Uncle Chico Newsletter # 295
Pedro van Damme: miss you !!!
Inês and Pedro van Damme and the True Pure Filas Brasileiros from the Brazilian Farms.
One more confusion of the inventor of the “fila”-OFB is unmasked !!!
The “rural-legend” of the Brazilian aborigine dog is demystified !!!
My dear Fila Brasileiro (FB) and CAFIB friends,
On May, 18th. Jaime Pérez Marhuenda, president of CAFIB Spain, who in 2011 left, for disagreeing with the miscegenation and cross breeding in the FB purebred and the FB management by FCI, his functions as FB judge linked to FCI and the Royal Canine National Society from Spain and that, due to these facts, he started to follow exclusively CAFIB Breeding Philosophy and continued to be CAFIB’s judge (see in
http://www.filabrasileirochicopeltier.com.br/novos/30_98/materia.html ) and that in 2016 he gave his important testimony to TV CAFIB (see in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHc8HhRWe0 ) sent me the sad news of Pedro‘s death, married to our dear friend Ines van Damme, founder of Los Três Naranjos Kennel, based in Spain, who wrote two must-see books about FB and also gave her testimony to TV CAFIB in the same year ( see in
See some photos below:
Photo A – H: Pedro van Damme
Photo I: Quinzinho Liberato, Ines, Pedro and Pascalle Ruperti, a well know European FB breeder. Quinzinho Liberato collection.
Photo C: Ines giving her statement to CAFIB TV.
Photos D and E: The two magnificent books written by Ines, the FB Ambassador.
Pedro studied Biology and Ornithology, but his parents always asked him to continue running the family’s musical instrument stores. As a child he studied flute and piano. Pedro worked until the age of 58, always connected to the world of music. After retirement, he moved with Ines to Spain. There they needed to acquire a guard dog and Pedro opted for the FB Breed. He fell in love and soon bought more FBs and this was the beginning of a great FB breeder and enthusiast who together with his wife Ines founded the Los Tres Naranjos Kennel. Pedro and Ines learned about CAFIB and Ines was the first to come to Brazil to meet our FB in loco and a large part of the CAFIB board. The work at the Los Tres Naranjos kennel was well shared: Pedro participated in expos in Europe and thus did a lot of advertising for True Pure FB. Ines was a FB scholar and researcher and, in addition, took care the FB breeding.
According to Ines, Pedro attended many dog shows traveling all over Europe, having been a very important promoter of the PURE Fila and CAFIB. Pedro helped spread CAFIB’s Breeding Philosophy throughout Europe. Initially they showed photos and then presented their own PURE Filas of CAFIB blood line for many different countries. Thus, many people became interested in the PURE Fila. At the beginning Pedro received many protests from the owners of the so-called “mestizos-filas” from CBKC-FCI, but in the end the True FB established itself all over Europe.
Pedro also came to Brazil in 2001 and visited many kennels. For 10 years his health has deteriorated a lot and in the last two years he has been bedridden. Pedro left us last May 17th. Miss him very much !!!
Ines is one of the most important protagonists of FB, not only for the publications of the two very important books above, but also for her scathing denunciations against the miscegenation found in the “fila”-CBKC, in addition to her constant visits to Brazil.
In 1994, 1996, 1999 Ines visited practically all the FB kennels existing in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Ceará. On her first visit to Brazil I had the great pleasure of receiving her here in Rio, I took her to visit the Museum of the Arsenal of the Brazilian Navy and the Royal Portuguese Reading Office where absolutely no record or document was found to show us the slightest indication of dogs brought to Brazil during the Colonial period. We also visited the Military Police Museum where we photographed Brutus, the possible FB Hero of the Paraguayan War (see in
http://www.filabrasileirochicopeltier.com.br/4-Documentos-de-1975-e-1976/4_12/materia.html and in https://filabrasileirochicopeltierblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/post-497-tio-chico-informa-no-192-o-fila-brasileiro-sic-e-o-cais-do-valongo-patrimonio-mundial-da-humanidade-na-cidade-do-rio-brutus-o-fila-brasileiro-sic-heroi-da-guerra-d/ ), just as we visited our dear friend the journalist Paulo Godinho.
Ines returned to Brazil doing her studies and research on FB several times between 2003 and 2010. That is why I affectionately call her the FB Ambassador (see in
However, the death of the great FB lover Pedro van Damme brought to my memory the second book written by Ines: Filas e Fazendas (Filas & Farms) , where many pictures of True Filas Farms were published. And I obviously wanted to review them to compare with photos that a little over 2 years ago have been posted on Facebook by the inventor of the “fila”-OFB as if those dogs, which most resemble mutts and mongrels’ dogs, were the traditional and original Fila Brasileiro of all time. That is, that FB called Cabeçudo (= Big Head in English) by the old Minas Gerais breeders and that this new inventor in his insistent inventor blindness calls Brazilian aborigines’ dogs (!!!???).
Well, my dear friends, taste below, thanks to dear Pedro and Ines, many photos of PURE FBs existing for many decades in the countryside and on Brazilian farms and draw your own conclusions.
My dear readers, after all, for you the True Fila Brasileiro are the OFBs below?
Or for you, my dear readers, are the True Filas Brasileiros shown in the photos below, similar to Fila CAFIB, all taken from Ines van Damme’s book Filas & Farms ?
What do you prefer ? The homogeneous Fila CAFIB or these other types of dogs in the photos above without a defined type that, for me, are more similar to mongrels and mutts dogs?
Photo 1: FBs from the 40s of the Pedrinho do Engenho Farm ( = 81 years ago).
Photo 2: Paloma, who carries the bloodline from the Pedrinho do Engenho Farm.
Photo 3 and 4: Mrs.Frederic Chalmers with Leo and another photo of Leo.
Photo 5 and 6: FBs of the João Costa Family at Bom Sucesso Farm in the 50s ( = 71 years ago).
Photo 7: João Costa and family on his farm. 1960s ( = 61 years ago).
Photo 8: João Gomes and the famous sire Lord. The 70s (= 51 years ago).
Photo 9: João Gomes and the famous sire Lord. The 70s (= 51 years ago).
Photo 10: Aloisio Gomes and the famous sire Lord. The 70s (= 51 years ago).
Photo 11 and 12: FBs in photos by Ines van Damme from 1994 (= 27 years ago).
Photo 13: Jose Gomes and female Valeria (1994) (= 27 years ago).
Photo 14: FB breed by José Gomes.
Photo 15: Hello, hello, inventor of the “fila”-OFB !!! Don’t be happy… The Ines caption for this photo is very clear and leaves no doubt. Ines published that Tereza, breeder of these 4 FBs, is in this photo with a pointer breed dog named Nick (ie, the white dog on the right). So, I hope that inventor of the “fila”-OFB no longer has one of his several relapses in his constant “bad FB interpretation”. Lol… In other words: the dog of the Pointer breed named Nick is certainly the great- grandfather of many so-called “aboriginal” dogs and of many mutts and mongrels dogs wrongly exalted by him as being “fila“-OFB. That is, the type of dog that not even SOBRACI, the new Brazilian Club which issues and sells OFB’s pedigrees, considers OFB as a purebred dog !!! Better saying: in the interior of Brazil there are not only FB dogs, there are dogs of various other breeds, their crossbred by-products and also many mongrels and mutts dogs. However, for the inventor of the “fila”-OFB, every dog that lives in the interior of Brazil with a similar look like mutts and mongrels’ dogs are real FB… Did you understand? No ? Are you confused? Then see the first picture of OFB up there !!! Doesn’t this dog look a lot like the Pointer Nick ? And now inventor of the “fila”-OFB !!!
Photo 16: The female named Vida, sleeping. Ines van Damme photo.
Photo 17: Mariazinha and Leo da Jaguara at the Pedrinho do Engenho farm.
Photo 18: Danubio II of Jaguara. 1995 (=26 years ago).
Photo 19: FBs from the old and excellent São José da Lapa bloodline.
Note: in the book Filas & Farms you can obtain the origins, credits and references of each of the photos posted above.To purchase these two exceptional books that must be read by serious FB breeders and who are not functionally illiterate, I suggest asking at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And now ? What do you prefer ? The homogeneous Fila CAFIB similar to the old FB from Minas Gerais farms or these other types of dogs in the photos above without a defined type, with a small, triangular and thin head; not brachycephalic and not molossoid; which for me are more similar to mongrels and mutts dogs, which are found in all cities and farms around the world and not only in Brazil, according to the limited horizon and the new invention of the inventor of the “fila”-OFB ??? !!!
Moral of the story: the fact is that while Dr. Paulo Santos Cruz was visiting southern Minas Gerais in the 40s, 50s and 60s to select and acquire high-line FBs from pioneer breeders such as Zé Gomes, Zezeca and Pedrinho do Engenho, Junqueira Family and Willian Frederic Chalmers, as well as bringing puppies of proven FBs mates such as Lord and Martha, and alsoCAFIB in the 70s and 80s visited the South of Minhas Gerais to rescue the True FB from extinction, acquiring FBs from these same blood lines mentioned above; it is proven that the inventor of the “fila”-OFB visits unknown farms today to pick up dogs that he calls himself without any proof of “aboriginal” that are more similar to mutts and mongrels. And you: what do you prefer ?
Conclusion: while Dr. Paulo and CAFIB endeavored to bring to the city and to CAFIB the True Brazilian Fila from the farms, the inventor of the “fila”-OFB is content to bring any “fila”-type-mongrel and mutt dog that he finds inside Brazil !!! And you: what do you prefer?
Then: Whoever seeks Fila-Puro, breeds Fila Puro... Whoever wants to invent, be different, rewrite and reconstruct the True History of FB, seeks aboriginal-mongrel and mutt dog, breeds mongrel and mutt dog… And you: what do you prefer?
Once again, I thank Ambassador Ines van Damme for this important and wonderful photographic collection, impressively so current that is part of her book Filas & Farms and that helps, especially novices and beginners in the FB breeding demystify and unmask the “fila”- OFB and its “stories”, legends, inventions and daydreams.
For his enormous contribution to the dissemination of PURE Fila and CAFIB, I would like to posthumously honor Pedro as FB’s Ambassador as well.
So, once again I send my feelings and condolences to Ines for the loss of our Pedro.
Best Regards, Chico Peltier.
Note: As I always did with all my emails and articles sent to you since 2009, this article was also sent primarily to those (i)responsible of FCI andCBKC – in the case of Fila Brasileiro. On the other hand, all my articles about OFB are also sent directly to the email of OFB’s inventor, Sobraci and WKU.