Meet our foster Baxter! Looking for his FURever home

Baxter...what is not to love

Baxter…what is not to love

My name is Baxter! I am a 2 year old puppy. I came to BRBR via owner surrender.  I was surrendered because the people who had me had too many pets.  I was neutered and very skinny.  I was not on monthly heart worm medicine so I am heart worm positive.  It really does not slow me down at all.  I am starting treatment in March.

too skinny, upon intake

too skinny, upon intake. Why are people so cruel

I am currently living with my foster family in Raleigh, NC.  They are really nice people.  I share my house with two skin kids ( pre-teen and teen) and two boxers Potter and Lucy. We all get along great and I love them all very much. They would keep me but they really need to keep a spot open in their house to foster dogs like me. My foster parents cannot believe how well behaved I am for only being 2 years  old. I love to play with my FURsiblings but I am also content laying on the bed beside my Foster mom and dad as they work.  I am crate trained and typically sleep in there at night time.  I also like to sleep in my skin sisters  room.  I need to see one of my people.

cozy on the bed!

cozy on the bed!

I am a really handsome fella.  The humans always comment on how good looking I am.  I am tall and lean.  My insides are full of springs. I can bound up really high when I get excited but I know not to jump on my people.  I just tall enough my nose can smell all the good stuff on the kitchen counters.  My people put stuff up there to tease me.  I like to steal stuff every once in a while.  I learned it from my fursister Lucy. She is always in trouble.  I also love toys and balls.

Snow...lets play!

Snow…lets play!

My people don’t allow me on the furniture and I am only allowed on the bed if you invite me.  I am good at following the rules.  I am a great dog!  I would love to meet you!

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I am good on a leash and like walks

I come running when I hear ice going into a cup.  My mom gives me a cube every time

100% potty trained, I have not learned to lift my leg yet

I am doggie door trained

I am not a fence darter…

I love my people invite me on the bed.  When they want me off I box them…I am a boxer J

Our neighbors have chickens…I ignore them

I love all people and get excited when they come to visit

I love being with my FURsiblings…they teach me how to act and keep me straight

I love running, chasing, and chewing on my FURsiblings.  They put up with me!

I am adorable! Please consider if you have a FUREVER home for me.  Much love Baxter!

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I am available via Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue.  Adoptable in NC, SC, VA.

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“FUR”ever Family Updates…Allee!

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue foster dog updates….

Allee Girl!

Allee joined her “FUR”ever family May 26, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.  It was a perfect match with two wonderful parents and a fur-sibling Tango.  She settled in nicely and even got some one on one training from the Blue Ridge Boxer Trainer.  We are so happy for Allee!

Allee and her new family

So, our house has been quieted by 4 paws…but the other 12 keep it rock’in.  We will enjoy the down time!  It is just a matter of time before the next boxer in needs finds its way to us!

Welcome Back Kotter….woops! Welcome Back POTTER!

Could not resist the title given I am a product of the 70’s!  We are not Welcoming Back Kotter, we are welcoming back POTTER!  Our second and most beloved foster dog.

Potter's shelter intake photo 11/12

Potter initially arrived at the Martin Boxer compond in December 2011.  He was picked up as a stray in Gastonia, NC (11/29).  He was extremely underweight 57lbs, Heart Worm positive,respiratory infection, and fully intact.  My guess is someone was using him as a stud for breading. Blue Ride Boxer sent me his photo and there was no discussion amongst the family we had to save this precious pup.  Even if it meant having 4 dogs.  We were thrilled we had the opportunity to name him so we polled all our Facebook and Twitter friends and named him Potter. Harvey was a close second along with Fozzie.  We think Potter was perfect!

After a brief stay at the Vet, Potter was transported to to us 12/3- He was so sweet upon arrival.  Within an hour of his arrival all dogs were running around/co cohabitating nicely.  I was amazed how the introduction that can be up to 24 hours beyond happened within an hour.  He was that laid back.  It was Maple (our first fosters) last night with us as she got adopted the next day.
Our job was to love this dog unconditionally and fatten him up.  He was too skinny for surgery to be neutered or start his life saving heart worm treatment.  We fattened him up to 70.8 lbs enough to go for neutering.  He did great!  After a series of meds and a little more fattening up he was ready to start his heart worm treatment in January.  Heart Worm treatment is horrible for all involved!  Remember that monthly pill for prevention!  Potter had to be on bed rest for three months.  That is a very difficult thing to do for a 2 year old dog, whom gained strength everyday and had to watch his  two  fur siblings running around and play.  We/He made it through with flying colors!
Potter was spoken for early on by a wonderful family.  He could not be released until he finished all his treatments.  We enjoyed everyday we had with this sweet boy (96 to be exact)  While he was with us he learned what it was like to be inside a house, what toys were, how to play.  When he first arrived he was a loner.  He preferred sitting outside on the deck.  He was not sure what to do inside of the house.  Once we forgot he was outside and when we went to look for him he had burrowed himself down in a bed of leaves to stay warm.  Heartbreaking ( he was not outside long). We are sure he was displaying some of his survival techniques he used while he was a stray.  Someone trained and loved this dog at some point in his life.  He was so well behaved and was 100% potty trained.  Never did he have an accident in the house.  He would not enter the house unless you told him it was ok and he did not jump on you.  We could not find anything wrong with this dog.  Why did someone abandon this sweet guy.  We knew he would be the perfect companion for a loving family.

Potter's Flashy Smile!

As we watched his progression from a “loner”  to a social playful pup we ALL fell in love with this guy. We knew his adoption was looming and we were going to have to say good bye.  We ALL agreed it was going to be very hard.  To this day we  are not sure why but this guy really stole our hearts.  However, in the true spirit of rescue, as we have come to know it, we love them and pass them along so we can make room for the next dog in need.  Our next dog in need was  Allee, whom would join us once Potter & Bridget went to their FURever families.

Potter and Bridget hold paws on the way to their adoption 3/9/2012!

When I received the call on Tuesday that Potter was being surrendered back to the rescue (due to unfortunate family circumstances) There was no discussion or decisions to be made.  Potter was coming home!  We were all elated and were counting down the days until his arrival.  Potter officially joined the Martin Boxer Crew on Saturday!  Our first official “foster failure” a.k.a…a foster dog you cannot give up.  We are at maximum canine capacity but still have room to host a foster dog.
Fostering/Rescuing has been a wonderful “family bonding”  experience for us.  Like most families we are very busy with numerous daily obligations and many varied opinions on life.  However, fostering/rescuing is the  “ONE” thing we all seem to agree on unanimously.
We love it!  It works for our family!  As long as it works for the family, we will keep it up!
Potters Welcome Home! Happy and Healthy 80+ lbs

A boy and his Dog…

Every boy should have two things:  a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one  ~Anonymous

We have clearly accomplished the quote above!  My Son has not only one dog… but several and his mother is the instigator of the multiple canine household.  We are “dog” lovers.  We all equally enjoy the unconditional love and entertainment our dogs bring.  They truly do complete our family.

You always hear cliche’s regarding the relationship between a boy and his dog.  I have witness this first hand watching my son bond with our dogs.  In his early years, he so desperately wanted our “Senior” Springer Spaniel (Hampton) to play with him.  He tried everything he could to entice her to chase him, bite at his heels, anything.  She would just look at him with her soulful brown eyes wondering why he was disturbing her rest.  Hampton’s ruckus days had passed way before he entered the world. He still loved her dearly despite the fact she could not be enticed to play with him.  When Hampton crossed the Rainbow bridge, after 14 years, we were all deeply saddened. We missed her terribly and waited over a  year until we ventured into being pet owners again.

It was meant to happen as we were introduced to “Rex” a 1.5yr old brindle Boxer whom needed a “furever” home.  He was a rescue who had been through several families, for reasons unknown to us he was once again looking for a family to take him in.  Boxer? I had never had a Boxer, never wanted a Boxer, and did not know anything about these crazy looking Dogs.   My Husband was the first to meet Rex and declared him as a “cool dog” That’s all it took. We welcomed him into our family and he was the  start of what I like to call our “Boxer Collection”

The bond between boy and dog was immediate.  My Son now had a active play mate whom would chase him, play hide-n-sneak, wrestle, and generally participate in all his antics.  Prior to rescuing, I thought you needed to raise a dog from a puppy for that special bond.  Wrong I was!  While puppies are cute, and everyone should have one or care for one in their life time they are a lot of work. I will never forgot, as a newlywed,  the words of my Dad when we expressed interest in a puppy, “You should not get a dog, until you can be home with it full time.”           Holly $%&!  He is talking about a DOG not a human….seriously?  For my Dad’s generation that was just the way it was.   Hell….years later I did not even stay home with my kids.   I wonder if he even  remembers saying that?  

Rex was fully potty trained and full of love an affection. No rearing from the puppy years was needed for bonding with the family.  Rex was/is the perfect match for my highly creative and mischievous son.  They….boy and dog keep us entertained.  They run, chase, play hide-n-seek, taunt each other, wrestle, you name it they do it!  

As a parent, it is so fun to watch this bond between boy and dog. They play differently than anyone else in the family.  Basically it is a uncomplicated relationship, just  unconditional love.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~A France 

The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me. ~Helen Exley 

Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

Consider a rescue for your next pet! Rescuing is speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.