Last in his class of 5 exhibits at his first show, it wasn’t too long until the wins started and he gained his Aust Ch title 10 days after turning 12 months old. Soon after he went on his big Overseas Expedition, to New Zealand, kept a couple of the local girls “happy” and gained his NZ Ch title in just 9 shows, only being beaten once, by his own son.
On return to Australia, he saw the highlight of his career, Runner Up in Group at the 1994 Melbourne Royal Show. Soon after he became quite sick, with Viral Meningitis, and the best veterinary advice was that we would loose him at this very early age. However, given a chance, he pulled through with true Stafford grit, unfortunately to be left with secondary Epilepsy which only brought us closer to him as a very special dog. Since then, in his “borrowed time” he went on to gain his Companion Dog title at 4 years of age, Companion Dog Excellent at 5 years of age, both with reasonable ease, and finished with 9 passes at Open level.
In January 1998, following the announcement of the new Grand Champion title, Swampy won the 1 Challenge needed to earn this title, to finish the process of turning the ugly duckling into the magnificent Stafford and friend that he always was.
Unfortunately ill health took this magnificent friend from us at the age of 9 years when he suffered a stroke, no doubt a legacy of the Meningitis. We will always miss Swampy but are always thankful of the time he spent with us, albeit too short, but he achieved plenty in his short time on the planet.
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|Pedigree for Aust Grand & NZ Ch Seighford Budmarshs Heir CDX|
|Sire : Aust & NZ Ch Budmarsh of Tarlair (Imp NZ)||S: Eng Ch Skean Dhu (UK)||S: Eng Ch Black Tusker|
|D: Constones Paragon|
|D: Royal Rani (UK)||S: Eng Ch Allendale King|
|D: Artful Duchess|
|Dam : Skaloway Chine Rose||S: Ch Borstaff Basildon Bond||S: Ch Maxitamms Pommie Boy (Imp UK)|
|D: Ch Borstaff Erma Bombeck|
|D: Borstaff Sybil Sprunt||S: Ch Borstaff Dicky Doodles|
|D: Borstaff Peachsncream|