Welcome to the home of Testwood Boxers situated in beautiful countryside north of Southampton. It is a small kennel with never more than 6 dogs, so they can be part of the family! While I enjoy wins in the show ring, I get just as much pleasure when people who have puppies from me or by my stud dogs contact me especially to say how wonderful they are and how much pleasure they give.
I put a lot of thought into potential sires, studying temperament as well as looks. I will not use a hyperactive or hot-tempered stud. I have worked very hard to keep the original laid back temperament from my first Redfyre show boxer, and think I have succeeded. Most puppies go into family pet homes, so I believe temperament is of prime importance.
As a “dog mad” teenager I worked weekends and school holidays for 5 years in the Cielo pug and boarding kennel, saving up my “wages” to buy a pug, Misty, who went everywhere with me, sitting in the basket on the front of my bike. I showed him with limited success and also sometimes handled the show pugs for the owner of the kennel.
My first boxer in 1975 was a daughter of Ch Starmark Sweet Talking Guy, out of a daughter of Int Ch Seefeld Picasso. Bought as a family pet, she was disobedient, destructive and a law unto herself!! If we didn’t take her for a walk when she wanted, she would simply put her head down and charge through the fence, many times seen walking across the field with a fence panel across her shoulders. But we all loved her.
When we moved to Warminster, Norma Byerley of the Redfyre Boxers kindly took me to shows and taught me so much about boxers. She was my good dear friend for nearly 20 years until she died suddenly in 1996.
My first show boxer in 1981 was Glorious Encore of Redfyre (Sophie), a daughter of Ch Tyegarth Famous Grouse, and a repeat of the mating that produced Ch Redfyre Glorious Twelfth. Sophie won consistently for me, gaining 2 Res CC’s, and was the grandmother of Ch Redfyre Prima Donna and Canadian Ch Redfyre Northern Lights.
A growing family meant we could only keep one or two boxers, and they stayed with us for life – which in Sophie’s case was 14 years! So there were several years when although I went to shows I had nothing to exhibit, although I did a fair bit of judging at this time.
After Norma had a stroke, I was able to return the help she had given me and I handled her puppy, Redfyre Prima Donna, to her title before she was 2 years old. I chose a pup from Donna by Ch Wrencliff Flying Scotchman of Winuwuk, and he was Redfyre First Footer (Hamish).
Redfyre First Footer winning Best in Show at 20 months old
He won consistently in the ring (including multiple firsts at Championship Shows and Best in Shows at Open shows and Boxer Breed shows) and was a joy to live with, because he was a kind, gentle dog. He was used at stud a few times and produced super winning youngsters. He is behind all my boxers.
In 2006 Gertie bulldog came into my life and with her sweet, gentle and unassuming nature, she burrowed her way into my heart, and is the foundation of the Testwood Bulldogs.
Gertie keenly pursuing one of her favourite hobbies