UKC Bloodlines Magazine,
November 2004 article)
month our Beginnings Story is by B.J. McDonald of
Frisco City, Alabama. BJ is very well known for her
Toy Fox Terriers and is a Toy Fox Terrier and Multi-Breed
In the late 1930's I
was a teenager living on a farm with my parents in
Magnolia, Mississippi. We had various small terrier
type dogs, black and white and some all black with tan
markings on the face. Registered dogs were rare at
this time, but a neighbor ordered a pair of registered Toy
Fox Terriers from Michigan. They were shipped in a
wooden crate by freight, rail I think. I thought
they were the most beautiful pups I had ever seen.
Needless to say, I still think they are the best.
I had an unregistered
black and white male with tan markings on the face who was
our family pet and my son's friend. When my children
were growing up, he guarded the children when they were in
the yard playing and slept with my son at night. He
found a small mostly white-bodied female, who looked a lot
like him, and brought her home as his wife. We
raised some nice pups and my children learned about the
"birds and bees."
In the 1970's, a friend
gave me a UKC registered Toy Fox Terrier who she had
bought from a pet store. The poor thing was scared
to death and totally un-socialized. I learned a good
lesson about pet shops at this time. After a long
time, months, she and I became buddies and she was very
possessive of me. I found the breeder's name on the
papers and contacted Verdie Barnes of Zavalla, Texas.
We are still friends till this day. When I visited
her, she showed me the BLOODLINES, magazine and I was
I bought a pair of Toy
Fox Terriers from Verdie and when I had a pup old enough,
I attended my first show in Bryan, Texas hosted by Ed and
Ila Williamson. Wonderful people and they helped me
so much. My puppy won a trophy in the second show on
Sunday, only one in the class, which was wonderful to
me... I floated home on air.
I attended shows when I
could, sometimes with a bunch of other people to share
expenses and sometimes alone or with a family member.
The shows were my hobby and my pleasure. I never got
the "empty nest syndrome" because I had my dogs and the
shows and the wonderful show crowd. The number of
Judges was limited at the time and the pay was nil, so I
decided to become a Judge to help the clubs out. I
apprenticed under Dovie Gideon, Ed Williamson and a man
who had been judging for a long time and lived in the San
Angelo are. I cannot remember his name and most of
the people who would know it are gone. In 1977, I
became a Senior UKC Toy Fox Terrier Judge - a proud day.
I wish I had kept a record of all the shows I have judged,
but too late now.
My first puppy to win a
trophy and my National Grand Champion (1998) are the
highlights of my dog showing career and with all the
others in between filling my life with pleasure. I
have had several Champions, but Precious Jeffery of
Phoenix is the only Grand Champion I ever had. I
flew with him to Wisconsin and he won National Grand
Champion class with 23 other Grand Champions competing,
under Judge Jeri Singleton in August of 1998. What a
once-in-a-lifetime thrill for me. My Black Tail
Puppy is the best natured and the happiest TFT in my
house. He sired many pups; some show dogs but mostly
precious pets. Not a lot of difference if you think
We still have a number
of old dogs and a few young ones. All are a joy to
an old lady, but the time to retire for all of us is
drawing close. I truly have enjoyed "my kids."
They have me well trained.