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Pictured winning one of his many Best Puppy in Show wins. This one at the Temiskaming Kennel Club. Judge - Betty Peterson, Handler - Shirley Bell

Bred by Anne Lucas

Sired by: Can/Am Ch Bellcrest Just Watch Me SOM
Dam: Can Ch Lounsbury's Divinity

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As designer of the Rupik website, I am taking this opportunity to include my 'Tribute to Filmore". I had the priviledge and pleasure of having a hand in the creation of this great dog! Lounsbury Kennels Reg'd was located on the outskits of North Bay, Ontario, Canada. I live East of North Bay, so Anne and I became good friends. We liked the same type of boxer so breeding back and forth and talking about what we liked was such fun.

Filmore's mother Can Ch Lounsbury's Divinity "Binnie" was an extemely pretty bitch. Anne and I used to travel together to the shows when I was showing Texas (Can/Am Ch Bellcrest Just Watch Me SOM) and she was showing Binnie. We talked about breeding the two of them together when they grew up.

Well, the time came, the breeding between Binnie and Texas came about. The result, 2 puppies. One plain girl and a flashy boy. Anne never wanted to keep a male, but decided that until the right home came along, she would show him.

Filmore was quite a handful in the show ring. He thought it was all fun and games and took quite some time to figure out that this was serious business and we do not jump on the Bernese Mountain dogs as they come out of the ring!! Anne decided Filmore was too much for her, and asked me to handle him. I was very pleased to do so.

So began a fun and exciting puppy career. Filmore won many Best Puppy in Groups and 4 Best Puppy in Shows. He was handled later in his career by professional handler, Scott McNair. Under Scott's guidance he did some super winning, including an All Breed Best in Show at the Leamington Kennel Club.

I received a letter from a person in the UK inquiring if Bellcrest Boxers Reg'd had any Texas sons available for sale. I talked to Anne Lucas and she gave me the go ahead to discuss his going to the UK with Sheila Bowman. You can read more about the results of the discussion on Filmore's page. When it became more apparent that Filmore was indeed going to go live in the UK and that his prospective owner was going to make a trip over to the Boxer Club of Canada Specialty to see him, Anne and I invited her to stay with us and drive down to the Specialty with us. We laugh now, looking back, because here we were sharing accomodations with this English person, who, we did not know. What if she had been a crotchety old lady and hard to be with? It would have spoiled our whole weekend at the Specialty!! But, that tuned out not to be the case!!

Life is a very funny thing. Had it not been for Filmore, I would never have met Sheila Bowman, who I consider to be one of my very best friends.

The rest, as they say, is history!!

Written by: Shirley Bell

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Sheila Bowman
Rupik Boxers
Somerset, UK

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