WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY?
I am from the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. I was born and raised in D.C. although I moved to Georgia around the time I was in 3rd grade. I spent 3rd through 8th grade there, before moving back to D.C.
THIS WAS A ROUGH TIME TO LIVE IN D.C., CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT LIFE THERE DURING THIS TIME? (80’S)
When I moved back to D.C., I moved back during the crack epidemic. Around this time D.C. was similar to how Chicago is as of late. It had the highest murder rate in the country and drugs had a firm hold of a lot of people in the city. I lost a lot of high school friends due to drugs, or the lifestyle surrounding it. In high school, there were students making more selling drugs than the teachers were making. But with that, I saw a lot of friends go down the wrong path, either chasing the money selling drugs, getting involved with gang life or using drugs. I went to a lot of funerals.
WHAT KEPT YOU FROM GETTING INVOLVED?
My mom. She was all of 5 feet tall, but it felt like she was 7 feet. She was a high school math teacher, so she saw what was going on with the high school kids. She kept a close watch on me. I am very proud of my mom, she was a great role model for me. Later, she went on to get her Masters and teach in college. I focused on school, and ended up getting an Engineering scholarship to Morgan State University.
After my Sophomore year in college I volunteered as a Mortician (also known as an Undertaker, a person whose job is to prepare people for funerals. Coincidentally, my father was also a Mortician. My dad was great at his job, so when I entered the business a lot of people knew me through my father. I worked nay way up from the bottom. I started out sweeping the floors in the funeral home and eventually went to work full time at the Mortuary and going to school at night.
I ended up getting an Apprenticeship, which is required and I was working in the same neighborhood I grew up in. I saw a lot of gun violence, and worked on people I knew. I have had to embalm family members too, including my Aunt and Cousin (who I considered a brother) we were really close. That one was the hardest. My Cousin passed in a car accident during hurricane Isabel. That one was tough, I was with him the night before. I prepared him for his funeral and it was my way of saying goodbye. I wasn’t able to make his funeral, my first born daughter was born on the day he was laid to rest.
WHAT WAS YOUR 1st INTRODUCTION TO THE BREED?
I would say around 2001-2002, I was at Haines Point Park, which was a hangout at the time. I had seen a couple of the bigger pit bulls, we called them Meatheads, they looked like pit bulls but had more muscle, bone and bigger heads. They definitely caught my interest. Around 2003 I started seeing Blue pits and I loved the look. Around this time (early 2000’s) before social media for you young bucks.. the place to talk and see dogs were on the message boards. But you had to get invited to join.
Anyway, I ran into a guy that knew Dave Wilson (Originator of Razor’s Edge Pit bulls and founder of the American Bully) He said he would get me on the MSN boards. These were groups where everybody talked dogs. For 2 years I was hooked. I would sit and look at, and research dogs all night. My wife would jokingly ask if I was “looking at doggie porn again.” But, like anyone who’s been bit with the pit bull or bully bug will tell you that’s pretty much how it goes down once you’re interested in learning pends and following the best dogs out. You just want to know more, it’s fascinating.
I looked at different styles- I remember seeing the Notorious Juan Gotty and I wanted something like that in D.C. I ended up getting my first bully from Chad at King Kong Kennels, and that boy was something special. I can remember taking him down to Howard University once he matured and everybody would stop in their tracks and stop me to ask where I got him. The next couple dogs that really caught my eye were Remy (Lowjack’s Remy-Martin) and Shortshot. I was starstruck.
TELL US ABOUT ZEB PITS
After my 1st breeding, which was accidental, I decided that breeding really wasn’t for me. I was still in love with the breed, but wanted to go a different direction with it. Around this time, Memo from Double S Kennels (and later Atomic Dogg Magazine) had an American Bully Show. Bobby Deans was heavily involved, and they would go out to different shows filming. I really enjoyed their work. I wanted to do something similar, to go my own direction with it. I wanted to film the dogs, but also for people to get to know the bloodline behind the dogs. At least that was the original plan for what later grew into Zeb Pits- one of the longest running and most respected channels for the pit bull and now the American Bully.
Anyone who’s heavily involved with this breed- whether it be through filming, traveling and showing, or breeding knows that everything that goes into it can be extremely taxing. Not only on us; traveling to shows, investing money into breedings and caring for litters, driving 100’s of miles to film Events, conduct Interviews and spend hours editing and putting out quality content. But it also can be just as taxing on our families. If we are lucky enough, they support our passion and sometimes borderline obsession with this incredible breed. There came a point where it began to take a toll on my relationship and I started to feel a little burnt out.
My beautiful wife bought me a ticket to a Show in Atlanta on my 40th birthday. This was my 1st time seeing Grand Champion Beastro of The Bully Market in person. After the Atlanta Show, the 2012 (I believe was the year) Winner ended up getting over 70,000 views. This show was incredible, and reignited my fire to again pursue this passion of mine. I started traveling soon after, documenting events, conducting Interviews and publishing the Content.
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