My life with Boxers began in 1960 when my father-in-law purchased a Boxer for my two boys aged 2 and 4 for Christmas. He was from Rainey Lane bloodlines. but he unfortunately died at a young age under tragic circumstances. The short time we had with him was the beginning of my love affair with the one and only breed for me.
I was then given a lovely girl by Graeme Missen of Capride Kennels, she was Rednel Regal Lady who gained her title very quickly. These were the days of huge Boxer entries at our shows and there was always 25 point Challenges on offer. She was by Hollees Po-tan (Imp USA).
When she retired, we purchased a stunning puppy dog from the well known Topline Kennels of Victoria. He became Ch.Topline Tradition. I must admit he was one of those dogs that wormed his way into your affections and he became my "minds eye" as the type of dog I would always look for in a Boxer...substance with elegance! His breeding also went back to Rainy Lane and Mazelaine Texas Ranger. He was sometimes hard to show, but the hotter it was the better he liked it.
It was during this period that I was given the honour of Lifetime Membership of the Boxer Association of Victoria of which I had served in all positions of the committee.
Trad was followed by quite a few other males and females which obtained their Championship, some obtained from other kennels, others bred by myself. Ch.Atones Monique, Ch.Jastan the Trendsetter, Ch.Loujay Silk n Satin, Ch.Loujay the Happy Hooker, Ch.Loujay on the Prowl to name a few.
Later on I obtained a clean cut, elegant female from Judy Horton of Intrends Kennels, who went on to become Ch.Intrends Niten Day. When mated to Ch.Aspen Gold Plated she produced an excellent litter from which I kept Ch.Loujay Rich n Famous. She was a delight to live with and was a real showgirl, never putting a foot wrong. She gained her title easily at the tender age of 12 months giving me a rollercoaster ride winning in all age groups. Unfortunately she was a far better
showgirl than a producer, although mated to Ch Raevon Colour me Red, she produced a handsome dog called Loujay Fame n Fury who won puppy at the 1994 Boxer National. His owner was tragically killed in a car accident, so he became a much loved pet.
I repeated Fame's mating and obtained another nice elegant girl, Loujay Dare to Dream, but soon found out, unlike her sister, she would rather be home than in the showring. I have run on a few more over the past 15 years, but none came up to my expectations set by Trad and Fame although I still keep my hand in by handling and helping out friends like Anna Deane (Aspen) and others when an extra hand is needed!
I only have one Boxer now, a dog called Storm who is my bed and house companion, and we occasionaly go to shows. He replaced Quest who was not a showdog but a wonderful companion for 8 years as you can't beat a Boxer for company.