Contact forms and spam nightmares…

Ever heard of SPAM?  Well, my website Contact Form was slammed with it to the point that it broke the page…and as a consequence I haven’t been able to get messages from all the wonderful people who have been trying to reach me.  What a mess! The good news is that the Contact Us page is now fixed and you can once again submit your questions about living with, training and caring for your dog as well as any inquiries about available Boxer puppies.  I’ve missed hearing from all of you so please, let the emails...
Traveling with multiple dogs? Yes!

Traveling with multiple dogs? Yes!

Planning a vacation can be fun, but also very stressful.  Especially when there are the needs of our pets to be considered as well.  For my family, going away for a vaction has never really been an option.  Not only was it very expensive to take a large family away for a vacation, but in our almost 30 years of marriage, we have almost always had multiple dogs, making it even more expensive to plan for overnight stays.  Today is only different in one way – fewer kids but more dogs.  11 of them to be exact.  Ok, ok…I know most people would think me crazy, but I have 11 dogs and I love every one of them.  Granted, 5 of those 11 are puppies that are being held back for evaluation as they mature, but for the most part the rest of them have been with us for most of their lives, and ages range from 3 months to 9 years.  They are members of our family and because of that, leaving them in a boarding kennel has never been an option for me.  I wouldn’t leave one of my 5 children, so why would I leave my dogs, especially when I know they will be unhappy. So, what is a person to do?  Build a custom dog trailer, of course! Here are some photos of our work in progress.. . We started with a standard aluminum 5×8 utility trailer and added vents to keep things cool.  That is those "D" shaped things front and rear.  The supplier didn’t have 6 of all the same color so we ended up with 2 black covers. ...

Is that a Boston Terrier puppy?

Let’s play “Where’s Trill?”  If you look closely at the photo below, you will see snuggled in among all the Boxer puppies, one tiny Boston Terrier puppy.  That is “Trill”, so named due to the funny “trilling” noise she makes when she talks to us.  Little Trill was a lonely only, and at 3 weeks of age her mother said “I’m done!” The poor little thing was headed for the local psych ward for dogs suffering from separation anxiety when I got a call that asked…”Do you want a Boston Terrier?” Well, it just so happens that I have always liked Bostons, and I have been considering adding a small breed to our kennel and Bostons are one of the breeds I have been considering, so of course I said, “Sure, I’ll take her and foster her with my litter of Boxer babies – they are the same age after all!” Now, 3 weeks later, Trill believes herself to be just another Boxer and Miya is her reason for living.  We are working on that, but since Miya let her nurse right along with her own pups, this little girl is sure that Miya is the only mother she has ever had. Everybody is weaned now, but Trill still loves Miya with a passion and will go to great extremes to get to her whenever possible.  At least she is now a bit more self assured and doesn’t become a howling, yeowling, terrified little puppy whenever she is removed from her “litter mates”. What is Trill’s future here at B4 Boxers?  Well, for now she is learning who is...

Boxella sired boxer puppies are available!

It has taken some time to decide who stays and who goes, but we have finally decided that Storm will be the lucky pup who gets to stay with us and the others are now available for sale. It took no time at all for people to speak for Glory and Luna so that leaves Nimbus, Breezy and little Wisp available as of today, December 1st. Remember, this litter’s pedigree showcases some of the top winning dogs ever produced by the famous Boxella Kennels and include such notables as Ch. Boxella’s Masterkey, and Ch. Boxella’s Mario Valentino, who by the way, just recently passed away only 3 months shy of his 15th birthday!  When you add the infusion of European blood from the mother’s side, who features the Boksdoorn Kennels from Belgium and del Colle dell’Infinito from Italy along with her own dose of prominant Boxella dogs, and you can see that there is great potential growing in these little babies. Puppies will not be ready to go to their new homes until the week before Christmas at the earliest. If you like the sire’s ears, then you are going to want me to schedule an ear crop to be done by my wonderful, and very talented Veterinarian and yes, I pass on my breeder’s discount for the surgery. Don’t forget that payment arraingments are available as well as the option to use credit cards. Happy...

Watch Us Grow: Two Week Old Boxer Puppies

Time for a puppy update! Boxer puppies are born with long tails and dewclaws on each of the front paws that are removed between 3-5 days of age. Last week was when I did my puppies “Tails and Toes” as we call it, and today we removed the stitches. Through the years my children have each taken turns as my nurse as I perform the procedure. They have learned the responsibility that comes with raising animals as they have helped with everything from the breeding to the birthing, and even the sad times when we must bury one that didn’t make it. This litter started out with 11 puppies – a huge litter by just about anyone’s standard. Miya is a first time mom and I freely admit that she is more than a little spoiled, so as a consequence she was quite nervous about suddenly being faced with the task of caring for all these little squeaky bodies! I think I would have been nervous too! As is sometimes the case, nature takes care of things, and one by one we lost puppies until we were down to our current number of 6 – a number that Miya seems comfortable managing. Right from the start, two were not expected to live due to immaturity in one, and the other suffered injury during his birth when he got stuck in the birth canal and had to be forcefully pulled out. The other three appeared perfectly healthy except for the fact that they just didn’t gain any weight. Despite my best efforts, puppies just failed to thrive and within 5...