Our second edition of the BRLA E-News Boxer Beat brings you
exciting news and informative features. We have added a new monthly
series that will provide excellent training information for rescue
dogs! We know you will enjoy Rescue Dogs by K9 Joe
from our excellent trainer Joe Ramirez who specialized in Boxers.
His first installment starts at the very beginning: deciding to
We thank you for visiting our website and for keeping our boxers
in your mind and in your hearts. We are grateful for the donations
we receive to allow us to continue providing a safe haven for
abandoned boxers looking for new homes. We can only rescue boxers
with your continued support. Boxer
|VACS - Mobile Lifesavers|
Boxer Rescue LA is extremely grateful to be part of Western
University’s Veterinary Ambulatory Community Services Program
VACS is dedicated to increasing successful
pet-family relationships and reducing homeless animal
populations through education and care. This service-learning
initiative promotes student learning about medicine, societal
issues and community service thought active civic engagement
Serving to Learn & Learning to
Western U is one of America's leading Universities of
Veterinary medicines, admired for its vision, education, and
innovation. Their VACS program is a mobile hospital, housed in
a custom RV that is completely outfitted for surgical
procedures. VACS schedules visits to BRLA to provide much
needed medical care for numerous boxers in need.
The VACS mobile hospital contains 3 operating
tables a prep/anesthesia table, a pop out wall of holding
crates and state of the art medical equipment. The most
valuable asset of the VACS unit is their leader, Dr.
Heather E. Nevill, DVM. Dr. Nevill is assisted by Eva
Jaeger RVT and a host of 1st and 2nd year veterinary students
when VACS rolls into BRLA.
On February 16, Walter, Colleen, Sarah, Andrea,
Colleen and Eric were the students that assisted Dr. Nevill in
treating over a dozen BRLA boxers. They removed tumors, mended
bones, spayed and neutered, ran blood panels and performed a
variety of procedures. This arrangement is a win-win as our
boxers receive excellent affordable medical care and the
students get hands on experience. This mobile teaching
hospital is a godsend to Boxer Rescue and is instrumental in
the ability to provide medical care to so many needy animals.
BRLA volunteers assist the VACS crew in the recovery
process as each procedure is completed. It is a very busy day
for boxers, BRLA volunteers and the entire crew from Western
University’s VACS program when the mobile hospital comes to
the kennel. BRLA is extremely grateful for this partnership
and gives thanks to the professional staff and the dedicated
students who make such a difference in the lives of needy BRLA
boxers. They are truly angels on wheels.
There were 61 Lucky Dogs from BRLA that found permanent
homes in February 2006. You Lucky Dogs!
Angel, Aurora, Baker, Baker Girl, Bam Bam, Bisquit, Brady,
Casper, Chopper, Colonel. Cookie, Cupcake, Daphne, Dexter,
Diego, Dorian, Ferguson, Gibson, Glenn, Godiva, Hambone, Hawk,
Jacque, Jada, Josephine, Juliette, Karma, Khong, London, Lucy,
Maverick, Max, Memphis, Mikey, Morgan, October, Pancake,
Patch, Paula, Promise, rudence, Rainy, Robbie, Roscoe, Sadie,
Sadie II, Sargent Nick, Scout, Sheba Spike, Stella, Suzie,
Tessa, Tiger, Tigger, Trigger, Trixie, Ty, Woodrow and Wriley,
|Mix it Up!|
Boxer Rescue LA liberates Boxer mixes along with purebred
Boxers. The mixes are wonderful as they contain the spirit and
heart of a boxer and come in such a variety of shapes, sizes
and colors. Unfortunately mixes can wait longer to be adopted
as many people contacting BRLA, want a purebred.
The BRLA Orange County adoption team pioneered a way to
showcase Boxer mixes. They began networking with no-kill
shelters in Orange County where people would be more likely to
adopt mixed breeds. Many of the Orange County Shelters are
also far less impacted, increasing the odds of placing each of
the dogs in their custody.
Through this network, BRLA now has working relationships
with three wonderful shelters including the Orange County
Humane Society, the San Clemente /Dana Point Shelter, and the
Mission Viejo Shelter. These shelters accept Boxer mixes from
BRLA and placed them into loving, permanent homes. In exchange
BRLA assist these shelters in placing any purebred Boxers they
acquire. This partnership is critical in allowing BRLA to
continue rescuing Boxer mixes along with purebred Boxers
Boxer Rescue salutes our Mix Masters: Dana Ranslem,
Sarah Ciscel, Lori McLay and Yvonne Kiley
who developed this successful program. Dozens of mixes
have been placed and many more will find homes thanks to these
innovated volunteers and these compassionate shelters. Don't
worry we will continue to have mixes available at our facility
County Humane Society 21632 Newland, Huntington Beach
Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter 221 Avenida
Fabricante, San Clemente (949) 492-1617
Viejo Animal Shelter 28095 Hillcrest, Mission Viejo
I start training my dog? Nancy
7 to 12 Weeks -
Known as the Human Socialization Period The puppy now has the
brain waves of an adult dog, but his attention span is short.
This period is when the most rapid learning occurs. Learning
at this age is permanent so this is a perfect time to start
training. Also, this is the ideal time to introduce the puppy
to things that will play an important part in his life.
Introduce the puppy to different people, places, animals, and
sounds in a positive, non-threatening way.
|Success Story - Daphne|
BRLA was made aware of a Daphne, 3 month old female boxer
brought to General Dog & Cat Hospital by animal control.
This puppy had barley survived the unthinkable, someone had
submerged her in a toxic substance which burned the inside of
her mouth and trachea. She was dehydrated, extremely
emaciated, traumatized and was unrecognizable as a Boxer.
Since she could not eat via her mouth she was immediately put
on IV fluid and remained for weeks.
Daphne had an incredible will to live and General has an
incredible staff. Against all odds, she responded to treatment
and survived her brutal beginnings. She was placed in a foster
home to continue recovery but suddenly took a turn for the
worse. Daphne’s lungs and immune system had been severally
compromised and she had now developed a life threatening case
of pneumonia. She was rushed to Orange Vet Hospital and put
back on IV fluids with round the clock care. After two weeks
Daphne was put on more aggressive antibiotics and daily
nebulizer treatments. The OC Vets we not giving up even though
she was so tiny, so young and had been through so much.
It was not until the third week of treatment that Daphne
begun to respond. She even managed to finally wag her tail. By
the fourth week she was off the IV fluids, her lungs had
cleared and she was our latest miracle Boxer. A foster home
was the best place to keep a close eye on this still fragile
pup and we did not have to look any further than one of the OC
Vet staff that had stood by this courageous puppy for so many
weeks. Tiffany Quackenbush, who was instrumental in saving
Daphne’s life, agreed to take her home as a foster.
The rest is history; Daphne remains with Tiffany and her
three other dogs along with a collection of horses, pigs and
goats. Tiffany states “She loves playing with the smaller
dogs. In fact, I'm not quite sure that she realizes that she
is bigger than them. Daphne loves to lie on the couch and
watch television with the family (particularly if she is in
someone's lap). We are so lucky to have Daphne as part of the
|K9 Joe on Rescue Dogs|
BRLA is lucky enough to have an expert on Boxers available
for training and behavior modification. Joe Ramirez will share
his knowledge thought the Boxer Beat each month.
at the beginning, before you adopt a rescue dog:
Critical Considerations Before you Rescue.
1. Choose the breed that best suits your lifestyle and
familiarize yourself with that breed. If you are not 100 %
sure, volunteer at a rescue of your chosen breed.
not take adopting a dog lightly: dogs are not toys, rescue
dogs are already waiting for a second chance. Make it a
commitment for life.
3. Prepare to incur expenses;
feeding, grooming, training most importantly, medical
4. The entire family should participate on
adoption day. All should agree on the type of dog that is
being considered. Temperament should outweigh looks as a
determining factor in your decision.
5. When looking
for a companion for an existing dog, allow your dog to help
choose the dog.
6. When looking for an addition to a
pack of more then 2 dogs, be aware that this addition could
disrupt the existing dynamics of your pack and will require
7. Dogs are pack animals, learn about
pack behavior. There are many books available to educate you
on dog behavior. Check the library or the Internet.
Have all supplies that a new dog needs. A crate, dog bed, food
dish, water dish, collar, training collar, and leash. I
recommend a leather leash 5/8 wide and 6’ long.
Decide where the dog is going to sleep, preferably in your
bedroom (at least for the first week) not in your bed but in
the room with you. Remember dogs are pack animals and would
rather be with the pack.
10. Decide who will be
responsible for training; dogs yearn for human interaction and
quickly bond with those who train and give them gentle and
If you appreciate my suggestions, I think you are ready to
offer a rescue dog a second chance. If you have selected a
Boxer; congratulations you are about to experience
unconditional love along with the endless entertainment with
the clowns of the dog world.
Daily dog walking can help you drop 14 pounds in a
year-more than most people lose on nationally known
weight-loss plans. Researchers at the University of Missouri
found that sedentary subjects who took up walking their dogs
not only lost weight, they also improved their flexibility,
balance and felt better about themselves. Walking's
weight-loss benefits are no surprise but adding a furry friend
can spur even die-hard couch potatoes to change their ways,
notes study author Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D..
Buy & Sell on eBay for BRLA
Now eBay provides a unique way for anyone who enjoys buying
or selling via on-line auctions the opportunity to benefit
BRLA. Join the millions who enjoy shopping from the comfort of
their home computer and donate the proceeds to BRLA. It’s fun,
it’s easy and it helps save Boxer lives.
To buy items benefiting BRLA, simply check our
auction site and bid on items you wish to purchase. New items
are posted frequently so bookmark the page and check it out
To sell items benefiting BRLA you have two
choices. You can post items yourself on the BRLA page .
You post the item; and you determine what percentage of the
winning bid is donated to BRLA. Missionfish & eBay handle
the distribution of funds. Details
BRLA can post items for you. If you have items you
would love to donate but computers are not your thing, there
is a solution. Simply send your auction items to BRLA to be
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