TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › Cats and Other Animals › Update on the stray boxer!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Update on the stray boxer!

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I have a good update! I've been in contact with about three rescue groups in the Floresville area. All of them have told me that they are full, and so are their foster homes. If I could provide him with care, vet shots, etc. then they would advertise him for adoption.

Now this wonderful person has come forward and offered to help us pay for his vet costs and food if that was the reason why we could not foster him. Which it is.

I'm starting to wonder if he really is vicious towards cats. He's always lounging at our large sliding door on our deck, and does the funniest thing when the kittens come up to the glass. He'll lay there and lick the glass. Or maybe he just wants to clean our windows!



His fur is a little thin on his chest. I suppose I should go spray him and the girls with flea medication. I'm sure they'll all feel much better.
post #2 of 26
Oh, he's a beauty! Boxers can go in either direction when it comes to cats - we have had dedicated cat killers come through the rescue, or we've had Boxers like my girl who absolutely adores the cats and plays with them, sleeps with them, allows them to eat her food.....

He's very cute, and thank you for fostering him for the rescue! We are always full, and we love it when good Samaritians agree to give a Boxer a home while we find a spot for them in a foster home.

Oh, the window licking thing? My Boxer girl does that, she licks windows all the time. She just likes the feeling, I guess!
post #3 of 26
He is such a beautiful dog, I love this pic of him looking right into the camera It is such a good think you are doing, I hope he will find a forever home in the near furture.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
I have another very sad update.

Sometime after I made this thread, I went off to go back to bed. (I am so lazy..) I was awakened by the sound of fighting dogs, and rushed to get outside. There I saw the boxer and another little brown stray in the middle of a fight. It wasn't just a little spat that usually is a lot of noise and no action, no the boxer was on a rampage. They, or he really, left the deck a mess and I'm not talking just the potted plants they broke.

I'm ashamed to say that I used the high pressure water hose we had to break the boxer off of him. I didn't know what else to do besides grabbing a rake! The stray ran underneath our house with the boxer in hot pursuit, but the hole that leads under there is way too small for him. I ended up chasing him out of our fenced in area with the water and locked him out.

With my uncle's help, we went underneath the house with a rope to muzzle the little dog and get him to the hospital asap. (Probably not the brightest ideas we've had, considering it's a tiny space and an injured dog.) By the time we got to him, it was too late. We ended up burying him in the furthest corner of our land.

Everything is cleaned up, except for the blood stains on the actual house. I'm just at a dead end on what to do about this boxer now. Mom is dead set against allowing him to stay here, and I'm slightly inclined to agree. I don't think he's safe to be adopted if he's so random. Maybe the little one did provoke him, but that was definitely excessive force!
post #5 of 26
As much as I hate to say it, it may be best if you call animal control to come get him. He sounds like he has been mistreated and is unstable, and would probably not be a very good candidate for adoption without a lot of work, if then. I am so sorry this happened! Unless you can find someone with experience with dogs like this, I really don't know what else you can do...you've done about all you can do, I think)
post #6 of 26
Oh no... I was just coming here to say that my friend in College Station did know a boxer person who might want him, but... now I don't know what to do. I'm so sorry, I know this must be awfully hard for you. Loving light for that poor little dog...
post #7 of 26
I would be inclined to also call the animal control and have them come and get him.If he snapped at a small dog, he could go after a child.He needs someone who has alot of experience with this, to see if he has rage issues.
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Oh no... I was just coming here to say that my friend in College Station did know a boxer person who might want him, but... now I don't know what to do. I'm so sorry, I know this must be awfully hard for you. Loving light for that poor little dog...
After today's incident I don't think he's safe for anyone. All four of them have previously been hanging out on our deck area fine for a very long time. I don't know what provoked this attack. Then again, my experience with dogs with a questionable background is limited.

I have a friend who works in the San Antonio pound and has dealt with vicious animals. He has offered to come on his own time and pick him up. This, unfortunately, means euthanasia. However, this is probably the best case for a dog whose triggers are unknown. It still breaks my heart, because it's not his fault his previous owners didn't raise him properly.
post #9 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fraggles View Post
After today's incident I don't think he's safe for anyone. All four of them have previously been hanging out on our deck area fine for a very long time. I don't know what provoked this attack. Then again, my experience with dogs with a questionable background is limited.

I have a friend who works in the San Antonio pound and has dealt with vicious animals. He has offered to come on his own time and pick him up. This, unfortunately, means euthanasia. However, this is probably the best case for a dog whose triggers are unknown. It still breaks my heart, because it's not his fault his previous owners didn't raise him properly.
Look at it this way, you MAY be saving the life of a child by him being PTS.
post #10 of 26
This story is just so sad to me, that poor dog is gonna be put to sleep, just because of some people who had him in the first place, and just didn't love him the way that he shoulda been loved.

post #11 of 26
That poor baby. How scary for you - I agree that he needs some extra special care from someone very experienced with this.

Oh, it makes me how people can do this to animals and leave us to help them to pick up their own pieces. That poor, sad, confused little guy. I feel so sorry for him and for you too, this must be breaking your heart.
post #12 of 26
A LOT of Boxers are dog aggressive - this shouldn't be a death sentence for him! We have Boxers come through our rescue that absolutely have to be only dogs in the homes because of dog aggression. I can't say with certainty since I haven't met him, but if he's not showing HUMAN aggression at all, then humans are safe with him - just not dogs! Please don't do anything rash!
post #13 of 26
Yes, our friends have a rescue Boxer / Pit bull. Tyrone is just the biggest lamb in the world - licks your face, leans leans LEANS on you for cuddles, wags his little bum, just a doll. I just love that dog. If he sees another dog he turns into the most unbelievably wild killing machine you've seen. So they just don't bring him around other dogs. I have had my face right up to Tyrone's nose and the worst I've got is a big wet tongue up the nose. He's an angel. They are perfectly able to have loving, meaningful lives with careful and responsible owners.
post #14 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by crittermom View Post
I would be inclined to also call the animal control and have them come and get him.If he snapped at a small dog, he could go after a child.He needs someone who has alot of experience with this, to see if he has rage issues.
I don't agree with this post at all!

I feel this dog was protecting his territory, many if not most dogs do that.
Heck, my Shepherd mix would go after a cat or dog that invaded our yard.
But she is fine with my cat. This is typical dog behavior IMO.
It, for sure, does NOT mean this poor dog would go after a child.
Please reconsider.
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
The scary thing is that Mr. Boxer has been here with my dogs and Little Brown for almost a month without incident. The only time there was a spat is when my Grace chased him off from one of the kittens when he accidentally got outside. Even then, he turned tail and fled.

I wish I could sit him down, offer him a cup of tea and find out why.

My mother flat out refuses to keep him here. I sort of don't blame her, because I leave back to college in a month and she has to take care of this place by herself.

I'm waiting to hear from the rescue group I was in contact with to see what they suggest. I have an aunt who has shown interest in him, because she's raised boxers before. She has a large, 5 acre plot of land, with high fences, and little traffic from neighbors and other dogs.
post #16 of 26
Dog aggression in Boxers doesn't always show up right away. A month is about how long it can take for a Boxer to get used to new surroundings and show true colors. Or, he could be at the right age (18 months - around 3 years), for 'social climbing' - this is when Boxers decide they want to be the alpha dog, and challenge other dogs for it. Think of it like teenage rebellion in humans! This is when most of our Boxers are dumped at shelters, because people lose control over them (no training at all).

I hope this poor boy won't be punished for what is pretty normal Boxer behavior. I know it's horrible that the other dog died of it's injuries, but frankly, they should not have been left out unsupervised. ANY dog can kill another dog at ANY time, the sweetest gentlest dog can suddenly decide to attack another. If they can't be supervised, they need to be crated away from each other.
post #17 of 26
Oh, that would be great if your Aunt would take him.
I can't blame your Mom either as I know my Mom couldn't handle it either.

But I, for sure, don't think this Boxer is a danger to people or animals that live in his home.

Good luck and please update us.
post #18 of 26
Just wanted to add my voice to the choir and urge you to place him and not put him down..

As other people have said, dog/dog aggression has nothing to do with people aggression.

You could always have him evaluated by a personal trainer to determine more of his personality.
Good luck in placing this boy!
post #19 of 26
In my previous post, you will see I suggested that someone with more experience with dogs and aggression come and work with him.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
My aunt with a 5 acre plot decided against it.

BUT... I was at work today with my other two aunts (yes, my family is huge and I have around 15 aunts... ), and was telling one of our customers about the problems I've been having in finding a home for him.

Then one of my aunts goes, "Well why didn't anyone tell me you had a dog you wanted to be rid of? Your two cousins Jessie and Raymond have been wanting a dog. Why don't you call them and see."

So I called them both and Raymond definitely wants him! I told him that he may be aggressive with other dogs, but he hasn't been towards people. He was fine with it and said he could handle it. He's coming over sometime tomorrow to see him.

Let's hope this goes well.
post #21 of 26
That's great news! Make sure they are willing to get some help to "rehab" him, so it all goes quickly and smoothly. I've heard a great book for new boxer owners is the "Boxers for Dummies" book, too.

Yea! I'll pray it goes well .
post #22 of 26
WOO HOO!!! Good luck.
post #23 of 26
That's wonderful!

Boxers for Dummies is a great book for Boxer newbies! Boxers are great dogs, and wonderful companions, but do have their quirks! I have my fingers crossed that he gets a wonderful new home!
post #24 of 26
That is wonderful! I would also suggest that they begin training right away (not group classes!!) and that they read up on the boxer breed (join a boxer site even) so they can identify some of this boy's issues!!

Good lucK!!!
post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 
After a long day of running around, my cousin came and picked him up yesterday. This has been the best happy ending one could ask for.

I told him what he needs to do right away, and he said that should not be a problem. (Training, neutering him, shots etc) They've named him King, which probably suits him.

My cousins just had their youngest daughter leave for college, so Mr. King is probably going to end up being their new baby.

And what do you know, King loves to play frisbee. We found this out by accident.
post #26 of 26
That's great news!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cats and Other Animals
TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › Cats and Other Animals › Update on the stray boxer!