Adopt A Boxer Rescue is proud to
be the recipient of a grant by The
Boxer Rescue Foundation
Adopt A Boxer Rescue -
proud and grateful recipients of a grant
from the ASPCA
AABR recently received a
grant from the ASPCA Philly RAP for $2,050.
Thanks to the hard work and good
relationship of AABR Philadelphia, PA area
volunteer Colleen Kane, this grant will help
AABR rescue and care for many of the dogs
coming for the Philly area.
Philadelphia, PA is one of
the ASPCA's targeted Mission Orange Sites.
You can read more about it by clicking on
the link below:
latest update by clicking on his link above!
5/26/10 - HAPPY BEGINNINGS - SUNFLOWER, OTIS, AND
2007, we lost our beautiful boxer boy, Tyson, to heart failure at almost 11
years old. Both my husband and I were devastated and it didn't take
too long to realize we needed another boxer. We have never had a girl
before and looked on the Adopt a Boxer Rescue website, and saw this picture
of Sunflower. We loved her picture and emailed the rescue. On
May 5, 2007, we drove to Lancaster to visit Sunny to see if there was the
"connection." As soon as we met Sunny, we knew she was the girl for
us. She was so cute, friendly, and full of the boxer wiggles.
Sunflower settled into our home nicely, and is such a sweetheart.
Sunny is a fan of going out on the boat (but not the water itself!).
She loves going on car rides and being outside. She was such an
energetic girl and after a few months, we decided that Sunny needed a
brother (experience told us that Sunny wouldn't do well with another
female). We were looking for a laid back boy who could balance her
craziness. So I contacted Jen at the rescue, who mentioned a boy named
Otis that had just come in and needed a forever home.
So in August 2007, Otis came to his new forever home and settled nicely
into the family with a great attitude and love, but we noticed he was shy to
give kisses and wag his tail. It has taken awhile, but Otis now
completely trusts us and is happy to give as much affection as we give him,
which is a TON! Our family was now complete (or so we thought).
In February, 2008, Jen from the rescue called and asked if we could foster a
5 month old white deaf boy, who we now realize was probably driving the
So one Saturday morning, we drove down to the Eastern shore to pick up
our new foster who we were sure was going to be adopted quickly since he was
so young. We renamed him Petey. He is deaf, but very smart.
The first night we had him, we taught Petey to sit with sign language and
then moved onto other commands, which he quickly picked up. We like to
call Petey our ooopsie..... because, well yes, we adopted him in March 2008.
NOW our family is complete!!
We have fostered two boxers since then - the first, Domino, was an
amazing foster but only lasted the weekend in our home until he was adopted.
The second foster was Rocky, who was also adopted - but we kept him in the
family since my husband's parents adopted him!!
All of our adoptive kids are great, and we wouldn't trade them for
anything. They are truly a part of the family and we couldn't imagine
life with them.
Lincoln originally came into rescue as Mateama
in November of 2008. His foster family fell
head over heals for him and adopted him shortly thereafter. Lincoln
has adjusted nicely to his new home. He is in the company of two cats and
his sidekick is Rocko, the family Chihuahua. Lincoln loves to sleep all
day, go for long walks, ride in the car, play with cat toys, and give
second chance was a win for him and a win for his new family.
Click on Brittany and Tucker's links to see adoption pics!!
adopted May 11, 2008. She was timid and very quiet, but extremely
loveable. When I say very quiet I mean, she would cry when she had to
potty and growl when playing, but that was the only sound that ever came
from her. She was being fostered by my best friend Bethann. It seemed
for the longest time, Brittany did nothing but wait for her forever home.
I fell in love with her during her time with her foster mommy and
convinced my husband that she HAD to come home with us. She was meant to
be a companion for our
boxer puppy. She was the best big sister our puppy, Ace, could
ever hope for. They loved each other
like brother and sister, and boyfriend and girlfriend. They were
best friends. Unfortunately, Ace got sick a few months later and
congestive heart failure
took him to rainbow bridge on
December 25, 2008. Brittany was very lonely without her little
brother. She would constantly watch out the window, waiting for him to
come home. She also became quite spoiled in the weeks that followed. My
husband and I constantly showered affection on her as a way to compensate
for her broken heart.
In January, we decided that it was time Brittany had a new companion. We
didn't want to go through the same problems we had with Ace's breeders and
we really didn't have the patience for a puppy with our conflicting work
schedules. After such a wonderful experience with AABR, we decided to
look on the website for available dogs. We involved Brittany in the
decision making process. In that, I mean we had to consider her
personality and temperament. She also does not get along with other
females, so that was out of the question. We saw Tucker (MD) on AABR's
website and my husband was smitten. Following the application process, my
husband and I packed up the car, nestled Brittany in the back seat, and
drove 3 hours to Pittsburgh to get Brittany's new brother.
February 27, 2009, Tucker was adopted into our family. He and his
new sister were both made official members of the Long family with new
name tags engraved with their full names: Brittany Maeve Long and Tucker
Tucker has been an absolute dream since day one. He is so well behaved
and is a great guard dog. He has helped us immensely with training Brit
as well. We had been having problems with her leaving messes in the house
while we weren't home. She has really learned her manners and her potty
training from Tucker. Seems she learned from seeing and doing rather than
On the one year anniversary that Brittany became our girl, we heard her
bark for the first time. I was as proud as a mother hearing her child
utter her first word. She learned how to be a guard dog, just like
This February, we celebrated what's been dubbed "Doggy Day."
February 28 was Ace's
birthday. Since we don't know Brit or Tucker's real date of birth, we
decided to make February 28 Doggy Day to honor our boy, Ace. We
celebrated Brittany's 5th and Tucker's 4th birthday with treats and ice
cream. Their Lhaso Apso cousin Stinkie helped them celebrate.
I wanted to share our story with you so that anyone interested in adopting
can see what a wonderful experience it can be. We have been so blessed to
have Brittany and Tucker as part of our family; I feel richer because of
it. They've become my children. I cannot imagine how or why these
two were not wanted in their former homes, but I suppose one man's trash
is another man's treasure. Everyone that meets them tries to sneak out
the door with them because they fall in love with our kids. Brittany's
foster mom visits often with her adopted rescue Apollo and Brit loves
every minute of their visits. We are in constant contact with Tucker's
foster family as well. I recommend AABR to anyone that tells me they're
intersted in adopting and I love to show off pictures of my kids.
What your organization does for these dogs is just wonderful and I will
always adopt from you should we ever decide to adopt in the future. God
Bless you and all that AABR does for these dogs. Please enjoy and feel
free to share on AABR's website the pictures I have attached.
Betsy has made a lot of
progress in her new home. This girl has gone from a puppy mill to a
loving home, and she is doing great! She recently graduated from
obedience class. New pictures are posted from her class and of Betsy just
relaxing on the couch. This is what we hope for with each of the puppy
mill boxers that we are able to rescue.
1/3/10 - HAPPY BEGINNINGS - CUDDLES!
Initially, we were not looking to adopt a senior boxer,
but after talking with AABR volunteers and considering the notion that this
would truly be a rescue, we set up a time to visit
Cuddles at her foster home. We felt an instant connection, and
brought Cuddles home that same day. We knew very little — that she was
afraid of thunderstorms and liked pig ears, but not much else! Of course,
that very night, we had the loudest, scariest thunderstorm that either of us
could remember, but she did great getting through it, and has been a pure
joy ever since. We both feel very fortunate that we did not miss out on
Cuddles – every single minute with her is special!
Working full time, it has helped us tremendously that Cuddles was already
house-trained and into a routine ... While we are at work, she has her
favorite spots to catch up on her sleep to get ready for her long walk or
trip to the dog park later in the day! There, she will happily chase
squirrels and mingle with her canine pals. Over the past few months, she has
been introduced to a great number of family members and friends— including
lots of little ones! Everyone who has met her has marveled at her
temperament. She is an amazing dog and companion and we would not trade a
single day with her! Thank you, AABR!
Time and time again, I have been asked by "passer-bys" about the well
behaved nature of my dog, Frazier. And time and time again, I have
responded with one of Ceasar Millan's most useful tents: "A well exercised
dog is a well behaved dog."
When AABR asked me to write a little something about the adoption of a
"less than perfect" dog in the hopes of encouraging others to give one of
these boxers a second, third, or perhaps even fourth chance at life - I
responded with a decisive "YES." Yes because my "less than perfect"
dog has turned out to be an "almost perfect" companion.
Frazier was a dog who remained "unadopted" on the website for a notable
period of time. The reasons for this: "not good with men," "high
energy," ---- a euphemism for behaviorally challenged, "returned to rescue,"
and so on. I must admit, I too, passed him by on several occasions.
How wrong I was and how happy I am to have found Frazier!
Today, Frazier, my less than perfect rescue dog, walks beside me, allows
me to cut his nails, brush his teeth, clean his ears, and place birthday
hats and reindeer antlers on him for the purpose of picture taking. I
have become affectionately known throughout the neighborhood as the guy with
the well behaved boxer. My neighbors regularly seek Frazier out to
treat him to a biscuit or ask, "When can we watch him again?"
Frazier was not always problem free. However, what dog is?
Frazier has now learned to trust. He trusts that he will go for his
daily walks -- and he does. He trusts he will be fed and cared for --
and he is. And in return, Frazier is relaxed, well mannered, even
tempered, confident, friendly, and a pleasure to be around.
Time, attention, and a little enlightenment from Kim Barnett, our trainer
and AABR's resource, is all it took for my less than perfect rescue dog to
be the envy of the neighborhood. Thank you AABR for all that you do
for the dogs that you serve. I am very happy to have found Frazier!
11/08/09 - Happy Beginning for Autumn
- New pictures!!
was visiting with me, at my brothers house in Hopewell, NJ, in the spring
of 2007. He is the chief pilot at the Princeton, NJ Airport.
He invited me to come along for a ride... I had Cocoa with me, so with
great trepidation and some fear, Cocoa jumped up on the wing and into the
back seat of a Piper Cherokee. We put on her WWII helmet before take
off, and she got beautiful views of Princeton, NJ, Philadelphia, and other
parts of PA.
She was up about 50 minutes and sat straight up from
take-off to landing in the back seat. As we would bank left or
right, Cocoa moved to look out the windows. She was a perfect lady
during the whole flight.
life so far with Rocky has been absolutely wonderful. He's like the little
brother I never had growing up. He's there in the morning when I wake up,
licking my face, and at night when I get ready for bed, sniffing around me
while I brush my teeth. He's so cute with his big, amber-brown eyes, and
that innocent little face. Not to mention his white paws, which I call his
"socks". I always pal around with him, and I'm always there to scratch his
itches, kiss his boo-boos, and satisfy his hunger bug. Whenever I come
home from work or school, he's always jumping around, his little stub
wagging erratically to and fro, and his big, pink tongue lolling out of
that big goofy smile, ready to slobber me with sloppy wet kisses. He's
such a goofball whether he's rolling around on his back, or running after
his tennis ball.
" Dear Lord, please help all the homeless boxers find a loving home like I
Thought I would send this picture of Murphy to you since St. Patrick's Day
is coming and it will be a year since we have had him in our lives. Murphy
started out at 35 lbs, and he now 70 lbs and very tall. A very smart,
cute fellow who has learned many tricks and is now taking agility classes
to challenge his intelligence. What a joy he has been, very affectionate
and has helped a lot in our family dealing with the loss of our senior
boxer, Bucky, in November.
The picture is of Murphy saying his prayers at his bed, and I was lucky
enough to catch this moment with my camera and thought I would share it with
wanted to share a situation that could have turned bad if
it were not for the training that George and I
consistently give to Troy. This past Thursday when I came
home I let Troy out as I usually do. He did his tinkles
and then walked over to the driveway; at the same time I
looked in horror as I realized that I had left the gate
wide open. I heard a car coming up the street; my heart
was pounding. Troy saw the gate open and I shouted out
"Troy, No". Troy stopped dead in his tracks and sat. He
looked over at me and I said "Come"; and he did. I got him
into a safe area and told him to stay. He did. I shut the
gate and praised him along with a treat. I can't stress
how important it is to train your pet. I was very careless
and because of my carelessness, something tragic could
have happened. Fortunately Troy understands his boundaries
and commands. Since the day Troy came out of K9 Korners
boot camp, George and I continue the training that Paul
gave to him and I mean every, single day. I'm grateful
that we have because the training paid off. It doesn't
take that much time out of your day to teach basic
commands like come, no, sit and stay. Basic commands that
can save a pets life. Anyway, I thought someone else can
benefit by me sharing my story. These are pictures of Troy
having fun, being spoiled, exhausted and waiting for his
is doing great! She just recently went back to the vet for
her 6 month check up. Her kidney levels are stable and not
increasing which is wonderful for a dog with kidney
failure. The vet said that the part of her kidneys that
are still functioning are very healthy and that is all we
can ask for.
When you look at
Ariel she shows no signs that she is sick or was dealt a
bad hand in life. She is the absolute happiest dog I have
ever met and she has more energy then our other boxer.
She has the best boxer wiggle and gives the best nose
kisses! She absolutely loves her green cuz toy and you
rarely see her without it.
We recently found
out that she loves to swim when we went to visit my
parents in upstate pa. She is an absolute blessing to us
and I wouldn't trade her in for all the healthy dogs in
Ariel is beating
all the odds according to her vet and she will be with us
a lot longer then anyone every thought.
Rocky, Bean, Lia, Spirit and Jake. They are best friends
and when not basking in the sunshine, they're running
around each other's backyards, enjoying every minute of
every day. So what do they have in common? They're all
rescue dogs! Each one of them came into rescue, unwanted,
some needing extensive medical care (Spirit had surgery on
both back legs!) Bean was adopted first - then the sister
of Bean's 'mom' adopted Spirit. Then Jake joined the
family, then Lia. A friend of the two families felt left
out and Rocky was brought into the fold. Five dogs,
three happy families!
If one picture is truly worth a thousand words, then this
picture screams from the rooftops what rescue is all
about. Each of these dogs was previously unwanted. Each
one faced the strong probability of being killed in
shelters. And each of these dogs was saved by rescue,
made healthy and whole and adopted into loving forever
This is what rescue is all about - this is why AABR works
so hard to save boxer dogs. These dogs are now safe and
healthy and very loved. Please help us to make the lives
that the 'fabulous five' are living a reality for the
other dogs that are still waiting for loving homes.
"My name is Faith and we adopted Charlotte
Oct. 31st. She is such a sweetheart. We are so happy and fortunate to
have the little girl become part of our family. Charlotte is full of
happy boxer wiggles, she is smart, silly, active, and full of love. My
husband and boys, and of course myself are crazy about her. I want to
thank boxer rescue for all there dedication in helping this baby. She
came from a terrible situation, and I cannot believe that this puppy who
can give so much love can be mistreated. Thank goodness for your
wonderful organization. Also, I want to thank Lisa who fostered and
loved her and taught her that there are some good people who will treat
her kindly. Lisa is a wonderful person, and it was a pleasure to meet
her. Also, thanks to the volunteers who did the home study. They were
great. I know many people are involved in this adoption process, so
thanks to everyone. I can tell you that Charlotte is being loved,
spoiled, and is surrounded with people who adore her."
Sincerely, Mrs. Gluck
"Dude was honored to have such an
important job on your
I took this picture last night,
thought you'd enjoy it. :0) "