Monday, May 8, 2017

Sully - 8 months old!

It was not long ago that Sully was in a vet hospital fighting to live.  I nearly lost him and, because of that experience, I make a point of celebrating each milestone.  Today, we celebrate that he's 8 months old!  When he was so sick, he lost a little over 20% of his body weight and recovery took a long time.  But now he weighs 49 pounds and is gaining muscle every day.  Take a look!

Here's Sully guarding against a sparrow sitting on top of the block wall.  Or maybe it's a blade of grass ... who knows!  Whatever it is, he is ready to protect his territory!

And then there's the back gate.  There MUST be something on the other side.  Sully will end up going to the little peep hole you see in the gate; that was put there by Major, my first Boxer.  Every Boxer since then - Jager, Gwennie, Esa, Olly, Ivy and Sully - has used that peep hole to see what's in the alley.

Sully is a very vocal Boxer.  He talks when he runs, when he's hungry, when he's playing ... even when he sleeps!

After a tough and exhausting time of guarding the backyard, it's time for a brief rest.  And, trust me, his times of rest ARE brief.  LOL!

Winmere Bare Knuckle - Sully
May 9, 2017
8 months old

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sully meets Spot

Sully has a new toy.  Actually, Spot isn't new at all ... he's a snake that Ivy left for Sully.  Here are just a few shots of their first adventure together ...

Hi!  Meet Spot!  He's a nifty green and blue snake with spots.  That's why Ivy named him Spot.  I'm not sure I like his name, but he likes it and that's what matters.

 And away we go!!  Be brave Spot ... be brave!

 Sometimes you just gotta look mean if you want to play like a snake tamer.

Thanks, Ivy ... I miss you, but you left me a real neat buddy.  Spot and I are already good friends!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Introducing ....

Paris-Ivy and I would like to introduce

Winmere Bare Knuckle

His call name is Sully and - before you ask - he is named after a famous American boxer of the late 1800s who was the last man to win the  world heavyweight bare knuckle championship ... and the first to win the world heavyweight gloved championship.  Just for kicks, you can learn more about John L. Sullivan by clicking here. My son, Callan, suggested his name and I loved it!  

My thanks to Theresa Garton (Winmere Boxers) for trusting me with one of her precious pups.  I actually met Sully's sire at the American Boxer Club national show when he was just a pup! Who knew that several years later, one of his babies would be mine!

On Nov. 18 I, along with Callan and his girlfriend, Teryl, went to Oklahoma City to pick Sully up and start the long drive back to Phoenix.  Here are some photos from the trip.

Here's the little guy ... all by himself in the whelping pen.  His littermates were already gone so he was ready for some new company.  

Sully and his mother, Josie, take one last romp around Theresa's big backyard.

Callan is inspecting Sully's feet and is predicting he will be a BIG Boxer boy!

Theresa and Josie give the little guy one last hug and kiss before he starts his new life adventure!

Yes, no doubt about it:  Sully belongs with me.  😊

Two super cute redheads ... Sully and Teryl!

Sully was a great traveler ... even in the motel.  He's not too sure about the whole thing, but he just rolls with the punches.

 This was supposed to be a good night kiss. 😁

Teryl gets early morning potty duty in Albuquerque before we start the last leg of the journey home to Phoenix.

First meeting between Ivy and Sully.  Sully had NO fear and went right up to Ivy and whacked her on the shoulder!  He's also wearing his very own Denver Broncos collar!

"Mom ... Ivy's pickin' on me!"

Ivy decided she needs to teach the little snert a thing or two ... like how to play tug.  

Yes, Ivy teases him with the toys and then lets him have it ...

... and he parades around with the toy, very proud of himself.  He hasn't yet figured out that if Ivy didn't want him to have the toy, he wouldn't get it. 😄

Here is one attempt at a Thanksgiving Day portrait ... it was less than successful.

But I finally settled on this one.

Sully is now 12 weeks old, growing like crazy, and has already had a private competition obedience class.  He has a wonderful temperament.  Ivy and I decided he's a keeper for sure!  💗

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ivy's Halloween!

It's a busy time for a little Boxer girlie ... just WHAT should she be for Halloween?

Well ... perhaps this witch hat isn't her thing.

Not too thrilled about being a pirate, either!

And the other pirate hat ... well ... no.

Exotic dancer - complete with a pink feather boa!  YES!

Lesson learned:  after the photo shoot, lock the boa up tight!

 Finally!  She loves her Jolly Roger bandanna ... perfect Halloween costume!

But this pirate hat looks good, too!

Ready to beg for meatballs!

But in the end ... she really wanted to be a little witch.