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Intake Info
Located in PA 
Owner Surrender to Shelter
FA #1
Tag #3487
5 Yrs
(Birthday unknown)
75 lbs
Natural ears
Docked tail
Reported good with other dogs
No history with cats
Stray or no history - Kids 8 or older
Special Needs: Chondrosarcoma and Cardiomyopathy

10/12/14 - MEMORIAL

Champ lost the battle to cancer and crossed the rainbow bridge. As hard as it was to make the decision to let him go, I look back and realize that, yes I saved him from death in the shelter but I'm the lucky one. There wasn't one day he couldn't put a smile on my face. I want to thank everyone who has followed Champ. It's amazing the amount of support this dog has received from around the world. I know that all your prayers and love helped him live months past what the doctors had originally said.

I can personally say that I would have never thought that a dog could change the way I look at life every day, even after having dogs my entire life. Then Champ came along. First it was the cancer and besides a little blood from his nose, he was as happy as could be. Then it was a skin infection (which you probably know was not the prettiest thing) even then, it's like nothing in the world bothered him. Then it was an abnormal heart beat. Still every day I came home from work to see him staring me down from the bay window with the happiest look on his face. This dog has really made me think, life is tough and throws you curve balls but you just have to fight back with a smile on your face. It's not the same in the house without him, but I know he's looking down on me.

I can truly say you lived up to your name as a champ. You have been to hell and back so I know heavens gates will be wide open for you. RIP Champ. I'll never forget how great you were. I'm gonna miss you buddy.

Our lives may have dimmed, but the heavens shine just a little brighter tonight

Bill Heitz


We are heartbroken to announce that Champ has lost his battle with cancer.  He took a sudden turn for the worse overnight and a trip to the vet confirmed the cancer had spread to his lungs.  His foster Dad made the very difficult decision to help his best buddy cross over to the Rainbow Bridge.  Champ was well loved and will be very much missed.  We will post a Memorial in a few days.


Champ has had a busy month since our last update. The area affected by the calcinosis cutis expanded and became infected.  We ran a culture on his wound and found out that one of the organisms was resistant to Clavamox, so we added Zenequin to his daily medications.  To help clear up the deposits, we began reducing his Prednisone - which started his nose bleeding again. 

After speaking with the doctor and doing some research, we decided to start Champ on two different Chinese herbs, Yunnan Baiyao to control the bleeding and Coreolis Versicolor (aka turkey tail) to boost his immune system.  Once he was on the herbs for a few days, we went back to the reduced dose of Prednisone and there was no bleeding!

The wound is slowly healing and you can actually see the calcium deposits flaking off his skin.  Back in January, when Champ was originally diagnosed with the nasal tumor, his prognosis was 3-5 months.  We are beyond thrilled that he is now a full nine months past his original diagnosis!

Despite his medical issues, Champ is a happy, affectionate boy.  He loves having visitors, taking car rides, and just hanging out with his favorite people - especially the little ones and his foster dad, as you can see in the new photo. 

We are committed to helping Champ and hope his story inspires hope for others who may be in similar circumstances.  While we shop around and beg for discounts, his medications and supplements are still very expensive.  Please consider making a donation towards Champ's care - he deserves all the support he can get!


It was a good news/bad news day at UPenn for Champ.  His nasal tumor looks great - Champ has no additional symptoms from that, no problems with his breathing, and the tumor does not appear to have increased in size.  The doctor believes the lesion on the back of his neck is calcinosis cutis, which can be caused by longer term prednisone use.  He has four additional lumps, on the top of each leg, that she believes are the same.  We will decrease his prednisone again and that should help those to clear up.  All this was good news and the best we could have heard!

Now the bad the oncologist was conducting her exam, she noticed multiple irregular heartbeats, some of which also caused a skip in his pulse.  We ran an EKG and she consulted with one of the cardiologists while we were there.  Even without additional testing, they are almost positive that Champ is also dealing with AVRC, aka Boxer Cardiomyopathy.  For those unfamiliar with this condition, Champ is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest that would result in his death.  We will be adding Sotolol to Champ's daily medications to help protect him and keep his heart beating properly.

This sweet boy continues to be a happy guy.  He enjoys hanging out with his foster dad, going for car rides, and eating (did I mention he has put on some weight!).  If you did not know he was sick, you would never be able to tell just by looking at him.  Champ takes it all in stride. 

Champ could use some sponsors for his medical care.  You all came through for him when we asked for food donations, so we are hoping for a few more angels now!


Champ has now been with the rescue almost four months and he is still doing really well. He has added a few extra pounds from being on prednisone, but that just gives us more belly to rub. He stopped by for a visit last weekend and surprised us by hopping right in the pool!

Besides swimming, his favorite thing to do is to follow his foster dad everywhere. And eating, we can't forget about eating!  Champ will be remaining on the prednisone, since that has alleviated most of his breathing issues.  If you would like to sponsor Champ's medical care or supplies, please donate through his Pay Pal link above.


As with every medical case we take in, we have had to look at our options for Champ, weigh the risks and benefits, and determine what course of action is in his best interest.  Knowing that this form of cancer is not curable, we limit our choices to what will keep him happy and comfortable for the longest period of time.  The decisions we make are not always easy, but by focusing on Champ's happiness, the way becomes a little clearer. 

After much discussion, and an equal amount of tears, we have decided against radiation treatments for Champ.  We will treat his symptoms and keep him as comfortable as we can for as long as we can.  Champ has now been on Prednisone for a month, and is responding well to it.  His breathing is much better and the discharge from his nostrils has stopped completely.  He has made himself quite comfortable in his foster home and has claimed the big bay window as his own.  He just loves watching the world go by!

Champ has been showing off his tricks, also!  He knows how to sit, shake, down, roll over, and speak.  He also enjoys a slow stroll around the block.  There are far too many interesting things to sniff to rush!  He is an awesome boy and we will make sure the next several months are good for him .


Today's CT scan confirmed the presence of a nasal tumor.  We also found out that Champ had a scan and scope completed back in January.  The biopsies done then indicated Champ was dealing with cancer, likely chondroscarcoma.  This is not a curable cancer, so even with treatment we are adding months, not years.  Other than his breathing, it is difficult to tell that Champ is even sick.  Please keep Champ in your thoughts and continue to support him as we decide the best treatment plan for him. 

3/07/14 -

Champ is a five year old boy who was an owner surrender to the shelter due to health reasons, which we will be following up on.  Champ did well with his dog test at the shelter.  His foster home reports that Champ has been a great dog since arriving.  He has very obviously found the most comfortable seat in the house and claimed it as his own!

Champ visited the University of Penn today and received some encouraging news, but not a diagnosis yet.  The doctor was very happy with Champ's overall body condition and feels confident that whatever is going on is limited to the upper respiratory system.  His heart and lungs sound great and the only lymph node swelling is in his neck.  The discharge from Champ's nose would be more concerning if it was all blood, but it is more of a blood-tinged mucous.  Champ is not moving much air through his left nostril, if any.  There are no obvious abnormalities with his soft palette. 

The next step for Champ is to schedule a CT scan and rhinoscopy, which is set for Monday.  They will take a good look and also do sample biopsies to tell us if we are dealing with something like acute or chronic rhinitis, a fungal infection, or a more serious issue.  That procedure is expected to cost around $2000, so your donations are greatly appreciated!!

Champ is a really sweet boy who follows his foster dad everywhere.  Please consider becoming one of Champ's sponsors by contributing to his medical care.  We will post an update after his next vet appointment.  

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If you are interested in adopting this dog, please first read our Adoption Procedure, by clicking on the link at the top of this page, then fill out an online application.

Boxers and Applicants are not matched on a first come, first served basis. Not all applications are approved. On average, it takes between a week and 3 months to adopt a Rescue Boxer to an approved applicant, depending on your personal circumstances and flexibility.  

Not every home is the right match for a boxer, and matching Boxers suitable for placement with younger children, other dogs, cats, and special needs, yours and theirs, increases the application review time and adoption time. 

And yes, we realize that the Boxer you may have your heart set on, may be adopted before you're approved.   Should your first choices all ready found their forever home, we want you to advise us at your home visit of other dogs you are interested...  Or let us suggest a few that we feel will match your home.  That is what we are good at.   And be happy for the ones that have been placed... and know that there are way too many fantastic dogs waiting in their place.

Our non-profit organization is wholly comprised of hard-working volunteers whose only reward is seeing our wonderful Boxers placed in loving, permanent homes and given another chance for a happy life. Our process may seem slow, but if you are patient, we will try to provide you with a devoted, loving companion - a Boxer.

We hope you feel that the right Boxer is worth waiting for. 

Adoptions Fee: Please see our adoption info by clicking on the link at the top of this page.



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