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Help, New to Show World

Discussion in 'Showing - questions and answers' started by Titansdad, Sep 7, 2006.

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  1. Titansdad

    Titansdad Boxer Buddy

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    I am new to this whole thing. I read a lot of posts about contacting the local Boxer club in my area, but the closest one seems to meet in Seattle. Just wondering if anybody knew of a club in Northern Washington, close to Skagit County? If not, maybe a mentor out closer to my neck of the woods?
    I'd like to get introduced to the show world, gradually. Could someone from an all-breed kennel club be a mentor, or is it better to have a breed specific one?
    I know there's an all-breed club in Anacortes, and was thinking of starting there. There's no phone # listed with it, or website on the club page on AKC.org. Just an address.
    I know they're having an agility/obedience show/rally on the 16th of this month. Is that the best way to get in contact with them? At the show? I thought most people would be busy and not want to be disturbed. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
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    ehayes21 Boxer Insane

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    Titansdad Boxer Buddy

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    Yes, I've tried it. I only come up with the one in Seattle, that's almost a 2 1/2 hour drive. I was just looking for one closer. Thanks
     
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    ehayes21 Boxer Insane

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    Sorry that wasn't much help! :) I know of two BW members, Draymia and GoCougs, that are both in Washington. Maybe one of them will see this post and have a better answer for you!
     
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    I used to live in Seattle and there were a few different clubs. Boxer clubs that is. Have you tried calling the one in Seattle to see if there is one closer. I know you dont want to hear this but a lot of the members in our club here drive hours to go to the meetings thank goodness they are only once a month. The thing is even if your club is say out of Seattle and there meetings are in that area many members may live all over so you could still find a great mentor even if you cant make it to every meeting maybe try to make a trip out of it for 1 or 2 meetings. Maybe ask the club if someone from the club lives closer to you and then see if you could contact them. All breed clubs are ok for show information in general but you find they dont know things you need to know about the breed. It would not hurt to join an all breed club but you should try to meet up with a boxer breeder for a good mentor. Also your breeder if not close to you may know of someone that way who could help you. My puppies breeder is from the east coast but she gave me names of friends who turned out to be great mentors. You will find the boxer show world is a pretty small community.
     
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    I live in the Seattle area. The only boxer clubs in our area are the Pacific Northwest Boxer Club in Seattle and the Oregon Boxer Club. There's also the Spokane Boxer Club. The PNBC has members from as far as Alaska (they don't have a club). Those are the breed clubs. There are people up in your area who belong to PNBC. On the other hand, there are plenty of all breed clubs in your area.

    You can have a mentor from an all-breed club, but they will probably only be able to mentor you on general show stuff, nothing breed specific. There may be other boxer folks in an all-breed club in your area. Check with the club. Without knowing which part of Skagit county you are in, there is the Bell-Vernon Kennel Club out of Anacortes and the Mt. Baker Kennel Club out of Bellingham.

    Is your breeder not willing to mentor you?
     
  7. Titansdad

    Titansdad Boxer Buddy

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    I'm actually in Island county, in Oak Harbor. I'm going to check out the Bell-Vernon Kennel Club. They're holding show/rally here in Oak Harbor on the 16th. I just want to get a feel for this thing before I decide to show, if it happens. I don't see me showing anytime soon, plan on getting Orion neutered. Just want to know for the future, what to expect, and it's never too early to learn, right? I'm in the Navy, and don't believe I'd have the time to commit to showing right now, but I've always loved boxers and would someday love to show them. Owning my own champion one day would be great. Thanks for all your help and advice.

    GoCougs, if you know anyone out this way, could you let me know? I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks again.
     
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    Since there are no Boxer Specialty Clubs up your way, you will probably want to get active with a closer All-Breed Club. I would definiately go the the get together scheduled for the 16th. It will give you a chance to meet some "doggie" folks. There are some boxer people near you (well, a lot closer than Seattle) ;) and one I can think of is active in obedience and rally.

    Here is the website for the Pacific Northwest Boxer Club. One of the contacts can probably help you out with a email address or phone number.

    http://pnwbc.tripod.com/

    :)
     
  9. Titansdad

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    Thanks, I'll check into it. We'll definitely be going to the get together, since it's right down the street. Thanks again for all the advice.
     
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