Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What a fighter!

I'd like for everybody to meet my pal Paradise. Isn't she pretty? You wouldn't think it to look at her, but this girl is one of the toughest fighters out there. And I don't mean the boxing ring kind! See, life keeps throwing knock-outs Paradise's way, but she keeps dancing around the ring instead! Paradise came to our attention when she was fighting kennel cough at a high-kill shelter. A cough at a place like that means a death sentence, but we squeaked her out just in time! After getting through that, she ended up with a very complicated spay. And then less than two weeks later, her sutures tore and she ended up being rushed to the vet for severe internal bleeding! She had to have blood transfusions just to save her life. That would be more than enough for most gals, but life wasn't through throwing punches at Paradise. Did you know that dogs can get sexually transmitted diseases? That was a new one even for the veteran rescuers here at LBR! But poor Paradise ended up with a "sexually transmitted venereal tumor" and had to go through five whole weeks of chemotherapy! But that Paradise is a tough cookie, and she came through with flying colors! Here she is, relieved at being declared cancer-free at last! All her caretakers at the clinic just loved her -- who wouldn't love a sweet, tough girl like this?! They all signed her bandana. Paradise says that she is DONE with all that yucky medical stuff, and she's ready to find her furever family! I know that they're just around the corner for her. She's earned it!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Take a hike!

Mom sure was tired yesterday! She went to this really fun event called "Take a Hike!" It was sponsored by a place called the Heard Museum, which is a natural science museum and wildlife preserve with lots of cool hiking trails. Every year they have this event, and they invite local charities in to come and help. In exchange for doing some advertising and providing a volunteer to work (that was Mom, ha ha!), they get a cut of the proceeds and can set up a table to advertise.

Aunt Amber and Aunt Rhonda look like they're having lots of fun, don't they? I'm told it was a little hot there...
LBR alums Cowboy (nka Tyson) and Allie thought so too! They came along with their mom to help show everyone what LBR's all about.

After she finished working for the day, Mom had fun on the hiking trails. Can you believe they have all this great space and wouldn't allow dogs to come? Hrmph! I promise I wouldn't chase the birds... much. :)

Oooooh, now THERE'S a bunny to chase! Maybe it's just as well Mom didn't take me.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown

Godspeed, Hubble. We miss you.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Smell mail!

Boy oh boy, Mom sure came home with some great smell mail yesterday! See, she went to a pet fair where LBR showcases some of our gorgeous adoptable boxers. (She can't bring me because everyone would want to adopt me, and that's not fair to the foster dogs.) It took me a long time to get through all the mail and sort out some pictures to show y'all.

First off, this handsome guy is Midas. Doesn't he have a great wrinkly face? And look at his HAIR! You wouldn't guess it from looking at him, but Midas was totally bald just a few months ago. He had mange, and unfortunately his owners had heard the myth that you should treat it with motor oil. Let's just say he did NOT look good. But his foster dad has him looking so handsome, he'll be out looking for his furever family soon.

Kayla is a very sweet old lady who liked snuggling with everyone who came by. Mom spent lots of time snuggling with her.

Look at this handsome guy! Gunner is so popular, I know he won't be here very long.

Heath makes everybody around him laugh with his "frog dog" pose. I guess the cold floor felt good after a long, hot day of pet fair.

Caliche is a pretty girl, but doesn't she know it's not polite to stick out your tongue at people who are trying to take your picture?

This pretty girl is Miss Diamond. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but this Diamond made friends with everybody!

And finally my buddy Friday, who kept everybody on their toes with her puppy antics. Who can blame her for wanting to play non-stop with all those fun other dogs around?

Good luck finding your furever homes soon, guys! I know you'll find one just as great as mine. (Well... almost. It won't have me in it, after all. :))

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
- Unknown

My buddy Hubble is facing some hard news. See, not long after Hubble came into LBR's care, his foster mom noticed his leg was swollen. They took him to the vet and found out that he had cancer. All boxers hate that word!! I've lost way too many friends to it. :( Hubble bounced back, though, and you'd never know he was sick from how he acted! He had a whole coterie of adoring fans who'd kiss all over him when he came out to events to visit. (Kind of like me, you know.)

Sadly, Hubble has taken a turn for the worse. His lymph nodes have started swelling again, which means he doesn't have much time left. But his wonderful foster mom will keep loving him until it's time for him to go on to the Rainbow Bridge, where he can run and play without that nasty c-word keeping him down.

We love you, Hubble! Stay strong!

PS -- Don't forget to help LBR celebrate 7 years of saving dogs! Go to to donate just $7 for LBR's birthday. In 7 years, we've saved over 1700 dogs!!! Just think what we'll do in the next 7 years.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy anniversary, LBR!!

Happy anniversay to you!

Happy anniversary to yooou!

Happy anniversary, LBR!!

Happy anniversary to yooooooooooou!!!

Wow, it's a shame y'all can't hear me over the internet, because I'm a great singer. Especially when I howl that last note. :D

Anyway, today is a VERY special day. Seven years ago today, Legacy Boxer Rescue was started. Can you believe it? Seven years of saving amazing boxers like me, my sister Cinderella, and over 1700 other boxers. 1700!!! That's a whole bunch of wagging nubbies.

I was going to spend this post telling you about some of the success stories in LBR's history, but then today a story came up that made me want to tell you about the success stories of LBR's present and future.

Meet Mator!

This is Mator in the shelter, when we just called him BIN 11113. He's 10 years old and got sprayed by a skunk. His owner surrendered him because he was "too much trouble." Hah! All he needed was a good bath in tomato juice -- hence the name! -- to feel (and smell) all better.

But here's the success story. Mator's shelter was packed beyond full. Because owner-surrenders are the first to go when they need to make room (shelters don't have to hold them for a certain time like strays), he usually would've been walked straight to the euthanization room. :( But Mator had something very special on his side. He's a boxer! And his shelter knows that LBR will do everything in its power to help a boxer, no matter what age or condition they're in.

So because of the reputation LBR's hard-working volunteers built up over the last 7 years, Mator got to walk out the front door of his shelter and straight into his forever home!! Just like 1700 boxers before him, and many many many more after him!

So from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU to Auntie Sharon, Auntie Lori, and Auntie Brandi, the amazing and wonderful volunteers who founded LBR 7 years ago. We all love you so much, and we're so grateful for what you started! Slobbery boxer kisses to all of you!

PS -- Want to give LBR a great birthday gift? Go to to donate. Any amount will help! If everyone gives just $7 for LBR's 7th anniversary, that adds up to a WHOLE bunch of kibble and vet care for LBR dogs.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Okay, they're copycats, but they're also pretty cute. :) The Wasabi pups would like to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick's Day. Don't overdose on green beer and wind up like this.

(Left to right, we have Tuna Roll, Maki, and Sake)

Erin go bragh!

My bonny sister Cinderella and I would like to wish everyone


Monday, March 14, 2011

Best buds

This is Twiggy and her brother Styx. They were brought into the shelter together, and luckily we were able to get them into the same foster home.

It's hard having them together, because obviously they don't get along at all...

But somehow their foster mom perseveres! That's just the kind of hard-working, dedicated foster parents we have here at LBR.

I wonder if maybe we can find a furever home that wouldn't mind adopting two siblings who don't like each other very much.

Twiggy and Styx sure would like to stay together! If you're interested in twice the boxer fun, fill out an application today at!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mom is very sad this morning. So am I. Do you remember Mercy?

This sweet old lady was rescued from the shelter in the nick of time a few weeks ago. Mom was the one to pull her, and she came to hang out with Cinderella and me for a few hours before going to her foster home. Well, we found out that she has cancer, likely pancreatic, and that means she doesn't have very long left with us. Mom cried when she found out, and even kisses from me didn't make her feel better.
Mercy is now what we call a Legacy Keeper, one of the dogs that can't be adopted due to health or behavioral problems but get to spend out their lives in love and dignity at an LBR foster home. Mom and I are sure glad that Mercy gets to be loved by her foster parents for whatever time she has left instead of dying in a cold, crowded shelter. We love you, Mercy!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Brotherly love

I think Keebler (on the right) really loves his foster brother, Midas. Midas is recovering from a bad case of mange, and Keebler's telling him it'll be all right.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

We have PUPPIES!!

Okay, let me make one thing clear first. LBR absolutely 100% supports spaying and neutering. Like any rescue, we immediately spay or neuter all of the dogs that come into our care, and we would never breed rescue dogs.

But... sometimes a poor unspayed boxer gal winds up out on her own and the expected happens. When we rescue a pregnant mama from a shelter, what else can we do but help her have an easy delivery and healthy, happy pups?

So this is Sushi. LBR pulled her from a shelter about two weeks ago. We thought we were going to have a little more time to prepare for her pups, but Sushi didn't want to wait! Last night, she decided it was the right time to bring her babies into the world.

Aren't they adorable?? LBR likes to give our litters names related to their mama's name, so this set is called the Wasabis. We ended up with three live puppies, and two that sadly went to the Rainbow Bridge early. (Did you know that breeding white boxers is a bad idea because they carry a lot of recessive genes that can mean lots of different genetic illnesses and problems?)

Here's baby Maki having some breakfast. I can't wait until he's big enough to play. I LOVE playing with puppies!

Doesn't Miss Sushi look proud? And boy, should she!

These are some of the cutest puppies I've ever seen! From left to right, we have Tuna Roll (f), Sake (m), and Maki (m)!

Take good care of your babies, Sushi. LBR will make sure they have wonderful lives ahead of them!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"Look me in the eye and tell me I deserve a death sentence."

I really hate it when this happens. LBR is starting to get desperate. We just don't have enough foster homes to take all the boxers that are turning up in shelters! I think back to when I was waiting months to find a foster home, and I know that a lot of dogs right now don't have even that long.
Fostering is very rewarding. My mom and I helped four fosters find their furever homes, and it was so exciting seeing them go from being all scared in the shelter to snuggling up to their great new moms and dads in their happy home pictures. Plus, Mom says that LBR provides a crate, food, and vet care, so it's not even expensive like bringing a new dog home usually is! You just provide lots of love.
Please, if you or anyone you know is in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex, consider fostering a boxer today! I guarantee you won't regret it. Just go to and fill out a foster application!