Comments: Thank you for all that you do, Opal's story broke my heart, I'm so glad that you're there for her.
Admin reply: Thank you, River. Opal's in a great place now, (it was kinda hard to let her go) she's loved and spoiled. But there are many more with similar (or worse) stories. It often breaks my heart, but it also spurs me to help each one.
Comments: I can't help but wonder if you are the Cathy that helped save my beloved Blaze and his siblings? Wanted to say hi if it is you.
Admin reply: Debbie, I was with GOBR then and I remember that adorable litter, but no, it was a different Cathy. We do have more in common tho. That Cathy also pulled a brindle boy from that same shelter. I was to be his foster mom, so one Friday evening I met her in Columbus Ohio. If you haven't driven in Columbus during rush hour on a Friday evening, I'd guess it may be similar to NYC's rush hours. What is normally a 1.5 hr trip, turned into 4+ hours, most of it at a standstill. But I got him home, fell in love with him, and he became my Mugsy.
I was so sad when Rachel told me about Blaze, he had a great life with you and you gave him a good home and lots of love, thank you.
Comments: My husband & I now own 2 boxers (3 &1) and as I read your comments about having older boxers who are calm I totally get it! Thank you for all you do to foster & train the breed. They are totally amazing animals. My husband likes to remind me that it took him 10 years to talk me into the world's greatest dog!!! You are an inspiration! Thanks for all you do!
Admin reply: Pollee, Enjoy your boxer kids, they have that special way to worm themselves into your heart and keep their people entertained. I am so happy you've 'caught the bug'
Comments: I am making this donation in the name of my Dear friend who passed away on Jan 29 '13. She was born in Germany and lived in Irwin Ps Her name was Ingrid and she loved dogs. I know this will make her smile down From Heaven. Thank you. Cheryl
Admin reply: Cheryl, GOBR appreciates you generous donation, it will go far to aid in the help of these wonderful dogs. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, things like your donation will keep her memory alive. You are a good friend.
Comments: I enjoyed reading about you and the dogs. You are such a gem for such dedication and love for the rescue. I have only been around a boxer once and couldn't believe what a gentle soul it was. Larger breeds use to intimidate me, but find that they can be very gentle. I had always grown up with smaller breeds like doxies, cockapoos, maltese,terriers and now papillons. Unfortunately our papillons don't seem to like a larger dog. Perhaps they are intimidated too?
Admin reply: Lol, Wanda! Thanks for looking at my foster kids! I guess growing up a country girl, we always had larger dogs and I feel more comfortable with them. Trust me tho, an untrained boxer can can be a wild, unruly thing, it takes some effort on the owners part to have a calm, gentle boxer.
Comments: I lost my wonderful MiMi this Oct. Miss her so much, our home is empty without her. Our Rotty Sasha still mourns too. Your story and the beautiful photos brought tears to my eyes. May God richly bless your big heart and loving deeds you generously give to these beautiful dogs.
Admin reply: Cheryl, you have my sympathy, I know too well how hard it is to lose our cherished pets. Since I wrote this page, I've lost both Mugsy and Sheeba.
I've fostered 3 wonderful boys in the 1-2 year range and seriously considered adopting each of them. I decided they were just a bit too young for me and I knew they'd easily find great homes. My next foster was in the 3-5 year old range and a much better fit for me. You see I often have younger dogs to house train and to teach what they need to become good family pets, it was just to much to also be teaching one of my own. It turns out Bosley is a big help to me, he knows when to step in and help settle a young nervous foster. He can correct them without starting a fight. He's calm and helps keep order. And he's stolen my heart
Comments: I think you're a very special person to do what it is you do for these boxers. The breed is awesome and I have yet to meet one I didn't like =) Thank you for your kindness, they need it and deserve the kindness you show.
Admin reply: Thank you for visiting out website, Chris. Some dogs make fostering very difficult and discouraging. It's all worth it tho when I see them go to loving homes. It can be hard to let some of them go, but I can't keep them all. I guess I've just found my little niche in life. I can't make a big difference in the world but I try to make a difference in each foster's life. I want them to go to homes that love them as much as I do, I love getting updates.
Comments: Thank u for all the love you have shared with these beautiful babies. Boxers are such a wonderful breed. We had our beautiful girl for six and a half years she was our furry soulmate, she went to the rainbow bridge in March 2012 with heart problems I say it is because she had such a big heart, we miss boxer love so much we had thought about fostering but not sure we would meet the requirements but I am so thankful there are people like u out there.
Admin reply: Thank you for visiting, Susan. I'm sorry you lost your sweet boxer. It's the bad part of loving this great breed. My Shiner was in the heart study with Dr. Meurs, but I lost him the lymphoma at 7. He'd just had his last annual visit with her about 6 months before and was still clear of heart disease. It seems that many donate their affected dog's hearts, but few donate healthy hearts, so I did. I figure that he gave his heart to me, so I should pass it on when he was done with it.
As far as fostering, GOBR is looking for responsible, loving people, who are willing to share their home with a boxer kid who may not yet be the perfect companion.
It can be very hard to let them go, but I can't keep them all. I really don't want to deny anyone the experience of sharing that boxer love.
Comments: Hi Cathy, I've been approved for a Boxer a couple weeks ago and I'm trying to patiently (um, right) wait for my new fur buddy. I just keep checking the website to read whatever has been posted recently or historically! Guess you can't tell that I'm really excited can you? I keep telling myself "It's only been a couple weeks, it's only been a couple weeks"....
Anyway.. love all the stories I've read about all the wonderful dogs and I can't forget the wonderful people who do the rescues and fostering... Thank you!! Dianna
Admin reply: Hi Dianna, I know we don't have much available right now, but there are a few nice dogs in foster homes getting healthy and learning how to be good boxer kids. Feel free to send a note to Adopt_GOBR@yahoogroups.com and let them know what your interests are.
There's always the option to 'Foster to Adopt' where an approved adoptive home can foster until the right dog comes along. GOBR pays for all the medical needs and you help direct their behavior. It's a good way to find if a dog 'clicks' for you and your family. If a particular dog doesn't then they go up for adoption like any other and you start at square one again, either adopting one in a foster home or trying with a new homeless dog.