About Bishop's Boxers

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We are a boxer-loving family that recently retired from military life and relocated to the Chicago suburbs. Our love for the breed began back in 1987 with our first boxer in Minnesota. Although he wasn't the most beautiful boxer, Chesty became extremely well-trained. Unfortunately, in 1998, he got cancer and we had to put him down when he was nearly 11.

Knowing that we didn't want to experience life without Boxers, we had a new puppy waiting to be shipped from Crossroad Boxers in California to Minneapolis, Minnesota. We gave this striking 8-month old fawn male the name of Bishop. Little did we realize that he would be the beginning of our own kennel, Bishop's Boxers.

Bishop participated in many dog shows while we had time in graduate school, but then came children and active duty military life. Having the desire to have a puppy from Bishop and the determination to uphold and improve the standard of the boxer breed, we bred Bishop and got our first female, Lady, in February of 2005. Lady produced two wonderful litters of puppies with Telstar's Dixieland Band (Bandit). Telstar Boxers continue to be a large part of our pedigrees. We lost Lady in August 2015 to Cushing's disease. It never gets any easier.

We kept one female puppy from Lady's first litter, Eve. And from one of Eve's litters, we kept Latte, a classic fawn female. We update our blog regularly, so be sure to check back here or on our Facebook page for the most current information.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Final Goodbye

The puppy departures began tonight with mom Maddie and Bailey. Maddie was certainly an amazingly loving and caring mom right to the very end.  They enjoyed their last playtime outside before getting a little spa treatment. A very special thanks to Maddie's owners for allowing Maddie to be such a big part of our lives!




Puppies at 8 Weeks

2 months with these puppies has gone quickly, and their departure this week is bittersweet for us. They are all true gems and we know they will make many families very happy for years to come.  Teddy will remain with us for a couple extra weeks, so we are making the other puppy departures gradual for him. They are eating about double what they ate last week, and, as you can see from the pictures, are growing like weeds!
Teddy (Rolo)
Bailey (Hershey)
 Ruby (M&M)
 Brightman (Snickers)




Thursday, February 21, 2013

Puppies at 7 Weeks!

These little rascals are on the move and more challenging to keep still for their photos. They were glad to get outside today after the rains. I picked up some new rope toys too, and they loved playing keep-away with each other.

Teddy (Rolo)

Bailey (Hershey)

 Ruby (M&M)

Brightman (Snickers)

Bailey and Teddy



 Brightman, ready to challenge

 and he won

Bailey


Teddy

Ruby

Brightman



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Healthy!

The puppies had their first visit to the vet yesterday and they all got a clean bill of health! They also had their first set of puppy shots. You should now plan on scheduling an appointment in 3 weeks (the week of March 11) for their next round of shots.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Picnic and Playtime

We had a major bathing day today for the 3 older dogs since it was so warm out today (puppies won't get their first bath until their day of departure), which included shampoo, shaves, manicures and pedicures for all. Then we brought out the puppies for a picnic lunch and playtime. The fresh air does them good. Two more weeks! 

Teddy



 Brightman, Teddy (he jumped in the water bowl), and Bailey

 Lunchtime

Ruby



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Puppies at 6 Weeks!

Six weeks has flown by! The pups enjoyed the afternoon in the backyard, with Maddie teaching them about playtime.

Teddy (Rolo)

Bailey (Hershey)

 Ruby (M&M)

Brightman (Snickers)

Maddie gently plays with her pups. They love the outside.


If you have another boxer at home, you may be wondering how they might react to a new puppy. We brought Eve out to play with the puppies for the first time, and you can see a difference between Maddie and Eve. Maddie, as mom, is gently guiding the play and uses her nose and paws to direct her pups. Eve wonders who these puppies are in her yard and is a little nervous and jumpy with them. The puppies are playful with both, but they are a little nervous about Eve's quick moves (Eve will be 3 in April). As you introduce your new puppy to those at home, take it slowly and be patient with both the mature dog and the puppy. Although the puppy will naturally require a lot of your attention, pay more attention to your mature dog than the puppy. This will allow the puppy blend into your relationships already established, instead of redefining them. You are bringing the puppy into your world, and that doesn't need to change just because a new puppy is in the family now. Be sure to never leave the mature dog and puppy unattended until the relationship between the two is established and safe.





Monday, February 11, 2013

New Names

It was a pleasure to meet most of our new owners over the weekend. We love knowing our puppies will be well cared for and loved immensely.  Each has a new name, which we have begun using.  Rolo is now Teddy, Hershey is now Bailey, M&M is now Ruby, and Snickers is now Brightman.  They gave me a cute pose this afternoon!

Left to Right: Teddy, Brightman, Ruby, and Bailey

Nothing like the aroma of steaming dog food permeating your home! 
Now that they have teeth (sharp ones!), we no longer need to blend their food, but we do completely soften it with hot water so they can eat it easily.  They eventually won't need it so soft, but we do highly recommend that you always soften dog food with a little hot water.  Choking on dog food is a common problem, especially among puppies, and it can easily result in death. Here is a great link by Eukanuba for extra advice about feeding your growing puppy.

Although this is a flat and wide dog bowl from which they all eat, we recommend the 2 Quart Durapet Bowl - Stainless Steel - SS295QB (Google Affiliate Ad) for your use at home. It's dishwasher safe, and avoids slipping and sliding across the floor.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Early Crate Training

Crate training is an essential part of training your new puppy.  It provides a safe and comfortable home of it's own, and prevents damage (well, more like total destruction) of your home while you are away. We introduced the small crate today so the puppies see it as a "normal" part of life.  With the door off, and a cozy mat inside, they can come and go as they please. As you can see, they made themselves right at home.



Maybe we need a bigger one...


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Puppies at 5 Weeks

Happy and playful, these little puppies have grown immensely over the last 5 weeks. What fun they are!

Left to Right: Hershey, Snickers, Rolo, and M&M

M&M and Snickers and Rolo

Rolo: Classic Fawn Male--Sold to a Loving Home

Hershey: Classic Fawn Female--Sold to a Loving Home


M&M: Fawn Female--Sold to a Loving Home


Snickers: Fawn Male--Sold to a Loving Home

Today, Maddie was taking a break from her pups and made herself at home on the Dora couch. Our little one was a bit confused by her presence...
so she gave up and joined her!

After breakfast this morning, they decided to clean each other up. Too cute not to share!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Grass is Always Greener

It was a nice day outside today, so we took the puppies out for the first time to get a little fresh air and some grass between their paws.  Maddie tried to egg them on a little and play, and they had some fun with each other. They'll get regular outside time on warm days over the next couple weeks.


And I got nibbled and kissed by the little ones too. They are so much fun. They are always part of our family, even though they will have loving families of their own.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Chow Time

The puppies had their first meal besides mom's milk last night. We use Eukanuba Puppy food, blended with hot water (so it's like baby food consistency), and add a dollop of full fat (4%) cottage cheese for enticement. They seemed to be pretty happy with it.

After they are finished, it is usually playtime.


Our first boxer Chesty. He wasn't the most beautiful boxer, but certainly well-loved!

Bishop at 9 months

Bishop about 1 year

Our last picture with Bishop (July 2008)

Lady