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My wife and I are looking to give a male Boxer a great home.  We currently have a 2 1/2 yr old fawn female, Halas.  She is the center of our world and we would like to add another to our family.  I understand that 2 females together isn't a good idea, so we are looking for a male.  If anybody has information on a Boxer looking to be rescued within 150 miles of Chicago, I'd be willing to drive to get him.

I am rather frustrated right now because my wife and I got back today from the only Boxer rescue in the area, Boxer Rebound.  It was our second trip and we were going to adopt a beautiful brindle boy.  First visit was awesome.  However, when we got there today to pick him up, the lady we had been working with wasn't there and the two women that were there wanted my wife, Halas and I to come back multiple more times before they would let us adopt him.  It is over 1 1/2 hour drive to this rescue and I got really frustrated and we left.  Millions of dogs are being killed every year and they make adopting so difficult I can't give one a great home.   The Wisconsin and Indiana rescues won't let Illinois residents adopt their dogs, so we're going to just keep looking at all the local shelters.

My wife and I live in the West burbs of Chicago, have a 1/2 acre lot, 5 1/2 foot wooden fenced yard, and are experienced Boxer owners / lovers.  If you know of a male Boxer in need of a good home, please let us know!
 
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I found about 3 boxers on craigslist the other day in the chicago area, try looking there.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/pet/

I find boxers on there almost weekly, if not more often, the ones I found a couple days ago are gone now, but keep an eye out...they do pop up quite often...usually 1-2 year olds.
 

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aquagirl, thanks for the link.  all of the boxers on there right now are mixed and we really want a pure bred.  i don't use craigs list and didn't even think of looking there.  i'll add that to my daily search.

i was just looking at one of the ads on craigs list and thought i should mention a couple other facts.  my boxer is fixed.  we are not looking to breed.  we just want another family pet.

thanks!
 
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You and your wife are good people to adopt! Good luck finding your new family member!
 

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Have you tried using petfinder?
There is a ton of pure boxers on there in Illinois, mind you I have not idea if any of them are close to you or not!
Good luck in your search I hope you are able to give some lucky guy a great forever home and family!
Keep us posted!
 

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i've been all over petfinder.  actually, there are only a few in illinois.  couple say they need to be the only dog.  one popped up yesterday at a local shelter, but the foster home decided to adopt him.

sooner or later we'll find one.  thanks everyone.
 

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Don't give up on Boxer Rebound, if you had a good relationship with the one person, I would contact that person and explain your frustrations. Maybe something can be worked out.

Good luck on your search, when the time is right you will find the perfect one.
 

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I have to agree with what Barb said, stay in contact with that person you have been talking with..Possibly there was a communication issue there...I've adopted 2 of my 4 Boxers, Yes, we had to have a home visit, but once that was done, we moved foward, I can't see the reason for multiple visits to make a decision..Good luck, I'll keep my ears to the ground for you as well
 

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i fully appreciate what rescues do.  but boxer rebound really ticked me off.  here's the rest of the story about them.  my wife and i went there last week and did the rather long interview.  we met with the main woman.  she said we would make a great home for a boxer and she listed the available boxers they had.  my wife and i said that we wanted to get an older one because we have heard they have a hard time finding homes for them.  we first looked at one that they claim had "issues".  said he was afraid of men.  i am a rather big dog nut and know what not to do around a scared dog.  so got all ready.  switched seats with my wife, so i wouldn't be the first one he saw, kept my hands low - no petting on the top of the head and was only going to pet him when he came to me, no eye contact - as much as it killed me, i was prepared to ignore him for a while, and if all that failed, i was going to sit on the ground with my back facing him.  well, all that was a waste, he walked in, licked my wife and immediately came to me and started licking me.  5 minutes later we were playing and he was awesome.  the lady said that she was so happy that he bonded with me because he was going to be tough to place.  so we left last week and she said we could come this week to pick him up.   this week we came to get him.  we brought our dog to make sure they would be ok together.  well the lady from last week wasn't there and the lady we met with kept saying how this wasn't going to be a slam dunk adoption and how we need to go slow.  i was really confused, but whatever, i was there to rescue a dog, not make friends with new people.  so, then she dropped the bomb on us, we couldn't take him home.  i got really pissed and they could tell.  the other lady in the room started to chime in and it wasn't real pretty.  then, the lady from last week shows up.  finally, i'm thinking she's going to set all this straight.  nope.  she walked in and one of the women said to her - explain to him why he can't take this dog home.  they were hell bent at this point.   then it got really weird.  in my application and interview i mentioned how much i like the dog whisperer methods.  they decided to bring this up and use it as the excuse why i couldn't handle the dog.  said the "little mexican" is wrong and their methods are better.  they went on to explain that he teaches like a little mexican man, not a white man, blah blah blah.  at this point i was so mad about not getting the dog and now absolutely confused about their dislike for the dog whisperer - i didn't even know what to say to that.

i've basically chalked up boxer rebound as little crazy.  so, to answer your post, i don't think they'll work with me anymore - i was rather cold to them on my exit.  sorry, i think their nutjobs.
 

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definetly agree with barb and willow.don't give up on boxer rebound.and try to get a hold of the person you have been working with.which one were you looking to adopt? just curious  because i live in Chicago and look at the website all the time.good luck to you i know that your perfect boxer will find you!! oh.. welcome to the forum!! :D
 

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Wow, their reaction is rather surprising to say the least. So yes I can understand why you would be "put out"...It sounds like what you were originally told was incorrect and the woman that did tell you that, suddenly decided to go back on her word..What a shame....
 

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I am sorry to hear that also.  I know alot of trainers do not agree with Ceasar's methods but to state it like that was very unprofessional and uncalled for.
 

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Did they say how much adoption was?  I have been give about 3 different amounts; 175, 225, and 250.  What were you told.  I am going to mail paper work on monday.  I am wanting to get Honcho the while boxer with cropped ears and deaf.  My dog trainer said she would help us train him using hand signals if we were able to adopt him.  But we have been wanting another dog to join our pack but cant decide if another boxer or a great dane.  I want the boxer and she wants a great dane.
 

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i'm in rescue so I can seek around my partners and see if we can find a male boxer for you....you don't care if he's brindle or fawn or white do you??
 

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wow, thanks for all the responses. first off, i believe that boxer rebound doesh a great thing for the most part.  this was a unique, weird situation.  i actually recommended boxer rebound to an employee of mine and she had a great experience.  beautiful brindle girl.

DM - i never got to the adoption amount point with them.  but, my friend who adopted a boxer from them says that the amount is less for older boxers and more for the younger ones.  she got an eight yr old boxer and paid $150.  i think, but don't quote me on this, if they are under four, it is about $250.  they are rather unorganized over there, so i think the cost depends on who you talk to and what kind of mood they are in.  they are much more than just a boxer rescue.  they show boxers, have a kennel, they used to breed boxers, and they used to or maybe they still do breed bull terriers.

dixiestar - our first choice wold be brindle, but we aren't set on it.  main thing is that he can get along with our female.  we just want to make sure it is a rescue.  we don't want to promote the overpopulation of dogs in any way.  we feel really guilty, halas was from a pet store.  at the time, i didn't know any better.  i had no idea there were so many dogs in need of homes, so we don't want to make the same mistake twice.  although, i see why the pet stores do so well.  adopting is much more challenging.  however, i think it well worth it and this time we'll do whatever it takes.
 

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sorry dan, i must have been posting at the same time you werte because i just saw your last post above mine. i cannot believe that they would say such awful things!!! well i believe it but OMG!!! i am sorry to hear that that happened to you.whatever their personal beliefs/issues are there are better more professional ways of handling it. and i know exactly who fez is, he is a real cutie! i always wondered why the boxers for adoption stayed there so long maybe that is one of the reasons.hope they are not always like that, maybe you just got a strange bunch..? i am sure you will find your perfect boxer, just hang in there! :D
 

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fez was a unique situation because he apparently growled at someone through his cage once and didn't like the first family he was introduced to.  my issue is why they told me i could have them and then changed their story.  i think what happened is there was no communication between the two women that i met on seperate occassions.  by the time the original lady came back the situation had already deteriorated and it was a lost cause.  it frustrates me because fez loved my wife and i.  he would have lived a long happy life with us.  my current boxer, halas, has some of the same fears.  we've worked through them very nicely and she is much more confident now.  i wanted a dog that was going to be tough for them to find a home for because my wife and i are dog nuts.  we would have worked with him daily until he was happy and healthy.  he was also a little underweight, which we have had to work with halas on.  she is now ripped and has good weight on her.  we would have felt really good about really saving a dog that needed help.

the thing that really makes me mad is they are actually making the problem worse.  how many people have tried like me to do the right thing and adopt a dog and have a bad experience like me?  how many of those people just wind up at the pet store the next day and buy a puppy?  ok, so i don't follow the exact same methods they do for rehabilitation.  but you tell me that fez wouldn't be better off in a home with another boxer, two people that love him and work with him on his issues, and gets plenty of exercise every day?  what's his alternative?  sitting in a cage every day and being let out for a couple of hours?  

ok, enough of my ranting.  again, i think the rescues are doing the right thing, i think they just need to take a step back and get some perspective.  this is about placing dogs in happy homes, not about their egos.
 
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