I was wondering when someone (else) would mention "this??"Neither my daughter or I can look at those boxer faces yet without breaking down in tears, so we feel we are just not ready, hence I will pass again.
I have been there. I lost my first Boxer/Pit at one year old in an auto accident ... my fault. There was a lot of grief and trauma behind that ... Stewie did not look like a Boxer but he acted very much like one, complete with the kidney bean wiggle! He was a "fawn," dog and I discovered (after losing him) that upon seeing Boxer's, I could not look at Fawn Boxer without breaking into tear's.
So perhaps a different color, so maybe we'll try Brindle?? And we found a pup. Sigh, time and place "Parvo," was ragging in Ca at the time and we knew nothing about it. We found out the next morning at the Vet. We called the "breeder," the next day and they said yeah they figured ... it out "now! So bring her back for a refund. Now that would have been the smart, thing to do ... but even though it had only been 24 hour's ...it was to late Heidi, was our girl now and we'll take our chances.
So we fought and lost, she spent her day's at the Vet and her evening's, at home with me administering IV's. She was a game little trooper. If she had to barf she would look for newspaper, we kept it close and at only eight week's, she was already potty trained. And we found out a year later that if she had to go potty she always went to the far side of the yard.
But she was just to small and to weak and she passed away a week after we got her, while I held her in my arm's .... So now that was yet another Color Down!
So far my foray into "Boxer's, was not going to well?? Hedi, was suppose to help me get over the loss of Stewie?? But yeah, that did not work and a Flashy had to much Fawn Coloring for me. And then one day in a "Book," I saw "White Boxer's???
And Back then early 2003 they were hard to find, because (in part) they were being culled! If you notice, these day's lot's of Breeder's have a "White Boxer Friendly Symbol" ... that's is what the symbol is about. So I was on the hunt again after about year on from (Heidi) for yet another Boxer. And that is how I found Struddell, my first girl dog ever and uh "no where near as ... biddable," as the boy's, by a long shot! I got, a lot of the, ''Well why should I care what you want, when what "ever it is want to do ... is much more fun" from her. But once "we," made the first break thru ... she turned out to be a "Great Dog!" And I got back all the joy and goofy I had with my Stewie, and no longer had to worry about breaking into tear's!
And it did end up being about two year's since Stewie and one year since Hedi. And since I at least did (better) with my Struddell ;this time, I want another White Boxer (Sigh but most likely it will be a Boy...) But you know, Just a thought a White Boxer ...might work for you also.