Greetings Boxer Lovers!
It’s every dog owners biggest fear - coming back to discover your pet is missing. It may happen from your home or from your vehicle. Many dogs escape by jumping a fence; many get out through gates left open unintentionally; and unfortunately some are stolen. Here are some things you can do to protect your pet and the best way to go about getting them back if they get lost.
Protecting your pet:
The first critical action in keeping your dog safe is to make sure your dog is spayed or neutered. As a rescue group, we hope we are preaching to the choir on this as dogs capable of breeding perpetuate pet overpopulation. But back to how this will help keep your dog safe. Both male and females dogs will be less likely to have wanderlust once they are sterilized. Also a sterilized purebred will not be a target for pet theft if it they are incapable of breeding. Besides keeping your dog home, sterilizing them can also increase their lifespan, reduce the risk of cancer and make your dog overall happier and healthier.
Next, you need to pet proof your home, yard and gates. Look at things from a dog’s point of view and make sure there are no escape routes. With active dogs, especially ones that enjoy digging, make sure you check regularly to prevent a break out. Also make sure your gate latches work and that a paw cannot unlatch them. Installing spring hinges on gates can insure that they close every time.
Train your dog to stay. Dogs should be taught to only exit doors and gates when following a human. They should not be allowed to exit first and never on their own. This is basic discipline that could save your dog’s life.
The easiest and best protection you can provide your dog is a secure collar and an ID tag which includes your address and phone number. If your pooch ends up outside your property, chances are a neighbor or good Samaritan can get your dog back to you if there is an ID tag. The dog should wear a collar and ID at all times so that in case of an emergency, you know your dog is protected. A collar and tag will ultimately save your dog from a trip to the city shelter. It could not be simpler.
Consider having your dog micro-chipped. Collars are great, but they can come off, be ripped off or god forbid your dog didn’t have it on and is now at risk. A microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is encased in a smooth, strong biocompatible glass, and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with the chip, they can be identified throughout their life by this one-of-a-kind number. This identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed. If your dog is found and brought to a vet or shelter, by scanning with a special wand, the microchip number will allow your information to be pulled up from a national database. You can have your dog chipped at your vet, pet store or local shelter. and the cost can range from $15 - $60. This is absolutely the best way to protect your dog from being lost forever.
For those of you who love gadgets you might want to check out the LoJack for dogs. It’s a radio collar complete with GPS system allowing you to track your dog’s every move. Globalpetfinders offer this collar at $290 and monthly fees are around $18. Not cheap but if your dog is a frequent bolter; this would be a way to always find them before they get into more trouble.
What to do if you pet is lost:
- Check your property thoroughly to make sure the dog has not collapsed somewhere or is hiding in fear.
- Make flyers including a photo and your phone number and post around area where it was lost.
- Talk to anyone and everyone you see in your neighborhood to gain any info on your lost pet.
- Contact the organization you got your dog from as their network can be helpful in locating your dog.
- Contact any local breed-specific rescues in your area in case your dog is taken them instead of a city shelter.
- At last resort, contact your local Department of Transportation (DOT) or Animal Control for reports on animals killed on the road. We certainly hope it does not come to this.
As many as one in three dogs get lost at some point in their lives, so do all you can do to protect them and make it easy for them to find you if they do!
|Pick of the Litter
By Candi Mitchell, BRLA Volunteer Coordinator
Meet one of our wonderful new volunteers, Dave Hanson. This Sunday he challenges you to match his commitment to BRLA. He is running the LA marathon and collecting donations for BRLA.
Dave and his family found their way to BRLA through Joe Ramirez our much respected dog trainer. Dave had an unruly Boxer by the name of Napoleon at home and Joe was able to teach his family the correct techniques to turn little Napoleon into an upstanding canine citizen. It was during this meeting that Joe mentioned he was a volunteer at BRLA.
Dave found himself curious about the rescue and sent off an email to inquire about volunteering. Well let us just say, he enjoyed his first visit so much that he often brings his wife Emilie and their son Zach along with him to help walk the Boxer orphans.
He is so dedicated to our cause that he volunteer’s on a regular basis even after working 60-80 hour weeks at his job and helping his son Zach run a small custom skate deck shop called JUNK sKATEBOARDS.
Dave’s family went a step further in their support by rescuing an orphan from us by the name of Faith. Faith came with her own set of behavioral issues, but they keep up with the training advice that they received from Joe Ramirez and she is coming along nicely.
It seems this man is unstoppable, because he decided he still was not giving enough to Boxer Rescue and decided to dedicate his run in the LA Marathon this year to raising money for BRLA.
We asked Dave how he came up with the idea and he responded that he had gotten interested in running the marathon about four years ago by a friend who inspired him. He has always had a passion for running to help keep him in tip top shape so he thought it would be a great idea to challenge himself by training for and running the marathon.
He wanted to make sure he kept to the goal at hand and figured it would help him through the grueling 26 miles if he ran for a cause. He has run two marathons and a half marathon so far and has successfully raised approximately $3000.00 for charity causes.
This year he is running for Boxer Rescue and we welcome any and all support with open arms. Please support Dave (and BRLA) by going to his My space page and sponsor him by PayPal. Any amount is appreciated and will keep Dave running.
The LA marathon is THIS SUNDAY. Please make every mile Dave runs count for homeless boxers. Sponsor Dave. His donation site will be open for donations following the LA marathon to make the most of his efforts.
We hope you will join us in supporting Dave’s endeavors! He is a true Boxer lover at heart and we are all very proud of him! Run Dave Run!
|Success Story Lexious
Early in 2006 a feisty Boxer girl with a long nose and a very funny walk came to Boxer Rescue LA. She was named Lexious and her boxer spirit shone bright. It was soon discovered that her walk was not funny at all, she had Degenerative Myelopathy, which affected her stability and was probably the reason she was surrendered.
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in dogs. Boxers are not on the list of dogs most prone to DM, but there are some cases. The disease begins with a loss of coordination in the hind limbs. The dog will wobble when walking, knuckle over or drag their feet, and may cross the feet. As the disease progresses, the limbs become weak and the dog begins to buckle at the knees and have difficulty standing.
BRLA knew Lexious needed a special home. Lisa Seacrest, of Costa Mesa, came into the picture. BRLA had helped Lisa with her boxers in the past and she felt it was now time to give back and help a dog that really needed to be rescued. There is a very clear difference between someone coming to adopt a dog and someone coming to rescue one. In June of 2006 Lisa rescued Lexious!
Lisa and her 13 year old daughter Helena had a 14 year old Boxer named Rufus. Lexi had not been the most social dog at BRLA and the fact that she was disabled probably made her a little more defensive around dogs. She had no problem with old Rufus and the two are still inseparable. At first Helena was the only one who could keep up with Lexi who had not idea she was disabled.
Lisa’s dad came right over and built Lexi a ramp system so she could get used to using it before the DM progressed. She took to the ramp like a champ, but still enjoyed racing Lisa up the steps. She was forever going outside to chase lizards and exploring the yard. Exercise is key in the treatment of DM and being in a home was the best way for Lexi to get her daily physical therapy (playing). As we know, love is the best medicine of all. She was getting plenty of love.
Here we are nearly a year later and Lexi continues to be a love and cherished member of the Seacrest family. The DM has progressed but Lexi’s takes it in stride. When she is faced with a physical challenge she just comes up with new ways to get it done. Lexi’s family is right there helping her with a new harness which allows them to support her when she needs. There is no slowing down Lexi’s spirit.
Lisa reports “Now Lexi mostly slides across the linoleum floor. When she sees something she wants – she flies! She loves to sit outside and talk through the fence with our neighbor’s dog.” The whole gang still goes on outings to the park. Rufus now 15 years old is still Lexi’s best friend. After a day at the park both dogs are tired and love to nap together. Lisa notes that Lexi still gets plenty of exercise in her sleep as you can tell she is running full speed in her dreams. She has no handicap when she dreams.
BRLA was more than happy to help Lisa years ago when she needed assistance with her boxers. Her efforts and willingness to provide Lexious with the best life possible is a dream come true, especially for Lexi. Her daughter Helena wants to be a pet rescuer and sitter when she gets older and Lexious is surely the best teacher she could have. Lexious may have slowed down, but she proves you don’t need good legs to give or receive love. All you need is love.
January 2007, we sent home 53 lucky dogs who now have permanent loving homes.
You lucky dogs!
Alphalfa, Angie, Apollo, BB, Blix, Braxton,Brillo, Bullwinkle, Canada Joe, Cassie,Chandler, ChinChin, Clyde,CocoPuff, Cooper, Dawn, Devo/Max,Duke,Geronimo, Harley,Honey, Jackson,Jock,Knight,Kookey, LadyBug, Lance,Libby, Lucky ,Lyla,Max, Maxwell,Mo-Jo,Parkay, Penny, Peppermint Patty, Pinky,Porter, Powder, Princess, Quincy,Roxy/Mollie, Ruby, Sgt Pepper,Soldier Boy,Stan, Tigrr, Union Jack,Valley Boy, Vivie,Weatherby, Winston Churchill,Zip
Finally we have a forum for all you Boxer lovers to share your information, stories and resources: Introducing the Boxer Rescue LA Blog.
You can log on and become part of the BRLA community. It’s easy. Your experience could be of great help to someone who owns a Boxer or is considering adopting a Boxer.
Plus it’s just a good sounding board to anything and everything Boxer. You can sign on and add comments to these existing topics.
- Your Rescue Boxer
- General Boxer Help
- Training Your Boxer
- Vet Referrals
- Boxer Health and Diet
Simply pick a topic, click on comment and comment away. If you have a suggestion for another topic, let us know and we will create a new category.
We look forward to hearing from you and for this Blog being a source of information for Boxers lovers world wide.
FYI there is a link to the BRLA blog on our homepage under News and Happenings. Tell a friend.
Upcoming Boxer Rescue LA Events
The event season is upon us. Come out and meet the BRLA volunteers and some of our available dogs at one of these upcoming events.
Orange County America Family Pet Expo.<br>
Ralph’s is requiring that all Community Contributors register their club cards AGAIN. If you do not sign up directly with Ralph’s, BRLA does not receive proceeds. They will require participants to register each year. We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you are not aware of this program, it's fantastic as it allows you to donate funds to BRLA without spending a dime. When you shop at Ralph's and use your club card, Ralph's donates a percentage of your purchases to BRLA. Everyone needs to grocery shop and you might as well shop at Ralphs so your purchases not only feed your family but it helps feed BRLA boxers.
So please sign up or sign up AGAIN. It’s easy:
1. Log on to RALPHS.COM
2. Click on "Community Contribution"
3. Click on "Participant" - BRLA NPO - 80701
4. Follow the easy steps to enroll! - Be sure to complete all the information
5. Sit back and watch your grocery shopping earn money for BRLA
MONTHLY MIRACLE MAKERS
With great appreciation we recognize these individuals who are BRLA monthly donors. Every month their reciromg donation arrives at BRLA to support our boxers in waiting. Thank you!
New Monthly Miracle Makers
Joining our existing Monthly Miracle Makers:
Aram and Kourosh Kaveh
James A. Bryan
Janes & Filana Ragan
Maria Calon & Jeffery Klein
Ronald & Kathy Carlson
Taylor N. Wright
Tom & Alyse Plotkin
George & Sharry Taylorson
Gillian Bonner Caine
Jane & Jim Clinkenbeard
Sherry & Mike Grant
BECOME A MONTHLY MIRACLE