Lone Star Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the boxer breed. LSBR is run and managed 100% by volunteers since 1999. Our main objective is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home boxers that come to us from many sources including local animal shelters, owner surrenders, and strays. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to allow us to save more dogs in need. 

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Today We Rescued Your Dog
by Pat Closher

Today we rescued your dog. We don’t know where you got him from - maybe you saw him
in a pet store window or maybe one of your neighbors bred a few litters a year just to make some vacation money or because they loved their dogs so much that of course they wanted to have puppies. We don’t know much about how you cared for him either, although our vet thought that for such a young dog, his teeth were in pretty bad shape.
Did you know they were going to keep him outside? At least it was a pretty mild winter. There were no heavy snows, not much heavy winter rain and only a few days of bitter cold. But for all of those weeks he had no companionship, no care, and no love.
 
For some reason, your grandparents took him to the shelter. Maybe a neighbor complained about him or maybe their own health gave out or maybe they just got tired of him. You know the local shelter is a kill shelter, don’t you? You know that their own statistics indicate that about half of the dogs that enter are killed, don’t you?  Maybe your grandparents thought he would be adopted quickly. He is a purebred, after all. No one was interested in him, though, maybe since he’s an adult dog and not a cute little puppy. No one contacted the purebred rescue group either. They probably would have placed him quickly, since he really is a great boy.  The shelter is a clean place and they take good care of the dogs. They get good food and they’re bathed and brushed. It’s still a shelter though, and is noisy and chaotic and frightening. He spent two months there in that confusion, away from everyone and everything he had known.

One day, we saw him on the shelter web site. We called and asked about him. The shelter workers were so happy to hear from us and were delighted to agree to bring him to a local pet store where they do adoptions. Do you want to know why they were so accommodating? He was scheduled to be killed that afternoon. He didn’t know that, but the shelter workers certainly did. It hurt them and he felt that, so he knew something was wrong.  All of a sudden, though, the shelter workers were happy and excited and so was he. They bathed him and brushed his coat. We think they probably told him this was it - his big chance, or maybe he just knew it somehow. When we met him, we all fell in love.

He had to go to the vet to be neutered, of course, but then he came home. He has his very own 13 year-old boy. You know, it’s almost like watching one of those old Lassie movies, seeing how well they’ve bonded. He’s got good food and his own toys. He’s taken on walks three times a day, is regularly groomed and is taken to the vet for needed care. We’ll be with him always, even if we have to make that last, difficult decision, because, you see, he is our dog and we are his family.

He has a good heart you know, but then he is a dog, so that’s to be expected. He’s probably forgiven you and, with a dog’s grace, doesn’t even remember you dumped him. He’d probably even be willing to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge. But you know what? He’ll greet us and go with us at the Bridge, and then he’ll be with us forever, because he’s our dog and we’re his family.
The way we heard the story, you moved out of state and didn’t want to take him with you. You left him at your grandparents. Maybe you thought a lively, handsome dog was just the thing for them, and under better circumstances it might have been. Maybe they have been cleaning up your messes for your entire life and an unwanted dog was just another mess to clean up.
 
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Tango
"Rest in peace Tango. He was a good dog who never missed a meal. He loved to chase Opposum. He was an expert seeker at hide and seek. His favorite part of a walk was to go home and see his Momma. He loved the occasional speed run. He is survived by his fur-sister Angie."


Tank
Tank, aka "Fat face" - we made fun of your slobber and chased you down with those rags...but I promise you we didn't mind one bit. I know baby boy, you hated having your face wiped. For daddy & I it had become entertaining...to see who could catch you first. Thank you for letting us love you, for overlooking our bad habits too, and for sharing each day of the last 1 ½ years of your life with us. You must have known you were getting sick honey and we're sorry we didn't know sooner. We didn't see this coming and we just weren’t ready to say good-bye. We know you weren't either. Thank you for hanging on...for waiting for us to return from our trip so we could hold you and comfort you as you passed over the Rainbow Bridge. We will never forget you and you will never be replaced. Please don't feel lonely for we will see you again some day. We love you and miss you so horribly.

Mom & Dad (Paulk family)

Thank you LSBR for taking Tank in and for giving us the opportunity to love him!!
- Marty & Wendi Lindquist-Paulk


Tasha
Tasha was adopted from LSBR in 2006. She left us too soon when she lost her battle with cancer. She will live on in our hearts along with the memories she left forever.


Tasha
Tasha, one of Libby's pups, has passed away. She did not live long but she was safe and loved while she was with us.


Theo
Theo is missed. He was the sweetest dog I’ve ever known. He was so good at being happy that he inspired us. He wasn’t even food aggressive even after being starved. We always thought that was amazing. We really missed Christmas tree shopping with him this past Christmas. He always came with us and wore his Santa suit. Naturally, he was the hit of the tree lot. This is a photo from Christmas of 2015. He’s wearing his Christmas collar, laying on his favorite bed, of the 5 we had for him. He may have been a bit spoiled. We think all the photos we have of him are cute, but of course that’s because he was a cherished member of our family. The Kuhn's

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