Rescue Dog Story
Holly the White Boxer Dog
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.
About the human -
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.
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
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.
What are your favorite things to do with Holly?
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 itClick thumbnail to view full-size
Is this dog toy truly indestructible? - A few of Holly's favorite things
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
All you need is love
something to chew
Antler dog chew
Is this the solution for dogs who chew?
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
Boxer puppies on video
Would you take on a rescue dog?
Where to find help for doggie problems
- The Dog Trainer : How to Bring a Newly Adopted Dog Home :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™
Get The Dog Trainer's take on how to bring a newly adopted dog home. Learn tips on how to make your newly adopted dog feel right at home with you.
- Tips for the First 30 Days of Dog Adoption - Petfinder
Have you or are you thinking of adopting a new dog? Check out these tips for the first 30 days of dog adoption, from the first few days to the next few weeks.
- Patience of a Saint: Ideas for Working With Problem Dogs - Dogs.Answers.com
Ideas for working with problem dogs
- Dogs Trust - Behaviour Problems
General advice on the causes of behavioural problems in dogs and what to do if you have a problem.
- Mental and Physical Activities for Dogs
WebMD discusses ways to keep your dog mentally and physically active.