In March, Kathy Davis and her husband, Ernie, made the decision not to adopt another pet. They had lost their two boxers, B.J. and Gracie Mae, earlier in the year, and the heartache from their loss was too much.
Then, Kathy says, she “just ‘happened’ to be on Petfinder and there he was”-Bowser, listed by LaPorte County [Indiana] Small Animal Rescue. He had been returned to the shelter once because he was deemed “too rowdy” for the children in the family. He had been rejected at an adoption day as well.
But to Kathy, he looked as if he would be the perfect medicine for mending their grieving hearts because she and her husband loved energetic, “rowdy” Boxers. The couple filled out an online application and, a few days later, drove from their home in Niles, Michigan, to meet him.
“We loved him the minute we met him,” Kathy says, “and wouldn’t take a million dollars for him.”
That’s not to say everything was smooth sailing. At first, Bowser suffered from separation anxiety. “I think many people believe their new pet is going to instantly blend in,” Kathy says. “That’s usually not the case. There’s a period of adjustment.”
To help him adapt, the Davises started leaving a TV on when they left him home alone. It turns out he likes to interact with dogs on TV and can sit and watch entire episodes of “Pit Bulls and Parolees.”
He’s no TV-watching couch potato though; he loves his toys as well. “We have them in a big basket,” Kathy says, “and at least three or four times a day, I’ll put all 20 or 30 of them back in the basket.” Their granddaughter’s swing in the backyard is another source of fun. “It’s a tire made to look like a horse,” Kathy says, “and he spends a lot of time playing with it.”
Perhaps the success of their adoption is because the Davises knew the Boxer personality. Kathy’s advice to people who are considering adopting a particular pet is to get to know about a breed before jumping into what needs to be a lifetime commitment. “These babies aren’t throwaways,” she says. “They’re family members.”
She thanks her lucky stars Bowser was returned by one family and wasn’t snapped up someone else before they met him. “He was meant to be ours,” she says. And apparently they were meant to be his as well.