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and the dogs that have shared her life
Dogs have been a part of Cathy's life from the start. The story goes that her first word was not "Momma" or "Papa", but rather, "dog", uttered when she saw a neighbor walking their dog. It seems that dogs were to be her destiny!
She got her first dog when she was around four years of age, a Springer Spaniel. Her next dog was a Boston Terrier mix. Then, in high school, Cathy got her first purebred, AKC registered dog, a Rough Collie, and he was the first dog Cathy took to training classes. Although she never competed with Wolf, she was hooked on training.
Cathy's first competition dog was a Miniature Schnauzer who would also be her companion for the next 17 years, "Mi-Jo-Ti's Kleine Liebchen, UD, Can. CD". While training Liebchen, Cathy also began as an apprentice instructor at the training school where she attended classes. Seriously bitten by the training bug, and now teaching classes of her own, Cathy added a Brittany Spaniel. Ellie was Cathy's first venture into conformation showing. She was also trained through the CDX level of obedience. Sadly, Ellie died of a congental disease before her titles were completed.
Cathy and Liebchen moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where Cathy opened the doors of LaCrosse Dog Training. This training center was in operation for 21 years, with over 7,000 class participants before Cathy sold the business. It was there that Cathy met George Markos and his Boxer Rebel. And the rest, as they say, is history
Cathy added a Standard Schnauzer next. "Ch. Sondergeist Juwel von Roth, CDX, TD, SAR" and Gem's tracking talent led her and Cathy to be a successful Search and Rescue team in western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota. Cathy had Gem for 15 1/2 years.
Of course, being married to George made it impossible for Cathy to not fall in love with German Boxers, and their first import, "Cilla von Markwald", provided Cathy's introduction to schutzhund training. Cathy also showed her in conformation. Cathy took a male puppy from Cilla and Rebel's first Bachbett litter. "Axel von Bachbett, BH, SchH1" became Cathy's first schutzhund titled dog. Axel and Cilla both passed away at 12 1/2 years of age.
Cathy's most titled dog, and close companion for 15 1/2 wonderful years, was "USA-BOX National Siegerin, Xenia von Sparta, BH, SchH3, IPO2, FH2, VCD1, WH, TR1, CDX, TD, NA, NAJ, ACX, AJX, CGC, TDI". This very special girl was the light of Cathy's life.
"Police K9 Dolly von den Almeauen" was the first dog Cathy trained and certified in police work. Cathy placed her with a local police K9 handler, and Dolly had many years of success as a police dog.
"USA-BOX National Working Champion Ivo vom Hafen, SchH3, IPO3, FH2" is known most as George's competition dog, but when he was first imported from Germany as a SchH1, Cathy competed with him. She put the SchH2 and SchH3 on him, and won the first of his four USA-BOX National Working Champion titles with him.
"V-rated Grobi vom Hafen, SchH1, FH2" is also known as George's competition dog, but Cathy showed him in Germany at the 1997 Bundessiegerzuchtschau, where he they received a "V" Excellent rating.
Grobi and Xenia had a litter together, and Cathy kept "Police K9 Diva von Bachbett, BH, SchH1" for herself. Diva later became a narcotic detector K9 with the Jackson County Sheriff Dept.
At the same time Cathy was training and trialing with import Geraldine von Hamann's Ranch, BH, SchH1. Geri and Diva earned their SchH1 titles on the same day. Geri remained with Cathy and George until she passed away at the age of 12 1/2.
"Oda de Villamourel, BH" is most famous for her "Air Oda" video on the Boxers von Bachbett YouTube page, which has had over 970,000 views to date! An injury prevented her from completing her schutzhund titles.
"Police K9 & National Vice Sieger Irco vom Weiten Land, SchH3, IPO3, DPO1, FH1" came to Cathy from Germany as a puppy, and was trained and handled to all titles by Cathy. He was 13 when he passed away.
The most recent male Boxer that Cathy has competed with is her "USA-BOX Best in Show & National Sieger, BK Youth Champion, VDH Youth Champion, VDH Champion Elastic Lacoste, IPO1, ZTP, AD, Koerung,
Cathy's next four German Boxer import girls, "Police K9 Heline vom Talersberg, SchH2, DPO1," "Police K9 Icke vom Silvertbach, BH, IPO-VO, IPO2, Police VSK, StPr1", who she raised, trained and titled from puppyhood on, "USA-BOX National Siegerin & Police K9 Olissa vom Verdener Dom, BH, AD, ZTP" and Itzi-Bitzi vom Verdener Dom, BH, IPO2, TR1, AD, ZTP" were not just very special dogs to Cathy, both on the competition field and off, but are also the most important breeding girls in the Bachbett breeding program. Their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are successful competition dogs across the United States and Europe, as well as beloved family companions!
And of course, there are Cathy's very precious babies, the 44 litters of Boxers von Bachbett puppies going back to the first litter in 1989. Each and every one of them raised in the Markos home, under the watchful eye and loving care that Cathy gives them all.
Cathy's current girls are Advokat von Bachbett, aka Addie, the daughter of Olissa and a granddaughter of Heline, And Fay von Bachbett, the daughter of Addie and granddaughter of Itzi.
Left, the first picture of Cathy with a dog! Barely able to walk and talk, she already had a canine connection! The dog's name was Skipper, and he belonged to Cathy's aunt. Cathy's first dog was also a Springer Spaniel.
Right, Cathy's Boston Terrier mix, Tootsie, was Cathy's companion in her elementary school years.
Left, in high school, Cathy got her 1st AKC purebred and attended training for the first time. The Rough Collie's name was Wolf.
Right, Cathy and Liebchen, her first competition dog. Liebchen earned her CD, CDX, UD and a Canadian CD. She lived to be 17 years old.
Left, Cathy and Standard Schnauzer, Gem. In addition to her AKC titles of CH, CD, CDX and TD, Gem was a successful Search and Rescue dog.
Left, Cathy and Dolly with the judges at their 1st narcotic detector dog certification test. Dolly was the first police K9 Boxer Cathy trained and was also the mother of two Bachbett litters.
Right, Cathy, Axel, and USA judge Bill Knox after Axel's SchH1, Cathy's first schutzhund titled dog, and from her first Bachbett litter of puppies, too!
Right, Cathy and her beloved Xenia. Her constant and faithful companion for over 15 years. Xenia was Cathy's most titled dog. Photo taken when Cathy and Xenia earned the IPO2 title.
Left, Cathy and Ivo with German judge, Richard Kornherr, after the team won the USA-BOX Working Championship of the Year. After this championship, George began trialing with Ivo.
Right, Cathy and Grobi receive a "V" rating in Aachen, Germany at the Bundessieger Zuchtschau under judge Gunter Karg, then President of both Atibox and the German Boxer Klub.
Above, left to right, Cathy with Diva (left) and Xenia (right) after Diva earned her SchH1 and Xenia her FH2. Cathy and her big boy Irco. Then, Cathy and Geraldine, High SchH1 and High Protection at the USA-BOX Working Championship with judge Wolfgang Gleiss. Right, Training in the rain, in Alaska, with Heline.
Above, left, Cathy with Oda at a police K9 demonstration. Center, Cathy and Itzi trialing for the IPO2 title.
Right, Cathy and Eicke at a Police K9 trial certifying for the Police VSK.
Cathy Hubert Markos
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Above, left, selfie with Cathy and Olissa on her 12th birthday. Center, Cathy and Addie at Glacier National Park & the Great Bear Wilderness.
Right, selfie with Cathy and her boy Lacoste on his 11th birthday.
Below, left and right, Cathy with bundles of Bachbett Boxer babies. Center, Cathy and Certified Police K9 Icke vom Silvertbach, IPO2.