Joseph Heine became interested in the Boxer in the late thirties and early forties. He did not own one at the time, as they were very scarce. The only place Boxers were to be seen was at benched shows in Cincinnati during the 1930s. He was very impressed with their quiet manner while all of the other breeds were yapping their heads off for no apparent reason. They appeared to be fierce looking dogs however, he knew they had a heart of gold. At the time Joe had Shelties but they were getting old and he decided his next dog would be a Boxer. Joe has also had several other breeds, including Collie, Beagle, Smooth Fox and GSD. WWII intervened and Joe joined the Army.
Joe was working for Wright Aeronautical Company running the cafeteria. In 1942 he decided to join the Army. He did NOT want to be a cook so he applied for Pilot or Medic. After his training as a medic he was sent to Ft. Dix, New Jersey, home of Walson Army Hospital and the embarkation point for many of the men going overseas. The Army would bring the men in 1000 at a time for processing. (“You should see a shot-line of a 1000 men”). There was no air conditioning, either. One of the nice things about being stationed at Ft. Dix was that it is close to NYC. One evening four of us got passes to NYC and tickets to Radio City Music Hall. The featured performer was Frank Sinatra. We had dinner afterwards at Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant. We shipped out in the Santa Alina. There were 5000 soldiers on board and they had to keep half in the hold or it would capsize. We had to take turns on deck. It did not bother me like some of the others. They were afraid the German U-Boats would torpedo us when they were below deck. I pointed out it wouldn’t make any difference so why let it bother me! We came into Edinburgh, Scotland and took the trains to Tavistock, England, about 3 miles outside Plymouth, at the 115th Station Hospital. There was a British airbase nearby and the Germans were bombing them all the time. The British had big barrage balloons that were deployed to keep the planes from flying low. They lived and worked in Quonset huts.
The Allies had captured many Germans, 25,000 in one group, so many of our first patients were Germans. The medical staff complained about treating them but our Colonel was very definite that we were medical personnel and that we would treat all persons equally! We received about a dozen from a submarine that the British sunk and had picked up the crew. A call went out for volunteer medical personnel that could speak German and Joe volunteered. From then on he worked with Army Intelligence, talking to the German prisoners. There were so many German prisoners, including Doctors, that they were given their own hospital. I observed surgical procedures and they were very good surgeons. They were very far ahead of our surgeons, already pinning broken bones. Of course, they had practiced on the prisoners from Dachau! I was there after we took it. At Dachau they had a courtyard with the kennels around it. They would chain prisoners to poles in the middle of the courtyard – 2-3 to a pole – and turn the war dogs on them until they were gone. The GIs killed all of these dogs when they liberated the camp. The Germans had taken over registries in the 1930s and had conscripted many of the working breed dogs as war dogs. Some of these dogs were returned to the owners but most were killed in action or were too old to show or breed by the time they were returned. Some of the German breeders had taken their best stock to the mountains and hid them. The soldiers with dogs were stationed at the German officer’s barracks where they had a beautiful stable full of excellent horses. The US Officers took many of the horses home with them too.
Joe ended up in Germany at the close of the war and, because he spoke German, was able to contact Theodore Moeller, Secretary of the Munich Boxer Club. Mr. Moeller gave him the address of Christian Jackel of Augsburg, Germany who had Siegerin Cilli V.D. Burg Hohenzollern. This lovely brindle bitch was the daughter of Reichsieger Ajax v.d. Holderburg and had been bred to three time Reichsieger Karlo v.d. Wolfsschluct. Joe acquired the eight week old, Bella v. Steingarten from this breeding. He named her “Boxi”. The eight week old Boxi & Joe were shipped home from Marseilles, France in 1945. She was later bred to CH Endymion of Mazelaine and produced Canyonaire’s Applejack. He saw Karlo at Larry Downey’s Leash & Collar Kennel (Libertyville, IL.). Larry had brought Karlo with him from Germany when he was 7 years old. He finished Karlo in three shows. Karlo was with Audry Harridge (Dobyn – Clinaude Boxers). She and Larry were close friends and Karlo lived with Audrey until his death (at 13). Karlo was the sire of CH Butcher Boy, owned by the Lt Governor of Illinois.
Joe established his kennel with his brother, Frank, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joe wanted to establish an AKC registered kennel name and his sister, Hermine, came up with the name of “Boxella”. Since she was a Boxer, and her name was Bella, why not make it Boxella? He joined the Queen City KC in 1946 and organized the Middleton DTC. He was an active and supporting member of the Claremont County KC. Joe was an ABC life member and an active member of the Greater Cincinnati Boxer Club which he served as Regional Delegate. He was Show Chairman for the 25th ABC Regional at the Drawbridge Inn in Covington, KY in 1983. He also belonged to the German Boxer Club.
Joe’s philosophy of breeding has been to keep the outstanding bitches and breed them to outstanding sires. He acquired Corvetta of Cross Acres from her breeders, Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Cross – one of his early mentors. In 1959 Corvetta was bred to CH Jered’s Spellbinder and produced CH Boxella’s Nonita. She was bred to CH Dempsey’s Copper Gentleman (a Spellbinder son) and produced CH Boxella’s Peg O’My Heart.
One of his earliest and most successful breeding was his Rio Rita of Cross Acres (a daughter of CH Jered’s Sovereign) to Copper Gentleman in 1963. They produced the “R” litter of CH Boxella’s Ricardo, CH Boxella’s Roxella, Boxella’s Romar and the well know CH Boxella’s Roger. Ricardo was bred to Nonita and they produced CAN CH Boxella’s Wyatt Earp, the grandsire of Turo’s foundation bitch, CH Hansparke’s Fashion Fair (BB by Fashion Hint) and sire of CAN CH Malabar’s Anthony Earp, a big winner in Canada who died young of cancer. This same breeding produced CH Boxella’s Wand O’Magic.
Joe liked CH Wedge Hollow’s Hasty Harry and bred to him several times. Wand O’Magic and Hasty Harry produced CH Boxella’s Locket in 1965. CH Boxella’s Lustig in 1966 and CH Boxella’s Aquarius in 1972. Peg O’My Heart was bred to Hasty Harry in 1967 and produced CH Boxella’s O’Samson. Lustig was a BIS winner. CH Boxella’s Locket was bred to AM/CAN CH Brumble Carolina Star (a son of CH Cajon’s Calling Card) and produced CH Boxella’s Hotrod and his sister CH Boxella’s Heidi. Hotrod is the sire or grandsire of several Boxella Champions.
Joe made several trips to Europe to attend shows or Judge. In 1982 he attended the Jahrsieger Show in Bremen, Germany (the Annual Championship show). He was impressed with the quality of the European Boxers and imported several young males. His favorite was Europa Jugendsieger Zethos v Adeltrotz from Holland, who had a nearly perfect head and bite – right out of the standard. The next was Aktuel V Okler Forst the son of Zantas v Bierler Reis and Hiasl von Alt-Bayern. Finally, Xan von Hassler-Hof, the son of Germany’s top sire Sieger Utz vd Bierler Reis. He also brought in “Ozie” – Faerdorn Finnbar Boxella, a deep red flashy fawn male. Xan is the sire of CH Boxella’s Warwick, sire of several Boxella winners. The imports have blended well with their American counterparts such as Jet Breaker, Futurian, Johnny J and Dream Dancer.
As an active member of the breeder and judge Joe has mentored many other Boxer breeders. Most recently he has been Lee Ann Brooks. Lee Ann has bred three “Of Merit” Boxers, CH Brookwood’s Dream Dancer S04 LOM, his dam, CH Brookwood’s Ivy in Snow D02 and Brookwood’s Place Your Bets D03 LOM. Dancer & Place Your Bets produced CH Brookwood’s Mystic Warrior S14, a top winning Boxer, BOB/BOS at the ABC and Regional and Top 20 winner. All of these go back to Boxella.
Turo is based on two bitches that go back to Boxella’s Wyatt Earp. Joe saw Fashion Plate at Larry Downey’s kennel. He had sold a bitch to Japan and agreed to breed her to Fashion Plate before she was shipped. He later had occasion to judge Fashion Hint, whom he thought a magnificent Boxer.
Mr. Heine continued to follow and import Boxers in Europe, importing several in an effort to improve head and bites in the US. Mr. Heine was approved by the AKC to judge Boxers in June of 1951. Since then he has been approved to do Working, Herding, a few Non-Sporting breeds and BIS. He has judged world-wide in 15 countries.) He was honored in June 2001 by the AKC for his 50th anniversary as a judge. He was one of the few Americans to be qualified to judge Boxers in Germany where he did the Munich Boxer Club.
He first judged ABC in 1971, doing Bitches. WB was Brayshaws Kissin Cousin with reserve going to Mar-Ray’s O’How Nice. His next assignment was at the Dallas Regional in 1985. In 1990 he did dogs and Intersex at ABC finding his BOB in CH Heldenbrand’s Jet Breaker SOM with BOS to CH Kiebla’s Tradition of Turo. Awards of Merit went to: CH Caymans Dapper Dan, CH Fiero’s Tally-Ho Tailo, Cynra’s Chantal of Camnic (CH); CH Golden Haze Tuxedo SOM LOM & CH Manor Hills My Fair Lady. He was chosen again in 1996 to do ABC and elected to do bitches. BOB went to CH Turo’s Futurian of Cachet and BOS: to CH Kiebla’s Tradition of Turo from the Veterans class. Awards of Merit went to CH Heldenbrand’s Jet Breaker, CH Hi-Tech’s Aristocrat, CH Huffand’s Obladah of Arriba, CH Pine Path’s Night Watch & CH Vancroft’s Prime Time.