Pups @ 1 week
Pups @ 4 weeks
Pups @ 5 Weeks
Pups feeding @ 5 Weeks
The weaning process..
Pups @ 5 Weeks
Pups @ 7 Weeks
Pups 8 Weeks old waiting at the vets for 1st vaccinations/ Micro chipping and Health Check..
Another spectacular performance from our sister kennel ''Riskys Dutch Staffords'' owner breeder Wilfred Hop with his Riskys Dutch Cataleya ( Cathy ) winning the over 41cms classes..Amongst close competition at this prestige yearly athletic Staffordshire bull terrier sporting event in the Czech Republic. a total of 6 disciplines completed with Cathy the highest score at the A-Frame contest with 46 jumps.
A combined total of 33 entries competing with Cathy also getting the 2nd place overall.
I would like to congratulate Wilfred on his fantastic achievement with Cathy, all their hard work and dedication has payed off once again. a tremendous result all round doing what they do best ..
Flying the Riskys Dutch Staffords Flag !!
Wilfred and one of the winning trophies..
The above disciplines..
Group photo of all the weekends competitors..
Here's some pictures of our keeper (Ruby) from our recent litter, we are really pleased with the way she is progressing, as you will see Rivergreens Captain Barclay really stamping his mark and can be seen, displayed in Ruby's shape and make. she also shows his mannerisms in the way she moves around and just in her general day to day demeanour.. Ruby is a real joy to own and a real asset to our on going future breeding program.. Feed back from all the other pups owners is also very positive/ promising and they too are all heading in the right direction.
I have some updated pictures of them to follow soon..
Regards Gary B
The Annual Dutch Invasion.. 26th May 2018.
Once again my great loyal friends Stefan Hoogendoorn and Wilfred Hop from Riskys Dutch Staffords returned to the Uk for their annual visit to the Riskys Staffords Hq. This year we had the pleasure of our long term friend and mentor Phil Knowles visit us too.
Phil had brought along some of his old Staffordshire Bull Terrier magazines and memorabilia which contained some interesting pictures of the Wardrum dogs bred by Derick Smart which can be found behind Phil's very own bloodline Edgeworth Staffords.
Please see below a selection of photo's from our weekends gathering.
Regards Gary B..
Wilfred with Riskys Tazmin who is the full litter sister to his very own dynamic sporting Staffordshire bull terrier Riskys Dutch Roxy. Stefan and Phil Knowles with Tazmins daughter Riskys Babadook.
Wilfred, Phil & Stefan handling the pups from one of our recent litters,
from Rivergreens Captain Barclay x Riskys Miss Pandimonium..
Please see previous Blog for all info !!
A picture speaks a ''thousand words'' as they say !!
Best friends baby Lucas & Tazmin saying hello, under the supervision of my wife Alina and Stefan.
A little Riskys dogman in the making !!
Alina & our son baby Lucas with RiskysTazmin enjoying the sun..
A great photo of Wilfred & Risky Babadook..
A young female from a mating last year between Phil Greens Sid x Riskys Tazmin.
Please see blog for more info
Wilfred & Rivergreens Captain Barclay.
All in All a Great weekend was had by all !!
Riskys Staffords Latest 7th Generation Editions.
Welcome to the new Riskys Staffordshire Bull Terrier Blog page.. Owners/ Founders/ Breeders Gary Bater & Chris Brand..