Our first "meet the member" is Skip & Linda Abel. Linda is the current President of Minnesota Boxer Club. Linda has been involved in various committees serving ABC, serving for 14 years as Annual Awards Chair. She served as Vice President of ABC for three years and as President from 2016-2018. She was elected President again in 2020-2021. She also is currently serving on the Board of the American Boxer Charitable Foundation. Linda is the Production Coordinator for the American Boxer Top Twenty.
Unfortunately, the dog show world still seems quite mysterious to the general population, even with the popularity of televised events such as Westminster Kennel Club in February and Crufts in U.K. in March. The movie "Best In Show," while very funny, is a parody of the people involved in conformation dog showing and breeding. So why is dog showing important to anyone looking to add a puppy to their household. Follow the link below to learn more.
Unfortunately, this disease is found in nearly all breeds to one extent or another. While it is genetic, the mode of inheritence is unknown, there is no DNA test for breeders to use and is generally a late onset condition meaning breeding stock is likely to test positive long after having produced offspring. Even more frustrating is the difficulty owners have with getting a correct diagnosis, proper prescription dosage and correct directions for most effective use.
One advocate, Karen Grzenda
, is waging a one-woman war against disinformation. She has written several books and administrates a Facebook group (Hypothroidism in Dogs) for dog owners who know or suspect their pet may be afflicted. Per her website, "Normal thyroid function regulates metabolism of all the body's cellular activies, such that reduced function can produce a wide range of clinical signs." Follow the link below to learn more.
The official standard for each breed and any revision thereof, originates with the parent club - for the Boxer it is the American Boxer Club, and submits it to the AKC Board of Directors for approval. It is the breeder's blueprint to perfection and the instrument used by dog show judges to evaluate the breeder's work - ie: how close each entrant at a conformation show comes to the ideal specimen of the breed. Follow the link below to learn more.