we got Petey a little over a year ago to have a dog that sleeps less than 23 hours a day (like our Bassetts). Last week we got Tigger so Petey would have a playmate more his speed. and so far its working out great, theyre stuck to each other like glue. As for the breed, we chose the boxer also because theyre fun, great tempered, and a good watchdog so they can let my wife know of an intruder in case im not there. --Rich
Why? because the breed is truely the class clown..non stop laughter, yet behind that facade, they are VERY smart animals. They love you no matter what you do, or look like.. ( or smell like..lol )
When? Ashley was a two fold thought..DH gave her to me for x-mas..the best present I have gotten from him EVER!! Plus he knew he was going to be gone for months on end, and had seen my last boxer protect me...even IF it was only barking, and knew she would alert me to anyone trying to break in while he was gone. Now if I could just get her to bark when she hears noises, or the doorbell goes off..a lady alone in her home needs Boxer Police!!
New Pup Why and When ...(Fiona).....My lab of 15 years had cancer and crossed the bridge in October of 2006. I had been thinking of getting a new baby and if I did what breed I would like to have....I knew that I did not want to have another lab, probably for sheer comparison purposes.
Working in Vet Med, I see various breeds and also am aware of the typical health issues that come along with them. I also see the typical personality of them as well....I had decided that when I take away first the small dogs (I am a larger dog person), take away the one's that typically dont do well with children, and dogs with long coats, ones that were really to large for me to consider as an indoor baby...then I was left with a very short list
The top of that short list for me was a Boxer....even knowing the health issues that come with them and their general shorter life span compared to other breeds.....I decided it was the one for us.....Their personality, love of children, goofy oddball and fun...besides they are wonderful looking!
I went on the search...specifically for a female and flashy fawn.... and it was tough, because I did not want a puppy that someone was letting go home at 6 weeks....also during the time I was looking we had a severe parvo outbreak in our area, so I did not want to buy one from anyone local and of course I was looking for something a little more then (an ad in the paper)..........It took a while and I finally found Fiona she was 12 weeks old
I have always had a special place in my heart for older dogs.....It is hard for me to understand how someone can love a dog or have one in their home or their life for years and then just decide one day that they are no longer needed....I know circumstances happen such as deaths, divorce, moves, new children and the various reasons that you hear....but the eyes of a senior dog have so much understanding and love in them and when they are in a shelter they seem to always be saying "I dont know what happened to me"......so I had decided some time ago that I wanted two boxers....I always felt they did better in pairs I wanted my baby...my puppy....and we found that in Fiona.....but, I knew that once Fiona reached a year old that I would find a special senior to give a home.....
Everyone probably already knows the story...but.....Cassie was a breeding dog and her owner decided she was no longer needed...to old....she had some tumors coming up on her legs...and her face has turned grey....so she was going to be sent to the shelter.....a rescue took her in and the person from the rescue brought her into the clinic to be checked for heartworms and to schedule her to be spayed.....I did not intend to bring (Bubbles) aka Cassie home when I first met her....it was not until I spent time with her on the day of her surgery. I was going to wait 2 weeks....then a week....that turned into her coming home with me......I certainly did not plan Cassie or go out looking for her...she just happen to cross my path and.... Now I know we happened for each other, she will spend the rest of her time in a home that she will feel loved, because she had so much love left to give!!!!!!!!!
When my ex decided he wanted a boxer we lived in Duncan, Ok. I remember it was a Saturday and in the paper they had this big spread about the city animal shelter. I thought I'll call and just see if they have a boxer. The lady on the phone told me they rarely got in pure breeds. She said let me put you on hold so I can write you down on the list just in case one ever comes in. I was on hold forever and then she gets on and says "Guess what, a boxer was just brought in." She told us to give them an hour then we could come in. We were told that the ppl that had him also had the mother and just couldn't afford to care for him anymore. He was 9 mos old and a very handsome guy. His name was Hipel (sp? after a OU quarterback at the time) but we changed it to Hooter. He was/is a great dog. I say was bc after the divorce he stayed in OR with his dad. We always called him our god sent baby.
I guess I should also say that my second boxer Katy was bought from a breeder out in OR and resides with Hooter and the x. Rocky was long awaited and bought from a byb (before I knew better). I waited 2 yrs before I got him and he was well worth the wait. I plan on getting him a sister as soon as we get out of this rent house and into our own house. Hopefully about 6 mos to a year. I can't wait!
Why...we had Ava, the youngest of my babies (skin). She was about 6 months old. I was remembering growing up with my girl dog Trish. A doberman. Such a perfect girl she was to me. I have pics all over the place of me riding on her and hugging on her. She was protective and loving all in one. So anyways I knew I was done having babies and wanted my kids to grow up with a family pet. We almost got a doberman. It's what we always had and I know the breed well. For some idiotic reason everyone in my neighborhood is deathly afraid of the breed :roll: I had been talking to friends about getting one. And my oldest daughter has lots of friends that come and go. All the parents kinda went up in arms about it. I almost got one just to be defiant :wink: But I really didn't want all my kid's friend's parents to be worried about their children coming over here.
My cousin had a beautiful boxer named Rambo! Just a hunk! Flashy fawn. I remember him always being a big old goofball and a good dog with kids. But still had that "tough" look. So there ya go. The search was on ! Looking back I must have been nutty though. An infant and a puppy boxer?!! 8O 8O Last summer was CRAZY!!
The story on Milo...my husband made me get in the car and wouldn't tell me where we were going, we ended up in the middle or KS and when the other people got out of the car, they had a 12 week old Boxer puppy.
Kaci was also a suprise/gift, a xmas gift. I didn't really want a second dog at the time, but I'm so glad we have her!
I had a boxer at my Mom's house, Harley, and when I moved out my now Husband knew how much I loved Harley and he loved Harley's personality, so he decided we needed a boxer.