Let not conspiracy play a definite recognisable
role in the tragedy of losing the expression of our beloved breed THE BRITISH
BULLDOG. If those eyes are not giving full expression, if void of the beautiful
Bulldog look and the eyes not focusing properly, but looking at you in pain;
camouflaged by putting in a few eye drops. Should this then be ignored and
overlooked by the breeder and the judge? Is this not cruelty to animals? I am
referring as breeder and exhibitor to ectropion and the reverse entropion, the
lid which rolls out or in - an inherited defect. If this be allowed, it shall be
the main spring of every subversive movement in the breeding program of British
joined the Royal Navy and served the whole duration of the war in Burma.
At the time of the attack at Normandy I served on
HMS Caradoc, a
C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was part of the Caledon group of
the C-class of cruisers. I only returned home November 1945. I put the question
to my first lieutenant: What makes the Caradoc so special? He looked me straight
in the eye and the reply came: The stuff she is made off and the men who made
her. His look reminded me of the Bulldog, the same look as that of Sir Winston.
Guess what happened then? The Bulldog was born in my heart. There and then I
knew within me, one day I shall own a Bulldog. I have come a long way with this
breed and shall love them until my dying day. I shall go on to the very end to
better the breed.
Another fault we must look at critically is the typical barrel which makes the
Bulldog so different. One day somebody asked: Why do you call yourself Mervander?
My reply came, because of the capital M the name starts with. If you
stand before a Bulldog and look between the front legs you must see the capital
M. If it is not there, I know I am looking at a flat-sided barrel. Where is
the deep brisket? If not there, shall I not know the dog will have breathing
problems? One thing of the Mervander Bulldogs, they can breathe well, they can
move well and they can see well. My song to them when I cuddle them: If those
eyes could only see and that heart can only feel my love which I have for them.
These are points that a judge and a breeder can never overlook. Never agree to
disagree on these points.
us all be the right breeder at the right time, to stir the hearts and minds of
those great lovers and breeders of the British Bulldog. Together we shall stand
and save this great breed and give honour to where honour belong: Great Britain,
England, who gave us this great breed. May God keep and Bless them.
behalf of the Mervander Bulldogs and the Specialist Club the Pretoria Millennium