|Red Walling and his Bullyson dog.
April 28, 1968 - "Jack Smith" vs "Floyd Boudreaux" - Males 38lbs. Cajun Rules "Howard Teel" Referee and "Pete Sparks"
Jack is using a red and white dog called
"Bozo", said to have been bought by Sonny Sykes from Jerome Hernandez. Floyd is using a black which he calls "Eli".
Eli gets the first hold as Bozo gets skin
hold in throat. Eli is getting into the throat of Bozo as Bozo works an ear trying for a shoulder, $50 dollars to $25 dollar
bets being made. Bozo the favorite.
Eli is showing good and working for Bozo's
throat. $500 dollars to $250 dollars being offered. All the dog fighting in this previous match is being wraped up in 10 minutes
of this fight. Eli gets in Bozo's throat at 14,then Bozo throws one leg over Eli's shoulder, gets a ear and throws Eli. Bozo
gets a shoulder and shakes and Eli gets a mouth hold and gets him off.
Eli up at 15, and into throat. Eli comes
up and the bets shift to even more as both dogs working shoulders and front legs. Bozo gets a nose and shakes at 21. Changes
to the hind legs, gets stifle and shakes. Bozo is working the front legs. Back to mouth fighting at the 25 minute mark. Bets
getting hard to get at even money as first one then the other gets on top and gets nose and mouth.
Eli acts as though he has shot his wad.
Bozo, has opened up Eli's front leg and Eli is weakening. The story is, that Eli has heart worms. At the 38 minute mark, a
pickup. Bozo to scratch. Made determined scratch, and gets a front leg, and Eli goes into Bozo's neck. At the 40 minute mark
another a pickup is made, Eli scratches hard. Bozo gets nape of neck and Eli goes down. At the 45 minute mark Kenneth Chandler
says, if the little black dog don't win, his children will go hungry for a week.
At the 54 minute mark, another pick up
was made with Bozo to scratch, and he made a very determined scratch. At the 57 minute mark another pick up was made with
Eli to scratch, he trotted over and took an ear hold and Bozo goes down. Bozo makes a good scratch at the one hour mark. One
minute later, Eli makes a good scratch and Smith gives up the fight. Eli is the winner in one hour one minute.
November 9, 1969 - "Jack Smith" vs "Junior" - Males at 37 1/2 lbs. Cajun Rules Leo Kinard - Referee
Jack is using a fawn and white corvino
dog. Junior is using a black dog named Eli. Eli, is the betting favorite from the start as he gets the Corvino dog in the
throat with a skin hold. The Corvino dog gets an ear and holds on. Deuce is Jack's dog's name. Eli is Boudreaux breeding.
Deuce held the ear for about 4 minutes. Eli got loose but Deuce got his ear again and throws Eli. Eli gets in the throat an
Deuce tumbles in a summersault in an effort to free himself. Deuce gets Eli by the nose and gets him off, gets a leg. Eli
tries but can't stay in hold. Boudreaux claims that Bozo broke his jaw.
Sonny Sykes bought Bozo from Hernandez.
Bozo had previously beat Al Offer's "Tuffy" in December. Jack's dog is fanged. Handler frees him at 19. Dogs out of hold at
20, catching their breath. Eli gets the throat. Deuce is on his back with skin hold, and Eli is resting out of his hold at
23. Eli gets up and tries for the throat, but Deuce gets an ear and Eli goes down. Dogs out of hold catching their breath
After a flurry of excitement, the dogs
are out of hold and Junior asks for an out of hold count. Jack asks the referee if he must consent and the referee tells him
no, so Jack refuses to go along with the out of hold count.
Eli gets up and gets a good hold on a
front leg but lets go and stands, Deuce is flat, catching breath at 30. Then they are up and at it, and Eli is working a cheek
hold. Deuce was fanged through the tounge, Jack frees him. Eli acts like he thinks he has done all he should be called on
to do but goes back into foot and skin holds. At 35, the dogs are out of hold, catching their breath.
Eli turns, a pick up is made, Eli scratches
hard and went for the throat and Deuce goes down. 37, a handle was made, Deuce to scratch. Deuced is counted out and the black
dog makes a good courtesy scratch. Eli declared winner in 38 minutes.
April 19, 1969 - "Douglas Nirider" vs "Gary Stoup" Males 50 1/2 lbs. Cajun Rules To Govern
"Don Maloney" Referee
Doug using a son of Eli and out of Eli's
half sister. Gary had a big head, well built red and white dog, called Jack. I believe he is a California bred dog. There
was a lot of interest in this match and the bids were pretty high, and this Eli Jr. had killed one hog in January with C.
J. Jones in Dallas. The black was said to be foul fighting dog that would eat a dog's stifle, stomach, and other parts up.
Gary had a hard biting dog that he believed could hold the black dog off until he tired, then chew him up.
Both dogs looked real good and as strong
as bears. They acted like football players with Red Jack taking the ear then switching to the nape of the neck, ELi Jr. was
in Jack's chest and chewing so hard his rear end would leave the ground a little. Both dogs extra fast for this weight.
Red got Eli Jr's foot in his jaw and broke
it at about the 15 minute mark. The blood poured from Eli's foot but no sign of letting up for either dog. Eli had not yet
gone to Jack's rear end, but at about the 22 minute mark they were in each others stifle, but still Eli had not taken the
Eli began to go ahead of Jack from the
22 minute mark on. This Eli Jr. was as terrible as Doug had said he was. I think Gary had one of the few dogs in the country
that could have stayed with this Jack dog. Jack turned at 31 minutes and when called on to scratch came halfway over, then
turned around and went back to his corner. I will be the last one to blame him for quitting on that dog. Eli Jr. the winner
in 32 minutes. Eli made a fast hard coutresy scratch. Eli Jr. was voted thje best dog of the convention.
February 22, 1970 - "Douglas Nirider" vs "Kent Tatum" - Males 51 lbs. Cajun Rules To Govern "Cecil Pond" Referee
Kent Tatum's red dog, Buck, was conditioned
and handled by Wendell Trussell while Bobby Hall had conditioned and was holding the black dog, Eli Jr., for Nirider.
Dogs swap out stifle holds when they first
meet. After about 4 minutes of this, the black dog learns to hold him off with ear holds. At about the 6 minute mark, Eli
gets the stifle, but Buck gets him off with a ear hold. Eli gets a shoulder hold at about the 12 minute mark, and works Buck
over good until Buck gets him off with a nose hold. At the 20 minute mark, the pattern has been the same, but Buck is weakening
as Eli has been pouring it on.
By the 25 minute mark, Eli Jr. is working
Buck over, from front to rear, pretty much as he chooses, and the red is getting weak. From 24 to 36 minutes, Eli is working
Buck over and after shaking out a shoulder hold, rests for air, Buck is down but has a cheek hold. Eli Jr. gets a stifle and
Buck cannot get him off. At 45, a turn is called on Eli as he walks over to Buck and gets a stifle.
Pick up at 49 minutes and Eli makes a
good hard scratch, working Buck over with cheek and throat holds, and appears to be biting harder as the fight progresses.
At 58, another pick up with Buck to go. Buck tried to scratch but fell, then got to his feet, went forward again, took a few
steps and fell once more just about two feet from his opponent. Eli declared the winner in 59 minutes.
Buck was still trying to get to his feet
when Trussell picked him up and gave up the fight. Buck showed the boys what a game dog was, but he just could not keep the
hard biting Eli out. This Eli is a son of the Eli dog of Floyd Boureauxs. This makes Eli a two time winner.
December, 12th, 1975 - Chicken Sam's "Gator" vs Glovers "Champ Art" at Catchweight
Chicken Sam used his 2 time winner Gator
into Ch. Art. Both dogs were worked for other matches and they fell through, so they matched each other.
At "pit your dog", Gator gets on Art's
nose and walks him around the pit. Art, pushing for the shoulders. At about 8-10 minutes. Art gets the shoulders and shows
that hard bite he is known to have.
The fight goes on with Art working the
body and going into the stifle and Gator trying to hold Art out. 30 minutes and Gator has been bit to pieces and takes the
count making Art a four time winner.
Interview With Legendary Dogman Floyd Boudreaux
How many of us can say that his daddy had bulldogs for more than 40 years? How many of us can say
without exaggeration that he played an important roll in developing a line of dogs that have stood the test of time and become
the backbone of some of the best performing bloodlines around these days. One of the very few that can answer these questions
with a positive "Yes" is Floyd Boudreaux from Louisiana. We sat down and talked to Mr. Boudreaux about his most famous dogs.
Like the BLIND BILLY dog, BOZE, ELI, OX and many more. For the first time Mr. Boudreaux tells about his friendship and relations
with dogmen like Leo Kinard, George Saddler, Joe Corvino, Maurice Carver and others.
Floyd Boudreaux is without any
doubt a very knowledgeable dogman and has bred, raised and handled some of the best ever to cross a pit. Stay with us and
read about the living legend from Louisiana, Mr. Floyd Boudreaux.
What was your first dog and when was the first time
for you to leave Louisiana with these dogs to fight into something other than local competition?
I remember my first
dog was a brindle female, her name was FLOSSIE. I started at a very young age but the first time for me to fight a dog in
the fast -lane must have been when I took STAGGER LEE to San Antonio to one of Maurice Carver's shows. I went into a guy named
Steven and he had a dog called ROHO. We had that dog beat but he kept pushing his dog in the corner with his knees each time
when it was his time to scratch. Maurice was the referee and I said: "Gentleman be sure not to push that dog anymore, you
have pushed him for the last time." If I wouldn't have said anything that time, who knows what might have happened!
well did you know Carver?
Pretty good. I saw a lot of his shows and gave him some dogs, but I never really did much
business with him. He was a nice looking man and could tell a story like no other. I remember Maurice and Mr. Jolley, from
south Texas, came here one time in 1955 and they were driving a red Thunderbird convertible. You had to push the car to start
it and they had a black dog named BUTCH with them. He jumped out of the car and was running to highway and we had to catch
him. Maurice told me he started with the dogs in 1946, one year after I fought my first dog. He and his friend Jolley went
to Louisiana to fight that WINO dog that was owned by Jolley. After the fight Jolley sold the dog over here and Maurice was
so angry with him that he refused to drive back to Texas with Jolley in the same car. Maurice knew a lot of good dog people
and he would watch the hot young dogs in somebody's backyard and if you had something he liked he would try and talk you out
of it and then start selling them. I saw him fight a few good ones but he never did fight many dogs and a lot of times he
would come in overweight. One time he was matched into Mayfield and come in overweight. But Mayfield said he would fight anyway.
Carver refused and then sold his dog. That's how he was. Maurice was always trying to make money with the dogs. How else could
he survive? He wasn't going to work for a living.
Do you think he misrepresented those papers to keep that a secret?
sure he did to some degree. But in those days it was pretty much common knowledge that he did and everybody that needed to
know, knew about it. I did. He bred to my BLIND BILLY dog and that's how he got IRONHEAD, BOOMERANG and others. They came
out of my stuff. He always told us that BOOMERANG was out of IRONHEAD. You see Maurice would exaggerate a lot all the time,
and he was smart enough to tell you a lie. Don't get me wrong, Maurice was a nice guy, but also a liar. He told me one time
that he worked for the Mexican Government, the Border Patrol, and even told my wife he worked for the Foreign Legion. But
one thing is for sure, he was a hell of a ladies man and could convince you that black was blue. He sure was a good salesman.
was the best dog you ever owned?
They ask me that all the time. It's tough to answer, but I think I'm partial to my
BOZE dog. I probably had a few that were as good, but I always liked him a lot. He won 27 rolls for me and he was always the
smaller dog, but they couldn't beat him. He also won one contracted fight. One time Jerry Clemons and Douglas Nirider brought
a dog that was 19lbs bigger than BOZE and that big dog would bite through car tires. When we put them down it was a joke.
BOZE was a fast, hard mouth dog. He would fight high in the shoulder and destroy a dog quick. During the day time he would
usually sleep with the puppies around the house and I always thought he was a little shy, just like BLIND BILLY. One time
he won a fight in just 6 minutes, that was in New Orleans. We had 10 matches that day and he beat a dog of Jerome Hernandez.
He just wrecked the dog. It was no contest. BOZE was out of SCRUB and CANDY. After that fight, they claimed that their dog
wasn't conditioned. I don't know, but mine was ready to fight. I matched against Jerome 3 times and won twice. Jerome was
a dogman and hard to beat.
What was the last dog you matched?
I guess that was the CACTUS dog from Grady Cummings
about 15 years ago. This dog quit in 28 minutes. He had quit before, but I didn't know that at the time and nobody told me
about this until we were about to wash the dogs for the fight. Atlas Brewer came up to me and said, "Do you want to know something
about that dog?" I said, "I appreciate that, but it is a little late." We had our money up and I wasn't trying to be rude,
but if a man wants to help me then help me on the get go. I would never let a man start conditioning a dog if I knew the dog
was a cur, but it happened.
Mr. Boudreaux, I want you to tell me the full story on the old ELI dog. How he was bred,
his parents, his pups and so on.
I will tell you the true story as it is and I have witnesses that can tell you this
is the truth. If this is not right, I'm the brother of Martin Luther King. Today at least 80% of the dogs that are fighting
come from ELI. It makes me mad that they got the story on him and his sons BULLYSON and ELI JR., turned around. Not for myself,
I know better. I lived it, but the future generation that is coming behind us doesn't know anything about the truth and have
to rely on what they are reading. That's why I'm so glad I can do this interview in the TIMES. It takes a small man to lie
and change a story. I'm telling the truth about how them dogs are bred just like I was told before. ELI was a pretty good
individual and after his match against Jack Smith in Cleveland I bought him home. We doctored him up and then a sheriff from
Mississippi tried to buy him, but I wouldn't sell him. Then the next day Raymond Holt of Texas and his wife Sharon came by
to buy him, but I gave ELI to my friend Jr. Bush, from Alabama. He loaned ELI to John Cotton from Chattanooga, TN. They were
friends at the time and that's where somebody stole ELI. I gave ELI to Jr. because he is a real high-class dogman, an example
for a lot of other so called dogmen. When ELI got stolen, Cotton gave Jr. $1000 and told him to go and buy another dog, and
said that if there was another dog he liked that cost more he would make up the difference. There is a lot of stories about
what happened after this, when ELI got stolen from Chattanooga. I think he went from Chattanooga to Memphis and from there
on, I just don't know for sure, but I feel that some of that bunch in Memphis had something to do with it. I just don't know
what happened with ELI but I feel very strong about this, and I wouldn't say it if I didn't believe it myself. I truly believe
that ELI was also the sire of that GR. CH. ZEBO dog.
They were too much alike not to be true. At one time I gave a
nice red puppy to Jerry Clemmons. He is a friend of mine and I still think a lot of the man. He took the pup, kept him for
6 weeks and sold the pup. He came here and I gave him another pup that I had here in the blacksmith shop. I called that pup
SPOOK. She was out of a litter that killed each other when they were still very young. He kept her for about 2 months at the
most when she came in season for the first time. He brought her back and I bred her to ELI. They had 4 pups, 3 black and 1
brindle. Two males and two females.
One of the black males was BULLYSON, the other was ELI JR. The brindle was BRENDY.
She bit the hardest of them all and she was the biggest. She could break a dog down in less than 3 minutes. BRENDY was awesome,
a bad Bulldog. As bad as a man has ever seen. She beat a dog one time like she was having breakfast. I've never seen anything
like her again. The other female in the litter out of ELI and SPOOK was a black named LADY. She was my kind of dog and I think
the best in the litter. Both BULLYSON and his brother ELI JR. were exceptional Bulldogs. They were the cream of the crop,
top-notch Bulldogs and went into some tough competition to make history. BULLYSON was a good dog, but he was not as good as
ELI JR. ELI JR. was a much better producer. He was just not bred to good selected pregnant doges, but he was definitely a
better dog than BULLYSON. He didn't care if he was getting bit because he was going to bite you. Red Walling was the owner
of BULLYSON when he was matched into his son BENNY BOB. Maurice conditioned him, but he was not fit to fight. This is what
happened. Maurice had BULLYSON and bred him to a pregnant dog named BETH at his place. A few weeks after that BULLYSON got
bit by a rattlesnake and his head was as big as a Texas hat. Also there was this big old dog at Maurice's place that got off
the chain and BULLYSON who was in a kennel was fighting with this dog through the fence and messed up his teeth and gums.
Just before the fight with BENNY BOB we checked his blood count and it was down to 33. BENNY BOB was a brindle dog and BULLYSON
a black. The match was at 52lbs, but BULLYSON was only a 48 or 49 pound dog. The fight was reported in Pete Sparks' magazine
and also in the book that Mayfield had out at the time, but it was not until Mayfield wrote that little book called 'Rednecks'
that he came out with all that nonsense about a black dog against a white dog. I think he was confused by another match between
Danny Burton, who had a black 54lb dog, and Raymond Holt, who had a white dog called LIGHTNING IV, owned by a black man named
Chris. ELI JR. was sold to Douglas Nirider when he was 17 months old for $400. He won his match on a broken leg in Oklahoma.
If BULLYSON would have been in shape against BENNY BOB I think that would have been a hell of a fight. One time I had a dog
called NAPOLEON and I rolled him with BULLYSON when he was at my place. BULLYSON was an 18lb bigger dog, but NAPOLEON held
his own for a little while. It didn't go very long because BULLYSON was coming on hard. Later I won with NAPOLEON in the same
show when BULLYSON won over that SIR dog that was handled by Bert Clouse.
I remember one incident with BULLYSON when
he was at my place. Jerry Clemons brought the dog to me to be tested and one day while I was cleaning up around his chain
he tried to bite me. Before he could put his mouth on me I hit him hard with a shovel and knocked him out. After this happened
he never, at my place, tried to bite anyone again. If a dog is a biting dog I don't like them and if they try to bite me or
my family, it's a dead dog. Jerry had BULLYSON when he was a young dog and his dogs were always sort of hyper. It's easy to
male them that way.
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On the subject of schooling. How do you go about this?
I don't think you can change a dog a whole lot after he
is born. All you can do is sharpen his ability a little bit but you can't make him game. Now people say that it is a risk
to breed a young untested pregnant dog. Well I bred SPOOK her first time in heat. She was never tried before, but she produced
some exceptional dogs. I think it is like this. They have the genetic ability to produce good or they don't know matter how
they are themselves. There is just one Ace in every hundred or so and the rest are just mediocre dogs, that's something you
always have to keep in mind. What happens now is that all these fast-lane dogs, with hard mouths are doing away with all these
old game dogs, going right through them. But I still prefer gameness more than anything else. Anybody can breed dogs that
will bite and are rough, but it is more difficult to breed a dog that will stay. With a game dog you have a shot at the money
and there is no monopoly. There is nobody that has corned the market on these dogs. Dogs are just like humans. I'll explain
that to you; you can have two brothers, one a gentleman and the other one that's not even worth the powder to blow him up
and still they both came from the same father and mother. So, with these dogs, it is the same. You are going to have dogs
with each his own character and what we try to do is to get the good genes together. We would all like our sons to be President,
but the chances are few. If a dog doesn't perform at an early age there is nothing you can do about that. My dogs are basically
late starters and as a rule of thump your late starters make you a better dog. I want a young dog to show a pretty strong
interest in what we are doing before I start them out. This is how I schooled my dogs; they must be ready to understand what
is going on and have a desire to do it. When they are willing I start to school them a few times and when I think he is ready
I put everything on him. I'm serious. I put a big dog on a little one and most people will tell you I put 2 or 3 dogs on one
if I want to test him. I have to see a dog to satisfy me, not please somebody else. I have used dogs that I rolled for only
8 or 9 minutes but if they give me a reason to take a longer look, I certainly will. No one knows if a dog will make one more
scratch enough. You pick him up to your satisfaction and he goes like a bullet and stands the line the next shot. Who is smart
enough to say, he is gambling. That's why they call it gambling. One bit of advice to young men that start out in these dogs
would have to be 'learn to have patience'. Let your puppies grow up before you make a decision about them. You can't expect
a child to do a man's job. You have to give them a shot.
If I was to use a dog for serious money I would wait until
he is 2 or 2 ½ years old at least. I would certainly not use him sooner than that. The oldest dog I used was 9 years old.
But you can use them up to 6 years old easy. They can't win them all, but they can take so much more when they are 3 years
old. To me that's being at peak. I will give an example; my daddy had a dog called NAN. He matched him into Gaboon Trahan
and he was using a dog named COUNTRY BOY which was also named PETER. COUNTRY BOY was just a young dog. In 33 minutes we beat
him and he jumped the pit. I will never forget this because my dog had a broken tail. He let him get some age on him and then
started to school him. When this dog matured , "Hell you couldn't stop him anymore." So Gaboon got his dog back again and
by this time COUNTRY BOY had won several fights. One of his wins was over a good winning son of DIBO called TOPPER. He beat
him in a real short time. TOPPER was owned by Bob O'Neal at that time. Eventually, COUNTRY BOY was matched into a dog called
BOBTAIL and that fight went something like 2 hours. BOBTAIL broke his jaw and COUNTRY BOY probably would have won, but Gaboon
offered a draw because he knew that the man who owned BOBTAIL didn't have a lot of money and a wife and some kids. He knew
that if he would take the money it would come from the farm. His reason to fight these dogs was to demonstrate that he had
a better dog and he had done that already, so he offered to call it a draw. The moral of this story is that we really gave
COUNTRY BOY a second chance after he had quit against NAN. Most other men would have shot him, but age really helped this
dog and that's the hardest thing to explain to a young man who is coming into the game. I'm not making excuses for a dog that
quits. I'm not like Mr. Mayfield, who is a fine man and a good dogman, but he will sell you a pup for $2,000 or $3,000 and
tell you to wait 4 or 5 years. A lot of dogs are retired at that age, good or bad. Maybe Mayfield hopes you will wait until
the dog dies of other causes in the meantime, or that the guy who owns him gets rid of him before that and won't ask for his
money back. No, I don't make excuses, but in turn, I had some of the best that were late starters.
When Leo Kinard
started to keep dogs in Mississippi was he the first one to introduce bulldogs over there?
Not really, George saddler
was fighting them before Leo in Mississippi. Both Leo and George put on some big shows, but Leo's were always a little bit
better. He had a real nice place, a nice building, and he kept more bulldogs than anybody else in those days. He had about
250 dogs. Leo had a friend named Frank James and this Frank was an interesting person, he was namely brother of the notorious
Jesse James. Both Frank and Jesse were well-known outlaws. Jesse was killed. Frank got amnesty and later moved to Meridian,
Ms. And worked in a restaurant. Leo told me that Frank Fitzwater was a son of that "Jesse James."
Fitzwater was a good
dogman, he was a sharp man. Anyway, Leo was a special man and very good, honest dogman. His wife Sarah was sick, she had cancer
and Leo took her to the best doctors in the country. They went to New York and he did anything for her, he loved her dearly.
He told me he spent more than $125,000 on her without much results. When she died it broke him and then later the State bought
some of his properties but they never paid him. He died broke. We sent him some money every month. I was working and he was
not. The last time I saw the man he walked us to the car and shook my hand. He didn't say much, but he was crying and so was
I. He died of a heart attack. I believe he was 67 years old when he died in 1976. He left me some dogs, doghouses, some chains
and etc… Leo loved to talk about dogs, from the time we got up till late at night. He was a bootlegger and always had
all kinds of whiskey, champagne, cigarettes of all brands and if you were a guest, it was yours. Many times we were there
and talked dogs with Jim Taylor and many others. Leo lived his life to the fullest. He had three different cars, two Cadillacs,
and a truck. He would deliver the whiskey with the cars, sometimes I would go with him and often we would come home, change
cars and go off again. He never had any trouble with the law until the National Guard came down on him. Leo was not a breeder
as such. He bred some, but from all the good dogs he had I can't remember one that produced something equally as good as themselves.
I remember he had some pure Colby dogs that were game until the third generation, then they started to quit in the pit, but
he still bred several and they were game again. Leo had full time help and that makes a difference of course, his set-up was
beautiful. All fenced in and a big gate that was closed around the six bedroom house. Guard dogs were all around running loose.
Leo was a great dogman. I knew him when he had $65,000 in his pocket and later when he had less than $1 to spend. It didn't
make any difference to me because he was my friend and that never changed.
From all the dogmen that you knew in those
days, who was the toughest?
Who was the best dogman in your time? The man I admired most was George Saddler. He too,
like Leo, was from Mississippi. George taught me a great deal about conditioning. He never had many friends because he was
a businessman. He had a restaurant and he never needed friends, he just went on with his business, but I thought I was his
friend. One of the first things he told me was to take care of your dog and he'll do right for you. Don't come half drunk
with some ladies to have fun and expect to do good. Stay with your dog and give him all the attention he needs. If you come,
come to win. There is plenty of time to party.
Did Saddler bring his dogs in fine or dried out pretty good?
he brought them in keen, always sharp and prepared for the duration.
Did he fight a basically hard biting dog, a punisher?
I remember him winning more on the distance than on the bad dogs. My REBEL dog was a rough dog and George ran him half an
hour just before he fought him because he was overweight. He fought him on Tuesday night, came in overweight and took him
down the road around the river until he made weight, and still won the fight in a short time. He pretty much picked his dogs
and he, just like Leo, had some help to walk the dogs. He would send somebody out to walk his dog and tell them not to come
back until late at night. I learned from him that hand walking a dog will help him to stand on his feet during a long hard
contest. I'm sure you can do it many other ways, but that's how I learned it. George was a gambler. If he had seen your dog
before, and you were matched into him, you were automatically at a loss. He would buy a good dog and gamble hard. He had a
good eye for a bulldog. His son-in-law Curley Hayes also helped George a lot and he was a very competitive dogman himself.
|Subject: Re: Interview With Floyd Boudreaux Fri May 11, 2007 4:05 am
Did you know Joe Corvino and Earl Tudor?
Oh yes. Joe was a good man and a friend of mine. He was a short stocky
man and chewed tobacco. He was a gentleman and really liked the dogs. He would come here mostly on Thursdays, a few days before
the fights and he would stay here, talking dogs. He was like me, he thought that if you had gameness in your dog you had a
shot, no matter what. Joe was always dressed up in a three piece suit plus watch chain. There were others that had suits on
like Bob Wallace, Mr. Marshall, Leo Kinard sometimes, Cecil Collins and of course, George Saddler. Howard Heinzl always wore
cowboy boots and a Texas hat. Another gentleman was Bob Hemphill, the man who had all those red nose dogs. Hemphill lived
here quite a while and worked at the fire station. That was in 1927. He left from here and took two dogs with him. One was
HOBO JOE, but I can't remember the other one. Earl Tudor was more a conditioner than a breeder. He had some very good dogs
like DIBO, JEFF, SPIKE, WHITE ROCK, and a dog named CRACKER. In his younger days, Earl fought a lot of dogs all the time,
always looking for something to match. Back in those days, he bought a lot of dogs from other people, but later, when I knew
him, he bred his own. When he was younger he had those Komosinski type dogs, not the terrier type, but more like the old Donovan
type. I really don't know where he got them, but they looked a lot like the dogs that thingyney Charlie Lloyd had and later
were owned by men like komosinski and Donovan. I was lucky to get BLIND BILLY and RASCAL. I put them together with good results.
Yes, you see Trahan never owned that dog. It should be Boudreaux's RASCAL, like he is registered.
I still have the papers here, but I don't care if the rest of the world thinks of him as Trahan's RASCAL. Anyway, I owned
that dog and I crossed him with BLIND BILLY. Now RASCAL wouldn't start when he was a young dog and, as a matter of fact, he
was stolen one time but because he wouldn't fight, they turned him loose. I saw him in 1957 when I got out of the service
and he fought against a big black dog that was out of Cannon's BLACK SHINE and those dogs. At the time we were all arrested,
but in those days it was just a misdemeanor, there was nothing against bulldogs really. RASCAL was owned by S.P. and I traded
one of RASCAL's sons for him, a young dog called RASCAL JR. This pup only had one testicle, but S.P. took the pup and later
sold him. The man that traded RASCAL to me is still alive. RASCAL produced that COUNTRY BOY dog, MARCIANO, and several other
good females. As a match dog I think RASCAL was probably overrated. He was a game dog, red and white in color. He also was
a bad ear dog just like COUNTRY BOY.
Is your good stock mostly Corvino?
Yes. What I did…. My BLIND BILLY
dog was born in 1952 and I bought him in 1953. My uncle had four Ace roosters and we traded them with Earl Tudor for BLIND
BILLY. He was a son of DIBO and he wouldn't fight until he was 2 ½ years old.
Was he blind?
No, not really.
His eyes had always been a little weak and in his last contest he was blind, yes. I won a real good match with him in 26 or
28 minutes. Then the second time, I was very young then, they tried to fool me. It was pretty dark in the place where the
pit was set up and it was my turn to scratch BILLY. Earl Tudor jumped up out of joy when BILLY was scratching towards the
other dog. He was about halfway when he turned around to look at Earl and hit the pit wall. He never stopped looking for the
other dog, but he was counted out and lost the fight. We didn't get the trophy that day, but BILLY was the best dog in the
show and from then on they called him BLIND BILLY. Like I said before, his sire was the DIBO dog and I believe Howard Heinzl
had something to do with that dog. DIBO was stolen when he was a young dog and sold to a black man who owned a restaurant,
DIBO'S real name was RUNT and when he started at the age of four they picked him up again and matched him.
about your dog named OX?
OX was a very smart dog. He was a superb ear dog and also very game. When I turned him loose
he never missed that ear. A long time ago we matched him in Mexico. He was matched for $16,000, which in those days was a
lot of money. I was matched into the District-Attorney of Mexico City. He had a good little dog and he told me that his dog
would break legs and said that that was going to happen to OX too. The only comment I had to make was that if OX would turn
him loose he wasn't going to break anything. OX was smart and I am convinced that he would have stayed out of trouble, the
only thing OX couldn't do was talk. That's how smart he was. But the show never came off because of a couple of punks from
California who were involved in other activities and had been followed by the authorities.
This was not just another
convention, but it was going to be one of the greatest get-togethers in a long time. There were 2 or 3 super dogs to be matched.
The trophy alone for the winner cost $2,000 and was made by Larry McCaw from California. Plus the fact that nobody brings
a dog that far when they were not satisfied with the dog at home. After that, we sold OX because we needed money to buy a
new place. He went to a man from Florida, named Bob Johnson. One week after he took him, he called and told me he had put
three dogs on OX. He said he stopped the first dog in 20 minutes, the next one went a little over a half hour and the third
one OX fought like he just started, so they picked him up. He told me OX was a very game dog. I told him that I assumed he
was game, but didn't realize he was that game. People don't seem to understand that even the very best will often quit if
you stress them hard enough. It's just a matter of how much you put on them. There is no sense in killing them while testing
them because there is something like a breaking point. Some dogs that have never been used because they quit at home might
have been great dogs in the pit under the right circumstances. Lack of knowledge… that's what it is! OX was a polished
ear dog and he could keep himself out of trouble, but most other dogs couldn't stand this kind of abuse. These dogs are just
flesh and bone like anything else and most men don't even recognize an Ace dog when they see one. They try to condition a
dog on a treadmill when they are half drunk and watching TV. Now that I'm back on the subject of schooling; I took the DEVIL
dog of Oklahoma and rolled him no more than 9 minutes and later I used him to whip Chicken Sam with a dog that I saw fight
for three hours. Sometimes when you see an all beaten up dog people say: that's a bad one! I say, No Sir! That's a bad one
that passed on him. That's the way it goes.
Who was the best breeder in your days?
Well, that's hard to say.
Breeding dogs is a heartbreaking experience because when you have something good it will practically never reproduce the same.
You can raise anything easier than bulldogs. Like chickens, horses, etc… there is so much you've got to have in an Ace
dog. You get them with talent and they are curs, you get them that are game but they can't fight. Hitler tried to breed humans,
but he also didn't succeed. He had them built like he wanted, but they didn't have the brains. I have never had many dogs
in my life, but I did have some good ones, so I think that's not bad. I can sure understand that when a man keeps 300 dogs
or more, he comes up with some good ones. It's like this… know what you see, know what the dog is and know an Ace dog
when you see one. Only time will teach you that, only time. But also you have to have enough to select from. That's the key
too. If you have a good female and breed her to a good male you have a chance of coming up with something good. It's that
simple. Breed your best bulldog to another top-notch bulldog and if they don't produce, you breed them to something else and
then if it doesn't work, you better forget about it. I had a female one time, her name was TAMMY. She was by far the smartest
dog I've ever owned. She was out of that BLACK SHINE dog and she was the only dog I let into the house. She was real sharp.
If she was fighting, for instance, I could call her off and let her sit down with me and send her back anytime I wanted. I
bred her both to RASCAL and BLIND BILLY the same time with no more than 5 days or so in between. I did this because both males
were old and I really didn't want to miss this breeding. So I first bred BILLY and then bred RASCAL 5 days later, the pups
were born about 61 days after I bred BILLY, but some of the pups were spotted just like RASCAL was. She had 13 pups and every
pup in that litter was good, all of them were pitworthy. Bob Wallace was here when I bred RASCAL to TAMMY, so I gave him a
pup. He named the pup SOCKS and always told everybody he was out of RASCAL. I didn't really care because both BILLY and RASCAL
were mine and they both were out of the same female, but people are quick to criticize. The minute they saw a spotted pup
they would say he was out of RASCAL instead of BLIND BILLY. I never made a secret out of it and told everybody about it. Most
people just wanted to say something, but I knew better. There are so many people making money with these dogs and all they
do is deal in pedigrees. I never cared too much about that. I bred my dogs for myself and all they had to do was satisfy me
and nobody else. Money is no object when you are trying to breed and raise good bulldogs. I would be rich if I had all the
money other people have made by peddling these dogs, but it is against my morals to breed something just for the money if
I don't believe in it. Most people that do, don't even know what they are talking about.
What would you say to a young
man just starting out in these dogs?
Stop. Don't do it! I would try my best to discourage him. This is a bad disease.
When it gets in your blood it stays. The reason why I admire them so much is for what they are capable of doing. They are
all-American dogs. I'll probably always have a few and even when I go down to 6 or 7 I will still breed a few now and then.
if a man was going to keep bulldogs what would you tell him?
I don't know… I would say be honest and give your
best shot and give your puppies a chance to prove themselves. If a pup is 12 or 14 months old he will grab anything, just
like a young person. When they are close to 2 years old they will show more strength and be a better dog. These dogs cost
a lot of money. They take a lot, but it makes a man proud to own a good one. I had one or two good ones, but didn't always
have the money to go into top competition. But once or twice we had somebody split the money and we gave it a shot. It was
worth it. So many people talk about doing great things in their lives but they never do it, they wouldn't know how. When the
going gets tough and the stakes are high, it takes more than just money. It takes a man with guts, a strong personality and
lots of ambition plus a good bulldog to compete in the fast-lane.
Dogs off 7xw Zebo. That won fights and Ch. statis. I was wrong about Zebo. I was told he was a bad prodeucer. This got
out because him and Honeybunch didn't produce great dogs. He also had many grandsons and great grandsons that won fights. Zebo
produced many winners on down through his family tree. He also produced more champions than Eli Jr. or
Ch. Nelson's Zipper
Ch.Patton's Moe Joe
Ch. Ratliff's Trap
Ch. Sceller's Black Monda
Ch. Stepp's Rudy
Ch. Stepp's Willie
Ch. Cahin Gang's Albuelita
Ch. Fitch's Diamond Jim
Ch. Hughes' Gator
Lewis' Carver 2xw
Winning Dogs out of Eli Jr.
Gr. Ch. Art 7xw
Grant's Winson 1xw
Bunce's Dinkie 2xw
Cumming's Dear Abby 1xw
Jordon's Stomper Jr.
Whitsell's Mona Lisa 1xw
Long's Nasty 1xw
H&H's Eli 3rd, 1xw
Ch. Crenshaw's Hurt
Divine's Patty 2xw
Gomes' Nuts 1xw
Kemmer& Boudreaux' Bumble Bee 2xw
Carvers Orphan Annie 11, 2xw
Cumming's Eli 11 2xw
Many winning Grandchildren and lots of winners produced by Eli Jr. through several generations.
Bullyson winning offsprings
Davis' Ch Midnight Cowboy
Hyde's Bloody Sunday 2xw
Ch Hall and Longs Stomper
Hudson's Tex 2xw
Kemmer's Macho 2xw
Carver's Iodine 2xw
Morphine's Nararas 1xw
Benson's BoJangles 2xw
Ch Crenshaw's HoneyBunch
Ch Davis's Ch. Chivo
Doc's HoneyBear 1xw
Hall & Longs' Bullyson Jr.1xw
Ch Ramsey Arty
Gr. Ch. Tornadoson
Ch. Whitey Ford