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Remember Me Boxers Lovingly Remembers:

Shesworthajillian CGC CD UKC CD NA NAJ OA OAJ

Born: 1995  Traveled to the Bridge: 2003

Breeders: Raymond & Tamara Williams

Owner: Brenda Jordan

Jill was my first boxer, she introduced me to ownership this wonderful breed with style.

     I met Jill on April 20, 1995, when she was just two days old. She was, for lack of a better word, the runt of the litter. But ANYONE who knew her would tell you that she had the heart, courage, and strength of a lion and the soul and temperament of a lamb.

     She was to small for the conformation ring so we went on to other dog sports. We were ALWAYS stopped at obedience events and asked why she wasn't in the "breed" ring, she was the perfect package trapped in a small stature. Jill did well in obedience, she never scored lower than a 176.5, and her scores where usually in the mid 180's. It only took us four times in the ring for her AKC CD and only four times again for her UKC CD..... you always need an insurance leg.

 

agility trial 1998 in Nine Mile Falls Washington

     We are members of Lilac City Dog Training Club which is an All Breed obedience club here in the Spokane area. Jill earned the honor and respect of LCDTC members by being the FIRST boxer on the wall of accomplishments (a wall of title holders) in a 20+ year history, her "sister" Pirate being the second on that wall.

 

     In mid 1997 a fellow club member, Lee Longoria, introduced Jill and I to the world of agility. Here I learned to become a team member and Jill. Well agility is where Jill shined the brightest. We started competing in the sport of agility in early 1999, and Jill quickly became a loved and well known athlete. I became known as Jill's mom, and nothing makes me prouder to this day. Jill showed the agility world that boxers are good at more than prancing around the show ring, or just being a "family pet". She earned her all of her titles in short order, her NA (Novice Agility) title was earned with a first place and two second place qualifying scores. She earned her NAJ (Novice Agility Jumpers) with three First place Q's. In that same year of 1999 she also earned her OA (Open Agility) title.

 

     According to the AKC in the spring of 2000, Jill was only one of thirteen boxers to earn an NA title. She was one of only eleven boxers to earn an NAJ title and one of only nine to earn an OA all in the year of 1999. That makes me a very proud handler/mom. We were contacted by the ABC and asked to put a "brag" in the catalog for the ABC nationals in 1999. Which we did with great honor and pride.

 

     Jill went on in 2000 to complete her OAJ (Open Agility Jumpers) title and she also started her AX (Agility Excellent) title off with a bang, with a first place qualifying score and the ONLY excellent A or B dog in ANY height to go clear on course. In late 2000 Jill was diagnosed with spondlosis, which she did not seem to know she had. Jill wanted to do her sport and at that time it was a mild case.

 

     Later that year I listened to another boxer person about feeding habits, and as I tell you this part of Jill's story her vets words ring in my ears...... "If it ain't broke, DON'T fix it". Well, needless to say, Jill was fine on HER diet. So shortly after I change her diet she came down with a serious bout of pancreatitis. Jill was on a special diet for the rest of her life.

 

     Because of the pancreatitis we were unable to compete in agility for a year and a half. This last fall we had started serious training for competition for the AKC Preferred class early this spring. Which Jill approached with great excitement and joy to be back on course. In Late December 2002, Jill was diagnosed with having a heart condition. On January 24, 2003 Jill fought with the courage of a lion, but was lost to us that terrible day.

 

     Jill was my best friend, my soul mate, and my hero. All who knew her, especially her grandmother, Pirate, myself and all of her closest friends miss her dearly. They say that there is one dog that you will always think of and miss..... for me that will always be my little girl Jill.

 

     I miss you more each day. I hold your memory close to my heart, but I know that I will get to hold you again someday when we meet at the rainbow bridge, until then....... I love you Jill.

In memory of Lee Longoria June 3, 1938 - April 29, 2003

 

My Darling Jill,

I can't believe that it has been nine long  years since I last saw you. I miss you more with each passing day. I can't wait to hug you again at the rainbow bridge. You are still and will always be, the love of my life.