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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Owen's Christmas Tree Fund

As a lot of you may know we have the sweetest boxer boy that has officially become a "Ward of WBBR"!!! Medically he will be our responsibility for the rest of his life, because he has a very rare but serious condition. Owen has been diagnosed with an Auto Immune Mediated Arthritis that is known as "Lupus". To get to this diagnosis Owen had to have many tests and see several specialists. First, a trip to the Cardiologist was in order, to get a proper grasp on his heart problems. Then, he had to see an Internal Medicine Specialist, to be evaluated with his many symptoms. And eventually Owen had to have Joint Taps performed by a specialist. From this information they were able to determine the exact severity of his problems. Owen will need to be on medication for the rest of his life with constant vet care. His vet bills to date are very extensive. We are asking that you please give to Owen's Christmas Fund. Donate a Christmas Tree Ornament for $25 each. Then email us a picture of your Boxer to We will then include the picture of your Boxer to our virtual Boxer Christmas Tree. Plus you will get a very special surprise!!

*HINT* Face forward head shots work the best for pics!!

To donate, please click on the link :

Thank you for thinking of Owen this Christmas season. Hoping you and your family have a very wonderful Christmas, with lots of well wishes for a happy new year!

Merry Christmas from Missy!!

Hi Jennifer.
Missy and Vicki wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the very best in the New Year.
Enclosed is a picture with Missy and her Vet, Jeff Bowra, at the Aldergrove Animal Hospital. He dresses up each year and donates his Saturday and all the proceeds from the photos to Charity. Pretty good hey.
Missy update: Her leg is at full strength now and she runs every day. We found a new park with lots of trails and lots of dogs. Missy has made
A lot of new friends and is no longer the reactive dog she used to be. She gets along well with everyone and has huge confidence now.
She is very smart and picks up commands quickly, wow she learns fast. She is full of love and always wants to please me. I feel the same
Way about her LOL
This is a most awesome animal and friend that you gave us. The very best Christmas present of all. She LOVES the snow. She has a green coat
Which keeps her warm and it is also waterproof.
Love ya

Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Holidays from Holly!

Hi Jennifer and Marilyn,

Another year has passed and Holly has bloomed into a lovely girl. She's about 53 lbs and is as adorable as the day we got her. Just wanted to pass along these couple of photos of her so you can see how lovely she is. If I recall correctly, she will be two years on Dec. 15th.

All the best of the season to you and your families!
Sharon (& Mauricio & Holly)


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Birdie Home at Last!

For those of you who followed our story about the brave little lady that lived in the bush amongst Coyotes & Rattlesnakes - Here she is! Birdie has made a full recovery & has been adopted!! Her new family also has a big boxer brother to keep her company! Birdie is a doll and her story touches the hearts of everyone she meets! ♥ you baby girl! So happy you found a forever home!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Maggie May just wanted to say hi

Check out Maggie May.  She is just chilling out and relaxing, while using her brother Murphy as an arm rest!  How adorable!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Checking in with Gretta - Looking good baby girl!

Hi Shannon,

Thanks for writing--I love hearing from your organization since you're like
Gretta's fairy godmothers.

We are all doing well. Gretta is currently asleep on the big bed (our
bed). I need to wake her up because there's a brief break in the rain and
we ought to get out for another walk today. She's now about 4-1/2, she is
one pound heavier than when we got her (her vet says she's at a great
weight), and we've decided she's fully a young adult.

In the past year, she learned how to fetch (she's still not great at it,
but loves the attention), slept in a tent for the first time (as it turns
out, she can sleep through the night anywhere as long as she's zipped in
the middle between us), and given my parents' retired greyhounds a run for
their money, though she spends the bulk of her time snuggling, snoozing,
and throwing her toys around (you remember how she can throw her toys so
violently, so we've gotten small, soft ones for her).

We're all very happy to be together. Gretta's a loving dog, and the white
tip of her tail seems like a little beacon of joy. We still marvel that
anyone could have given her up (twice!). Thanks for checking in, and I
hope you and your dog are doing well, too. I'm attaching a few photos.

brittany, michael, and gretta

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Myths about Pet Insurance - courtesy of Petfinder

Pet Insurance Myths and Rumors

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is a tool to help pet parents avoid a financial crisis due to unexpected veterinary expenses from accidents and illnesses. Our pets have become a part of our family, and just like the rest of our family, we want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and happy. Pet insurance makes that possible.
With the advances in veterinary medicine and the higher cost of treatments, pet insurance allows pet parents to give their pets the best care available while controlling costs. New treatments have been developed to treat diseases that previously resulted in euthanasia, but these treatments can be expensive. Pet insurance allows pet parents to not feel guilty because they are not able to afford their pet's healthcare. With pet insurance, they can seek the care their pet needs because they know they will be reimbursed for the cost of the procedures and treatments.
If there is a myth or rumor we do not address about pet insurance, please contact us. We will be happy to give you the facts so you can make the best decision for your pet.

MYTH 1: Pet insurance is too expensive

While plans with additional riders and high reimbursement amounts can lead to a high monthly premium, PetFirst offers plans that fit all pet parents' needs and budget.
PetFirst offers all visitors an exclusive, low-cost introductory plan,Standard 500, for only $5 the first month and $14.95 each month thereafter. This provides $1,000 of accident and illness coverage, up to $500 per-incident and reimburses pet parents 100% of vet bills after a $50 deductible. This plan is available for all dogs or cats, regardless of breed or age.
For pet parents who are interested in lifetime care for their pet, including chronic or hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia, diabetes or cancer, PetFirst offersLifetime Accident & Illness plans. These Lifetime plans offer $5,000; $10,000 or $20,000 limits for accidents and illnesses, which reset each year and do not have any per-incident restrictions. With customizable deductible and reimbursement amounts, pet parents will be able to find the perfect coverage for their budget.
PetFirst knows many pet parents provide loving homes to several pets and we are one of the only companies to provide multiple-pet Family Plans, to make providing coverage for your entire fur-family cost effective.

MYTH 2: Pet insurance is only for sickly pets

Pet insurance is a product that only works preemptively, and all pet insurance providers exclude pre-existing conditions. Pet insurance is meant to protect your pet against potential accidents and illnesses. Certain breeds are more predisposed than others to specific illnesses, which can encourage the purchase of a policy, but all pets have the risk of having an accident or coming down with an illness. It isn't a matter of if they will become hurt or sick, it is just a matter of when. Just like the rest of your family, pets need to be covered beforehand. The best time to purchase pet insurance for your pet is when they are healthy.

MYTH 3: Pet insurance has too many exclusions to be worth it

Pet insurance protects against countless accidents and diseases your pet may encounter. Most pet insurance providers have exclusions in place in order to keep monthly premiums low and affordable, and PetFirst is no exception. The most common exclusions are pre-existing conditions, hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions. The cost of covering these conditions greatly expands the cost of pet insurance coverage, as these conditions are not only expensive, but last the duration of your pet's life.
In order to provide pet owners with more options, PetFirst introduced Lifetime Accident & Illness plans that offer coverage for hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions. PetFirst also offers optional riders that cover several of our exclusionsStandard Accident & Illness plans.

MYTH 4: You cannot choose your own vet

While some pet insurance providers are little more than veterinarian networks or discount clubs, PetFirst is usable at any veterinarian office in the United States. This includes specialists and urgent-care clinics. PetFirst has made a public promise to veterinarians to not promote managed-care principles or animal-hospital networks because we feel each veterinarian should have the right to set his/her own price.

MYTH 5: Pet insurance is a hassle

PetFirst prides itself on making all aspects of our insurance easy to understand. From pricing and purchasing to filing a claim, we make it simple for you to manage your pet's care. Claims can be submitted via email, fax or mail, and it only takes about 10 days to process our policyholder's claims and send reimbursement.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Christmas is around the corner! shop in our WBBR store & help Boxers in need!

Christmas is around the corner! Why not help a dog in need and do your Christmas shopping in our WBBR store? 

‘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 worshiped 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 lay down and sweet dreams fill our heads..
of a home filled with love and our own cozy 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.

Please help make a difference in a dog's life.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Birdie Rescued with the help of some amazing volunteers

There are some rescues that you had to be there to believe. BRLA was there for Birdie, for as long as it took to catch her and will be there for as long as it takes to find her happily ever after.
BRLA got word about a Boxer on a golf course. The golfers were throwing her food but could not get close. She had been living in the wild for weeks in an area filled with coyotes and rattlesnakes.  But she was seen daily and she needed to be saved.
The first rescue attempt was on Sunday Oct 6th and Birdie kept her distance. She was only seen from afar and no one could get close.  She was obviously injured and thoughts of her alone out there were haunting and caused sleepless nights for all.
The BRLA troops were back out in force and on Thursday Oct 11 our volunteers were able to get close enough to feed her but Birdie was too smart to be caught.  Again all left without Birdie and could think of nothing but rescuing her.  On Friday more volunteers came to help and again Birdie would get close but bolt at the last minute.  It was heart wrenching to leave without her once again, but Birdie was gone in a flash.
Saturday Oct 13, even more BRLA volunteers came to help with Birdie. She had been living in a bramble of bushes, surrounded by rattlesnakes and was not coming out.  After exhausting every other option it was time for the bravest of volunteers to go in after Birdie.  Crawling on their bellies through the dead wood, leaves and branches, all the while listening for the rattle of a snake, our volunteers moved forward.  They reached Birdie and she did not run.  It’s like she had come to trust these people and if they were determined enough to come into her den she had to trust them.
Birdie was rescued. Her leg was horribly mangled with open wounds and she had large tumors on her head.  She allowed BRLA volunteers to carry her to safety.  When the local golfers who had come to know Birdie from afar saw her being carried they all stopped playing golf and applauded. It was one of those rescue moments.
Birdie arrived at BRLA late Saturday night and was made comfortable by Ursula who had not slept in days worrying about her out there alone. 
Her tumors needed major surgery to remove and her leg was so bad the infection reached the bone. 
All these things are fixable. Thank you to our devoted volunteers Leslie, Jen and Kerri who reached Birdie and to Ursula for NEVER giving up. Birdie is the sweetest dog and needs your support.
Please consider donating any amount to Birdie’s Medial Lifeline
Medial cost: $1400

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Halloween from Hugo!

Hey Jennifer!

I just wanted to send you a few pictures of Hugo for yourself and his foster family!
He has been doing so well! Him and my family's dog Macks (the golden cockerspaniel in the picture) have become best friends and the cutest little odd pair. Hugo copies everything Macks does.
We have done a ton of exploring around trails and parks and Hugo is getting better and better off leash. His recall is improving tremendously and his confidence is really showing. He has also lost a bit of weight!

Although we are not ones to dress a dog up for Halloween we found the most adorable little harness and Hugo is officially being a shark for when we hand out candy to trick-or-treaters with Curtis' parents next Wednesday.

Hope all is going well with you guys, happy Halloween!

Sophie and Curtis

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bella Home Sweet Home

Hi Coralee,
Here's some photos from my cell phone… first one is Bella in our office (kind of fuzzy), 2nd is of Bella at our daughter Elle's bday party in Tsawwassen..Bella likes to hold your hands, she's holding Aaron's in the photo… funny Dog! 3rd photo is of her with all of her toys she's already accumulated! Such a toy dog( we bought her a few and then I have a huge bag of doggie toys in the garage…Brasco's old toys and she periodically goes in there and drags another toy out)….she has quite the basket full beside her bed now! I know dog trainers on t.v. say don't treat them like kids and they shouldn't have a mass of toys.. but boxers seem to live for toys! The last photo is a sunday dinner, Bella, Elle and my dad were snuggling on the patio lounger.
She's fit right in!

Talk soon!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Princess Grace Adopted July 2012

Hi Jennifer!

Morning! Thanks for your email, Grace is doing great! At this very moment she's cuddled up to me in bed (picture below).

She's an amazing addition to our family and everyone in our extended family loves her, they bicker over whether we bring her along and if she can sleep over. :)

Monday is her 3 months with us, hard to believe there was a time when she wasn't ours!!

She had her first weekend without me last wknd (just an overnight) and Ray said she did not like that at all! This week Ray went fishing for a few days and she definitely misses him!

Grace (or her mommy) wrote a success story for the WBBR website and has a bunch of pictures to go with it if you're interested?

I'll forward along another couple of pictures right now as well.

Take care,
Grace, Shannon & Ray

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cami popped in to say hello!!

Here is Cami.  She just wanted to pop in and say hello!!!  Cami is doing great in her home and living the life of luxury with her mom!  You can tell by how happy she looks!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Missy Loves her Balloons

Look at Missy!!  She loves to play with balloons and can keep them in the air for a long time!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012



WBBR would like to thank everyone for your support.  We are blessed to have an amazing team of people that work very hard for our rescue.  Each and every person contributes to the success of this event and the yearly success of our rescue.

We are thankful for the friendships and relationships we have and the support of our adopters, and sponsors is deeply appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year at the WBBR Family Reunion!


Photos courtesy of Linda Kenick.  For more photos please visit our facebook group


Amherst Veterinary Hospital

B&J Parts & Machine

Barb & Alan Graydon

Bosley’s (Falcon & Barnett)

Boxer Rescue LA

Brewsters Pub & LRS

Burquitlam Automotive (Goodyear)

CBR Photography

Cranbrook Veterinary Clinic

CR8 UR PL8 Novelty Plates

Design Happens

Dewdney Animal Hospital & Dr. Walton

Diverse Flooring

Dog Safe

Dueck on Marine

Eagle Ridge Animal Hospital

Fashion Addition Plus 14

First Class DJ

Frog & Nightgown Pub & Cold Beer

Gabby Petivoka


Health Products for Pets

Innova Kitchen & Bath

Johnson Street Liquor Store

Julia Coulson & Emily


Karen Booth

Kevin Wong

Kim Marshall & Coco


Lauren Rebar

Linda Kenick

Lindt Chocolates

Mapleridge Paintball

Mark James Group (MJG Restaurants)

Meadows Maze

Memphis Blues

Metro Motors

Modern Dog Magazine

Mutt Mugs Photography

Nicole Valentine


Pure Painters

RJR Construction

Rachelle Van Vuuren

Rebecah Bennett

Richmond Dog Walking

Richmond Go Karts

Roberto’s Pet Habitat – Coquitlam

Scandinave Spa Whistler

Scentsy –

Shannon Birch & Simon Wong

Shelagh Wright

Shelley Frost – PNE

Shelly Dean


Sit Happens

Sparky Snacks

Stringz Guitar Studio

Sweet Cakes

The Body Shoppe

Township 7 Winery

Velata –


White Spot Sunwood Square

WOW Factor Staging – Shirley Belzer

Yaletown Antipasto

Yvonne Van Eck

Friday, August 31, 2012

Let's Support our Sister Rescue!!!!

Hey guys, let's show our love & support to our sister rescue Boxer Rescue LA.  They are participating again this year at the annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser!  If you have a WBBR adopted dog, its probably from BRLA!!!  Show your support!  Please visit BRLA's donation page.


Sweet Belle happy at home

Check out sweet little Belle in her forever home enjoying her new toy.  Love this little gal!

After a long wait BRLA's Suzie finds her way into an amazing home

Suzie  has been out since she got "home" and did marvellous with Gus,
tried her with our tame cat, but he was the misbehaving one so that
will have to wait a bit, then she was introduced to Soot, and Scout 2
kennels dogs, and she ran and ran and ran...I am sure she will sleep
good tonight and has already forgotten her flight experience...looking
good!!! will keep you posted ...good night and millions of

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Sunday August 26th, 2011
4 PM - 8 PM @ the Firefighter Club (DINNER at 6pm)
ADDRESS: 6515 Bonsor Avenue Burnaby, BC V5H 3E8

■Don't miss WBBR's most fabulous event of 2012!
■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

$25 per person


Ticket sales end Friday August 17th at 3pm



Ava & Minka - Happy endings do happen!!!

Here is Ava & Minka at their new home!!  So thrilled that this dynamic duo has such a wonderful forever home!  Thank you to all the volunteers who made this happen.  WBBR is truly about team work and partnerships. 

Miss Millie doing fabulous & learning some new tricks!

We have had Miss Millie for 2 years now and although still timid and a little frightened when people come, she has really come out of her shell and is a happy little dog.   Nudged the freezer door open in the garage and we didn't notice, yes you guessed it, everything defrosted and we had to clean in out.!!!

kind regards

Kali & Blaze Update

Thanks so much. WE love the pictures of Kali. I will put them in the dog folder I keep of all our dogs.

We just got back from a week on the boat. Kali is now an old salty dog. She can go up and down the marina ramps quick as you please. The first ramp took a wheel barrow and three people to get her down. She mostly sleeps when under way. Bumpy waters need some reassurance though.  Her and Blaze are now as one and love each other. Kali has not been alone since she got here. She has 3 grand daughters to play with. She has a love thing with my daughter and gets really excited when she comes over. O the feeling is mutual.

Blaze is in need of some work since he turned 3 he is tending to get aggressive. That will stop soon. I have had one boxer who was aggressive and out of control I will not allow another. We had some issues with him on the trip. He just needs firm rules and someone big enough to enforce them.

If you get the chance you can tell the previous owners, Kali is probably the happiest dog we have ever had. She loves doing new things although some times new is a little scary.
They attract allot of attention where ever we go and are walking adds for boxer rescue.

The hash marks on kalie's trough in the picture are from play fighting with Blaze some times they really go at it and she will only take so much and them explains to Blaze who the boss really is.
Till later and thanks again..

Lawrence & Julie

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bo & his Kitty

This is Bo and his kitty, Cisco.  Cisco loves Bo so much, you can often find him cleaning Bo.  Who says that cats & dogs don't get along?  With the proper introduction and training it is possible!

Great job guys!

Edward -Adopted March 2012

Hi Jen,

Here's a few pics for you. All is well, he's such a wonderful boy.

Glad you got the contract and thanks again for everything.

Dave Scherck & Family

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Warm Weather Safety Tips
How to keep your pets happy, healthy and safe during the hot summer months.

Heat stroke can kill 

NEVER leave a pet alone in a vehicle, even in the shade. Pets left in cars, or other unventilated areas, or tied up in the sun, are susceptible to heat stroke. Since dogs have only a limited ability to sweat, even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. Temperatures inside a parked car can rapidly reach dangerous levels even on relatively mild days, and even if the windows are slightly open. A dog's normal body temperature is 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or death can occur.

  Pets left outdoors on hot summer days can also be in serious danger. Dogs should only be left outdoors for short periods, should have sufficient water and a cool, sheltered place out of direct sun. Walking early morning or evening when it is cooler is advisable.

  Certain types of dogs - such as northern breeds or short-muzzled dogs like boxers and pugs - can have a more difficult time in the heat. Older dogs, overweight dogs, puppies under six months, dogs with certain medical conditions like lung or heart disease and dogs on certain medications may also be more susceptible to heat exposure.
First aid for heatstroke
  Even if you are cautious, there may be a time when you will have to deal with heatstroke. Familiarize yourself with the signs of heatstroke and what to do. First aid and medical treatment are essential and can help save your dog's life. Time is of the essence!
Signs of heatstroke include: 
 Increased heart rate
 Excessive panting or drooling
 Confusion or disorientation
 Bright red gums
 Vomiting or diarrhea
 Collapse, seizure or coma
 Body temperature higher than 40°C
What to do:
  Move your dog out of the heat immediately. Use a hose or wet towels to start cooling your dog down. Do not use ice. Offer your dog water. Take your dog to a veterinarian immediately. Continue cooling him/her with wet towels during the drive. If you're unable to get to a veterinarian right away monitor his/her temperature and check for signs of shock. Stop the cooling process when your dog's temperature reaches 40°C or his/her body temperature can drop too low and increase the risk of shock. Even if your dog cools down take him/her to a vet as soon as possible as some medical problems caused by heatstroke may not show up right away.
Pets in pick-up trucks
  Dogs allowed to ride loose in the back of a pick-up truck can easily be thrown from the back into on-coming traffic. Flying debris can injure eyes and ears, and the metal flatbed can burn his/her paws. If your pet can't ride with you in the cab of the truck, leave him/her at home; it's safer for everyone!  Dogs in the back of pick-up trucks is a no-no, no matter the weather!
Garden hazards
Insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers are common causes of pet poisoning. Avoid walking your pet on lawns that have been recently sprayed with any of these chemicals; these substances, if ingested, can cause death. As a precaution, rinse her paws with water after your walk. For your garden maintenance, use non-toxic, natural alternatives. There are many natural gardening supplies available at most gardening centres. Numerous plants are harmful too.
Poisonous warm weather hazards
  Many seemingly harmless items can be poisonous to your pet. Make sure you know your veterinarian's procedures for emergency situations, especially ones that occur after business hours, and keep phone numbers for your veterinarian, and a local emergency veterinary service in a convenient location.
Poisonous hazards include: 
 Animal toxins - toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
 Blue-green algae in ponds
 Citronella candles
 Cocoa mulch
 Compost piles, fertilizers
 Flea products
 Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
 Swimming pool treatment supplies
 Fly baits containing methomyl
 Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde
  Fireworks are terrifying for many pets. They will often run, get lost and end up in animal shelters. When fireworks displays are planned, leave your pet at home and play music or the television to help disguise the noise. Close windows and blinds or curtains.

* Dogs under 2 years of age cannot handle excessive exercise, as their bones have not fully formed. If you jog with your young dog you could be putting your dog at risk for things like torn ACL's, hip displaysia etc.*
*Make sure to carry lots of cool water for your dog*

Be safe & enjoy the summer with your pets!