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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Christmas Card 2013 Voting - Cast your votes here!!!


Our Christmas/Holiday photos have been submitted, now it is up to you decide the ***FINAL FOUR***
You can vote once per day, and voting will remain open for 7 days .

We only have 4 spots available!!! So start your votes now!

Thank you to everyone that submitted all these wonderful pictures.

They would all make such awesome Holiday Greeting Cards !!

Here is the link :

 Voting starts NOW !!

 *Voting is once a day - the system will allow to vote more than once per day, but it will not tally, please return daily to cast your vote*

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rescue A Boxer Needs Your HELP

We need your help to help spread the word!

These fabulous dogs are looking for a home to call their own.  Please take a minute to view and pass along to anyone you know who you think would love and benefit from a Boxer in their lives.  We all know how wonderful these dogs are and how much they have impacted our own lives.  Spread the word!

Name:  LEXI
AGE: 3years 
Good with Kids:  YES
Good with Cats:  UNKNOWN
Good with Dogs:  SOME

Lexi is a 3 year old boxer that is a dream.  She will unpack her bags and make herself right at home.  Lexi is very comfortable in her own skin.  She is crate trained but also non destructive if left at home.  Lexi LOVES car rides.  She is a dream in the car.  She is fabulous with kids.  She loves nothing more than being part of your life.  She won't ask much but just wants to be included.  Lexi is all things perfect in the home.  Outside of the home she walks beautifully on leash.  Lexi can be a little reactive when meeting other dogs  but she is doing amazing with her training.  She loves to play with the dogs that are her friends and seems to really like big males.  Lexi is all things fabulous with just a little fine tuning needed.
If you are interested in adopting Lexi please visit our website and fill out an adoption application  a volunteer will be in touch soon.

AGE:  8 Years 

Duke is a fabulous little guy.  Don't remind him that he is 8 years old cause he doesn't act it or look it!!  Duke's family has a change of life and are looking for Duke to have the fabulous life he deserves.  He walks amazing on leash and loves to meet new doggy friends.  He has some health issues that come with his age but his personality outshines any of those concerns.  Duke would love to be a companion to another dog.  He would love to have kids and a warm spot on the couch.  Please let Duke into your home and your heart.  He has many more years of love to give you!

AGE:  Bella 3 ; Oscar 6 years
Good with Kids:   UNKNOWN
Good with Cats:  UNKNOWN
These two fabulous boxers are looking for a new home because their owner is very sick.  They have been loyal and very well loved.  They are used to being together and would love to stay together as a family.  Rescue A Boxer would like to help them stay together.  They are crate trained but also not destructive.  They get excited when out on walks so their leash skills need some work.  But signing up for training with any new rescue is a lot of fun and a great way to bond!  They are used to their backyard where they are very relaxed and well behaved.  Oscar and Bella make a very handsome pair and would be a great addition to your home.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Pub Night 2013 - THANK YOU!!!


Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our fundraiser!  We could not be more blessed with the support that we received for this event and throughout the year.

As always the Firefighters Public House was amazing.  The food was awesome, and the servers were wonderful and on the ball!  We always have a great event at the Firefighters and look forward to many more.  

Congratulations to all the winners of the raffle prizes and to all the winners of the silent auction items.  

A huge BOXER congrats goes to Craig & Tamara Morgan who were the winners of the Westjet prize.  Craig & Tamara won a free round trip flight for two - to fly to any one of the Westjet destinations.

A big thank you to Westjet for sponsoring our event and for sending your amazing team of volunteers who helped make our night so special.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication from our volunteers.  We look amazing thanks to all of you.  A special thank you to Kerri, Sheri, Sean, Linda, Matt, Julia, Suzie, Walt, Kevin, Jim, Michelle, Courtenay, Barb & Alan.  

We all look forward to seeing you next year!  Remember to RESCUE A BOXER!! 

Please visit our RESCUE A BOXER store and help support Boxers in need.

Thank you to all our donators and supporters:
Aja Kai Photography
Allison Cruikshank
Amherst Veterinary Hospital
Barb Graydon & Alan Lobsinger
Benjamin Moore Paints
Bertling Electrical
Bone & Biscuit
Canadian Outback Adventures
Carly Fraser & Dan Charlton
City of Surrey – Mayor Diane Watts
Cora Timothy – Upright Recycling
Design Happens
Dewdney Animal Hospital & Dr. Walton
Diane Arnold
Diverse Flooring
Dog Safe
Dr. Nathan Kennedy – Smile Solutions
Dr. Tim Barker – Johnston Road Dental
Dragon Fly Pressure Washing
Eagle Ridge Vet Hospital
Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery
Fashion Addition Plus 14
Frog & Nightgown Pub & Cold Beer
Gabby Petivoka
Geff Teboekhorst
Good Year
Grace Adele –
Happy Planet
Health Products for Pets
Intersection Wines (Cougar Crossing Winery)
Julia, Cliff, & Joyce Coulson
Karen Booth
Kevin Wong
Lauren Rebar
Linda Kenick
Little Central Bark
London Air
Love on a Leash
Matt Kaiser (Realtor @Sutton)
Mark James Group (MJG Restaurants)
Memento Mori Studios
Melanie Cossey
Modern Dog Magazine
Napa Auto Parts
Pet Food N More
Peter Heinrich
Rachelle Van Vuuren
Red Truck Beer
Sammy J Peppers
Scandinave Spa Whistler
Scentsy –
Shannon Birch & Simon Wong
Shelley Frost – PNE
Sweet Pea & Piglet (Shelly Dean & Rebeccah Bennett)
Ross Lynmen
Scott Charlton Construction
Sexy Beast Collars
Syntimates Intimate Apparel
Tanis Easterbrook
Tracy Linnel Photographer
Trevor Linden
White Spot
Wild Play

Monday, August 26, 2013



Last night at Pub Night, we released the news!

We are now officially "RESCUE A BOXER"!!! Back to our roots. Its a very simple name that tells it exactly how it is and what we do!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make this happen!  

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Training DAY!!

Did you adopt a WBBR dog?  or do you have a dog that you would like to keep socialized or perhaps you just need some training tips or just wanna get outside and have some fun with dogs!!!

Checkout our Training Program.  It's an awesome way to socialize your dog in a controlled environment, where there are experienced trainers who are dog lovers of all breeds!!

Our group is open to all dogs and all breeds!  Come on out and have fun with us!

Join our Facebook Group for more information about the upcoming Training Programs!  

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PUB NIGHT 2013 - NOW BIGGER & BETTER - tickets on sale now!!

FINALLY!!! The much anticipated event of the year is here!!!



Please join us for WBBR's  Annual Pub Night Fundraiser

  • Sunday August 25th, 2013
  • Burnaby Firefighters Club, 6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
  • 4pm - 8pm
  • Silent Auction & Raffle

Everyone had such a fabulous time last year and it was a huge success.

We are grateful to everyone for your support of this event and for your support of WBBR throughout the year.

This year we have had several dogs in our care with very serious illnesses and your support is needed now more than ever.

Proceeds from the event will go directly to WBBR to assist with the Medical Dogs in our care.
We are very honoured to have WestJet be a supporter again this year! Thank you WestJet! 
WESTJET is the preferred airline of WBBR Boxers.  WOOF! We only fly with WestJet!!


PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW before we are sold out!

How Many Tickets?

For more information please visit our website 

We will keep you up to date on Facebook, Twitter & our website! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Submit your WBBR Adopted Dog Pictures for Our 2014 Calendar

Hi everyone!

We excited to say that we are now collecting Boxer pictures for the 2014 WBBR Calendar!

Please email your pictures to this address, as its set up specifically to receive Calendar Submissions only:

Keep in mind that when submitting your pics of your dogs to please note the following:
- Put the name of your dog and the year that he/she was adopted
- Pics need to be HIGH resolution and not copied from the internet. You can use a regular camera or IPhone or Android phone but make sure that it is set to high resolution.
- If scanning, make sure you have your scanner set to scan at 300 DPI and NO LESS.
- As it is a Boxer Calendar we ask that you only submit pictures of your Boxer.
- Pictures must be clear and not blurry or fuzzy in anyway.

We look forward to receiving all the submissions and we will try our very best to make sure every Boxer gets in the calendar!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

WBBR Annual Pub Night 2013 - mark your calendars!



We are pleased to announce that the WBBR Annual Pub Night Fundraiser is going to be Sunday August 25th, 2013 at the Burnaby Firefighters Club. 
Everyone had such a fabulous time last year and it was a huge success. 

We are grateful to everyone for your support of this event and for your support of WBBR throughout the year. 
This year we have had several dogs in our care with very serious illnesses and your support is needed now more than ever.
Email us:
- SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH, 2013 -

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tigger is looking so handsome!

Checkout Tigger's new profile pics.  He certainly is handsome now since he has spent sometime at the Doggy Spa getting a makeover!!!

Dapper fellow!! Wouldn't you agree?  He is doing fabulous in his foster home.  This boy needs a forever home!!!  Please visit our site and read up about Tigger before you apply.  He deserves a home to call his own!! 

Available for adoption!!  Visit our website for more information. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

How to Make Your Dogs Adoption Work for Life

Here’s how to make your new dog’s adoption work for life.

By Mardi Richmond

Adopting a new dog is exciting, wonderful, and a happy time. But bringing a new dog home is also an uncertain time. What will your dog be like? Will he be a good match for your family? Will he be everything you hoped for?

Bringing a new dog into the home can also, quite frankly, be a rather shocking time for you and your family. Suddenly your life will be compounded by the energy and needs of the new family member. Everyone will go through an adjustment - dogs and people alike. What can you do to ensure that you and your new dog will settle into a long happy life together?

Expectations count “Have realistic expectations,” says Joan DeNeffe. “And be prepared!” DeNeffe

has done volunteer work in animal rescue for over 25 years, and is one of the leaders of a monthly coaching group designed to help people with shelter and other rescue dogs start off on the right paw. According to DeNeffe, expecting an adjustment period can be key.

“If a dog is going to be returned following an adoption, it is often in the first three weeks – usually because behavior issues come up that people aren’t prepared for and don’t know how to deal with,” says DeNeffe. But having realistic expectations can help you get through the adjustment period – when behavior issues often peak – with the least stress and the most success.

What will the adjustment period be like? How long will it last? The answer to these questions is simply: It depends – on the dog, on you, and on your environment.

“Every dog is different! Every black Lab and Golden Retriever is different,” says DeNeffe. Helping a dog adjust to a new home is a process that can take weeks or months, but the outcome of having a dog that is comfortable and happy is definitely worth the effort.

Truthfully, some dogs come home from the shelter or other rescue situation and settle in with few problems; their adjustment period is brief and unremarkable. Many dogs are even on their best behavior – a honeymoon period – for several days or weeks. They may experience stress, but they deal with it by being cautious and responsive. But other dogs may deal with the uncertainty of being in a new home with other, more obvious stress responses. Some of those may include:

• Pacing and other overactive behavior;

• Attaching to one person in the family, but being very shy of others;

• Mouthing people, jumping up on them, barking, and chewing; and

• Trying to escape or hiding.

Don’t panic if your new dog behaves in a less than desirable manner. In spite of the initial stress response, over the course of a few weeks or months, most dogs settle in and become wonderful companions. What happens in the first few days or weeks is not necessarily indicative of what life with the dog will be like long-term. But how you handle the stress response can certainly affect the long-term outcome.

As tempting as it may be to take your newly adopted dog to the dog park in the first few days following his arrival in your home, DON’T! He needs a few weeks of quiet walks with you, to learn what you expect and to develop a bond and trust with you.

Equally important to remember is that while there may be a significant adjustment period, it is usually much shorter than the several years it takes to raise a puppy! And there is a whole lot you can do to make the transition easier. By being aware, modifying and redirecting any unwanted actions from the start, you can help your new dog become a good citizen.

Plan and prepare

Just like when you bring a new puppy home, when you bring home an older or rescue dog, being prepared is key.

Make sure you have basic supplies – like food, bowls, collar and leash, bed, and toys.

In addition, you will want to decide on and set up a confinement area, a place your dog will stay when you cannot provide supervision.

It is important to recognize that the dog will be new to your environment and giving him too much freedom too soon can set him up to make behavior mistakes (such as having an accident in the house or chewing the wrong thing). By giving the dog a safe, confined place to be when he is not being supervised, he will be able to make a gradual and successful transition.

Make the confinement area the place where your dog gets his meals and his favorite toys. Make it a safe place he can call his own.

Ideally, the confinement area will be in the same part of the home that you spend time together. A crate works well, but you can also use baby gates or an exercise pen to section off a small safe section of your home.

Get the whole family involved in deciding what the rules and routines will be for your dog and help him learn those rules from the first day home. Will he be allowed on the furniture? Where will he sleep (ideally in the same room with you)? Providing structure helps a dog learn the house rules and helps him feel safe.

“These rules will be a goal,” says DeNeffe, emphasizing that it will take time for the dog to learn what is expected.

Start a housetraining routine right away, too. It is safest to assume your dog is not housetrained. Even if he was housetrained in his last home, time in a shelter or simply being in a new environment can mean that he will not understand when and where he is to go now.

Just as you would with a puppy, set up a routine, confine your dog when you cannot supervise, take him out on a regular schedule, and praise or reward him for going in the right place. Adult dogs will often housetrain faster and easier than puppies because their bladders are mature and they can “hold it” longer.


In general, keep stress to a minimum for the first few days or weeks. How long depends on the dog’s personality. Keep in mind that just the act of moving into a new home is stressful for most dogs – not to mention the stress he may have experienced before coming into your home. It can take several days or longer for the dog’s stress hormones to return to normal levels once he feels safe and calm.

Take your time in introducing your new dog to friends, friend’s dogs, and the local dog park. Remember that you will have this dog for the rest of his life; there is no rush! Give him time and space to settle in and bond with you before he is exposed to the world. Have him play and exercise in your yard and take him for walks in a quiet low stress area for the first few days or weeks.

Timing is everything

If at all possible, allow extra time in your schedule to help your dog adjust. At minimum, bring your dog home before a weekend so you can spend extra time helping him settle in. Ideally take a few extra days or a week or two off from work.

But that doesn’t mean spend every minute with your dog (even though you’ll want to!). In fact, it is best to get your dog used to short absences within a few hours of bringing him home.  Soon after you bring your dog home, take him for a short walk or bathroom break. Then introduce him to his confinement area. You can give him a great chew bone or a stuffed Kong and leave him in his crate or exercise pen for a few minutes.

Throughout the first few days, leave your dog alone in his confinement area for several minutes at a time. Vary the time you leave him from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. Start by leaving him in the confinement area for a few minutes while you are home, and gradually build up to leaving him for 10 to 20 minutes or so while you leave the house. By keeping your absences short, matter of fact, and pleasant, your dog will learn that being alone in the new home is safe.

You can also make your departure a good thing for your dog by giving him a food-filled Kong each time you leave him.

Train for confidence

Basic training – sit, down, stay, come, and walking on a leash – can begin the day you bring your dog home. Use positive training methods such as clicker training. You can get started by referring to a book or video. Beginning training right away can help dogs understand that you will be taking care of them, and that they are safe. It will also help build confidence. For many dogs, training games will help them de-stress and settle in quicker.

Some dogs, however, will be “shut down” at first and may have a hard time learning a new behavior or even doing something they already know. Don’t worry if your dog is not as responsive at first as you might like. If your dog seems reluctant, just make training games very easy, fun, and rewarding.

Try working with one simple behavior, like sit, and practice that until he seems ready to experiment with other behaviors. Or, if that seems too much, you can begin by simply hand feeding a portion of your dog’s meals to help him learn to trust you.

While training right away is beneficial, wait a few weeks before taking your dog into a class if he is stressed at all. For some dogs, you may even want to wait a little longer as training classes can also be very stressful. DeNeffe notes that for her dog Barkley, a month and a half was way too soon after re-homing to start a training class. “He needed to relax into his world first,” says DeNeffe.

If you need help right away, consider having a trainer come to your home instead of starting a class. Waiting to start a class until your dog has settled a little, and you have had time to bond can help you both get the most from the experience.

With most dogs, bonding takes time. While a dog may form an attachment to a person quickly, he or she may not be bonded to the point of trusting that person to provide safety for several weeks.

Make no assumptions about socialization

Most dogs that are adopted through rescue groups, shelters, or private re-homing have had at least some socialization. With some exceptions (for example, puppy mill breeding dogs), many rescue dogs have lived in homes and have had exposure to people, daily activities and common noises. But each dog’s experiences are different.

One of my dogs, for example, originally came from a ranch. She had wonderful socialization around animals, people, and children. But because she had lived in an outside run in a quiet country setting, city noises (like cars) and even common household sounds (like the phone ringing), were initially very frightening when she came to live with us. Conversely, for a dog used to the city, a country home – sheep, cows, and tractors – might seem foreign and scary.

It is nearly impossible for a dog to be socialized to all experiences. If you start off with the assumption that your dog is not socialized, you can expose him gently and gradually to new things. As you get to know your dog better, you will learn where and with whom he is comfortable, and where you will need to provide more socialization to help him settle into his new life with you.

Watch for issues

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the top several reasons dogs are given up to shelters are because of moving, landlord problems, cost, and lack of time, not because of behavior problems.

That being said, all dogs have behavior quirks or issues. With a puppy, you learn about their issues gradually, as they grow and develop. This gives you time to adjust, accept, and/or train to resolve the problems. When you get an adult dog, you may suddenly be facing an unexpected behavior quirk or issue. This can understandably feel more overwhelming than the gradual process of discovering behavior issues in puppy hood.

By being alert to any issues your new dog may have, you will also be able to address them as soon as they arise, before they become a habit. Dogs can be very impressionable in a new environment, especially the first time they try a behavior.

Don’t be shocked if your new dog does some “naughty” things in his first few weeks or months in your

home. Help him out by limiting his opportunities to do the wrong thing. For example, keep your counters free of food!  Setting your dog up for success, rewarding the behaviors you want and redirecting those you don’t want from the first day home, can make a huge difference in the long run.

Learning about a new dog’s behavior issues and quirks often triggers a common emotional response, “But he’s not like (insert other dog’s or past dog’s name here).”

It is human nature to compare your new dog to other dogs you have had, to the dog you had as a child, or to your neighbor’s dog. In some cases, a new dog will bring up feelings of grief and loss of a dog that has died. It is normal to have these feelings.

If you find yourself comparing your new dog to another dog, try to keep some perspective, especially if the new dog isn’t measuring up. With time, you can (and will) develop a deep and meaningful relationship with your new dog, too. In fact, over time, he will probably become the dog that you later say, “But he’s not like . . .”

Be patient

Give your newly re-homed dog more time than you think they need to adjust. Wait until their stress hormones return to normal before taking them to places that may produce even more stress. Keep them on leash in open environments until they are trained and you are sure they will stay with you. Use your confinement area longer than you think necessary. Then slowly and carefully give your dog more freedom as he can handle it.

“Try to think from the dog’s perspective,” says DeNeffe, talking about looking at the re-homing process from the dog’s point of view.

While we can never really know what goes on inside a dog’s head, it can be helpful to imagine what their experiences may have been.

Imagine what your emotional state might be like if you were suddenly plucked from your current life (leaving everything you know and love behind), put into a shelter environment where you were forced to live with noise and uncertainty, and then suddenly placed in a new family where you not only don’t know anyone, but you don’t know the rules or speak the language.

Be patient with your new dog. Give him the best start possible in his new home. And remember, with time and patience, everyone will settle in.

Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 Boxer Meetup & Bottle Drive

What a fabulous turnout for Saturday's Boxer Meetup!!  We had about 30 Boxers come out for the event throughout the day. It was perfect weather, as it wasn't too hot or too cool.  And the rain stayed away!

It was wonderful to see all the familiar faces and the new ones as well. All those wiggle butts were well behaved and seemed to understand the nature of the meeting.  Lots of kisses and so much fun was had by all!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Bottle Drive to help with the medical bills for Pearl & Tripp.  It truly is amazing to see the generosity and kindness that everyone has in their hearts.

Tripp and Pearl are both doing very well.  Everyone got to see firsthand exactly how well they are doing!  The kids made sure that tons of kisses were given to everyone.  They are forever grateful to you for enabling WBBR to help them. 
A BIG Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted with this event.  Many volunteers spent the weeks leading up to the event, by driving to pickup donated empties and returning them to the depot.  The biggest haul of course was on Saturday.  It filled the U-Haul truck completely!!   We are still tallying up all the donations and the bottles, as you can well imagine it will take some time to sort thru it all!  But we will keep you posted.  We are estimating the donations to be close to $2000. 
We are hoping to do another fundraiser next month.  And of course our Annual Pub Night is set for Sunday, August 25th.  So mark your calendars!!!
Here are some pics from the Boxer Meetup.  To see more pictures please visit the WBBR Facebook group .
Thanks again everyone for your continued love and support.  It's because of you that we are able to help so many dogs in need!