About Bishop's Boxers

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We have been a Boxer-loving family since 1987. Our love for the breed began with our first boxer, Chesty. Purchased from a California pet store, Chesty was extremely intelligent and trained closely with military police dogs, becoming highly skilled in search and rescue.

After losing Chesty to cancer and knowing we didn't want to experience life without Boxers, we purchased a striking 8-month-old fawn male Boxer from Crossroad Boxers in California. We named him Bishop. Little did we realize that he would be the beginning of our kennel, Bishop's Boxers.

Bishop participated in many dog shows while we had time in graduate school, but then came four children and 16 years of 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 kept a puppy, Lady, from the litter in February of 2005. Lady produced two wonderful litters of puppies with Telstar Boxers. We continued our breeding program with Telstar Boxers and Eve, Lady’s daughter, until we retired from the military in 2016.

As we transitioned back into civilian life, we paused our breeding program for nearly five years and are pleased to introduce our two new Telstar females, Callie and Prancer. Our goal at Bishop’s Boxers is to be dedicated to breeding and raising healthy, beautiful dogs with affectionate temperaments and sound structure in accordance with the AKC Boxer breed standard. The health and well-being of all our animals from birth until they leave with their forever family--and beyond--is critical to us. We utilize current recommended health tests before breeding to provide our puppies the best opportunity for a long, healthy life.

Our puppies are raised by our family with children and other dogs. They play an active and very important role in caring for, preparing, and socializing the puppies for their future families. As a result, the puppies leave our home with a clear advantage in adapting and transitioning to their new families.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When the Tail Stops Wagging

There is a time in every pet owner's life that they must make that difficult decision for their beloved pet: "Is it the right time to take her out of her pain and suffering and put her down, or should we wait a little longer?"  We were faced with that decision this week.  Although we knew our time was coming to a close in the next few months, Lady was obviously not doing well, and the progression of Cushing's disease was clear. She continued to lose weight and was tired and getting weaker by the day.  She started stumbling as she walked outside to potty. She had lost most of her hair and was cold and shivering. She seemed as though she was doing deaf. She had skin infections down her back and on her belly that continued to spread and would not heal with antibiotics. She stopped eating, and her usual panic for water (as is the case with Cushing's) had subsided and was now barely drinking.

We continued to monitor her this week, but it was clear that it would be best for her. She certainly wasn't happy and didn't feel well. We knew that it would continue to get worse. So we decided that we would take her in on Thursday. We spent Wednesday loving her and lying with her on her bed.  Thursday was a hard morning. I woke up crying, knowing she would be not be returning home from this trip to the vet.  The two strong men of the family drove her to the vet.  I wouldn't be able to handle it. From what it sounds like, it was just as much or even more torturous as saying goodbye in the driveway.  She gave my husband a final look as if to say, "Am I going to be okay?"  He just held her and wept as she drifted off peacefully.

We are doing ok now, and are thankful for our other two Boxers that we can love. But Lady, as well as Bishop and Chesty, who have gone on before her, will always have a place in our hearts--always. We will cherish the memories we have of her.

So people often ask us, "How do you know it is the 'right' time?"

You'll know...it's when the tail stops wagging.

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)