Originally Posted by markces
Congratulations on your new venture! My wife and I lost our beautiful, 3 1/2 year old white boxer (VERY suddenly) to boxer cardiomyopathy on January 2nd, 2011 ... we are both completely devastated. I am just starting to think about (thinking about) getting another boxer sometime in the future and was looking for as much information about breeders as I can. When I read your post about how this man's boxers all lived to be 12-13 I got so excited. As it turns out, both Bettie's (our princess) mother AND aunt passed away from heart problems - and while the breeder we got her from is reputable, I definitely would not get another dog from them. My wife is not yet thinking about getting another dog and claims she doesn't want another boxer because of what happened to our girl ... but I can't imagine owning any other kind of dog. I guess I'm just looking to be pointed in the right direction. Thanks for your help!
I'm so sorry Mark. Having gone through this so recently myself, I know exactly how you're feeling and what you're going through. My husband was dead set on never getting another boxer because of Tuff's issues... so I can relate with you there too. The loss of your pup is still recent, so I can understand if your wife is not ready for another dog yet. I don't think a day has gone by since Tuff passed that I haven't cried at some point. Everyone experiences it differently and heals at their own rate. If she does come around and you find yourself in search of another boxer puppy, a good place to start is the American Boxer Club site:
American Boxer Club: U.S. Boxer Clubs
That's where I started and I think most of the members on here would also suggest starting there. Another option is to check out some local dog shows or events. Our breeder encouraged us to attend their gatherings and get to know the club members.
Of course, we all know that nothing is guaranteed. I would LOVE to see our next dog live to 12 or 13 and I pray she/he does. All you can do is try to get the best start possible.