About Lone Hawk Bulldogs
I came about the name Lone Hawk due to a red-tailed hawk that came daily to perch at the top of a very tall tree.
In ancient times the Hawk was associated with the soul. The Egyptians, for example, depicted the human spirit as a Hawk that flew out of the body and reincarnated as a Hawk. Notably Horus, the sky god, also held the Hawk sacred. Similarly, the Greeks associated the Hawk with Jupiter, the chief among all gods. Seemed fitting for a Bulldog kennel name.
I fell in love with the Bulldog breed because of a little bulldog girl named Roxy.
She was a sweet and special small bulldog with a heart of gold. Unfortunately she belonged to my daughter! With each visit I became more determined to own my very own bulldog. Having some experience with showing and breeding Appaloosa horses I was very particular about ensuring I get a quality animal and show quality in particular.
After innocently placing a puppy inquiry on Bully Net I received at least 100 responses from breeders all over the US with available bullies of all sexes and ages. One response in particular with a picture of a little bulldog girl in Arkansas caught my eye. I had made several informed internet purchases of horses without any qualms so thought I knew the best resource for locating just the right bulldog for me was to start at my keyboard. Who would have known there were show bulldog breeders within just a few miles of home? None advertised their puppies. It was somehow against the ‘rules’! Not knowing any close to home breeders I flew to Arkansas for the bulldog puppy of my dreams. Even knowing now that there are many fine bulldog breeders living much closer to me, I wouldn’t change a thing!
Mona, as she was known, was champion sired, and best of all, my favorite brindle color! After several days of reviewing all the now available and soon to be available bulldog puppies I again pulled up the picture of the cute little brindle and contacted her breeder, Deborah Long, of Benchmark Bulldogs. Deborah was very patient with my uneducated bulldog questions and I was quickly on the way to owning my first bulldog!
I knew in my heart she was already my ‘pick of the litter’ and I couldn’t wait to book my flight!Benchmark’s Lone Hawk Cleopatra ‘Cleo’ and I learned to show by observing and going to an almost local (120 miles roundtrip) handling class. I was having a blast. Cleo not so much. She much preferred the peace and quiet of life on the couch.
We enjoyed some shows before she convinced me she was not going to love it as much as I did. I started planning my next show dog!
Which eventually led to Cleo’s son. The one and only UNO. Together we won awards for the Most Firsts and the Most Reserves! He always placed well. Unfortunately we never earned a single point in all the shows!
Regardless, I learned so much from this crazy guy.
While I was learning and showing Uno I started looking around for a new show dog. I fell in love with another pretty little red brindle bitch. As luck would have it she soon had a litter of puppies. I was fortunate enough to bring Gillian into my life. Not a red brindle but I wouldn’t change a thing about her. By now I knew color was the last consideration when looking for a show potential puppy.
Showing dogs was a thrill a day with Gillian on the end of the lead! Our first show long weekend was in January 2014. At Sand to Sea Non-Sporting she won points the first day!. She was Reserve to 2 majors at the KC of Palm Springs under breeder judges Rick & Kelly Franz! Our second show weekend out in San Diego we won points again. It was a fun roller coaster ride all the way to her Grand Championship.
We have many Best of Breeds, Best of Opposite at Specialties, and nice Group placements. As a team we were many times chosen Best of Breed Owner Handler and even Best in Show Owner Handler!