|Winmere Boxers began with the purchase of a plain fawn puppy bitch from Allen Hynes and Susie Campbell. I purchased Winnie as a companion; I had barely heard the term "dog show," let alone attended one at the time. I remained in contact with her breeders; Susie patiently answered my questions.
We began attending obedience classes in the spring of 1984. A weekend visit that spring to the local dog show was very impressive: Winnie's brother won a blue ribbon in the puppy class!
Obedience classes were continued that fall, after a summer move to Mississippi. I made many good friends attending those classes, despite our slow (or is that humorous?<G>) progress in obedience. A large series of shows was to occur in December of 1984. My friends encouraged me to enter in conformation classes, while they competed in obedience. Susie encouraged the same.
That is when I was bitten by the dog show bug. Winnie later became pointed, and did eventually finish her CD and CGC. She is the dam of one Champion, CH Winmere Morgana, CGC.
Overall, in a limited breeding program, there are now 16 AKC champions carrying the Winmere prefix; all descended from my original bitch, Winnie. See Winnie's pedigree here. While pursuing these championships, I had the pleasure of working with several fine handlers. Among them were Dick Baum, Chris Baum, Ron Buxton, Patty Chandler, Cheryl Cates, and more recently Beth Davis. Special mention though, must go to Michael Shepherd, who put most of the points on my dogs. Much of my success is due to his genuine caring and attention to my dogs, his friendship, and his skill in the ring.
7For many years, I did not participate in performance events, but am recently "returning to my roots." Winmere Boxers account for a total of numerous AKC and NADAC agility titles, as well as many rally titles, more than 20 CGC;s and 3 Herding Instinct Certificates. The last were quite a bit of fun, and obtained on a lark. Nonetheless, my boxers outperformed several traditional herding breeds that day.
The goals for my breeding program include breeding an all-around good boxer. I aim for champion-level conformation, good temperaments typical of family companions, and also for good health.
I do my best to place puppies only in homes that would provide as well or better for them than I do.