I have had other breeds over the years too. Two German Shepherds, a very smart Irish Setter for almost 14 years that finished her CD with a 195 average, and two Standard Manchesters. I have had many Boxers over the years and have done obedience, and dappled in Schutzhund, fly ball and finally the conformation ring.
I have had Boxers from different well-known breeders and bloodlines. My cardiologist had to approve every Boxer I purchased by testing for heart clearance. I tested every Boxer I owned as early as 1980. I started with several bitches I wanted to use as my foundation, only to find out their hearts were good, but then a mouth went wry, or they had a thyroid problem, or a temperament problem, congenital kidney problem, etc. I am sure most people starting out have had the same laments. I did seem to have my share, but I gained a great deal of knowledge from each problem.
I have been very blessed to have good mentors in Boxers over the years. I have to give much credit to Mrs. Billie McFadden from New Jersey (originally from England) , for all her time, educational materials, patience and friendship for the last 23 years . If I had a problem or a question I could just pick up the phone and Billie would have the answer. I feel without her guidance it would of been much harder to be where I am now in my breeding program. Billie made it easier for me, I relied on her keen perspective, humor and vast knowledge to help guide me over the years. I have heard Billie, who is a well respected judge and Boxer breeder give seminars on the Boxer, and I have read her book, "The New Boxer" many times. Billie has a way of communicating that you feel you have learned a lot in a very short time, she is just a natural teacher and mentor. I could listen for hours to her lovely well-educated English accent.
I also have to thank Beverly Capstick who hails from Minnesota for her friendship, countless seminars she gave that I attended on conformation when she lived in New York for a few years in the 1980's. Beverly is a retired schoolteacher, an accomplished artist and multi-breed judge. If you want to go to a good seminar on conformation go to one of Beverly's.
Between these two ladies I learned what correct movement and breed type were, as I sat ringside with each of them countless times observing different breeds, not just Boxers.
Judging a Sweestakes
I am a member of the American Boxer Club, New Jersey Boxer Club and Granite State Boxer Club plus 2 all breed clubs, Albany KC and Saratoga KC.
The very nice quality work on this website will tell you the rest of the story of my Boxers I have owned in the past, or still do own. I hope you enjoy it, as it is a history of many of my most cherished Boxers. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
I believe that we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, is not an act but a habit.