Info Bar

Canadian Registered Charity #85269-7440RR0001

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Olive (WBBR/BRLA Nov. Run) Update

Olive waited a full year at BRLA for a family to call her own.  She is one happy girl now!

Just a note to let you know that Olive as arrived at her new home safe and sound. A good night at my sisters, with lots of laughs - Olive got 'Mr. Squirrel' a squeaky toy and had a blast with him. In the morning, she watched the real thing out on the balcony eating chopped nuts.

Good trip home, nothing eventful. She was completely unimpressed with snow!!!! She likes the gardens here - lots of paths to walk. Tonite, we heard a big owl hooting and of course, she wanted to try tree climbing. She is snuggled in her new bed in my office as I write, just like I imagined so many times. I told her that, too. She is such a petite little girl - her new Dad is really starting to warm to her.

Thanks to both of you for all you have done for her and the many others like her.


Hi Raphele

My new mom is helping me with the typing because the keyboard is too small for my paws. Cause I CAN type - you know how smart I am.

I have had SUCH a week!!!

I went on a big plane ride and then to a place called Chantelle's with a whole bunch of other boxers. Then a couple of ladies came to Chantelle's to take me home.

It was SO exiting. You know how I love to ride in the car!!!! Well, they tried to put a harness on me. Ha Ha!!! It was to fit a Mastiff, so of course I wiggled out in no time at all and climbed in the front seat on top of Michelle. Next thing you know, I am in someplace called Bosely's. It was a HUGE cookie and toy store. I got properly fitted for a car harness with soft stuff inside it. I don't like it cause I have to stay put! And I got a bed of my own and a squeaky toy. I already ripped his tail off!!!

Then we went to my mom's sister for one night and now I am home. I think. I hope. They have the BEST show here outside the window. It is called CATS!!! I just LOVE it. But the cats don't.

I can snooze on the sofa and I can lay in my bed while my mom is on the computer.  We went out this morning and I have a REALLY big yard. I have to share it with  3 other dogs, but I haven't met them yet. There is a little stream running thru it and there are ducks too. Mom said that there are beavers and they have made a dam and now the stream is like a little lake. That will be good in the hot summer. Boy, Raphele, it is cool here!!! Have you ever seen snow? Mom said we might have some this week.

I will get my mom to take some pictures when I get my new clothes. We are going today and see about a sweater and a coat and maybe some boots.

Bye for now. I miss you Raphele, but this is pretty good here. (I got up on the bed this mornining - my crate is still in the car)


Armani (Nov. BRLA run) update

 Hi Kerry
> He is just beautiful -- but today he is still Brad's shadow!!!
> The vet said it may be kennel cough but she is dubious --
> he has hardly coughed all day and he only seems to do so if a bit 
> stressed like Brad disappearing from view...
> We had him checked for micro chips and he did not have one but now he 
> does.
> We are thinking of calling him Atticus -- it is up for discussion...
> He has had a busy day meeting a few people but mostly checking out the 
> house and he loves the yard -- room to run.
> Thank you again -- hope you have recovered from your trip.
> Will keep you posted on our progress
> Janelle

Jada Update (Nov. BRLA/WBBR Run)

 Our baby girl is just great....she loves the truck rides with mom...fries at the drive thru...and she looks smashing in her new sweaters that Aunt Shell gave her!  We have the best time chasing her and playing tag.....she usually wins. No pictures yet though!


Thank You:


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our mangey Pinkey all Grown up!!!

Gunther Update (Nov. Run)

Hi Sheri, 
Here are some pictures from the week.  We are really happy with how the dogs are getting along, they like to sleep together in front of the fire place while we watch tv.  Gunther is extremely hard to take a pictures of while he is playing....he goes a mile a minute, so most of the pictures were blurry, but I did manage to get a couple good ones. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Henry Update (Sept. Run)

Hello Chantelle,
Let's celebrate!!  Were having a weight gaining party for Henry, he is now 50.4lbs.  Our distinguished gentlemen is looking good, hip bones are starting to hide, tail wags are going and we are getting more bursts of energy.
The kids are disappointed though because were not giving Henry some cake so tomorrow were making dog cookies. 
I have attached a photo of Henry camping out with Pyper in the living room.
I hope all is well.
From Catherine

Papi update (Nov. Run)

Hi Jen,
It was a bit of a rocky start as poor Papi was quite stressed from the trip. However, he has settled in amazingly well.....its almost like he has always been here....and that's not an exageration! He is the most amazing dog, and our family is completely falling in love with him, and I believe that the feeling is mutual! Thankyou so much for him! We will send pics soon.
Barry and Leanne

Gunther Update (Nov. Run)

i Sheri, 
Gunther is doing great, we already feel like he has been with us for much longer then 3 days! JD (our other boxer) and him are actually getting along really well.  They love to play at the park with each other.. its really funny to watch Gunther run circles around her, he is full of energy.  He does not like his crate, and actually trembles when he goes near it.  We have had it in the family room and bedroom with us, dropped treats in it, tried to feed him in it, and JD has even gone in it to show him its not so bad....but he just does not want to go near it.  It isn't a huge problem because we have been home the whole time with him, and we just have him sleeping on his blanket next to our bed...but it would be nice if he lost his fear of it eventually.   
Were we supposed to get any documents with him? I had thought you had mentioned that there would maybe be a folder or something on top of his crate, but nothing was attached.  Also, is there any way of getting any medical records for him, seeing as we know who the previous owners are? Its okay if we can't , but we are going to bring him to our vet for a check-up (he seems VERY thin, so we want to make sure everything is okay)...and thought that it would be ideal if we knew if he had been on heartworm pills monthly...and that sort of thing.  
I will send you pictures ASAP....we are on a hunt for the piece that connects the camera to the computer (one of the many things we seemed to have lost in our recent move).  We have been taking pictures though, so as soon as we find it I will send them off. 
Thank you again! We couldn't have asked for a better dog for a family...he fits in perfectly!


Emory Update (Nov. Run)

Hi Kerri, 
She is absolutely wonderful!!!!  They took good care of her at the airport.  She didn't make a sound and there was no mess either.  We hardly had to wait at all.  Customs didn't give me a hard time once I flashed my badge.  Perks of the job.  As soon as I got the Customs stamp and back at the cargo bldg...they bumped me in front of other people to take her.  My ex loaded the crate while me and the kids took her for a bio break outside.
She was so happy to see us.  The kids were down on the floor with her, as was I.  She loves to play, play, play.
We took her for a walk at home.  It was snowing - wet flurries!!!  She runs like a deer too.  She had me laughing so hard.  I can't wait to go for a jog with her.
The kids went back to their dad's place and here we are alone.  She's finally laid down on a pillow I put on the floor.  (She got on the couch to lay down till I told her no.   lol)  I've given her some kibble and her medicine (not sure how much kibble I should be feeding her??).  Since you said she has the runs, I'll take her for one more little walk tonight as she hasn't had a bowel movement.
I am in love already!!!
Did I mention you do a wonderful job and I am thankful there are people in the world like you!!!!
Cheers from Sandy.

Oscar Update (Nov. Run)

Kerri, Oscar is amazing and he has been adjusting very well to our home and love. He goes on many walks a day. We had one accident in the house but thats to be expected. I feel blessed to have him and he sleeps on my bed with me. Hehehe


Blackie (AKA Charleston) Update (Nov. Run)

Hi Jennifer!
Blackie (aka Charleston) is a sweetheart.  Unfortunately he is not housetrained and needs a bit of basic training, but that is to be expected, and we'll manage.  He is doing great with our dog, cat, and the kids.  My husband thinks he's "perfect" and my daughter, who just mastered potty training herself in the last few months has been very encouraging to Blackie that "accidents happen, and that's ok."  She also advises him to talk to Chewy (our other dog) to learn how things are done around here. Very cute. :-)
I'm just trying to make sense of the vet paperwork so I can get his dog license with the city.  Was he neutered by Dr. Holme with BRLA, or was he neutered by the LA County Animal Care and Control when he was found?  I can't read the signature of the vet, but it doesn't look like Dr. Holme.
Also, there is a reference number next to microchip on the paperwork, so I am wondering if he does have a microchip afterall.
If you don't know the answers to this, that's ok.  I just wanted to be accurate on the licensing paperwork and to know if I needed to get a microchip for him.
Thank so much!  He's such a lovebug!

Diego (AKA Chip) Update (Sept Run)

Hi guys

Here are the pics of Diego from the Sept. run.  I saw him last night at the airport when they came to pick up Tiny.  He looks so wonderful!  Totally healthy and no more allergies. 

California Roll (AKA Sassy) Update (Nov. Run)

Like a Glove

Well congratulation to BRLA for fitting us with another perfect fit. This is the first morning together and Cali (aka Sassy) and Amy are following each other around the house. Cali is showing her personality already and jumps around like Bambi. She is a sweety. We are going to have so much fun and beautiful memories. We want to thank BRLA and all the staff that made this possible...we are very grateful and will never forget the loving emails and support everyone showed. Thanks from the bottom and tops of our hearts.

Izzy (AKA Little Bit) update (Nov. Run)

I was just coming on-line to email you. Yes I am in love and cant believe how cute she is. Thank you for sending the pictures to me over the weekend and thank you again for finding Izzy for me. I am off all week to spend nothing but time and love with her. I will take lots of pictures and send them to you and Sheri. Can you please email me Janice's (I think that was her name, the lady that had Izzy in LA) email address and I will send her some as well? Talk to you soon, 

Tonka and his foster brother relaxing!

Mabel has passed to the Bridge

It is with a heavy heart we pass on to everyone that sweet Mabel has passed to the bridge.  Our hearts go out to the Kochnowich family at this time, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking such good care of sweet Mabel.  All the volunteers of Without Borders Boxer Rescue

Hello all.

I hope you remember, sweet Mable and I.    I have sad news to report.  My children and I had to let Mable go to be the angel that she is.  On Fri. Nov. 14 th at 9:00 am, we were with Mable as she  was Euthanized.  I held her in my arms and she stood and stayed strong until the end.

Mable had a very large tumor in her bladder which was bleeding and preventing her from peeing.  We only started seeing some problems with Mable health 2 weeks prior.  She should no real signs of ever being sick.  The odd accident in the house,  and that was about it, with the exception that I could not get Her to eat much.  

The tunor was the biggest they had ever seen in the bladder and it was inoperable.  I was not going to let this sweet sweet angel suffer from the inability to urinate and she was going to fade quickly.  It was heartbreaking to see her struggle to pee.  

We brought Mable home for her last night with us.  She was given some pain meds.  She had Pizza and roast beef for supper and some chocolate as well.   She never had chocolate with us before, and she LOVED it.   My son , daughter, Mable and myself all slept in my bed that night.  we wanted to get as much of Mable as we could.

I can not thank you enough, for finding us Mable.  She exceeded my expectations in words I can not describe.  She loved those kids of mine soooooooooooooooooo much.   She was gentle and loving and never angry or bitter.   She made such a huge impact in my life.  I never had a dog before.   I trusted Mable completely with my children.  Something I never thought I would be able to do.   She had shown me so many things about myself.  I am so proud to have been a part of her life. 

Thank you so much,



Monday, November 17, 2008

Memories of Millie

my sister in law just sent me this picture...had to share it with you. some good times

Twilight Update (Nov. WBBR/BRLA Run)

Twilight is a beautiful 1 yrs old flashy brindle female with a natural tail!  

Hi Kerri.
All is very well in this house. Took her for a nice walk; her only problem was that she wanted to be friends with everyone that walked past us. She decided all on her own to crawl up onto Simon (the cat) and watch tv with us. She is already getting better with the elevator, and prefers it to the stairs. Ate the dry kibble no problem and is an extremely messy eater. But she atleast hoovers up all her kibble no matter how far she has flung it. Tomorrow we're off to the beach and then I'm sure she'll need another bath. We gave her a blanket in the living room and she's knows that where she should sleep. We're going to put her in the crate for tonight, but we're debating letting her sleep on her blanket as long as we're home. I know we want her to remain crate trained but as we get a better feel for her in the next few days she may earn a little more freedom. Hope you have a great sleep and I will talk to you soon.


Without Borders Last BRLA Run of 2008

Without Borders has made it's final BRLA run for 2008!  After this past weekend airline embargoes go in to effect so our LA adoptions will be put on hold till the new year.  We are still taking in applications and preparing families for when we head back to BRLA in 2009!  We also have some amazing local dogs who are ready to go home when a family is ready to take them!!!

18 new Canadians (well not all Canadians! 1 baby has found their new home in Washington State, 3 babies found their new homes in Ontario and 14 babies came to BC).  

Please check back often over the next few days to see the updates from our amazing new WBBR babies and the stories from our traveling volunteers!

Chloe is a 3 yrs old plain fawn female
Hi Kerri: 
you picked me the perfect dog for me i love Chloe.  Tell the mom's they did a good job with her she is a sweetheart.  I had the day of f today I think she is tried from the plane ride.  Tell them I live close by to my job and I will check on her at noon and I get off @ 3 so we will be able to walk with her in the afternoon.  Tell them don't be sad I take good care of their Chloe. Thanks again Carol

Spencer (AKA Rake) is a 1 yrs old plain brindle male
Sheri, hope you arrived home safely with your doggies and that their new owners are as happy as I am with my new baby.  Charlie loves him too, perhaps a little too much.  Doesn' t want to stop playing.  They have settled down a bit now, but Charlie keeps barking at Spencer, cause he wants to play some more.  Hope he gets it all out of his system pretty soon as that barking can be pretty annoying especially for our neighbours who may not love doggies as much as we do.  I'm sure a couple of days will sort things out.  Anyway thank you once again for all your efforts on our behalf.  Kim has a digital camera so at some point I will get her to take pic's of me and the dogs and will forward them to you.    Noreen  (Spencer is BRLA's Rake)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dahli and Diago Update

Hi again, growl classes are going well.  Diago is very well behaved on a lease, so its just a matter of getting him to tolerate my daughters dogs off the lease at family outings.  Dahli is interesting and definately a princess.  Last weekend my daughter and I took the dogs, all four, on a five hour hike in East Sooke Park.  I had Diago off the lease for a little while until he picked a fight with Seth the rotti.  We'll keep at it, I'm sure oneday he'll get it.  He's so good in all other ways, very easy to deal with.

 Dahli is coming along as well.  Her and Craig are at obediance class tonight. 

 I've included a couple of pictures from the weekend, you could say we wore them out.  Saturday was a five hour hike through East Sooke Park, and Sunday was another two hour walk around Langford Lake.  Sunday night they were done and sound asleep very early.



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lievio Update

Hi Chantelle,


We haven’t forgot about you, we’ve been so busy acquainting ourselves. Lievio is doing great, absolutely great. I have been working hard with him, lots of walks / hikes and runs. He still has moments of wanting to be the boss but I reel him in and remind him, who’s who. We haven’t had any episodes with other animals yet but I can see his aggression when around other dogs, luckily he’s been on leash and I can control the situation. We are working on it though, lots of communication and some consequence but over time I think he will beat it. He has had lots of free off leash time as well and in private scenarios has been successful. He is getting lots of compliments from my friends and they all enjoy his social skills – and he’s getting lots of social opportunities. I think his favorite treat now is how much he enjoys going for truck rides and waiting patiently for me to return from site reviews and job meetings – he just gets so excited if he here’s my truck keys. Overall, there isn’t enough I can say about him and thank you again very much with hooking me up with my next best friend. Please keep in touch.


Your friends, Paul & Lievio.

Sweet Tia Maria has left us

It is with a heavy heart we send our condolences to Louise for the loss of sweet Tia.  It's a very difficult decision for an adopter to take in a senior boxer knowing the time with them may be very short.  That time may be short but the difference these special adopters make for these babies is more then words can say.  Thank you Louise from the bottom of our hearts for giving Tia the best last weeks of her life!

Chantelle and Kerri,

Tia was euthanized on Sunday and died peacefully in my arms, knowing that she was loved and cherished.  She's now running carefree in heaven, no longer in physical or mental pain.


Although Tia was only with me for a few weeks, she stole a piece of my heart and I miss her.  I can only console myself by thinking that the last 5 weeks which she spent with me were likely better than the first 9 years she spent on this earth.