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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...

Boxers - week 2Updated : 04/01/2017

OH DEAR, we are only just looking forward to a new year and I already have a death to report. We have lost another of the lovely ladies of our breed. Pam Tuke (Bournwell) died on Dec 27. Born in 1931, Pam has had a very sad recent few years, having lapsed into Alzheimer’s, so in many ways her death must be considered a...

Boxers - week 1Updated : 28/12/2016

I AM WRITING these notes during that weird period between Christmas and New Year when we all seem to exist in suspended animation. From what I have seen on Facebook it looks as if you all had a wonderful time. I think I have seen almost everyone’s a) tree b) family c) Christmas dinner d) fairy lights e) table decoratio...

Boxers - week 52Updated : 19/12/2016

30 seems like a good time to look back on 2016 which will be remembered as a year when the Boxer CCs were spread far and wide. No individual Boxer won more than four CCs in the year meaning that the race for top Boxer was wide open and very close. I wonder if there has ever been a year when four CCs were enough to come out o...

Boxers - week 51Updated : 13/12/2016

I HAVE really liked LKA ever since it moved into the new halls and I guess that many of you must like it too since there was an entry of over 150. It always has a real ‘end of term’ feel about it and everyone always seems to be in high spirits. Barbara Murray was our judge and I don’t think I’ve seen ...

Boxers - week 50Updated : 07/12/2016

  THERE WAS an excellent entry of 249 at the Cotswold BC last weekend where Terry Munro was awarding his first Boxer CC in the dog ring. In the bitches, Mark Johnston was making a welcome return from Australia to judge his third UK championship show, although it was in fact his first show in England (previous appoint...

Boxers - week 48Updated : 23/11/2016

WE HAD one of those most difficult decisions recently when Max suddenly went downhill with what we thought was the start of an eye ulcer. In the event, it turned out to be a tumour in the eye and, at nearly 12, we both agreed that we did not want him mucked about with. However, the decision was really taken out of our hands ...

Boxers - week 47Updated : 15/11/2016

#BUSTERTHEBOXER certainly lit up airwaves, social media and the newspapers last week. Like many of you I was inundated by folk asking me whether I had seen it from about one second past 8am on the day that it was released. Needless to say some extremely funny spoof versions followed very shortly afterwards and everyone seems...

Boxers - week 46Updated : 09/11/2016

WE DID not make the journey up to Edinburgh for the W/PBAS where Sid Reilly was judging. However, I imagine that there were great celebrations when local mother and daughter Cathie and Catherine Thomson made up their first champion, Latchkey Celebrity Rumour at the age of seven. This is a great achievement. She won her first...

Boxers - week 45Updated : 03/11/2016

MIDLAND Counties really is an exhibitor-friendly show from the reasonable entry fee to the free car parking to the excellent catering to the good sized rings and so the list goes on. Thursday may not be my favourite of dog show days, but we do need to be fair.      Yolanda Tonkin had an excellent entry...

Boxers - week 44Updated : 28/10/2016

IT SHOULD have been a quiet weekend with no shows but there always seems to be something to do and so I found myself at a Rottweiler seminar in Wales on Saturday followed by Breed Council on Sunday.       The seminar was fun and it is always particularly good to learn more about a breed which feel...

Boxers - week 43Updated : 20/10/2016

LONDON and Home Counties BC held its 56th championship show at Woking leisure centre as usual last Saturday. There seemed to be a decent atmosphere throughout the day and local Boxer celebrities David Spencer and Sheila Cartwright also made guest appearances. From further afield we had Di Johnson, who never needs much persua...

Boxers - week 42Updated : 12/10/2016

I CAN REMEMBER only single figures of entries turning up at the SWKA show without CCs in the past, so this year’s entry of 37 was actually very respectable for Phyllis Borelli and there were certainly more people watching the Boxers than there had been for the Australian Shepherds with CCs who were first in the ring. T...

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