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Rescue Dog Story

Updated on September 27, 2014

Holly the White Boxer Dog

white boxer dog
white boxer dog | Source

Meet Holly the cross white boxer dog - my doggie 'niece'

If you are interested in boxer dogs you will love this story of a rescue boxer called Holly. Alongside her story you will find lots of facts and information about boxers and some great gift ideas for boxer fans.

Holly spent 18 hours a day in a crate while her first owners were out working. It took a divorce though before that pair decided to find a new home for her. She came to Carol and Geoff's house, a shy and frightened thing but heaped with love and affection and a little bit of training, she has never looked back. This is her story.

Image credit: 'Holly' by the author of this page - AnnMackieMiller - all rights reserved: copyright 2011.

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About the human -

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I'm Annie and I am 'Auntie' to my friend's two dogs and one cat! Carol tells them to go their Auntie Ann - and they do! and I feel very privileged. Oh and they let me photograph them any time - so my thanks to my very willing models.

Dog friends

Holly and Alfie the dogs
Holly and Alfie the dogs | Source

A rescue dog story

Holly is rehomed


As I said in the intro, Holly was a rescue dog through a local Yorkshire charity - Dogs Trust Leeds. Carol answered an advert in the paper. She and Geoff had lost one dog at a ripe old age and they were looking for a companion for their existing dog Alfie.

When she arrived Holly was very shy and frightened of everything. At first she was really quiet, especially out walking and we know now this is typical behaviour for a dog in shock. We soon discovered that she hadn't been adequately socialized with other dogs when young and has a problem meeting them when she is on the lead. This is an on-going problem that Carol and Geoff work with. In the house, she is a blessing, outside with other dogs? not so much.

She may not be the most beautiful dog in the world but she has a charm and a certain cuteness that is all her own. Actually, she is quite adorable.

Dog bed on Amazon

A Pet Project Cloud 9 Comfort Bed, Large
A Pet Project Cloud 9 Comfort Bed, Large

This is very similar to Holly's bed. It has a cosy lining and it is lifted off the floor out of drafts. Easy clean too which is a blessing every dog owner knows.

 

Facts about Boxer dogs

  • The pure boxer was first bred in Germany
  • A boxer stands about 21 - 25 inches at the shoulders. It is a strong dog, wide across the chest and with a compact muscled body.
  • The boxer has a sculpted head with a square upturned nose and a blunt muzzle and a characteristic frown on their forehead.
  • Most boxers are tan or fawn in colour with a short silky coat. You also get white boxers and some have white paws.
  • They have dark brown eyes with darker rims, they hold their ears high and they are wide apart.
  • It is believed that boxers got their name because of their habit of standing on their hind legs to fight or play.

Boxer

White boxer dog asleep
White boxer dog asleep | Source

What are your favorite things to do with Holly?

doggie tricks


As you can see from the photos Holly loves to run free - well maybe not this particular photo - sleeping is another of her favourite occupations, especially if you provide her with a pillow. Taking her for a walk on the moors is a real treat. In summer she literally bounces over the ferns and bracken, in winter she is a joy to watch in the snow.

She also likes to chew! Not always a good thing - as I will explain later. She will be walking passed the coffee table and very subtly pick off anything left near the edge. It is difficult to be annoyed with her because she is so cute but her training is a work in progress.

She also seems to need the comfort of carrying things.

Getting her bed just right, is a major commitment and it may take her several minutes, complete removal of a cushion to another place may be necessary or severely scrunched up blankets needed for her to settle. Again, who can be angry since she is so funny in her antics.

She is easy to train and the interaction is great for mental stimulation with dogs.

Photos of Holly - Click on the image to enlarge it

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Is this dog toy truly indestructible? - A few of Holly's favorite things

KONG CLASSIC LARGE Rubber Chew Toy For Dogs - World's Best Dog Toy (T1)
KONG CLASSIC LARGE Rubber Chew Toy For Dogs - World's Best Dog Toy (T1)

Product Features

Size: Large

Super-bouncy rubber chew toy keeps your dog happy all day

Made from thick, non-toxic, puncture-resistant, flexible red rubber compound

For typical medium-sized or large dogs 30 to 65 pounds

Stuff with toys or treats for extra fun

Made in the U.S.A.; 30-day warranty

 

Holly Says:

All you need is love

AND

something to chew

Is this the solution for dogs who chew?

boxer dog

I mentioned that Holly likes to chew - it is way dogs have of seeking comfort, the act of chewing actually releases endorphins, or feel-good hormones, into the blood stream and for dogs like Holly who have a history of semi-neglect, it is a habit that is hard to break. One solution Carol has come up with to save her shoes is antler dog chews. I don't know all the science-based stuff, but she was recommended them by a dog expert and it seems to work. Whenever Holly goes to chew something she shouldn't Carol took that away and gave her an antler. Now, more often than not, Holly will go pick up an antler to chew on without being prompted.

Shopping in the UK

antler chew for problem dogs
antler chew for problem dogs | Source

Boxer puppies on video

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Awww! How precious. Angel blessings.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      Absolutely adorable!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great pic running by the bench.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Lovely, lovely story of Holly and her new home. :)

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      what a beautiful dog. thanks for sharing her story.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      We had a boxer and he was the best dog ever. Now we have a shepherd/sharpei who thinks she's a lap dog. She was a rescue dog and it was the best choice we ever made.

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Holly is so beautiful and is blessed! As well as added to my Doggy Squid Angel Journey lens...

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      Julia M S Pearce 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Lovely story about a beautiful dog Holly!

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      Can never read too many 'great dog' stories. Looks so much like Thor!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Holly is a beauty. Love the photos of her running and her jowls flopping around. :-) I see I've been here before, but glad to be back to visit this lucky dog.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Great story and WONDERFUL photos! She's a beautiful dog. :-)

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I love this lens! What a beautiful dog! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Blessed!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      i really enjoyed reading this lens and your great photos of Holly. So glad you have her and that she no longer has to spend 18 hours in a crate. Good for you and for her!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      I like the photos when he is running, so full of energy :-)

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I'm a fan of rescue, having 6 rescued dogs of my own, a FIV+ cat, and a bird. Rescued animals are always grateful. I like to think that the rough start all of my animals had was what they had to go through to get to me. And, they have it GOOD over here! I'm so glad Holly is finally home.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Holly is lovely and she is *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel Blessings for Dogs on Squidoo.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      @SandyMertens: thanks Sandy

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great pictures of Holley and nice selection of beds and gifts.