Rita has been living with us
since January. She has been a wonderful addition to our family.
Rita is completely housetrained. In fact, we no longer crate her if we
leave. Rita has been given complete run of the upstairs when left
alone. She LOVES to run around the yard and go on short walks.
Rita spends most of her day napping. She has gotten along with most of
the dogs she has met and will even go on walks with them. In fact,
when Rita sees the dogs on the street, you forget she is a senior dog - she
has pep in her step and gets very playful! We also see that pep
anytime she goes outside to run. Everyone who meets Rita falls in love
with her. She has been around children of all ages, and loves the
attention they give her.
My husband calls Rita, "my shadow." She likes to know where I am
and will go looking for me if she realizes I am gone. Rita still jumps
at unexpected noises/movement. I feel like she is getting used to our
common "noises." For instance, she no longer jumps when the bus driver
closes the door or when the kids drop their ice packs in the freezer.
When we are eating, she expects us to drop things on the floor. :-)
Rita is a wonderful dog. I can't believe no one has adopted her
yet. She is the most relaxed animal I have met - she is perfectly
content to lay on her bed during the day. She is 60 pounds of
perfection wrapped in fur!
Rita is doing great in her
foster home. She loves children and gets to greet several different children
at the bus stop each morning. Rita lets everyone pet her and love on
her. She has been getting along well with the other dogs in her
neighborhood. Rita is very relaxed in the house, but loves to play outside.
She attended an AABR adoption event last weekend and was a hit! Rita met
two other boxers that also attended and she did great with them. Rita
was also very well behaved with all the people and other dogs she met coming
to the event. She is going to make a wonderful addition to a lucky
home. Apply today for Rita!
After spending the past two
months in a kennel, Rita has finally gone into a foster home! As you can see
from the updated pictures, she is settling in really well and is so happy to
be back in a home environment! She is now in foster with two children, ages
6 and 8. When left off leash in her fenced backyard for the first time, Rita
jumped and ran around, happy to frolic in her new home. She loves to
lay in the sun and she enjoys sitting on the deck. Her foster mom will post
more info once she gets to know Rita better.
Rita is such a sweetheart! She
was slow moving coming out to meet me, but her face lit up when she knew she
was getting out of the kennel for a little while. We took a nice stroll
together and Rita is very easy to walk and very calm. She enjoyed just
sitting in the sun and sharing my company. Rita has the cutest little face
that just makes you want to give her tons of hugs and kisses (which she sure
doesn't mind!) Rita doesn't deserve to be in the kennel, please consider
fostering or even better - giving her a place to call her forever home!
Rita is now at a boarding
kennel, which is no place for a senior dog. She has been in a foster
home since last May and is very confused about what is happening to her.
Rita is waiting for that special person to rescue her - please apply today
to help Rita!
After over a year in foster,
Rita is losing her foster home and is in urgent need of a new place to go.
She has been with AABR almost two years now and would love to finally find
her forever home. She would do best in a home without other dogs, but
is wonderful with people and will make keep you laughing! Rita does
not deserve to go to a kennel - please offer to foster or adopt her today!
Here is a new video of Rita in
her foster home:
Rita is doing very well in
foster and is getting better at responding to commands. She does have that
lovable stubborn Boxer streak at times. Her preference is to lay in the sun
outside, except when it is too hot. She knocks on the door to let me know
she is ready to come inside. Although Rita should be an only dog, with a
strong pack leader, she can adapt to another dog in time. It took several
days, but she now accepts and shares doggy beds with Lily, who came home
with my daughter. Rita is going to make a terrific companion for somebody.
All she needs is lots of love and a forever home.
Rita is continuing to improve
in her foster home, although she still is startled easily at sudden noises.
She is shy with new people, but usually warms up to them nicely. We are
still working on the sit command...It is too funny to watch because when I
ask her to sit she gets excited and does the Boxer wiggle all over the room.
All I have to do is just touch her head and collar and she sits. Too cute.
Rita loves being with my other Boxer, Rocky. She likes a little more
activity than my senior boy. She likes a tug rope too! She runs all over the
back yard with just a little chasing....at times it is a chore getting her
to go back in the house. Rita is used to having somebody home with her most
of the day. She loves having a fenced yard to run and play in. She is a
great boxer girl - apply today to adopt Rita!
Rita is doing wonderful in her
foster home. She and 8 year old Rocky get along great and have no problems
at all. We are still working on the sit command - she just gets so excited
that I am talking to her that she dances all over the place instead of
sitting. She is so cute. I can hold her collar and then she does sit. Rita
is very content to sleep most of the day. She gets spurts of energy and
races around the yard for a couple laps and then she is happy to get back in
the air conditioning. She does have her sneaky side too. I found a bottle
outside that I had left at the side door to put into the recycle bin. Rita
is a charming and sweet girl - she will make you smile and laugh. Apply
today to adopt Rita!
5/22/10 - Now in a foster home!
Rita, our sweet Rita, we are
so sorry the home we chose for you was not a good choice and you are now
back at the kennel. We know you will be safe there and they will provide
excellent care for you, but our heart breaks when you look at us with those
sad eyes when we try to explain to you we are doing everything we can to
find you a foster family to be with until your real forever family finds
you. We promise to make better choices for you in the future. A more
precious girl you will not find, Rita is a doll, so very sweet. She is
confused at all the changes she has been through the last several months –
changes she should not have had to endure, but such is life in rescue
sometimes. Rita needs, and more importantly, deserves a home who will love
her unconditionally, as she does them. She needs consistency and stability.
We want Rita to go a home where she will have a male dog companion, and a
fenced yard is a must for her. Rita was a puppy mill girl, she has a lot yet
to experience in life, she needs a
loving family to explore with her as she learns to enjoy the finer
things in life. One look into her sweet face and you will be hooked, she is
so worth the time she will need to get into a routine and start living and
loving life as she should. Please open your heart and home to this special
girl, you will be thankful you did.
12/12/09 - Update
I have been
fostering Rita for almost 2 weeks in my home. She is a darling little thing.
Rita is completely housebroken. She is getting along well with my medium
sized dog and my boxer. She also does well around my cat. Rita is very shy
at first, but once she gets to know you she comes out of her shell. Rita
loves squeaky toys and loves to play. She still has a lot of pep in her! I
feel Rita would do well in a relaxed home. She does like to play with balls
but she is not the type to play rough with another dog. Rita is very happy
to lay on your lap or beside you on the couch and get belly scratches and
love from you. Rita is SO happy to be in a home where she can run outside
and play and get some TLC. Apply today for Rita!
Rita is a six year old female boxer who was surrendered to the shelter by
a puppy mill breeder because "she won't catch anymore." Rita has lived in an
outdoor run the past several years. She has sores on her legs from laying on
a hard surface. Rita has never known what it is like to live as a family
member in the home.
During her transport, she was very sweet and she did wonderfully with
everyone she met. She traveled well in the car, and even discovered what a
toy was all about.
Rita is very gentle and easygoing. Please offer to foster or adopt Rita -
and give her the loving home she has been waiting for!