The Pelican Brief
This story is based on half-facts, half-truths and is wishful thinking in a certain direction that could be close to the truth, but is by no means the whole truth. It is just a hint for the readers to think in a certain direction when breeding bulldogs and why some of the legendary old-timers are still on the top of the mountain after all these decades of breeding their family, because they carry a big hidden secret about the truth of one of the greatest clicks in history to produce awsome bulldogs. Some time ago I was studying the roots and backgrouwnd off my bulldogs again and of other major bulldogs from the past with the help of pedigrees on line. It went pretty good and fast I came across the Eli/Boudreaux dogs and especially the Eli dog himself and the dogs before him. To my surprise I saw that he came from light coloured dogs who where red bred and/or white buckskin and white brindle dogs traits from the Colby bloodline The Eli family turned from these colors black almost overnight he's heavy Dibo inbred bred and since Dibo was one of if not the most important prepotent producer of his days it kinda looked odd that the Eli family turnd black overnight.
When I arrived at my friend's yard in Texas, USA, we started to talk about the various Eli familys and stuff and my friend told me (who was close with Jerry Clemmends for some time and who owned the Niggertoby dog for some time that he bought off Clemmends) that Clemmends and one of the less known but best Eli breeder of the past, J.D. Elliot, had said to him "If you ever breed these dogs good and tight and a red one comes along, keep that one, as it most certainly will turn out good and you need him to breed back into your black family stock". My friend never understood why and he told me that they never told him why. He took me to Jerry Clemmends place who I met and his very nice wife we saw the yard and his famous Six Bits dog and some others and youngsters. He didn't have a lot of dogs around, about 12 or so, but it was educational and very nice to meet up with this old-timer and the man who bred Bullyson, Eli Jnr and Brendy. A couple of days later I was picked up by another friend off mine from the Bulldog Ranch. He took me up to Louisiana and we visited Floyd Boudreaux. I was impressed to some extent by the same looks his bulldogs had as our dogs and what I liked the most was that 90% of them were all black. He had a couple of red rednosed dogs and you could see that they were old-time stuff like the Wallace dogs were looking and sure enough that stuff when back to that old stuff he one or 2 lighter coloured dogs as well. Now I knew that his dogs were awful tight bred, but looked so good something that didn't hit me right then. We had a lovely day and me and my wife and friend and Mr Boudreaux had dinner at a sea food restaurant cajun style!!. When I got back to my friends place a couple of days later I told him that these Boudreaux dogs looked too good compared with there inbred peds and that I found it odd that these 2 men after so many years in the game, still were and are the best Eli breeders around. I couldn't help thinking about an interview with Danny Burton who once I said that Earl Tudor loved the Henry dogs the best and that they were big headed black dogs with reddish eyes and they were crazy to fight and nobody knew where they came from????
I suddenly realised that it could be that Earl Tudor kept 2 familys registered under ONE name which is known as the Dibo family so he could have these Henry dogs registered as Dibo dogs but infact they were a secret family, who when bred together made one hell of a click. Ain't it funny that these Boudreaux bred dogs turned black overnight?? and are bred so tightly that they actually would not be able to function. Ain't it funny that the red ones that popped up should be used to be bred in. Why was Carvers Black Widow stolen back by Tudor, bred to his (Dibo) Spike dog 2 times and destroyed. Why was the ****** dog, Earls favourite dog, with his favourite pedigree?? In them days he had the same pedigree as many other dogs around Earl's group. There was one difference and that was that ****** was black!! All of a sudden, in a time span of not that many years apart, these great known ace dogs in the likes of Eli Jnr, Bullyson, Zebo, Pit General, Alligator, and so on, pot up. It sure is funny that most of these lines clicked very well together and/or more important clicked with the same outcross families who YES WERE HEAVY DIBO BRED, like Snooty blood or Boomerang blood. Some of us will know the Eli(Henry) x Snooty (Dibo) crosses of yesterday, together with the Zebo(Henry) x Snooty(Dibo) crosses and the Alligator (Henry) x Snooty (Dibo) crosses or the Zebo x Eli breedings or Alligator x Eli breedings, Bullyson (Henry) x Arts Missy (Dibo) or the Eli x Boomerang crosses. Most of these legendary dogs where a product of Henry x Dibo cross registered under one name as Dibo dogs, but in fact they where battle crosses which could be the reason them pure bred Eli dogs are still looking so good and perform good, while on paper are bred awfully tight, too tight if you ask me. Don Malony had them pure Dibo dogs, the best one he probably ever had was the Toot dog who was double bred Tudor's Ch. Spike. Toot was like his Dibo ancestors, a real Dibo dog, light coloured red dog like Dibo and Tudor's Ch. Jeff or what about Tudor's Ch. White Rock and so on. Where did the black colours in Eli and the ****** and Zebo bloodlines poses came from?? Why was Black Widow stolen? Why did they steal the old Eli dog? Why did Zebo come out of the same part of the country where they knew Eli went to. Why those he has a reversed Henry pedigree, why do they say he's a son of Eli? Why was Pit General stolen? Why? Why? Why?
Too many coincidences surround the legendary black aces of the past. Last but not least, the conning and stealing probably started with Tudor's sins. ****** was his favourite dog in colour and pedigree but he later sold him becouse he wasn't a hard mouthed ability dog , he was not a cut that a lot of people think. This rumour was spred by Don Maloney who was present only with Tudor and Burton. Maloney didn't like Tudor taking a liking in Burton. He named his son Earl. Maloney got the Dibo dogs and Burton the ****** (Henry blood) producing Pit General. Another ace dog who is believed to be a Henry/Dibo cross is Gr.Ch. Art. His daddy being Eli Jnr and his mommy the Java bitch, a red Carvers Pistol bred dog with some Miss Spike and Coton Bullit in there. Last but not least, bloodlines built around dogs like Chinaman whose daddy came out of Eli Jnr (Henry) x Curtis' Sugar (Dibo) and as mentiond before Gr.Ch. Art out of Eli Jnr x sister of Sugar called Java and also the Nelis (Henry) x Tug (Dibo) or Spike (Henry) x Tug (Dibo) breedings, Tug being Tombstone/Toot/Carvers Pistol/Miss Spike, bred all pure dibo red bred dogs, while Nelis /Spike are Henry black bred through Alligator x Eli blood. A coincidence? I dont think so! I can go on and on, but it would be nice for the readers to do some pedigree researching themselves and seek out the hidden secrets used for 30 or so years to breed outstanding dogs. Like I said it's half-truth, half-fiction and wishful thinking, but I'm sure the truth is up there with it ...