Dick Baum got into Boxers in 1958 while he and his first wife, Ida, were living in San Diego. Their first show dog was the Bang Away son, Helixview Royal Commander, acquired from Archie and Trella White (Helixview). Dick and Ida moved to Phoenix in 1960. The boxers became a family affair with Ida and daughters Jill, Kay, Lynne and Nancy – all expert handlers. All the kids continue to show dogs as adults, Kay and Nancy are well known in the Boxer ring while Jill raises whippets and Lynne Dalmatians.
Dick and Ida joined the Boxer Club of Arizona. They started the well-known Moon Valley line which Ida and daughter Nancy Baum Schepis continue today. At the 1964 Regional in Phoenix, Dick took a 5 pt. Major with their Open Brindle Bitch, Carabee’s Midnight Mist (Canzonet breeding) under Mrs. Carl Wood. Midnight Mist finished soon after that and lived into her teens. Dick is listed as co-breeder/owner on two of the Moon Valley champions – CH Moon Valley’s Catch-Up and CH Moon Valley’s Flower Power (Phyllis King’s Canzonet on both sides).
Dick handled for several breeders while in Arizona including Dixie McCauley’s (Candlewood) CH Holly Lane’s Winter Forecast (6 CHs) the 1972 Grand Futurity winner under Carl Wood. Dick became nationally known as the handler of CH Nadora’s Black Lace, BOB winner of the 1970 Regional under Ed Garich and the 1971 ABC under Langdon Skarda. Dick also won the Brace class at that ABC with Black Lace and her litter sister, Nadora’s Black Beauty. Black Beauty won her first 4pt major under John Connolly.
Dick had become very close friends with Josephine Waters, (Von Schorer) the owner of Black Lace and her sire CH Von Schorer’s Mountain Music. Black Lace was in the top ten Boxers in 1969 and 1970. Dick and Ida handled the estate after Josephine Waters’ untimely death. They were designated guardians for her dogs and Black Lace lived out her life with the Baum family.
Black Lace was bred to ICH Millan’s Fashion Hint and produced the BIS winner ICH Von Schorer’s Moonshadow in May of 1972. Moonshadow became a Sire of Merit in 1978 and qualified for Legion of Merit with 4 producers – CH Janedas Nokomis and the three litter brothers – ICH Moon Valley’s Solar Flare, CH Araby’s Short Stop, & ICH Moon Valley’s Sun N’ Shadow – all co-bred by Ida Baum and Patty Mitchell out of the Legion of Merit bitch, Moon Valley’s Merry Weather LOM. Patty Mitchell’s Short Stop may have been the oldest Boxer ever shown at ABC – he was in the veteran’s class at over 14 years of age still going strong although his dark brindle coat was mostly white.
Dick moved to Ohio where he handled for Janet Ody – owner of Moonshadow and co-owner of Solar Flare with Ida. He handled many of Moonshadow’s 14 champion get and their descendants. Among these was Nancy & Richard Shields’ ICH Donessle’s Night Wind, winner of the ABC Futurity, WB and BOW in 1980 (by Sun N’ Shadow). She was bred by Canadian’s Dr. & Mrs. Rouse and became the foundation bitch for Shieldmont Boxers.
In 1980, Dick married Chris, also a handler, and they moved to Leesburg, Virginia, base for their famous Breezewood Kennel (some say they met in Breezewood, PA). They became top handlers and were active at all the shows between the Atlantic seaboard and Louisville, KY. Dick and Chris handled several top dogs. Among them were: AM/CAN CH Wagner’s Wilverday Famous Amos LOM in the first two of his 6 ABC wins for Bobbi Wagner; several of the Shieldmont dogs, including CH Shieldmont’s Dimension, Game Plan, Issues N Answers & Judge ‘N’ Jury; the Amos son’s CH Berena’s Tribute to FaFa for the Toon’s and CH Moon Valley’s Main Attraction (bred by Ida) for Ray Culberson. Chris had an established program which produced a 1989 Top 20 contender CH Breezewood’s One Mo’Time and CH Breezewood’s Equal Time. Chris, and occasionally Dick, handled CH Kiebla’s Tradition of Turo for the Korsons.
Kitti Barker, found out that she was pregnant after she bred CH Kiebla’s Mercy (by CH Moreleen’s Meralota v Imladris). Kitti whelped the litter by Turo’s Escappade and kept one of the brindle bitches. Sandy Roberts & Liz Esacove (TuRo), took on the rest of the puppies. Kitti and Sandy felt that Tegan was the pick of the litter but Kitti wasn’t going to be able to show her so in October 1988, Sandy & Liz took the 9 – 12 mos. brindle bitch that they co-owned with Kittie to the ABC Regional. They had named her Tegan after Kitti & Lee’s favorite character in the British Sci-Fi series, Dr. WHO. Chris Baum saw Tegan at the Chicago Regional and Tegan became HER dog. The rest, they say is history …
Bruce and Jeannie joined Kitti, Sandy and Liz as co-owners and CH Kiebla’s Tradition of Turo became the all-time top winning Boxer bitch in breed history. She won BOB six times in a row at the Regional and National starting with the 1990 Regional in Seattle. Tegan won the Top 20 in 1991. She was BOS at the 1994 ABC and the 1997 ABC from the Veterans Class – which she won every year she entered, along with Best Veteran. Tegan received Award of Merit at the 1995 ABC after whelping a litter in January. She took over “Bitch with the Most All-Breed BIS” from Ch. Treceder’s Painted Lady – handled by Joe Gregory – with a 50th BIS awarded by Judge Joe Gregory! Everybody from that era can remember her reclining regally on the dash of the Baum’s bus, queen of all she surveyed!
Tegan was bred to CH Tudosal’s Whizzard of Laurel Hill (also by Escappade), co-owned by the Korsons and their good friends, Betty Claire and Dick Frohock and finished by Dick Baum. Both Tegan and Whizzard were line-bred and/or back-massed on Benjoman. All four of her puppies finished their championships and produced champions. Her son, CH Laurel Hill’s Evening Star, is the sire of 10 champions. Dick and Chris handled many of them.
Dick judged Juniors at the 1985 ABC Futurity. Choosing Philadel’s Cincinnati Gambler (CH by Trapper) Best Junior from the 12-18 BD class. Dick also did the Top 20 in 1992. CH Hi-Tech’s Arbitrage LOM was the winner for Truesdales. Dick became an ABC member in 1965 and a Life member in 1990. He was elected to two terms on the Board and was Vice-President for 1994 & 1995. In 1998 the Top 20 committee initiated the Richard Baum Award (to recognize those handlers, owner, junior and professional, who best exemplify the true spirit of professionalism both in the ring and out, superb care for the dogs in their charge, and a genuine love for Boxers) with the first award going to Dick. He passed away in May 1999 after a long struggle with cancer.
Chris continued handling on a limited basis and eventually married. Chris judged the Futurity in 2003. GF & Best Puppy from the 9-12 BD class was Bayview Strikes Again. Best Junior was Hi-Tech Terrons Snap Decision from the 15-18 FD class. Chris is one of the few to judge the Top 20 twice. The 1995 winner was CH Caymans Black Bart. In 2005 Chris Baum Bassett judged and the winner was CH Hi-Tech’s Basic Edition.