By SUSAN SCHELL
Pilot Staff Writer
When Donna Addison saw Haley's picture, she knew she had a winner.
Addison was searching for a pure-bred Boxer for her husband's birthday. Her friend had told her that a breeder in Sacramento had two female puppies for sale.
Addison had owned show-quality Boxers who had won ribbons in the past, but never became champions.
"You take a chance," she said. "They tell you the dogs have championship qualities, but you never know until they grow up."
Addison thought she would try another shot at finding a champ. She contacted the breeder in Sacramento, who e-mailed her a picture of one of the puppies.
"I just decided, OK I'm going to do it," she said.
"When I saw Haley's picture on the Internet, I knew."
Her hunch was right. Haley entered her first show last April, and reached championship status earlier this month. She was barely over a year old.
"Usually it takes a lot longer than that to become a champion," Addison.
"It's unbelievable that Haley would advance so fast."
Haley is a "natural" at dog shows, according to Addison.
"The first time Haley was in the ring, she didn't do too well," she said.
"But the second time, she acted like she'd been there all her life. In the ring, she just shows herself.
"Not all dogs are like that. Our other Boxer, Abby, hated the show ring. But Haley loves to show."
The Addisons have three dogs and a cat.
Addison gives credit to her husband, Mike, for taking care of the clan while she's away at shows.
She has attended shows in Oregon, California, West Virginia, Alberta and British Columbia.
Haley, whose show name is Glenn Roe Rising Star, had her crowning achievement at the American Boxer Club Regionals in Vancouver, Wash., in early October.
Haley finished champion in her category on two days out of the four-day event.
The competition was fierce at the regionals.
"There were 74 bitches entered in the show," Addison said. "And the classes were so big. The average class size is about six to seven dogs. In this show, there were 11 dogs in Haley's class.
"I just entered the show for her to be seen," Addison said.
"When she finished (reached championship status) the first time, I couldn't believe it. Then she did it a second time. I thought, This is so unreal.'
"She just comes alive at shows. She's becomes a different dog."
Addison hopes that one day Haley will become a "Dam of Merit." She will become a Dam when she has four puppies that become champions.
A "Sire of Merit" is a male dog that has sired seven puppies that become champions.
When Haley became a champion at the club regionals, she made her father a Sire of Merit.