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Old 11-20-2012, 02:42 PM   #31 (permalink)
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We have 7 boxers and one senior golden retreiver. Our home is approximately 3600 sqft of living space with just over 3 acres of yard. Our back yard is fenced with a 6ft privacy wood fence which is just a bit over an acre and our front yard has a simple 3ft wire and post fence. The dogs have the run of the house and all of the back yard (not including barn area where we keep chickens, rabbits, ducks and pigs) anytime they want but I insist they be supervised in the front yard as there is a road that runs along the front of our property.

Its funny you ask because I was just saying to my husband last night that it feels like our downstairs living room has gotten a lot smaller as of late. He responded by telling me that the living room isn't smaller, the pups are just getting bigger. I think I'm gonna have to look into expanding my downstairs living room into the root celler.
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Wow Tracilee! - so are you intending to keep all of your puppies?

Cait - I hope to do what you do one day but maybe on a smaller scale
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:20 PM   #33 (permalink)
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We have one boxer and live in an 1100 sq. ft home (1st level) and 1100 on lower level (but dog doesn't get access to the "man cave" area....hubby has allergies and this is his safe zone). Our back yard is .38 of an acre. It's big enough for him to do zoomies and rip and rare, but we also go on long walk throughout the neighborhood. We have a big field about a five minute walk from my house that we visit each night. We also live directly across the street from a big park and we take him over there after hours when nobody is around and let him run as well. Also on the south side of my block there is a middle school with a football field and a huge grassy area. We use that too. So he has lots and lots of open space to run and exercise.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:28 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Wow Tracilee! - so are you intending to keep all of your puppies?

Cait - I hope to do what you do one day but maybe on a smaller scale

The plan for now is to keep them all as part of our family. I've had a few issues raising them all together but we are working past it. I've spoken to a trainer on the phone but have had a difficult time getting one to come out to us, so for now, only time and patients will tell.

My one regret in breeding my dogs is that I've now filled my home to capacity and cannot do the wonderful things for other dogs in need that ppl like Cait do. Cait and other rescuers like her that bring these babies into their homes are the real heros.
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Tracilee - OMG Duke is 5 months old and so stubborn sometimes! I can't imagine dealing with 5-7 of him! lol
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Cait - I hope to do what you do one day but maybe on a smaller scale
I highly recommend it--not just the "doing what I do" part, but also the "doing it on a smaller scale" part. LOL Seven is optimal, eight is manageable, anything beyond that is just plain NUTZ!!

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My one regret in breeding my dogs is that I've now filled my home to capacity and cannot do the wonderful things for other dogs in need that ppl like Cait do. Cait and other rescuers like her that bring these babies into their homes are the real heros.
Thanks, Traci. I dunno. I never really think about what I do as heroic. Sometimes I think I've become a bit meshugganah (that's Yiddish for crazy). In Judaism, they teach about Tikun Olam, or repairing the world. In the Jewish community here, people devote so much of their time to improving the lives of other people, but so very few do anything to improve the lives of the voiceless animals dying in shelters every day. I know, in the big scheme of things, our little herd barely makes a dent in the real problem, but I'm more of the mindset that people can help themselves if they really want it bad enough, and animals aren't able to make that choice for themselves.

Those that know me know I'm not much of a people person. Don't get me wrong--if the chips are down and someone really needs me, I'm the first one there, but when the situation is reversed and I've been the one needing the help, I've found that people in this (the local Jewish) community are more like cockroaches in the light and scatter to avoid any obligation. (I just had an incident of this happen this last week, so my feelings are still rubbed a little raw from it all. Sorry.) I've found over the years that the REAL friends I can count on are the ones here on BF and the ones in my rescue community, both locally and nationally.

I started doing what I do because of my love for animals, but I stay with it because of the people I've met along the way. Our gains and losses aren't measured in dollar signs. They're measured in things so much more basic--the first boxer burn from a fearful rescue dog, a nub wiggle when we walk through the door, a contented boxer sigh when they curl up in our lap for the first time trusting that we're not going to hurt them, just this week it was a play bow from Zoey when I went downstairs to check on her, and of course, the look in their eyes when we have to make the heart-wrenching decision to let them go. Those are the moments when I feel like what I do really matters.
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I highly recommend it--not just the "doing what I do" part, but also the "doing it on a smaller scale" part. LOL Seven is optimal, eight is manageable, anything beyond that is just plain NUTZ!!



Thanks, Traci. I dunno. I never really think about what I do as heroic. Sometimes I think I've become a bit meshugganah (that's Yiddish for crazy). In Judaism, they teach about Tikun Olam, or repairing the world. In the Jewish community here, people devote so much of their time to improving the lives of other people, but so very few do anything to improve the lives of the voiceless animals dying in shelters every day. I know, in the big scheme of things, our little herd barely makes a dent in the real problem, but I'm more of the mindset that people can help themselves if they really want it bad enough, and animals aren't able to make that choice for themselves.

Those that know me know I'm not much of a people person. Don't get me wrong--if the chips are down and someone really needs me, I'm the first one there, but when the situation is reversed and I've been the one needing the help, I've found that people in this (the local Jewish) community are more like cockroaches in the light and scatter to avoid any obligation. (I just had an incident of this happen this last week, so my feelings are still rubbed a little raw from it all. Sorry.) I've found over the years that the REAL friends I can count on are the ones here on BF and the ones in my rescue community, both locally and nationally.

I started doing what I do because of my love for animals, but I stay with it because of the people I've met along the way. Our gains and losses aren't measured in dollar signs. They're measured in things so much more basic--the first boxer burn from a fearful rescue dog, a nub wiggle when we walk through the door, a contented boxer sigh when they curl up in our lap for the first time trusting that we're not going to hurt them, just this week it was a play bow from Zoey when I went downstairs to check on her, and of course, the look in their eyes when we have to make the heart-wrenching decision to let them go. Those are the moments when I feel like what I do really matters.

I so wish you lived closer to me

I tell ya; we'd get along famously lol...
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We have a raised ranch style home (2 floors) that is 1750 square feet. Mylo rules the top floor and the bottom floor is Jazzy's (the kitty lol) We live on 1.2 acres that is partially fenced with fencing and partially "fenced" my natural fencing (trees, shrubs, etc). I will not get another Boxer until my yard is fully fenced to where I can just let them out to run
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We have a raised ranch style home (2 floors) that is 1750 square feet. Mylo rules the top floor and the bottom floor is Jazzy's (the kitty lol) We live on 1.2 acres that is partially fenced with fencing and partially "fenced" my natural fencing (trees, shrubs, etc). I will not get another Boxer until my yard is fully fenced to where I can just let them out to run
Build your own fence! I've got one boxer, a maltese shitzu mix, and a rescue kitty with mental disabilities. 2300 sq feet raised ranch with 1 acre. 3/4 is fenced. bought wire fencing and 8 ft long 4x4's cut them in half. spaced 8 ft apart put up my own fence. hard part was digging the post holes (rocks suck).
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