Manic - All About Us
My first boxer came on the scene in 1977 when my sister Jean rescued a plain faced bitch .. Katie ... and natural progression meant of course I would eventually own my own! A puppy from Katie was bought for me by my mum - my beloved Kim! When sister Jean also started showing, I fancied having a go too and so along came a red and white boxer called Kylie. In the early days, I admired Pam Broughton's Glenfalls, admiring them often from the ringside. However after seeing an advertisement for well bred puppies, I ventured to see two littermates - Wykill Elfin Princess and Wykhill Country Squire. I fell for the bitch there and then! They were by Ch Faerdorn Pheasant Plucker. We called her Lottie and she came on quite nicely, being shortlisted for the CC under Christine Beardsell at Manchester. After bumping into Pam Broughton shortly after and at a local show, Pam showed me photos of a current litter by Tyegarth Famous Grouse - Pam advised that she was keeping one male but the other was available, so off we sped to view!! I loved Pam's lines and knew I'd want him!
My daughter Claire was only very young at the time the show bug had bitten and so it was not an option to keep many dogs. However, for more strength in our bitch lines, I contacted Pam who had nothing at the time but suggested contacting Sheila Cartwright. From Sheila I managed to purchase Wild Turkey of Tyegarth - Alexis - by Grouse out of American Graffiti. A kennel name was then the next step and "Manic Monday" by the Bangles struck a chord with me! - weekends were great - but I hated Monday's!! The first "Manic Litter" included "Manic Double or Quits". Not long after came our first CC winner, in the form of Manic Won't It - Betty - who ending her career with 1CC's and 1RCC.
I then spotted a beautiful brindle and white bitch at Leicester Ch Show (as it was then). She was owned and bred by Vince and Annabel Zammit (Santonoaks) and after gentle persuasion/arm twisting, I secured her sale to me and the rest as they say is history, as she became the kennel's first champion - "Champion Santonoaks Kiwi Magic at Manic". Another CC winning Manic was Connor, Manic Midnight Madness at Hillroy. A noisy fella(!) who went to live with Margaret Sandilands in Scotland. Connor was by Ch Glenfall the Gladiator.
A firm relationship was also struck following the puchase of two puppies from the Sulez kennel - one of whom went on to be Ch Sulez Whatever you Want for Manic - Charlie. He in turn was the sire of the very special Ch Time to Dance at Manic - Winnie - a dream of a showgirl, and who pretty much "did it all", including Best of Breed at Crufts, Dog of the Year (Boxer Breed Awards), etc.. A later repeat mating of the Ch Charlie litter resulted in the good producing bitch Sulez Whatever Will be at Manic coming to the kennel. Her progeny speak for themselves and her daughters and grand-daughters carry on her lines to this very day.
A home grown Manic bitch champion is of course in the shape of Ch Manic Double Act - Whoopie - my daughter's favourite! I could also not go without mentioning our cover boy Manic Spin Doctor - Pete. He accumulated 2 CC's and 5 RCC's and has produced some absolutely first class puppies. He is no longer with us and there is a certain void left by him - both as a companion and in the fact that there are no "Petelets" to go and view as we did when visiting his baby progeny. He lives on in his kids, though, that's for sure, and they are indeed producing on themselves. A perfect example would be Ch Lanfrese Sure Thing at Manic - Onslow.
At 5 years of age, Onslow is still collecting CC's, in fact his latest shows have brought home no less than 5 green cards!! Bred by Mitch Griffiths and co-owned with him, Onslow himself has gone on to produce, including a Champion Son, Ch Sulez Shorenuff.
A show kennel is based on team-work and that is certainly order of the day here at Manic. Husband Mick plays a huge part in the upkeep of our kennels, chauffering to shows, puppy sitting, etc.. Claire my daughter has of course also been a huge part of the Manic Kennel since birth and we love discussing puppies, talking "boxer" and generally being a "team".
We are always happy to talk to boxer enthusiasts, so never hesitate to contact us should you wish to chat.
I hope the above has given a little insight as to how things got started here at Manic, and of course taking you more or less to present day.
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