Jada's Foster Journey
Pertinent Information 6/19/2014: Jada went to the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday 6/17. She had a good, long life and I am thankful for BAR for bringing her into our lives. 3/1/04 -
6/19/2014: Jada went to the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday 6/17. She had a good, long life and I am thankful for BAR for bringing her into our lives.
3/1/04 -WOW!! 1 year ago today we extended our family by driving over 6 1/2 hours to pick up our Jada girl. And I have to tell you, she was well worth every minute of that trip. Jada has always fit right in here from day one. She has become very well socialized with dogs coming and going in her house all the time with fostering. She loves meeting all these new dogs, but her favorite time is
still when she has a little alone time with us and her brother Duncan.
Just a couple weeks ago we updated all her shots and got her 3 year rabies shot. The vet said she looks wonderful. She was very good and even met the vet's dog, Goofy, while she was there. In this past year we have taken Jada with us to meet & greets for BAR, and even shown her off at our kids' soccer games. We still have the occasional fool who swears that she is a pitbull not a Boxer, but we take it all in stride. Jada knows what she is and that's all that counts.
The only problem with Jada is her hips. They seems to really bother her sometimes. Being so young you would think she wouldn't have those problems, but she does. We may have to start checking into some sort of medicine to help loosen up her joints.
She also still wants to chase the cats. She doesn't want to hurt them, she just wants them to run. She thinks it's fun. She is getting better with them though. Kitty chasing is her only real quirk and that is fine. Even when she catches up with them she doesn't do anything.
Basically, Jada is an all around great dog. She is wonderful with us, the kids, and the other dogs. We thank BAR everyday for our Jada, by giving back as much as we can. Thank you BAR!!!!!!!!!!
9/1/03 - OMG, I can't believe it has already 6
months. Jada immediately fit into our family as if she has always been
here. She has been great with all the other dogs we have had come through
here, between my sister's two Boxers, my mother's Shepherd puppy, and the
fosters we have had, she has done great. At first she was trying to play
dominant, but she quickly learned how much fun it was having these new
dogs come here, and she settled down quickly.
6/1/03 - Jada continues to do very well in our house. She impressed us a couple of weeks ago when we brought her to the Boxer Expo in Watchung, NJ. Up until then every time she saw another dog she would go nuts. Always barking and lunging wanting to play. Well, I think I only heard her bark twice while we were there and that was only because those two dogs were too far away for her to get to them. Every dog we introduced her to she just sniffed and wiggled at. She is also adjusting well to the world of fostering. She has become our Attitude Adjustment Coordinator here at M & M Boxer Bunker. She has already straightened out one foster and hopes to move onto another soon. Her work is done with this one. She continues to act with puppy-like behavior, but that is one of the things that makes her who she is. She was the missing link in our life and has now filled our void. Thanks again BAR!!
5/3/03-Hi everyone. Sorry our update is a couple days late. We have my sister's two Boxers here so it has been a little chaotic. Jada has been great. We haven't had any problems with her at home at all. She still tends to pull a lot on the leash and gets over excited when she sees another dog. She is not trying to be aggressive toward the other dog, but really wants to play with them. We are holding off a little on bringing her to obedience classes until we feel that she will be a little quieter. I would hate for them to kick us out the first day. The only other difficulty with her is trying to teach her and Duncan not to dig. HaHa!! It's more Duncan now than Jada, but she does her fair share. Jada has also now bonded very well with my sister's Boxers. They are a 5 yr old male and a 3 yr old female. It took a couple extra minutes for her to warm up to the female, but after that initial meeting period, they just played non stop. I even caught Falon (the 3 yr old) laying on Jada last night. As soon as I get the pictures up on my computer I will send the in to be put up on Jada's page. Anyway, thanks again to everyone for bringing Jada into our lives. She really is a great dog. We'll update again soon.
4/1/03 - Well, Jada has been with us for a whole month now. We can't believe that it has only been a month. It seems like she has been a part of our family forever. The week after we got her we took her to our own vet just to establish her records with them. At that time she was 51.9 pounds. The vet said she could use to put on a pound or two but really no more. He said she looks happy and healthy. We will be getting her weighed again this week. We did have a little problem with one of our neighbors in the beginning. Our neighbor was convinced that Jada was a pitbull or at least a pit mix (because of her longer nose and she's white), and she wouldn't allow her kids over to play with our kids for a couple of days. I'm happy to say that after showing her some research and pictures of other white Boxers, and letting her really get to meet Jada, she now has no problem with her. The only other problems we've had is trying to convince Jada and our 7 1/2 month old fawn male, Duncan, that our back yard does not need a hole dug every two feet or so. And that midnight is NOT the time to play all over our bed. We have had to adjust our sleeping arrangements a little so Mark and I don't fall off the bed. Jada and Duncan certainly somehow wound up with a larger portion of the bed than we did. Somehow we lost on that one. But they do keep us quite warm on the colder nights. The first two weeks that we had Jada, she refused to go to bed until I did. She still does it a little, but not as much. Mark would stand there calling her and she wouldn't budge until I got up and went into bed. She even knew that it wasn't until I got done in the bathroom that it was really time for bed. And then, in the morning when Mark gets up for work, she has just started coming to him to go out with Duncan. It had nothing to do with her not wanting to go with him or be with Duncan, it was the fact that I was still in bed. This week however, she has started going out with them at that time. But of course she comes right back to bed with me when she's done outside. Since I am home with her all day she has really attached herself to me. As for her getting along with Duncan, I think they were seperated at birth. They are attached at the hip. We even went out and bought them a super large cage that they both fit in. So now when we go out they get to stay in their cage on their beds together. They love it. We are working on getting Jada a little bit better walking on a leash and trying to get her not to be so vocal when she see's other animals before we start her obedience classes. We have been making alot of progress. Although we haven't had a chance yet to get her together with any other dogs for play dates, we are hoping to do that this week. We do have a little Beagle mix that lives right next door to us that Jada was intent on barking at every time she saw her for the first two weeks. She has now stopped that and only barks when the other dog barks. She seems to just be barking because she wants to play with her. Her little stubby tail is always wagging while she's barking. Basically to sum it all up, Jada has fit right in with us. You know how some animals take at least two weeks or so to adjust, well with Jada it took her no more than about two hours. If that long. It really is like she was meant to be with us. I think she now understands that she is really truelly in her "FOREVER" home.
3/10/03 - Mark called me today to give me the one
week update on sweet little Jada.
2/17/03 - Jada is pending adoption.
2/17/03 - Jada is doing great. There has been one accident in the house. She does go outside without any problems. She does tend to tug on the leash, so we can work on that. I can not express how well she does with the kids. She has not jumped up on them, and does not mind them laying down next to her. She is an attention getter. Her beautiful eyes just melted my heart. I know I will miss her, but finding her a forever home will make it all worth it!
2/17/03 - Jada is doing so well. She follows me
everywhere, unless Rudy is walking around, then they are inseparable! She
is excellent with my dogs. They tend to rough play and have to be calmed
down as one ends up yipping. They do calm easy though. She even loves the
kitties. My black cat is the one the dogs fear, and she knows to stay
away. As for the other, she will sniff him and keeps right on walking. She
has done the boxer bark once at him to get him to play. It almost worked
until Rudy came running to play. There