1/17/11 - I just
wanted to share with you a story about our Boxer Mia (aka Maya). We
found your organization through a friend. We were ready for a dog ,
did some research and felt a Boxer would be a good fit for our
family. We are dog lovers, and both my husband and I had dogs
growing up. We never bought our dogs and like the idea of a rescue.
When we heard about BAR we contacted you and began the adoption
process. We wanted a dog but with a one year old son and a three
year old daughter we knew we couldn't take on a puppy. My husband
spotted Mia and we adopted her.
We live on Long Island and drove up to Westchester to pick
her up. Her foster mother Marylin was great, there were a few other
dogs there as well. Mia was so hyper and excited, it was funny I was
thinking in my head "Oh dear God what are we in for? I had never
been around boxers and didn't know at the time how much they truly
love people. We took her home and from day one she was the perfect
dog.Our main priority was that our dog be good with the children ,
our second wish was that she be a little bit of a watch dog at
night. Well, she was wonderful with the kids, but often went to
sleep around 8:00 and snored like a sailor!!! LOL--Well the
main thing was that she was lovable, and she was that.
We often referred to her as out third child and she really
was part of our family, we loved her so much. We had her for five
great years. Our only regret was that she didn't live longer. We
lost Maya suddenly on Wednesday night. She never showed any signs of
illness or weight loss or mood change. It came on so suddenly, on
Tuesday she was breathing a bit heavy, I was very concerned, she
wasn't acting right . We took her to the Veterinary Medical Center
of Long Island and they took her right in saying because of her
age-(11) and her breathing and breed that she was critical. It all
happened so fast. We are heartbroken.
Boxers truly are special dogs and EVERYONE that came to our
house fell in love with her she was so sweet and so special, I
never had a dog like her before. Her and our little guy were best
friends. It's been a rough week but we just wanted to share with you
how much we appreciated our sweet Maya. She is still on your site
adoption Date of 10/15/05. We hope to adopt another dog from you
My family and I are grateful that your organization allowed us
to find and adopt Maya. We are also thankful for the hard work that
you all do in caring for and placing Boxers into loving homes.
We wanted to do a
six month update on our girl Mia. She's truly a lovable dog, this is the
first boxer we've had and they are a great breed. She is so great with
our children. Her and our two year old have become best buds. She has
some funny quirks, she's mischievous whenever we're out (which isn't
often) and will do little things around the house such as knocking
things off the counter or go on the furniture when we aren't home. I 've
heard Boxers are people dogs , that is they love to be in the company of
others and this is very true with Mia. Mia seems to be the
quintessential Boxer and we love her !P.S. She snores like a sailor!
11/14/05 - We are so
grateful to have adopted our adorable dog Mia. Although Mia has only
been with us a few days we are absolutely smitten with her! It's as if
she's been with us forever. She is the sweetest and most mild mannered
dog. She exceeded our hopes ,she's wonderful with our two little ones.
You have a great organization and we would like to thank you for helping
us find such a wonderful and sweet gal like Mia. We would especially
like to thank everyone who was involved in our adoption process: Gail,
Debbie , Stephanie and Mia's great foster Mom Marylyn. We will keep you
updated on Mia.
Mia has been adopted
Mia just drove away with
her forever family - they are great people and Mia is going to be loved
to death in her home. I'm soooooo happy for her because she is truly an
amazing baby girl and deserves "good stuff" in her life for a change.
Once she gets home and settled in she already has some "playdates"
scheduled with a friend of theirs who also has a boxer! This is the
perfect home for her……….but I still have to cry just a little to see her
Mia is pending adoption
Two boxers and a
bulldog…..how many farts can one household take!!
It’s been a little over a week since Mia arrived …..Mac is still smitten
with her and even Nigel has come around. They are sleeping together next
to me in the office as I write this! What a difference a week makes! By
this time next week she will no doubt be friends with the cat! (I’ll
keep you posted on that one). She hasn’t had a single “accident” in the
house since she arrived and is a complete “lady” when it comes to the
furniture and other household items…..Although Mia is very good with the
crate – I really don’t need to use it much because she has already
proven herself to be a really good girl…..I use it when I am gone from
the house as a “just in case” measure.
I can’t say enough “good stuff” about this little girl. She is
affectionate and calm, but also playful and fun. She has the sweetest
face and wiggles wiggles wiggles the minute someone new comes to the
house. Unlike Mac (who can look a bit ferocious to a stranger), you can
tell that Mia is a lover dog the very moment that you see her (something
about those wiggles)! EVERYONE that I know who has seen her loves
her….several of my friends who have never even talked about getting a
dog have now made comments about how much they would love to have one
just like her.
I mentioned in my write up last week that Mia would need obedience
training. I just wanted to clarify a bit because the bold red lettering
at the top of the profile can look a bit ominous…Mia doesn’t have any
bad habits or issues that need to be addressed that I have seen thus far
except that we were told by her surrendering family that she is a
“runner” when off the leash. She has begun to get the “sit” and “come”
commands down (I told you last week that she was really smart)!
Sometimes she is great on the leash, and other times its more like she
is walking me (smile). She is also really good about jumping up on
people……with all of the dogs in the house once one jumps up you can
pretty much count on all of them jumping – but as soon as I say “no” Mia
has all four paws on the floor immediately! However, I wasn’t
necessarily just talking about the training itself when I said she would
need an obedience class. Based upon things that I have read, have
experienced with my own dogs, and have been told by others, training for
both the human and the doggy can be an incredibly bonding and rewarding
experience…..Mia has now been in three different homes in less then 6
months….when she finally gets to go to her forever home she will need
tons of love and anything that can make her feel “bonded” to her new
humans will be extremely beneficial for everyone. She is such a loving
little girl and will make an incredible addition to the lucky family
that gets her.
- Mia arrived on Saturday morning and has been a sweetheart since the
moment she arrived. She adjusted quickly to my boxer (Mac) and my
Scottish Terrier (Penny)....it has taken a bit longer for her to adjust
to the bulldog (Nigel), but they are making progress every day. The
surrendering family told me that she was NOT good with cats, so I
haven't even tried to introduce her to mine - why subject my kitty to
such a trauma (smile).
Mia is absolutely fabulous with kids (she has been with a 5yr. old, an
8yr. old and a 12yr. old so far - the surrendering family also had young
children). She appears to be equally comfortable with both men and
women. She is VERY playful when she is around the other dogs, but also
loves to snuggle up to her human and watch TV or go to sleep. Initially
I had trouble getting her to go into the crate, but since Sunday
afternoon I have had no trouble at all.
Mia will need some obedience training when she gets to her forever home
as she pretty much only responds to something that she wants.....walking
her on a leash is an experience! She is a really smart girl and like
most boxers is very eager to please, so I think she will learn quickly
once she gets some consistency in her life.
We went to see Dr. Paul (the vet) today and he gave her a clean bill of
health and said that she was in great physical shape. Her coat is soft
and shiny and her eyes are bright. Her surrendering family said that
they had no trouble trimming her toenails - so she is very good all
around with grooming. She was a VERY good girl while there and gave lots
of boxer kisses and wiggles to the technicians that came to see her.
Two of the pictures shown in her profile have her wearing a choke chain.
Mia's surrendering family did not have a fenced in area. They set up a
dog run so she could run and get exercise in the back yard. Mia, smart
girl that she is (smile), managed to get out of her collar on occasion -
so they used the choke chain to solve the problem.
To sum it up, Mia is an amazing little girl who deserves a loving
forever home. She would fit in well in a home with children and in a
home with other pets. It is going to be very hard letting this little