January 24, 2017  "In the Know " with the American Boxer Club
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Boxer Club
Editorial Staff and Contributors of "In the Know" with the American Boxer Club
 January 24, 2017
Tami Mishler                                                                                              
Ginny Shames
Jennifer Walker  
Simply the Best
As dog people, we exhibit and compete with our Boxers to illustrate their beauty, athleticism and intelligence, and also because we, as their owners, enjoy the interaction and competition.  Let’ s face it, the dogs love the interaction with the owners and handlers – but we’re not really sure they’re as concerned about the competition!  However, Boxers and their people enjoy the thrills and leave their mark yearly in a variety of AKC competitions.
Each year AKC ranks competitors in each breed.  Below are the 2016 statistics for Boxers.
AKC Top Dogs in Obedience Competition for Boxers

The AKC ranks the AKC Top Dogs in Obedience regardless of Breed. There are four Boxer which qualified-these Boxers competed with all breeds and rose to the top. Each Boxer has to have earned OTCH points and has defeated many breeds, including Golden Retrievers  and Border Collies in competition.  In agility there is no requirement to beat others, just beat the clock and be accurate. The top three dogs in each breed are invited to the AKC National Championship in March, 2017
1 Sunchases Little Pink Ribbon UDX OM1 BN RAE MX MXB MXJ MJB OF CA CGCA   Tracy Hendrickson/Rhoda Goselin-Brouillette 18
2 Tealcrest's Beck And Call UDX OM1 RN AX MXJ   Mary Nee/Jill Hootman 6
3 Sunchase's Simply Beware Of Sharks UD OM1   Larrie Moody/Rhoda Brouillette 4
4 Sunchases Running The Red UD BN RAE MX MXB MXJ MJB OF CA CGCA   Tracy Hendrickson/Rhoda Goselin-Brouillette 2
Pictured above: 2016 #1 ranked Obedience Boxer, Sunchases Little Pink Ribbon UDX OM1 BN RAE MX MXB MMXJ MJB OF CA CGCA
AKC Top Dogs in Agility MACH Competition for Boxers

Agility MACH rankings are based on score (the number of double qualifications, or QQs, times ten) plus the number of MACH points earned.

Sorted by the Score (Double Q’ x 10) + MACH points                      Sex/Points/DblQs/Score
1 MACH2 Miss Kimber Jones RN MXG MJG NF CGC
Fietta Jones
B 1,179 33 1,509
2 GCH CH MACH5 Windwood's Daring Soul Of Sherwood CDX RE MXB2 MJS2 MFB TQX T2B
Colleen Fleury and Ike Liotta
B 1,192 31 1,502
3 MACH2 Schmidts-Gc Primrose Of Wolfcreek RN MXS2 MJS2 XF
Dr. Leslie A Myers DVM
B 926 54 1,466
4 MACH Grandbois' Duke MXS MJS XF T2B2
Lisa Lovasco
D 865 22 1,085
5 CH Sherwood Shenanigans RN MX MXB MXJ MJB MX
Colleen Fleury
D 854 13 984
6 MACH Xcalibur Von Bachbett CD RA MXS MJG OAP OJP MXF NFP T2B2
Jan Blevins    
D 564 30 864
7 MACH3 Wisemans Arctic Sweet Symphony RN HT MXC MJC MXP MJP MXF TQX T2B CA
Myra Coe-Hixson
B 660 19 850
8 MACH2 Fox's Perdie Penny MXC MJB2 T2B
Carmel Fox
B 461 25 711
9 Venician's A Valley's Knight Of Fire RN MX MXJ XF T2B
Robyn Ginther
B 477 10 577
10 Violet Sophies Karmen MX MXB MXJ MJB XF T2B2
Lisa Lundahl
B 428 7 498
11 Lilly Sophies Karmen MX MXB MXJ MJB XF T2B
Lisa Lundahl
B 342 15 492
12 MACH3 Brush Hill's Busy Izzy CD RE MXB2 MJC XF T2B CA
Allison Thompson Vicuna
B 322 14 462
Patrick Lafond & Martine Lafond
B 369 8 449
14 MACH2 Boxnen's Jet Von Waldstadt CDX BN RE MXG MJG MXP MJP NF OFP T2B
Renee Fulcer
D 396 5 446
15 Sunchase's Simply Lightning Strikes Twice UDX RAE MX MXS MXJ MJS OF CA CGCA
Tracy Hendrickson and Rhoda Brouillette
B 240 13 370
16 Morgie Harris MX MXJ OF
Melanie Harris & Maurice Harris
B 291 7 361
17 Sunchases Little Pink Ribbon UDX OM1 BN RAE MX MXB MXJ MJB OF CA CGCA
Tracy Hendrickson and Rhoda Brouillette
B 201 16 361
18 CH MACH2 Schmidt'S-Gc Catch A Falling Star At Lemac CD MXC MJB2 MXP MJP XF
Leta McCulla, Cindy Yeager, Juli Schmidt
D 209 15 359
19 Sunchases Running The Red UD BN RAE MX MXB MXJ MJB OF CA CGCA
Tracy Hendrickson and Rhoda Brouillette
B 196 13 326
20 Tealcrest's Bucnuts On Fire MX MXJ MJB
Sandra Kistler
D 252 3 282
21 MACH Ava Josephine Von Waldstadt RN MXG MJG XF T2B3
Elisabeth Lonergan
B 194 4 234
22 MACH Happy Tail's White Collar Crime BN MXB MJB
Rae Powell
D 136 6 196
23 Katlin's White Gold Of Summer At First Branch AX AXJ OF CGC
Lisa C Godfrey
D 119 6 179
24 Tealcrest's Beck And Call UDX OM1 RN AX MXJ
Mary Nee and Jill Hootman
B 154 2 174
25 Coppermyst Bring Back The Magic MX MXJ OF CAX CGC
Margaret Magoffin
B 125 3 155
Pictured above: 2016 #1 ranked Agility MACH Boxer, MACH2 Miss Kimber Jones RN MXG MJG NF CGC with owner/handler Fietta Jones
AKC National Owner Handler Series
The purpose of the AKC National Owner-Handled Series is to recognize and showcase the quality dogs being exhibited by owner/handlers and to provide a venue for the owner/handlers to compete against their peers. Points are based on wins in the Owner-Handled Breed, Group, and Best in Show competition.
Pictured above: 2016 #1 ranked AKC NOHS Boxer, Dixie's Lil' Sweetheart RN with owner/handler Robin Vaughan
AKC National Top Twenty Boxers in Breed Conformation

The top 20 Boxers in AKC conformation are eligible to compete in the gala extravaganza at the American Boxer Club Top Twenty event held yearly at the ABC National.  The Top Twenty is a magnificent showcase of the Boxers who have defeated the highest number of dogs in Breed competition.
Pictured above: 2016 #1 ranked AKC National Conformation Boxer, GCHP CH. Mephisto's Speak Of The Devil with handler Diego Garcia
A salute to the Boxers, Owners, Breeders, and Handlers that are


American Boxer Club News
ABC Members and friends:

Many deadlines are fast approaching and we don't want you to miss the opportunity to vote and nominate! "In the Know" will be on vacation next week, so please check the final dates for voting and nominations in this issue. Don't miss the opportunity to join in your American Boxer Club privileges. See you next month!
2017 Regional Specialty Nominees
Bob Busby

Bob’s childhood home, a hub of enthusiasm for canine companions that included his mom’s Cockers, dad’s Boxers, a Standard Poodle, a red Setter, Collies and German Shepherds, launched him into a lifetime love for dogs.
This love led him to a career in training, canine security and, in the 1970s, AKC conformation.

Bob’s desire to have complete quality animals began his study of the Rottweiler. His breeding program produced American and Canadian champions, CDX-TD titles and dogs certified by the North American Police Dog Association. As his interest in conformation grew he turned professional handler in the 1980s, becoming a Certified Professional Handler, member of the Professional Handlers Association and an AKC Registered Handler.
In 2003 Bob retired from handling to pursue judging, and has judged in Ireland, Central Europe, Latin America, Australia and across America. He is the AKC Delegate for the Salisbury NC KC, and served as director, vice president and on the Judges Education Committee for six years for the American Rottweiler Club.
In recent years he has imported, bred and exhibited Norwich Terriers. Bob’s most memorable win thus far is as breeder of Best of Winners at the 2015 Norwich Terrier Club of America National at Montgomery County. He is an AKC Breeder of Merit.

Bob’s philosophy for the evaluation of breeding stock is this: a dog must be complete, a total package to the standard of the breed. The animal must be able to do the job it is bred to perform. Breed type and the ability to function are of the utmost importance.
W. Miles Gunter

My wife Elizabeth and I have owned and bred Boxers since 1971 under our “Guntop” prefix. To date, we have owned and/or bred 64 Boxer Champions. Boxers carrying the “Guntop” prefix have become Champions in 7 different countries, including 2 American Champions of record. Our stud dogs have also sired many Champions for other kennels over the years.

I was first licensed in Australia to judge Boxers, as a Specialist, in 1983, and I have been an All Breeds Judge, licensed by the ANKC, since 2000.

I have judged Boxers numerous times at Championship Show level in many countries, including the USA, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, The Philippines, Indonesia, the West Indies, China, as well as all the States of Australia.

I last judged Boxers in the USA at the Rhode Island Boxer Club Specialty in 2011, which was part of the ABC Regional Specialty Cluster that year.

I am a Life Member and Patron of the Boxer Club of New South Wales, the oldest Boxer Club in Australia.I am also proud to be an International Member of the ABC.

I thank all the Members of the ABC for considering me for this prestigious assignment.
Click to Print 2017 Regional Specialty Ballot
Click to Print Class of 2020 Board of Directors Nomination Form
Chair Raffle - We will continue with the front row seat raffle. There will be thirty front row seats available this year.    Entries must be postmarked between January 10, 2017 and February 10, 2017.  There is a limit of 2 chairs per person and only 1 entry per person/household.  Chairs are $50.00 each.  Please include a check with your entry payable to the American Boxer Club.  Entrants’ checks that are not chosen will be shredded after the drawing.  After entries are closed the same lottery draw system used in previous years will be implemented to make the selections.  The winners names will be posted on the ABC website, American Boxer Club Facebook page and In The Know when the drawing is complete.  There will be a waiting list consisting of 10 entrants.  If a winner cancels their chair, the next person on the waiting list will be notified.  Please send your entries, along with your check, to:  Vicki East, 4975 Friendly Farms Rd, Greensboro, NC 27406

Agility Trophy Pledges

Can you believe ABC is just 3 months away?
It’s time to support the special prizes for the ABC agility trial. These are above and beyond the normal placements and ribbons for categories such as the oldest dog in trial, rescue dogs, etc.
The trial committee will purchase various toys valuing around $10 for all winners.
The sign-up sheet for prizes is located here and the Google doc has instructions:
Award sign-ups are due by February 5 and payment must be received by February 8 in order for your name to be published in the agility premium list as the prize sponsor.
Note: You cannot access Google docs on an iPad. I think it’s a ploy from Apple :-)
Feel free to email me with questions at
Becky Gilchrist

All the above information can also be found at the American Boxer Club website at:


Canine Herpes Virus: What Breeders Should Know About This Devastating Virus

Canine herpes virus, more commonly known as fading puppy syndrome, can be a devastating disease if it hits your kennel.

Dogs typically become exposed by nose to nose contact with an infected dog or through the air in crowded areas. Dogs at highest risk for the virus are young females who’ve never been exposed and their newborn puppies. Puppies can be infected in utero, through exposure to infected secretions of the dam, or through postnatal exposure to infected older members of the household dogs and/or kennel.

In dogs older than 12 weeks, mild respiratory disease is the most common clinical sign. But infections occurring in pregnant dams, which’ve not been exposed, can cause severe problems for the puppies, including fetal death and abortion.

Infection in puppies less than 2 to 3 weeks of age is usually fatal. Signs include trouble breathing, discharge from the nose, not nursing, persistent crying and hemorrhage (red spots) on the gums. The time from when the puppy is initially infected until it shows symptoms is four to six days, and the onset is sudden. After clinical signs arise, death usually occurs in 24 to 36 hours. Some puppies with mild signs may survive but can later develop serious neurologic issues, such as trouble walking and blindness. Unfortunately, treatment in severely infected puppies is not rewarding, as there is almost a 100% morality rate.

The best medicine for this virus is prevention. Since the virus is spread primarily by air and direct contact with nasal secretions, sanitation is an important part of prevention. Good hand hygiene should be used by anyone handling the mother and her puppies. Crowded conditions should be avoided. Keep the dam’s and puppies’ area clean and disinfected. Common disinfectants are effective in destroying the herpes virus.

For the last three weeks of gestation, pregnant females should be kept separate from other dogs in the family/kennel. Mother and puppies also should be kept separate for the first three weeks after birth. This is to prevent exposure to dogs who may carry the virus but do not show signs. Rearing the litter in temperatures greater than 95 degrees may also reduce losses in exposed litters.

A vaccine has been developed in Europe, but the benefits are still not known, and the vaccine is not licensed for the United States.

Puppies nursing from bitches that have previously been exposed to the virus are resistant to infection as they receive antibodies from colostrum. After a bitch has lost a litter due to herpes virus, she can be expected to have normal subsequent litters.

With the proper knowledge and prevention, this deadly virus can be avoided in your breeding program.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation Meets Year I Fundraising Goal for Tick-Borne Disease Initiative; Launches Year II to Continue Progress in Research

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 20, 2017) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce it has met the Year I fundraising goal of $250,000 for its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative, launched in February 2016. Funds raised were matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club.

Building on this progress, CHF will carry this important Initiative into Year II. Grants funded through the Initiative aim to find better diagnostics, preventives and therapeutics for tick-borne diseases in dogs. In addition, free educational resources, including webinars, a whitepaper and articles are available at

CHF is excited to announce that once again, as an added incentive, all donations to the CHF Tick-Borne Disease Initiative during 2017 will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club (AKC), up to $250,000.

“The AKC is proud of the progress made through CHF’s Tick-Borne Disease Initiative, and we are pleased to once again provide these matching funds to the Initiative in 2017,” said Harvey Wooding, AKC Board of Directors. “Tick-borne disease has far-reaching impacts on both dogs and humans, and the AKC supports this work for the health of dogs.”

Tick-Borne diseases are an important group of emerging infectious diseases. As the geographic range of ticks continues to expand, both dogs and people can be affected by these diseases, year-round. CHF’s Tick-Borne Disease Initiative and new research grants address important health concerns including Lyme disease, bartonellosis, and ehrlichiosis, to name a few.  

“We are grateful to the AKC for continuing their generous match of funds raised through the Tick-Borne Disease Initiative, and we also thank the many individuals, dog clubs and foundations who have supported this important Initiative to help us reach our year I  goal,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF CEO. “We believe, through this dedicated research effort, we can make a long-lasting impact on these diseases in dogs and their human companions.”

To learn more about CHF’s tick-borne disease initiative, including the opportunity to double your donation, visit


Notable and Newsworthy
Pregnancy Toxemia in Dogs
Dr. Bramlage

Pregnancy toxemia is common in all species that have multiple births but by managing mom we can avoid this issue all together. However, if it does happen, a quick response will save both mom and her puppies.

What is Pregnancy Toxemia?
Pregnancy toxemia happens when mom does not take in enough calories to supply the needs of the puppies she is carrying. It often occurs late in pregnancy when the puppies are growing fast and the embryos are removing more protein and fat from mom's body than her diet is supplying. If her diet isn't giving her the energy she needs, mom's body will naturally break down her protein and fat stores in order to maintain the pregnancy and get her puppies to term. Nature literally knocks mom off her feet to maintain the puppies.

A byproduct of excess protein and fat breakdown is high levels of ketones. These ketones are flushed out in urine and blown off by the lung, but if we do not get the ketone issue corrected quickly, mom will become poisoned with the byproducts of this protein and fat breakdown. What we get then is a mom that feels bad, won't eat and can't stand up easily, if at all.

What Does Pregnancy Toxemia Look Like?

A dog with pregnancy toxemia will first slow and go off food. This is a big red flag. At this point it is critical to step in and correct the protein-fat issue quickly. Some people can smell the ketones on mom's breath; it smells like cleaning fluid or acetone. That cleaning fluid smell is ketones being blown off. To confirm, veterinarians will use a urine dip stick on mom's urine. Urine is usually clear of ketones, so if the urine dip stick reveals ketones, that confirms pregnancy toxemia.

How to Prevent Pregnancy Toxemia

It is possible to prevent pregnancy toxemia. When a mom backs off food in the last 20 days of pregnancy, it becomes an emergency. First, use canned food and warm gruel to help increase calories. If mom is totally off food, hand feed her with meat baby food, canned meats, Triage or canned cat food. Canned cat food is okay to get mom eating again and it is high fat and high protein. Tiny breeds especially will eat cat food before they will go back on dog food because of the smell. It usually takes three days of hand feeding to get mom's appetite to kick in, causing her to eat puppy food again. You still want to feed canned food gruel twice a day to get her back to food first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

If pregnancy toxemia sets in, our goal is to get mom to term. She usually will go a bit early from stressed puppies. It's important to be there during labor since many of these moms need help birthing a litter. They just don't have the energy required. A high percentage of toxic moms will lack energy for the last few puppies and go to a C-section. In mild cases, we can intervene early with a high fat, high protein supplement. This corrects the issue so we get a normal litter all alive. In severe cases, mom has to be hand-fed to term and a high percentage of these cases lose half of the litter. If this is the case, keeping mom healthy and getting as many breathing babies as possible is the goal. In a very severe case, we may have to end the pregnancy in order to save mom's life. But we hope it never progresses to that stage. Intervene early!

Any mom can get pregnancy toxemia, but moms that carry a large litter are most prone. They just fail to take in enough fat and protein calories to keep up with litter demand. When mom goes off food, intervene early, offer fat and protein and hand feed if you must. Puppies double their weight during the last two weeks of gestation and that makes managing late pregnancy moms worth caring about!

To Learn More
Managing Moms - Webinar
Managing Pregnancy Problems in Dogs


Did you Know?
Why Dogs Turn Around Three Times Before Lying Down

According to American humorist Robert Benchley, a dog teaches a boy three things: fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.

If you've ever wondered why dogs turn around several times before flopping down on the floor, the answer is simple genetics. They've been genetically programmed to trample their sleeping areas in the wild so that the grass is tamped down to make a comfortable resting place.

Although your dog have the finest dog bed money can buy, he still feels the urge to circle before lying down, even in the comfort of the modern home. It's nature at work. Nature is the reason dogs gobble their food. The most successful survivors were able to eat fast before other members of the pack could grab a share. Wild dog cousins didn't know when his next meal would come, so being the fastest gorger was a real advantage.

A fair question to ask is whether these innate traits will ever disappear? The answer is, only if we want them to. The natural evolution of dogs has been superseded by centuries of deliberate breeding. Dogs exhibiting strong retrieving instincts, high intelligence, and friendliness, for example, have been selectively bred with other dogs showing the same traits to create the retrievers of today. Likewise, undesirable traits can be bred out of dogs, if we so desire.

Because there's no reason to eliminate the habit of turning around three times before lying down, dogs will probably keep making sure their doggy beds are tamped down to their satisfaction, even though the practice is now unnecessary.

Save the Date
Mark your calendars – the Greater St. Louis Boxer Club is hosting back to back Specialties on March 3, 2017, followed by all-breed shows on the weekend.  Events of the day are as follows:
Obedience: Judge J. Comunale
Sweepstakes: Judge Terri Lee Robinson
First Specialty: Judge Thomas J. Latta
Second Specialty: Judge Alberto Berrios
To top off the day, please join the Greater St. Louis Boxer Club as they host their hospitality.
All-breed show on Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday: Judge Joe Gregory
Sunday: Judge Terry Berrios
All entries are to be made through Foy Trent. Looking forward to seeing everyone!!
Notice to Member Specialty Clubs
"In the Know" with the American Boxer Club welcomes information on your upcoming Specialties. Please submit your pertinent info (sweeps judge, regular judge, closing date and superintendent) along with club logo up to one month before closing date.
Boxers on a snowy day
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