While we are longtime BTCA members, we no longer breed. Our breeding program was always quite small. We were always careful to test for heart, hearing, and patellar problems and bred away from instanding canines and other issues that affect quality of life. Even with our small numbers, we bred a number of Champions, ROM Champions, and Winners at Specialties and Silverwood (including a Silverwood record still standing). Perhaps what we were best at was preserving beautiful, stable temperaments and overall soundness, while making positive progress in other issues (incl overall health & longevity). Recently one of our sweet girls died at 17.5 years old.
We began judging and found other judges interested in talking to us about BT. Over time, we gained acceptance with AKC and some new friends for BT. Carolyn now judges 4 groups & Misc group, Jr Showmanship, and Best-In-Show. David is finishing his 3rd group, judges Misc and Best-In-Show. Our judging other breeds can help BT clubs considerably with expenses as the KC often are interested in hiring us too.
Carolyn has for about 20 years been the AKC Breed Columnist for the BTCA and has been a free-lance writer for a number of magazines. Her book on Bull Terriers was published by Barrons.
David has served as BTCA Treasurer and is currently in his second term on the Monterey County Animal Control Board, where he is able to help local shelters and rescues, and advise legislators on animal issues.
We live with 2 veteran Bull Terriers, who are in good health and keep us busy!