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Q & A with ABKC Judge: Rolando Mata

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State your name and your involvement with the breed?

Hello Bully World, I am ABKC Senior Judge Rolando Mata.  My involvement with the breed and the American Bully Kennel Club runs very deep. Most notably I have been directly involved in changes and improvements in policies and the restructuring of the registry, in recent history. I have also been a major contributor in the 2012 revision of the American Bully Standard, which in my opinion is a huge step in the right direction for this breed.

How long have you been an ABKC judge, and what inspired you to begin judging?

I have been a judge with the American Bully Kennels Club since 2009. I am also a Judge for the UKC (United Kennel Club).  I may be telling my age on this one, but I have been involved with dogs (American Pit Bull Terriers) since the late 80’s.  I would say that my general drive and inspiration is my passion for these dogs.  After competing at the highest level for many years and reaching some very admirable accomplishments in the UKC, I set out to reach as many young breeders and enthusiast as possible to share my passion and knowledge of dogs.

My first Bully Show, was a huge Atomic Dogg Show in North Carolina.  It sparked my inspiration to become involved with the American Bully Breed and “The Bully Movement”.  I must admit, I saw many cases of unfortunate dogs in less than suitable conditions, both physical and sanitary.  Many were lacking merit and soundness, as well as training and grooming.  Despite some of the needed improvement, I can still think back on that day and feel the electrifying atmosphere and enthusiasm that I felt while in the building.  It was a perfect opportunity to put my passion and knowledge to work and become an active contributor in making a positive impact in a young breed, and a very passionate community.

What are some of the main things ABKC judges look for in show dogs?

Show dogs should be exemplary specimens of the breed and serve as the future contributors to the very delicate gene pool of their respected breed.  Having said this, we as judges have the burden of responsibility in our choices, because these decisions have a huge impact on the breeds of dogs that we evaluate and judge.  Every judge should look for soundness, both in structure and temperament, as well as breed type; never sacrificing one for the other.

What would you say is one of the best things about being an ABKC judge?

Wow…where do I start?  The weekend getaways?  The travel across the country and other parts of the world?  The extra income?  All these sound great but in all honesty my trips are always strictly business, and normally are in and out.  It is sad that I travel to cities all over the country, and the world, and never have the time or opportunity to actually experience the place.  My usual show weekend consists of fighting Atlanta traffic, as I stressfully rush to the airport after work on Friday to catch a flight; then a late Friday night arrival, and sometimes extra commute travel. This seldom leaves time for enjoyment.  On Saturday it’s show time!  I am usually one of the first at the show and one of the last to leave. After a long day the best I can hope for is enjoying a nice dinner with friends talking dogs, and a good night rest to wake early Sunday morning for travel back home. All in hopes to spend some much needed time with my family, before returning to reality come Monday, when it is right back to the routine of my real job.

So could it be the money?   Our earnings of around $200 for the weekend is hardly compensation for our time spent away from our homes and our families.  However, for most of us judging dogs is something that we love to do, and after all doing a job that you love to do hardly seems like work!   I take pride and gratification in judging because every time I step in the show ring I have the opportunity to reach so many.  Having this opportunity and the ability to educate and grow enthusiasts, and help improve the breed is definitely the best thing about being an ABKC Judge.

Have you noticed any general thing that can be improved on by everyone that shows their dogs?

Of course.  Every time I judge I see so many things in need of improvement, such as handling skills, hygiene, grooming, training, and sportsmanship. The most important thing in serious need of improving, is the general education about the breed, the standard, structure, breed type, and understanding of dog shows.  This lack of understanding of the mentioned is the biggest culprit in the constant bickering, complaining, drama, and most importantly the lack of consistency and merit in the dogs we choose to bring in the ring as show dogs, as well as to use in our programs as studs or broods.  Education is key!

You also co-host a huge show every year, tell our readers about that and what they have to look forward to in 2014.

I can go on and on about this one but I will give you the short version…  ABKC’s Atlanta Bully Mania is the most fun and unique show that you will attend…point blank.  If you are not there you will miss the greatest show on earth! For the past four years, my partner Bully the Kid and I have hosted three shows per year, Bully Mania in March, Bully Independence in June/July, and Atlanta Bully Fest in October.  We bring a different flavor with each of the shows.  Bully Independence is geared more towards the serious show advocate and professional, while Atlanta Bully Fest brings back that old school outdoor BBQ feel, with a good atmosphere that were the roots of the ABKC.  Bully Mania our marquee, Red Carpet Event captures the essence of the ABKC, and the Bully Community bringing you that big show feel, where all of the who’s who of the Bully World come to mingle in harmony with a laid back party atmosphere, while maintaining a professional, well ran show, and the fiercest competition around, aside from maybe ABKC Nationals.  In fact Bully Mania was the site for the third largest Champion Class in ABKC history, next to 2012 and 2013 ABKC Nationals.  This show is also the only official ABKC Premiere Event.  This is the one…., the one and only ABKC’s Atlanta Bully Mania!

Do you have a kennel or own any dogs?

I do not consider myself a breeder, but I guess you can say I have a kennel.  I own True Kennels, home to UKC Grand Champions and top ranked competitors.  Although I do not consider myself a “true” breeder in the past 15 years I have produced 7 litters, which have paved the way to countless titled dogs, many ranking in the UKC’s list of Annual Top Ten Rankings, Top Producers, and one of the top scoring dogs in UKC History.  I am proud that my short breeding history has led to at least one dog that I have either owned, bred, being in the UKC’s Top Ten rankings every year since 2002.

Do you currently show any of your dogs, and are any of them ABKC champions?

I currently own only 3 dogs, two retired UKC Grand Champion males and a female who is my fourth generation, and is a great show prospect.  Now all I have to do is find the time to get her out to the show ring!  None of them are ABKC registered American Bullies.

Where would you like to see the bully game 10 years from now?

The Bully Game….in 10 years, wow what a question!  I would love to see better educated enthusiasts, who can serve as ambassadors to this amazing breed.  Education is key but will only be achieved if we as owners and breeders take pride and take charge of our programs.  We have to take the time to educate ourselves and have pride in our creation.  Another very important piece of the puzzle is health testing our breeding stock.  This is nonexistent at the time, and I hope that in 10 years it will be the standard of how things are done.  This is the way to better sound, healthier specimens of the breed, and also the way to further strengthen the gene pool of the American Bully.

What advice would you give to someone, that is interested in getting involved with the breed?

Do as much research as you possibly can about the breed, dogs in general and the breeders that you purchase from.  Be wise in the alliances that you create, for it is very important to surround yourself with positive people, that are where you would like to someday be.  Start off with the best possible, and always strive for improvement!

Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

If I had the time, I may! The dog game holds my interest because it is ever changing, always challenging and we are constantly learning.

What motto do you live by?

Always looking for improvement and striving for excellence!!!

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?

Bully Girl Magazine is a diverse publication that I have watched grow and improve with every issue through the past few years.  BGM, captures the essence of the culture that is the Bully World.  As far back as I can remember, going back to the roots of the Bully World, hot chicks and bullies have gone hand in hand. BGM does a great job bringing you the best of both worlds!  Half of every issue brings you the hot chicks with the Bullies, while the other half keeps our Bully Community informed with news and topics, relevant to our breed, our culture, and our community.

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Triple J Bullies: American and Exotic Bully Breeder | Louisiana

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Who is Triple J Bullies?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My Name Is Brandon Johnson, founder of Triple J Bullies. You can find me in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
Triple J Bullies breeds American And Exotic Bullies. I was inspired in 2015 by a family member. I then started looking online at different things and came across a tri-colored American Bully. Once I took the time and learned about the breed, I was able to find a kennel to start from. (Kjbsk) Abbeville, Louisiana.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
My dogs are on a grain free diet, and have scheduled meal hours.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I have a few favorite lines, but Haze Blood is at the top of the list. I’ve seen some nice dogs produced by Haze Line.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
No, we are not currently showing any of our dogs. However, with the upcoming litter’s, I think 2018 is looking very promising.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
If you have passion and love for the breed, go for it. Nothing can happen overnight. Just don’t give up, and never have too much pride to have a listening ear. There is always help inside the Bully Community.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
I think experiencing new lines is one of the things that’s kind of hard to overcome.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
It’s okay to change the taste buds or just create your own.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
There are several kennels that I look up to in the bully game. They all are doing big things and making or have made their mark in the game. Respect!

Tell us about one of Triple J Bullies most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Experiencing how much my family has engaged themselves with the breed itself.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
Extravagant, going every breeders way if possible. I would like to see everyone make progress and bring new things to the bully community.

What separates Triple J Bullies from the competition?
No competition. We’re just in our own land, creating a wave.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I enjoy drawing and photography in my free time. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as horse riding, trail rides, fishing etc,.

What motto do you live by?
“Not chasing the hype, just in our own zone creating it.”

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is the place to be. It’s great for the Bully Community, as it keeps us informed on the latest events.

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TP-Kennels: XL American Bully Breeder | New Jersey

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Who is TP-Kennels?

Tell our readers a little about yourself.
My name is Alexander Rosario III. I am the owner and founder of TP-Kennels. You can find us in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. However, I always shout out my home town Hoboken, New Jersey.

What type of dogs do you breed? Also, what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
My current preference of breed is the American Bully, more specifically the XL American Bully. The thing that inspired me the most about the breed was how badly they were misinterpreted and stereotyped. I believed, and continue to believe that I have the ability to change that perception into a positive one. I own a rescue. I’ve seen firsthand how loyal and loving they are. I’d have to say that also played a huge role as to why I got involved so in-depth.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep it simple. Thus, I do stay away from foods that contain processed meats, corn, by-products, and low level brands that are a lot cheaper to buy. I like to use kibble grain free foods, such as Nature’s Domain. I try to stay within having the first three ingredients of the label consisting of meats, fish, or any other source of quality protein. Also, there needs to be a beneficial ratio of carbs to equal a well balanced meal.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
At this point in time, I do not currently show my dogs. However, in 2018 I will be making my way back into the show ring to compete for titles. I look forward to meeting more great people. My most recent production, as well as, other TPK productions have earned their titles ( “C.G.C” and advanced “C.G.C.”) under multiple registries. I look forward to 2018.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Trust is a two way street. Trust the upmost in yourself and never be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb question is the one that you do not ask. Be able to handle criticism. Make a note to never depend on your dogs as a source of income. Your dogs depend on you. If you’re serious about your craft, trust yourself and God.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
In my opinion, ego’s. As the old saying goes, a lot of people will go out of their way and help. However once you become, what’s considered “competition”, those who support you tend to slide out and disappear.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Continue to support one another, especially in their absence. The community and our youth look to us for guidance and direction. We must do a better job at leading by example. Become educated followers so that people can see that with unity comes strength.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I respect and look up to all those who are out their putting that dedication, work, practice, and love into this breed. In reality, the ingredients are right there.

Tell us about one of TP-Kennels most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
I do a lot of community work with my XL American Bullys. I would have to say first would be getting their temperament titles (C.G.C. & C.G.C.A.). This is something I truly take pride in. The second would be having the ability to bring joy, love, and laughter to those who need it most. I have two XL Bully’s that are also certified therapy dogs. On the regular, I bring them to rehabilitation centers and senior citizen homes. They are always greeted with love and affection. We were able to make a major impact in our community this year.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I truly expect it to blossom and continue on the path of greatness. I expect more people to temperament test their Bully’s and set the bar higher than it already is.

What separates TP-Kennels from the competition?
What separates me from the competition is that I don’t just say that I breed for temperament. I back it up with facts and certifications. My first and second generation productions have all obtained their temperament titles and are solidifying their soundness. With that being said, I feel I can back all of my statements up when I say  that I breed well balanced, well structured, temperament dogs.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Mainly spending time with my family. I also love photography, flying drones, working out, playing all sports, and traveling as much as I can.

What motto do you live by?
My motto is simple. “Respect is earned, not taken”.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great outlet of productive information that is shared globally. I’ve been a fan since our last interview. I strongly believe that you and your entire team are doing an outstanding job representing the breed. Bully Girl Magazine is helping to bridge the gap between communities and representatives.

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Swaggerville Exotic Bullies: Exotic Bully Breeder | Georgia

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Who is Swaggerville Exotic Bullies?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Callie Teller, founder of Swaggerville Exotic Bullies. I have a main base location in Atlanta, GA, and a smaller location in Las Vegas, NV.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed exotic style dogs, however they are still functionally sound. I just like a bigger, thicker, more exaggerated look with a shorter muzzle. I’ve was always into Pit Bulls and game dogs growing up. Once bullies hit the scene, I fell right in.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep my whole yard on a basic kibble, with high protein and fat. Nothing special.

What is your favorite bloodline?
My favorite bloodline would have to be Miagi Blood. I dig the elbows, tight skin, and chinky eyes.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I don’t currently show any of my dogs. However, in 2018 I do plan to travel to a lot more shows to let my product be seen.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
My advice to an upcoming breeder would be to stack your females. Also build the proper housing area for your pets. Stay focused, find your own wave and ride it!

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
The most difficult thing to over come may be watching what’s going on outside of your yard, and losing focus. People are always trying to keep up.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
To over come that focus on your program. Set your own goals for your yard and achieve them.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I really don’t look up to anyone in the bully game. I have respect for everyone, but I can’t say that I look up to anyone in particular.

Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
My most memorable moment of 2017 was probably producing that Tri litter off Babe, and selling out in 48hrs. I’ll never forget that. LOL.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would just love to see the bully community continue to grow in a positive direction.

What separates your kennel from the competition?
I think our drive, our focus, and our output is what separates us from the rest. We are non-stop with our foot on the gas pedal. We stay clear of negativity and are always promoting positivity.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Some other hobbies include photography, and spending time with my family.

What motto do you live by?
Swaggerville or NO DEAL!

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl is a great magazine, and a positive resource for the bully community. Thanks for having me!

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