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Many years ago I had my first encounter with a boxer, it was love at first sight. I had never seen such a beautiful and majestic dog like him before. I knew that someday I would welcome a boxer into my heart and my home. When we decided to add a second fur child it came as no surprise to my family that it would be a boxer. There was no doubt that we would be rescuing. My daughter is a student at CWU and she told me about a boxer rescue located in Ellensburg. That is how I came to know Christian and Heather and NW Boxer Rescue.
We adopted Bentley from NW Boxer Rescue on June 10th. I will never forget that day since it is the day my life changed for the better. I am so crazy in love with my goof ball. Since then we have also welcomed Amber in our hearts and our home. I could not imagine my life without these two wiggle butts. They truly rescued me and I am proud to be their human.
In today's world it is not often that you encounter someone with the passion, dedication and integrity which Northwest Boxer Rescue exudes. I am proud to be part of NW Boxer Rescue, because I believe that every dog deserves a warm and happy forever home, and I will do whatever I can to support the vision and drive that Christian founded this rescue upon.
My love for Boxers started at a very young age, dressing them up complete with lipstick and nail polish. Jump forward a many years and I have never been without a Boxer or two.After losing my old 14 yr old male, I was on the hunt for a new furry kid and I contacted numerous rescue groups. I was extremely impressed by the professional team at NWBR and I knew this was a place for me. Little did we know that Hooch and his daily antics would become a much larger part of the group than we could have imagined. My shy dog in public is a rock star in front of the camera and he’s brought smiles to many of his followers.
NWBR has grown with over 300 volunteers and we all do this for the love of Boxers. I am honored to part of this amazing team who work tirelessly from intake, transportation, fostering, media, and finally adoption. Our happiest day is when we see an once unsure dog posing proudly for their photo announcing the adoption into their new family. This is why we do what we do.
Boxers are considered the “Class Clowns” and I believe that name fits them very well. They are not for everyone, but I love mine and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Growing up I was always surrounded by boxers. In the home they would lifeguard our pool when we swam and sing along to movies when we came in to rest. When my own children were old enough to respect having a dog in the home, there was no question about what breed that dog would be. We brought home our first family boxer, Tucker, as a 6-week old puppy. He lived for years as the only dog and part of the family. Tucker helped take the kids to school, went everywhere with mom during the day and never missed out on a family trip. About the time we lost Tucker, the kids became adults and started moving on to their own life adventures. The house felt so quiet and I eventually decided it was time to adopt.
I had been following the NWBR Facebook page for quite a while and noticed we were in desperate need of fosters. I decided that rather than adopt I would volunteer for a bit. About a year later, 16 fosters and now two resident boxers, here I am. In addition to fostering I also work with our intake team, am the foster coordinator and currently manage our transports.
Since day one with this organization I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. I have made lifelong friendships and had the pleasure of watching so many dogs make their way through rescue to a happy beginning in their forever homes. We are all here doing this day-to-day for the love of the breed, in honor of those we have lost and to save the lives of those who need us. We could not do what we do without the team of volunteers we have. NWBR is touching the lives of new dogs and people each day and I could not be luckier than to be a part of such an incredible organization.
On June 12th, 2007, it was love at first sight when I laid eyes on this beautiful boxer puppy. I knew he was the one. I brought him home and he pranced around as to say, "I'm home.” And home he was. We named him Ryele. Our Ryele gave us so much unconditional love and laughter. He was a lil’ clown so full of life, wiggles and wet kisses.
A year later we decided that we had enough love in our hearts to add another boxer into our home and a sister for Ryele. Along came Reya, a feisty 8-week lil’ girl that differently let Reyle know she was Alfa and in charge of not only him but the toys as well. On November 5, 2016 our hearts were crushed, we had to let our sweet loving boy go over the rainbow bridge, that was the absolute worst day of our lives and left Reya searching for her best buddy.
As days went by I knew I wanted to honor Ryele by helping a boxer in need as he loved every dog he came in contact with, they were all his friends. I did some research and came across the NWBR web site. After reading up on the rescue and seeing the boxers that needed forever homes, I knew I wanted to help. After filling out my application and being approved we were on our way to rescue.
On December 15, 2016 my husband, our lil’ boxer girl Reya and I drove south to Oregon to meet a boxer in need of a forever home. You see no distance was to far in our minds and heart to drive and rescue another wiggle butt. There he was, Schwartz, now known as Rajah. Again love came over us. Reya agreed by giving kisses and a couple of wiggles. Rajah has filled our hearts with love and joy. He and our girl Reya enjoy each other everyday...but she is still the Alpha.
NWBR has saved the lives of so many boxers from all walks of life, I knew that I wanted to be apart of this rescue and join in on saving this WONDERFUL loving breed.
Caring for animals is not what I do…it is who I am. I am their voice. They will never walk alone. I will walk with them always.
Ten years ago I met my husband and his two pups, a black lab and a boxer named Sage. I have always been around dogs. My father’s family raised St. Bernard dogs and my mother’s family raised sled dogs.
Over the years, I have had all breeds of dogs, yet I had not fell in love with a breed as hard as I did when I met Sage.
A boxer’s expressive personality, passion for life, empathy for people and uncanny ability to forgive while sensing the good in humans, is something to cherish. I couldn’t imagine a life without a boxer. When Sage started to wear out our black lab playing, we rescued a liter runt boxer as a playmate and named her Luci. A few years later, our lab passed, and we started stalking the NWBR Facebook page. I fell in love about 100+ times over a few months, and then could not live without a young boxer mix, whom NWBR graciously let him adopt us. We named him Jits and I was promptly told our “boxer barn” was full.
I couldn’t seem to stop watching the NWBR Facebook page and frequently saw the posts to volunteer. NWBR is all volunteer and eventually I could not resist. After volunteering I was immediately embraced and encouraged by the people I talked to. I was genuinely impressed by the love and passion of the volunteers. Fosters, fundraisers, transporters, record keepers, social media and all the volunteers moving with a mission to save boxers.
I am honored to work alongside the many talented NWBR volunteers. The goal is simple, save boxers. I have 3 best boxer friends and would have hundreds more if I could, yet can’t. The next best thing I can do is volunteer time and effort into saving and helping another person have a best boxer friend.
NWBR is a way for me to give back the incredible love provided to me by this breed and it is a privilege to work with an organization that embraces passion, quality care, training and responsible boxer ownership.