2003 Vegas Bulldog Nationals
It all started nine years ago while
shopping at the mall. Jon took his usual detour to the pet shop with Jesse &
Jenalee, and fell in love with an English bulldog. The paper work was all but
done when Jan joined up with them and could not believe he was willing to pay
$2500.00 for a pet store puppy! She was able to convince him to look around a
bit before buying the first puppy he had seen.
started looking for breeders in the Phoenix area and came across an American
bulldog breeder. Before I knew it he was out the door to check them out.
Within no time at all he purchased two American Bulldogs (Gus & lady) for the
price of one English bulldog! What a bargain!! Little did we all know this
would be the beginning of Jon's undying love and dedication to this breed. The
After two years and hours
of training, Jon was ready to take his dogs to the 1999 AB Nationals in Anaheim,
CA. About three weeks before the show Jon found out some devastating news. His
female, Lady, was diagnosed with Valley Fever and should be put to rest. That
was one of the hardest days in his life. Jon and Jan loaded up the car with
Gus, their male, and headed to the California show. It was there where Jon
and Jan had met some wonderful bulldoggers and great dogs. To this day they are
proud to call those people friends. And Jon was then on a mission.....to find
himself another American Bulldog.
on was put in touch with
Betty Cummins (the Ambassador). He purchased a puppy out of her, Gr. Ch. I'm a
Doozy Too & Gr. Ch. Norman's Sergeant Fury (AKA, Turbo). He was ready! Jon
then took his puppy to a Grand Champion and also obtains her WPIV title. She is
now, ABA Gr. Ch. Doozy's Treasure Too of Power Play kennels, NKC Champion, WPT
IV, CDI, NKC WPT I and OFA Good aka "Tres". That was not enough and Jon set out
to find the perfect male. He purchased a puppy from Greg & Tami Karasek of
Awesome Dog Kennels. Ch. Karasek's L.E.Lexus & Gr. Ch. Matias of SAB are the
parents of his male CH. ADK's Tiamo Pal Matio. What and awesome male he has
After spending time with
our friends, Greg & Tammy (Carpenter) Souza, Jon decided he wanted a high- drive
female. He chose to wait for the repeat breeding of Gr. Ch. Souza's Dixie Lee &
Ch. Souza's Koa of SAB. Jon wanted one puppy and Tammy had already picked out
the one she thought would suit his needs. He took her advice and has never had
a moments regret in listening to Tammy and her expertise. He even kept her
given name that Tammy had given her Souza's "Splash" of Dixie calling her Keana.
After obtaining Keana's BST I, BST II, her BH, IDT III, CDI, WPT I and OFA
Good. Keana has more than proven to be a good example of an American Bulldog
and an asset to the breed.
Aftering putting conformation championships, weight pull titles, competing in
Iron Dog, and having others train and trial his dogs he needed more of a
challenge to himself. It was at this time he decided not to be on the side
lines anymore. With the help and direction of Josh Zapparolli Jon trained for
months. They trained in the daytime and under the lights at night until Jon and
Matio worked well together. And on February 6, 2004, with Jon handling for the
first time he captured his dream, Jon and Matio earned their BST II title under
judge Lucillano Oliva.
It was after traveling all over the U.S. and
attending shows that Jon wanted to put on his own show. He wanted to get some
bulldoggers together and put on a show in Arizona. Thus the AZ show idea was
born. He wanted to offer a show that everyone and their dogs could come and
compete. One problem remained. Jon was so hooked after attending Art Parker's
show with the pigs, he wanted pigs and catch titles available. So only in the
Jon Hopkin's style, (for no one else's would do!) Jon became Arizona's Pig
Farmer! So once again Jon strived and succeeded in offering CDI's on the West
coast. Jon has now his own heard of pigs totaling 48 with babies. He also just
finished building his 100 x 100 pen with the help of family & friends Jesse,
Josh and SVABC club and some close friends. Now that Jon is a ABA & UCDA
titled Catch Dog judge he can offer CDI's at his place thru out the year for all
you hog catching enthusiasts. Anyone who has attended the Arizona show knows
what I am talking about when I say Jon has accomplished what he intended to do
when he said he wanted a show that everyone and their bulldogs could
compete.......kudos to Jon for yet another dream accomplished.
If you are looking for Jon, you can be
sure and find him with his loving family Jan, Jaren, Jenalee, Jesse, his
daughter in law and beautiful Grandson Brigg who all back and support him 100%.
With little rest from the show he is back to training at his home 3 days a week
working towards his Schutzhund titles, with Josh Zapparolli and the rest of the
training group and tending to his piggies.