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.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Daily Happenings

So what do these little ones do all day? Eat, sleep, eat, sleep...all day long.  At this stage, mom Eve cares for all of their needs. She feeds and cleans them all day. They eat about every hour or so. Moms are so focused on their duties, that they often neglect themselves, so we have to make sure she is getting the proper nutrition and rest to care for all of her pups. So here are a few pictures of what's been going on the last few days.

The puppies are removed from the whelping box and kept warm in a box, while Eve takes a potty and eating break. They are safe when she comes rushing back in to check on their well-being. One huge paw pounce on a little (less than a pound) puppy could really be harmful!

Then we weigh each puppy to make sure that they are getting enough to eat. Mom Eve is deeply concerned about what we are doing with her baby, 

The smaller puppies get first priority in the feeding line. The bigger ones tend to push the smaller ones out of the way and hog the milk. Once they have had time to eat, we bring in the bigger ones.

Last night, Mr. Pibb scooted himself onto Eve's neck and fell asleep there.

Mom's milk hasn't fully come in yet, and with 10 pups, supply is limited to feed everyone. So we had to start supplementing warm goat's milk this morning to help a few of the smaller ones. They are so precious.

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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)