Photo Comments Age: 2 Years Sex: Male
• Profile last updated on: 12/07/2012
Austin Boxer Rescue
Banshee, a two year old male, is pretty average in height and weight by boxer standards, but as you can see in his profile pictures, has distinguishing markings. He has a fawn and white coat with a fawn and black patch over his right eye and lots of very unique freckles! He has an exxxtra droopy face...eyes, jowls, and a BIG tongue. His tongue sticks out the side of his mouth when it's closed, but since his jowls are so big it's covered. One of his nick names is "Big Flop".
We don't know much about Banshee's past, other than he was picked up as a stray in the Ft. Hood area.
Currently Banshee has a swollen and very tender toe on his right foot. He is on antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain meds. He is much more active since being on them but is still receiving medical attention for the toe.
Banshee does well with his Foster's submissive male boxer. The two boxers love to play keep-away and tug-o-war and are very good about playing together. They also like to wrestle and "box" each other and only have to be reminded to 'play nice' every once in a while. Banshee does like to "guard" some toys and rawhide bones. He has become much better about this but still has some toys he protects. The Foster's solution is to take the toy away and put the toy in "time out" for the rest of the day. Banshee has started to figure it out. A potential adoptive family with another dog would need to be aware of this protectiveness and continue to work on it.
Banshee is a very happy dog when his foster family or new people come home. It takes him about 5 minutes to calm down. He has been around a 1 year old and was fine around her, however toddlers ALWAYS need to be watched closely as Banshee's high energy and exuberant wiggle dance could unintentionally knock a toddler over. Because of his size and high energy, Banshee would do probably do better with older children. Banshee has also become accustomed to having an acre of land to romp, so if he were to go into a home with a smaller yard he would need to be walked on a daily basis, otherwise he might not be able to work off all that energy.
Banshee's fosters are working on commands and Banshee already knows 'sit' and 'shake' and is currently working on the command "Drop"... which he is getting much better at, but still stubborn with his favorite toys. He is also learning the command "Leave It" and but his Foster reports he is sneaky when it comes to this. For example, once his foster put a toy on the back of the couch gave the "leave it" command. Banshee looked at his foster, looked at the toy, and walked away like he was going to ignore it - and then snuck around the back of the couch and jumped up and grabbed it! Little sneak. So he's getting better at his basic skills but still learning.
But with this mischievousness also comes a sweet disposition - and when Banshee is ready to lay down he loves to snuggle up on the couch or just plop his head down on your leg or knee and give you the "pet me, love me" look.
Banshee would love to be able to sleep in the bed with his foster mom every night but accepts sleeping on his bed right next to her. He does get to sleep in the bed when her husband is out of town for business though, and he LOVES it!
Banshee is also very alert. He checks out any strange sound and tends to bark if he thinks it sounds suspicious in the least. He has learned that an open door in his foster home will set off the alarm and he will run and bark at this now. He sometimes barks at the washer and dryer when they beep, perhaps confusing it with the family's alarm system. If he sees something different in the yard he will RUN to check it out. His foster is working with him on his door manners. He doesn't try to run out but if someone new comes over he will bark at them with a, "You're new and not usually here and I have to bark at you to make sure mom and dad know you're here."
Banshee is housebroken and is learning to ring a bell on the door to signal his need to go outside. For the most part, Banshee is leash-trained, though he does have a tendency to pull some-what. He is also "treat-driven" and can easily be enticed in his crate with a treat. If Banshee sounds like he might fit well in your family, be sure to put his name on the adoption application.
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