I would like
to take the time to introduce myself and how I got involved with American
Bulldogs. My name is Tammy Carpenter-Souza. I was born and raised in Sunny
California , lived in the same area for 36 years before moving to Illinois.
For as long as I can remember I have always had a love for animals.
I was a very
active member of 4-H for 14 years where I raised and showed rabbits, sheep and
hogs. In 1983, my family had moved to the country where we were able to have
many animals as we desired so 2 horses, 7 goats, 30 heard of suffok cross
sheep, hogs, dogs, lots of feathered friends and our biggest joy of all
rabbits. My folks and I had the largest rabbitry of show rabbits in the U.S.
"Carpenter's Better Built Bunnies," home of the champions.
In 1992, I
married Greg. He also had a love for animals especially dogs.
In 1994, we
opened U.S. Cage Company & Pet Supplies our very own pet store. We specialized
in exotic birds and reptiles. This is when we met "Chicken Man," Gary Fuller.
Gary, his wife Rhonda and daughter Amanda practically lived at the pet store
admiring all the reptiles and birds, it got to the point that we teased each
other and they became known as our store bought friends. Gary knew I had a
love for English Bulldogs and would joke with me and tell me, " I'll show you a
REAL bulldog". One Saturday him and Rhonda showed up at the pet store and asked
us to come outside and see their dogs they had with them. He had a beautiful
red and white dog in his truck, this bulldog was an American Bulldog named Sissy
Bull ( High Jumpin' Mikie and Token).
Dual Grand Champion Souza’s Matias of SAB, ScH I, BST, WPI, ITD5, AD,
CGC, OFA & Ph Champion Snope's Repoman of SAB, ScH Bh, BSTII, CDI, IDT5, OFA o/b Dave & Kathleen Snope
Champion Jumpin' Jax Alziera of SAB, BST, GDT, WPI, IDT5, OFA & Ph
o/b Nancy Best & Sue Olds
Dixie Lee, is also the mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to
many other great titled American Bulldogs just to name a few.
Ch. Souza’s Ruby Tuesday, OFA (daughter)
Souza's Splash of Dixie aka Keana , BSTII, ScH Bh, IDT3, WPTI,
CDI, OFA (daughter)
Ch. Jumpin' Jax Southern Belle aka Keira, CDI, OFA (daughter)
Ch. ADK Tiamo Pal Matio, BSTII, CDI, IDT3, OFA (grandson)
Bluebloods Axel of SAB, GDT, OFA (son)
Ch. Money in the Bank aka Cash, NKC Gr. Ch., CDI, WBII,
WPT Superior, OFA (grandson)
Ch. Chestnuts Little Cherokee of SAB aka Ozzy, ZTP, Bh, RHF-B,
Ch. Butler's Bronco of SAB, OFA (grandson)
Greg and I had caught the Bulldog Fever! We wanted to experience itall from breeding, showing, hosting bulldog shows and training by 1998,we had experienced many of our dreams. We got involved with The RedwoodAmerican Bulldog Club, where we helped host their first ABA show. Wewere training with top Schutzhund trainer, Dave Deleissegues, drove toOhio for the Great Lakes American Bulldog Show (where Dixie became aChampion) and produced two litters of puppies. The Bulldog Fever wasstill burning strong we formed our own bulldog club, Golden State AmericanBulldoggers and hosted the 2001 ABA Nationals. We also helped with theother AB clubs and their shows such as the Great Lakes American BulldogClub with the 2000 ABA Nationals and the American Bulldog Club of LasVegas with their shows. I guess you can say I love paper work and Ithoroughly enjoy capturing those memorable moments on film. You can seea lot of my work published in the Bulldog Review. Out of my bulldogexperiences I have to say that I enjoyed raising puppies most of all.Not having children of my own I guess you can say the motherly instinctskick in. I had to be there while each puppy was born. I enjoyed thisso much that I had helped others whelp their litters and had evenraised a litter for Betty Cummins of Power Play Kennels, then of courseputting on shows is a very close second.Dixie Lee, was bred to Boyd’s Sergeant Slaughter in the fall of96. With the help and guidance of Matt and Susie Boyd, we whelped ourfirst AB litter on December 10th of that year. This litter produced myfemale Ruby Tuesday. Ruby, received her conformation championship in2001 and whelped one litter of puppies before retiring in the winter of2001. Sad to say Ruby developed a grade three heart murmur so I hadher spayed.Dixie physically came back so well we bred her a year later to Koa.This breeding as I stated earlier was my most memorable breeding. Shewhelped eight puppies 3 males and 5 females. Greg was looking to keep afemale from this breeding which he did, Alziera. I feel in love with amale puppy I called, Doc. This chubby little puppy was so full life hefollowed me everywhere and was such a pistol, always wanting toplease. Clarence Van Hoose, owner of Koa at the time had first pick maleowed to a friend. His friend could not take on a dog at the time so hetook the money instead. Second pick male was sold to Dave and KathleenSnope, of Southern California, but after what happened to first pick wedecided to move them up to first pick. Greg told me if they did notchoose Doc that I could keep him. Plus Matt and Susie Boyd thought hewas quite the looker. When the pups were 49 days old we had scheduledDave Deleissegues to come out and temperament test the litter of pups.On this day the Snopes were also to be present for the littersevaluation. That particular day Koa jr. (Repoman) was right on target andpassed the Dave D test with flying colors. Repoman has gone on toobtain his conformation championship along with his BST. So I got my wishand was delighted to be able to keep Doc who we then changed his name to Matias.Matias, was a conformation flyer! He became ABAs youngest GrandChampion at 21 months old, as well as first third generation hip certifiedChampion. He also was the first to be given the Grand Champion titlewith the ABNA at 31 months old. In the year 2000 he obtained his BSTalong with Irondog titles and finished the 12 mile run and received hisAD title and WPI as well. He went to train with Wade Wilde and on May31, 2003, earned his ScH I scoring 82 in tracking, 88 obedience and a 92in protection.Dixie was then bred two more times once to Grand Champion Bear and arepeat breeding to Koa who by this time we were blessed to own.Shortly after Matias and Alziera was born we had gotten our littlepuppy Vernie Q (Thunderstruck Tewa aka Laverne). Greg was owed a ABthrough breeder/trainer at the time Robert Faber for a Rottie he hadgiven him. Laverne was a great impact on our breeding program. She wasthe only Grand Champion female with a BST and was the first ABNA GrandChampion female. The Laverne and Matias breeding was the first of twoGrand Champion American Bulldogs with Bst’s.Over the years of being involved with this breed I have met some finepeople along the way who I am proud to call some of my dearest friends.I continue to stay active in the bulldog community. I am secretary ofthe Sun Valley American Bulldog Club of Arizona who this year put onthe largest conformation and working show to date, continue to work withCasey and Shelia on supplying the Bulldog Review with show and workingpictures and also continue to help other clubs with their shows.In April of 2003, I was headed to the state of Illinois to follow mydream of owning and operating my own boarding facility. Although mydreams didn’t quite go as planned I was ready to give up and move backto sunny California. But not before being blessed with an oldacquaintance, native of California and who was also involved with AmericanBulldogs. My path crossed with Ms. Sharon Secor, who also had the samedreams as I did. Sharon owned a beautiful piece of property, awesomeboarding facility and training fields. I feel in love with her place! Ispent many days and weekends just hanging out with Sharon and workingwith our dogs. In February of 2004, Sharon and I decided to put ourdreams together and make it a reality. We now operate our very ownboarding and training facility, Confident K9.Along with my many blessing in life I am now raising a Dixie Lee,grandson and grand daughter. My dear friend Betty Cummins, knew how Ilonged to raise and show another American Bulldog puppy preferably from mylines. On May 31, 2003, the day Matias obtained his Schutzhund I shehad a litter of puppies born. This litter being out ADK Taylor Made,NKC Champion, BST, WBI, CDI, WPTII, DWTIII, CGC, OFA Good bred toADK Money In the Bank aka Cash, Gr. Ch. NKC, CDI, WBII, WPT Superior,OFA Good who was the son of Matias and grandson of Dixie. Betty gave methe gift of a female from this litter. I later named her Tammy’s Ms.Independent of Power Play Kennels aka Indy Girl. Later that fall, Ireceived a call from Wade Wilde, who had been training Matias, for hisSchutzhund titles. I knew his agreement with Greg was to be able tobreed his female Miko who had her Schutzhund II and BST to Matias. I wasinterested in this breeding, but financially knew it was impossible.Well, once again my prayers were answered. Wade and Sheryl, wanted meto have this little male puppy they had named Golden Boy short forOscar de Lahoya the boxer. I renamed him The Golden Boy Oscar deMatias of Wilde West Kennels. Thank you Betty, Wade, and Sheryl forblessing me with the opportunity to raise these two fine puppies that goback to my beloved Dixie Lee.My goals for these puppies is to follow in the footsteps of their greatparents. With the help and guidance of my trainer Sharon Secor, she isteaching me the fundamentals of obedience. Indy Girl has been trackingnow for months and also weight pulling. Oscar is coming along verywell with his obedience he is also working on weight pulling and theagility course has now become his playground.Oh yes, the English Bulldog I had always dreamed of, I now own. Gregsurprised me in February of 2001 with the cutest little smashed in facebulldog I have ever laid eyes on. I named this bundle of joy Tammy’sForever Jazzmin (my saving grace). She runs with the big dogs and