Lone Star Boxer Rescue is the Houston Chapter of Austin Boxer Rescue, a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the boxer breed. LSBR/ABR is run and managed 100% by volunteers since 1999. Our main objective is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home boxers that come to us from many sources including local animal shelters, owner surrenders, and strays. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to allow us to save more dogs in need throughout the state of Texas.

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Today We Rescued Your Dog
by Pat Closher

Today we rescued your dog. We don’t know where you got him from - maybe you saw him
in a pet store window or maybe one of your neighbors bred a few litters a year just to make some vacation money or because they loved their dogs so much that of course they wanted to have puppies. We don’t know much about how you cared for him either, although our vet thought that for such a young dog, his teeth were in pretty bad shape.
Did you know they were going to keep him outside? At least it was a pretty mild winter. There were no heavy snows, not much heavy winter rain and only a few days of bitter cold. But for all of those weeks he had no companionship, no care, and no love.
For some reason, your grandparents took him to the shelter. Maybe a neighbor complained about him or maybe their own health gave out or maybe they just got tired of him. You know the local shelter is a kill shelter, don’t you? You know that their own statistics indicate that about half of the dogs that enter are killed, don’t you?  Maybe your grandparents thought he would be adopted quickly. He is a purebred, after all. No one was interested in him, though, maybe since he’s an adult dog and not a cute little puppy. No one contacted the purebred rescue group either. They probably would have placed him quickly, since he really is a great boy.  The shelter is a clean place and they take good care of the dogs. They get good food and they’re bathed and brushed. It’s still a shelter though, and is noisy and chaotic and frightening. He spent two months there in that confusion, away from everyone and everything he had known.

One day, we saw him on the shelter web site. We called and asked about him. The shelter workers were so happy to hear from us and were delighted to agree to bring him to a local pet store where they do adoptions. Do you want to know why they were so accommodating? He was scheduled to be killed that afternoon. He didn’t know that, but the shelter workers certainly did. It hurt them and he felt that, so he knew something was wrong.  All of a sudden, though, the shelter workers were happy and excited and so was he. They bathed him and brushed his coat. We think they probably told him this was it - his big chance, or maybe he just knew it somehow. When we met him, we all fell in love.

He had to go to the vet to be neutered, of course, but then he came home. He has his very own 13 year-old boy. You know, it’s almost like watching one of those old Lassie movies, seeing how well they’ve bonded. He’s got good food and his own toys. He’s taken on walks three times a day, is regularly groomed and is taken to the vet for needed care. We’ll be with him always, even if we have to make that last, difficult decision, because, you see, he is our dog and we are his family.

He has a good heart you know, but then he is a dog, so that’s to be expected. He’s probably forgiven you and, with a dog’s grace, doesn’t even remember you dumped him. He’d probably even be willing to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge. But you know what? He’ll greet us and go with us at the Bridge, and then he’ll be with us forever, because he’s our dog and we’re his family.
The way we heard the story, you moved out of state and didn’t want to take him with you. You left him at your grandparents. Maybe you thought a lively, handsome dog was just the thing for them, and under better circumstances it might have been. Maybe they have been cleaning up your messes for your entire life and an unwanted dog was just another mess to clean up.
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Our sweet, silly, amazing, full of love, big-hearted boy passed away on 9/19/20. We adopted Dasher in January 2009 from LSBR. He was around 2 yrs old at the time, about 20lbs underweight and recovering from the mange, but even then you could see he was such a special boy. Dasher became a central part of our family. He was greatly loved and he loved us back tenfold! We moved to Colorado and found out just how much Dasher loved the snow! He would romp, play, do his boxer burns and eat fresh snow. But what we treasured the most was the love and companionship he brought into our lives. There is a big "Dasher" size hole left from sharing our lives with such a wonderful dog. We send a big thank you to LSBR! Our hearts may be broken but oh so grateful and blessed to have shared the last nearly 12 years with our loyal companion and true best friend. -Stephanie, Jaydon, and Todd

Ziva (formerly Raven)
To live is to die... I saw that extremely applicable graffiti on the side of a building on the way home from saying goodbye to this girl. She was timid and always a little scared, except when faced with a hissing opossum when she was A Big Brave Dog. She demanded attention, but not too much— just the right amount, or she’d take herself to the other room. She was always hungry, and would remind you it was time for dinner (or, an hour till dinner) by a series of high-pitched, plaintive cries— to remind us she was about to starve to death. She’d cry the same way if we tried to sleep in ‘too late’ on a weekend. Her brother loved her fiercely and she was patient and tolerant of his kisses and need to be touching her, just a little, when they were on the couch together. She was picky and particular and could be a mighty pain in the ass. I will miss her so much. I’m glad she let us hang out with her for seven years. #ZivaTheDiva

It’s with a very heavy heart that we said good bye to our sweet boy Wyatt (Bubby) yesterday. We are devastated. We rescued him in March of 2017 from LSBR. We only had him for 3 years and 3 months. The short time we had him were filled with so many wonderful memories that we will cherish in our hearts forever. We are going to miss his goofy and feisty personality, silly antics, his smile, and his demanding talks! Dogs deserve to be spoiled and he definitely was. He was more than a dog, he was our sweet baby boy. The bond he shared with his Daddy was so beautiful. He was the best dog ever and our hearts are shattered. He was so young and full of life! It’s just not fair! His fur sister Arya is so sad too. They were inseparable. We are forever grateful that he was ours! He was one in a million. We miss you Bubby. We love you with all our hearts. ❤️❤️ Thank you LSBR for helping all these sweet boxers. I’m sure we will rescue again when we are ready. They are the best breed ever. ❤️

Dear LSBR, It’s with a heavy and bittersweet and loving heart that I’m here to say I lost my first LSBR adopted pup, Moose, after nearly 8 amazing years. He was, as everyone nicknamed him, The World’s Greatest Dog. He was my very best friend and became the absolute best brother to my second LSBR adoptee last August, Blue. He is leaving a huge hole behind, and he’s also left us with full hearts and memories, and I am so thankful. I may have rescued Moose on paper, but boy did he rescue me and everybody else in love and spunk and then some! Happy to have loved him, and so grateful for LSBR and the amazing work y’all do for the Boxer community. Looking forward to Blue’s next sibling sometime in the future.

We adopted Nikki from LSBR in November 2008. We are sad to say we lost Nikki this past week. We are completely heartbroken. Nikki would of had her 12th birthday in July. We are so grateful she found us and we found her at LSBR. She gave us so much love and joy!

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