Friday, February 20, 2015

A Letter from Tudor to Don Mayfield

"Hi Don,

Well, the show is over and I must say that kid Don Maloney put on a good one. I really enjoyed it and I am sure everyone else did. Maloney showed a mighty good 47 pound dog. But I want to say right here that the match between Burton and Fox was extra. Fox showed the best pit dog I've seen in 40 years and Burton was a good second, never a turn made and couldn't even get a two minute out hold count. Around 2 hours and 20 minutes, Burton picked up a limp dog and carried him out to where all the good ones go. Them boys had their dogs in perfect shape and really looked good when turned loose. At my age, I didn't expect to see another one like this one. Well, here's hoping Maloney can on another one like this one. Don, I sure enjoyed the last magazine, as I have all the rest, so keep that chin up and keep punching." - Tudor.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Q: How do I teach my dog the "pull" command?

A: With the harness on, take the dog for a walk with a lead attached. Then call him back to you and introduce a word you want to use as the command to "pull", such as "pull" or "work." Just make sure you pick a word to use that you will stick with. If you try to change commands, it will only confuse the dog.

Q: Should I use "bait"?

A: This is a very tricky question. It has been noted over the years as being done, however, if you chose to use bait, make sure you do not use any thing that resembles a human or an animal. That should never be used as bait! Using any such item will actually get your dog disqualified during an event! We find that teaching dogs to pull on command is much easier and does not cause any confusion in the dog.

Q: Are we ready for weight yet?

A: Once your dog feels comfortable with the harness on and is responding to your command, it's fine to introduce some weigh. A 1-10 pound barbell weight, tied to a cable or a tire, is a good first light resistance that doesn't make too much noise. The chances are good that if your dog has had fun, he or she will run to you like there is nothing on it. It is very important that you go very easy the next month. After each pulling event, make sure you reward the dog with a treat or love, or however you normally praise your dog. You will want to practice with this weight for a month or so, to get the dog used to the feel of pulling. After about a month of this weight, increase the weight. Make sure you only increase slowly. After each weight increase, work with your dog for a few weeks with that weight before you introduce heavier weights.

Q: What will I need to train my dog to weight pull?

A: The most important thing you will need is a healthy dog, time, and patience. Once you have those, the rest is simple! You will need a weight pull harness designed for the size of your dog and items of different weights.

Q: At what age can I start training?

A: Around the age of 6 months, your dog will be able to start pulling light weight. Puppies that are still growing and maturing can be damaged, if introduced to weight too early; the pulling can negatively alter the way their bones and joints mature. By the age of 18 months, he or she will have fully developed muscles and tissue to pull heavier weights.

Q: Should I get my dog a weight pulling harness to get him used to it ahead of time?

A: No, a regular harness leash will work great to get the dog used to the feel of it. Just do not have your dog pulling anything with a regular harness. Only use it to get your dog used to the feeling of the harness. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR DOG TO PULL IN REGULAR HARNESS.

Q: Once my dog is ready for training, how do I introduce the harness?

A: Put the harness on the dog, and play with him or her! This will male the dog feel as if he or she has something to do with playing or fun. Walk with the dog while he or she is wearing the harness. Make sure you also praise the dog to let it know weight pulling is a good thing!

- Keeping it Bully

Robert Lee Q&A

KIB (Keeping It Bully): What brought you into the dog-game?

RL (Robert Lee) : I have always loved the pit-bull breed and had interest in breeding, but all I had was a couple regular pits that were unpapered, I preferred the 'thicker' ones, so when I found out about American Bullies, I started looking into breeding and showing, and began to buy some of the first stock for our kennel.

KIB: Where did Beastro come from?

RL: Beastro is off of Gr. Ch. Dogtown's Lock n Load and MyStyles LoLo. He was produced in collaboration with Noy of MyStyle Bullies. Beastro's bloodline consists of mostly Razors Edge blood.

KIB: As a pup, did you ever think Beastro was going to be who he is?

RL: He was an awesome pup, one of the best I have ever seen, and I knew he would be special. Unfortunately, for me, I did a breeding for the first FEMALE instead of the first OVERALL, so I offered big money for Beastro as a young pup. I really had a hunch he would be special.

KIB: Explain to use what titles he holds?

RL: Currently, Beastro is an ABKC Gr. Ch., has 46 Best of Breed wins, and he is currently #1 of all time. He also has two majors at Nationals, 2011 Best Pocket Male and 2012 Best Gr. Ch.

KIB: Are you satisfied with what you have accomplished?

RL: We are very satisfied with Beastro's accomplishments. At this point, we continue to take him out because he enjoys showing, so until he doesn't enjoy it anymore, we will help him build his legacy, both in the ring  and through productions.

KIB: Explain to us what 'Bully Market' is?

RL: I came up with the name "The Bully Market" because at the time that I started the kennel, I was really into trading and investing in stocks. When I was planning out my vision and telling my friends and family, I told them it was going to be a Bull market, always on the up-and-up, but a BULLY market. The name basically means "Keeping it Bully" and keep things going well.

KIB: Where do you see yourself in the future?

RL: I wish I knew, LOL. We do have a lot of plans and goals, but I don't like to get too far ahead of myself. I try to enjoy the here and now, and not stress over the past or worry about the future. We're not moving forward blindly folded over here; we do have some plans and vision, but we kind of just stick to an outline and take a day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, year-by-year. That is in reference to the campaigning and the dogs in general.

KIB: Is there anything you have yet to accomplish with Beastro?

RL: We definitely still have some goals in the ring with Beastro, but moving forward, we are really starting to focus toward some of the up-and-coming prospects and productions for 2014 and 2015. We have really been buying the time and building for the future, so we are excited to see what it holds. I feel like we can always do better and improve. It's not about being better than anyone else, but more about being better than what we were before. But I will admit, I do give my brother Nubbz a hard-time if my stats are better than his at any given moment, lol.

KIB: How do you feel about having him on the front cover of KIB magazine?

RL: I think it is awesome, and we are honored to have Beastro on the cover of KIB Magazine. We thank you for the opportunity and feel like it really couldn't have come at a better time, with Beastro currently being the all time leader in wins for our breed. Huge shout out to you guys for doing a great job with your magazine, keeping it professional, and of course, keeping it bully!

*** bullies are not the same as pit bulls as everyone should know, but we only shared this article here because we have nothing better to do with our time, so enjoy anyways ***

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Educational Pit Bull Memes

The Blue Paul Terrier

"The Blue Paul"

"There can be little doubt that the Blue Paul: Now extinct, played some part in the makeup of the old-type Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Consequent American Pit Bull Terrier.

Being used exclusively for its fighting ability in Scotland during the mid 1800's, the Blue Paul's weighed in at 60 lbs in hard condition and measured in the area of 20 inches at the shoulder, and as their name implies they were of blue-ish colored coat, and blue brindle. Eye color was dark hazel.

It is said that the pirate, Paul Jones, imported such dogs from abroad and from that source the breed name springs. They were renowned for their fighting ability and were, no doubt, also taken to American dog fighting venues of the late 1800's where their qualities could be exploited by the sporting fraternity there.

This could very well account for some of the larger sized pit bulls emerging on the scene along with smaller ones from the late 1800's and on-words.

Occasionally, Blue Paul's came in brindle and red coloring with reds being named 'red smuts' in Scotland. By the early 1900's. there were no more of these dogs to be seen as such. It is quite possible that smaller size Staffords, which were faster moving then the big sort gained favor amidst the fraternity and cause there demise there by."