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I lost my best friend Ootis today to cancer at the all to young age of 7 1/2. My heart is broken. I know I will never be able to replace him because he was one of a kind. But knowing how great Boxers are I am sure that I can get another buddy that will be just as loved.

Does anyone know of any litters that are available or will be available soon in the Midwest? I have no issue with driving many miles for my new best friend. Because my other Boxer Chuie is a Fawn and in honor of Ootis who was a brindle I would like to get another male brindle. I don't need a show dog, I want a friend. Breeding history and the health of the bloodline are very important to me though. This is something that I did not research enough before getting my first Boxer Ootis. My second, Chuie I did do the research on and he is bulletproof. I know that there are caring breeders out there offering this high quality Boxer. I just need to find some.

Can someone point me in the right direction. I am looking to give a Boxer a wonderful life. I have a large fenced in yard to play in as well as quite a bit of forrest behind me for them to play in (supervised of course). I work out of my house so my dogs are almost never left alone. My wife and I miss our Ootis very much, we would like to be able to give that same amount of love to another Boxer that needs a wonderful home.

thanks a lot for your help.
 
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Where are you from? Would you rather have a puppy or are you looking into rescue also? I'm sorry for you loss.
 

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I just wanted to say I am sorry hearing about your loss, you are in my thoughts....just know Ootis is now pain free and at the rainbow bridge.

Jessica
 

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KGre\";p=\"198805 said:
Where are you from? Would you rather have a puppy or are you looking into rescue also? I'm sorry for you loss.
I am from Ann Arbor Michigan,

I don't know much about the rescue Boxer process. Of course the idea sounds very appealing though. I know for certain that I would like a puppy that is 7-8 weeks old when I get it. I got Ootis when he was 7 weeks old and he imprinted on me and my wife as if he were really
 

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Wow you sound like a wonderful Boxer parent and your new puppy or rescue will be so lucky to find its forever home with you. :D

Sorry for the loss of your sweet Boxer babie Ootis, he sounds like a true boxer through and through. :cry:


Good luck in your search and welcome to the forum from me and Zulu in London :D
 

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Your best bet is to go on the American Boxer Club web site and find a local boxer club and/or go to a local dog show where they are showing boxers. Not that you want a show dog, but usually show breeders are more reputable than a person simply putting out a classified ad. Also, I think the ABC web site also has a breeder listing page and the AKC site might have one too. But a local boxer club is your best bet to get a few recommendations.

Good luck and I am sorry about your loss.
 
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we got one of our pups at 6 weeks old and our other one at 9 months old...the 9 month old was a rescueof sorts...but...he is more attached to us and wants to be with us more than our pup we got at 6 weeks...both love to be on the couch with us..and both are a little too human like for their own good...good luck finding a new pup...i haven't gone the rescue route because I believe that the animals there cost way too much moneyy to inherit another person's "problem"...who knows what happenned to the dog before it comes home with you...the only reason we took the 9 month old was because he was free to good home..and he has had some behavior issues we are working on...rescue is good...but for me...from now on...i don't want a pup over 8 weeks...
 

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First of all very sorry for your loss.  I always feel you can best honor the previous pet by getting another one a wonderful home.

Pups need to be with their siblings until they are atleast 8 weeks old for the socialization and actually 10 -12 weeks would be better but usually breeders won't keep them any longer than 8 weeks or slightly longer.

If you want a pup research the breeders fully.  Make sure they health test fully and are available to you for questions, concerns etc.  Hearts, hips and thyroid should be run on the breeding stock used.  Those are our main problems.  If you go rescue you can sometimes get puppies but you can also get a lovely adult thru the tedious puppy stage.  Good luck on whatever you choose.

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I am so sorry for your loss.  Ootis sounds like he was a great dog and your best friend.

Please take the time to search out a responsible breeder before making any rash decisions.  When our Jax died, we wanted to fill the void right away but I resisted looking at BYB ads in the newspaper classifieds as hard as I could.  You don't want to rush out and get another pup from a BYB that will turn out to have health problems as well.

Please check out the American Boxer Club.  I recommend this link:     for finding a repsonsible breeder.  You should be able to find many responsible ones in the Midwest.

Also, Newcastle (Jennifer) is from Michigan.  PM her and see if she knows about any litters on the ground or that will be on the ground soon.  She is awesome and will definitely point you in the right direction!
 

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Having recently lost my wonderful senior Samson, I feel your loss :(  Puppies are rare finds thru rescue, but it happens...If you are looking for a breeder, first I highly recomend reading the topics in our breeding section as far as what to look for, what to ask etc..Here's a few links to get you started..I do agree, a reputable breeder will not allow you to take home a pup before 8 wks, it's actually the law in some states...10 wks or older is actually better, altho I did bring Flick home at 8 wks, my preference would have been to wait longer

http://www.boxerforums.com/modules.php? ... ic&t=11368

http://www.boxerforums.com/modules.php? ... ic&t=11369
 

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boxerbabies\";p=\"198908 said:
we got one of our pups at 6 weeks old and our other one at 9 months old...the 9 month old was a rescueof sorts...but...he is more attached to us and wants to be with us more than our pup we got at 6 weeks...both love to be on the couch with us..and both are a little too human like for their own good......
Thanks for the reply. I always wondered if the age that we got our two puppies at was what influenced the level of
 

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I would like to thank everyone for all of the great information. Everyone has given wonderful and sound advice. I had always known that most puppies shouldn
 

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I know of a wonderful female retiring from being a breeding bitch. She is in Minnesota.

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Her name is Kaylee.

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Jazz - I edited the e mail address due to the fact it not a good idea to have address in a public forum (spam)  ;)    So you can use PMs if you need to give out contact info.
 

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Thanks to everyone for great referrals. My wife Vicki and I have found a wonderful new pup to bring into our family!

We have found  some light at the end of the tunnel.

We are leaving in about an hour to make the 1000mi drive to go pick up our new boy. No dog will ever replace our poor Ootis but we are sure that this new little fella will be incredibly special in his own way.

We would also like to tank everyone for your supportive posts and PM
 

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Marcus is just gorgeous, now where in the midwest did you say you were?  If you are close to WI, I am open to puppy sitting  :)
 

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Awww that last pic is just heart melting  :in_love:  I can almost smell the puppy breath, you know we must have a TON of pics when you get him home :pictures:
 

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He is adorable!!! I am so very happy for you all...I agree, he won't replace Otis, but you know that Otis would want you to go on and show love to another Boxer..Believe me, they all are different, every single one, I think that is part of the joy of the breed....Congrats  :)
 
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