February 17th 2009 9:39 pm
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Hello everyone!! My name is Travis. To those close to me, I’m Travors. Why am I introducing myself? You’ve met me before?? Well, my foster dad disagrees. I am the all new Travors for 2009!! I’ve got a new position in my foster pack, a new collar, and a new attitude. Therefore, my foster dad wants me to sing my own praises but, honestly, I don’t like to toot my own horn. I’m really kind of a quiet guy but I will try my best.
It’s no big secret that I had some demons and issues to work through in the past, much like many of my foster siblings. But what is in the past, is in the past. Right? I chose to look forward because my foster dad tell me that the future is BRIGHT. I’ve been in a loving foster home for over a year now. After the last foster dog left for his new home, my foster dad decided to not take another…to try and focus on me. Boy did that make me happy!! Now it’s just me and his permanent dogs. I’ve also been on my medicine for around 8 months now. I’ve even got better about taking the pills. I wasn’t a big fan of my foster dad shoving them in my mouth so now I happily just eat them up with my food, like a good boy. But here is the really GREAT news…for the last two months (yes, you read that correctly) I have been allowed to roam the house freely, when my foster dad is home and when he’s not. After all this time, I have come to understand what a great privilege and big responsibility this is. I am PROUD to report that I have not had 1 accident in those two months and that I get along great with all three permanent dogs…1 male Boxer and 2 female Labs. In fact, I even try my best to let me foster dad know if I have to go outside (usually he just takes me anyway) and I have even been caught in the toy basket a few times!! I thought I might be in trouble but he just laughed, petted me, and let me be with my bone. Every now and then, I get a wild hair and will even play a little with Reynolds, the other Boxer in the house. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me and has made me understand what I have been missing all these years. It still takes me awhile, but I am more open to meeting new friends now. Last night, we even got a visit from an old friend…R.J.!!! Anyway, this is all a little embarrassing but my foster dad thought it was time for my big re-introduction. I’ve been with Blue Ridge for over a year and a half now, I sure would love a forever home of my own. I’m small in stature, calm, cool, and collected. Could you be the one to welcome me into your home??
As Travis’ foster dad, I can’t begin to explain how proud I am of this guy. It has been a definite struggle at times over the last 12 months. He has been my most difficult foster by far but, conversely, my most rewarding. To see the growth and improvement that this dog has shown since arriving at my house, it’s unbelievable!!! He is really coming out of his brindle shell and will make someone a great companion. Everyone that comes across him absolutely falls in love with him. He is full of charisma and now, truly deserves a chance to have a family of his very own. He will never be the crazy, active Boxer that will go on 3 mile runs with you BUT you will never find a more loving, loyal, appreciative companion than Travors. You will not regret contacting Blue Ridge about this wonderful guy…Travors, version 2009!!!
February 17th 2009 9:39 pm
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Hey everyone. As a foster parent, I don’t think I have ever been more proud of one of my dogs as I have been of Travis lately. The number of dogs in my house has decreased lately and Travis has really begun to show improvement. I feel now, that he might have been stressed out by the sheer number of dogs before. He has been left in the house (he previously spent a lot of time in the basement), both while I am there and while I’m gone, for the last week. I am very proud to say that he has had absolutely NO accidents and NO incidents with other dogs!! In fact, I don’t remember the last “altercation” that Travis had with another dog.
As an example, I laid down to go to sleep the other night and in walks Travis…after having been let out only 10 minutes prior. He sat at my bedside and just began to whine. So, figuring he wanted some love, I began petting him. This calmed him while I was petting him but as soon as I stopped, the whining started again. So, I figured it would be in everyone’s best interest for me to try and take him out again…just in case. Sure enough, he darted outside and “did his business” right away!! The dog that used to potty in my house virtually every time I left had just TOLD me that he needed to go outside to use the bathroom!! I was so happy!! It was then that I truly believed that Travors could find his forever home, despite all that he has been through!!
Travors is a sweet, sweet boy that just needs some love and a little patience. Given the opportunity, he will make the right person a terrific companion. Please consider filling out an application and meeting Mr. Travors…you’ll be glad you did!! Happy Holidays!!
February 17th 2009 9:38 pm
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Hello all you potential adopters out there. This is Travis' foster
dad, and if it's OK with everybody, I thought that I would do his
'update' this time. I just want to start by saying that there will be
positives and negatives about Travis, BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, he is a
wonderful boy and very deserving of his forever home.
Travis has been in rescue with BRBR for a little over a year now. He
has been with me personally since the start of 2008. In this time, we
have learned a lot about each other and made huge strides of
progress. But, he is also somewhat limited here, and is definitely
still a work in progress...as many of these rescue Boxers are.
Travis is definitely a 'special needs' Boxer. Don't get me wrong, he
is happy and healthy but there are certain circumstances that need to
be me in order for Travis to really excel. For example, Travors is
best suited to be in a single dog household. I say 'single dog'
because I did cat-test him once and he seemed pretty uninterested.
However, it was a very brief test as I am allergic. As far as canines
go, Travis can be somewhat picky as to the company he keeps. I have
two female labs that he has no problems with at all. However, his two
foster brothers he could do without sometimes. Is it a male/female
issue? I don't believe so. I've seen him get an attitude with some
females in the past. I believe that it is more of an energy issue.
Travis is very calm and laid back, not your typical, energetic Boxer.
I think that he gets a little uncomfortable and defensive around
energetic, hyper, 'in your face' dogs. I have never had him around
any smaller canine breeds. Again, this is not a constant issue, nor
is it with all dogs. However, to ease the stress on Travis, and
thereby ease the stress on his forever family, it is probably best
that he be in a single dog home.
Second, Travors has some separation anxiety. He is currently on
medication to help calm him which has made a difference and does not
necessarily need to be permanent. This poor guy has obviously been
through some rough times in his life and so, he just like to have
people around. It makes him feel safe and secure. That really all a
dog wants, right? He is afraid of abandonment. Therefore, it is my
opinion that Travis' ideal forever home would be a family that is home
as much as possible. Perhaps someone who works from home or a family
with a stay-at-home mom. Ideally, given his very laid-back nature, I
think Travis would be perfect for a retired individual or couple. The
more time he gets with his human, the happier he is. The more time
you spend with him, the better his behavior. Simple formula, right?
Absolutely!! Which is why handsome Travors needs his forever home.
Here, he is in a loving, warm environment but, with 5 dogs, it's a bit
of a three-ring circus. Travis would thrive in a spotlight of his
Last, but certainly not least, Travis is absolutely wonderful with
people. In fact, I've never come across anybody who hasn't thought he
was just adorable. My friends and neighbors love him. People at our
adoption events love him. My fellow volunteers love him. He loves
young and old, big and small!! He is quiet, small in stature, but BIG
in personality!! He has this quiet way of sneaking up on you and just
giving you his paw when he wants to say hello. As if to say: 'Hey,
remember me? My head could use some scratching down here!!'
We, at BRBR, work very hard to find the perfect homes for all these
wonderful Boxers. The truth is, Travis is a little extra special and
will truly need the PERFECT home. Will it be worth it? Absolutely!!
Travis is a wonderful companion that just needs a special, loving,
patient person(s) to be his forever match. You think it could be
you? You think that you could take this wonderful, little guy over
that last hump so he can enjoy his very own forever home? If so,
please contact BRBR and ask about Travis (AKA Travors). He continues
to wait patiently, with lots of love to give and big brown eyes that
will melt your heart