Tom D. Stodghill, Genealogist & Founder, (1903-1989)
Jean Stodghill Walker, ARF Coordinator & Facilitator
Al Walker, ARF Genealogist & Registrar
ANIMAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
A PARTIAL LIST OF ARF REGISTERED ANIMALS
AFRICAN PYGMY GOATS
V.T. Williams of Thornton, Texas, was the first man to request registration for the Catahoula cowdog, and the first ARF-Registered Catahoula was registered on its merits, by style of work and general appearance, on September 30, 1951.
Catahoulas are now found in many parts of the world --
they are working cattle in Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Venezuela, etc. They
have been used in working sheep, and with cutting horse trainers as "turn-back
dogs". Catahoulas appeared in the movie "Home From The Hills", starring
Robert Mitchum. Catahoulas continue to demonstrate their versatility as
"drug sniffing dogs", as sled dogs, rodeo clowns use them to protect the
cowboy from bucking bulls, and for hunting and guard and protection duty.
The Catahoula has become one of the leading breeds of stock dogs used throughout
Mr. Tom D. Stodghill was the first to write the history
of the Catahoula Leopard Cowdog in 1983, entitled "History Of
Catahoula Leopard Cowdogs". The American Kennel Club (AKC) purchased
his book March 20, 1984, for their library. We urge every Catahoula Leopard
enthusiast to obtain this
ook for your library collection as well.
The Animal Research Foundation was prominent in the establishment
of "The National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas" (NALC), which occurred
on October 10, 1977. Prior to that date, January 2, 1971, through May 18,
the Animal Research Foundation (ARF) registered 479 Catahoulas for Mr. Kline Rushing (Tophand Kennels) and Mrs. J.S. Eaves who founded NALC, and their customers.
All NALC, ACBA, NKC Catahoulas are registerable with
the Animal Research Foundation. Catahoulas that have not been pedigreed or registered are still registerable through the ARF "Merit Registration" program (applications are available upon request).