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Friday, September 24, 2010

Sasha Celebrates her birthday!

Hello Chantelle and everyone at WBBR!!

Just a little note to let you know that Sasha is doing wonderful! Her birthday was yesterday and she celebrated by eating half a tub of margarine that I had left out on the counter, whoops! haha. What a stinker.

She loves everyone she meets, but is having some trouble with other dogs, so we are working on that. We want her to be able to go to the dog park and run and play! She sleeps in between us every night on the bed, and she hasn't had an accident in weeks. We are so proud!

Hope all is well with you guys!!

Adam, Lindsey, and Sasha

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I rescued a human today


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A heartwarming update from our Medical boy Winston

A very sweet update from a special little man, Winston (formerly Neuro) had some neurological deficates from either trauma or ingestion. He got lots of help and lots of therapy and now he has the best medicine ever...a wonderful family. Winston is doing fantastic and is very, very loved. Here he is in a rare moment where he is still as this little guy is a whirl wind of playful energy. He is very loved.


Check out the tongue one (omg!) which I took before we left Bellingham Saturday afternoon, and two cuddle shots (one with our daughter). I wish there was a good way to capture the action shots with Winston and Sampson because those are the ones that will give you tears from laughing. Funniest thing ever - they grab each others hind legs and then spin in circles in sort of a "you let go first / no YOU let go first" game. And then when we say their names, they stop moving but don't let go of each others' legs... it's a hoot.

We've shot a bunch of video, someday I'll figure out how to post to Youtube. And the playing is sweeeeeet... nipping at each others' ears and jowls, Winston launching himself from the couch ("Wheeeee!") to land on Sampson who loves it and then when it's time, he puts his arm around Winston like, "Okay now, that's enough little dude."

And one more thing - yesterday it was time for our cat to explain his place to Winston, so there was a little hissing and Sampson (who loves our cat) went into total protection mode on Winston's side. Got right between them and just waited for the cat to do something, you could tell he was ready to intervene and protect his new little brother. Didn't have to, because our cat's not like that, he just made his statement and walked away, but Sammy was right there, and ready. We hadn't seen that before, it was pretty cool.

Anyway, that's it for the update. If you or Chantelle are ever down here and want to visit Winston and see how he's doing, you should give us a call. We'd be happy to have you over or meet up somewhere!

Take care,

Louie Louie - What a cute boy!

Good Morning -

I just thought I'd give another update now that it's been almost 4wks since we adopted Louie...

First off - what a FABULOUSLY AMAZING boy we have! He has settled in great with us and is really showing us that he wants to be a part of our family by his good listening skill and wanting to please us by doing most things that are asked of him. He goes in and out of his "house" (crate) without hesitation and knows that we always come back to let him out. He greets other dogs on our walks by slowing down and waiting for them to come to him first. We thought this was best as we were not sure what to expect from the other dogs or him. Everybody that sees him can't help falling in love with him and they all say "what a good looking dog he is" - we agree! He likes the little breeds as they seem more ready to play, but is also comfortable with the larger breeds. He is faster than lightening when he is off leash in the dog park...I took him there last week when there wasn't too many dogs so I could see how he would react. Man...he is quick! He behaved himself again like a true gentleman and loved the experience but did not love the rain - he was soaking wet and wanted to get back into the truck to dry off. Although the dog park is not really my thing, I will take him once in a while. He is learning come and stay while off leash in the house and is really getting the hang of it. He does great on our runs that I keep to about 30 mins so that he will always enjoy this experience and not feel like it is a chore. He is delightfully laid back, happy and cool as a cucumber. We know without a doubt that Louie was meant to be part of our family. Thanks again for such a wonderful experience!

I'm attaching a few more pictures of Louie so you will know just how loved he is with us and can add him to your "happy endings" stories on Boxer Rescue.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Operation - Get Beatrix Home - Sept. 2010

Good Morning Everyone,

Just wanted to send a few photos from the past couple of days with the beautiful Beatrix. It was truly an honour to be able to introduce her to her new Dad Corey. In the past few months I've felt like everyone has been reaching out and doing things for me, so it felt very special to be able to do something for someone else. Thank you for that priviledge! You gals make people's lives richer one Boxer at a time!!!

Souli Update - Adopted Aug 2010

HI Everyone,

So they are getting along nicely now. Sam has turned into Sargeant Sam ala Luke. Souli gets excited and hops and wiggles and Sam gets right in there to stop it. He is definitely alpha. She is no longer howling when we leave but she does this weird, super quiet howl if one of us is home and the other leaves, she starts really low with her head down adn then by the end she is staring at the ceiling still howling low but with her cheeks puffed out. Its hilarious (no i don't encourage it but its hard not to laugh).

We start training tonight with Souli bear so wish us luck. I inlcuded some pics of the kidlets :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ms. Kady is home in the Prairies - Adopted Sep 2010

I am officially in love with Kady and we will be keeping her name, whoever named her picked a perfect name for her!

I got Kady home, introduced her and Thor - she is not too interested in him right now but is stuck to me like glue! I fed them and got them fresh water. She does two things I never thought a dog could do - eat faster than Thor and make a bigger mess drinking!!!! She loved the raw food. They hung out in the yard and then I took them for a bit of a walk. She walks great on a leash. Man does she have a nose on her, she was snorting her way all over the house! She does not want to be too far away from me and when I move she gets up and follows. She will settle in but for now she seems very out of sorts. I took a couple of pics, they are attached.

Thank you for sending this beautiful little girl to us.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Maggie Mange Puppy update

I visited with Maggie today. She looks so good. Stacie and Sean absolutely love her and had nothing but things to say about her. She has been stung twice by bees but they had Benadryl and they treated her right away. They are enrolling her in puppy classes in Sept. She is so cute! Her and Guinness love each other, they play and run hard around the back yard. Her feet are still huge and she is leggy. Can't wait to see her all frown up!

Lucy Update - Adopted BRLA Aug 2010

Hi Sheri,

Lucy and I just got home today from Kelowna. She is a wonderful dog and is going to be a fantastic dog. She is so well behaved and calm it is almost unbelievable. I can walk her without a leash and she will stay right at my side the whole way. She had a blast at my daughter's in Kelowna and I am sure she did not want to leave but she is happy to be home with her new little sister Suzi. Suzi is the happiest dog in the world having Lucy here. They play and chase each other around the yard like puppies. I will send you more pics later. Lucy is just a big loving dog, she slept on my lap in my PT crusier for the entire ferry ride to Duke Point and she just snuggles in and does not jump around as she is very gentle on the seats. Thnak you for the vaccination info today and thanks once again for finding me Lucy. She is a stunning beauty with a great personality.


Bronson Update (Mange puppy now Owen)

Ah YES! I just took a bunch in the last few days! So funny! We are building a large fire pit area with sand and of course Owen is going crazy in it! He is active and smart and learning new commands all the time. HE and Winston get along extremely well, a great new addition!

Buddy Is Home - Adopted Aug 2010

Hi Allyson

Just wanted to let you know that Buddy is doing great and is adjusting very well. He seems to be a very quick learner and is making himself quite comfortable. He spent most of the day avoiding George, but a few miniutes ago he decided that he wanted to play too, which of course resulted in a coughing fit and now he is having some quiet time in his crate and George is trying to let him rest. We are really excited to see what happens with these two once Buddy is feeling better. I have attached a couple of pictures taken of Buddy while George was out for a walk.

Thank you again for all your help finding us Buddy, and feel free to send us an email and come visit the boys any time.

Scott & Teri

Good Morning from Louie (BRLAs Godfrey) Adopted Aug 2010

Morning ladies -

SHHHHHH, don't tell my family, but I've snuck on the computer to send you all an email about my new home, family and friends. My teenagers are sleeping, mom is doing dishes and dad went to work so this is the perfect time for me to give you an update so you don't worry about me.

I guess it's been about 11 days now in my new home and I have settled in comfortably now. I was a bit nervous at first as I didn't quite know if I was staying here or if this was another foster home so I decided to stay fairly quiet, calm and listen to everything that was asked of me. After a couple of days, I figured out that I'm not going anywhere and that they love me very much, they tell me everyday and say that I am the BEST DOG EVER! I get lots of hugs, cuddles, good food, walks and have been given clear boundaries of what they expect of me. I have tried to sneak up on my teenagers beds while they are still asleep in the mornings but soon mom or dad figure out where I am and ask me to get down - I can't blame them really, I do take up a lot of space and waking a sleeping teenager is sometimes not a pretty sight. I can't help myself though as they are giving me so much love and attention that I feel I can push my boundaries a little and heck, I am only one years old! I go for walks twice a day and sometimes one of those walks is a run with my mom - she likes to feel safe with me by her side when she runs and after I sniff, pee and poop I run along side of her like the gentleman that I am and it's funny, but I feel safe when I'm with her too. We run for about 35 minutes but she tells me that she would like to work me up to about an hour, that seems like a long time to run, but she assures me that we will ease into it. My crate is called my "house" now and I sleep quietly all night in it in mom and dad's bedroom. I like to rest in my house sometimes during the day cause they bring it down to the TV room but my most favourite place to nap is in front of the sliding glass doors with the sunshine warming my back. I stretch out as long as I can and soak it all in...this is the life! I've met most of the family now and my favourites are the two little people (nieces aged 3 1/2 & 6) who think that I am the most bestiest dog ever. I let them walk me around the trees at their nana's house and listen very closely to what they want me to do. I know that I am strong enough to pull them where I want, but they are so good to me that all I want to do is to please them and keep them safe so I try super hard to follow their instructions. The oldest was asking me to stop, stay and then come as we walked so.....I did...and boy was my mom proud of me! I feel so good about my behaviour when I get praised after doing something right - can't get enough of those scratches behind my ears - love 'em. I met my new cousin who is a little white ball of fluff they call Maggie, she is a shitzusomething, I think. We met through a chain link fence as her owners felt that she may be frightened of my size - she doesn't have many friends in her neighborhood. After she finished barking at me as little dogs do, we sniffed and I wanted to play. Maggie still feels a bit overwhelmed so we will visit again with her next week and see if she is ready to play with me. I've gone to Grandma and Grandpa's house down by Piper's Lagoon as well and am quite fascinated by the 4 cats that live there. It's funny, but none of them want to play with me, in fact, one named Sloan comes after me and swats at me so I give him his space and try not to bother him. I am told that this will be my "daycare" for about 3 or 4 hours a day when everyone is at work or school. Gma and Gpa have a really big fenced back yard with lots of trees and grass for me to run and play - I think I'll like it there. Mom took me to meet the vet yesterday and she was very nice. She told mom that I am a very nice looking, gentle boxer but should put on a couple more pounds. The vet looked in my ears as I have been scratching them a bit and then put some stuff in them. The assistants cleaned my ears and gave mom some antibiotics as they think it is a yeast infection that has been there a while. It felt so good to have the drops put in my ears and have them rubbed - the vet assistants said that I am very well behaved and that they think I'm wonderful! Mom has to put the stuff in my ears for about 2 weeks and I don't mind at all, I like to be scratched and rubbed and loved up. After my family finished dinner last night we went to what I call "PLAY LAND" to visit two other boxers that used live at Boxer Rescue as well. This was so much fun. Tyson, Cash and I played for about an hour and a half steady, jumping, boxing, rolling, sniffing, and lots of running in their back yard - it was amazing. Mom cried when she saw me playing cause she wasn't sure how I'd play, she worries to much I think...she says she feels so good about my personality and is very proud of me! I was tired after all that playing but hope that we go back again soon - I heard mom talking with Tyson and Cash's mom and dad and they are planning on taking all of us for a run out at Westwood Lake on the weekend - I can't wait! you can see I am very happy here with my new family and friends and want to thank you ladies for finding them for me. This is the family that I am supposed to be with because they tell me that it is not a coincidence and that I was sent to them from someone named "Poppy" who lives up in heaven... I am told that Poppy, who died 8 years ago on September 11th, has the same birthday as me. I think I am the luckiest dog in the world to have such a loving caring family!

I have tried to attach a couple of pictures but not sure that I'm doing it right - I will get some help and send more along later.
There is a picture of me sleeping, me with Danika, me with Courtney and me with the two little ones and their mom that I adore so much.

Hope you all have a great day - I know I will as I'm heading off for a run soon and then I think I'll rest in the sun some more!



Thank you to everyone to came out to support WBBR's first annual Pub Night fundraiser! It was a huge success. Better than any of us could imagine!!! Jody and the staff at Taylor's Crossing Pub was fantastic! The food was amazing and a great time was had by all. It was a busy night! Met some really great volunteers and some great adopters! The silent auction items were fabulous! Each basket was beautifully wrapped. We estimated about 75 people were at the event. Thank you to all our donators for your donations. With the genorisity of our donators and attendees we helped WBBR raise almost $9500!!!

This amount will go directly to helping our Medical Babies in need, such as our boy Winston, who has permanent brain damage. Winston's brain damage was most likely caused by a blunt trauma to the head or being exposed to illegal drugs at a young age. This pup who is only 18 weeks old lives life to the fullest. Your funds will help us to determine what lays ahead for Winston.

Thank you to the following volunteers for all your hardwork at the event:

Sheri & Sean
Joni & Susan
Danny Chan
Erin & Allyson
Jim & Michelle
Erika & Russell
Barb & Allan

Congratulations to all the winners of the silent auction items and to Yuri our Grand Prize winner of the Westjet flight for 2! I understand that it couldn't have gone to a more deserving person!

Look forward to seeing everyone at the next event!