In November 2015, my husband John and I made the difficult decision to put our beloved boxer Brownie to sleep. Two years earlier, we had adopted our bullmastiff mix Kodiak (as a puppy) from LSBR. Brownie and Kodiak never really clicked, so I was hesitant to pursue adopting another dog right away. After about a year, John and I decided we were ready to look for another boxer through LSBR. After meeting one very young and energetic female boxer, we knew that we needed a dog with a much lower intensity level. That is when Leisha suggested that we meet Dash (even though he was a male). She thought that Dash's low energy would mesh well with Kodiak's personality. At the meet and greet, Dash was very timid and cautious. His foster brother came along for the introduction to help give Dash the confidence he needed. Kodiak seemed to respond well to Dash, and John thought that we should give it a go. I was more hesitant and unsure (like Dash was feeling that morning). But I trusted John's judgment, and we took Dash home. Dash was painfully shy at first, but he quickly became affectionate with us and with Kodiak, too. He immediately snuggled up and laid his head on Kodiak. How could we resist that? We couldn't. And so we formally adopted Dash and renamed him Sir Winston Churchill (Winston for short). His serious expression even resembles Churchill in a side-by-side comparison. In the months that followed, Winston slowly but surely has come out of his shell and gained more confidence. In the last couple of months, he has started to initiate play with Kodiak and not just freeze when Kodiak tries to play with him. He has also started having the normal boxer zoomies, and he loves to play with his toys. He is also spoiled rotten and sleeps in the bed with us. (He snores really loudly, too.) Winston can fall asleep the minute his head touches his pillow. I've never seen a dog fall asleep as quickly as he does. We just want to thank LSBR for rescuing our two furry loves. Our lives have been forever changed by them, and we are forever grateful. --The Speights
Sugar Plum (now Sugar Bear) is a happy little girl with a bundle of energy. We are so lucky to have her as part of the family. She loves her walks twice a day and her favorite is to chase shadows (she may be part cat). Our boys throw the football back and forth and she chases the shadow for as long as the ball is being thrown. She will literally play that game for hours if we let her. She loves water and has found the top step of the pool to jump in and cool off. The Hinton Family
We have been wanting to update you on Pixie (now Dixie) who has been a pure joy! We adopted her from LSBR in February 2016. She came to us as a very skittish and unsure pup. Although she is still a little shy, she has become such a good girl. She learned commands quickly and is a huge snuggle bunny! She keeps us all entertained with her goofy boxer personality. She and Harris (fur sibling) became great friends and would play everyday for hours until Harris got a stomach virus last August...which started his declining health.
I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you how happy we are to be the furever home for Shiner B (formerly Cutter). We adopted Shiner in October 2012. We picked him out online, and set up a meeting with him at the Fritz with the understanding that another family had "interviewed" with him previously, and another family was interviewing with him before us. We knew we might not get to bring him home, but we were hopeful. When we met him, the connection between him and my son, Connor, was instantaneous. They played for a full hour before Shiner finally crawled in his lap and went to sleep. His foster mom said, "well, I guess he picked you". And that was it. We brought him home and gave him lots of love. He was a little nervous at first, but after a couple of weeks with us, he found security and confidence. He is so affectionate and loving. He loves belly rubs and ear rubs first thing in the morning, and he knows just the right time to give kisses if you're having a bad day. He loves snuggling with Connor on a rainy day, Sunday afternoon naps with me (Mommy), and movie nights with his head propped on my husband's (Daddy's) feet (we still aren't sure how he can be comfortable with his head in that position, but he loves it). It took a little while, but we finally found a food that was suitable to his sensitive tummy, and he was able to put some weight on. He gets his walk every evening, where he prances around the neighborhood. This sweet boy brings us so much happiness - we feel blessed every day that "he picked us". --Campbell family
Goose (formerly Gustav) has been with us for a little over 2 weeks, and we are loving this sweet boy! He has a big heart and lots of energy! He is so excited to see us when we get home, his whole body wiggles! Even going to the bathroom and coming back out to the living area grants us the sweetest "wiggle welcome". Goose is getting along splendidly with the whole family, but especially his fur brother Shiner (formerly Cutter). They play ALL DAY LONG, and snore in harmony at night. He is eating well, and slowly putting on weight. His appetite is quite impressive. We take him on evening walks and he does well on a leash. We have taken him outside and to new places by himself, and also with Shiner. He seems more content and at ease when Shiner is with him, which is such a blessing to see. He loves his coolaroo and blankies, and loves all of his babies (toys) - he collects them and puts them in piles, then he picks one to play tug-o-war with Shiner. He loves anything that is food - but especially "Gooberlicious" treats. We are teaching him tricks - he does really well with "sit" and "catch" (he can catch almost any food in his mouth mid-air), and getting better at "shake". We are going to work on "stay" and "off" - he's so excited to have his people that he doesn't sit still for long. He does NOT like loud noises, boxes, or pizza guys. He is also very vocal. He alerts us when someone is at the door, and also when he wants pets and food and snuggles. When we talk to him, sometimes he just turns his head sideways and grunts this really long grunt that is just too cute. We are so in love with this sweet boy. It is obvious at times that someone really hurt him, but we have made it our goal to give him so much love and attention that his former "ruff life" fades out of his memory. --Campbell family