Flea and Tick Season: Keep Your Dog Pest-Free!


The good news is that the warm weather is coming… but the drawback is that the bug season is also coming. Ticks and fleas can certainly make your Boxer sick and can result in infestations at your residence. Are you prepared?

Fleas

Regardless of how cautious you might be in the care of your Boxer, fleas can always turn out to be an issue. Your Boxer may bring fleas right into the house simply by playing in the yard or going on daily walks.
Their bites may cause itchy, red bumps that result in excessive scratching. Fleas may also lead to conditions like anemia and flea allergy dermatitis.

These tiny creatures multiply with an exceptional speed, which means that once your Boxer brings them home, they will be all over the place… in the carpeting and furniture. That’s why flea baths don’t work entirely, because the moment you finish giving your Boxer his bath, the fleas will return to him as he walks through the home.

Ticks

Pets that spend plenty of time outside the house, particularly in wooded areas or tall grasses, are more prone to ticks. Nevertheless, other animals may bring ticks straight into yards, makes it possible for pets to pick them up without actually leaving your premises.

Blacklegged deer ticks, which are most widespread in the Northeastern U. S. can easily transmit Lyme disease to some pets. In dogs, symptoms of Lyme disease may include fever, decreased appetite, swollen, painful joints, lameness or limping, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. In severe situations, pets with Lyme disease may develop kidney disease.

So, what should you do?

Here’s what you need to do to control pests on your dog:

  1. Keep your dog pest-free
  2. Keep your home pest-free
  3. Keep your yard pest-free

Keep Your Dog Pest-Free

Here are some steps you should follow to guarantee you have a pest-free dog:

  1. After walks or playtime outdoors, examine your dog extensively. Be particularly aware if your dog has been in wooded areas or high grasses, where pests prosper.
  2. Bathe your dog frequently, employing a shampoo that can eliminate pests.
  3. Prevent infestation by using a topical or collar continuously during your area’s flea and tick season. (Don’t know when’s your flea and tick season? Check out the US prevalence map)
  4. Look for skin irritations on your dog, like bite marks or red, itchy skin.
  5. Check with a veterinarian to figure out if a preventative medicine is advised for your dog.
  6. If you observe an alteration in your animal’s behavior, like lack of appetite or decrease in energy, take them to your vet ASAP. This might be a indication of Lyme disease or other
  7. health issue caused by pests.
  8. If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away, being very careful to remove the head and mouth-parts entirely.
  9. If you find fleas or ticks, treat your dog with a shampoo or spray to destroy pests.

Keep Your Home Pest-Free

Regarding your home, do the following:

  1. Wash your pet’s bedding, crate, toys, food bowls and sleeping areas regularly.
  2. Also vacuum all the areas of your home your dog has access.
  3. Vacuum the carpet, area rugs, bare floors, upholstered furniture and pillows.
  4. Keep your home clean and clutter-free to discourage pest infestations and make it easy to spot any pests that do find their way indoors.
  5. If you suspect your home is infested with ticks or fleas treat this problem with a carpet powder to prevent re-infestation. However, the best option (but more expensive… ) is to contact a licensed pest professional.

Keep Your Yard Pest-Free

Finally you should also guarantee that your yard is pest-free by doing the following:

  1. Keep your grass mowed, weeds pulled, and bushes trimmed to prevent breeding grounds for pests.
  2. Clear away debris as it accumulates.
  3. Do regular inspections of your property for places where pests are apt to hide and multiply.
  4. If you suspect your yard is infested with ticks or fleas use a yard spray to prevent re-infestation.

If you have had any experience dealing with fleas and ticks feel free to share it by leaving a comment!

Grace and Justin… A Second Chance for Both!


[box style=’info’]This story was sent by Justin G. from Cincinnati, Ohio.[/box]

A few years back I was climbing out of a hole of depression, caused by my close best friend and I parting ways after six years of a strong friendship.

I was lost and didn’t know where to turn. I had a dog before and he lived a great long life but had to be put down a few years prior due to old age and sickness. Not long after we put him down happened I started asking if I could get a boxer because I fell in love with the two my Mom had for about 5 yrs. But my Dad and Step Mom where against it since I was in college and it was not fair for them to take care of my dog as I was gone.

Once I came home from college and got adjusted to living at home again, the asking started if I could get a boxer. After wearing my parents down the search began. Like most when wanting a dog start looking for a puppy, but with boxers they are not cheap. I figured adoption was best. My search continued, all while trying to figure out if I wanted a male or female, fawn, brindle, or a solid. I was looking on line at local SPCA, and found one that I wanted. He was a boxer pointer mix and looked like a great dog. Two days later I called and he was adopted. Thought to my self “it wasn’t meant to be” and kept looking. I then came across a beautiful 4 month old female fawn located at a dog shelter about an hour away. I called she was still available, the only problem was she was an hour away and it was close to closing. I quickly called my mom who told me call them and let them know we were on our way and not to close till we get the chance to look at her. We arrive and I am like a little kid waiting for Santa to come. Really excited, talking fast, and just smiles. I go into the office and tell them who I was and that I had called about “Nikki”. One of the women take my mom and I to the puppy shelter and two pins in there was “Nikki” laying sweet and sound. I instantly fell in love.

At first glance I saw that she was really skinny, looked sickly, didn’t have much energy, and was really sleepy. The women then told me, their was something wrong with her but she didn’t know what and taking precaution gave her two of three treatments of heart worm meds. We went to the office me holding “Nikki” in arms. There they told me they had another female boxer that was 2yrs old. I went and looked at her but did not have the attachment as I did “Nikki”. After filling out the paper work getting her chipped and paying, Mom, “Nikki”, and I set for home. Before leaving the parking lot my mom says to me “I don’t know she looks awful sick” to that I replied “Yeah, but I have to give her a chance she is not going to last long if she stays here” and home we headed “Nikki” curled up on my lap sleeping the whole way.

Knowing that something was wrong and that she needed to see a vet, we took her the next day. At the vet they did the normal check up stuff and the whole time I was telling them the information I was told from the shelter. After doing a stool test it came back positive she had Parvo. Not knowing what it was the vet explained it to me and the whole time was positive of what the results could be. It turns out fate was on my side and I got “Nikki” to the vet just in time. She only spent 2 1/2 days of being quarantined at the vets office, where they said I could come and visit anytime I want (I went the very next day after finding out what she had). The vet called every day to give us a report on her status, on the second day the vet opened the office to her barking standing her cage food all gone and happy as can be.

Over the 2 1/2 days she was gone I prayed for her to fight hard and to make it through. Because she did and “Nikki” was never a fitting name I renamed her Grace. She went from being a 17.1 lb under wight dog to a 65 lb loveable joyful dog who loves her second chance on life. At the end of it all Grace helped me get out of my hole of depression by having to focus on her and I help her by giving her a second chance on life.

Finding a Reputable, Quality Breeder


Patient and playful, yet with unmatched courage in protecting their loved ones against anything that could mean danger and threat.

These are the traits that make the Boxer one of the most lovable dog breeds not only in America but in other parts of the world as well.

The Boxer is included in the top 10 most popular dog breeds and has been on the list since the end of the World War II, where it served well as an efficient war dog.

Since it is a popular breed, a lot of people would love to have a Boxer as a family pet.

However, the problem today with breeders is that there are far more disreputable ones than those who are experienced and dedicated.

What Should You Look for in a Quality Breeder?

The following are what comprises an experienced and quality breeder:

1. An involved breeder

A quality breeder is not only concerned with profit; he or she should be involved with the whole breeding process. He or she takes the time to acquire adequate knowledge about the dog breed and proper care should be second nature to him or her.

2. Keeps a close eye on every puppy in every litter

A quality breeder should take the time to monitor each and every puppy from every litter. He or she takes time and effort to assess each puppy’s health, temperament, and conformation. This is an essential element to consider, especially during socialization.

3. Invests time and effort

It is not an easy job looking after dogs and their newborn litter of puppies, which is why quality breeders invest time and effort to ensure that the puppies get the right nutrition until they get adopted by their new families.

4. Wants the best homes for their puppies

Most reputable breeders do not just hand over the puppies to aspiring new owners; they make it a point to conduct interviews on potential buyers. These interviews do not only determine which puppy is appropriate for the new owner; it is done to make sure that the person buying is capable of raising and keeping a Boxer puppy as a pet.

The work of a quality breeder does not end when a puppy gets taken home by its new owner. He or she makes it a point to make a phone call to the new owner to ask how the puppy is doing. The breeder can also be relied on when new owners need to know something regarding the puppy’s diet, health, and nutrition.

Other Important Aspects

Still find it hard to find a reputable Boxer breeder? If the answers to the following questions are mostly “yes,” then you got yourself a quality Boxer breeder.

Is he or she…

…a member of a national or regional Boxer Club and / or All-Breed Club?
…involved with or does he or she support rescue operations for Boxers and for other pets as well?

Does he or she…

…freely discuss the dog’s health issues with you?
…invite you to come over to see the dogs?
…offer his contact information should you need to contact him or her for puppy-related concerns?
…participate in dog shows?
…provide early socialization for the puppies?
…provide regular check-ups for the dogs and can show proof that the dogs are healthy and disease-free?
…provide you a detailed and well-written contract?

Remember that although Boxers are generally healthy dogs, a puppy’s overall health starts with the breeder which is why it is essential to find a breeder who possesses the qualities, traits, and aspects mentioned above.

Angel… A Boxer Sent By Heaven


[box style=’info’]This story was sent by Kristie Harbin from Alabama.[/box]

I went through a terrible divorce in April of 2009. I had two children and being unemployed I didn’t know how I was going to support them. As a result, they went and stayed with family during my hard financial time.

I lost my house, land, children (per se), and 6 months later I lost my only vehicle due to former spouse defaulting on payments as agreed.

In November of 2009, I received my Boxer as a “gift” from a person. They said I needed a companion to help me through the difficult times. I named her Angel because she was definitely heaven sent. If it wasn’t for this precious boxer in my life, I really think I would have reached my breaking point…

Angel and Kristie

Angel and Mommy Kristie

Bailee Rae Ready To Box


Here’s our pick of the week, posted by Leslie Lancaster from Grenada, Mississippi. Bailee Rae is a 2 years old female boxer that lives in Grenada, Mississippi, with her mother, Easton Paige, and her brother, Aiden Walker, and it seems that she enjoys boxing 🙂

Billie Rae

Name: Bailee Rae Lancaster

Onwer: Leslie Walker Lancaster

Gender: Female

Pure or Mixed Breed: Pure breed

Age: 2 years old

Weight: 54 lbs

Lives in: Grenada, Mississippi

Biggest virtue: Has the best personality, but you never know what will happen next… She amazes everyone with the things she gets in to… You never know what to expect… But she loves to give hugs.

Biggest flaw: She is very prissy… but loves to beat up her brother 🙁

Here’s a picture of the entire family:

Living With Multiple Sclerosis With The Help Of Tank

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Our boxer Tank will be five years old this May, we rescued him off of Craigslist when he was nine months old. The family that had him had no time for a dog and he was spending up to ten hours a day at home alone in a crate. For a $100 “re-homing fee” we received Tank, his large crate, his bed, his toys and his food bowls. Basically this beautiful neutered and micro chipped boxer was free.

We knew right from the start Tank was an exceptional guy, but when looking through his paperwork a couple weeks after we got him I discovered that Tank and I share a birthday, May 17th and I knew for sure he was meant to be ours. Shortly before we got Tank I had to quit my job, 14 years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I simply could no longer work. With my husband and daughter gone all day without Tank I think I would have sunk into a very deep depression. When I am having rough MS days Tank is right there with me and won’t leave my side, when I fall he is right there to stand over me and make sure I am okay, when I am having balance issues he is there to prop me up. He is so good that I had him trained and certified to be my service dog, I don’t make him work much but when he has that vest on he is all business.

I have had boxers before and I love the breed but Tank truly is a once in a lifetime dog. Needless to say, Tank never spends a minute in a crate anymore and I always say that he rescued me I didn’t rescue him! Living with Multiple Sclerosis is challenging and sometimes very rough but I have a wonderful family who supports me and a fur kid who helps me through it everyday. He is truly a part of our family and loves each of us in just they way we need, Tank is amazing and truly a blessing for all of us.

Boxer’s War Service


The Boxer is a dog breed known for its habit of getting up on its hind legs and using its paws as though it were boxing, hence its name. The boxer was recognized as an efficient working dog in the early 1900s. This led the German military to approve it as the first breed well-suited for military work.

What Does a War Dog Do?

A war dog is trained to perform several tasks for the military.

Medic or ambulance dogs are trained to help doctors or Red Cross men search for the wounded in the battlefield. Their heightened sense of smell enables them to detect the location of a wounded man, even in the most concealed location.

Guard or sentry dogs are responsible for keeping watch over a military camp, announcing to its masters any form of intrusion or harm they sense by barking. On the other hand, dogs may also be used to conduct patrols in certain areas and ward off any intruder or detect any hidden traps or explosives.

War dogs may also be trained to be messengers, which is a very dangerous task for a human to do. Dogs prove to be lesser of a target for snipers than humans.They are also quicker and can travel faster on any terrain. Messenger dogs help maintain communication between war camps should any other form of communication fail or be unavailable.

The First World War

By the time World War I struck, the boxer is already one of the 7 breeds in Germany that qualified for police work. It served with loyalty, fulfilling all roles an efficient war dog should do. However, the effects of the war proved to be alarming as starvation riddled not only people, but the breed as well, resulting in high mortality rate in both the adult dogs and the puppies. Even when Boxers were brought to America, the breed continued to be quite rare.
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Curiosity

Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – March 16, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. He fought in 17 battles in WWI. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants. Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper. After the war, he was the Georgetown Hoyas’ mascot.

Although there are some rumors that he was a Pit Bull, numerous historical books confirm that Sgt. Stubby was a boxer.

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The Second World War

The Boxer’s popularity rose during World War II, in which it still served as a war dog, impressing not only the German but the American troops as well. The boxer had a 32-percent high passing rate for Germany’s military dog ability and it still served with dedication and loyalty, often giving up its own life in service. When World War II ended, the breed continued to receive a huge swell in popularity and was granted full recognition by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in the year 1948, and continued to be ranked as one of the 10 most popular breeds among dogs.

Until today, the Boxer still retains its reputation of affection and loyalty towards its family and makes an excellent companion dog when given the proper care and training.

The Boxer: Early Origins


The Boxer is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. Known for its superb skills and its balanced behavior, it has the ability to serve multiple roles. Because of this, these dogs are kept both as pets and working companions. How this breed came about is a story in itself. This article will talk about the early origins of the boxer breed.

1700s

The story of the Boxer first started in the 1700s in Germany. It is a direct descendant of the now-extinct dog breed Brabanter Bullenbeisser. This dog, first developed in Brabant, Belgium, is well-known as a hunting dog. In fact, its name literally means “bull biter”.

The Bullenbeisser plays different roles based on its unique traits and abilities, and most of its roles are still played by its descendant, the Boxer. Other than bull baiting, these dogs are also used for hunting different animals. In fact, German nobles use these dogs to hunt for wild boars.

But beyond being a hunting dog, the Bullenbeisser was also very popular as a pet. In fact, it’s called the butcher’s dog because this breed is considered a favorite by butchers and cattle dealers. Not only are these dogs very loyal to its owner and its family, it’s also a very capable guardian.

1800s

In order to create the Boxer, the Bullenbeisser was mated with the Bulldog, a breed of British origin and armed with its own distinct characteristics. It is from this cross that the Boxers of today were created. The combined characteristics of these 2 dogs made their descendants an even more formidable force in hunting.

This breed has proven to be so popular that by the 1850s, the boxer is recognized as an official dog breed in Germany. And as this century comes to a close, clubs for Boxer owners have emerged. In 1895, the first Boxer club in Germany, the Boxer-Klub e.v. Sitz Munchen (German Boxer Club), was established.

1900s

For any dog breed to gain legitimacy, a breed standard must be established. This is what exactly happened in 1902, when a detailed breed standard for the Boxer was released.

During this time, the breed also started to spread beyond the German borders. By this century, the Boxer has exploded in popularity, with different nations adopting these strong and intelligent dogs in their home. Right now, the Boxer is constantly among the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America.

Why the Name Boxer?

It’s a curious question being debated by different dog enthusiast circles. But how did the name Boxer come about? There are various answers that aim to explain this. Here are some of the most popular answers.

There are some people who believe that the name of this dog came from the dog’s stance when standing up. Some people say that when the Boxer stands up on its hind legs, its stance imitates that of a boxer (pugilist).

Another theory considered as plausible is that the name boxer came from an alteration of the German words used to describe this dog. Boxl, boxerl, and baxer are 3 German words used to describe this dog, and any of these words may be the root of the Boxer’s name.

Biggest Issues of Owning a Boxer


Once again we’ve surveyed our fans at our Facebook page and here’s what they answered when asked what the biggest issues of owning a boxing were:

“Slobber.” – Christopher Brooks

“Separation anxiety… They are such family dogs, they have to be your shadow.” – Heather Henderson Schneck

A musical tribute to boxers behaving badly! Brought to you by the friends, family and volunteers of Adopt a Boxer Rescue:

“Their separation anxiety… aka redecorating the house every time you leave in fear you’re never coming back LOL.” – Jenn McVicker

“Picky eater, skin and allergies problems, sheds and high energy.” – Lisa Friedman

“Channeling their energy.” – Carol Coleman

“The main problem with boxers is their health issues and breeders who don’t check for problems before breeding their dogs. I had two great boxers. One was white and deaf he was awesome smart loving and one of the greatest dogs I have ever had. I also have his brother another sweety. They both had cardiomyopathy and on top of that my one has degenerative myelopathy. We lost our white baby at the age of 6 as he also developed congestive heat failure. I would never give my baby up for anything. Its just sad that we lose them at an early age for irresponsible breeding.” – Marsha Ruby Schelsky

“They tend to have Hip problems. That’s the only thing that’s hard to deal with.” – Melissa Breeze Bolte

“My boxers love people but aren’t too fond of other dogs – would love to take them too the dog park to let them run around and play without them being aggressive towards other dogs.” – Hanne Wiik Brown

“I am so in love with my Halle! What is an indestructible toy I can get for her? Especially something for her to have in her kennel when we are away from the house. Although I realize that that may not be safe, she has chewed open her bed and consumed some of the foam (which is bad too!). She is eight months old.” – Kerry Montgomery

“Mine gets ear infections. I have to put drops her ears all the time.” – Joshua Stepp

“Cysts, tumors, and learning to keep 4 paws on ground!” – Deborah Stonehouse

“He does not generally play well with other dogs, disturbs other dogs while we are at the dog park, just wants them to run, run, RUN!!! And, can someone please tell me why Boxers have a difficult time fetching? I love my boxer boy. I wouldn’t have a different breed.” – Debbie Dailey

“Definitely cysts and tumors. Find out early if your boxer is dominant aggressive.” – Diane Yociss

“I have a timid little brindle and she was not properly socialized as a pup by her previous family. She is very insecure and as a result, I believe she tries to compensate by a showing of aggression, especially towards other dogs (she does better with smaller dogs, than dogs her size or larger). I know her and I know it’s just a show of bravado because she’s secretly scared, but other dog owners do not appreciate it and I cannot take her to dog parks or anything. She also FLIPS out when people come to the door. It doesn’t matter if it is male, female, adult, or child. I’m afraid she’s going to bust through the glass door sometimes! Inside the home, though, with her “pack” she is AWESOME – sweet, loving, gentle, tolerant, gets along with our other (small) dog and gets along exceptionally with our cat.” – Anna Ochs

“They eat lots of things. My son had to put his boxer down at the age of 4. She ate a towel which went into her intestines and caused a blockage. They operated. Two days later they had to put her to sleep. The towel had gone deeper into her intestines than they originally thought. It was a very sad situation.” – Linn L McFarland

“Mine has one cyst and she is aggressive with other dogs, not people. And she tends to throw up a lot. But other than that, she’s perfect.” – Carlos N Nancy Baez

“Separation anxiety to me is the worst… And their other issues: sensitive tummies, heart, prone to cancer… Why it’s essential for breeders to test for everything they can… Why it’s also important to research the breed before you get one!!!!” – Leese MaDostie

“I love my Layla and Regan the worst thing about them is the gas… lol. I know they are at risk for health problems but I would never change my decision to own boxers they are loving and great family dogs…I would have a boxer rescue if I had enough room.” – Crystal J Langmyer

“The only real issue we have with Roxie is that she is prone to hematomas… blood filled pockets in her ears. Other than that, she is the best dog ever!” – Beth Williams Bass

“Our biggest issue is food allergies! Beef a big NO! NO! Also sensitivity to grass causing paw and skin problems. We are very conscious to only use organic lawn care products. Always make sure they eat from raised food bowls to help avoid bloat. Even with a few issues BOXERS are the only breed for us! The most loyal, loving breed EVER!!” – Deb Roller

“Keeping up with the high energy. My boys require a good deal of exercise, but as long as we schedule in exercise they are fine. My white boxer has food allergies.” – Marleah Denkenberger

“SNORING!! Cassie wants to sleep in the room with us, but her snoring keeps me awake.” – Kia Pearson Matson

“Our beautiful clown like baby loves to destroy vegetation. He tore up 2 flower beds and killed 2 trees. We don’t even try to keep plants/ trees/ flowers anymore. And it’s ok because he’s worth it!” – Carla Smith

We may read more testimonials here!

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