by James A. Quarterman III The Boxer Bash is a time to celebrate the beloved dog of Germany--the Boxer. The Boxer originated as a cross between the Brabanter Bullenbeisser, a Belgian hunting dog, and the English Bulldog, both bred in Germany in the early 1800's. In the past, Boxers have worked as hunting dogs, guards dogs, police dogs, seeing-eye dogs, and even served as couriers during World War I. Sad to say, they have also been used in dog fighting. As pets, Boxers are loyal, protective, patient with children, and make great family dogs. Their friendliness and athleticism make them one of the top ten most popular dog breeds in the U.S. The Boxer sports a smooth, shorthaired coat in fawn or brindle color, and white markings on the head, chest, and feet. A black mask adorns its undershot lower jaw. Its ears are cropped to stand erect. Its tail is docked. In short, the Boxer is a medium-sized, sturdy, squarely built, 60-70 pound essence of elegance. I am always struck with awe by the Boxer’s graceful, yet powerful, aura. My first encounter with a Boxer was a rescue named Goldie. When I asked her
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owner why he called her Goldie, the retired serviceman referred to his duty during the early 1990’s on the USS Boxer, a ship lovingly known as “The Golden Gator”. Sympathy and pride swelled in my heart as he told me the USS Boxer had a trophy of sorts on its mast that read, “Honor, Courage, Strength”, traits that encompass the very essence of the Boxer breed. To attend a celebration of any breed is a moment to brag on your prestigious accolades from show...or to consider how happy you are to nestle your feet beneath your dog’s belly as it watches the latest chick-flick or football game with you. Now add hundreds of fanciers, just like you, chatting it up over cold beverages and barbecue, surrounded by frolicking Boxers. The mission is to celebrate the Boxer, to raise awareness of proper care and training, and to raise funds and find forever homes for rescue dogs. Whether you own a purebred, mixed breed, or refurbished rescue, I strongly urge you to attend. Not only will you and your dog make new friends, you just may open your heart and help homeless Boxers.
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