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Boxers - week 22Updated : 24/05/2017

APPARENTLY the sun had been splitting the flagstones in the week running up to the annual ‘Scottish weekend’, but unfortunately it broke down quite badly on the day of the show with plenty of rain to go around. However, the warmth of the welcome from the Scottish BC made up for it and Lanark is an excellent venue...

Boxers - week 21Updated : 18/05/2017

THE MADNESS and majesty of ABC is over for another year. It’s not exactly the place to go for a quiet bit of rest and relaxation but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. When I was writing last time we had only got to mid-week so let me just fill you in on the remaining results. Bill Hargreaves from Canada judged th...

Boxers - week 20Updated : 11/05/2017

I AM WRITING these notes in the middle of ABC week which is one of the most tiring but enjoyable weeks of my calendar. I seem to have earned my crust this year. In the first two days alone I was roped in for some stewarding, delivered the Boxer University seminar to 100 delegates and then did a few sessions of ringside mento...

Boxers - week 19Updated : 04/05/2017

IT WAS an excellent Friday entry of 130 at WELKS for John Cormack. The weather wasn’t brilliant but it stayed dry enough for us to be outside which is always a bonus. John awarded a fourth CC to Sue Drinkwater’s Ch Winuwuk Kiss Tag with Sulez while the RDCC was Jean and Tony Watson and Charlotte Crooks’ Ch ...

Boxers - week 18Updated : 26/04/2017

AS THE first of the month was a Saturday, April had an extra weekend in it this year, so after the feast of two championship shows on consecutive days over Easter we had the famine this past weekend with no CCs on offer. However, this did not make it any less busy as far as I was concerned as I was judging a couple of the gr...

Boxers - week 17Updated : 20/04/2017

IRISH all-rounder Paul Lawless was awarding his first set of Boxer CCs at the W/PB of Wales, which is not everyone’s favourite show. It really is quite chilly in those sheds and early on in the day space did seem to be at a premium. I certainly got stuck in several traffic jams in the gangways caused by big unbenched d...

Boxers - week 16Updated : 12/04/2017

WE DID not go to the Northern BC last weekend but it looks as if you all enjoyed yourselves with the goody bags and the special raffle prizes. Jeannine Pye was awarding her first dog CC, having done the bitches at the Mancunian last April. It was a very quick second CC, at consecutive shows, for David Parker and Steve Martin...

Boxers - week 15Updated : 05/04/2017

THE MANCUNIAN BC on Sunday marked the end of an era since their venue for the past 16 years, the George Carnall Leisure Centre in Urmston is being pulled down to make way for a housing estate and so it was our last year in residence. We have enjoyed some lovely shows up there over the years, especially before 2011 when it ha...

Boxers - week 14Updated : 29/03/2017

I DON’T think anyone would argue that a show date on the day after the clocks go forward is ideal, but that’s what we often face with the Essex and Eastern Counties BC meaning that more people than usual seem to go across the night before. For those of us who don’t it does make for a very early start though...

Boxers - week 13Updated : 22/03/2017

JUDGING by the volume of feedback on social media in the aftermath, I think I can safely say that the Boxer Event was, yet again, a great success. As one of the organisers I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your kind words since it makes the considerable effort very worthwhile. Of all the Boxer things that I am involve...

Boxers - week 12Updated : 15/03/2017

THE MARMITE show has come and gone. Personally, I’ve always loved Crufts and I do get rather bored of anyone who goes out of their way to find fault with it. I sometimes feel like reminding them that it’s a free country and if they don’t like it, they don’t have to go! Thankfully most people do go and...

Boxers - week 11Updated : 07/03/2017

MARCH is going to be busy with Crufts and the Boxer Event coming in swift succession. By the time these notes appear the excitement of Crufts will be a memory and we’ll all be preparing to descend on the Royal Court hotel for the Event. After that, we’ll all need some time off, I’m sure, not that we’l...

Boxers - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

HAVING been part of the organising committee for the Boxer of the Year for the past 34 years, it was a very special treat to go along to a similar inaugural event in Frenchies last Saturday without any of the stress of organisation. I have to say that attending one of these events just as a guest is considerably more pleasur...

Boxers - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

HAVING thoroughly enjoyed that very memorable short trip to New York for Westminster, landing back in the UK early Thursday morning in fine fettle, I was not so pleased to be felled by a flu bug on Friday evening. I’m not sure I can ever remember having proper flu and before you all start rolling your eyes I can assure...

Boxers - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

THESE are going to be very short notes this week since Jo Cairns and I are in New York for the 141st Westminster Kennel Club show where we have been joined by Sandra Parle and her lovely flame haired sister Jill. I am writing this on the morning after BIS judging which came to its exciting climax at midnight on Tuesday. I ha...

Boxers - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

WE SEEM to have spare weekends coming out of our ears at the moment which is quite nice for a change but equally it will be good to get back into the swing of things when the shows start up again. Indeed, I think the lull is now well and truly over since we have something every weekend in the run up to Crufts and the Boxer E...

Boxers - week 6Updated : 01/02/2017

WHILE it has already been covered extensively in DOG WORLD, on social media and elsewhere, I must formally record the sad death of our breed record holder Ch/Ir Ch Winuwuk Lust At First Sight, known to everyone as Max. He very nearly made it to 12.      Of course, Julie and I remember him first and forem...

Boxers - week 5Updated : 25/01/2017

WHAT A great show Manchester is, especially for those of us lucky enough to be in the main building. Ron James was giving Boxer CCs for the first time and he had a brilliant entry of over 170.      For Greg Dowell and Sandra Huckerby it was the sort of day that dreams are made of as they went BOB with Ch...

Boxers - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

AS I FEARED it might, the Anglian proved a step too far for us having only got back at 5am the day before. However, it sounded like you all had a smashing time there, none more so than Carol Wilson who won her first junior warrant early in the day, followed by her first big green card at the end of the day when Julie Cook aw...

Boxers - week 3Updated : 12/01/2017

I AM SURE that I am going to annoy you this week. I always feel that other people’s holidays, just like other people’s dreams, are rather (extremely) tedious but here I am sat on the balcony of room 211 of the South Gap hotel, overlooking the Caribbean and reflecting on an amazing 11 days in the most perfect weat...

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