On my 2nd birthday, I got my first Boxer! Her name was Heidi and she was a plain, fawn girl who became my childhood, best friend along with being the foundation of my parents breeding program.
We lived in Minnesota throughout my childhood and I remember growing up with lots of Boxers and lots of puppies running around! My dad converted our garage into kennel runs for the dogs and I got the brilliant idea to climb up into the ceiling of the garage to build a fort, not knowing this light foam-type material would not hold my body weight. Boom! Down I fell into one of the dog runs! I don't know who was more surprised, me or the dog!
Minnesota led to Washington state and my continued love of Boxers into adulthood. After the utter heartbreak of losing two Boxers to Cancer, I began what became years of research into canine health and nutrition, knowing I would set my sights on the Boxer breed and its many health issues. First, understanding why are we having these issues and second, what can we do about it. The answer is that there is SO MUCH we can do about it! Stick with us to learn more.
In the 1990's I joined the local Boxer club and decided to dip my lead in the show ring with my current Boxer. This led to meeting new people, learning more about the show world and the idea that I wanted to breed a litter of puppies began to brew. Even though I had been Natural Rearing my adult Boxers for some time, this litter of 9 was our first adventure into Natural Rearing puppies. Thankfully, we had a wonderful Holistic Vet to work with and go to for advice.
Skip forward through the years to a much greater understanding and support of feeding raw, whole foods and awareness how we can make our environment cleaner and less toxic to lower risk of disease for ourselves and our Boxers.
Our mission is to form a tribe of like-minded Boxer lovers who are passionate about learning the principles of Natural Rearing and together we will share the information and science that leads to wiser choices, thoroughly health test our dogs prior to breeding to lower risk factors and raise our puppies following the Natural Rearing principles which will take a few generations but we hold the power, within our breeding decisions, to lower the disease rate found in Boxers in hopes of giving them a longer life filled with better quality of living and less signs of aging, disease and degeneration.