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Getting Back to Boxers
Twenty years ago, I decided that just as soon as I became "dogless" again, I would "get back to boxers". Boots and Baby were the two boxers I grew up with and were the loves of my childhood life!
Murph, aka Ch. Brush Hills Carpe Diem, checks out boxer competition at Westminster

Getting Started
So at last, getting back to boxers, I brought Katherine home. She was a brindle "classic" out of Ch. RJ's Puttin on the Ritz. Katherine was bred to Ch.Cherkei's Hang Em High and that produced my first home bred "keeper", Milton's Ms. Isabelle. Much to our family's dismay, Katherine and Isabelle soon grew to violently despise one another, and Katherine chose to move out. She then went to live happily ever after with her second family in New Hampshire. There, she is able to pursue her true calling as chief nanny and guardian of the two young children in her family.

Our First Show Litter
Milton's Ms. Isabelle was bred to Ch. Talisman's Shillelagh and in 1995, gave birth to my first show litter. Out of ten puppies, there were three flashy fawns. Murph, aka Ch.Brush Hill's Carpe Diem finished with 4 and 5 point majors. Our "star" show girl was Rosie, aka Ch. Wilmor's Wild Irish Rose, who was specialed, and won an Award of Merit at Westminster. Jane Wilkinson and Kathy Frohock are also co-owners of Rosie. The third flashy pup was Brush Hill's Whoopsy Daisy who went to live with a photographer and chose a modeling career over the show circuit. Daisy did however spend some quality time on my living room sofas during her brief foray into show business and thus became the inspiration and model for The Ultimate Couch Potato embroidery design. More than "just another pretty face", Murph and Daisy enjoyed agility competition as well.

Where We are Now
To bring our story up to date, in 1998, Murph had the good fortune of meeting Theodora's Masked Bandit. From that litter I kept Brush Hill's Mad for Madeline a, fawn classic, and Ch. Brush Hill's Hulla Baloo. Jo and Maddy became my two foundation bitches and are the great grandmothers of the pups currently being shown. Murph was the grandsire of Ch. Brush Hill's Head Honcho who became the winner of 8 BOBs and my most favorite travel companion.

And That is Our Story
I don't aspire to have a large kennel and am enjoying my three current couch potatoes. I do hope to contribute to the health and welfare of this beautifull breed by fundraising for rescue, supporting ABCF and adhering to the latest health testing guidelines. The current Winston X Riley litter is clear of SAS and ARCV. All have been genetically tested and are either "clear or carriers" of DM (degenerative myelopathy). That means they will never be at risk of getting this crippling disease that has plagued boxers for generations.

To Get in Touch
I welcome your comments or questions and am always happy to contribute something from Persnickety Pooches to rescue fund raisers. Please feel free to email me at:

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