5-6 yr. old Fawn Male
55 lb. Shelter Surrender
Natural Ears and Docked Tail
Neutered and UTD
Being Fostered in East Haddam, CT
Adoption Donation $175
1/07 - Frodo succumbed to a variety of medical problems after going
downhill for the past month. He will be sorely missed.
10/6/04 - Frodo has been a wonderful dog since he arrived here
at our home. He is well behaved, no accidents in the house (never since he
arrived!), and real good company to my wife and I. Presently, Frodo and I
are Bacheloring it, my wife is in Florida helping her mom get her house
fixed up after Hurricane Francis and now Joanne. I'm at home, resting
after some shoulder surgery and Frodo is sticking right by my side. He
knows that something is different and does not want to be left behind.
Frodo does not like being left alone, although we have repeatedly left him
"home alone" with free run of the house and have had no problems. He would
rather be in the back of the van sleeping. Now that Fall is here and the
weather is cooler, we can include him in more car trips and not be worried
of him overheating. He definitely is an air conditioning dog and does not
tolerate the heat very well.
I never imagined that adopting a senior dog could be so enjoyable. It's as
if they realize that they have finally reached their forever home and are
grateful for the chance to finally have a peaceful and permanent home. We
have no regrets in adopting Frodo, the payback has been immense. Joe &
4/11/04 - Sebastian, now named Frodo, is doing very well. My
wife, who has become a fan of the Lord of the Rings" movies, named him
Frodo after the main character of the movie. It seems that Frodo in the
movie carries a ring around with him, (his "precious" as it is called),
all the time. Well, Sebastian found and began to carry the hot-dog squeaky
toy around with him when we first fostered him. This toy used to belong to
our past white boxer, Floyd. (Coincidentally, the hot-dog toy came from
Sebastian Florida where Dale's mom now lives. Maybe our destiny was to
adopt a dog named Sebastian.) Anyway, Sebastian never seemed to recognize
the name he came with and quickly began responding to Frodo. So, Frodo it
Frodo had terrible bad breath and lots of gas when we first fostered him.
I took him to the vet and had his teeth cleaned and his back X-rayed to
see what was going on in that area. The teeth cleaning revealed two
infections and I treated it with 2 weeks of antibiotics. The teeth
cleaning immediately cleared up his bad breath and, interestingly enough,
most of his gas problem. He is still on the same food since we fostered
him, so it was not because of a change in diet. He seems much happier now,
evidently the tooth infections were bothering him. The back X-rays
revealed several disks that have a problem and a spur that is probably
arthritis. Nothing serious or unusual for a 6 year old dog. He probably
will need some meds in the near future to help him along; right now he
gets 50mg of Duramaxx anti-inflammatory when he seems to need it. This
seems to be helping.
Frodo is now in great shape! He is happy, loves walks, eats well and is in
very good health. Some of you may think that all the above is a lot of
time and money to invest into an older dog. Let me tell you, it is well
worth it!! He is really good company and is very appreciative of a good
home with a good healthcare plan! I had my doubts about adopting him, but
now I have none. I'd do it again.
Frodo has two issues that we need to work on. I took him to a friend of
mine who is a dog behavioral therapist. The first issue is, when offering
him a treat, he will stop a couple of feet away from you and wait for you
to give him the treat. This appears to be a trust issue with humans. Sally
showed me how to make Frodo come to me and take the treat. Her technique
was very simple, straightforward, and Frodo enjoyed doing it.
The second issue is that Frodo does not get along with other dogs. We
tested him with one of Sally's dogs that is very passive and
non-aggressive and Frodo initiated a conflict. Not knowing the background
of Frodo, it was difficult for Sally to determine why he did this, but her
best evaluation is that Frodo was with a group of dogs at one time and was
the lowest ranking dog. He struck out towards Sally's dog in fear of being
attacked, the "fight of flee" concept. Maybe in his past he was in an
enclosed area with other dogs and did not have the option to flee, so he
has learned to fight as an answer to his fear. He does not appear to be an
"alpha" dog, just a dog that is afraid and trying to survive.
The fear of other dogs is going to be a challenge to correct and, in fact,
may not be able to be solved. Sally told me about "calming signals" that
dogs give out to each other. I thought that this was a little crazy at
first, but Sally gave me something to read. I found a copy of it at:
http://www.neholistic.com/articles/0099.htm You may want to read it. I've
spent the past few days observing Frodo when we walk and when he
hears/sees other dogs. The first thing that he does is whines. He does not
bark or show any aggressiveness, just a quiet whine. One of the calming
signals that dogs give is licking their nose. I never noticed this on
Frodo, because he always walked in front of me on the leash. After careful
observation and patience, I noticed that Frodo DOES lick his nose when he
hears/sees other dogs! He also occasionally yawns and "shakes it off"
which are two other calming signals. These are signals that Frodo is
trying to give to other dogs signaling that they should stay calm. I'm
getting very interested in this and now I need to find out how to apply
these calming signals to Frodo, as he is the dog that really needs to be
calmed. I guess I now need to take the information back to Sally and see
what can be done.
There is another reference to calming signals at: http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/calmingsignals.html
and this whole subject is very interesting. I need to investigate it some
4/4/04 - Frodo has been adopted by his foster family. He
certainly is a lucky dog!!
Sebastian is pending adoption
with his foster family who have this to say: "Dale came back from
Florida yesterday where she was visiting with her mother and today is our
35th wedding anniversary. We have decided to adopt Sebastian, know known
as Frodo. After 35 years of marriage it is difficult to find something to
give to each other. A dog would be a wonderful gift."
3/7/04 - Sebastian continues to be a really well behaved visitor
to our home. He has not had single accident in the house, he does not
chew up things and sleeps right through the night since he arrived here.
I really need to get a new photo of him on the "Available Boxers" web page
because the present photo doesn't do him justice. He is much more
handsome then the photo. His appetite is great and he reminds us when 7AM
and 5PM rolls around by waiting in the kitchen for his food.
I took him over to one of the other Boxer Angels volunteer's house today
to see how he would socialize with other dogs. We kept the dogs separated
by a fence. He took a definite friendly interest to a boxer puppy and was
wagging his tail and doing the "boxer wiggle" apparently wanting to play.
The next test was with an older female boxer. He still appears to be just
a little dominant towards the
older female. Maybe in a month or two more and he will be better with
older dogs after his hormone levels go down due to his neutering. I still
think that there is a chance that he would be OK with other dogs, but time
will tell. At this time, I have to say no.
If you're thinking of a mature dog to adopt, Sebastian would be an
excellent choice. He loves walks, rides in the car, playing with toys,
eats well, completely house broken, and a very loving and appreciative
Until then, Sebastian will be well taken care of, and enjoyed by us, while
he waits for his new "forever home".
2/25/04 - How time flies. Sebastian has been with us for over two
weeks and it's been a great experience having him with us. We had lost our
white boxer, Floyd, last August so it's been a while since we have had a
dog in the house. Sebastian is our first foster experience, I
can't imagine it being any better. We'd do it again in a heartbeat.Sebastian is even a greater dog then we thought two weeks ago. The only
concern is how he acts when he sees other dogs. He is not aggressive, but
appears to be concerned about meeting other dogs. He must have had one or
more bad experiences in his past with other dogs. He probably would do
best as an only dog, but I would not rule out that he could be introduced
to other animals carefully. He
absolutely loves people, no fear at all in meeting strangers. Sebastian
does not appear to be an "alpha" dog, he obeys well and is very good on
My wife and I had some concerns about his health, so we took him to the
local vet. Sebastian seemed to be in a little discomfort, but the vet
thinks it is the effects of being neutered at an adult age. We got some
anti-inflammatory pills to give him. One day of taking the pills and he
was back to his normal self. A heartworm test came back negative, no
problem there. He did have a trace of worms in his stools, so we are
treating him and will be taking a stool sample back in a few days to be
sure he is worm free. The worms may be why is still a little lean,
although he is now 62 pounds, up from 55 pounds when he was rescued. The
vet would like to see him at 70 pounds, so we are working on it. He eats
well and is not a fussy eater, nor does he beg at the table.
Sebastian loves to ride in the car. All he has to do is see you put on a
coat and jingle a set of car keys and he is at the door waiting. He sits
in the back seat of our van and is not destructive when left alone. He is
very calm, does not bark, and just naps in the back seat until you come
out of the store. We haven't left him home alone in the house yet, that
will be the next test. He will go in a crate, but is really not happy in
it. We have probably spoiled him with total freedom of the house. My wife
is retired and is with him all day. He only chews on his squeaky toys and
is not a destructive dog, so he should be OK alone in the house.
If you are thinking of adopting Sebastian, please contact us soon. My wife
and I have really grown fond of him and have considered adopting him for
ourselves. Right now, we would like to see him go to the "right" home.
Sebastian really deserves to find his "forever" home soon. Dale & Joe
2/9/04 - Well Sebastian finally got
settled in last night. I slept on the couch so I could keep an eye
on him, and Sebastian was on a dog bed next to me. He snores!
But it's not an annoying snore, just that boxer snore that tells you that
your dog is content and comfortable. I snore too, so it was a draw.
About 4:30AM I woke up and heard him tossing. Time for a quick walk.
Sebastian has taken quickly to using the tie out. He seems to be
familiar with being tied up and quickly knew the limit of the overhead
run, about 50 feet. He seems to be fully housebroken and pees in the snow,
then runs back for the warmth of the house.
I heard his first bark. I walked out to the get the newspaper
without him, the driveway is all ice. He lost site of me and began
to bark a few times. Sebastian seems to be a real "people"
I decided to spend a little "floor time" with him, as he wanted
to play with his squeaky toy at 4:45AM. I'm an early riser, but my
wife likes to sleep in. Then it happened, that wonderful human-dog
bonding that happens when you subject a dog to physical touch. He
fell asleep in my arms, snoring.
I have the feeling that Sebastian is going to be a difficult dog to see
2/8/04 - Sebastian has been moved to
a brand new foster home in CT. He is a wonderful dog, but didn't get
along with all the other dogs in his former foster home and had to be
crated too much of the time. So now he is in a home with no other
From his new foster home: Are you sure this guy is 6 years old?
He hasn't skipped a beat since he arrived here an hour ago. Acts
more like a 1 year old, I wish I had his energy!
Sebastian is just full of happiness, took him out for 2 pees and poops
already, so he has his spot in the backyard all marked. Hopefully,
he will be a good boy. I think so. Right now, he is happily
playing with a squeaky toy on the floor. He took right to me and he
is warming up to my wife, offering her his squeaky toy to play with.
We lost a boxer to cancer last August, so we were a little hesitant to
take a boxer foster. I think this is going to be a good experience
for both Sebastian and us.
I hope he sleeps tonight!
1/28/04 - Wow time flies by...sorry
it has been so long for an update on this great
boy. We took him in for
his neuter and heartworm test and he came up positive for heartworm so he
is having his treatment now. It will be a month or two before Sebastian is
ready for his new home but please start thinking of him.
He is doing wonderful with my small shih tzu in the home...just takes slow
introductions. I would have to safely say no cats.
He is a super boy who LOVES to play with the toys and cuddle with you...I
would definitely have to put him more in the 5 year range then 6.
You will not be sorry to have a boy like this. He just loves for you to
throw the ball
so he can run and get it. He also loves his squeaky
toys...he is so funny running around with them in his mouth squeaking them
If you have a home with no cats and have no dogs or the patience to go
very slow with intros let us know...Sebastian will be forever grateful.
12/27/03 - Well it's time for another update on Sebastian...gotta tell you he is a
wonderful boy. He spent most of Christmas day out and about with family coming
and going...Everyone just loved this boy. He was soooo very well behaved. We
had family sitting in the living room eating on the coffee table and he just laid on his
pillow with all his toys around. No begging at all for this guy.He is so very sweet.
He sure does love his toys though. As quickly as you put them up, he is pulling
them back out again...every last one!
This is one super duper boy and as soon as he is neutered and his lump removed,
he will be ready to head to a new forever home.
12/21/03 - Well the newest guest here at the
Guardian Angel Boxer Haven is now
named Sebastian. This boy was found
tied to a shelter in NJ who immediately called
us to see if we could
help. Sebastian is approx 6 years old and is very very thin.
working hard to put some weight on this boy to get him into shape prior
He is a gem when out by himself but not too keen on the kitties or other
doggies in the home as of yet. We will give him some more
time before we label him
as needing to be an only pet in the home.
I do think Sebastian will make some family very happy. I will do more
write ups on
him as the days go by and I get to know him better.