[QUOTE=leighann]I know rescues are the way to go, but sometimes you have to be a little leary on their personality and wonder what they would do in your house in your situation. I have a house full of loud, vibrant kids and a cat, and a highway close by, QUOTE]
You're right! Getting a free dog from a stranger can be very risky. If you are not able to adopt any boxer with any condition, getting a dog from an owner (they often lie) or from a shelter is quite a risk. You have no idea of their personality. That has always been the hard part of fostering for me. The first day or so, I just had no idea how they would behave in my house and get along with my dogs. Rescue is a bit different in that they live with families or we know more of their background. I always ask my applicants with young children or cats to please only consider adopting boxers who have been living with children or cats. It's just not a risk worth trying for the family or the boxer. There are always boxers coming through rescue that are very child friendly and cat friendly and it's so much better for those families to wait for one of those boxers.
Christine, you summed it up beautifully,
"My opinion then would be that to support someone from the paper (who is obviously not a reputable breeder) is risky yes, but more importantly, it's contributing to the overall problem and hurting the boxer breed in itself. Rescuing a boxer is also risky, but you're not supporting the BYB's---on the contrary, you're then actually HELPING SOLVE the problem rather than contributing to it."
If only all prospective boxer owners were aware of rescue and reputable breeders I highly doubt many would choose to support BYB's and puppy mills. It just takes education, awareness, and a deep love of the breed. It's great to see those who don't understand learning more.
Leighann, your questions are great, that's what this board is for! Your questions show you care.
Boxer mommy to the rescued boxertrio:
Jillian, Tulley, and Desi