Hello from Colorado
Hello I'm Dobbys mom a 3.5 year old Boxer. Whew, where to Bevin with our intro. I bought him from what I thought was a good breeder but boy was I wrong!!
I got Dobbys when he was four months old. I actually was looking at his brother but something kept drawing me towards him. I went nome and thought about it and the next day went to get my new furry companion. Three hours after getting home Dobbys stood in one spot and then fell over. It was mlk weekend and that height it was -8 outside. The breeder kept the dogs outside and I know had I not "rescued" Dobby he would not be here today. Next day at the vet they looked at me in shock. I'd gone there for 15 years so they knew me. But Dobby was mal-nourished. 17 pounds, geardea (sp is wrong).
We spent two weeks every other day going for iv packs, medication and then discovered allergy to corn. I love this little guy! The vet warned me that the damage was probably already done to his organs. He'd be small inside and out. He has a broad chest and big paws but is much shorter and smaller than other boxers.
Dobby is very timid, jumps at the littlest thing, runs from people, doesn't do well with change. We worked for about a year and a half with a personal trainer to get him where he is today. Better but still very fearful of people. I've worked with an animal communicator who has been a blessing.
We also have idiopathic head bobbing syndrome which is scary but I'm starting to come around and not panic. Did I mention I absolutely love my Dobby?
Dobby can't play for long periods of time as he exhausts easily and legs collapse. The vet says it's a result of smaller lungs and heart. We want to be careful he doesn't have a heart attack. Shortly after the idiopathic syndrome diagnosis is when he started drooling. Never did it before but other boxer moms talk about how bad it is with their healthy dogs so it makes me feel better. And that leads me to why I'm joinng.
I'm Jonining the boxer board as I've found that it's comforting to hear others who have similar issues.
I'll post a photo of Dobby soon!