Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue
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Bosco is an adorable adult Boxer Mix He is neutered and up to date with his vaccinations. He has such a gentle playful personality; he would make anyone a great pet. He is housebroken, and gets along well with other dogs and children. He's now 7½ years old, but has the energy of a much younger dog.
Bosco's mother was a beautiful purebred boxer. She came into rescue pregnant, and had her litter here. Papa was obviously a black lab, as Bosco looks like a smaller black lab. Although he doesn't look like a boxer, he has a boxer temperament. He was adopted to what seemed to be a great home, and lived there for six years. However, when he was about six years old, his adopter brought him back, saying he was "destructive". As it turned out, she had been leaving him outside alone all the time - no wonder the poor, bored boy got into things!
Bosco is one of our longest residents...
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Who We Are
Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue is located in Brentwood, Tennessee - about ten miles south of Nashville. MTBR has been rescuing and placing boxers since approximately 1990. During this time, we have seen more and more boxers come into rescue as the breed becomes more and more popular.
One of the most common questions we get is, ï¿½Where do the dogs come from?ï¿½ Most of the dogs come from pounds or shelters, some locally, and some from east and west Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama. Occasionally, we get one as an owner turn-in, but most are strays whose owners could not be found, and a few are rescued from abusive situations. Almost without exception, the dogs come into rescue through no fault of their own ï¿½ usually itï¿½s due to an irresponsible or neglectful owner.
Once a boxer comes into our rescue program, it stays with us or in a foster home until a forever home can be found. Because we will not place a dog that we believe to be unsound of temperament, and because occasionally a dog will come to us extremely ill or badly injured, we do sometimes find that we need to euthanize. Otherwise, the dogs have no time limit to their stay in MTBR.
Every dog in our program gets a thorough vet check, is brought up to date on inoculations, is checked for heartworms (and treated, if it is necessary and the dog has a good chance of full recovery), and is spayed or neutered before placement in an adoptive home. If any health problems are noted that cannot be cured, the prospective adopter is given full information, so that a responsible decision can be made about adoption.
We are looking only for homes that are willing to commit to this dog for the rest of its natural life. The adopter must understand that not all health problems can be diagnosed before a dog is placed, that there will be adjustment issues (for dog and new owner), and that we expect the dog to be considered a family member. However, circumstances sometimes require that a dog must be re-homed, and if that should happen, we require that the dog be returned to us. We are always willing and available to help with advice on any problem an adopter may encounter.
Our goal is that dog and adopter forge a bond that neither would want to break. With rescue boxers, this goal is attained every day, all over the world.
OUR ADOPTION POLICY
In order to place our dogs in homes where they will be most likely to be safe, secure and loved, we have found it necessary to have the following policies:
Every dog adopted out by MTBR must be an inside dog. There are no exceptions! Boxers are extremely people-oriented, and do not do well as outside dogs - living apart from their "families." An outside dog does not receive the kind of attention we want our dogs to have. If the weather is inclement, or the family members too busy or too tired, the dog is ignored. There is an article, "Outside Dogs," by Dennis Fetko, PhD., that states our philosophy precisely. If you are thinking of making a rescue dog an outside dog, or if you already own an outside dog, please read that article, as well as "The Outside Dog," by Brandy J. Oliver, M.A.
We require a fenced yard. We do, on occasion, make an exception to this rule, depending on the situation and the dog. Exceptions are always at the sole discretion of MTBR. We do not consider an electronic fence an acceptable fence. Boxers are notoriously poor wireless fence dogs - they have such a high pain tolerance that they will often run through it deliberately to chase after another dog, a cat or a kid on a bike, and then they can't get back in. As far as we are concerned, an electronic fence is worse than no fence at all - it gives an entirely unwarranted sense of security.
We do not make same-sex placements. Same-sex boxers almost always will begin fighting, necessitating the placement of one or the other into another home. We may occasionally make an exception to the same-sex rule. Boxer often get along well with same-sex dogs of smaller breeds. Again, exceptions are at the sole discretion of MTBR.
It is not always easy to find a suitable dog quickly. Many boxers are not suited to homes with cats, other dogs, other pets or small children (although they usually love children, they are often too rough for toddlers), . Some boxers are too active for quiet homes, or just the opposite - too quiet for a busy household with a lot of activity. Final decisions on adoptions are always at the sole discretion of MTBR.
Adopting a friend
If you are interested in more information about any of our dogs, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to fill out an adoption application, you will find one at our website at www.mtbr.org.
Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue
Brentwood, TN 37027
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