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- Zappa past away
on November 18. That morning I took him to the park next to my
house. One second
he was running and jumping around, the next he just fell to the ground.
I picked him up and tried to carry him home. He died in my arms.
His heart failed. Zappa was such a beautiful boy both inside and
out. I was so proud to walk him down the street. Words cannot
explain how we feel without him. I'm so happy that he was my dog
for that short amount of time. He will be missed and loved
Zappa has been adopted-----He has joined
his forever family today and I'm sure he will be very
happy. I'm certain that Mike and Claudia will give him all the
love he needs and deserves. We'll
miss you buddy. Good luck and all our love.
Zappa is pending adoption.
7/15/06 - Zappa continues
to do well in our care. He absolutely loves to play with our 2
boxers and the kids. He awakens from his naps when he hears us
open the front door so he can join us for a ride. He is a great
He is till quite the comedian. Today, there were some ducks on the
TV and Zappa heard them quack and went on a mission to find them.
He was looking behind the TV and walking from room to room tipping his
big head from side to side. He gets funnier everyday. He has
finally mastered his walk. I took him today for a 30 minute trek
through the neighborhood and he didn't move from my side. No
pulling at all. yip---eeeeeeeeeee!!!!
Just goes to show you that practice makes perfect. He still has
the same great house manners. Allyson H. from the rescue came by
with some food for him today and she and her husband commented on how
well behaved he was. He didn't jump on them at all, but he did come
right over for some attention. He would be great when friends came
by for a visit at his forever home. You would not have to worry
about putting him away somewhere. He follows my husband
everywhere. Bill always has to look before he takes a step to avoid
I'm also certain that Zappa will make a nice guard dog. Although
he is a sweetheart, I do believe that he would protect his family.
He gives a deep bark when the doorbell rings that would scare off any
unwelcomed guest. However, if you opened the door and let someone
in, he would greet them with boxer kisses and wiggles. He also
likes to sit on the higher part of our yard with my male Tyson and keep
a watchful eye as the kids play.
He would make a great addition to any family. I am hoping he finds
his forever home soon although I am in no hurry to see him leave.
I've become quite attached to the big mush.
7/11/06 - Grooming Day for
Zappa. Today he had a nice long brushing and loved every minute of
it. We also
trimmed back his nails and he didn't fuss at all. He still remains
very playful and submissive. No aggression
at all. He is great with kids and other dogs. Zappa is also
such a snuggler. He inches his way up onto your lap for some lovin
and he will stay there forever as long as you keep petting him. He
is still quite comical. He does these amazing leaps of joy when he
sees you. 4 legs off the ground---straight up in the air.
Its hysterical. He is heeling much better on his walks now.
I can take him instead of him taking me. He enjoys rides in the
car and is very well behaved.
His appetite is healthy. He will sit and wait until the food is
placed on the floor and I say OK before he devours it. He has no
food aggression issues. I am really getting attached to this big
boy. He is so easy to fall in love with. He is sweet,
affectionate, and funny. He would be a great addition to any home.
Don't let his size put you off. He is really no trouble at all.
Zappa will rest in his crate at times but prefers to be with the family.
He has been well behaved even left out of the crate when we weren't
home. He has not damaged a thing. I still have only heard
him bark when he has to go out to do his business. He is a quiet
boy. Keep those apps coming.
This boy is a comedian. He
makes me laugh all day. He is so playful and silly. He has
full fledged member of our family. My two boxer babies love his
company and my children love to
frolick in the yard with him. He is especially fond of my 7 year
old daughter who is pretty tiny
for her age. He loves to play with her and seems to know how rough
he can be without hurting her.
After a play session he usually will snuggle up to my daughter for a
nap. Zappa is such a people
dog. He seems to love everyone. He is not aggressive or
territorial in any way. He is just
happy to be loved. Zappa had a bath today and tolerated it well.
He sat still the entire time. He
still loves to go for rides in the car and perks right up as soon as he
hears the keys jingle. He
still needs some work with walking but continues to improve on a daily
basis. The family who gets
Zappa will be truly blessed. He is a great boy. GET THOSE APPS IN.
Zappa continues to be a good boy.
His personality is really showing now. He is such a happy dog.
He loves to play. He is also quite the comedian. Yesterday was the
4th of July and Zappa did fine. He joined us at a family picnic
and watched TV through the fireworks display. This big boy
deserves a loving forever home. He has nothing but affection for
his humans. Despite his past, he has great manners. He has
not stolen any food from our table or counter, he knows basic commands,
and has not damaged anything. My children ages 9 and 7 just adore
him. He will play with then all day long if allowed.
---------------LETS GET THOSE APPLICATIONS IN FOR THIS
I have a feeling he won't be here much longer. He is such a great
Another road trip for Zappa this
weekend. This boy is a riot. He had such a blast at the
campground we stayed at. He played ball with our kids and was
doing these funny leaps of joy straight up in the air. He was well
behaved on the 4 hour car ride. I still have nothing but good
things to say about this boy. He is a joy to foster. Very
affectionate. He really loves kids.
Also, my husband has been working with him with his walk. He is
pulling a lot less than he was even last week. He is beginning to
heel nicely. We will continue to work with him so he is perfect
for his forever family.
This week has been a true test of
Zappa's personality. We had severe flooding in our area and
were evacuated. We took Zappa for a ride in the truck and he
stayed for 2 nights in our camper. We also had friends with us
with their dogs and children. Zappa played with all the dogs and
enjoyed a game of frisbee with the children when the sun peaked out. He
was not aggressive at all. He did not damage anything in our
camper and was very well behaved even though he was stuck in there for
most of the day because of the weather. I have to say, I do not
find Zappa to be any more exuberant than my 2 babies. He plays
just like they do. He is a very submissive dog and full of so much
love. He did not mind at all when the other dogs that were with us
tried to share his bone or his food dish. We have not noted any
food aggression at all. You can probably stick your face in his
bowl and start eating with him. He is such a gentle giant. I have
not noticed him to startle easily since we had him, but we had a nasty
thunderstorm the other day and he came running over to us for comfort
We gave him a bath also this week and he tolerated it well.
He plays in our yard for a few hours a day and has not shown any
territorial behavior. I should also mention that Zappa is not much
of a barker. He is such a sweet boy, so full of love to give.
We have had Zappa for 48 hours now
and he has been a joy. He is a submissive big boy to other
dogs and to humans. He has not jumped on anyone in the family.
He seems to have great house manners. He needs to be exercised to
release his energy but still remains playful throughout the day. I am
working with him with his walks because he is a strong boy, but with a
few corrections he heels nicely. He sleeps through the night on a dog
bed without any whimpering. He has not attempted to jump onto our
bed. He has had no accidents in the house and has not caused any
damage. I find him to be well behaved. Zappa loves to be near people and
showers us often with kisses. He is friendly to strange people and
other dogs. Zappa snores and snorts. (its a riot). He will make
you laugh all day. I'm sure Zappa will be a loyal friend to his
Zappa's on the move again! Wow, this boy is a real globetrotter, and
this time, it's to a new foster home for some training, and more fun
with a new boxer and human family. We realized the time he was with us
was wonderful, but the physical toll was starting to show on our own fur
babies, and we asked to have Zappa relocated to a place where his energy
would be matched by younger dogs. So he is off to Pennsylvania with some
of his favorite toys, where he will get a chance to have even more fun,
and a little more training to make him an even better addition to
someone's forever home. Look for more updates from his new foster mom
and dad, and we have been blessed to have Zappa with us. Good luck,
buddy! :) We'll miss you!
Road Trip for Zappa! This past weekend, we all went on a Memorial Day
road trip, and he was a great passenger in the car. Zappa loves to hang
his face out of the open windows, and the breeze that flaps his lips and
ears back is hysterical. It's also very nice to know he is not
dog-aggressive when we make those rest stops where there are always
other dogs being walked.
Zappa is a different dog in the house than when we first got him. So
relaxed and comfortable. What incredible strides he's made! He sleeps
outside of the crate now, unless he wants to go in. He's made being in
it seem so attractive that our other two boxers take turns in his crate,
and we have to keep booting them out! The only time he gets shut in is
when there's no one home, because I'm more comfortable with him in it
for a couple of hours, and not for any real need. I haven't seen him get
destructive at all, except when there's a bit of loose dirt in the yard
that he wants to look under, or a plushy toy he wants to give the death
He has shown us a dramatic improvement in his desire to obey commands.
He is still a bit of a stickler if he's just not in the mood to sit, but
will do so when there's food involved. :) He is also such a kisser, and
shows affection all the time. His bouncy leaps of joy are guaranteed to
make you love him even more!
Now that he's eating well and getting regular exercise, his muscles are
starting to really develop. :) This boy was a walking stick when we got
him, but now he's showing some real boxer musculature. I'm pretty sure
he will always be lanky rather than beefy, but he's still got some more
muscle to pack on if I'm not mistaken.
Zappa's appetite is extremely healthy, and now that all three dogs are
eating together (under my watchful eye), there are no food aggression
issues, and as long as each dog is finished with their individual meals,
they are allowed to browse each other's empty bowls for licking rights.
We even have all three together in the same room with vanilla flavor
bones. Peaceful, happy boxers chewing away...
If it weren't for his size, we would probably never give him up. Both
the skin and fur family have become so attached to him, and he is such a
happy dog it's hard to think someone didn't want him.
5/13/06 - Zappa has a clean bill
of health from our vet, and he's free in the house. He has become a
full-fledged member of the household, and is calming down while he's
inside. Sometimes, he gets a little too excited, and
we can't get him to listen, so he gets a 15 minute time-out in the crate
(with a treat, of course, The crate is not a punishment, simply a tool),
at which point he just goes to sleep. Zappa spends the night out of his
crate now, but he tends to go back into it when he wants to rest.
One bad habit that has developed, now that he has run of the house, no
food is safe on the counters. We're working on correcting that, but I
believe that this will be an ongoing issue for the near future,as it seems that any of his former owners never set limits. We all know
how stubborn Boxers can be, and Zappa is no exception. Gentle consistent
reminding will work, you just need the patience, as he's veryeager to please. It seems like this boy was
abused in his former life.
If you raise you voice (WHAT are you DOING on the COUNTER!) and make any
fast movements, he cowers and tries to slink out the dog door.Last night, I had to call him to stop him from going out. I made him
come over to me while we 'talked' about him being on the counter, and he
just stood there with his tail tucked and his head down.
Vicky and I are wondering, why is Zappa still here? (not that we're
complaining, he and I have bonded really well) This big mush-face will
win your heart in an instant, just come and see him! He'll make you
laugh 100 times a day.
4/24/06 - Well, it's been two
weeks since Zappa was neutered and had the lump on his hind leg removed.
We picked him up from Gary on Tuesday night, and things were looking
good. You know what they say about dogs being groggy for a time after
they wake up? Well, not this boy. He was ready to go as soon as he hit
our front door! The E-Collar went on him, and what a change. He just
stood there like someone nailed his feet to the floor! We couldn't make
him move! Well, into the crate he was literally pushed, and he layed
down for the night, and spent the night trying to lick his wounds.
The next morning, he was hungry and used to the collar. He was kept
separated from Otis and Brandy, and none of the dogs were real happy
about that. It took him a while to realize that he didn't fit out the
dog door with the collar on, but after having the door opened up for him
a few times, he got the idea. Saturday morning was nice, so we had him
outside with us for a bit. All of a sudden, he BOLTED and started to do
a 'retard-lap' around the yard, and promptly blew out all the stitches
in his leg. After a few panicked calls, off to our regular vet he went,
and was restitched, after a very stern lecture from the vet. Sooooo...now
Zappa gets walked on a leash in the back yard until he heals.
Unfortunately, he is a very itchy boy, and spends a lot of time trying
to scratch his face through the cone. This action is starting to open up
the wound again, so now he is rarely left alone, day or night, so we
can keep him from working that leg, and give it a chance to heal up. This
is one very unhappy dog right now, as most of his time is spent in the
crate, because as soon as he's out, all he wants to do it PLAY! He's
discovered that with the cone, he can't lick us, but his favorite thing
to do to me, just me, is to run up to me fast, and hit me like a
linebacker, all his momentum into his shoulder! He things knocking me
over is such wonderful fun! When his leg heals, two can play at that
This past week, fecal and urine samples were brought to the vet, and
blood taken. He is heartworm negative (whee!), but has whip and hook
worms pretty bad. He has had the first treatment on Sunday, and in two
weeks will get the second treatment, and should be fine.
Zappa is getting more comfortable in the house, and, as long as the
other dogs are out of sight (they are still being kept separate), he'll
actually settle down, and go to sleep after about 5-10 minutes. He dozes
as we watch TV, and he actually wakes up, picks his head up, and watches
the tube if something catches his ear. Our other two lumps just sleep
it all. I've known cats to watch TV, never a dog! Every day, this boy
makes us laugh. Despite all he's going through, he still in good
spirits, and craves attention. He'll stand for 20 minutes beside you as
long as you are touching him. If you stop, you get the sad-eyed look,
and the full 80lb 'boxer lean' just to help you remember what you were
Saturday he goes back to the vet to have his incision reassessed. Keep
those applications going, he's ready and waiting for his forever home!
4/8/06 - Zappa started off the
week with an identity crisis. He woke up thinking he was a Springer
Spaniel. :) He just started JUMPING, straight up, in place in front of
the gate he was behind in the house. Little did he know he was jumping a
few inches above the 3 foot gate! He was just so happy! His personality
is really showing, and he's just a happy mush. He's playing well with
Otis and Brandy, and he's feeling more comfortable around the house.
He's actually settling down after a while, instead of constantly moving,
or going outside. Due to this, he's spending
less and less time in his crate, and more time enjoying being part of
We're working on the basic commands, and he knows sit, stay, down, come,
wait, when he wants. He will require constant re-enforcement of the
training, as he can be a typical headstrong boxer that was allowed to
get his own way for a while. When his forever family gets him, if they
are not well versed in working with boxers, I'd suggest professional
training for a few times to get the basics down.
Zappa is going for his neutering on Tuesday, so he'll be all set in a
week or so after that for someone to take this bouncing baby(?) boxer
home! Life is sure going to be quiet around here after he's with his new
Oh, this boy LOVES to snuggle. Too bad for him that the couch isn't big
enough for both us and him, as he's always trying to 'sneak' up on the
He's putting on some weight despite his constant movement, and he's
getting some nice muscle tone back. I believe he'll top out at around
85-90 lbs, and be a handsome looking boy!
3/31/06 - When I got home from
work today, I let Brandy and Zappa out in the yard. Otis was put
on the 25 ft. training lead, and went outside with me. After some
careful correction for both Zappa and Otis, they started playing well
enough that I unsnapped the lead, and let them both have at it while I
followed them around the yard. After a few initial scuffles, then kept
on playing really rough for almost 2 hours, with a 15 minute break for
dinner. Zappa plays *hard*. Otis, at 75 lbs, is a handful for me, and
Zappa would just flatten him at will, but he kept on going. I think that
Zappa will calm down after he gets used to playing with other dogs, but
it's really clear that he needs a big playmate. Tonight also showed me
how mellow he really is, since Otis was in his face for the first 20
minutes, and he just rolled with it, and didn't seem to care.
Zappa is also remembering his old training, with the help of treats. He
seems to know sit, stay, 'wait' will stop him in his tracks, down will
get him to lay down about 50% of the time. We tell him 'get in your
crate', and off he goes, and then waits for his treat. He's still not
happy about being left alone in the crate, but he usually goes in
Zappa is a little thin right now, but is going to be a big boy when he
finishes filling out. Our female Brandy is starting to teach him some
doggy manners, since he loves to play hard now that he's with another
boxer, and Brandy is letting him know gently when she's had enough. Due
to some hip/knee issues with Brandy (she has dysplasia), we have been
told that Zappa will probably do best in a home with a boxer that can
keep upwith him physically, which Brandy cannot.
Otis has not been left loose with him, as Zappa has not had his
neutering done yet, and Otis wants to mount him. Zappa warned Otis he
not receptive to that, so we are keeping them separate for the time
being. Zappa has
shown no aggression at all to either Brandy, or the dogs on either side
of our yard.
We believe Zappa will be happiest where he can have some company during
the day, as he barks when he's left in his crate alone, even for a few
minutes. At bedtime, when he is alone in his crate, he seems to like a
light left on for him. Then he settles down and goes to sleep.
Zappa seems a bit unsettled when he's out of his crate, and won't stay
in one place very long or lay down unless he's in it. We see Zappa will
need a little time to become more of a house dog rather than a primarily
outside dog, because given a choice, he will stay outdoors. He does love
the convenience of our doggy door. We don't think he's ever had this
much freedom! But he hasn't learned how nice it is to relax with his
people yet. :)
He gives lots of boxer leans, kidney beans and wiggles. He loves people,
and absolutely adores children! Due to his size and general exuberance,
smaller children would probably not be a good fit for Zappa.
We are having to teach him how to take walks, as he has shown he will
use all his strength to pull on the leash, and he's a strong boy! He has
already shown signs of improvement, and we will work with him further on
He takes treats with a little excitement, but no teeth. It looks like
he's going to need some time to get used to the idea that he now has
enough food and water, but we expect that his tendency to gobble his
food will get better once his body stops telling him he's not getting
We gave him a bath, and afterward (he was a very dirty boy!), his coat
was shiny and we haven't noticed excessive shedding.
3/26/06 - Well, we made it through
the 2nd night with Zappa. He seems to be settling in. He's fine in the
crate as long as someone is in the room with him. He's in our daughters
room, so this is not a problem at night. He's eating well, typical
starved dog way of just *inhaling* the food. I held the dish last
night and gently petted his back, no reaction. Today,
when I fed him, still rice and chicken, while he was eating, I took my
hand and laid it across the food, causing him to eat around my fingers.
He accepted that without missing a bite. Don't try this at home
kids...So no human/food aggression issues at all. We've been
feeding him separately, but he and Brandy have shared the water dish
without hesitation. Looks very, very encouraging.
His nails are badly broken. Except one, which was over 7/8 " long.
Luckily it was a clear nail, so a bright flashlight behind the nail
showed a nice short quick, so out came the dremel tool, and we shortened
it up real good and cleaned up the others where possible.
It's obvious that this poor boy was neglected most of his life. He only
really responds to 'sit', and has almost no inside manners. We'll work
on that in small bites as he is loose in the house. *After* he is fixed!
Otis is showing positive interest in Zappa. He was allowed into the room
where the crate was, and actually went into the head down/butt up
'play with me' position, while making all kinds of yowling noises. It was
pretty funny. That went on for a few minutes, then we broke the party
up. Slow and steady. Later on, we'll go for a tandem walk, on opposite
sides of the street, and then swap off handlers on the return trip. If it
gets warmer, we'll head down to Smith Point beach for a long run on the
50' training leads across the sand. Nothing like running in sand to tire
a dog (and handler) out.
Zappa is a 2 yr old gorgeous brindle male Boxer. An animal lover
saved him from being PTS by his owners who didn't
"feel like taking care of him anymore." He's the big dark brindle guy
as you can see from his pictures and such a cutie!! Also, it turns out
he IS housebroken. He has no accidents in his rescuers house and
he barks at the door when he needs to go out! Zappa is very sweet
and playful but he doesn't realize his size when playing with smaller
dogs. He has had a hard start in life, living outside most of the time
and neglected, but he is now in a BAR foster-to-adopt which will
hopefully be his forever home.
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