The first meeting of the Mother Lode Bulldog Club was held in 1980 at the home of John and Sandy Barron in Roseville, California.Most of its original members belonged to the Bulldog Club of Northern California because they could not make the monthly two-hour drive to the San Francisco Bay area for club meetings.
There were enough interested Bulldog owners in the Sacramento area to pursue forming another Bulldog club.
Present at the first meeting were Doris Boyd, Ann Chiorino, Jo and Leonard Chera, Al and Nancy Liaty, Mike Parlin, Lynn Lageson, the Ayalaes, and John and Sandy Barron.
It was decided to take the name of the club from its club bulletin, "The Argonaut."
The name Mother Lode is in keeping with the 49'er gold mining history of our region.
Three of the original members are still in the club - Doris, Ann and Sandy. Paul and Jean Simmons and Mike and Virginia Hearne and Sandra Martinez soon joined and remain active members.
Member Claudia Marcus designed the club's distinctive logo.
Plans were immediately made to have fun matches, which were held in Galt. After a period of time, the club applied to AKC to hold the requisite number of sanctioned "B" matches.
Two of the club's "A" matches were judged by Bill Kenney and Rosemarie Blood.