I'm very excited to be participating in this year's Strut Your Mutt as a member of NorCal Boxer Rescue's team!
I started to volunteer for NorCal Boxer Rescue after my first dog, Walter (a boxer from an all-breed rescue) died at around 14 years of age. I knew at that time that after all Walter had given me, I needed to pay it forward to the boxers. I also knew that I could not stand by idly while boxers who had the potential to be as loved as Walter was and to be as important to somebody's life as Walter was to mine were killed due to homelessness.
Since then, I have been so lucky to share my life with more wonderful boxers adopted from NorCal Boxer Rescue, including Tasha, the most fiercely devoted and joyful dog I will ever know; Lucky, the most angelic, perfect soul to grace this earth; and Daisy, my sweet and funny little girl with the softest fur and the most persuasive food demands in the world. Despite a brain tumor diagnosis a bit over a year ago, she has continued living each day in the only way a boxer knows how - with enthusiasm, love, and humor. I couldn't be more proud of or more in love with my devoted and delicious little girl! For the past two years Daisy has also been the incredibly patient and generous foster sister to Bentley, a sweet and totally crazy boy whose greatest - only? - skill is giving kisses. She puts up with a lot from Bentley, but we love him!
Although most of the boxers I've known and loved have only shared a short time with me, they each have enriched my life immeasurably and made me only more indebted to their breed. I am so grateful to have had each of them as a best friend.
I know that every dog has the capacity to be somebody's best friend, and I'm glad to be supporting an organization that is as devoted to saving lives as NorCal Boxer Rescue is. As an adopter and as a volunteer for the past six years, I have witnessed firsthand the extraordinary lengths that the organization goes to rescue boxers - young and old, healthy and ill - to provide them the often extensive medical care they need, the comfort of a warm foster home, and the security of a carefully screened forever family.
Please help me support the important work NorCal Boxer Rescue does by joining NorCal Boxer Rescue's team or by donating to my fundraising page. Thank you!