We want to welcome all of our new subscribers we met at the
Orange Country America’s Family Pet Expo. We talked to hundreds of
boxer lovers, found homes for a few of our boxers and had a blast.
May was National Volunteer Month and Boxer Rescue is grateful to
every volunteer involved with BRLA. We could not function without
your help. In recognition of Volunteer Month we are featuring a few
of our volunteer events and personal stories. Our success story
features two dogs which is the perfect lead in to the winning
entries of our 2 Dog Contest.. All this plus our regular features:
Ask Sarah and K9-Joe are offered for your reading enjoyment.
|Big Sunday 2006|
May 7, 2006 was Big Sunday, a city wide event where huge
groups of volunteers helped hundreds of organizations
throughout Los Angeles. BIG SUNDAY started in 1999 as Temple
Israel of Hollywoods Mitzvah Day. By last year, BIG SUNDAY
had evolved into an annual, city-wide volunteer day involving
more than 8000 volunteers from more than 100 different
synagogues, churches, schools, offices and clubs at nearly 150
Boxer Rescue LA was lucky enough to be on the list again
this year to have the Big Sunday volunteers come and help at
our facility. It was a beautiful day at our kennel as the
masses converged to help out our boxers. A large group of
about 25 Big Sunday volunteers arrived with brand new collars
and leashes. Our crew laid out a walking route with plenty of
water stops along the way.
The Big Sunday volunteers, young and old alike,
walked all of our resident boxers. This is no small fete as we
house over 100 dogs. Everyone got an extra long walk and lots
of cuddle time along the road. It was a warm day so many dogs
also got much needed baths from the Big Sunday crew.
On any normal weekend we have from 2 to 6 BRLA volunteers
walking dogs. This Sunday it was like a parade; a never ending
parade of excited boxers and compassionate volunteers filling
the streets. At the end of the day both boxers and volunteers
were exhausted and elated.
Thank you to the Big Sunday organization for
including Boxer Rescue LA in this exceptional day of
volunteering. It was a huge success. Everyone involved was so
energetic and worked so well with our boxers. We hope this
example of mass effort will inspire individuals with a free
day one weekend to come and share some time with our boxers in
waiting. The effort of just one person willing to help makes a
The Big Sunday organizers state We are proud that on Big
Sunday we can accomplish so much. We are equally proud that
this day has served as a catalyst for many individuals and
groups to work with - and help - wonderful organizations
throughout the year . Our boxers will be expecting you!
My Volunteer Vacation at BRLA
I was familiar with
BRLA from their wonderful website. I live in Germany and I am
a regular visitor to the site. I was often so moved by stories
that I would donate money to sponsor medical dogs.
In March 2006, I decided to go to Los Angeles for a holiday
and make a visit to BRLA as part of my itinerary. The first
three days I played tourist, and on my fourth day I made it
out to Boxer Rescue. I was immediately hooked and walking the
dogs became a daily habit. I usually arrived early in the
morning and walked dogs well into the afternoon. To me this
was much more rewarding than any museum visit or amusement
Saturdays are very busy with adoptions
appointments and it is very hectic and exciting. That
afternoon Ursula Sauthier, who I got to know via email, showed
up with a huge chocolate cake that said “BRLA loves Margret”.
I felt very honoured. I cut the cake and every volunteer got a
piece. On Sunday, I was back again for another day filled with
Contrary to my original plans, I started driving to BRLA
every day to walk dogs and help with kennel work. I cancelled
all my tourist plans, since I enjoyed the dog walking more and
I wanted to do it as often as possible. I befriended many of
the boxers that reside at BRLA. My favourites were Stan, R.J.,
Mel, Fancy, Maggie, and Princess Daisy. I even had to
opportunity to take Mel on a special field trip. He and I
spent the day at Venice beach. He walked for hours, got sand
in his toes and was a perfect gentleman. We both played
tourist that day and I got a lot of complements on my
beautiful boy for the day. I was sad when I had to return him
to the kennel that evening.
On the final day of my trip I did my travel preparations
and decided to spend my last hours at the rescue. With a heavy
heart I bid farewell to all the dogs (again) and stayed so
long that in the end I was afraid that I would miss my flight.
My “volunteer vacation” at Boxer Rescue LA was one of the most
rewarding holidays that I ever had. I enjoyed every second of
it and would recommend volunteering to anyone who loves
Margret Schmidt- Brueninghaus
|2 Dog Contest Winners|
Last edition, we asked for reasons why 2 dogs are better
than one. Here are the winning entries. Congratulations!
Two dogs are always better than one because they keep
each other company. They are extremely entertaining to watch
as they are the comedians of the dog world. At the present
time, I have four BRLA babies in my home and I find that I
think younger, act younger and enjoy life to the fullest
sharing my home with such wonderful characters. Having been in
the breeding, showing and now adopting of these wonderful dog
people, I wonder why more people do not reach out and share
with these outstanding friends.
Two Boxers are better than one because when they have a
gas attack they look at each other and plainly blame it on the
Las Vegas NV
Firstly, they love a companion. Secondly, it helps them
know that they actually are dogs and not another human in the
family It's very important for a dog to know this as it helps
with training and establishing that the humans are the pack
leaders. Lastly, for the humans in the pack, we get great
enjoyment from watching the dogs interact whether cuddled up
sleeping together or romping around the yard playing with each
other. Boxer, of course, are especially fun to watch as they
play together as their whole body wiggles and they rise up to
box each other.
Michelle and Gary
Double the love, double the devotion, double the
Owner of pictured pair of boxers.
|Success Story - Blackie & Zoey|
Here is the perfect example of why 2 dogs are better
This mother and son duo was found
abandoned and tied to a tree. They were sent to a high kill
shelter but BRLA saved them just in time. We called the mother
Zoey and the son Blackie, they were little black boxer mixes.
They were so bonded to each other we felt they should stay
together and be adopted as a pair.
Blackie had inverted eyelashes and his eyes were
swollen shut. He was in a great deal of pain. Boxer Rescue, as
always, had a long list of dogs needing medical care. Take Me
Home, an animal adoption awareness foundation, stepped in to
sponsor Blackies medical procedure. Haze, the founder of Take
Me Home, enlisted Dr. Chang, an Ophthalmologist with VCA to
treat Blackie. He needed to have his eye lashes frozen to kill
the follicles. His recovery was derailed by a sever case of
kennel cough, a serious ear infection and major swelling of
his eyes. He was comforted thought this difficult time by
fosters: Marci Arena and Steffen & Elena Turloff. (who
also donated $100 for medical) Blackie was having a very rough
time, but his sweet nature carried him through the hardship.
He had youth on his side and made a full recovery thanks to
Take Me Home and BRLA.
With Blackie recovered the duo was now looking for the
perfect home. The Deering family came to BRLA looking for a
family pet. It was their lucky day as Blackie and Zoey charmed
them into taking them home. Blackie is now named Axel and Zoey
kept her name. They absolutely love the kids and live a life
full of activities and lots of love. Their new mom states We
get so many compliments when we are out walking them. People
just stop and ask us what kind of dogs are they. They always
ask if Axel is a boxer. We tell them that we think Axel's
daddy was a boxer. As far as Zoey goes, we let them put in
their two cents about it. Then we pick whatever sounds good.
At the end of it all, they are just our new babies and we love
them so much
Axel and Zoey have just returned from a family
road trip to the mountains where they enjoyed fresh mountain
air, running through cool rivers and of course being with
their family pack. Dogs that vacation with their families are
lucky dogs indeed. These two dogs are adored family members
and bring twice the joy and twice the fun every single day.
Take Me Home helps many special Boxer Rescue LA dogs. You
can help without spending a dime and very little effort.
Select Prodege as your search engine and with every search you
make, Prodege will donate funds to Take Me Home. You use
PRODEGE like any other search engine - the site is powered by
Yahoo. To set up as a favorite or your home page visit: http://takem
|K9-Joe - Adding a New Pack Member|
Dogs are social animals that live in packs but they are
also territorial; therefore introduce the dogs in a neutral
environment so the existing dog does not take the newcomer as
a threat to his territory. Once the dogs are familiar and
friendly with each other, take them home and immediately guide
the new dog to the potting area and allow him a few minutes to
smell the surroundings. If he eliminates praise him and reward
him, then proceed to give him a tour of the rest of the house
Even if your existing dog seems happy to have a play
partner, he may not be too thrilled when it comes to sharing
your home -his turf- and your affection with another animal.
While some dogs will immediately become friends, others may
never get used to the idea. Make the point of supervising the
first interactions, if unsure put the dogs back on leash and
let them drag them on the ground in case you have to
Do not allow immediate excitement, rough playing or
wrestling in the house. Excitement often leads to frustration
and frustration turns into aggression. Do not give the new dog
free run of the house, teach him the ground rules and
establish the boundaries. Do not tolerate aggression or
fighting; give each dog a separate area for sleeping and
eating. Supervise all interactions between the new housemates
and do not allow them to get out of control. Under the
appropriate guidance your dogs will eventually dictate the
pace and will start feeling comfortable with each other.
Allow the new dog a few days to settle down and gradually
become familiar with the new surroundings. Since dogs are pack
animals they crave for direction from the pack leader. During
the first few weeks, your new dog will be confused and you,
the Pack leader, must guide him through the adjustment period.
Remember, everything is new to him and he needs to learn
from you. Since you are not sure if your new dog is
housetrained, do not leave him unsupervised, he may go through
a couple of accidents before he understands where he will be
allowed to eliminate. Put your dog on a regular feeding
schedule, this will help your pup to eliminate at consistent
times. Don’t yell at him or punish him even if you catch him
in the act, you will just scare him off and he’ll only avoid
soiling in the house while in your presence. Instead guide him
to the designated area and praise him when he eliminates
outdoors. A crate and a leash will assist you through the
process. If the behavior continues, you may want to consider a
visit to the vet’s office; your dog may have a urinary track
infection or may be full of worms.
Having a second dog does not mean that you could become
more relaxed and skip some of your basic responsibilities. You
still need to provide discipline exercise starting with the
morning walks, the obedience training and daily interaction to
include playing time. Your dogs will offer you double
unconditional love in return.
I have a 6 month old Golden
Retriever puppy. I love her to death but she WON'T stop
jumping! I have tried everything I can think of - can you
please recommend a book or author for me to help us through
this? I love my dog and don't want to get rid of her, but I
can't have her jumping up on everyone all the time.
Unfortunately, there are no real
comprehensive books or authors when it comes to problem
solving (like jumping). The reason that books and videos are
not effective in training your dog is two-fold. First, many
trainers recommend only one method or training or correction.
Your dog may not learn that way, so alternate methods are
needed. Second, because some trainers/authors prefer a single
method over another, if that method doesn't work for your dog,
you're out the cost of the book.
Here are several
different things you can do for jumping:
The #1 thing you need to know about jumping is that your
dog is jumping for ATTENTION!!! Any of those suggestions will
give him attention. We need to take away all attention to get
the jumping to stop. YOUR DOG SHOULD ONLY BE LOOKED AT, TALKED
TO OR TOUCHED IS ALL FOUR FEET ARE ON THE GROUND!
goes for everyone who comes into contact with your dog -
So how do you do this?
1. If your dog jumps on you - turn your back, cross your
arms over your chest and DO NOT SAY ANYTHING or even look at
your dog until the jumping stops. When the jumping stops,
squat down to your dog's level to give attention
2. If you have kids that can't stand up to the pounding a 6
month old golden gives when jumping, use a squirt bottle
filled with 2 parts water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.
When the dog jumps up, say nothing, and squirt him in the face
with the water vinegar combo. When he jumps back down and all
four feet are on the ground, come to your dog's level, pet and
3. When people come over to visit, make sure your dog is on
a leash. Attach the leash to his COLLAR not a harness. Put
your dog in a sit. Right where the leash touches the ground,
put your foot on the leash (step on it, knees bent). When your
dog attempts to jump, he will only get a few inches off the
ground, then the leash will catch him and pull him back down.
Because he will not be able to jump, and because he does not
see or hear you giving any attention, he will soon settle down
into a sit. Once his is sitting and calm, allow the visitors
to pet him. If he becomes jumpy again, have them walk away.
This goes for people you meet on the street as well.
The bottom line is that NO ONE can EVER talk to, look at or
touch your dog unless four paws are on the ground. If you can
do this, your dog will completely stop jumping within 2
In May, 66 Lucky Dogs were adopted from Boxer Rescue LA.
Good luck you Lucky Dogs!
Alexia, Bahama Mama, Bella, Blackie, Blossom, Bodey,
Boondoggie, Brocky, Bruno, Buddy, Buster, Calloway, Carson,`
Cinch, Costello, Debbie, Doc, Ellie, Emma Lee, Fancy, Fayleen,
Frasier, Gin, Gina, Greta, Jack, Jake, Jane Doe, JJ, Joey,
Kelly, Krystal, Mac, Maggie, Marge, Margo, Max, Milena, Miss
Texas, Missy, Mollie, Monte, Nancy, Penelope, Penny ,
Pinnochio, Queen Latifa, Roxie, Ruby, Ryan, Ryman, Sasha,
Shakira, Shy Boy, Simon, Sissy, Sophie, Spirit, Starksy, Tex,
Tyson, Valentino, Van, Xena, Zoeix, Zoey,
|Vet Student Volunteers|
We love and value all of the volunteers who share their
free time with our boxers in waiting. We especially appreciate
our skilled and trained Western University College of
Veterinary Medicine students who provide critical services.
They come and clean ears, trim nails, give vaccinations and
give us so much medical support. We love them and salute them.
Heather Applegate a senior going into small animal
Melissa Thompson - a junior going into
small animal medicine.
Crystal Sousa - a junior
interested in equine medicine. Crystal has taken our senior
boxer Bear home as a permanent senior foster.
get no school credit for their work at BRLA, they do it for
the love of animals.
|Monthly Miracle Makers|
We take the time to recognize the individuals who are
monthly donors to BRLA. These Monthly Miracle Makers are
critical to the continued operation of BRLA. Join the Miracle
Our Newest Monthly Miracle Makers
Jane & Jim
They join our existing Miracle
Gillian Bonner Caine
George & Sharry Taylorson
BRLA Loves You!
May was a devastating month for medial cases at Boxer
Rescue LA. Every month we face dozens of injuries and
illnesses but May brought an avalanche of serious medical
cases which could not be ignored or delayed. We faced numerous
amputations, several severe mange cases, a serious case of
distemper, and several terminally ill dogs in treatment. We
still have 3 puppies on IV and around the clock critical care.
If you could help with a donation of any amount it would help
BRLA recover financially while all of our medical boxers
DONATE WHAT YOU CAN NOW!
Best Friends Pet Adoption Festival
11 am to 4 pm
INFO ON BEST FRIENDS EVENT
4TH OF JULY PARADE
Come join the
parade. BRLA will have a float filled with boxers and boxer
lovers. Everyone is welcome to participate. For complete
details email firstname.lastname@example.org