Jake - now Cassius
I found "Jake" online last December. I had been considering a dog and specifically a boxer for some time. I had just left my job and knowing it would be a month or two before I started my next, I thought it would be great to have someone around the house a little more often.
When he walked out to meet me, he was everything I had hoped. Adorable face, sweet and laid back. What I found out at BRLA shocked me, they had rescued him from a city shelter where someone had left him to be euthanized. He had had large lump on his side so BRLA took care of that. He had a huge incision down his side and was completely shaved from spine to tummy, tail to neck on one side. His stitches were still in and his scar was considerable. This didn’t matter to me because he had already done the patented boxer head-in-the-chest move and I was totally in love with him.
I put him in the back of the car where he instantly laid down and relaxed. After a long bath (where the groomer said she had never seen a dog so happy during the process), I brought him home and we watched TV together for the next two hours. I had never seen a dog take so little time to adjust. When my girlfriend came home and saw him she started crying. He looked just like her boxer she had to put down just a year earlier.
What I wanted was a low maintenance pet who is done chewing, wetting the floor, being hyper and jumping on everything. What I got was a best friend whose only flaw is that he can't stand to be more than two feet away from either of us. He loves rides in the car, sitting around, walking and even going to the vet. He gets along with everyone. And everyone loves him.
Cassius (his new name since moving in) has more energy than you would expect as well. While he's not hyper, it doesn't take much to get him involved in a wrestling match or a quick tug of war. It's just that after we're done, it's time to relax for a few. The bald spot is gone, replaced with a beautiful fawn coat and he's never seemed so happy or more energetic.
My girlfriend and I have said it many times: we would never do it another way. Seniors are the absolute best. No matter how many or few years they give you, they'll never let you regret making the choice. We've had him for 8 months now and the way we look at it, it's 8 months more than he would have had if not for Boxer Rescue LA. And 8 fantastic months we've been able to give each other.
If you’re considering a boxer, don't look past the seniors! They're so much more than you think. The head on my lap right now is telling me it's time to get off the computer and play.
Rob and Wendy