Great Gone Forever
by Mike Clifton
CH Semper Fi Hue City Liberator MX/MXJ/CD/HIC/CGC/TDI
October 4, 1996 - October 25, 2001
Youngest Obedience Titled Boxer Ever!
First AKC Champion Boxer to Earn the Master Agility Excellent Title!
Only AKC Champion Boxer to ever earn the Master Agility AND the Master Agility Jumpers Titles!!
It's a cold, cold wind that blows through Georgia tonight. On Thursday, October 25, 2001, our Libby, who performed Agility like she had wings, yet would never even jump the two foot high baby gates here in the house, leaped over a five foot chain link fence to apparently stop a burglary in progress next door to us. I had left her in our yard for less than three minutes. When I came out, I couldn't find her.
The residents, a grandmother, her daughter and two grandchildren were home asleep at the time. They are convinced that it was Libby who stopped these people from stealing everything that they owned of value or causing harm to the family.
Moments later, we found Libby's lifeless body, struck and killed by a vehicle. Quite possibly the one driven by the intruders that she had scared off.
Libby, our first home bred Champion, in recent years was instrumental in showing Boxer people around the world that American Bred Boxer Champions could still work as well as any Boxer in the world.
Libby's accomplishments include:
April 1997-Became the Youngest Obedience Titled Boxer Ever at the age of six months and eight days. She did this in three consecutive days while showing the same days in the Conformation ring.
May 1997-Placed third (lost the runoff for second) in Novice B at the ABC at seven months of age.
January 1999-Finished her AKC Conformation Championship with a major over approximately 45 other bitches.
July-August 1999-Passed the Therapy Dog test and earned her AKC Novice Agility title in two weekends.
August 1999-February 2000-Recuperating from an eye injury and was not able to compete in anything.
February 2000-December 2000-Earned ALL AKC Agility Titles through the AKC Excellent Standard and Jumpers With Weaves.
April 2000-Earned a Herding Instinct Certificate.
July 2001-Became the only AKC Boxer Conformation Champion to ever earn BOTH the AKC Master Agility Excellent AND AKC Master Agility Excellent Jumpers Titles. She did this in only eight weekends.
2001-In only ten weekends, Libby earned 230 of the needed 750 Master Agility Championship points with 12 Double Qualifiers, making her the number two AKC Agility Boxer in the country. She was on her way to being the only Conformation AND Performance Champion Boxer ever.
Libby's loss leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled. In her final moments, she showed her true character not in a show ring or performance field, but in selfless sacrifice when it counted the most.
Libby, my friend, I will miss you forever.
Libby-CH Semper Fi Hue City Liberator
Mike & Claudia Clifton
Semper Fi Boxers
"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan."
AgilityBoxer.Com Note: Sincere thanks to Mike and Claudia Clifton for sharing Libby's life with us over the past few years, and now for sharing with us the pain of her untimely passing. Libby will be truly missed by the many people she touched in her all too short time with us. Vale Libby and God Bless - we will miss