Lone Star Boxer Rescue is the Houston Chapter of Austin Boxer Rescue, a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the boxer breed. LSBR/ABR is run and managed 100% by volunteers since 1999. Our main objective is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home boxers that come to us from many sources including local animal shelters, owner surrenders, and strays. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to allow us to save more dogs in need throughout the state of Texas.

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Today We Rescued Your Dog
by Pat Closher

Today we rescued your dog. We don’t know where you got him from - maybe you saw him
in a pet store window or maybe one of your neighbors bred a few litters a year just to make some vacation money or because they loved their dogs so much that of course they wanted to have puppies. We don’t know much about how you cared for him either, although our vet thought that for such a young dog, his teeth were in pretty bad shape.
Did you know they were going to keep him outside? At least it was a pretty mild winter. There were no heavy snows, not much heavy winter rain and only a few days of bitter cold. But for all of those weeks he had no companionship, no care, and no love.
For some reason, your grandparents took him to the shelter. Maybe a neighbor complained about him or maybe their own health gave out or maybe they just got tired of him. You know the local shelter is a kill shelter, don’t you? You know that their own statistics indicate that about half of the dogs that enter are killed, don’t you?  Maybe your grandparents thought he would be adopted quickly. He is a purebred, after all. No one was interested in him, though, maybe since he’s an adult dog and not a cute little puppy. No one contacted the purebred rescue group either. They probably would have placed him quickly, since he really is a great boy.  The shelter is a clean place and they take good care of the dogs. They get good food and they’re bathed and brushed. It’s still a shelter though, and is noisy and chaotic and frightening. He spent two months there in that confusion, away from everyone and everything he had known.

One day, we saw him on the shelter web site. We called and asked about him. The shelter workers were so happy to hear from us and were delighted to agree to bring him to a local pet store where they do adoptions. Do you want to know why they were so accommodating? He was scheduled to be killed that afternoon. He didn’t know that, but the shelter workers certainly did. It hurt them and he felt that, so he knew something was wrong.  All of a sudden, though, the shelter workers were happy and excited and so was he. They bathed him and brushed his coat. We think they probably told him this was it - his big chance, or maybe he just knew it somehow. When we met him, we all fell in love.

He had to go to the vet to be neutered, of course, but then he came home. He has his very own 13 year-old boy. You know, it’s almost like watching one of those old Lassie movies, seeing how well they’ve bonded. He’s got good food and his own toys. He’s taken on walks three times a day, is regularly groomed and is taken to the vet for needed care. We’ll be with him always, even if we have to make that last, difficult decision, because, you see, he is our dog and we are his family.

He has a good heart you know, but then he is a dog, so that’s to be expected. He’s probably forgiven you and, with a dog’s grace, doesn’t even remember you dumped him. He’d probably even be willing to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge. But you know what? He’ll greet us and go with us at the Bridge, and then he’ll be with us forever, because he’s our dog and we’re his family.
The way we heard the story, you moved out of state and didn’t want to take him with you. You left him at your grandparents. Maybe you thought a lively, handsome dog was just the thing for them, and under better circumstances it might have been. Maybe they have been cleaning up your messes for your entire life and an unwanted dog was just another mess to clean up.
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Baby Girl Hope
I wanted to contact you and let you know that you can take Baby Girl Hope off of your website. She is in dog Heaven and will be missed. On August 28, 2010, Baby Girl was euthanized for medical problems and had probably been in pain. Changes in the home had taken place and I had watched her struggle for several months to adjust and watched her health go up and down, and then she bit a friend and I had to watch her closer as my heart broke. Her behavior was probably partly due to her medical condition but I will never really know. With her ears cut back close to her head she may have been abused and used for unspeakable things but up until recently she was loving to her owners, and anyone who would love her. She was great company, never got enough attention and truly a joy to love. She had so many little things that she did to entertain and touch my heart. I promised her I would take care of her and I did what I thought was the right thing to do. She passed over the Rainbow Bridge while in the arms of someone who loved her dearly. She was not in my life for long but she taught me many things and I truly believe she came into my life for a reason. From the moment we took her off that pile of garbage and took her to our home my life was forever changed. Her unconditional love and many hilariously happy moments that she brought to me will be etched in my memories until I am able to see her again. But when I see her again she will feel no pain, no bad memories of whatever happened before we got her, just joy, and wide open spaces to be free. Boy, we are gonna have some fun.

Thank you, and Lone Star Boxer Rescue so much for having Baby Girl Hope on the website. When my heart heals a bit I may be back to the website to take another look.


We adopted Bailey from LSBR in 2007 as a companion for our male boxer. Because of Bailey, I began volunteering with LSBR to help other needy boxers find loving homes. Bailey.....I love you.....you will forever be missed! The Church family

Trent and Karlyn Fuquay have donated $100 in memory of Bandit.

LSBR Archive - 2003

Barkley came to LSBR in March 2009 – during the routine vet check he was diagnosed with distemper and heartworms – diseases which can be easily prevented if the owners would be responsible enough to take proper care of their dog. But sadly, Barkley’s owners were not responsible enough – they dropped him off at a shelter “because they didn’t want him anymore”. That’s where LSBR found him, and made every attempt to give him a second chance at a new life and a family who would love and care for him properly.

The vet clinic worked very hard to save Barkley and the experience took its toll on the staff as well as the LSBR volunteers. This little guy had a lot of people pulling for him but it was out of their hands... His future family never got the chance to meet him. Run, play, eat, and play again Barkley!

Our Barkley (Boo Boo, Broccoli, Co-pilot, Junior) passed over the rainbow bridge today (5/20/11).....exactly two weeks after he had a cluster of seizures and we learned that he had multiple cancerous tumors in his abdomen, one of which was most likely bleeding. We brought him home, made him as comfortable as we could and spent as much time with him as possible. Barkley was about 1 1/2 years old when we adopted him from Lone Star Boxer Rescue 9 years ago. He was a funny little guy.....in looks and personality. His very long tongue made him unique but when we went to meet him when he was up for adoption and he pee'd on Mike, we knew this little guy needed us! He was insecure and, because of that, was a little unpredictable but he was the most loving and protective little guy you'd ever want to meet. Yes, he had his little quirks but everyone that met him fell in love with him (except the mailman and the UPS guy)! We feel blessed to have had him in our lives for 9 years! We truly believe he was a gift from God - one of God's little angels that has now returned home!

I've attached my favorite picture of Barkley......with Pearl's squeaky ball. -- The Farris family

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