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SBTCC News Archives


March 13, 2013

"Prairies Director"

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada wishes to thank Jackie Liversuch for her service to the breed as Director Prairies. We will miss you!

We welcome our new Director Prairies, Jean-anne Moors.


February 21, 2013

"Petition to Bring Back Bill 16"

Please visit Randy Hillier's site and show your support by signing the petition to bring Bill 16 back for a third reading.

You can find the link here


January 28, 2013

"Message from the SBTCC President"

Dear Current and Past Members,

On January 19, the Club held the AGM. A number of serious issues were discussed. Amongst them was the decline in membership, particularly since the introduction of the "breed ban" in Ontario. Since over 60% of our membership comes from Ontario, it is obvious we have a problem.

At the first Public Hearings seven years ago, the CKC announced that there were just under 1000 SBT's registered with them, of which 670 were from Ontario. Last April at the second set of Public Hearings, the CKC announced that now there were only 111 SBT's and Staffordshire Terriers registered from Ontario. This dramatic reduction in the breed has caused a number of problems for the club and its membership:

**-our magazine, always dependent on member submissions, has been sent very little to publish.
**-with membership decline, the fees, which mainly go to publishing and mailing the magazine, have not been keeping up with costs.
**-the fees, themselves, were too expensive for what we provide.

After much discussion the following was decided:

**-that the membership fee be reduced to $25 /year.
**-those who have paid the original $50 fee will be given two years’
membership.
**-that other communications will be through the web page, Staffordcanada, and our Facebook page.

It is hoped that in the future the membership will return. We are in worrisome times. In some areas of the country breed bans have been reversed. In others, they are being introduced. In Ontario, there is both change and political action from within the legislature. We all hope that the governing party will be changed, but this is not certain.
What is certain is the fact that if current conditions continue, the future of the club is in serious doubt. We need your help, your membership, your input, and your articles for the annual.

Please take this opportunity to renew your membership. The club needs you. But more especially, the dogs need you.

Pat your dogs for me,

Clive

January 5, 2013

"SBTCC National Specialty 2012 Photographer"

Photos of the SBTCC National Specialty 2012 held in BC can be purchased from the show photographer, Karen Moe:

http://www.karenmoephotography.com/


June 14, 2012

"It's a Picnic!"

When: Sat. July 14/12
Where: CLANDARA FARM
GPS address 8180 Uxbridge Con. 2, Uxbridge
Time: 1pm

Come one, come all!!!


Bring your Staffies!
(but - all breeds are welcome)

Bring your kids! Bring your appetite!
Bring your wallet! (LOL!)

Food, fun and hopefully sun!

There will be a BBQ, bonfire, silent auction, Staffie collectables and goodies, games.

Kiddy pool for dogs and kids.
Bring your bathing suits.
We have a pond you can swim in.
Lots of room for camping if you would like to stay over night and
join us for a Sunday breakfast.

Burgers and dogs will be provided at a minimal fee.
Please bring a salad/side dish or dessert.
(Please just let Tracy know what you will be bringing)

Please bring a crate for your dog for when your dog gets tired.
(We can also provide one if you don't have one)
Dogs must be kept on leash.
Please bring lawn chairs.

RSVP Tracy Dineley (416-707-3804)
clandara.dineley1@gmail.com

All money raised will be going towards BSL and our
SBTCC National Specialty that will be held in Abbotsford, BC in Oct. of this year.


April 24, 2012

"Bill 16 Committee Agenda - Day 2"

STANDING COMMITTEE ON REGULATIONS AND PRIVATE BILLS

AGENDA

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Committee Room 1

Bill 16, An Act to amend the Animals for Research Act and the Dog Owners' Liability Act with respect to pit bulls

8:00 a.m.

Anna MacNeil Allcock

8:15 a.m.

Dog Legislation Council of Canada
Dawne Deeley, Executive Director

8:30 a.m.

Awesome Dogs
Yvette Van Veen, Animal Behaviour Consultant

8:45 a.m.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada
Clive Wilkinson, President

9:00 a.m.

American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Canada
Cathy Prothro, President

9:15 a.m.

Ador-A-Bull Dog Rescue
Emily Ugarenko, Co-Founder

9:30 a.m.

Lori Gray

9:45 a.m.

Selma Mulvey

10:00 a.m.

Bonnie Beaver
Via teleconference

Click here to watch the live feed for the proceedings.


April 17, 2012

"Bill 16 Committee Agenda"

STANDING COMMITTEE ON REGULATIONS AND PRIVATE BILLS

AGENDA

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Committee Room 1

Bill 16, An Act to amend the Animals for Research Act and the Dog Owners' Liability Act with respect to pit bulls

8:15 a.m.

Michael Howie
Via teleconference

8:30 a.m.

City of Calgary
Bill Bruce, Director of Animal and By-Law Services
Via teleconference

8:45 a.m.

Animal Behaviour & Welfare Consulting
Rebecca Ledger, Owner
Via teleconference

9:00 a.m.

The Canadian Kennel Club
Michael Shoreman, Chair
Sonny Allinson, Manager Communications

9:15 a.m.

Heather Mack

9:30 a.m.

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Dale Scott, President
Doug Raven, Chief Executive Officer
John Stevens, Manager of Government and External Relations

9:45 a.m.

Support Hershey's Bill Group
Frances Coughlin, Developer and Organizer
Elizabeth Sullivan, Developer and Organizer

10:00 a.m.

Happy Dog Communications
Sarah Dann, Owner


Click here on Wednesday to find the link to the Committee video stream and watch witness testimony. 


April 4, 2012

"BILL 16 - Call For SUBMISSIONS"

The Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills will meet to consider Bill 16, An Act to amend the Animals for Research Act and the Dog Owners’ Liability Act with respect to pit bulls.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in Toronto on Wednesday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation on Bill 16 should contact the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the Bill may send written submissions to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

An electronic version of the Bill is available on the Legislative Assembly website at: www.ontla.on.ca.

Peter Tabuns, MPP
Chair/Président

Tamara Pomanski
Clerk/Greffière

Room 1405, Whitney Block/Bureau 1405, édifice Whitney
Queen's Park, Toronto, ON  M7A 1A2

Telephone/Téléphone: (416) 325-3506
Facsimile/Télécopieur: (416) 325-3505
TTY/ATS: (416) 325-3538
E-mail/Courriel: tamara_pomanski@ontla.ola.org

Collect calls will be accepted. / Nous acceptons les appels à frais virés.

Ces renseignements sont disponibles en français sur demande.


March 4, 2012

"Next Steps to passing Bill 16"

The next steps to passing Bill 16, and what you can do to help can be found here: http://www.bringbackthebulls.com/index.php/next-steps


February 28, 2012

"Hansard, Legislative Assembly of Ontario"

If you wish to read the debate on Bill 16, please click HERE and scroll down to "PUBLIC SAFETY RELATED TO DOGS STATUTE LAW AMENDMENT ACT, 2012"


February 28, 2012

"Bill 16 (second reading): How Did Your MPP Vote?"

Here is a list of MPP's and how they voted.  Please check to see what your MPP did.

If he/she supported Bill 16, please send them a note of thanks.  You may also stress once more how important it is to you that their support is continued.

If your MPP opposed Bill 16 or was absent, please contact him/her and ask for support in moving Bill 16 to Committee and Third Reading as quickly as possible. 

Feb 23 Vote Party MPP Name E-mail
ABS LIB Ms. Laura Albanese lalbanese.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Mr. Bas Balkissoon bbalkissoon.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Rick Bartolucci rbartolucci.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Christopher Bentley cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Ms. Margarett R. Best mbest.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Ms. Laurel C. Broten lbroten.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Ms. Donna H. Cansfield dcansfield.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Michael Chan mchan.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Bob Chiarelli bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Dwight Duncan dduncan.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. John Gerretsen jgerretsen.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Michael Gravelle mgravelle.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Eric Hoskins ehoskins.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Dave Levac dlevac.mpp@liberal.ola.org 
ABS LIB Hon Ms. Deborah Matthews dmatthews.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Mr. Bill Mauro bmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Dalton McGuinty dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Mr. Phil McNeely pmcneely.mpp@liberal.ola.org 
ABS LIB Hon Ms. Madeleine Meilleur mmeilleur.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Hon Mr. John Milloy jmilloy.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Mr. David Orazietti dorazietti.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Ms. Liz Sandals lsandals.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS LIB Mr. Greg Sorbara gsorbara.mpp@liberal.ola.org 
ABS LIB Hon Mr. Harinder S. Takhar htakhar.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ABS NDP Ms. France Gélinas fgelinas-qp@ndp.on.ca
ABS PC Ms. Lisa MacLeod lisa.macleod@pc.ola.org 
ABS PC Mr. Norm Miller norm.millerco@pc.ola.org
ABS PC Mr. Randy Pettapiece randy.pettapiece@pc.ola.org 
ABS PC Ms. Elizabeth Witmer elizabeth.witmer@pc.ola.org 
ABS PC Mr. John Yakabuski john.yakabuski@pc.ola.org
AYE LIB Mr. Mike Colle mcolle.mpp@liberal.ola.org
AYE LIB Mr. Grant Crack gcrack.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
AYE LIB Mr. Kim Craitor kcraitor.mpp@liberal.ola.org
AYE NDP Ms. Teresa J. Armstrong tarmstrong-qp@ndp.on.ca
AYE NDP Mr. Gilles Bisson gbisson@ndp.on.ca
AYE NDP Ms. Sarah Campbell scfort@vianet.ca
AYE NDP Ms. Cheri DiNovo dinovoc-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Ms. Cindy Forster cforster-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Ms. Andrea Horwath ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Mr. Michael Mantha mmantha-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Mr. Rosario Marchese rmarchese-co@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Mr. Paul Miller pmiller-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Mr. Taras Natyshak tnatyshak-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Mr. Michael Prue mprue-qp@ndp.on.ca
AYE NDP Mr. Jonah Schein jschein-qp@ndp.on.ca
AYE NDP Mr. Jagmeet Singh jsingh-qp@ndp.on.ca
AYE NDP Mr. Peter Tabuns tabunsp-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE NDP Ms. Monique Taylor mtaylor-qp@ndp.on.ca
AYE NDP Mr. John Vanthof jvanthof-qp@ndp.on.ca 
AYE PC Mr. Ted Arnott ted.arnott@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Robert Bailey bob.bailey@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Toby Barrett toby.barrett@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Ted Chudleigh ted.chudleigh@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Steve Clark steve.clark@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Garfield Dunlop garfield.dunlop@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Ms. Christine Elliott christine.elliott@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Victor Fedeli vic.fedeli@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Ernie Hardeman ernie.hardeman@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Michael Harris michael.harris@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Randy Hillier randy.hillierco@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Tim Hudak tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Rod Jackson rod.jackson@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Ms. Sylvia Jones sylvia.jones@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Frank Klees frank.klees@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Rob Leone rob.leone@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Jack MacLaren jack.maclaren@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Jim McDonell jim.mcdonell@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Ms. Jane McKenna jane.mckenna@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Monte McNaughton monte.mcnaughton@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Rob E. Milligan rob.milligan@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Ms. Julia Munro julia.munro@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Rick Nicholls rick.nicholls@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. John O’Toole john.otooleco@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Jerry J. Ouellette jerry.ouellette@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Ms. Laurie Scott laurie.scott@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Peter Shurman peter.shurman@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Todd Smith todd.smith@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Ms. Lisa M. Thompson lisa.thompson@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Bill Walker bill.walker@pc.ola.org
AYE PC Mr. Jim Wilson jim.wilson@pc.ola.org 
AYE PC Mr. Jeff Yurek jeff.yurek@pc.ola.org 
NAY LIB Mr. Lorenzo Berardinetti lberardinetti.mpp@liberal.ola.org 
NAY LIB Hon Mr. James J. Bradley jbradley.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Michael Coteau mcoteau.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Ms. Dipika Damerla ddamerla.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Bob Delaney bdelaney.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Vic Dhillon vdhillon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Joe Dickson jdickson.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Hon Mr. Brad Duguid bduguid.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Kevin Daniel Flynn kflynn.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Ms. Helena Jaczek hjaczek.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Hon Ms. Linda Jeffrey ljeffrey.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Monte Kwinter mkwinter.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Jeff Leal jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Ms. Tracy MacCharles tmaccharles.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Ms. Amrit Mangat amangat.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Hon Mr. Ted McMeekin tmcmeekin.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Ms. Reza Moridi rmoridi.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Hon Mr. Glen R. Murray gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Yasir Naqvi ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Ms. Teresa Piruzza tpiruzza.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Shafiq Qaadri sqaadri.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. Mario Sergio msergio.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Hon Mr. Charles Sousa csousa.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Ms. Soo Wong swong.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Hon Ms. Kathleen O. Wynne kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org
NAY LIB Mr. David Zimmer dzimmer.mpp@liberal.ola.org

This info supplied courtesy of

CHICOBANDIDO.COM


February 27, 2012

"Message from the SBTCC President"

This past week at Queen's Park was the Second Reading of Bill 16 to repeal the BSL in Ontario.  The rally that day was excellent. Although some news outlets said there were just 100 people, there were at least 350 very supportive people for the repeal.  Not only did we have people, we also had dozens of dogs, coming in all shapes and sizes.  At least, seventeen of those in attendance were members of the SBT Club of Canada.  Squibs and Terri flew in from Ottawa.  Those in attendance gave Squibs a very loud and long round of applause - well deserved! 

In the Legislature the vote went in our favour, 51 to 26.  A very pleasant surprise was that three Liberals voted with us.  The only person to speak, or should I say shout, against the change was Liberal David Zimmer.

Next steps are going to be long and hard for us.  Committee meetings have to be called.  It is up to a reluctant government to do this.  It is, therefore, important that our members contact their MPP's and ask for Bill 16 to move to the Committee stage in a timely fashion. 

If your MPP supported us, please contact them with a thank you as well!

Clive


February 21, 2012

"Rally Update - Please Attend"

Please join Squibs Mercier and other Club members on Thursday morning at Queen's Park to rally for Bill 16.  Let's bring back the Staffies to Ontario!!   Also plan to attend in the Gallery of the Legislature for Second Reading that same afternoon.

For more information: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/events/328749180474081/

Or just scroll down on this page for location, parking, gallery rules!

See you there!!


February 5, 2012

"Rally Info - Please Attend"

Please attend the rally in support of Bill 16 on Feb. 23 at Queen's Park - and bring a friend.  (Just scroll down for all the information). 

It is also important to fill the legislature that afternoon. If you are planning on being there, here are some tips on entry and protocol:

No coats or bags allowed. You must go to the door at the left on the South side, main entrance, you will see a wheelchair access sign. You go to the basement to get a ticket for the gallery and check your coat and any bags.

You may have a small purse with you.

You go through a scanner before entering the gallery.

No signs, no banners into the building without pre-scanning. Again, they may not be taken into the gallery.

No buttons or obvious political slogans on clothing.

No sunglasses.

No talking. No booing or cheering. No applause.  If you create a disturbance, you will be removed.


February 2, 2012

"Rally Event Page on FaceBook"

Stay in the loop by joining the Rally's page on FaceBook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/328749180474081/


January 28, 2012

"Rally Location Confirmed"

Location confirmed in front of the main stairs to Queens Park.  South Lawn.


January 13, 2012

"Action on Bill 16 (a bill to remove BSL from DOLA) "

A.  Queen's Park Rally:

The second reading of Bill 16 will take place on Feb. 23 at Queen's Park.  It is vitally important that we have at least 500 people at the rally on that day.  The rally will take place at 11:30 a.m. (exact location at Queen's Park will be announced when permit is received). http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/go2.jsp?Page=/visitor-resources/location_parking&menuItem=visitor_information_parking&locale=en

It is also important that we fill the Legislature with supporters of this bill on Feb. 23. 

Please make every effort to attend and to bring friends with you!    This is our one best chance of restoring our freedoms in Ontario.

B. MPP Randy Hillier's Petition

Please print off at least one copy of the petition and gather signatures in support of Bill 16.  Send this directly to Hillier's office.  Do this as soon as possible - they are needed before Feb. 23.

http://www.randyhilliermpp.com/ontariocanleadagain/images/stories/Bill16_BSL.pdf

C. Write a Letter

Please write a personal letter (not email) to all three leaders of Ontario's political parties.  Explain how the ban has affected you and urge support for Bill 16.  Copy your own MPP.

The Queen's Park addresses to Ontario MPPs: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/member_addresses.do?AddType=QP&locale=en

The constinuency addresses for Ontario's MPPs: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/member_addresses.do?AddType=CONT&locale=en

THE TIME IS NOW!!!  PLEASE ACT IN SUPPORT OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BREED!


December 2, 2011

"Petition supporting Bill 16"

This is directly through Randy Hiilier's office. Please consider signing. Please run a couple off and get them signed. Our dogs will thank us!

http://www.randyhilliermpp.com/ontariocanleadagain/index.php?option=com_petitions&view=petition&id=25


December 1, 2011

"President's Message RE: Bill 16"

Bill 16, Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2011

Current Status: First Reading Carried

Dear Members, especially those in Ontario:

The first step has been made to repeal the Breed Specific sections of DOLA and ARA with the introduction of Bill 16 in the Ontario Legislature on Nov.30.  The Bill was introduced by PC Randy Hillier, NDP Cheri DiNovo and Liberal Kim Craitor!  Three party support!

This is an eagerly awaited step by owners of the thousands of bull and terrier type dogs who are under threat from this sickening legislation enacted by the provincial Liberals. 

There are further steps to go. We believe now that Second Reading will take place on February 23, 2012.  After this, there may be committee hearings, hopefully open and transparent, so unlike those of 2005.  This would be followed by Third Reading and a vote.

We have action to take!  You MUST contact your provincial representative and urge them to support the repeal of BSL.  It does not matter what party your representative belongs to, your member has to listen more closely.  Remember, this is a minority government! The Liberals no longer hold complete sway within Queen's Park.

Your Staffie would give its all for you.  Now is the time to give your all for your dog.

Pat your dogs for me.

Clive

“Now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”  ~Winston Spencer Churchill, November 10, 1942

November 15, 2011

"SBTCC Election Results 2011"

Thank you for participating in the Club’s recent election.

Effective January 1, 2012 our Club Executive will be as follows:

PRESIDENT: Clive Wilkinson
VICE-PRESIDENT: Tracey Dineley
TREASURER: Joan Trott
SECRETARY: Belle Severn

DIRECTORS:

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fern Owen
PRAIRIES: Jacklyn Liversuch
ONTARIO: Terri Kelly
MARITIMES: Position Currently Open
QUEBEC: Position Currently Open


November 15, 2011

"SBTCC BC Booster Results"

Abbotsford, BC
October, 2011


Best of Breed
DISTAFF DARK N STORMY

Best of Winners
DISTAFF VIA BELLA

Best Opposite Sex
CRESSTOCK ZOOBILEE PEACEMAKER

Best Puppy
DISTAFF VIA BELLA

Congratulations to all!

Thanks to Fern and Belle for their work and generosity in support of this event!


August 3, 2011

"2011 Claresholm Staffie Walk"

The Staffie Walk this year will be on August 13, 20011.

Last years walk was a huge success. We once again achieved our goal, with over 50 people and 31 dogs. Each year I hope we can get more people and more dogs than the year before to come out and join in the walk. This year I am hoping to have over 60 people and maybe even 40 dogs. I have had many new people contacting me already this year asking how they can join us in August. I am hoping everyone that joined last year can make it this year also. So put it on your calendar.

The walk this year will be held on August 13, 2011. I would like everyone to meet at my home (313 52 Ave. East Claresholm AB.) by 10:30am. We will all head out to the first point together. The parade will start at 11am.

If everyone can bring a few bags of wrapped candy so we can toss it to the kids standing on the side lines that would be great. We never seem to have enough candy.

After the parade we will have a BBQ at my house. I ask that everyone bring a salad, veggie tray whatever they like to contribute to the feast. Hamburgers and hotdogs are covered.

I host this walk to show the world that Staffies are not a threat to society. BSL is not the way to go.

I want to thank everyone who take time out of their busy lives to come to my small town and join us in the walk. It is the Staffies and their owners that are truly amazing. Our dogs are always showing they are great ambassadors for bully breeds.

It does not matter what breeder you got your dog from, everyone is invited. I have been asked if this matters and it does not. I welcome all Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners and their dogs.

Let's make this 2011 Staffie Walk bigger and better than last year. If you are interested in a Staffie t-shirt let me know.

Anyone interested in joining us in 2011 please contact me, Jackie Liversuch at 403 625 5565.

 

 

February 21, 2012

"Rally Update - Please Attend"

Please join Squibs Mercier and other Club members on Thursday morning at Queen's Park to rally for Bill 16.  Let's bring back the Staffies to Ontario!!   Also plan to attend in the Gallery of the Legislature for Second Reading that same afternoon.

For more information: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/events/328749180474081/

Or just scroll down on this page for location, parking, gallery rules!

See you there!!


February 5, 2012

"Rally Info - Please Attend"

Please attend the rally in support of Bill 16 on Feb. 23 at Queen's Park - and bring a friend.  (Just scroll down for all the information). 

It is also important to fill the legislature that afternoon. If you are planning on being there, here are some tips on entry and protocol:

No coats or bags allowed. You must go to the door at the left on the South side, main entrance, you will see a wheelchair access sign. You go to the basement to get a ticket for the gallery and check your coat and any bags.

You may have a small purse with you.

You go through a scanner before entering the gallery.

No signs, no banners into the building without pre-scanning. Again, they may not be taken into the gallery.

No buttons or obvious political slogans on clothing.

No sunglasses.

No talking. No booing or cheering. No applause.  If you create a disturbance, you will be removed.


February 2, 2012

"Rally Event Page on FaceBook"

Stay in the loop by joining the Rally's page on FaceBook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/328749180474081/


January 28, 2012

"Rally Location Confirmed"

Location confirmed in front of the main stairs to Queens Park.  South Lawn.


January 13, 2012

"Action on Bill 16 (a bill to remove BSL from DOLA) "

A.  Queen's Park Rally:

The second reading of Bill 16 will take place on Feb. 23 at Queen's Park.  It is vitally important that we have at least 500 people at the rally on that day.  The rally will take place at 11:30 a.m. (exact location at Queen's Park will be announced when permit is received). http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/go2.jsp?Page=/visitor-resources/location_parking&menuItem=visitor_information_parking&locale=en

It is also important that we fill the Legislature with supporters of this bill on Feb. 23. 

Please make every effort to attend and to bring friends with you!    This is our one best chance of restoring our freedoms in Ontario.

B. MPP Randy Hillier's Petition

Please print off at least one copy of the petition and gather signatures in support of Bill 16.  Send this directly to Hillier's office.  Do this as soon as possible - they are needed before Feb. 23.

http://www.randyhilliermpp.com/ontariocanleadagain/images/stories/Bill16_BSL.pdf

C. Write a Letter

Please write a personal letter (not email) to all three leaders of Ontario's political parties.  Explain how the ban has affected you and urge support for Bill 16.  Copy your own MPP.

The Queen's Park addresses to Ontario MPPs: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/member_addresses.do?AddType=QP&locale=en

The constinuency addresses for Ontario's MPPs: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/member_addresses.do?AddType=CONT&locale=en

THE TIME IS NOW!!!  PLEASE ACT IN SUPPORT OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BREED!


March 30, 2011

"Petitions"

Each SBTCC member in Ontario is asked to print off one page of this petition.  Then get it signed by family and friends.   Pages could also be left for signatures at your local pet store, your vet's office or local grooming salons. 
Once signed, the completed petition should be mailed to:

Julia Munro, MPP
P O Box 1129
18977 Leslie Street
Sharon ON
L0G 1V0 

OR: 

Julia Munro MPP
Room 204
North Wing Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A8

Note: Postage is required on mail to MPP's!

http://caveat.blogware.com/_attachments/4778296/Petition%20to%20Repeal%20BSL.pdf

If we all do this, a little will become a lot.  It will keep the issue before the legislature on a continuing basis.

Please - let's all do this one thing to help remove BSL in Ontario.

March 29, 2011

"Purina Nationals SBTCC Breed Table"

We had a table in the Breeders Village all three days (March 11, 12 & 13) of the shows.  The table was manned by club volunteers. The following pics were taken over the weekend.

Many thanks to Sylvia and Tracy for their work in organizing our booth for the Purina National.  The dogs sold "kisses" for $1 - but were reported to have given away more than they actually sold, in typical Staffie fashion!  The kissing booth did raise $130 for the continued fight to change BSL in Ontario.  We also collected several pages of signatures on our petition. Julia Munroe, MPP, took them and they were presented in the legislature later that week.  The dogs had a great time and drew crowds.  As there was a car show next door, we were able to introduce many people to our breed and do a lot of education!


Purina Breed Booth


September 24, 2010

"Hershey's Bill Postcards"

Postcard Front
Postcard Back

Click the thumbnails to open the full-size files

Ontario residents are asked to sign their Hersey's Bill postcards.  Use the following to address them to your MPP and mail them  as soon as possible: MPP mailing list

This is an urgent effort to garner support for Hersey's Bill , a private member's bill introduced by MPP Cheri DiNovo, which will overturn the breed specific portions of DOLA. Read about it here: Stop Canine Profiling


September 4, 2010

"Save Ontario's Dogs Rally Photos"

Rally Photos


July 1st, 2010

"Remembering Maggie"

Maggie Marshall

 

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Maggie, owned and loved by Holly and Tony Marshall. We share in their sorrow.

Staffie Angel

 

An angel was needed to shine over the earth;

Maggie was called for her gentleness and love;

She performs her one task with all of her worth;

To watch over her mum and dad from above.


April 5, 2010

"A Staffie's Best Friend "

Tribute to a very special member of the canine community; he wasn't a Staffie but he was their best friend. Our hearts go out to you and the Staffies, Mo.


March 13, 2010

"Canine Review"

Don't miss out on the latest edition of "Canine Review".  Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a featured breed.  "Canine Review" should be available in Chapters soon.


December 13, 2009

"Dog Day at the Park Rally photos"

Rally Photo Array Queen's Park

Some photos taken by Joan Trott from the Rally at Queen's Park on November 18th to support Cheri DiNovo's Private Member's Bill to repeal the breed specific portion of the Dog Owner's Liability Act.

For more photos, go here: http://www.staffordcanada.com/queensparkrally.html


November 21, 2009

"The Stafford Magazine - Treasury of the Stafford"

Treasury of the Stafford

Squibs Mercier and the Staffordshire Arms' Stafford, Vicky, endorse this book!

A great Christmas present!

Check it out here: http://www.thestafford.co.uk/


May 21, 2010

"Sad News"

For Maggie

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Maggie, owned and loved by Holly and Tony Marshall. We share in their sorrow.


August 27, 2009

SBTCC  "4 in 1" Quilt Raffle

The quilt raffle is now closed! Thank you to everyone who supported us and purchased tickets.

Quilt Raffle Winners


March 2, 2009

"Dollars for Dogs"

The Banned Aid Dollars for Dogs campaign raised about $90000 which will enable us to pay our legal bills and continue on with the legal challenge.

An appeal will shortly be filed with the Supreme Court of Canada.  (We must all be aware that the Court may not agree to hear our appeal.)

However, the wave of overwhelming support for our cause has left us all extremely grateful.  We send sincere thanks to all the dog owners,  breeders, show judges, businesses, breed clubs, all-breed clubs, CKC directors, the CKC, "Dogs in Canada", agility, obedience and other dog sport groups, as well as to a number of cats! You came to our rescue when we needed you and we will never forget!

It is still possible to donate to this campaign. Just donate $1 for every dog you have.

Donate using Paypal here:

or for larger contributions send directly to:

Clayton Ruby in trust for Banned-Aid
11 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2

12-January-2008

Some Wins From 2007: Emma, Opie, and Ambush

Submitted by Linda Robinson.

Emma Best of Winners Washington

EMMA DOES IT WITH CLASS:  Distaff Bueolllin's Red (Emma) started her American Championship title on the Montana circuit in June 07. She came away from those shows with 14 pts. and completed her CH. this Aug. in Redmond, Washington. 

Emma Group 4 Montana

In Montana Emma walked away with majors and a Group Fourth win for a total of 87 pts. under judge Linda More.

Emma Best Puppy Regionals

On Specialty weekend of the American Nationals and American Regionals, Emma won both Specialty Puppy Sweeptstakes, won Reserved Winner Bitch at the National Specialty, and won Best of Winners at the Regional Specialty to complete her American Championship with majors.  The judges were Trevor Rowe, Eng., Annette Baxter, Aust.  Puppy Sweeps judges were:  Brenda Rowe, Eng., Mike McElroy, USA

Emma Reserve Winners Bitch

AM CAN CH Distaff Bueollin's Red was Bred by:  Trudy Hanson and Terri Kelly, and is Handled by:  Peggy Mignon and is Owned by:  Linda Robinson.

Opie New AM Champion

New American Champion, AM CAN CH Distaff Ophelia (Opie). 
Finished her AM CH in style with majors on the Montana circuit
.

Opie Group 4 US

AM CAN CH Distaff Ophelia, (Opie) wins a Group Fourth same day as completing her New Championship under judge Col. Joe B. Purkhiser.
Opie won 133 pts. for this win.

Opie is Bred by:  Trudy Hanson  
Owned and Handled By:  Linda Robinson

 

Opie Group 3

AM CAN CH Distaff Ophelia, (Opie) wins a Group Third in
Winnipeg., on Terrier Specialty Weekend in Aug. 07. 

Ambush Best of Winners Scottsdale

This is CH Distaff Touchdown Dance (Ambush) in Scottsdale Arizona.  He is presently sitting on 12 pts. with his two majors after the circuit of shows in Montana in June.  Will be working on finishing his CH. in Scottsdale this coming March.

Bred by:  Trudy Hanson   
Owned and Handled By:  Linda Robinson

May 10, 2007

Great News!

This afternoon, I was just informed that L2HGA Testing is now available in the US, according to my University of Misouri contact, Dr. Dennis O'Brien. The U of MO College of Veterinary Medicine
received permission from AHT back in late March to set up and offer L2HGA testing here. U of MO's
Dr. Gary Johnson, renowned canine genetics expert, helped in setting up the test here, using AHT's
protocol.

The cost savings will be tremendous - only $40 fee per test, plus the cost of domestic overnight shipping for those owners in the US. (There are additional charges for "rush" handling, or from DNA
extraction from tissue sample instead of blood.)

Following are the various links to information pages on the U of MO website concerning these tests - please read all these pages thoroughly if you are planning to have your dogs tested:

Canine Genetic Disease Network – U of MO

http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/CGD_main.htm

Canine DNA Testing for Inherited Diseases

http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DNAtests/TESTmain.htm

DNA Tests Available

http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DNAtests/TESTSnow.htm

Form to be filled out and submitted with blood (or tissue) sample
for L2HGA test

http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DNAtests/testSTFB.pdf

Sample handling

http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DNAtests/TESTinst.pdf

For shipping information from outside the US

http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DNAtests/FrgnShip.pdf

If you need additional information on the testing protocol, contact U of MO's Liz Hansen (her email is on the test instructions form.)

Unfortunately, I still have no word yet on AHT's HC test - they were thinking (in February this year) of allowing a US lab to do that also but at this time there is still no decision.

Margo Milde


April 23, 2007

"Laurel - Everyone's Best Friend"

This book entitled LAUREL - EVERYONE'S BEST FRIEND (ISBN 1-4120-2621-0) by Steve Moore is a heartwarming true story about a remakable Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Laurel who in her short lifetime has brought so much happiness to so many. It details the pleasures, sadness, responsibilities and rewards of living with a remarkable Staffie. It is brand new and can be signed with your own personal dedication by the author. 188 pages with some lovely photos. Every pet owner will love this book.

DONATIONS FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THIS BOOK ARE BEING MADE TO THE NORTHERN STAFFY RESCUE, STAFFY WELFARE, EAST ANGLIAN STAFFY WELFARE AND A LOCAL ANIMAL SANCTUARY CALLED PACT.


LAUREL - Everyone's Best Friend

by Steve Moore

LAUREL IS a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who joined Steve Moore at the age of five weeks, embarking on a relationship that has been at times both wonderfully rewarding and heartbreakingly sad, but constantly rewarding for both.

I read the book in just one sitting, and found the pace very refreshing and easy to read. Steve's love of his canine pal is obvious from the word go, and Laurel's wonderful personality make the reader feel as though she is a part of the family.

It is also a wonderfully honest book. Steve makes no secret of the fact that Laurel's behavioural problems have at times been difficult, and tells us of his tireless and selfless task of first getting to the bottom of, and finally overcoming, Laurel's tail chasing which appears to have been triggered by her over-protective feeling towards him.

This book is a fabulous story of a man and his dog, their day-to-day lives and the ups and downs that come with them. Anyone who has ever owned, does own or is about to own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier would do well to check this book out. Those of you who don't, please read it anyway - wonderful and heart-warming!
Ali Smith (OUR DOGS)

"Laurel - Everyone's Best Friend" also has a website. Please visit and have a look around. Please leave a message on the message board. Steve and Laurel would love to hear from everyone.


March 8, 2007

L-2-HGA

Important information for all Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners and breeders.

In 2001 the Animal Health Trust in the United Kingdom identified a rare genetic mutation that was responsible for a devastating illness that had been found in two purebred British Staffordshire Bull Terriers. This disease is known as L-2-HGA.
L-2-HGA (L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers is a neurometabolic disorder characterised by elevated levels of L-2-hydroxyglutaric acid in urine, plasma and cerebrospinal fluid. In a normal dog L2-HGA is metabolized to a-ketoglutarate but in affected dogs it is not, and builds up in the body with devastating effects. L-2-HGA affects the central nervous system, with clinical signs usually apparent between 6 months and one year (although they can appear later). Symptoms include epileptic seizures, "wobbly" gait, tremors, muscle stiffness as a result of exercise or excitement and altered behaviour.

The gene for L–2-HGA is a single autosomal recessive gene, which means that a dog must receive the gene from both parents in order to be affected. Dogs that have only one copy of the mutated gene will exhibit no signs of the disease but are carriers and can pass the gene on to their offspring. Studies in the UK have indicated that as much as 15% of the SBT population may be carriers with an extrapolated 2.5% of dogs being affected (http://www.eastangliansbtclub.co.uk/health%20information.html). Unfortunately this mutation has found its way into the Canadian gene pool and carriers (and possibly affecteds) have been identified. Genetic testing is now available to all breeders or anyone who fears their dog may be affected. Results will indicate the following information:

CLEAR: the dog has 2 copies of the normal gene and will neither develop L-2-HGA, nor pass a copy of the L-2-HGA gene to any of its offspring.

CARRIER: the dog has one copy of the normal gene and one copy of the mutant gene that causes L-2-HGA. It will not develop L-2-HGA but will pass on the L-2-HGA gene to 50% (on average) of its offspring.

AFFECTED: the dog has two copies of the L-2-HGA mutation and is affected with L-2-HGA. It will develop L-2-HGA at some stage during its lifetime, assuming it lives to an appropriate age.

Carriers can still be bred to clear dogs. On average, 50% of such a litter will be clear and 50% carriers; there can be no affecteds produced from such a mating. Pups which will be used for breeding can themselves be DNA tested to determine whether they are clear or carrier. However, the only way to remove the hidden threat of this genetic disorder from the population is to eliminate all carriers from the breeding pool.
All testing is done at the Animal Health Trust in the UK and requires that a 3ml sample of blood be sent to them. For a small additional fee the sample can be tested for Hereditary Cataracts, another genetic condition affecting Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

DNA testing forms can be downloaded by going to the AHT website (www.aht.org.uk)

Enquiries should be made to Vikki Lett or Symone Ingram (08700 509144) or via e-mail to dnatesting@aht.org.uk.

Information printed with permission of The Animal Health Trust (http://www.aht.org.uk/)


23-November-2006

AM/CAN CH Distaff Alouette takes CDX title

CH Distaff Alouette CDX

Janine Wagar is very proud to announce that her female Am/Can Ch Distaff Alouette CD, CGN (AKA Dyna Sport) earned her CDX Title and went High in Trial on October 26, 2006 at the British Columbia All Terrier Specialty Show.

Way to go Dyna Sport and Janine!


18-November-2006

CH. Distaff Ophelia "Opie"

Opie Best of Winners SBTCA Specialty

SBTCA Specialty Show Weekend, Kachina Kennel Club, Buckeye, Arizona.

BEST OF WINNERS over an entry of 32 Open dogs and bitches.

SIRE: AM CH Trugrip Knight Sky (USA), Dana & Jenny Merritt.
DAM: AM/CD CH Spadille Maybe Baby, Trudy Hanson. Owned by Linda Robinson

Pictured here with Dana Merritt and Jolene Lee who both showed Opie beautifully, Breeder, Trudy Hanson and Judge Robert Shreve. Thank you to all who made this fantastic win possible for just a young pup.

Opie has accomplished quite a bit in a very short period of time in 5 months as a puppy with limited showing: 2 Grp. Firsts,
2 Grp. Seconds, 4 Grp. Thirds, 4 Grp. Fourths, 13 BPIG's, multiple BPIB, BOB, and BOS.


1-July-2006

Squibs Mercier presents the Tom Wall's Trophy to the top U. K. Stafford

Squibs with Tom Walls Trophy

Squibs holding the President's Trophy, given to the society by
Tom Walls

Tom Walls Trophy Winner

The current holder of the trophy: Hallastaff Geisha Girl
at Tigerbull (litter sister to the winner of the Reserve CC (Dog) winner at Crufts this year)

Squibs with the Gang

Squibs with old friends: L. to R. Mary Pringle, Squibs, Vic Pounds and his wife Betty (Vic founded the original SBT Rescue).


June 23 - June 25, 2006

Algoma Dog Fanciers - All-Breed Championship Shows


Axel BIS Algoma 2006 Sault Ste. Marie, ON
June 23 - June 25, 2006

Special Thank You once again to Algoma Dog Fanciers for donating $1 from each entry to the Legal Defence Fund!

BEST IN SHOW! June 24, 2006
Judge: Dr. Richard Meen

CH Clandara's Axel Foley
Breeders: Tracy Dineley, Mary Davies
Owners: Brian Saliba, Tracy Dineley
Sire: Cock N Bull Tanner
Dam: CH Clandara's Thewholekitnkabootle

Handler was Tracy Dineley. We believe this was the first Canadian SBT Best in Show where the winning dog was breeder/owner handled.

Thank you to judge, Dick Meen! Congratulations to Axel! Congratulations to Tracy!

STAFFORDS SWEEP GROUP 4!
June 25, 2005
Judge: Rosemary Shoreman

GROUP 1ST
CH Clandara's Axel Foley
Breeders: Tracy Dineley, Mary Davies
Owners: Brian Saliba, Tracy Dineley
Sire: Cock N Bull Tanner
Dam: CH Clandara's Thewholekitnkabootle
BEST PUPPY IN GROUP
Staffhaven's Our Finest Hour (Jack)
Breeder: Belle Severn (Campeau)
Owners: Christine Hernden, Belle Severn
Handler: Lisa Vine
Sire: CH Sir Sunny Brae of Staffhaven
Dam: CH Staffhaven's I'm All That

Thank you to judge, Rosemary Shoreman. Congratulations to all!


04-April-2006

New Canadian Champion

New Champion Distaff Ophelia Opie, who has just turned 7 months old, has had a busy few weeks. In her first two weekends out she achieved her Canadian championship. Opie is lovingly owned by Linda Robinson.

26-February-2006

Congratulations to Timber (Penstaff Scugug Timber) and Valerie Oxenham

Timber CD

Timber (Penstaff Scugug Timber) has just earned his C.D. title in obedience at the age of 18 months. Bred by Fleur Hardy of Penstaff Kennel, Timber is proudly owned by Valerie and Chris Oxenham. Chris and Valerie note that they just call him Timber, because when he comes running it is quite possible he may take out a few trees on his way!!!

The Oxenhams are new SBTCC members -- welcome!

16-February-2006

UPDATE: Staffies Successfully Re-Homed!

Sam and Cody have now been adopted and will be living in non-BSL affected areas in Western Canada!

Special thanks to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound who offered these dogs a courtesy postings on their websites! One of the leads generated from the SBTCA's website did result in the adoption of one of the dogs.

The SBTCC would like to thank Kim Young and all those who assisted her finding new homes for these beautiful, loving boys.

Cody Rehomed

Cody

Sam Rehomed

Sam


15-February-2006

Thank You to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Breed Council Logo The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has made a substantial donation to the SBTCC Legal Defence Fund to fight BSL and the provisions of Bill 132 in Ontario.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the foremost body of expertise on the Staffordshire Bull Terrier world-wide.

The Breed Council comprises all 17 UK SBT clubs and societies registered with The Kennel Club, and 9 overseas clubs are Associate members.

The objectives of the Breed Council are to co-ordinate activities of the constituent members and to promote the well-being and improvement of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The SBTCC would like to thank the Council for its aid in this fight.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club (UK)

The Notts & Derby District Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club (UK) has made a generous donation to the SBTCC Legal Defence Fund to fight BSL and the provisions of Bill 132 in Ontario. The SBTCC would like to thank the members of the NDDSBTC for their gift.


02-January-2006

North Eastern Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club (U. K.) Donates to Legal Defence

We have just received a wonderful donation to the Legal Defence Fund from the membership of the North Eastern Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club (U. K.). The North Eastern Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club was formed in 1976.

Its aims and objectives are to promote the breed and ensure its ownership is placed in the hands of only those that dedicate themselves to it, for it is a breed amongst breeds, for those who are familiar with it.

The club maintains a public guest book. The SBTCC encourages its membership to leave a note with our U. K. friends for this timely Christmas present to our fight.


22-November-2005

Microchips

This in from Belle Campeau:

These are the different microchips that are/have been used by the CKC.

It’s IMPERATIVE that people know which kind their dog has and if their vet and Humane Societies are able to scan for them.

Companies

Microchip Models

Readers

Pethealth Inc.
1(866)597-2424 OR (905) 842-2615
http://www.24petwatch.com

Allflex Injectable ISO FDX-B
Manufacturer code 982
Allfex portable

EIDAP Inc.
1(888)346-8899 OR (780)467-2707
http://www.eidap.com



Trovan ID 162 FDX-B
Manufacturer Code 956

AEG ID FDX-B
Manufacturer Code 968
Pet Identifier

Pocket-Reader EX

Portable Scan Reader RT100V2
Microchip 4 Solutions Inc.
1(877)738-4348 OR (519)348-8491
http://www.microchipsolutions.com
FDX-B

Manufacturer code 952
Pet Scan V2

Advanced I.D. Corporation
1(800)338-1397 OR (403)252-7954
http://www.advancedidcorp.com

Identifichip FDX-B

Manufacturer code 965
NONE

21-November-2005

SBTCC Booster in Abbotsford, BC Results (October 29, 2005)

From Janine Wagar:

Here are the winners for the Booster in Abbotsford.

I would like to take a few minutes to thank a few people for their help:

  • Jean Anne, Linda Robinson and Ellie for manning our Breed and Legal Defence table;
  • Trudy and Paul Hanson who put on the Pancake Breakfast. (Good food and good company!);
  • My husband (Gary) who handled the Raffle Table;
  • Al Eastman (our very own Auctioneer);
  • The people who donated to the Booster, Raffle and Legal Defence Tables;
  • Royal Canine;
  • Bosley's Pet Food;
  • Blue Dog Bakery;
  • Fern Owen;
  • Belle Campeau;
  • Trudy Hanson;
  • Linda Robinson;
  • Clive & Coleen Wilkinson;
  • Barb McKee ( Sheltie Breeder & friend);
  • Karen Kissinger (friend).

Thanks a million!! I couldn't have do it without you.

Janine Wagar

BOB-BIS: Am/Can Ch. Trugrip St. Rogue Red by Roxee
By BIS Ch Trugrip Knight Sky x Ch Trugrip BC Millenium Miss
Breeders & Owners: Jolene Lee and Dana Merritt

BOS: Am/Can Ch. Distaff Alouette CD
by Ch Surestaff Qualitz x Ch Distaff Lady Hornblower
Owner: Janine Wagar
Breeder: Trudy Hanson

Winners Dog: Staffified's Torque
By Mitnpowa Southern Cross x Ch Staffhaven's Bold as Brass
Owners: Gordon and Julie Robinson
Breeder: Janine Wagar

Best Puppy: Rowenda Pride of Fitzsimons
By Rowenda Dark Aristocrat x Rowenda Miss Renegade
Owner: John Pearson
Breeders: JT Rowe and KL Beeson


October 2005

Squibs Honoured!

Squibs

Squibs Mercier honoured with Dennis Springer Award

We would like to congratulate Squibs Mercier, who has had the great honour of being selected by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America (STBCA) to receive the Dennis Springer Award this year for her contribution to the breed in North America. The contribution that Squibs has made to our wonderful breed is something truly remarkable.


24-July-2005 08:32 pm

Congrats to the New Graduate!

Ambush Graduates to St. John Therapy Dog Ambush is a recent graduate of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program of Manitoba. Pictured here with Ambush is his very proud human Linda Robinson who has been visiting senior facilities for years with all of her Staffords: Oliver, Ellie and Chaos.

18-July-2005 10:15am

Great News from Vancouver!

From the proposed by law:

During Council's consideration of the "Dangerous dogs: Protection Strategy" report in February 2005, many speakers were opposed to breed specific legislation designating certain dog breeds as vicious. In this report, "vicious dog" refers to a dog with a history or known propensity for very aggressive behaviour toward people or other domestic animals. It was felt that most dogs could be kind and loyal pets if raised in a caring and loving home environment. Singling out pit bull breeds under the existing "vicious dog" definition is regarded as unfair, discriminatory and unnecessary. In the past, the City has never found it necessary to rely upon the breed specific part of the vicious dog definition to deal with vicious dog issues. Therefore, the exclusion of a reference to specific breeds in the definition is recommended.

Full text: http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20050714/documents/pe3.pdf

The SBTCC would like to thank Will McEwen for his work on this issue.


1-June-2005 1:09 pm

2005 Ottawa SBTCC Booster

May 27-29, 2005 the SBTCC held its 2005 booster hosted by the Ottawa Kennel Club at the Richmond Fairground, outside of Ottawa.

The Ottawa Kennel Club graciously suspended judging in all other rings during judging of SBTCC Booster. This move was designed to focus attention on our breed and its plight under Bill 132.

There was an important Club meeting at that show. There was an information table, donation jar for BSL, and a beautiful hand-knit afghan for raffle.

The club would like to thank all those who took part in the booster to make it a very special day.


Results

Best of Breed: Ch. Clandara's Axel Foley, bred by Tracy Dineley and Mary Davies, owned Brian Saliba and Tracy Dineley
Best of Opposite and Winners Bitch: Ashmounts Dark Lady, owned by Ivan Price and bred by Candy Beauchamp
Best of Winners and Winners Dog: Quarterback's Boss, bred and owned by Ed Lehner
Best Puppy in Breed: Cyberstaff Constant Lokimotion, owned and bred by Sarah Boileau
Reserve Winners Dog: Nvision Might of Gideon, bred by Julie King, owned by Mike and Carrie Calhoun
Reserve Winners Bitch: Bueollin's One Tuff Cookie, owned and bred by Linda Robinson

Group Shot Booster 2005 Another Group Shot Booster 2005 Tracy Dineley Booster 2005

Veterans Booster 2005 Fleur with Aggie Booster 2005 Clive and Brynne Booster 2005 Sarah with Brogan Booster 2005

Sarah with Loki Booster 2005 Stephanie with Tobias Booster 2005 Stephanie with Sunny Booster 2005 Brynne Booster 2005

Stephanie Booster 2005 Sunny Booster 2005

23-Apr-2005 08:41 AM

Prince Edward Island decides against Breed Specific Legislation

As reported by the CBC, the government of Prince Edward Island has amended its provincial Dog Act to allow Humane Society officials new powers to deal with dangerous dogs. The Act also gives the courts direction on how to deal with the owners of dangerous dogs.
However, the changes do not include breed specific measures. The bill deals with dangerous dogs that are a menace or actually bite or attack people or other animals.

Despite Ontario Attorney-General Michael Bryant's claims in a news story in the Toronto Sun on April 7th, other Canadian provinces are not following Ontario's "progressive" legislation for dealing with dangerous dogs.  In the past 6 months Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI have considered how to deal with dangerous dogs at the provincial level.  All three provinces have heard the same arguments from the experts and from responsible dog owners.  Only Ontario has decided to single out specific breeds to somehow deal with all dangerous dogs.  As well, unlike PEI, Ontario has not made it more likely that courts will actually make use of the increased fines and penalties that Ontario has introduced.


10-Apr-2005 08:11 AM

Staffies and other Bull and Terrier Breeds Under Assault: Ladysmith, BC Adopts Breed Specific Bylaw

On April 18, 2005 the town of Ladysmith, BC will adopt Dog Licensing, Control and Pound Bylaw, 1995 No. 1155 Amendment Bylaw (No. 2) 2005, No. 1554 (includes new regulations, licensing and impoundment fees).

The amendments define "pit bulls" as restricted dogs and "pit bulls" are defined as a:

Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier; and any dog of mixed breeding, which includes the aforementioned breeds.

SBTCC member Janine Wagar, who had spoken out successfully against Victoria's breed specific proposal in December 2004, had asked that she be notified when third reading would take place, so that she could attend. She received no notification.


01-Mar-2005 09:48 PM

Continuing the Challenge

Dear Members of the Club and All Responsible Dog Owners,

Our Executive is saddened that such hastily conceived and irresponsible legislation has passed into law in a legislative assembly in Canada. The Ontario Government under Dalton McGuinty and his Attorney General Michael Bryant have concocted legislation that will be proven ineffective, unfortunately at the cost of many other victims being bitten and innocent dogs put down. The stupidity and arrogance of such men is beyond belief.

Where do we go from here? There will be a court challenge. When this starts will be entirely up to Clayton Ruby. Mr. Ruby has been hired by the Banned Aid Coalition, comprising of a number of dog clubs and dog associations. The challenge will be very expensive. If you are in a position to help financially a donation is appreciated. There will be official fund raising enterprises that all will be asked to contribute in one way or another. We must understand that overturning government legislation is both a difficult and a long process. We must also understand that while the legislation is being challenged in court the law is still in force. There is no grace period while the legislation is being challenged.

We can fight this legislation by becoming politically active. In two and a half years time there will be an election. It is up to you to decide which political party in your riding has the ability to defeat the Liberal member of the legislature. This party must be supported and helped. You must be active in writing letters to the newspapers, not just about dogs, but about all issues where this government has failed the people of Ontario. There are many voters on the other end of a leash, make sure we involve them. We need to gather bite statistics. We must see to it that all vicious attacks are reported in the press and that the breed of the dog is correctly identified. By gathering such information and having it reported correctly is a major way of embarrassing the government and showing the people of Ontario that Bill 132 is not working.

Our Executive believe that this is the most important time to be a member of the club . All members must be able to contact each other for advice and support. The web page will keep you up to date of what is happening and what you should be doing. We must be strong and we must be united. Members from outside Ontario must understand that Michael Bryant has publicly stated he hopes that other provinces and states follow Ontario's example. Today, in the press, he was quoted as saying:

"I would anticipate that other states and provinces across North America will pursue it when they see that, in fact, in Ontario it got safer with this bill."
You must start work now by being pro-active to see that his wish does not come true.

Both courses of action will take time and energy. Our patience and courage will be tested at all times. We must not endanger ourselves or our dogs. We must fight! Squibs told me to tell you to look into your Stafford's eyes, see the love and determination there and emulate it. They will not let us down! We will not let them down!

Pat your dogs for me.

Clive.


Julie King Appointed SBTCC Life Member

The Executive of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada wishes to express its admiration and gratitude to Julie King for the time and effort she has put into fighting Bill 132. Her sacrifice for our breed has been unstinting. It is our fervent wish that it will continue. As Squib's says, "She has been a Stafford".

For everything she has done for us and our Breed the Executive have unanimously appointed Julie as a Life Member of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada.

 
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