#1 Boxers3

May 12, 2009 11:18pm

I am owned by 3 boxers - a beautiful big white boy called Buster, a brindle girl called Hexe and a baby white boy called Jaxon.

#2 Paul

May 13, 2009 1:52pm

Hey Boxers3! Welcome. :)

Sounds like you have a lovely family of dogs. Hexe is an interesting name where did that come from?

#3 Philk

Jul 21, 2010 5:22pm

Hello Again,
Hows life treating you Paul, its been a while since I was on the site but it still looks good. I think the last time I posted was when Buster was coming up to his 12th Birthday and the good news is that he is closing in on his 14th which is in August, and Harvey is still trooting on behind at a youthful 11. The bad news is that buster is starting to suffer with his hips which can be expected at his age, and he is a bit thin at the back end now, unfortunatley he is also totally deaf now, but that does not seam to phase him, and although his hip gives up occasionally, he can still run around like a youth.
Harvey on the other hand is as strong as a bull and still crazy, a lot of people are suprised by their age, but I aalways say if you treat them right that will prolong their life, a good diet, excercise etc and especially TLC. I hope everything is fine at your end Paul,
All the Best
Phil

#4 Paul

Jul 23, 2010 4:03pm

Hey Phil!

Nice to see you again and great news that your boys are doing so well. 14 is a great age. :)

I remember Jason at about 13 got the way you're describing and It's only latterly looking at photos I recognise how skinny he got. That being said he was happy and healthy and it wasn't age that got him.

Sounds to me that Buster has a good long while left yet. :)

Yeah things are pretty good on this end. Rosie does have a lot of problems though. She's 10 now but at the beginning of the year she was diagnosed as having complete heart block. I forget the exact term.

It's not as it might sound she has a healthy heart but something is wrong with the electrical signals not working. So there is no synchronisation between atrium and ventricles.

The upshot of which is she has a very slow heart rate and had fainted a couple of times. Couldn't exercise.

If she was younger we would have had a pace maker put in but instead we've tried some medication which has made her heart beat faster. So far it's worked a treat.

She's much more able and seems to enjoy life. So it's great. :)

Only thing is she has to go on short steady walks. Can't go to far. Though in part that is due to her back legs which have bad arthritis. Also due to an injury when she was younger.

So I worry about her and it's possible she could just drop dead one day due to this heart issue apparently.

Like I say though she seems happy and full of life so yeah, things aren't as bad as all that sounds. :)

As for this place I think it looks just like it has for about 7 years. :D Apart from a few tweaks.

Give Buster and Harvey a hug for me! :)

Paul

#5 Philk

Jul 24, 2010 9:20am

Hello Paul,
Buster suffers from that same heart condition, which I believe is a common problem within the boxer community. I had him to the vet a while back who explained the problem, and he did tell me to keep the excercise down to a minimum and try not to over excite him. Over excite him, is he kidding I thought, how do you prevent it lol.
Anyway, he put him on a course of medication which seemed to increase the freaquency of the fainting and he seemed to be doped up all the time. This went on for weeks, so we stopped the medication, the real Buster returned and the fainting gradually began to occur less and less, and now it happens very rarely.
One time when he was on the medication, My wife returned from work, and as she opened the door, Buster, who was at the top of the stairs, jumped up to quickly, fainted and tumbled down the full length of the stairs. It frightened the life out the wife, but fortunately no damage was done and once he came round he was ok although a little confused I would imagine.
It is a horrible thing to witness when they do it, and I have a friend around the corner who's Boxer had the same thing and he collapsed and died in the street which devastated him.
Harvey has'nt shown any signs that he suffers from it so far, so fingers crossed he would have been spared the problem.
Nice to correspond again Paul and I will keep in touch

Phil

#6 Paul

Jul 27, 2010 12:50pm

Wow that sounds bad Phil. We were lucky she never had regular fainting. It only happened twice and she was never injured. Probably scared me more than her. :D

Rosie's experience was almost the opposite of Buster's. Medication has really helped her.

The first time she fainted she had been going crazy on a walk and it scared the proverbial out of me. Nothing showed up when I took her to the vets though that first time. Heart seemed fine.

She'd been having difficulty on walks for a long while but I put it down to her back legs giving her problems over distance.

However by the time she had fainted again some months later. It was just getting up from her basket that had caused it, it seemed. At this point she was in big trouble. On walks you'd go a few paces then have to wait for her to catch up.

The medication she's taking (I think it's called Corvental but I'd need to check.) is for breathing problems if I recall correctly but a side effect is increased heart rate. Which obviously is what we wanted.

So far it's been great. It really was a night and day difference for her.

Of course I don't know what medication Buster was on but I remember being told it wasn't certain it would work and that it could become less effective over time. So it may just be luck Rosie's helped her.

#7 Philk

Aug 22, 2010 8:26am

:D Hello Again,
Well he's made it. He is the ripe old age of 14 today. Lol. Looks the same as yesterday though, no change in that squashed up face,he is still the picture of happiness lol, you know what I mean :mrgreen:
Speak to you soon Paul

#8 Paul

Aug 24, 2010 1:47pm

Happy Birthday Buster! :)

Sorry it's a bit belated. It's a great age to reach especially since he's in such good nick. :)

Very pleased for you and yours Phil!

#9 gwen

Oct 03, 2010 4:17am

I have very small poppy boxers I need to train them. I'm looking for the best training institute.

#10 Margaret Reilly

Oct 13, 2010 10:56am

Hi Paul I have been totally out of touch hope all is well with you and Rosie and that she is still hale and hearty. We have had a bit of a hectic year everything happening we lost our pensioner cat Tiger who must have been at least 13, when she was attacked by "something" one night in May, he lived for a few days but then his kidneys failed so we had to have him put to sleep very traumatic as we loved him so much and things just seemed to get worse from then on, sitting in garden one Friday evening Pixie and Boris playing and then all we hear is Pixie literally screaming. When went to her her right front leg was just hanging and she was screaming luckily the Vet was still open so we brought her straight away. They kept her in over night and did x rays etc., next morning phone call she had to go to a ortho vet she had a very bad break in her shoulder. John collected her and she was still screaming he asked could they not give her anything and the Vet said that he couldn't give her any more as she had been given so much already so one can only imagine the pain she was in. Brought her to the Ortho man who turned out to be a miracle worker she had a plate, pins and screws put in her leg and we were told to keep her quiet for six weeks, preferably in a tiny room. Now you know Pixie !!!!!! When we collected her she looked pitiful, huge scars and Oh my poor little girl. The next few weeks were a nightmare, we had to carry out out to do her business as she wouldn't go inside, and she kept wanting to be in the bed with us at night which we couldn't do as we were afraid that she would fall out. My friend later told me that when she saw her in the middle of all of this she thought that she would never walk again, her leg was still hanging and looked crooked. She started to put the leg down a little bit after after I forget how many weeks and then she had to have the pins removed, how this was a crucial time the Vet told us that if she didn't walk a bit on it she would have to have physio, when she came back after having the pin removed she wouldn't put the foot down at all. I just kept bringing her out and when she was on the grass she would put it down a little bit, I was a bit braver than John who was just terrifed that she would hurt herself again but I persevered. Anyway our brave little girl is now what you could call perfect again, her leg is straight which is amazing and she is back doing her usual walks and really is her normal mad self again. Sorry for the long-winded story but that's it only briefly. Boris is still great and we are now getting back to a relatively noraml life again. Great to talk, best wishes. Margaret.

#11 Paul

Oct 19, 2010 3:08pm

gwen wrote

I have very small poppy boxers I need to train them. I'm looking for the best training institute.



Not sure I can help you there Gwen, sorry. I don't know of any and it would depend on where you live too.

#12 Paul

Oct 19, 2010 3:14pm

Margaret Reilly wrote

Hi Paul I have been totally out of touch hope all is well with you and Rosie and that she is still hale and hearty. We have had a bit of a hectic year everything happening we lost our pensioner cat Tiger who must have been at least 13, when she was attacked by "something" one night in May, he lived for a few days but then his kidneys failed so we had to have him put to sleep very traumatic as we loved him so much and things just seemed to get worse from then on, sitting in garden one Friday evening Pixie and Boris playing and then all we hear is Pixie literally screaming. When went to her her right front leg was just hanging and she was screaming luckily the Vet was still open so we brought her straight away. They kept her in over night and did x rays etc., next morning phone call she had to go to a ortho vet she had a very bad break in her shoulder. John collected her and she was still screaming he asked could they not give her anything and the Vet said that he couldn't give her any more as she had been given so much already so one can only imagine the pain she was in. Brought her to the Ortho man who turned out to be a miracle worker she had a plate, pins and screws put in her leg and we were told to keep her quiet for six weeks, preferably in a tiny room. Now you know Pixie !!!!!! When we collected her she looked pitiful, huge scars and Oh my poor little girl. The next few weeks were a nightmare, we had to carry out out to do her business as she wouldn't go inside, and she kept wanting to be in the bed with us at night which we couldn't do as we were afraid that she would fall out. My friend later told me that when she saw her in the middle of all of this she thought that she would never walk again, her leg was still hanging and looked crooked. She started to put the leg down a little bit after after I forget how many weeks and then she had to have the pins removed, how this was a crucial time the Vet told us that if she didn't walk a bit on it she would have to have physio, when she came back after having the pin removed she wouldn't put the foot down at all. I just kept bringing her out and when she was on the grass she would put it down a little bit, I was a bit braver than John who was just terrifed that she would hurt herself again but I persevered. Anyway our brave little girl is now what you could call perfect again, her leg is straight which is amazing and she is back doing her usual walks and really is her normal mad self again. Sorry for the long-winded story but that's it only briefly. Boris is still great and we are now getting back to a relatively noraml life again. Great to talk, best wishes. Margaret.



Hey Margaret! :)

So nice to hear from you and to know your dogs are doing so well. Now at any rate.

Seems like you've been through a really rough time though. Poor Pixie. I'm very glad she's revered so well. It sounds like it was a horrid injury.

Luckily for me I've never had that sort of thing. Broken bones. Happen to any of my dogs. I'm very thankful for it.

To add to all the distress I'm sure it was very expensive too.

Rosie is doing great thanks, despite her problems. I've written about them on here somewhere. She has become a real greedy guts over the last year. :D

#13 Addison

Nov 01, 2011 5:30am

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#14 Paul

Nov 01, 2011 9:46am

Hello Addison! :)

Welcome. :)