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Remembering the First Pet I had as a Child

Updated on November 22, 2014

A Boxer Puppy

This is what my dog Bruno looked like as a puppy.  My actual photos are older and need to be scanned in.  I hope to share those soon.
This is what my dog Bruno looked like as a puppy. My actual photos are older and need to be scanned in. I hope to share those soon. | Source

Remembering the First Pet I had as a child.

Having a Boxer as a Pet

My first pet was a boxer named Bruno, and he was a dog I absolutely adored. When I think back to my oldest memories, I truly can't remember a time before Bruno. We got him as a puppy, but this was way back before people were as encouraged to train their dogs from the puppy stage.

Bruno was a very large and handsome boxer that my Dad got for our family. He was a character for sure. I have to say that I will share my experience here, but I don't know a lot of information about boxers in general. So double check what is shared here if part of your reasoning for reading is to make a final decision on a boxer or not.

My beautiful boxer Bruno loved me very much, I truly believe this. It was also as if he had quite the personality with different sides to it. First of all, he was a huge dog, but perhaps this was due to my own very small size, a toddler really. I will tell you a couple of stories that reflect on our life owning a boxer, to let you into what it was like.

Such a Caring Dog

Bruno allowed me to do almost anything to him without ever getting mad or distressed. He never snapped or bit, or barked at me. Not even a little bit. I was little, and I thought it would be great idea to try to ride Bruno like a horse. I mean why couldn't I just sit on his back and he take me around, right? The poor dog loved me so much, he never seemed to mind. This matters a great deal for particular reasons, and I will tell you why shortly.

Also, Bruno had huge big brown eyes. I loved to pet him, and he followed me all around all the time. He would sit down when I told him to, and I loved those big brown eyes. I loved them so much though, that I just wanted to touch them. My mother and dad told the stories, rolling their eyes and saying, "poor Bruno.." I didn't know, I was just a very small child. The point is, that dog loved me so much, he tolerated me even trying to touch his eyeballs! Now that is a loving
and loyal dog!

A Crazy Dog

Now why those two stories mattered so much, is that he was a wild and almost out of control dog at other times. We had large "beware of dog" signs around our house, just because this dog was so very strong, and could be set off by anyone he didn't know, especially if they were in a uniform of some kind. He was known to tear through screen doors and break them
down if he wanted to.

I had an aunt, who he also would go crazy with just at the sight of her! Same thing, we went through screen door after screen door! Scared people of all kinds, half to death with that bark, growl and speed and power! Truly a watch dog, and no one wanted to mess with him.

One of the Stories of Bruno that Makes Me Cringe Still!

Once, he was out on a walk with my dad, on a strong leash of course. My dad had control of him, or so he thought. This little old woman was walking her poodle down the other side of the road. My dog bolted away from my dad even with my dad holding onto him with all his might. My dad had been pulled down, and when he looked up the dog had reached the woman and both
dog leashes were quickly wrapping around her legs as the dogs ran round and round. She fell over. Oh, that is the most horrifying story with our dog, and my dad made it over there quickly, profusely apologizing and making sure the woman was OK. Oh Bruno, we loved him so very much, but he was a tough dog to handle!

Now, you can perhaps see why that the side of Bruno that I knew, as a little girl, was all the more sweet. He let me do anything I wanted. He probably had tea parties with me and my dolls, and I know he laid and watched TV with us all the time.

That is my first pet, and I will never forget him. I loved Bruno the Boxer. He will always be the most handsome and lovable dog in the world, never mind the most loyal to his family that he loved so much.

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Ov, thank you for taking the time to read my story! Sorry it made you cry, and I know what you mean as I think about this and other pets I have had over the years. So happy to share our story. Its good for us to remember our pets even if it triggers a few tears. Take care.

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      Ov Strickland 

      6 years ago from El Segundo, CA

      Awww... This is making me cry. I miss our first dog. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Gail, that is so true. We can enjoy them while we can, and share some of our lives with them. I love having photos and memories at the very least. Pets can be such a special part of our lives.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      7 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome. It never is easy to say good-bye.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Mary, so you and I have that in common, having a boxer to have some good times with as a kid. I think they are a great breed to, and he had quite an impact on my life really. Thank you for your comment and visit. Goodnight. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I had a clown of a dog who was a Boxer when I was a kid. He and I had some good times together. They are a great breed, I think. Goodnight.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Tlpoague, thank you so much. I think you are right, there is just something extra special about that first pet. I am so glad to share my story, and was happy you stopped by and left a comment. Our pets definitely hold a dear place in our hearts, and it is never easy to lose them no matter in what manner they leave us.

      I try to remember to take photos of my pets, because I tend to not take those shots, and now that I do, I will have some of my sweet Molly, for instance. Take care, and so great to see you around! :D

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Eddie, so happy that you had your beagle Lassie and enjoyed so much of life together! That sounds like heaven for a dog to get to have that kind of fun with you. When gone, the do leave a gap in our hearts.

      I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment, and yes, Bruno was a joy. Have a great day.

      Hi Gail, Tuffy sounds like a real companion dog. I know what you mean about them being a one person dog and that is how my beagle is now. These pets of ours make a such a great impression on our lives! They help us to maybe learn to deal with and cope with some loss, as we almost always outlive them. It is never easy to say goodbye.

      I am glad you stopped by and left that comment, thank you so much. :)

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Turtlewoman, thank you for your comment. I think what you say helps explain some of what my experience was, and from a kids point of view he was the sweetest and coolest dog. I truly loved him. I think it makes for a great dog for families if they can really get in early on the dog training and rearing for long lasting obedience and peace. We all loved him, but he wore my Mom out, for instance. Bruno will always be a happy memory. Thanks for your visit and comment, have a great day.

    • tlpoague profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful story. I remember the first pet we adopted for our children. He was amazing and acted just like a child. It was heartbreaking when we had to put him down, but was thankful to have one of his pups he sired. Nothing can compete with that first pet. You will love the others, but the first one will always hold a special place in your heart. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      7 years ago from Mason City

      I had a dog named Tuffy for awhile. A friend of my sisters gave her the dog, my sister lived in an apartment and couldn't keep her there. She came home with me and she was a one person dog. She stuck real close to me. she liked my mother, too, but not the stepfather my mom was married to. She was a real nice dog. I had to give her up-we had to move to an apt. where you couldn't have pets. The stepfather's sister found Tuffy a different home. I sure missed Tuffy! It was hard without her. She was so loyal and very sweet. My mom thought she should have been named Tubby. She was a mixed breed with poodle in her. A frined had a bull-dog and the bull-dog was real friendly and nice. I still remember him. I think his name was Pug.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      This is truly beautifuland takes me back to my very first pet;a Beagle called Lassie.

      She was my best friend and my everything;we would spend every spare moment just exploring the countryside around where we lived.

      She definitely left a gap in my heart!!

      Thanks for sharing a little piece of Bruno with us. Take care and enjoy your day.


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      Kim Lam 

      7 years ago from California

      Bruno sounds like such a sweet dog. Boxers are usually very gentle with younger kids. I'm glad you shared some good memories with him!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Gail, Yes Bruno was a really nice dog! I absolutely loved him. Sorry to say, that photo is one that looks just like he did as a puppy, but I have not been able to locate my own photos yet from those days. There is one of me hugging him real tight. My mother took that photo. I hope to find that one, and his puppy ones and post. Thanks for your comment.

      Hello Dkm, awww, thank you very much! I am so glad to have been a little girl he could love and I had him to love! It was perfect. Thank you for your kind words, and I am so glad it is an honor to him. I also am so glad we have dogs in our lives.

      Thank you for commenting and stopping by.

    • dkm27 profile image


      7 years ago from Chicago

      What a lucky dog! He had a little girl to love. Your story is charming. It is a great honor to Bruno. So glad we have dogs in our lives.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      7 years ago from Mason City

      Bruno must have been a really nice dog. Nice hub. Nice photo of Bruno.


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