Stereotyping!

© Smiff-ease-Shots ~ Rick Smith Photography

© Smiff-ease-Shots ~ Rick Smith Photography

Interesting isn’t it? We asked our members what they did for a living. Here are their answers:

Claire W: I work for the GMC and am working towards my BA in History and have one staffie and a mastiff crossed with I don’t know what

Kirsten H: dog groomer and also a proud owner of a staffie we rescued her almost 2 years ago and she is our baby girl

Helen E: I’m a tourist information officer, and former theatre duty manager. And the proud Mum of two staffies xx

Lisa S: I’m a laboratory technician and very proud owner of 2 beautiful rescue staffy’s and a 18 month old baby. X

Jordan L: I’m currently unemployed but have 2 qualifications in animal care n proud owner of one beautiful staffie

Andrea P: At the moment, I’m a housewife but kept busy with Willow’s Fund, DNB, L2HGA and the RSPCA.  I have 3 staffie crosses and have both tattoos and piercings

Claire McL: I’m a rehab support worker for over 65’s, we work alongside Occupational & Physiotherapists to promote independent living after surgery/stroke/heart problems/breaks & fractures, etc. I also have my own Spray Tanning business & looking to expand to nails, lashes, waxing, ect & I have 2 Staffies, Stella who is 17 months who we’ve had since she was 8 weeks & Costa who is 12 months approx who we adopted from rescue in Oct I had 2 Staffies previously who sadly passed away xx

Sharline K: I am a nursing assistant in a private hospital & a VERY proud owner of my 2nd beautiful well behaved staffie X

Lesley R: I am a retired housing officer and specialised in anti-social behaviour. And a proud mum to 2 staffies

Helen C: Currently in logistics, previously owned my own business and before that pub manager and a nanny. My first boy was a rescue from Bellmead, sadly only with me for a few short years as he had cancer. Now have Diamond who was adopted from someone that didn’t want her any more and very proud to be a Staffie Mum x Continue reading

L2HGA – What is it?

L2HGAL2HGA  is an uncommon but debilitating disease of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and crossbreeds. Its main symptoms are seen in young dogs, many die at under three years old, and show signs of fits, abnormal behaviour, muscle cramps and walk with a wobble. The disease is inherited from the dog’s parents. It has been found in both purebred Staffords and in rescue dogs, where a recent study by this group found that 2.5 in every 1000 rescue Staffordshire Bull terriers and their crosses have the disease. L2HGA is an unusual problem because of the popularity of the breed and the fact that many dogs are not from well controlled breeding programmes. Careful breeding, using very simple DNA tests could completely eradicate this disease. Have a look at www.L2HGA.com for more information – and keep SPREADING the word, to vets, breeders, and rescue centres – you’re making a great difference to a lovely breed 🙂

Source: https://www.facebook.com/L2HGACanine

At Wags and Bones, we are happy to work with L2HGA Canine to help raise awareness of this condition in our beloved breed.  Awareness is the only way to help eradicate it.

Staffies of the Rich & Famous

For those who have come to learn and love the genial and loyal disposition that is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, there is no better breed. The unfair stigma that the Staffie lives with is slowly passing thanks to a good number of well known and famous individuals who have taken on one or more Staffordshire Bull Terriers. If there is one thing being a celebrity can do, it is draw attention to certain issues and causes. Interest and popularity has grown for the Staffie now that they are seen in the care of many well recognized actors, singers and vocal activists. The breed is also coming into its own with roles in books, commercials, TV and movies.

One of the most popular Staffordshire Bull Terriers is likely that of late conservationist Steve Irwin. His female Staffie named Sui made many cameos on his popular TV show The Crocodile Hunter. Time and again, Sui demonstrated the epitome of Staffordshire Bull Terrier bravery by placing herself only inches away from her owner while he wrestled alligators. She was often filmed nipping at the tails of crocodiles in order to help draw attention off of her owner at crucial times. It was simply a fantastic example of what the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred to do. Irwin was said to be such a great fan of his Staffie that his daughter actually shares her name with the dog. There are a great many pictures and film footage of Irwin accompanied by his canine companion before she passed in 2004.

Action movie star Vin Diesel has also come to appreciate the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Of the several dogs the famous actor is known to have, one is a Staffie that goes by the name of Winston. Interestingly, it is often said that dogs and their owners match in personality. While the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one that offers a strong and muscular appearance, their temperament is quite warm and welcoming. At the same time, they are bold, courageous and have very little fear of anything that crosses their path. The same has often been said about the award winning performer.

Comedian and actor Raymond Romano from the popular hit series Everybody Loves Raymond owns a beautiful caramel Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The Staffie has the perfect temperament for children yet can be discouraging to trespassers. Even while the Staffordshire Bull Terrier readily guards its property from strangers it always keeps a wonderful disposition with owners. This helps afford celebrities the sought after privacy they sometimes have difficulty keeping. It is no wonder the breed is a popular choice with a number of movie and TV stars around the world.

Source: Terrific Pets