Likes: Playing, eating, chewing, playing, sleeping in the bed with mom and dad
Pet-Peeves: When mom and dad won't play with him
Favorite Toy: stuffed tiger, football tug toy
Favorite Food: Food! Where?! CA Naturals kibble, EVO canned, bullysticks, homemade p-butter dog cookies, ect...
Favorite Walk: To the park for playtime
Best Tricks: sit, stay, shake and roll over...melting his mom's heart with one look.
Arrival Story: We have been wanting to adopt a Boxer for well over a year now.
Our biggest problem was the debate of pup vs. adult, problem is we have an older cat and were worried of taking any risks with an older dog, but were worried about the "puppy years".
We found a great 4 yr old adult male on Craigslist, but so did a lot of other people and he ended up going to another home. I was heartbroken, but knew that he wasn't "our dog".
I had asked around for reputable breeders and received a lot of response from people who had or knew someone with Boxer puppies, but then someone sent me a website called Kijiji where I came upon an ad for Boxer puppies.
We knew we wanted a flashy fawn male and when I contacted the person with the ad she only had one male left. She sent me his picture and my heart skipped a beat, these BIG brown eyes stared back at me and I knew he was our guy! His human Mom and Dad put a lot of love and time into their puppies and it really shows.
We have only had our little guy for a few days now, but we can already see what a big personality he has and that he is very intelligent.
We have had Chewie for 4 months now and he brings joy into our lives EVERY day. I love to watch him play and "jackhammer" the frisbee, everything he does makes me laugh (even when he is being naughty). Chewie has been easy to train and loves to please. We look forward to sharing more of our lives with our little guy. Oh and Chewie and the cat tolerate each other now, which is good.
Two Saturdays ago Mom said "let's go, road trip time"! We drove for about 6 hours and I even had my own window (rental car) to get in my sniffs. Mom says her next vehicle will have a window just for me!! Can't wait!
We finally arrived and checked into a pet friendly hotel before heading over to Grandma's house where for the very first time I met Mom's Mom and her siblings (brother and sister). I REALLY like Grandma and Mom's sister Kellie, they are like my Mom.
Grandma has these giant birds called Cockatoos, well let me tell you about Cockatoos. They are REALLY loud!! They yelled and hissed at me!! Can you believe that!?
After dinner and visiting Mom took me over to her best friend's house and I got to meet her CRAZY dog Sandy. But I didn't really get to play with Sandy because Mom says Sandy made me CRAZY. :(
On graduation day I had to stay at Grandma's in the crate. Hmpf. But Mom didn't close the crate, she said she had too many things to think about. So I escaped. But I was a good boy, I didn't chew anything up, attack any birds, or eat non edible items!!! Mom says only the cockatoos and I will ever know what truly went on in those 6 hours I was free in the house.
I also got to meet Milo, Grandma's neighbor's Boxer. But again, I didn't get to play. Mom says I was WAY too crazy for play. I was trying to push everyone around. I didn't really like Mom petting on Milo and saying how handsome he is. I was really jealous. :(
Kellie came back home with us, we were road trip buddies in the back seat. I was happy to be home, but if you can believe it, 2 days later we were in the car AGAIN!! But this time we went to the beach, I love the beach and we stayed in another hotel so I got lots of play time.
It was so much fun, Mom and Dad were home with me for an entire week!!!! They have never spent that much time home with me!! I also got a few new toys. But I must tell you, I was EXHAUSTED....between you and I, this morning I was REALLY happy when Mom and Dad went to work...finally, some rest and relaxation!
Recently we took Chewie to a doggy playdate night and I have some mixed emotions over the whole experience.
Chewie is somewhat socialized and has been to doggy play dates and dog parks in the past. Generally he is shy, sometimes nervous but will relax after a minute or two. He is very particular about who he plays with.
I would say he leans more towards submission, but not as in laying on his back when another dog approaches, he just doesn't want to be the dominate one.
I was really looking forward to going to this place because one of the owners is a Boxer lover, she shows them, has 3 of her own and even fosters from time to time.
The facility is very nice, they provide daycare, boarding and lots of classes.
When we came in Chewie was overwhelmed and it started a scuffle (no blood, just growls) between him and another Boxer. I think it was too much too fast.
One of the attendants came to get the offending Boxer (at the time we thought it was his owner) picked him up by his collar and yelled at him "BAD DOG, BAD DOG!!!!" and put him in a kennel for time out.
Well, we didn't know it at the time it was happening, but the "offending" Boxer was on day 3 of being boarded!!! If that were Chewie and someone I was paying to care for him while I was away picked him up by his collar like that, I would be furious!!!
After they let that Boxer out (Oscar) he was acting very gloomy and just wanted love. He came over to us and we loved on him the rest of the time we were there, he was VERY sweet. I love that Oscar boy!
Eventually Chewie got comfortable and was checking things out and I began to talk with the owner who loves Boxers. She began asking me about Chewie and we were talking the typical Boxer talk (food, allergies, health issues, ect) and she commented on Chewie's weight. She asked how much we feed (3 cups dry per day and 2 -4 tblsp wet) and she said that wasn't enough!!! She proceeded to tell me that she feeds her show dog who cannot keep weight on, who she won't even let play because of his weight issues, 8 cups of food per day!!!!!!!
Chewie is my second Boxer but my first dog on my own as an adult.
I had dogs my entire life growing up and my experience comes from my childhood and alot of research on training and nutrition, so by no means am I a Boxer expert. But I'm a Boxer owner and to me, the things I witnessed and heard from them it left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm sad that it didn't work out and I'm not sure if I plan to take Chewie back because I'm not sure the socialization was worth that experience.
I've never worked in a shelter or doggy daycare so I'm not sure how it's normally done to break up a scuffle, but if that's how it's done, then I'll stick to the risk of the dog park or setting up one on one doggy play dates.
So one night instead of Mom and Dad coming home, Mom's friend Molly came to the house to let me out to potty and feed me.
I kept waiting for Mom or Dad to walk in the door, but they didn't! :(
I cried and paced and looked out the window but still no Mom or Dad. Molly gave me treats, walked me, played with me but I was sad, Eventually Molly and I became friends and now I really like her!! I even slept with her on the bed every night.
I wasn't sure if Mom or Dad would come home, Molly said they would and they were just away for awhile for a "wedding" (what's THAT?).
And just when I thought they would never come home, they did!!!!
I was SOOOOO happy to see them, I jumped up to kiss their faces and wiggled so hard.
I had fun with my new friend Molly, but boy did I miss my pawrents!! I'm just so happy they are back home and Mom says they missed me as much as I missed them.