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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tick, Tock

The clock is ticking down to the end of our time with the puppies. Squirt is the first one to leave tomorrow afternoon.  Will Eve get sad?  Yes, she will notice them missing.  Even though she is not with them all the time now, we know she wants to check on her babies when she stands by the door to go to the garage.  She still produces milk and lets them nurse.

Do we get sad when they leave?

Yes, we might shed a few tears (especially our girls).  It has been an intense 2 months when we have poured our hearts and time into raising these boxer puppies.  Such a large litter demanded extra effort to make sure they were all growing properly. We love them to death, even after they leave.

And no.  It's a whole lot of poop.

Flip-flops--might want to buy an extra pair or two!

There is always one in the bunch who does not want to smile!

Food: we always suggest moistening the puppy food to prevent choking.  Simply add very hot tap water to the food, and let it sit for a few minutes to moisten. This is more food than you will make at home (this is going to feed 5). Your puppy will probably eat between 1/2 to 3/4 cup puppy food at a sitting. They are eating twice a day (morning and evening). The bubbles you see is from the water releasing the gas in the food.
Less gas in boxers is always a good thing :)
This is after about 5 minutes. The food is moist, is
still a little firm to the touch, and the water has all been absorbed.
As they grow older, you will not need to add as much water.  But they will always prefer it with a little water.

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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)