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Let's Go to the Beach!  

The idea of spending the day at the beach with our boxers is certainly an appealing one. However, as a responsible boxer parent there are certain precautions you should take:

  • Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your boxer.
  • Boxers, just like humans can get sunburn, especially the ones with pink skin and white hair. Limit your boxer's exposure when the sun is unusually strong, and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions -- dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and sea lice.
  • If your boxer is out of shape, don't encourage him to run on the sand. Running on a beach is strenuous exercise, and a boxer that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament.
  • Cool ocean water is tempting to your boxer. Do not allow him to drink too much seawater. The salt in the water will make him sick.
  • Salt and other minerals found in the ocean can damage your boxer's coat. So, when you are ready to leave for the day, rinse him off with fresh water.
  • Not all beaches permit dogs. Check local ordinances before you begin your excursion to the beach.
Book Review

By: Marianne Pysh

You know any book about a boxer is going to be an entertaining one.  But, when you find one with an adorable puppy on the cover, and it says "Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe" on the cover that you're in for a good read.

It's been several years since Lucy was a puppy.  And, it might not be a good thing that I've forgotten what it was like to have a boxer puppy in the house.  But, "Surviving Henry" quickly reminded me exactly what it was like to attempt to bring a little boxer girl up in the right way!  

This book has got to be one of the funniest (and I mean laugh out loud funny) books that I've ever read about raising a boxer puppy.  Young has a way of making you feel like you're right there, being dragged along on a bike by a small, very cute, bundle of energy, and you'll feel her pain when "Henry" doesn't realize his own strength.  I actually found myself gasping...  This book is guaranteed to make you laugh, make you cry, and remember why you fell in love with the boxer breed to begin with.  Grab your kleenex, because you'll laugh until you cry, and make sure you've got time to read it from cover to cover, because you won't be able to walk away!

I would love to see this book made into a movie.  Although, I'm sure that some folks would see it and question the sanity of all of the boxer loving folks that would no doubt flock to the theaters to see this on the very day that it came out.
Florida Boxer Rescue Wishlist...  

Did you know that you can help provide toys, treats, accessories and much needed supplements to rescued boxers currently in the Florida Boxer Rescue program?  It's easy to do, and is providing many much needed items to our foster homes. Our boxers are really enjoying the gifts that they are receiving from their fans.

Here's how to help:  

1. Simply go to, and if you don't already have an account, select Florida Boxer Rescue as the charity of your choice.  
2. Once you're logged in, you should see a drop down menu in the upper left hand corner.  Select "Find a wish list or registry"  
3. Type "Florida Boxer Rescue" in the search box.  
4. Click on "Florida Boxer Rescue" Clermont, FL and start shopping!

It's easy, peasy....


Fenway (aka Roscoe) came into our home in August 2014.

Florida Boxer Rescue gave us a great match! He was not without his issues at first, but FBR was right with us in working through them! From keeping up with me on my 4+ mile runs, to cuddling with our 3 daughters at night, to keeping track of all of his family members, to playing with Comet our cat, Fenway fits our family like a glove! We love this boy to pieces and couldn't imagine life without him!

Thank you FBR!
Upcoming Events...
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Through The Eyes of A Foster
By: Joanne Hine
(Joanne Hine is a Florida Boxer Rescue Volunteer in the 407 Area, and is currently fostering Marley)

Yet another victim of Quebec's non-existent animal rights laws passed through my life. On Friday, January 16, 2009, Crystal Ryan, Co-founder of Boxer Rescue Quebec rescued a senior, female boxer who had been dumped at the pound in the South Shore.
   I had been a Volunteer with Boxer rescue Quebec for over a year at this point and also helped the SPCA care for sick and starving dogs that were rescued during puppy mill raids. I thought I had seen it all. Nothing prepared me for what Crystal brought to my doorstep. This poor old girl was severely underweight, like nothing I had ever seen before. She had a check up at the Vet, was treated for ear mites and intestinal worms and put on a round of antibiotics for skin and ear infections and a possible urinary tract infection. She was in such bad shape the Vet wanted to give her time to get healthy before she could be vaccinated. A second appointment was scheduled for two weeks later for a recheck.
  We named her Sweet Sarah and fell in love with her immediately. Sarah had to live downstairs as to not infect my three Boxers with worms or ear mites while in our Foster care.  Her body was beaten and battered but her eyes were kind and loving.
   I learned a lot about Sarah's story while caring for her. She was not fixed and had had several litters. She could not bark because the glands under her neck were so swollen it affected her voice. Considering that she had been starved, she did not have a good appetite and often refused food. When she did eat, she never fully stood up. And when she slept, she always slept on top of her legs and never laid on her side which made me believe that she must have been in a cage that was too small for her to stand up fully or stretch her legs.
  In spite of the horrors that she must have endured, she would still greet us with a happy wiggle bum when we went downstairs to feed her, give her medications, watch T.V. with her on the couch or let her out for a pee. Anyone that knows the Breed, knows that they are infamous for their wiggle bums! She was always happy to hobble off the couch and come over for a rub even though it hurt to walk.

My daughter, Grace and I cared for Sweet Sarah for an entire week when we noticed that instead of getting better, she was getting worse. On Friday, January 23rd, I brought her to the Vet and hoped they would give me a magic pill to help her. Unfortunately, no amount of love or medicine could save her and at 8:00pm on Friday night, Crystal and I held Sweet Sarah and told her what a good girl she was and how much we loved her and the Vet put her to sleep.
  We are grateful that Sarah came into our lives, even though we are sad that we could not save her. If all we could give her was a week of love and care in a lifetime of pain and misery it was worth the sadness we felt in our hearts. She did not die alone or afraid. She died knowing that we loved her and that she was a good dog and that we were sorry for the neglect she had to endure from the people who wanted her puppies to sell for profit. 
  We may not be able to change the laws regarding animal cruelty overnight, but we can make a difference in the lives of animals that need help now. Our animal shelters and Rescues need Volunteers, Foster Homes and funds to continue to save the lives of unwanted dogs and find them loving permanent homes. Please help anyway you can and make a difference in an animals life. You will get so much more out of it then you could ever know.  

Peanut Butter "PUP" Sicles

What you need:
32 oz. plain Greek Yogurt
1 large banana
3 TBSP peanut butter
1 TBSP honey
Mix all ingredients together with a blender.  Pour into ice cube trays and place in the freezer.  After they're frozen, place in a tupperware container, and store in the freezer until your boxers want a nice cool treat!

Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies

What you need:
12 medium to large strawberries (organic is preferable)
3-4 spoonfuls of all-natural peanut butter
1/4 cup of cold water
Wash strawberries and remove tops.  Blend strawberries and water together until pureed.  Fill the empty slots of an ice cube tray 3/4 full.  Gently place a small, yet generous dollop of peanut butter onto each filled slot. Make sure it sinks into the liquid.  Place tray in freezer for several hours.  Pop, serve and chill!


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