WE'RE ALL ABOUT FAMILY
Dogs are friends for life
HOW OUR JOURNEY BEGAN
So in 2012 we had no dogs and five cats. Today we have ten cats, and nineteen dogs! How did our dream of WestPeaks Tinkerbullz begin?
Firstly, we are hobby breeders and know that there is always lots to learn. We came into this because of our total love for Bulldogs and to breed healthy, active, fit and functional dogs. We are certainly not in this for money! We spend every penny on our animals and plough any money made straight back into them.
We started with an Alapaha, who we still have, and who is a very formidable bitch indeed! At that point we had no intention of breeding. We then adopted a Dorset Old Tyme, our Murphy, and began to be seriously interested in bull breeds. The turning point for us was when we got Tinkerbelle . Gary picked her up the moment he saw her and didn’t put her down again until we got her home. Our plan was to have a litter as she was the most amazing dog but unfortunately she died of kidney failure at 15 months old.
After that we recovered, talked a lot, made plans and hit the ground running! Over the few years we have ended up with all these dogs. We now have English Bulldogs (our first love), Old English, New England, Olde Tyme and our first American Pocket Bully, Dynamights Blue Samurai, aka Valentino, a real character! All are raw fed, with supplements, and are in the best of health. They also all live in the house. We do have kennels, insulated, heated, lit, with radios playing quietly and with large runs with artificial grass, but they are only ever in there for a couple of hours. We are lucky to live in the middle of nowhere and have eight acres of land and, as a result of this, our dogs don’t know what a lead is, apart from those we take to shows.
The showing has been very successful for us so far. We have learnt a lot and hope to continue to do well. We have made a Champion of Don Alfonso and his son, Salvatore, also made champion this year. We will be introducing the youngsters to it next year, including Ch. Alfonzo’s son, Don Lorenzo, who is showing tremendous promise.
Yes it’s hard work, yes the hours are long, yes the house isn’t like it used to be, no we can’t go out much, no we can’t really have visitors (is that a bad thing?!) but would we change a thing? NO! Our dogs are our life. I do the hard work and my wife Ali does all the administration, gives advice and support and is in charge of cuddles.
We strive to improve all the time. We offer a lifetime of support and advice to each and every puppy owner. We keep in touch with them all and are watching pups from our previous litters grow into fit, active, healthy family friendly dogs. They are the future………
Gary & Ali Blake
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