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, November 24, 2014

A Different "C" Word: Cushing's Disease and Boxers

We got news this last week about our oldest boxer, Lady, who will be 10 years old in February (pictured with her first litter of puppies in the large photo above). We noticed that she started drinking excessively a couple weeks ago. She has also gained 10 pounds since July, and sometimes pants while resting. Something was up, so we had some blood work and urine tests done. I thought it could be her kidneys; they were fine, but the liver function was down. Our vet concluded that she has Cushing's Disease.

Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a disease that can occur in both humans and in a variety of dog breeds (rarely cats), and is caused by an a small tumor either in the pituitary gland or in the adrenal glands, which in turn cause an overproduction of cortisol in the body. Some symptoms of Cushing's Disease include: excessive thirst, increased hunger, pot-bellied abdomen, weight gain, hair loss, excessive panting, changes in coat appearance, lack of energy, and darkening of skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Cushing's Disease, and it is progressive in nature. Medications are available to help treat the symptoms and to make the dog more comfortable. Those medications can have very serious side effects, so the proper dosage must be accurately determined and closely monitored by the veterinarian. With older dogs, like Lady, those medications generally will not prolong life. For more reading on Cushing's Disease and dogs, click here.

So begins the talks about what is best for Lady. With the average life span for boxers at 10 years, she's "about that age." Our other boxers have all been put down when they are about 10 1/2 years old. She has been an extremely healthy dog; the only thing she's ever been to the vet for (besides her annual checkups) was when she was spayed. For now, she is doesn't have the energy she once had, but still dishes out lots of kisses, and her tail is still wagging. As long as it still wags, life is good.

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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)