My names Benny (birth name James) I've been around dog's most of my life, I love all dogs big and small they've all got something to give, there is only one exception and that is a dogs that has no soul and there seems to be more and more Staffords about just like that but not at Gary's kennels though, every time I go to see Gary he's dog's are always full of spirit and ready to say hello I especially like Manny (Risky's Pacman) he's my kinda Stafford.
I've personally had Stafford's now for nearly 20 years my first I named Mayhem (Brindle) ped name Crackin thunder boy an he lived up to both ped and pet, he was a grand dog that also had plenty of the Stafford way about him,he could nose touch my hand at about 1.9m and he was about 16 at the withers. I sadly lost him last year at the grand old age of 16 and a half. I Shall always have a Stafford till the day I can't, most glorious of all breeds, I must admit I'm a tad bias but I stick to it, no other bred thus far I've had the pleasure of time and company has compared yet..
Enough of my ramblings back to Willie the kid! He comes with me everywhere he's aloud and I don't go many places were dog's are not, if he's not coming he just looks at me with he's ears pricked as if to say "your leaving me here" but no bother he just waits for my return. Even if I've just popped to the shop it's like I've been out for 6 hours! He's barely chewed anything he's not meant to and he learns real quick and I'm not going to say what a lot of other Stafford owners seem to say "real quick for a Stafford!" as I'm of a very different opinion to some misinformed people. I believe Staffordshire bull terriers to be pretty smart dogs given the time/Patience and direction. You cant be great at fighting which is inherently in their blood without being smart and given a chance their pretty good at that!
Willie loves he's balls, loves ragging hes rope but above all he loves running he's older pal Tony (my other bull bred dog 5 years) into the ground hes weighs around 35kg so willie can just run circles around him which you can see to he's joy he loves doing. Willie is smarter and plenty more guile but if Tone's got anything he doesn't want Willie to have he's definitely not having it! So far fingers crossed I've had no issues with them bonding they've always eaten (raw) together even swap bowls mid scoffing and you can at the risk of humanising them truly do care/love for one another. I don't think big Tone would let much happen to young Willie, he's got a very protective side having mastiff in him also. They sleep under the stairs together in their Den all huddled up.
As i said he comes everywhere he can with me, Willie's favourite place apart from the fields/woods is the pub, before we get near he's tail go's more erect and ears are proudly up, he knows what coming and what comes is people saying hello to him, young Will loves nothing more than meeting and greeting and i most say I'm actually learning of him to some extent as it's been said that I'm sometimes not the most approachable, not to different to how Staffords are sometimes portrayed! I'm friendly really just know who I like.. He's a great ambassador of the bred and get compliments all the time on he's behaviour it's almost like he's got a Jekyll and Hyde personality as he's lovely and calm while out and about town
walking/pubs/cafes and such but when i let him know its game time he really does put all he's energy/spirit into it, an talking of energy if you want a couch potato Stafford I'd say stay well clear of Gary's dogs as you be in for a shock, they need plenty of stimulus and not just running it of, mind games as well.
I did plan on doing dog sports with Willie but alas it wasn't to be in any great measure as he injured he's knee at 8/9 months no single event just purely Willie going truly mental if you could see the way he jumps about (no training) twisting in the air you'd realise why, he's on the mend and I'm waiting to see how it stabilises and I shall go from there.
I'll never forget when we were sitting in the garden in that hot spell last Autumn and my other half Jenny turned to me after watching Willie chasing he's own tail going mental saying something along the lines of " what is he doing? he's bloody mental" and that about sums him up "bloody mental" but calm with it.
I would like to say if anyone near me wants to hook up with the dogs or even just meet Willie I live in Buckinghamshire, and I know a real nice farm cafe in Buckingham (larder cafe) that is very dog friendly. I'd also like to big up to all the dog men and ladies that are trying to keep this bred true to the original ethos as its pretty hard with the fur mummy brigade/breeding for looks doing everything they can to destroy it!
Big thanks to Gary as well as I went through three litters over nearly two years waiting for a male and he was a man of he's word and ended up pick of the boys so many thanks for all dealings we had, he's a gent as much as Risky's Madman Holden..
Many thanks to our good friend James for taking the time to send in this months fantastic blog post, who owns Riskys Madman Holden ''aka'' Willie The Kid..from a mating between Rivergreens's Captain Barclay x Riskys Maggie.
We will look forwards to seeing and hearing more about Willie's progress over the years to come.