This edition of The Boxer Beat, brings you some
helpful information on keeping your pets safe this
Easter. K9-Joe takes the next step in the decision to
rescue a dog: what to do when you bring them home.
You will learn about one very special rescue: October
and see who got to go home last month.
Everyone at BRLA thanks you for your support.
|Easter Danger for Dogs
With Easter upon us, keep that Easter Bunny Basket
of goodies away from your dog. Chocolate bunnies
and chocolate eggs are a sweet treats for people,
but could be deadly to your dog. Play it safe and
keep your Easter candy well out of reach of your
pets. Chocolate is extremely dangerous to our pets
so please be informed.
Why is Chocolate Lethal?
Chocolate contains theobromine. A naturally
occurring stimulant found in the cocoa bean,
theobromine increases urination and affects the
central nervous system as well as heart muscle.
While amounts vary by type of chocolate, it's the
theobromine that is poisonous to dogs.
Symptoms of Chocolate Ingestion and
You can recognize that your dog has eaten a toxic
dose of chocolate from the symptoms. Within the
first few hours, the evidence includes vomiting,
diarrhea or hyperactivity. As time passes and there's
increased absorption of the toxic substance, you'll
see an increase in the dog's heart rate, which can
cause arrhythmia, restlessness, hyperactivity, muscle
twitching, increased urination or excessive panting.
This can lead to hyperthermia, muscle tremors,
seizures, coma and even death.
How Much Chocolate Is Deadly?
If a 50-pound dog eats a teaspoonful of milk
chocolate, it's not going to cause serious problems.
However, if that same dog gorges himself on a two-
layer chocolate cake, his stomach will feel more than
upset and soon it's likely he'll be vomiting or
To answer the question "How much is too much" is
not simple. The health and age of your dog must be
considered. Another fact that must be considered is
this: Not all chocolate is the same. Below is a
guideline to the toxicity of chocolate for dogs:
• Baking chocolate: 0.1 ounce per
pound body weight. Two one-ounce squares of
bakers' chocolate is toxic to a 20-pound dog; one
ounce for a 10-pound dog.
cocoa: 0.3 ounces per pound of body weight.
One-third of a pound of sweet cocoa is toxic to a 20-
pound dog; 1/6 pound for a 10-pound dog.
Milk chocolate: 1 ounce per pound
of body weight. Approximately one pound of milk
chocolate is poisonous to a 20-pound dog; one-half
pound for a 10-pound dog. The average chocolate
bar contains 2 to 3 ounces of milk chocolate. It
would take 2-3 candy bars to poison a 10 pound dog.
Semi-sweet chocolate has a similar toxic level.
• White chocolate: 200
ounces per pound of body weight. It takes 250
pounds of white chocolate to cause signs of
poisoning in a 20-pound dog, 125 pounds for a 10-
What to do if your dog eats chocolate.
Consult your veterinarian immediately.
Induce vomiting (2-3 tsp 3% hydrogen peroxide)
Give activated charcoal mixed with water to a slurry
consistency. (2 tsp for dogs over 25 lbs.)
no means is this meant to be medical advise.
Consider all chocolates out of bounds for dogs and
have a great holiday.
|Success Story - October
With any dog rescued from the street, the origin of
their injury is pure speculation. If only dogs could
talk: October, a tiny young female would have a
long tale to tell. This rescue
was truly a team effort involving many BRLA
volunteers, numerous surgical vets and a very
October probably ended up
under a moving vehicle
where part of the car sliced the flesh off her thigh,
leg and shin right down to the bone. She was then on
her own for some time, allowing a severe
infection with maggots to take hold. Once brought in
by Animal Control, she was disposed to General
Animal Hospital to be euthanized as her injuries were
too extensive. (we spared you the gruesome
October’s will to live was strong and her spirit
inspired the staff at General to contact BRLA
Self. Trudy sponsored October’s numerous surgeries
costing over $5000
An enormous part of the treatment was the twice
daily lavage and the numerous deep wound cleansing.
October progressed and
was placed in a foster home
. Brenda took wonderful care of October. It was
while in foster care that another
woman learned about October. She told her son and
daughter-in-law, who lived in Arizona, about October.
The love affair began from afar.
October needed one final surgical procedure. BRLA’s
Dr Fahie, of City of Angels Animal
performed the needed operation. October bounced
back quickly, as she had so many times before. Her
fan club in Arizona was kept informed via frequent
emails as they were anxious for October to be ready
After her final surgical procedure, October went
to Lillian, BRLA's critical caregiver who works closely
with Dr. Fahie. for her final days
observation and care. After a few weeks, Dr.
Fahie gave the okay for October to be adopted.
You could hear the shouts of excitement from Arizona
from Shawn and Kelly Murphy and their boxer Rocky.
They had been following October’s story and progress
for months and they could finally pack up the truck to
come and meet her. They had loved her from afar
and when they met in person it was magic. She fit
and was going home to Arizona.
October, now called Toby for
short, lives the life of
luxury in Prescott AZ. Rocky, their 8 year old boxer,
loves his little sister and Shawn and Kelly could not
be happier with their special girl. Toby touched many
hearts, traveled many miles and found help all along
her journey of survival. She lives a blessed life
thanks to so many involved in this rescue.
Special note: Since Toby's arrival in AZ, she has
been leaking urine. Even with vet prescribed DES, she
continues to leak. If you have experience with this
condition and have suggestions, Kelly and Shawn
would appreciate your help. email
|K9-Joe on Rescue Dogs
Last month we discussed the important
considerations before you select a rescue dog.
We now take the next step, once you have adopted,
to establish a healthy relationship with your new
The 10 Commandments of Bringing a New Dog
1. Walk your dog and allow them to relax
before going into your home. Rescue dogs are
often temporarily traumatized from loosing everything
familiar to them. They then spend, days or weeks
confined in a stressful kennel environment. Now
adopted, they are going to a nicer, but still
your rescue dog is housebroken. Even if a dog
from a home where they were 100% housebroken, a
new home can be confusing. Take your dog straight
to the backyard and allow them to explore. If your
dog eliminates, praise them. Then, back on the leash
for a tour of the house.
your new dog free run of the house, nurture
unwanted behaviors or shower them with excessive
affection (because you feel sorry for them).
Your dog could view this as a sign of weakness and
lack of leadership on your part. Give them boundaries
and confinement. Using a crate is the simplest way
to achieve this and can also assist in
4. Get to know
dog’s temperament before you decide the best
approach to a healthy relationship. Are they
friendly, shy, dominate or what. Know what you are
dealing with so you can deal appropriately.
Establish your leadership role using
positive reinforcement. Leaders are firm not
mean. Dogs are pack animals and packs require a
leader, they do not respect a subordinate. Be a
leader to your dog or your dog will become your
6. Pack leaders control the
resources. There are 4 things that you, the
pack leader, should control in your dog’s life: Food,
Space, Games and Grooming.
your dog’s daily basic needs. All dogs have
different traits and personalities but all have the
same basic needs: Exercise, Food, Grooming and
Fun. Depending on age and breed, exercise could
vary from 40 minutes to 2 hours per day starting with
the morning walk.
training reinforces you as the pack leader. If
you are not an experienced handler, hire a
professional to assist you. Even one or two sessions
will make a huge difference. It is your best
investment as you will be starting off on the right
foot with your new dog.
expect a humanistic relationship with your dog.
Do not get frustrated if your dog does not
understand you in the beginning. Even though they
are capable of learning many words, they immediately
understand and respond to our body language and
expressions. Be aware that once your dog gets to
know you, your moods will have an impact on their
state of mind.
10. Make an
appointment with your Vet. It is important to
visit your vet for a check up and to have your dog
become familiar with the staff. Use lots of praise and
treats to make it a pleasant experience. This will
also give you a professional view of your new dogs
There were 62 BRLA dogs that found permanent
homes in March 2006.
You Lucky Dogs!
Baby, Bake, Baker, Bambi, Bear, Beatrice, Bon Jovi,
Bosco, Boxer, Bruiser, Brutus, Bubba, Calloway,
Chula, Cookie, Caisy, Dora, Fred Friendly, Gaylord,
George, Hotrod Doggie, Igor, J.D., Jack, Jeep, Jill,
Layla, Leia, Lennon, Lisa, Luke, Marty, Matteo,
Megan, Mike Mellow, Mugsy, Otis, Pasha, Pearl, Pixie,
Prieto, Rocky, Rozzie, Rufus, Rumba, Sadie, Sammy,
Sara Lee, Sasha, Selena, Sherman, Sissy, Sonny,
Tigar, Tiny, Trampas, Tuff Muffin, Turbo, Tyson,
Willow, Winnie, Zack/Cee, and Zoe.
I have a question about my two dogs: I have a
nearly 2 year old now (Tess). We have just bought 2
month old (Abbey) and introduced them carefully in a
neutral environment. They did well at first; however
they have also been chewing on each other’s faces a
lot and snapping at each other. I am concerned that
it might make Abbey aggressive towards other dogs if
this is the only way she is being "greeted" by
Thanks in advance,
PS. Your website is great - it is very
informative and has helped
me understand dog behavior very well.
Yes, face and neck biting is all perfectly normal and
generally playful behavior. When dogs play, there is
snapping, growling, snarling, barking, biting – even
grabbing onto a hind leg and chewing on it like a
chicken wing! The easiest way to differentiate play
from aggression is the body language of the dogs
Generally, dogs’ bodies are loose, relaxed and bouncy
when they play. If the dogs keep coming back for
more, they’re having a great time! If one dog is trying
to get away from the others, curled up into a ball
with their tail tucked between its legs, or is yelping or
crying, then you should intervene.
If you are worried about your puppies socialization
with other dogs, I would strongly recommend enrolling
her in a puppy class to help her learn to play
appropriately with dogs her own age. Most puppy
classes start training at 8 weeks old.
|Monthly Miracle Makers
by Lillian Davis
Miracles happen every month at Boxer Rescue LA.
Dogs are rescued, provided care, fed, kept warm and
find their new permanent home. This miraculous
process is made possible entirely from the financial
support of private donations.
While every donation is a miracle and appreciated, we
would like to recognize those who are monthly
contributors to BRLA
Our Monthly Miracle Makers include:
Gillian Bonner Caine
George & Sharry Taylorson
My wife and I have been fans of Boxer Rescue for
years. Ever since we found out about BRLA and
adopted our first rescue dog. Recently we visited the
facility and spent the morning walking dogs. It was a
joyous experience that ended in sadness as we
realized so many boxers do not have homes yet. We
knew we could not visit every month but we felt we
had to do something to help. We decided to make a
generous monthly donation to BRLA. It was easy and
we feel great knowing those magnificent animals are
being cared for.
George & Sharry Taylorson
Monthly donations provide BRLA with a predictable
financial base for costs of operation. Becoming a
monthly donor is easy: you designate the amount and
it is automatically deducted from your credit card.
By spreading your donation over 12 months, everyone
can afford to save a life. Consider becoming a BRLA
Monthly Miracle Maker.
Are Two Dogs Better Than One?
Are Two Dogs Better Than One?
so, for lots of reasons but we want to hear
Tell the world why it’s better to
two boxers (or any dog) than one. Your reasons can
be funny, factual or your own personal experience.
The winning submissions will be published
next BRLA newsletter. Winners will receive a BRLA
embroidered hat ($20 value). And best of all, your
reasons for having two dogs may help more of our
available dogs find homes!
Click here to submit your entry. Enter as
often as you’d
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. Click on the event
name for details.
Family Pet Expo
Walk for the Underdog
La Brea Tar Pits.
Sepulveda Basin Adoption
Saturday, May 20
10 am - 4
Sepulveda Basin Off Leash Dog Park
Best Friends Adoption Festival
11 am - 4:00 pm
Manchester Park -