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Rocco CT

Intake Info
Located in CT 
Stray to Shelter
FA #
Tag #
8-10 Yrs
(Birthday unknown)
107 lbs
Natural ears
Docked tail
Reported good  with other dogs
No history with cats
Stray or no history - Kids 8 or older

9/04/14 - MEMORIAL

The day we got Bear from the pound, we weren't too sure what was in store.  We picked him up with the name Rocco, but it was quickly obvious that he was a big teddy bear.  Any worries we may have had faded away as we got to know what a gentle soul he was, just desperate for love and a home.  The day we got his little nub to wag brought us so much joy as we knew once we achieved that, he was on the road to happiness.  We saw him improve rapidly and he loved to hang out on the lawn with his Boxer sisters, go for walks in town and at a local preserve, and go to the barn for an afternoon with the horses.  We joked about the "Bear stare," in which he would stare intently at you to make sure you weren't headed anywhere without him.  Bear loved to ride with his head out of the back of the car, wind flapping his ears, checking out the world. 

It was hard not to love Bear - he melted hearts wherever he went.  So many people couldn't believe that he was left in a state forest to fend for himself, when it was so apparent he would never hurt a fly. 

Unfortunately, Bear's health took a rapid turn for the worse after almost six weeks with us and his vet had little options for a guy his age riddled with health problems.  The night before his last car ride, Bear had many visitors who came to see him, hoping for good news in the morning - he touched so many people.  Bear crossed the rainbow bridge with his foster mom by his side and was loved so very much by his family.

Thank you to everyone who donated toward his care.  His last few weeks were made better because of you.  And many thanks to Karen Ericson and Kim Barnett, who both helped and advised so much with Bear - they were indispensable. 

Courtney Becher


Rocco-bear spent the night at the emergency hospital when his left leg suddenly swelled and he became short of breath and restless.  It seems that in addition to Hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, and liver damage, Rocco now has Pancreatitis and a urinary infection.  Unfortunately, Rocco continued to decline and his foster mom had to help him cross the bridge.  Rest in peace, Rocco-Bear. 

Thank you to everyone who donated towards his care.  It made a difference for Rocco. 


Rocco-bear continues to improve daily and his personality is really shining.  He loves to be around adults and children, and has adjusted quite well to life with two female dogs in his foster home.  Bear is pretty low energy and is happy to just wander around the yard or go for a walk around the block.  Bear likes to go for car rides and on a trip last week, he met a couple of his foster mom's horses - whose faces he just wanted to lick.  He is such a gentle soul and would do best in an environment with other dogs and a family that is not too fast paced.  If you are looking for a boxer with a heart of gold, Bear would be a perfect addition!

At Adopt a Boxer Rescue, we take pride in helping the senior boxers - but they are by far the most expensive dogs we take in.  We feel they deserve the best chance at a good life, just the same as a young puppy.  If you agree and want to support Bear's chance at the good life, please consider donating to his vet care.  It is amazing how much even a small amount can do for a dog like this! 


Bear (Rocco) has really come out of his shell since arriving at his foster home about a week and a half ago.  He went to the vet and bloodwork revealed that Bear is hypothyroid (not uncommon in older boxers), which may account for his weight and hair loss.  Bear is now on thyroid medication.  His energy and personality have really blossomed.  Bear is loving his daily walks through town and at a local preserve with his Boxer foster sisters.  Speaking of foster sisters, Bear really enjoys their company.  He gets along with them so well and has slid into their routine quite seamlessly.  He also loves being around his foster mom and dad.  Bear is so mild mannered and deserves a family that understands what a special boy he is. 


Rocco has arrived at his new foster home.  His foster home is affectionately calling him "Bear" because Rocco is like a big teddy bear.  He is in rough shape, but will get lots of TLC now that he is in foster.  We will post more information after Rocco visits our vet and settles in.  If you would like to sponsor Rocco, please donate today!

7/11/14 -

This sweet old-timer showed up wandering the streets and nobody has come looking for him at the shelter.  He is approximately 80 lbs and very friendly with people.  We have no history or information on how Rocco will be with other dogs.  Rocco has some skin issues which will be checked out by our vet once he arrives in foster.  The shelter indicates that he appears to be housetrained and Rocco's eyesight may be slightly impaired.  We are in urgent need of a foster home to be able to help Rocco.  Please apply today!

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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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