Originally from Kentucky, I moved to sunny SoCal a little over 4 years ago. I bleed Blue and also am in the horse business (imagine that!). I rescued my first Boxer 7 years ago from a rescue in Kentucky. Growing up I always had black Labs or Lab mixes. When it came time to adopt my own dog, I researched breeds and was immediately drawn to the Boxer breed. And so it began... Kinley taught me a lot about the breed and has been my rock as I have moved several times all across the country. Once in California, I began to learn about the abundance of kill shelters in the LA area. It was then that I adopted my second Boxer, Maddox, from Downey just over 3 years ago. He was the light of our lives until his sudden passing nearly a year ago to bloat, only days after his 5th birthday. Once Kinley and I were able to heal, I felt the tug to return to the awful place that brought me my beloved Maddox. The day I went back to Downey I cried the whole way, I felt Maddox riding with me telling me to go save more..to give them a chance at a life with love and comfort, even if only for a short while. It was that day that I vowed to continue pushing through the pain of loss to save as many as possible.
A month later I came across a photo of an older Boxer in need of a home..and he melted my heart. I went to Oceanside to meet him and it was love at first sight. My dearest El Senor Ernie (aka Ernesto) became an immediate member of my small family. Next came Lucas..he was a stray at Baldwin Park, the shelter that I work weekly now for Sachi. He was one of the many Boxers sitting on death row..his time was up and no one had come for him. Without thinking, I snatched him up. My heart knew he was meant to be with me and my little pack.
Saving Boxers is what brings the most happiness to my life. All it takes is that first wiggle as we walk out of the shelter to make my heart sing. With every rescue I feel re-energized to go back and save more; and for those I have been unable to save, my heart aches daily. My friend sent me a phrase that sums up what I do and how I feel completely:
"When I began to rescue dogs, I lost my mind, my heart has broken a thousand times but I found my soul".