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Austin (formerly Crackerjack)
Dear Austin Boxer Rescue,
On April 6, 2013 my husband David, Harley our 5yr old Boxer, Jax our 2yr old Boston Terrier and myself came to Austin,TX thinking it was a "meet and greet" for a possible future adoption, not planning on adopting at this time. We looked at all the beautiful boxers you had that day and knowing one day when we were ready we would need a heart worm negative because we live so far away. That day they were all heart worm positive and as we were about to leave a car pulled up and a young boxer hopped out and I do believe it was love at first sight for my husband, I was not sure we needed another dog at this time but it's amazing how they can quickly take your heart away.
That day we adopted Crackerjack but we renamed him "Austin" to remind us where we got him. Austin has adjusted quickly to our home and his new brothers. He has really bonded with the boston, all 3 play really well together.
We are very happy we adopted Austin into our family. Thank you for all the hard and good work you do.
Leslie and David Brown -- Austin's parents
Beckham and EmmaWe wanted to show you an updated picture of our 2 rescue boxers, Emma and Beckham, we got through your wonderful organization. Beckham (the one on the right) is the dog that was beat with a pipe by his owner in San Antonio
last year. With a lot of TLC, he has really come a long way! I'm so thankful for his foster mom, Cindy, who really helped him get through some of his issues before we adopted him. He has the sweetest soul and him and Emma adore one another. We are so fortunate to have been able to adopt through ABR and truly are in awe of the countless volunteer hours you all do to give these wonderful dogs a second chance at happiness. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Libby Sue (formerly Liberty)To everyone at ABR,
I want you all to know how much I appreciate being able to share my home and my life with Liberty. She has been with me for a little over 2 months and although it was a rough start, she is settling in and definitely getting the hang of country life. Her hearing still isn’t 100% but it is enough that we can manage without much trouble. I call her Libby Sue and she is definitely a special little girl. She is so sweet and so gentle especially with my parents who are in their 70’s. All of my family has fallen in love with her and anywhere she goes, she wins hearts over as I am sure that you guys are quite aware of. I take her everywhere with me and she is such a pleasure to be with. Have no doubt that this little girl is loved way beyond what you could ever imagine and I am so blessed to have her in my life.
Thank you guys for everything that you do for these amazing little angels. My life would not be the same without Liberty.
Gigi (formerly Geraldine)Hi, I wanted to send an update on my adopted boxer, Geraldine!
I met Gigi (aka Geraldine) twice at the Austin Adoption Day back in January. Her foster mom and dad were clearly devoted to her and needed to make sure that I was worthy of such a gem. I still can't believe how lucky I was to get her! Don't let that forlorn face fool you. Nobody can wiggle a happy tail faster than Gigi. (We like to say she's a funeral in the front and a party in the back.) She wiggles and snorts and kisses better than anyone around. She truly prefers nothing more than cuddling up on the couch. Or the bed, or anywhere she can rest her head and snore to her heart's content. She is a gold champion snorer! When she wakes up from a nap, she is always game to hop in the car and take off for a new adventure or meet a new friend. I just love every minute with Gigi! She has amassed a collection of names including Geraldine, Gigi, Biscuit and Dogface but she doesn't seem to mind. I think she misses having a dog sibling, though. When she has visited the dog park, she makes a beeline for the boxers. She hasn't begged specifically for a boxer rescue brother but I think that is just cause she has such polite manners. We are thinking it might be a good idea in the future! Thank you Austin Boxer Rescue for all you do. -Jill Adams
Ali (formerly Mazzie)Thank you for your note and especially THANK YOU for you vision and hard work. We adopted "Mazzie" (who was renamed Ali...as in Ali Oops) last year and have enjoyed every moment with her. To be able to help other boxers is a privilege and pleasure.
I attached a photo of how Ali is thriving in our house. One is her on the back porch with her two roomates...
I could send more, but they are all the same - a cute, happy and content pup !
Again, thank you for what you do and take care,
Glenn (and Nancy) Lippman
Rocky (formerly Roxer)Thought that I would send you some pics of your Roxer.....our Rocky....the amazing Boxweiller. He has touched so many lives both children and adults and was used for the "training dog" for technicians when I was managing Vet Hospitals for the last 7 years. He has done humane education in preschools and has changed many childrens fears of big dogs with his wiggly butt and gentle kisses.
We have moved from Lakeway to Spicewood where Rocky has 2 horses that he adores. He also shares his ranch with a giant orange tabby named Dynamite (the dog-kitten) he is Maine Coon so Rocky raised him like a dog.....such a good boy!
He rolls with the horses and is constantly near them even grazing on grass...very funny to watch!! He is fabulous with his little humans...I now have 2 kids...Drake is now 9 and Pearce is 3.....
You are doing an amazing service for these great animals and for their lucky owners!! Thanks again for letting us adopt him....I know that you were tempted to keep him!! I have attached some pics for you to see how much we adore him...
Homer (formerly Snowden)There really are no words to describe the joy that Homer has brought into our lives since the first weekend of November when he found and rescued us through ABR. I walked into the Petsmart on Balcones on a Sunday – something I never do because there are so many rescue groups there and we just weren’t ready after the loss of our dear 16 year old Buddy in March.
And there Homer was. And that was it – our hearts immediately had enough room to allow Homer in, and it has been just sheer fun, mischief, laughter and joy since.
From the first night, it was as if he had always been there – and he has even made BFF’s with our cats who regard him as a warm pillow or a silly playmate. He is so happy when he sees us that when he wags his tail, his body twists so much – it turns into a kidney bean shape. And although I am sure I am biased, I am CERTAIN he is the smartest dog our dog trainer has ever met.
Keep up the good work. I wish we could adopt them all – but just know that you perform miracles every day.
Bailey (formerly Lovdy)This is our sweet Boxer named Bailey (previously named Lovdy on the ABR website). We have had her for about one year but it feels like she has been part of the family forever! She is the best friend to us. She loves to play at the dog park, run and chase squirrels, rip apart stuffed animals, and of course snuggle. She is truly a part of the family and she always wants to be part of whatever we are doing. I can't imagine not having her and we want to thank you Austin Boxer Rescue for doing all that you can for these sweet, lovable, and playful dogs. Bailey has given us so much joy and we love her so much!
Buddy (aka Lochte)This is sweet Lochte, now Buddy. He adores his furever mom, Cindy. He wakes up ready for his morning Lady Bird lake walk everyday. He runs and chases small and large dogs at the dog park at the end of every walk. He gets very excited when Jake and David come home and tolerates the grandchildren well. He is better behaved than his boxer sisters. He was sent from Heaven to our family. Thank you, ABR! We love our Buddy Boy!
Sophie (formerly Gwyneth)Hello fellow Boxer lovers,
My name is Abby Sands and I am the adoptive parent of ABR's rescue, Gwyneth. My fiancé and I call her Sophie now. My Mom's close friend and my "second mom" Julie Willis knew I was interested in getting a boxer. She was fostering Gwyneth and insisted that she would be the perfect fit for me......She was absolutely right! Sophie came into my life under weight and lacking in leash manners (that's an under statement!) Now she is a healthy 55 pounds and has one of the most beautiful fur coats I have ever seen on a boxer! We live in Houston now and go on several walks a day. She runs errands with me and enjoys her baths and blueberry facials from Dirty Harry Dog. Sophie is the absolute love of my life and I am so grateful to ABR and Julie Willis for our "match made in heaven."
TrackerI've had Tracker (kept his ABR name) for almost 6 months now. We are best friends. He is a wonderful, sweet, friendly and genuinely happy dog. He has come such a long way since I got him. We are able to do tons of fun things together. He loves being off leash at Bull Creek, he plays with other dogs at the dog park and he loves sleeping on the couch after a long day. I'm so lucky to have him, he is my perfect match. Thank you ABR.
Sabrina Perez & Tracker
Tory (formerly Yorkie)Hello,
We have had Yorkie for over a month now. Our kids thought since our little guy Louie is named after Louis Vuitton she should have a designer name too so she is now Tory Burch so, we have designer Boxers.
When we met Tory at the adoption day Tory was not really crazy about Louie so we left without adopting a new family member a little disappointed thinking we were getting a new addition to the family and a playmate and friend for Louie. In the short time we spent at the adoption day Tory had already picked my wife and kids as her new family. On the way home my wife looked at me and said we have to go back. We pulled over and called you all. We met you at the Vet and picked her up that evening. We had some concerns with Tory and Louie getting along and were ready to do the slow introduction as you recommended. We put Tory in her kennel for a little while and when we let her out to go outside Louie and Tory just took off and started to tear around the house playing as though they had known each other forever. Now they are best friends. Tory is still settling in as a month is not a long time for a Boxer to adjust to their new surroundings. She is a very good girl but still has some rules to learn but, we are all learning together. Louie is still learning too as he is still a pup of 15 months.
The last thing I would like to say to other people out there considering adopting one of the Boxers in rescue is if you find one that you like and it really shows the traits you are looking for in a Boxer, give them a chance. At the adoption day you can see that they are nervous and out of their comfort zones. After Tory was home with us for a few hours her real personality started to show and I am very happy that my family talked me into going to the vet and bringing her home.
Here are a few pictures of Tory and Louie. We will keep you up to date on her.
I adopted Penelope back in November of 2012 and I can honestly say that I have never made a better decision in my life.
I may be a little biased, but I think she is the cutest, sweetest, cuddle bug that there ever was! It is because of this that she has become a tad spoiled by making her way onto the couch for snuggles and into the bed in the mornings after her first of four walks a day. She helps keep my feet warm while she naps on my feet, under my desk, while I work. My little shadow is never far from my side. Even when she is a little mischievous (stealing a guests $15 salami) you can't look at that face without laughing!
She is a smarty pants too! She has mastered sit, wait and lay down and goes willingly into her crate at night to get her cookie. It's a tough life, but she is bearing up to the challenge well.
In all seriousness, I am the one who has gained so much. Penelope makes me laugh everyday and keeping her fit and healthy is getting me fit and healthy! She's brought so much to my life that I didn't even know was missing. I want to thank ABR for helping to match me with the right pooch and her foster parents (the Kotal's) for rescuing and keeping this gorgeous girl until she and I could meet! I encourage anyone who is thinking of adopting to do it and to go through ABR. They'll never regret it!
Thank you again for everything!
LaserAs you can see from this photo, Laser is now heartworm negative! We received the good news yesterday that Laser's heartworm treatment was completely successful. Now, Laser has a long and happy life ahead. I could not love this guy more, and he's "family." The tech reported that Laser needed lots of hugs during his stay at the clinic. He is a hugger and everyone who has a Boxer knows that Boxer hugs are amazing.
Thanks to ABR again for matching me with this wonderful dog. Together, we saved one more life. I never wonder if one person can make a difference in a dog's life, but more importantly, I understand how much Laser makes a difference in my life.
YoloFrom what I know of Yolo's history, him and his mother, Munroe, were owner surrenders in Amarillo, TX. Once at the shelter they were deemed aggressive. ABR wanted to pull them but none of the shelter staff were willing to go in and break them out because they were afraid of them. They were actually supposed to be euthanized but somehow missed their euthanasia date. Stacy Sakai, a godsend and a shelter volunteer, saved them. She has an aggressive dog and realized they were just scared. I emailed Stacy recently giving her an update on Yolo and thanking her for saving him. She told me that Yolo actually saved his mom because once he came out she allowed Stacy to take her out also. (side note: Munroe is in a wonderful forever home too!!)
I picked Yolo up at a fellow volunteer's house and was expecting to pick up a puppy. Instead this huge barreling boxer ran out to me. I knew right away we were in trouble. We have two female boxers at home and my husband had always wanted a young big brindle male. Yolo fit all the categories. Sooner than later we were falling in love with this big goof. I remember driving him to adoption day and having to pull over and call my husband and tell him I couldn't do it and I was coming back home. My husband talked me down off the ledge and said for me to go to adoption day and if it was meant to be and he didn't get adopted then we could keep him. Needless to say I strongly discouraged anyone who came to look at him and said he was very high energy, destroyed things, ect. We have had Yolo for about 6 months now and he is the class clown of the family. He is a bull in a china cabinet, has destroyed two comforters, broke out of his crate numerous times, been nicknamed by a friend "YoNo" but he has truly forced himself into our hearts. He makes us laugh every day with his antics including when he plays dead dog at night when we try to move him off the bed. He is my husband's pride and joy, in fact, these two are so bonded Yolo has his own song that my husband sings to him. Him and the girls get along great, he is my little shadow and one of his favorite pastimes is sticking his head out of the sunroof. We love this boy and although he is lacking a few manners he lights up our life and completes our pack.
Thank you to Stacy Sakai and Austin Boxer Rescue for saving this sweet boy.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
NavyIt has been a wonderful first year with Navy. I'm proud to say that he is heartworm free. He is a great dog who makes our family complete. We had his first year celebration on Sunday. I've attached a picture of him wearing his St. Patrick's Day headband. He is so adorable.
Keep up the life-saving work everyone at ABR does for these wonderful dogs.
Chuy (formerly Aragon)My husband adopted Chuy (formally ABR Aragon) in July 2010 after moving down to Fort Hood. I met Chuy about a week later when I flew down from Chicago for a visit and it was love at first sight. When we first brought Chuy home, he barely weighed 50 lbs and was still recovering from mange. Almost 3 years later, we are happy to report that he is now a healthy 75 lbs and has a beautiful coat! We couldn't have asked for a better dog. He's very laid back, but still has his goofy boxer moments (especially when trying to get us to play) and LOVES to cuddle. We are so happy and thankful that ABR brought the Chuster into our lives!
Bella (formerly Elizabeth)We met Bella at one of the adoption days and immediately fell in love with her. She had been in foster care for almost a month and was still very under-weight. It was amazing that after all she had been through, she was such a sweet heart. I'm happy to report that she is now at a very healthy weight and has undergone her heartworm treatment. She loves playing with her little-big sister Fifi (the chihuahua) and her human sister Mikayla (the 7 year old). Our lives are so much better with Bella in it and we look forward to working with ABR when we are ready to adopt again!
Mack (Azul)I met Mack (Azul) last June and fell in love with him instantly! Chase brought him over the first evening he had Mack, and I didn't want to let him leave! Mack's adoption transition was so seamless and everyone at ABR was great. Mack has now even transitioned into life in Midland. He wasn't too sure of his backyard at first and his new surroundings, but he has grown to love and be protective over his own space.. even though his Dad isn't too happy about some of his digging and new found love for rocks! :) He is so behaved, so loving and the best dog I could have ever asked for. He's your typical quirky boxer and we wouldn't have it any other way. We recently bought a mini Australian Shepard, and Mack has done wonderful with the new puppy. They play so well together and have become best friends!! We love our Mack and are so thankful for Chase Duhon and ABR!
Molly (formerly Moira)Hi Boxer Folks,
I wanted to give you the year update on Moira (now Molly). She's been spoiled for a year straight basically. As a single girl with no one to care for but her, I dote on her a little bit. Having known what she went through, being her foster first, I feel like she deserves to sleep on the bed and get to go on long hikes :) She's the most docile boxer I've ever met. I can only get her to run about 20 yards on our Emma Long hikes, and never on a leash. I can count the number of times she's barked on two hands in the last year, and she never jumps or plays rough. She's amazing with my nieces - in fact, my youngest niece walked for the first time because she wanted to grab Molly's nub tail so badly! She's finally learned to play with toys, but mostly she just wants to be on your lap and be loved.
We got bad news for Molly this last December. A year into being healthy for the first time in her life, Molly was diagnosed with lymphoma. We were referred to a great oncologist from South Congress Vet and started chemo immediately. We've had our ups and downs, but today is the first day since October I can't feel any of her nodes. My friends rallied and donated over $2,500 to her treatment! I guess it pays that I drag her everywhere I go, all of my friends and family have fallen in love her too!
Molly is such a joy and brings so much to my life. Thank you for the work that you do. I hope that I can foster again, but hopefully not because I've lost my precious Molly. I hope that 2013 is as successful a year for ABR as 2012.
I included a few pictures - the first is from our foster days. :)
PeanutPeanut's life is VERY difficult!
Thought you all woudl enjoy seeing this! Maybe you can share this with the ABR.
Oakley (formerly Sideburn)Update on Sideburn (ABR name), now known as "Oakley." After losing our old friend Buster (a boxer) to a degenerative condition last fall and missing him terribly for a few months, we decided that our little girl Berkeley (also a boxer) needed a new friend. We made a couple of
visits to ABR's great adoption days, after which we had zero doubt on the need to adopt rescue over searching for a puppy.
In our search, we found 'The Oakster' on the ABR website. He was shown as a young flashy fawn male with no other description, few pictures. We inquired and found that he'd been picked up as a stray in San Antonio and had spent almost two months after his discovery at a veterinary kennel in Belton. We took a drive and met the sweetest
Oakley was very-well house trained, non-possessive of food and loved to find comfort laying next to Berkeley and two-legged family members at every opportunity. Although not leash-trained, he's not a "puller" and loves outings; he's headed to a fenced dog park today to get some prolonged high energy interaction.
In the last couple of weeks he's built new skills, playing with toys and letting out the occasional isolated bark when he's excited. He looks forward to bedtime nightly and steadfastly sleeps through the night. He's loves his twice-a-day mealtimes and has gained a couple of pounds since his arrival.
In summary, he settled in immediately. We hope he's as happy with us as we are with him. Please move Oakley's info to sit alongside the phenomenal success stories ABR has compiled to date. You have another winner in The Boxer Formerly Known as Sideburn!
Best regards and thanks,
Sally and Andy Gillam
Charles Barkley (formerly Oscar)Just wanted to update you on Oscar (now know as Charles Barkley, Charlie for short). He's doing great! Our female boxer wasn't too sure of him the first week we had him, but they have strongly bonded since. Charlie acts like he's always been a member of our family and recently got a clean bill of health. He's slowly losing weight and loves walks and short jogs. He's so smart and loving. We're blessed to have him. Thank you!!
Leigha and Tim
Hennessy (formerly Fiesta)I’d like to thank ABR for assisting me with the new edition to our family. Henny is such a lovable dog and I completely fell in love with her when first saw her. As a Christmas gift, I was looking to adopt a puppy for my son to grow up with. But after thinking it through and being informed there was a waiting list for puppies, I thought that a dog her age would definitely appreciate a permanent home. She got along well with my 3 year old and gets so excited when he’s around. She is such a character! I found out the hard way that I shouldn’t leave food on the counter unattended. One morning she literally put her paws on my breakfast sandwich and ate it. I couldnt help but laugh. She follows me everywhere. Now I have “two tails” behind me, my 3 year old and her!! It is a great feeling to know that I have helped a dog in need and have grown completely attached to her almost instantly. Your organization is great and I truly appreciate the blessing!
Sug (formerly Ferret)I took over 6 months to decide what kind of dog I wanted to rescue when I decided to get my very first dog (ever)! I ended up choosing a boxer (Izzy) that I adopted in Dallas. She has been a pure joy. So, when I decided she needed a fur brother, I could only go for another boxer. I could not be any happier with Austin Boxer Rescue and my newest addition Sug (formerly Ferret and short for Sugar Ray). He is our own class clown and has been keeping the whole house entertained since the first day he was with us. The boy is just silly... rolling off the couch daily, letting our other boxer pull him across the rug while he is laying down w/the toy in his mouth, talking to us for a rub or snack and laying anywhere he lands his bottom (see pic). He came to us with mange and a few bumps that needed to be removed, but you can see with a little TLC he has turned into a beautiful boy. He already knew some commands and was potty and crate trained, but I decided to take him to obedience training to learn more. He turned out to be the star of the class. He made momma look smart! Extra treats for that. I'm going to continue and start agility training with him. I'll send an update once I do. I can't imagine our house without him!! Thanks for all you do!
Bamcis (formerly Troy)Happy New Year ABR,
This isn't the first time I've sent in a picture of our Bamcis, (formerly known as Troy) but we recently had a huge thing happen to our family and I wanted to share once again :) I've been gone the last year to Afghanistan, I got home 4 days before Christmas and after saying my tearful hello's to my human family, I wanted to share the laughter/bark filled reunion with Bam and our other boxer (his "sister") MJ and one of him and I Christmas morning after he got his special breakfast and is licking his lips. He and I picked up right where we left off last December, and he has become my ever present shadow everywhere I go and my heart couldn't be happier that he didn't think I had abandoned him. Thank you once again for allowing us to have this wonderful guy join our family, it's hard to believe he's only been with us for 2 years come this Valentine's day. He's affectionately referred to as Bama-rama, even though it has nothing to to do with that team that kind of has the same name, we're Longhorn fans tried and true, it's more for his clumsy crazy boxer personality that we wouldn't know how to function as a family without it in our lives :)
Maggie Kusiak & Family
HoneyI wanted to share our success story of ABR alumni "Honey"! When we first got her 2.5 years ago she would not come out from under the bed. She would stay there for hours and hours. Now, she trails the feet of whoever is home and sleeps on all the beds in the house. Because she was so frightened when we adopted her, she is now the most loyal dog. She loves Christmas time because she gets spoiled with food and toys. Thank you for giving us a wonderful Christmas blessing every year!!
GleeI adopted Glee in May 2012. I kept her ABR name because glee is what I feel when I look at her. Glee makes me happy everyday.
Glee came to me as a foster on Super Bowl Sunday. I was not looking for another dog, I had my little pug, Izzy (pictured right), who has been with me for nearly 9 years. Izzy and I were two peas in a pod. Quite frankly I was not looking to foster, just to volunteer. I lived in a studio apartment and felt it would be way too cramped for a big dog. But, ABR desperately needed fosters. They assured me that it would work; if it didn't just bring her back. I committed and went and picked up Glee.
Glee was not always gleeful. She was sick with a horrible case of kennel cough, heartworm positive, very underweight, and, at times, surly towards my pug. She needed to be medicated multiple times a day, she growled at all dogs when out for walks and even growled at some humans. I started to think what had I gotten myself into.
I think Glee was holding a distrust inside her from whatever had happened in her past. I just decided to move forward and show her life is different now this is not acceptable behavior. So, everyday with lots of consistent, gentle correction, and a consistent schedule that she could rely on she completely and very quickly turned around. She learned to love and trust again. She found her "glee", in abundance.
When she was finally healthy enough to start going to adoption events I could not part with her. The decision was clear; she had become another pea in our pod. Izzy and Glee are now best friends. It is hard for them to be apart. Glee worries if she can't find "her pug" when we are at the dog park. The dog park! The dog that used to growl at dogs and humans, plays with dogs and stops by the humans for pats. I'm amazed. Because from where we started out she has come leaps and bounds. She is a park favorite everyone just loves her. I often get comments about how beautiful, kind, and gentle Glee is.
People will ask if she is purebred Boxer. I used to say, "yes, just not well bred". Now I say, if asked, "she is part Boxer and part awesome".
At first it bothered me that I was going to be a "foster failure", but I now see her as a "foster find". I would never have found such a perfect, kind, loving, wonderful dog who has added so much love and joy into my life if I had not opened my home to a foster.
I did worry that I would just fall in love with all my fosters, but that hasn't happened either. I have fostered twice more since I adopted Glee and, although the dogs were lovely, they were just not for me. I was the person that was giving them a safe, warm place to stay while their new family was waiting to find them.
This year Glee is my Christmas gift. It is my hope that she knows how much glee she has bought to my life and that I truly appreciate her everyday.
Thank you ABR for helping me open my door to fostering so I could add "Glee" into my life.
Panther (formerly Cuervo)Just wanted to send out a message of how happy and blessed we are to have Cuervo (aka Panther) in our family. I will have to admit at first that we were a little nervous at first getting another boxer along with one we already had because we did not know the past and what his behaviors were but ABR was so patient and so good at picking out the perfect 2nd Boxer for our household. Cuervo is so spoiled and because of his good home he is so, so loyal to us. He is an amazing dog with so many quirky, funny characteristics. We love him so much. When we got him he was so underweight and dirty. After a nice long bath (along with him giving me one!) he had the most beautiful coat I have ever seen on a boxer! He was so happy and he fatten up very quickly. As there use to be two of us running in the mornings (Carlita and I) now there are three of us and he is doing so well at heeling! He learns quickly (which obviously is not uncommon for boxers) and is so eager to learn new things. We are so happy to have him. Thank you so much ABR!
PS I would say his only fault and really its not fault of his own is that he snores and farts like a man! But we can handle that! J
Riley (formerly Gift) and ReeceIn the last two years, we have adopted two boxers from ABR, Riley, formerly known as Gift & Reece. We adopted Reece, the brindle, in 2010 & Riley, the pup, this past October. As some of you might remember, Riley was at deaths door :( and had parvovirus. He was very sick. When we got him, he had just been released from the vet for adoption and taken off IV. We met him at adoption day with hopes of adopting a different pup. Well, everything happens for a reason because that day, we brought home Riley instead!! He is an awesome dog. He has not only brought joy to our home, but given his big boxer brother Reece someone to play with. He has recovered very nicely from the parvovirus and is growing like crazy! He just finished all his vaccinations and is very healthy. Between both our boys, there is never a dull moment or anyone going without lovin' or lickin'!!! They love us so much and we them! It has been a true blessing to save these boxers and give them a "fur" ever home! I honestly don't know what'd we do without them! They can bring a smile to our face in a second. There's just something magical when you come home from a long day of work and there, as soon as you open the door, two wiggle butts shaking away ready to lick and love on their momma & daddy and human siblings! Their love is unconditional and it melts my heart Every time. Thank you ABR for helping us help these two amazing boxers and completing our family!!! We love our Reece and Riley ;)
~Amanda & Kolby & family
Crockett (formerly Hummus) & Maddie (formerly Dolphin)This is a long overdue thank you to Austin Boxer Rescue. Last April, Crockett (ABR name Hummus) joined our family. He and our Puggle were immediately wrestling buddies and got along well. My parents had just adopted Lexi (ABR name Crawfish) and they love visiting each other. All summer, we had plenty of out of town guests, and Crockett charmed them all. My seven year old son had been attacked by a dog six months before and initially was intimidated by his size and energy, but within days they were best buddies.
A few months ago I saw an ABR Facebook post that a female needed a ride from Cibolo to Austin . We picked her up at the shelter and she was to spend the night at our house and then we were going to take her to Austin the next day. We had never fostered or had a strange dog in our home, so we were awkward with acclimating the new dog and she was aggressive. By the next afternoon when we were preparing to leave for Austin , all three dogs were getting along perfectly. We decided to skip the trip to Austin and adopt her on the spot. Her ABR name was Dolphin, but we renamed her Maddie Bluebonnet. She is petite and adventurous but also an incredibly sweet princess who has no trouble keeping up with her big brother and playing tug-o-war. She sleeps with my daughter every night and I feel better knowing Maddie is watching over her. I was nervous about problems with having two female Boxers in the house when my parents visited with Lexi, but they get along very well with no problems.
Thank you ABR for making it possible to welcome these Boxers into our family. They both bring us so much joy. We are looking forward to our first Very Boxer Christmas.
Jennifer, Patrick, Sara & Jack Leslie
Georgia (formerly Velvet)We've recently adopted Georgia (formerly known as Velvet). She's pictured here on the right with our mini Aussie, Fosters. It's funny, sometimes we look at ourselves and wonder what we ever did before she came along. She is an incredible dog. She's calm, playful and very obedient!! She's adapted perfectly to her new home. Georgia and Fosters are ALWAYS wrestling and chasing each other around our backyard...it's the cutest thing. She knows how to sit, stay and shake and even walks well on a leash. Thank you Austin Boxer Rescue for this blessing!!
Whiskey RiverTo give you all an update/success story on Whiskey River:
When Whiskey first came home with us, he was an affectionate, but scared little puppy. He is emerging from his shell every day and big thanks to Jim and Liz Cahalan for doing so much to rehabilitate him before he came to live with us. Big brother Hugo has helped make his transition to a less-fearful life much easier and Whiskey loves snuggling close into him. Hugo is a very active boy, so Whiskey also has a constant playmate and friend. Meredith's mom affectionate refers to the boys as her "Granddogs" and loves to spoil them, as you can see by the stockings.
Thank you, ABR, for all that you do and for helping us find the newest four-pawed Ridgway! We couldn't imagine our life without Whiskey River.
-Zachary and Meredith Ridgway
Ludacris, Major, and OdessaJust wanted to give an update on our newest family members. Ludacris and Major were adopted in February 2012 and Odessa was adopted in October 2012. The are the greatest dogs ever. Although Odessa does have some nonsharing issues, they all get along well. She hates for the boys to have any toys at all, but we are working on that. Major is a very special dog. He is very old and has a bad heart and some days he is just laying around and you can tell he doesn't feel well. Other days he is like a pup. We love these boxers and would like to say thank you to all ABR volunteers for saving these dogs for our family. Also special thank you to Jen for not giving up on my old man Major, because of you he will live the last years of his life knowing he is very loved even though the first years of his life were not good.
Maddie (formerly Ghoulie)Hello ABR!
We've recently adopted Maddie (on the left formally known as Goulie) & she is doing GREAT! She has made herself at home and LOVES her big brother Carlton (on the right), who we adopted from ABR a few years ago. They play and kiss each other all day! They also enjoy sleeping with each other on Carlton 's big bed. Maddie is a joy to have in our home. I wasn't looking for a dog, but once I saw her I fell in love and had to have her. She is a wonderful dog and the sweetest girl EVER! Thank you ABR for blessing us with such an amazing group of dogs.
Caitlin & Will
Peanut ButterPeanut is getting her love with Bo and Pierce...she is determined to get on the couch! Ha
ConanI just wanted to write and thank you for helping us find Conan. He has settled in and become a real family member in this short time. He and his sister are getting along great. We haven't taken him out to be with the horses yet but i'm sure he will do great. The scars he had on his back are almost completely covered and he is eating well. We are so thankful to have Conan as part of our family.
Willow (formerly Sundae)We just adore Willow , thank you so much!!
Brisket (formerly Thunder)Hi ABR.....
We want to first thank you for all the help in finding us our boy Brisket formaly know as Thunder. We've had him just over 2 months now and has settled in nicely with us. Brisket is the sweetest boy that gives us so much joy and kisses that it would be hard to imagine our home without him.
I'm sending Brisket's Christmas picture so you can see his cute face again and know he is loved dearly.
Thank you again especially to Diane & Debbie!!
Cindy & Kevin
Charlie (formerly Pilot)Do y'all remember Pilot? Well, he's Charlie now and loving being in our family but the truth of the matter is that we belong to him! His sister (thru adoption) Micha loves playing with him. He's just a big clown anyway!
Seriously, everyone we interacted with at ABR was wonderful in helping us choose Charlie - he's a great fit!
Thanks ABR for what y'all do, and do SO well!
Evy (formerly Evelyn)Remember Evelyn? She is now Evy! She is a happy girl and loves her brother Boomer and sister Paris. It took a little time for her to settle in, but she has been doing wonderful! She is full of personality and has a HUGE HEART...! She is so good with kids!!
Thanks ABR for allowing me to bring Evy into my home! Boomer and Paris love her.
Champ (formerly Blade)We adopted Champ formerly know as Blade back in October. He is almost eight months old and he has become a loving member of our family. He has been getting treatments for mange but he is almost clear and turning into a beautiful dog. He is a really smart boy too! He is fully house and crate trained. He has learned to ring a bell to let us know he wants to go out. He can sit, come, leave it, drop it, fetch, stay and is great on a leash!! He is also learning to sit when meeting people. He is graduating from puppy training classes next week!!!
We feel very blessed to have found him.
Thank you ABR,
Jayda and Will (formerly Milk Dud)I had my baby, Emily Madison, on the 20th! She weighed 6lb8oz and was 19.5 inches. We are SO happy with the way the dogs are responding to her. They were very curious when we brought her home but they almost instantly knew that they needed to be calm ad gentle around her. Will gets very upset when she cries and Jayda is very protective of her baby, we've been calling her "mama jayda". Here is a picture of the family (minus me, taking the pic).
MunroeMunroe is just a fetch addict and she really shows some spectacular athleticism with the frisbee as you can see from the pics. We are fortunate to have a large retention pond a block from the house which has become our nearly daily fetch site.
I don't know if it is a boxer thing, but Munroe can tear up toys faster than we can replace them - we are now having better luck with Kong toys including a very cool rubber frisbee (she destroyed three normal frisbees) - fortunately, the chewing is on her toys and not other household items.
She has mastered the dog door. Seems that she just had a problem coming inside without permission - when we were present, she wouldn't come in. Then she just started coming in when we were around and now she just comes and goes when she wants.
She is doing "ok" on the lease, but still has problems with distractions, especially other dogs. We had a bad experience with our first (and only) visit to the local dog park, but I think we were to blame. She was not yet used to us yet and we took her with far too much pent up energy. Next time, probably this weekend, we will play a round of frisbee first. She spent all day yesterday with the great dane puppy and it went very well although we could see Munroe was ready for the puppy to leave by the end of the day. The puppy is very energetic, dominate, and already 4" taller than Munroe. Munroe did win at wrestling in the back yard and at tug-o-war but she also got slimed several times with great dane drool.
I think she is over any food aggression. Although we didn't feed her when the puppy was here, they did not fight when given some small Thanksgiving dinner leftovers and at one point, they were laying side by side in the back yard and Munroe was chewing on her bone (we total forgot to pick it up). She has also put on some weight and the ribs are now not as visible.
For more great pictures of Munroe, go to http://rkruth.smugmug.com/Family/Munroe-the-Brindle-Boxer.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, I really enjoyed taking them.
LaserHere is a recent photo of Laser taken on Thanksgiving. As you can see, he's beautiful and healthy. We made it through heart worm treatment and will re-test in March. Laser is such an amazing adoption story. His original family gave up on him and surrendered him, but Austin Boxer Rescue saved his life. I'm so glad he's mine. Laser loves to give Boxer hugs, and he knows a lot of commands. He's great with other dogs, and he loves my daughter's Boxer, Joey. I've included a photo of the boys together. When Joey visits, Laser follows him everywhere. At the time I was ready to adopt, I had another dog in mind, but I agreed to meet Laser. Laser's foster mom brought him for a visit and she told me he was a wonderful dog. I knew that day that he was the Boxer for me. Laser is everything she described and more. Since arriving at my home, Laser's put on a few pounds, and now he plays more than ever. His energy level is excellent, even though he is not a real young Boxer. I'm so glad I took a chance on him because older Boxers really do make excellent pets. Laser is good with kids and visitors. He's not crazy about cats, but he doesn't have to be -- we don't have any. Sometimes on his daily walks Laser thinks he would like to chase a cat or two, but a few calming words gets him back in "tourist" mode. We walk at least a mile in the morning and a mile in the evening seven days a week. I think Laser can almost tell time by the way he sort of perks up when it's getting close to the time to go out. There are no adequate words to express how much I love this dog. Laser seems to appreciate everything I do for him because it's after feeding, walking, or just petting him that I get a Boxer hug. Pictures say more than words sometimes. I think these photos of Laser show that he's comfortable and happy in his forever home. Thanks again to everyone at Austin Boxer Rescue for caring so much and matching me with this great guy.
Sheba (formerly Sheek)Good evening...I have sent you three pictures of our little family at play. We decided after a few days that Sheek just didn't fit her personality...she is much more a Queen of Sheba...thus her new name Sheba. Gunny submits to her every whim. She wants the toy and within seconds it's hers, I would say though, he doesn't seem to mind! They are interacting more each day, I am sure this was a good match. She still whines some but in the last couple of days she is adapting to her surroundings and our schedule, and the whining is decreasing. Though I wondered in the beginning if we were a good fit for her, we are very happy to have given her a forever home. She has brought such joy into our home.
Cindy and Steve
DotI had fostered for numerous rescue groups before joining Austin Boxer Rescue in 2011. On the back burner my mission in fostering was to find a forever friend for my Dog... After 30 + dogs passing through our home Dot found us! The bond between these 2 was quickly apparent! and we thank ABR for saving this special girl that we love so much!
Rice KrispyWe are enjoying very much the company of our new member in the family!
Kuno (aka Cuervo)We are so excited to adopt Cuervo! He is such a fun and loving boxer. Our favorite things about him include: the way he puts his front legs around you to give hugs ( he would stay there forever I think if you didn't tell him "off" after several moments of this affection), the excitement over seeing a rabbit on the trail, the way he "talks" to you, the way he can leap up to see whats on the other side of the privacy fence, the way his eyes glaze over when he is intently chewing on a toy (doesn't take long for him to dismantle anything), and overall his sweet and friendly disposition. We are very glad that he and our female boxer (Sophie) love each other. In fact, how can we get her to stop licking him after a boxer match? lol We have given him a new name, "Kuno" which means brave in German. He is very brave in comparison to Sophie.
ButterflyI have butterfly...she is such a sweetheart. I've named her Stella. I'm so thankful to ABR for saving her and me getting to be her forever mommy.
Stella and I plan on become active in your organizations. We will be starting obedience classes soon...but she is already my kind of perfect.
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