"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -
a desire, a dream, a vision."
Muhammad Ali - American Boxer
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
- George Graham Vest
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PUPPY
*Pour cold apple juice on the carpet in several places and walk around barefoot in the dark.
*Wear a sock to work that has had the toes shredded by a blender.
*Immediately upon waking, stand outside in the rain and dark saying, "be a good puppy and go potty-hurry up now- come on, let's go!
*Cover all your best suits with dog hair. Dark suits must have white and light suits must have dark. Also float some hair in your first cup of morning coffee.
*Play catch with a wet tennis ball.
*Run out in the snow in your bare feet to close the gate
*Tip over a basket of clean laundry, scatter clothing all over the floor.
*Leave your underwear on the living room floor, because that is where the dog will drag it anyway (especially when you have company).
*Jump out of your chair shortly before the end of your favorite TV show and run to the door shouting, "No NO! Do that OUTSIDE!" Miss the end of the program.
*Gouge the leg of the dining room table several times with a screwdriver.
*Put chocolate pudding on the carpet in the morning, and do not try to clean it up until you return from work that evening.
*Take a warm, cuddly blanket out of the dryer and immediately wrap it around yourself. This is the feeling you get when your puppy falls asleep on your lap.
THE CREATION OF THE BOXER
On the fifth day of Creation, the Lord made all the animals. He crafted many breeds of dog. There were big dogs, little dogs; longhaired ones, smooth coated and wire-haired ones; yellow, black, spotted and brindle ones. The Lord viewed them with great pleasure. Then He spoke, "I have made a great variety which none other of my animals can equal, but now I will mold a masterpiece;a dog in which nobility, power, speed and courage are perfectly balanced by beauty, good-nature and friendliness." Thereupon the Lord took up a piece of clay and shaped from it the Boxer, which looked exactly as it does today,except that its head was like the heads of other dogs with cut-thrust nose. The Lord was pleased with his handicraft and said, "he is good beyond my expectations. I will put him aside for a while, for his clay is yet soft and could easily suffer damage." But, the Boxer had heard the Lord's words that he of all dogs was the most beautiful and courageous and began to boast proudlyand demand admiration from the others. The smaller breeds were in full agreement and rendered the Boxer his due respect. However, the larger dogs were overcome by prideful vanity, jealous that a medium-sized animal should surpass them. There were angry words, and growling and suddenly the Boxer jumped at his tormenters in rage. He forgot that the clay of his nose was still soft. The angry impact compressed and blunted it.
When the antagonists were separated once more, the Lord smiled and said,"Since you are my favorite, there shall be no punishment except for all time to come, you shall wear your nose as it now is." And he who doubts the truth of this tale has only to watch the Boxer in his relationship to other breeds.All smaller dogs he greets with friendliness, remembering their respect and loyalty, but,to this day the Boxer cannot forget nor forgive the taunting of the larger ones, flung at him on the day of his creation.