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Old 05-30-2007, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Helotes, TX
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Gennaver the best recommendation I have for you is to call up vet's offices and ask if the techs or receptionists there do fostering. Unfortunately with such a high military population here pets get dumped here in volume. I talked to the intake coordinator at the shelter and she gets around 200 dogs a day and said they got even more cats in. If you look on Craig's List there are tons of new 'free to good home, being deployed' everyday. It's very common in military towns, the same problem existed in San Diego (where I moved from). I foster for French Bulldog Rescue and when I review applications I won't accept ones that are in the military, it's too hard on dogs that most of the time already came from harsh conditions. We have the luck of having hundreds of applications for each dog so we can be that picky but unfortunately many other rescues can't. As for cats I can't foster them at all because my husband is asthmatic and deathly allergic, the combination is a bad one. Add to that my boxers have a high prey drive, they kill birds in the backyard and eat them. I'm not willing to bring a cat in and see how it falls out. Sorry I can't be of more help, good luck!
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Thanks everyone for your input!
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:32 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Gennaver the best recommendation I have for you is to call up vet's offices and ask if the techs or receptionists there do fostering. Unfortunately with such a high military population here pets get dumped here in volume. I talked to the intake coordinator at the shelter and she gets around 200 dogs a day and said they got even more cats in. If you look on Craig's List there are tons of new 'free to good home, being deployed' everyday. It's very common in military towns, the same problem existed in San Diego (where I moved from). I foster for French Bulldog Rescue and when I review applications I won't accept ones that are in the military, it's too hard on dogs that most of the time already came from harsh conditions. We have the luck of having hundreds of applications for each dog so we can be that picky but unfortunately many other rescues can't. As for cats I can't foster them at all because my husband is asthmatic and deathly allergic, the combination is a bad one. Add to that my boxers have a high prey drive, they kill birds in the backyard and eat them. I'm not willing to bring a cat in and see how it falls out. Sorry I can't be of more help, good luck!
Your Boxers kill birds ???
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Veterinarians, I've found, are a very personal taste. There is a vet clinic in Alamo Heights, Alamo Heights Pet Clinic, which many of my friends go to. One loves it so much that she travels all the way across town to go there. Dan Kirby, the vet, is very knowledgable and "keeps up". I went there for a while, and though I liked him fine, I guess I just prefer a smaller practice. I found the Northwood Animal Hospital, which wouldn't be too far from you (still NE) and fell in love with the staff there. It's a very small place, but you get very personal service. Dr. Larry Woods is just the sort of vet that appeals to me--very laid-back and calm, but still knowledgable. He just euthanized one of my dogs this past weekend and I was so grateful for his compassion and kindness. He cried along with my husband and me.
I was going to ask if anyone had been to this clinic (Northwood) because it is about 1 mile from my apartment. Thanks! I will check them out.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Helotes, TX
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My boxers kill birds and squirrels. Of course at one point they were raw fed too but being boxers their gastrointestinal systems are so sensitive I really can't feed them a diet with a protein ratio higher than 21%. Well I could, they were very healthy and had beautiful coats but we had to clean the back yard with a hose rather than a pooper scooper. So not fun.
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Have always had Boxers and they have never tried anything like that
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I was going to ask if anyone had been to this clinic (Northwood) because it is about 1 mile from my apartment. Thanks! I will check them out.
Marselaine--
Tell Laurel that Ozzie's mom sent you! I hope you like them as much as I do.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Helotes, TX
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Millie both of my boxers are rescues, the girl was a stray who had obviously been on the streets for awhile and it looked like she had been used as a backyard breeder dog. A lot. We don't know how long she had been on the streets before the county picked her up but she had obviously just had puppies and was so emaciated. The vet said she wasn't going to live for long due to a severe heart murmur. Turns out the murmur was caused by starvation to the point of muscle loss and after 2 months and regular feedings the murmur was gone (had a full cardiac work up just to make sure). I suspect birds and squirrels are how she survived on the streets. Amazing what a mom will do to keep herself and babies alive, although the puppies were never found.
My boxer boy just follows her lead so I think that's why he does it. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed but he can chase like nobody's business.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I checked out Hill Country Animal Hospital's website yesterday looking for a vet for our Yorkie-Girl! Anyone know about that place?
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Millie both of my boxers are rescues, the girl was a stray who had obviously been on the streets for awhile and it looked like she had been used as a backyard breeder dog. A lot. We don't know how long she had been on the streets before the county picked her up but she had obviously just had puppies and was so emaciated. The vet said she wasn't going to live for long due to a severe heart murmur. Turns out the murmur was caused by starvation to the point of muscle loss and after 2 months and regular feedings the murmur was gone (had a full cardiac work up just to make sure). I suspect birds and squirrels are how she survived on the streets. Amazing what a mom will do to keep herself and babies alive, although the puppies were never found.
My boxer boy just follows her lead so I think that's why he does it. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed but he can chase like nobody's business.
I understand what your saying - was suprised as mine wouldnt have the brains to do it !!! My Boxer chases cats but if she corners them looks at me as if to say well what do I do now !!!
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