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any advice from adoptees can't decide to buy or adopt

Discussion in 'Adoptions' started by Saara, Apr 8, 2010.

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  1. Saara

    Saara Boxer Buddy

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    In about a year we want to get another boxer, I always thought that I would want to purchase another puppy like we did with our first, Roxy. I am a good trainer and Roxy knew all her tricks by 3 months, she is now 4.5 years and is the best behaved dog I know (she walks without a leash..and yes she is a boxer!!!). It hurts my heart to see all the boxers that need a new home, so I have been thinking about adopting our second, but I do have some hesitations. I know boxers are very intelligent but how easy will it be to break a boxers old habits, how have others experiences been in adopting? Any advice or experiences would help with my choice, and thanks ahead of time :)
    Saara
     
  2. djheitz

    djheitz Boxer Insane

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    Please don't assume that just because a dog is in rescue it means they have 'problems'. Granted, some do, but we're seeing more and more come in just because their family lost their job, their home, or needs to cut back on expenses. We have over 70 dogs in our rescue, and only a handul are what I would consider difficult dogs. They will probably live out most of their lives with us. Even the puppy mill rescues end up being wonderful pets - they just need time and understanding as they figure out their new world.

    My own rescue, Turbo, is a great dog. He's as well, if not better, behaved then my other two who joined us as puppies :)

    My suggestion is to find the rescues that cover your geographical area and get to know them. Attend some outreach events so you can meet the volunteers and some of the foster dogs. Talk to them about your concerns and see what kind of feedback you get. Like breeders, some rescues are better at what they do than others. All of them are full to the gills right now and could use some help. Many offer a foster-to-adopt program so you can be sure the dog you choose fits in with your family.
     
  3. Althea

    Althea Completely Boxer Crazy

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    I second adoption! I would have adopted in a heart beat, except that the local rescues insist you have a fenced yard and I don't. :( But as soon as I do, I'll be scavenging the local petfinder.com for boxers who are brought into the Humane Societies or rescues.

    I have both adopted and had puppies....and adopted, assuming they don't have any major personality issues, are so much easier. They are usually potty trained, have some training, and you don't have to worry about letting them out every few hours! I LOVE Suki, and love having a puppy...but she is a handful, even though she is a really good puppy.

    Good luck!
     
  4. djheitz

    djheitz Boxer Insane

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    :) We've had dogs that can climb a six foot fence, too, so exceptions might be made for a particular dog. And we adopt a lot of dogs into city homes that don't even have a yard, let alone a fence.
     
  5. Althea

    Althea Completely Boxer Crazy

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    I'm glad! I was willing to take a deaf boxer, as I would LOVE to work a deaf baby. I even have excellent references and let's face it, I love my pooches. But with a six week wait, and already a negative because I use a clinic to vaccinate my guys (my vet records aren't all perfect, once a year visits because of it) I didn't get a good feeling. The other local rescues would have adopted to me without an issue because they know me and I know them, but they aren't boxers. :( i wanted a boxer baby. So as soon as I get a bigger house, I'm SO going into rescue...I want to foster so BADLY! I hate when I see any dog, but especially pitts and boxers that need to get out of a bad situation. We've temporarily fostered several times, and I loved it!
     
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    MKAD Boxer Insane

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    My rescue, Sam, is my "heart" dog; I have a very close bond with him. He listens, obeys & is far more loving than my Sally- whom I got from a breeder. I have no problems with him that I wouldn't have with any other dog. From the first day, he fit into the family. The boxer rescue I got him from has been working with boxers for over 30 years; they are very reputible & good at what they do.
    Next time around, I will adopt again rather than buy from a breeder.
    Good luck-
    Mary
     
  7. Marisue Zorens

    Marisue Zorens Boxer Buddy

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    My first Boxer, Montgomery, was a rescue and he was such a good dog he became the standard by which every other dog in my whole family had to measure. My second boxer, Riley, was purchased from a breeder at 8 weeks, and while I noticed differences in their personalities they weren't negative ny any means. While Riley had a more innocent, sunny disposition, Monty seemed to be more devoted and more grateful for any kindness shown him.
     
  8. Widges

    Widges Completely Boxer Crazy

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    Billy is our 1st dog and 1st rescue. It is the way we chose to go and would again. Yes, there are many with problems, but there are just as many who are in rescue/shelters through no fault of their own.

    Our issues were - chasing anything that moves!! Deer, rabbits, pheasants & small dog are all a game to Billy.
    Socialisation - 2 years of meeting & greeting on leash now means that Billy can greet other dogs in a nice manner.

    I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Good luck with what ever decision you make.
     
  9. x19er

    x19er Boxer Insane

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    I have to say adopt too. We've had 2 boxers from pups and 2 as rescues. Yes you fall in love with a puppy and you expect that back from them but with a rescue who may have every reason not to trust let alone love another human you can form the closest of bonds, it can be a very special relationship. As has already been said I agree there are so many dogs right now being given up for rehoming not because of behavioral problems but because peoples lifestyles/jobs etc etc change. A good rescue charity/centre will make sure you are paired up with a boxer that fits in with your lifestyle etc and should be there to help you along the way too.

    Puppies will get homes no problem but with adult dogs it can take much much longer and you know a dog is only a puppy for a few short months and then an adult for so much longer.
     
  10. IluvLucy

    IluvLucy Boxer Insane

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    Definitely adopt! As has been already stated, just because they are in a rescue does not mean there is any thing wrong with them. Maybe it's just me, but I sometimes think a rescue forms a closer bond. I guess it really depends on the situation. There are always dogs looking for homes so I'm sure you can find the right one for you.
     
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