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Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Rescue Dog's Christmas Wish

A Rescue Dog’s Christmas Poem

`Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
Every shelter is full – we are lost but not found,
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
We hope every minute that someone will care,
They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball! !”

But now we sit here and think of the days…
We were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways,
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew -
Now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
They reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?

We “jump on the children”, “don’t come when they call”,
We “bark when they leave us”, “climb over the wall”.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
Now we suffer the consequence of the errors they made.
If only they’d trained us, if only we knew…
We’d have done what they asked us and worshipped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse – let to roam -
Now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”
So now here we are, all confused and alone…
In a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with-a meal and a pat,
With so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat,
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
We know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.
We lie down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads…
Of a home filled with love and our own cosy beds. -

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears -
Our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.
If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn -
Could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year -
Can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
And help get us something special to eat
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
And more of us will, if more people will give.

Author - Unknown

To make a donation, please click here.
Thank you for your donations and support

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Holidays from WBBR

As another year is almost over, we say goodbye to 2011 and get ready to welcome 2012 by reflecting on the successes of 2011.

WBBR has an amazing team of volunteers who work very hard to make all the magic happen. We are grateful to have such wonderful people who help us to achieve our goals. Volunteering can be sometimes a very difficult thing to do and can be both draining mentally and physically. But the rewards are worth all the hardships that we endure. Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers for everything you do. Your dedication and love for the dogs is tremendous!

A big thank you goes out to all our supporters and donators. It truly is a team effort with a very important goal in mind. Your support is immensely appreciated. We are very lucky to have the support and generosity that you provide.

WBBR experienced many successes, including the Annual Pub Night fundraiser, and Boxer Walk. We have made many new friends along the way and have lost many close to our hearts. The footprints in our hearts will always remain and the memory of our loved ones will live on forever.

We at WBBR wish everyone a very wonderful Holiday Season and all the best of Boxer loves and snuggles to everyone in the New Year! We look forward to even more successes in 2012 with our WBBR family.

Kerri, Jennifer & Sheri
And all the Boxers of WBBR

Happy 1 year to Holly!!

Hi Marilyn & Jennifer,

As we approach Holly's one year birthday, I wanted to pass on this photo of her and her cousins Rhuby and Teddy. Hols is rather tall and lanky, but as adorable as ever. Hopefully we'll be able to meet one day at a dog walk.

Warm regards,
Sharon & Mauricio

Friday, December 2, 2011

Spike is so handsome!!

Hi Kerri, I just had to share these photos with you. Doesn't Spike look so adorable?


Celebrating the winter season!

Hey guys here are some pics of Makia, AKA Jinx, enjoying the winter season.

Cheers Court

WBBR honors one of our hardworking families!! - Meet Reegan

WBBR has some pretty amazing families that adopt from us. One of these amazing families adopted Reegan. We would like to give this family a big pat on the back for the hardwork and committment for working thru Reegan's seperation anxiety. This family never gave up and continued to love and support Reegan. Thank you to you from the bottom of our hearts!

Hi Sherri,

Hope you remember Reegan. So these are some of the summer pictures of us out and about.
He is doing fantastic and he is a real sweetheart. He is very smart and athletic and he is growing more everyday. It took him awhile to really
put on some good weight and getting onto the winter season he even is putting on some fat and extra hair. At first I thought I had shrunk his coat before I realized he had just
gained weight. I had to buy him a new winter coat anyways.
Meia the little half boxer is deceiving with her size but actually outruns Reegan most of the time. Now that the snow is here his longer legs are a bit of an advantage and it drives Meia nuts being outrun.

He is very healthy and super smart. He knows all his commands and is a real gentleman with our daughter. All our separation anxiety has resolved itself now that he is secure in his surroundings and when we travel he also stays way more relaxed and will settle quicker as well.
I'm excited to say that I'm moving into the twentieth century and getting myself a cell phone with a great camera and look forward to sending you pictures of Reegan in northern Canada.

If you have any questions about him please email me, and thanks very much for all the support. Lots of people have been asking us about him. (They are quiet the good looking pair!) I let them know about your great organization and how great it is.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Bridget Jones finds love in her forever home

Hi Jennifer and Matt, well we are home now. Our pup was a little on the sad side when she realized we were not all going somewhere together. We did join her in the backseat to warm her up on the ferry, something which seemed to cheer her up somewhat. She is a snuggler. Bridget checked out the whole yard, and has really given our house the once over, found the toys we had stashed on a table (seems to know what a frisbee smells like as she made a beeline for that), and as you can see, found the snuggly we had planted on her pad down here on the main floor. We sat down to watch a little tv and she just climbed right up on our lap and joined us in a group tube watch. Think we got a pretty good fit here Jennifer. THanks for the confidence and care you gave her which seems to be serving her well during this transition, Dirk and Mary Ann

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Does Fido have Kennel Cough? It's as common as the human cold - Don't Fret here are some tips to help

It is unfortunate that healthy dogs --even those belonging to the most cautious of owners-- are at risk of falling ill from time to time. An owner whose dog has become sick is not necessarily a careless owner, just an unlucky one. Analogous to human infections, canines are at risk of fast-acting, quick-spreading bacteria that can cause both species a world of pain.

Kennel cough is an example of such an infection; one that is transmitted to a healthy dog who finds himself in close proximity to a sick dog. Ideal conditions can include animal shelters, kennels and even veterinarians’ offices.

The disease becomes airborne when expelled from a contaminated dog’s body, and, in close quarters, aligns itself to the inside of the trachea of another. A cocktail of viruses then spreads, among it the causative agent of infectious bronchitis, Bordetella bronchiseptica.

Symptoms appear three to fourteen days after the viruses have become transplanted in their new host, and generally last seven to twenty-one days. Dogs infected by kennel cough suffer harsh coughing spells that has them hacking throughout the day, but has little effect on their playfulness, alertness, or appetite.

Although kennel cough cannot always be avoided, preventative measures can be taken. A dog’s environment has a lot to do with its health, including, but not limited to, crowding stress, dust, cigarette smoke exposure, cold temperatures, and poor ventilation.

Most infected dogs can recover without the use of medication or treatment, although a dog’s recovery can be hastened by the presence of antibiotics or cough suppressants.

There is a question concerning the effectiveness of vaccines (injectable as well as intranasal), because of the fact that kennel cough is a localized infection, thus is an infection that does not lend itself to prevention by vaccination. The vaccination’s potency must also be boosted annually, and sometimes fails to completely prevent the illness.

While a French proverb states that, “A dry cough is the trumpeter of death,” luckily, it is untrue in this case. Life-threatening cases of kennel cough are rare; however, a misdiagnosis of symptoms could prove fatal when other potentially deadly illnesses, such as pneumonia, are mistaken for kennel cough. Furthermore, because a dog’s failure to overcome the illness over a prolonged period may suggest an underlying condition, check with your local veterinarian if symptoms do persist.

Treating Kennel Cough

A dog's ability to overcome kennel cough hastily has as much to do with what happens outside of the body, as it does in regard to what goes on inside of it. Although the illness is self-limiting — typically disappearing after less than 3 weeks' time, — measures can be taken to ease the dog's discomfort, by shortening the amount of time the cough lasts. Listed below are several treatments that have all proven useful in combating kennel cough.
If you dogs developes kennel cough please consult with your veterinarian for treatment. Along with prescribed antibiotics, you can also follow thsese alternative treatments:

Internal Treatments

Vitamin C

Found in most home medicine cabinets, Vitamin C doubles as an ingredient in many of the costly kennel cough remedies found on the market today. Vitamin C, or L-ascorbate, is an effective, reasonably priced nutrient that boosts the immune system and fights infections in humans as well as dogs. When placed in the dog’s food, it helps to provide relief by strengthening the dog’s natural defense system, thus, considerably cutting the amount of time the it has to contend with kennel cough.

As it does with humans, the recommended dosage of Vitamin C varies in direct relation to bodyweight. Consult with the dog’s veterinarian before dispensing the vitamin as it can, in excess, cause irritable bowel syndrome. Again, it does depend on the size of the dog, but a healthy dose usually falls in the range of 2-3 daily servings of 500mg.

Garlic & Echinacea

Dogs that have weak immune systems are more likely to get infections; including, but not limited to, respiratory sicknesses such as kennel cough. A proactive dog owner should look to strengthen a dog’s immune system well before any symptoms befall their pet by staying current with supplementation of vitamins and minerals. However, a reactive approach is also effective in treating an infection like kennel cough. Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral, and is great for the immune system. Although it is available in odorless capsules, anyone who knows dogs is aware that because they are not the pickiest of eaters, they will eat fresh cut garlic.

Echinacea is another viable option as it, too, is an effective herb in enhancing the immune system, for both owners and their four-legged friends. These capsules are also generally tasteless and odorless.

Environmental Treatments

The first, and most important, action taken by the owner of a dog who is aware that his-or-her pet is infected, calls for the immediate isolation of all known infected dogs. Because the illness becomes aerosolized and reproduces rapidly, it follows that the separation of the haves and have-nots is of utmost importance; perhaps the final word in treating kennel cough is containment.


Dogs that have kennel cough should be kept warm, comfortable, and dry. A temperature-controlled room promotes an environment in which the illness can be overcome quickly, and one where congestion can be broken up. A dog that can breathe easily allows its owner to breathe easily, knowing full well that their pet is on their way to recuperation.


A popular technique used in physical therapy called coupage helps free respiratory secretions. A cupped palm should gently, briskly, and repeatedly tap against the dog's chest. Coupage loosens some of the deeper secretions and helps clear them by moving them into the airways. The infectious materials are then finally expelled from the body when the dog coughs. Performed at least four times daily, coupage should be continued for the duration of the cough.


Kennel cough is a respiratory infection in nature, distressing the throat and lungs. Until the infection has passed, disregard the dog’s pleas to exercise; aerobic exercise will exacerbate the illness, setting back the dog‘s recovery.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shy girl Zoe is no longer shy!!

Hey guys, check out our shy girl Zoe! She is doing fantastic.

Update from Rudy & Kailey

Hi Sheri,

Just forwarding you a few pictures of Rudy and a couple short videos of him. There is one of him and Kailey having some of their "special time" together lol. He's also been howling to greet us ever since we got him so there is one where Andrew caught him doing that. Hope everything is well! Let me know if I can help with adoptions or home visits anytime.


Millie Sings the Blues

Millie sings the blues to her mom's cell phone ringer. So CUTE!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nica travels across Canada!! (BRLA's Kalhua)

Hi Shannon,

I hope you've had a great summer! Nica had an awesome time travelling across the country with us - we went all the way to Halifax and back by car. She loved the ride and camping and got lots of great hikes, walks, swims and stick-chasing time on the trip. I've attached pictures of her at Drumheller, Banff, somewhere in Manitoba, a beach in Nova Scotia and Peggys Cove! Quite the adventure, but she was a fantastic companion the whole time.

We couldn't be happier with Nica - thank you for finding us such a sweetheart! Like most boxers, all she needs is exercise, discipline, a good diet and lots of love and she gives it back ten-fold! She regularly goes to the beach to swim and fetch a stick and to the endowment lands for a run. She is great with kids, dogs and cats, which was a huge help on our trip to visit friends and family. As you can see from the pictures, she's a muscular little lady and loves a good summer day!

We would love to adopt another boxer one day, but we're not quite ready for two just yet :)

Thanks again and take care!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thank you for helping to make WBBR Pub Night such a huge success!

Thank you to everyone for making WBBR Pub Night 2011 an amazing event!

WBBR would like to thank everyone for their love and support. We have had a very successful and wonderful year. In fact in 2010 we helped over 110 dogs find their way into forever homes.

Our adopters, who have opened up their homes and their hearts to our dogs. You have all been able to do what some have not…… You have been able to see past the history of the dogs and the scars and still see the true beauty that each and every dog has inside them and to love them for that beauty. Our adopters not only provide food, water, medical & shelter but also provide a loving family. And for that we are eternally grateful.

WBBR volunteers are amazing people we are grateful to each and every one of them for the work that they do. It is not easy juggling full time jobs, families, dogs and life on its own….. Yet our volunteers all still find the time to volunteer with us. There are many other things that WBBR volunteers do for the rescue. Our volunteers are a group of dedicated people and we are very proud to be working with such a great team. Thank you everyone for your support. WBBR is truly blessed to have such wonderful and generous people behind our organization.

Much Boxer love to the following donators who supported Pub Night and who also support WBBR throughout the year:

All Animal Dog Grooming
Amherst Veterinary Hospital
Banner Carpets
Barb & Alan Graydon
Benjamin Moore Paints
Bliss Designs
Brite Blinds
Bosley’s (Falcon & Barnett)
Canine Run Free Centre
Canucks Republic – Matt Kaiser
Celestial Painting
Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
Co Bees Beer (James Hwang)
Crystal Lodge
Danny Chan Photography
Debra Hay
Design Happens
Dewdney Animal Hospital & Dr. Walton
Diverse Flooring
Dog Smart Training
Eagle Ridge Animal Hospital
Fashion Addition Plus 14
Girl Scouts of Canada
Happy Planet
Innova Kitchen & Bath
Irene & Robbie Barg
Johnson Street Liquor Store
Karen Booth
Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy)
Linda Kenick
Marie Cristine Jewelry
Mark James Group (MJG)
Modern Dog
Mutt Mugs Photography
Nova Beauty
Pure Painters
RJR Construction
RC Pets
Richmond Dog Walking
Roberto’s Pet Habitat – Coquitlam
Runfree Canine Centre
Scandinave Spa Whistler
Shannon Birch & Simon Wong
Shelagh Wright
Shelley Frost - PNE
Sit Happens
Terminal City Roller Girls
The Body Shoppe
Township 7 Winery
White Spot Sunwood Square

Friday, August 26, 2011

Kali & Blaze a Match Made in Heaven - Boxer Heaven that is!!!!

Hi Jennifer

Good news it was not my bed they were in it was Julie's!!!
These two are now eating out of the same bowl. Both lick of the opposite sides of a spoon. I was told he has a tendency to bolt so that will be there first order of business to get him to come when called. If he is so attached to Kali it will be much easier. She comes at a gallop. They have truly had an instant bonding. This will make it much easier to bring Blaze around.(The grand daughter picked this one.) Kali & Blaze ----- hummm.

We will probably get Blaze to our vet with in the next couple of days. Is it OK to get a chip put in if he does not have one?

I guess I just got his seal of approval he came over and climbed up into my lap.
My yard has not had a workout like this for some time. I now remember why We had no grass. The family came over to meet the new one. Three grand daughters two boxers one Shiatsu and a very large bucket of tug toys and fuzzy toys. Everyone will be sleeping well tonight.

Have a good one.

Lawerence Julie Kali & Blaze

Tifa finds an active family to call home

Hi Jen & Kerri:

She is amazing! We love her.
She's fitting right in and the girls are all over her.
Big runs in the park. She's lightning quick and already had a nice play with some other dogs.

We think we will change her name to Georgia. Thoughts?
Thanks you guys so much for helping us get our new addition.

Don Eva Annika and Maggie!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Socks our Medical Boy is doing GREAT!

Hey guys here's some pics of Socks out in the bush when we went quading, and at home. And also a pic of his foot after surgery.

Talk to you soon Court

Monday, August 15, 2011

Noelle & Brutus update - wonderful!

Hi Sheri

It's nice to hear from you. The Summer is going well. Too much work, but at least we're all off to Vancouver Island tomorrow for a break (doggies too). Noelle and Brutus are doing well, although Noelle has a new tumour. It's in between her toes and the vet says that to operate would probably require an amputation. So for the time being it's being treated with a steroid to minimise irritation and it doesn't seem to be much affecting her quality of life at the moment. The reality is that at some stage she'll succumb to tumours, but she's still a happy, sweet dog (she doesn't like any other dogs apart from Brutus, but we work around that).

Meanwhile, Brutus has grown fast and is a beautiful dog. He's responded well to training is all but one respect. He just loves to play with all other dogs and if he spots one in the distance will just bolt and become completely deaf ! But given that there's not an ounce of aggression in his interaction, it's not a real problem and we'll continue to work on the distance commands. He'll be very sad when Noelle eventually goes and we'll probably then need to look at another companion.

Anyway, they're a delightful pair and are both very happy. I'm attaching a couple of pictures.

Now that you've mailed me it's reminded me that i never set up a monthly donation which I will now take care of.

I hope that you are having a good Summer.

Best regards


Friday, July 15, 2011

Tiger Lily now Sneakers

Hi, Jennifer.

Sneakers is doing well. She is really adjusting to our family and Bo and her are getting on pretty well. They mostly ignore each other, and sometimes they play. Every day they seem to lay closer and closer together! :)

We went camping on the weekend, and Sneakers did very well. She travelled well and seemed to enjoy all the adventures we went on. She met lots of people and dogs.
I have signed us all up for dog obedience classes with Poochies here in Courtenay. It starts in the middle of August. I have heard a lot of good things about their training, so we are excited about that, and they encourage the whole family to come so we are all on the same page which is a great idea.

Here is a picture of her with her boy, Jake!

Thanks so much for everything,


Your Invited to WBBR's 2nd Annual PUB NIGHT fundraiser


Sunday August 28th, 2011
4 PM - 8 PM @ Dublin Crossing Pub
18789 Fraser Highway, Surrey BC

■Don't miss WBBR's most fabulous event of 2011!
■Enjoy silent auctions, and a chance to win spectacular prizes!
■Join us for Pub Night and help improve the lives of hundreds of homeless Boxers
■Ticket price includes food & 1 beverage

$30 per person or 2 tickets for $50 - price includes food & 1 beverage


Ticket sales end Friday August 19th at 3pm



Rocky is having the time of his life!

Hey Jennifer, thanks for the invite for the pub night. We will go over our calendar and let you know if we can make it. Hopefully you can tell from the photos we are sending how much fun we are having with Rocky. Already put him through a basic training class at Petsmart. He did fantastic and really warmed up to the other dogs. We are looking into some more because it's great for me too! He sure makes us laugh everyday. From Chad, Gail, Travis, Clay, Jack and Rocky Miller

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Liv (Athena)

Truman celebrates his 1st birthday

Hi Sherri,

I wanted to share a few updated pictures of Truman from his first birthday and with his new sister Mylene.
He is doing great and has been an excellent big brother to Mylene. When we first brought her home everytime she would cry he would run to her room to check on her.

Nhu & Jeff