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SENIORS ARE AWESOME - READ ALL ABOUT THEM
These senior SCBR boxers have all been adopted by homes who saw their value, not based by their age, but by their soul worth including love, dignity and grace.  Some were with their families for a few years and others for many years.  However long the time, it is evident, a senior boxer has more love to give from their heart and soul than we can fathom.
HARLEY
Alex says about Cherokee..."She is lower maintenance!  I am not a young athlete any more!  We have a couple daily walks and some wrestling, and she's good..."

(this comes from a man who was driven CRAZY by a 6-month old pit mix he fostered years ago from NYC, and my boxer Boo was 12 at the time. Hmmmm........he had to admit Boo was more his speed)

  **Jane Tomes**
"A dog has one aim in life... to bestow his heart." -J.R. Ackerly
BARON
I first saw Wilbur in the summer of 2008; thin, unkempt, sickly and forlorn looking.  He had come up from the Deep South, via rescue, to the shores of Maine.  I drove up from Massachusetts to bring him to my home for fostering.  Upon taking him to the vet we learned he was about 9 years old and had heartworm.  I fell for him and did not want to see him moved around yet again (back to Maine for heartworm treatment).  I arranged with Second Chance to personally pay half of his heartworm treatment and to adopt this Senior Boy.   Now 13 years "young", a little overweight and healthy; he is a joy to have in our home.  Though he has slowed down some, he still plays with our 1 1/2 year old boxer and does his "biscuit" dance for us every morning.  He has guided several foster boxers through the "ropes" at our home with grace and good manners.  He is our camping dog and greets everyone politely and gently; never barks; and loves to go for a refreshing swim.   Wilbur is family!
  **Regards, Dot Frye**
NEME
WILBUR
We adopted  Harley at the age of 8 in 2004. She was used as a breeding machine and was found with her daughter and granddaughter in an outdoor kennel 10 days after their owner died in a house fire. 10 days with no food or water. She was frightened and skinny and she shook all the way home. She soon realized that she was safe and became my little shadow. She slept with us and was never out of our sight. Unfortunately all too soon she became ill.    On February 7, 2005 - My beautiful little Harley crossed to the bridge at 2:30 this afternoon. Her cancer came back with a vengeance, and this morning she was in obvious pain. She was the most amazing little girl, so full of love and wiggles. I miss her more than I can even begin to tell. It will never be the same now when I come home from work, with her kidney bean dance and jumping to greet me. I can honestly say, that even knowing what I know now about the outcome of her time with us, we would do it all over again. She never ceased to amaze me. With all she had been through, she continued to trust and love unconditionally. Why can't people be like that? What a wonderful world we would have if we could learn lessons from these amazing little creatures. My husband and I have shed a lot of tears today and I know will continue to do so in the days ahead, but I know that she is whole and not hurting anymore and I will always carry a piece of her in my heart. I love her. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. I wish I could have had 9 years instead of 9 months, but I guess her work was finished here and God needed another little doggie angel. Love your babies with all your hearts.  Seven years later it still feels like yesterday. I miss her as much now as I did all those years ago. She took a piece of my heart with her.
  **Sincerely, Kathie Ball,  Mom to Harley**
We lost our boy Rocky in Sept 2008 and we missed him desperately. While we did not think we were quite ready to permanently adopt, I was aware that finding homes for the older boxers was often a difficult thing and resulted in long term fostering for SCBR. Al and I discussed the possibility of fostering an older dog which would give SCBR one more foster home and sort of fill up the empty space in ours. (Sort of win/win for both SCBR and us!)  Since we previously had been approved for adopting boxers through SCBR we had no problems being approved for as a foster home and by the end of October 08 Baron had arrived. He was a frisky seven year old fawn and swiftly fitted into the family and pack. He fitted in so well that we asked SCBR in Nov 08 to make his placement permanently with us. He was a wonderful addition to our family and fitted well in with our other two dogs. He was an eager playmate for our golden retriever  and enjoyed rough  housing with him. It was so funny to watch them both bounding through the heavy snow we often get up on our hill and then retreat to the house to settle in for a round of jaw wrestling. After he came to us he became a very much loved member of our family. He had few real health problems and proved to adapt easily to our house rules. He showed so much affection to both me and my husband and helped to warm up that empty place in our hearts. He died in his sleep in Nov 2010 and we are happy to have had him even for this relatively short time.   Would we consider adopting an older dog again? Absolutely!!!!!
  **Beverly Pagani**
We adopted Neme in March of this year from SCBR.  She is truly an elderly girl at 12 years old but we love her and she will be with us till the end.    We have adopted two other older dogs in the past, and they were most successful.  They are now at Rainbow Bridge but were with us for quite awhile.  Jack and Tripper were both 8 years old when they came to us.  The best thing about an older dog is that there is no or little training.  They come potty trained and ours knew the basic commands.  They have their delightful personalities and are a pleasure to have. The senior boxers are less active and require less exercise.  Some have health issues but you will be advised   about that ahead of time.  Just remember that all dogs are an extra expense,   but the love and gratitude you get are worth any amount of dollars you put out.
  **Marjorie Penley**


Sadie was found wandering the streets of Rochester, NY in March-April 2005, emaciated, full of bite scars and still lactating. She had presumably been the puppy factory and bait dog for a dog fighting group. Because she was lactating she was assumed to be around 5 but 3 different vets she saw during her 5 years as mine felt she must have been nearer 7-8. By the time I adopted her via scbr on June 18, 2005 she had thrived under foster mom Jackie's care, gained 10 lb and been spayed. She was just wonderful! Strong (would have had to be to survive), somewhat stubborn but very sweet, affectionate, welcoming to everyone (decidedly NOT a watchdog as she rarely barked). In spite of her mistreatment before she had no fears or aggression issues except against the mail slot. She liked the mailman when she saw him but, when mail came through the slot in my front door, her hackles rose and she really attacked it - the only harm being an occasional torn envelope. My guess is that they must have done something to her through a slot at the dog fighting group.
We had 5 wonderful years together before she developed congestive heart failure. Medication, special diet, etc. carried her through 8 or 9 months more before I had to face the fact that she just couldn't manage any more. It was an incredibly difficult decision but she went to the bridge peacefully, at home and in my arms. At her (guessed) age of 12-13, she had lived at least 1 (possibly more) year longer than any of her 6 boxer predecessor Simons boxers.
Senior boxers like Sadie are wonderful companions, especially for older people who live alone. They are gentle, relaxed and, while they do need exercise (I hired dog walkers for her) they have outgrown the puppy rambunctiousness.

  **Elizabeth Simons**
I LOVE seniors!  I adopted Houdini through SCBR when he was 7-1/2 years old.  My husband is allergic to both cats and dogs.  Although I’ve had cats (only because they were around prior to him), he was always looking forward to days when there would be no more allergies due to pets.  I, however, knew that day could never happen.  I’d been begging and begging for a dog.  Sold him every line in the book and finally he caved. Anyway, when I looked on petfinder I came across the “grumpy old man face” of Houdini and fell in love instantly.  I wanted to adopt an older dog because I knew they were less likely to be adopted than the younger ones.  I wanted to give him the BEST last days of his life.  So we adopted Houdini and I cannot say enough about what a wonderful, wonderful dog he was.  He was exactly that—a grumpy old man.  Just like your father or grandfather.  Grumpy and so stubborn and set in his ways, but so endearing at the same time.  He was a big clown and goofball and his grumpy old self sometimes.  Unfortunately, I only had the pleasure of having him in my life for 2 years and 3 months, before he succumbed to a brain tumor, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!   One of the advantages of a senior is that he was already housebroken.  From day 1, Houdini had the run of the house and never, ever chewed or destroyed anything.  For my first dog in adulthood, I certainly lucked out.  So many people told me how lucky I was and what a great dog he was.  He seemed to know immediately this was where he was going to spend the last of his days and was so appreciative and willing to please.  He lived and breathed for me and to please me.  Nothing made him happier than seeing me and just spending time with me.  He truly made me strive to be the person he believed I was!
  **Karen Lewis**
We adopted our Max (Maxwell) from SCBR at the age of 6 in 2009.  He's now 9 years old (a bit grayer) and is an absolute love!

We were looking to adopt an older dog as our kids are teenagers and along with our schedules, we were looking for a dog who was already housebroken, trained, and just needed a loving forever home.  We realized that we could not possibly have the time to train a puppy the proper way!  Max blended in with our family routine very quickly and was so glad to see his brother, Brutus (age 3)  also from SCBR, join our family in 2011.  The two are inseparable.  Their personalities complement each other and Brutus has kept Max young!  I highly recommend a senior dog for those families who are busy but have lots and lots of kindness and love to give! 

  **Sincerely, Nyla Petrahai*
MAXWELL
HOUDINI
SADIE
CHEROKEE


Kali is doing wonderful! Our fur family has grown extensively within the past year and Kali is compatible and loving to each and everyone! She is patient and caring and I swear if she was human she would be a nurse! She continues to build space in our hearts and entertain us with her subtle humor.Kali has broken the single digits in age, but she manages to keep up with the "littles" as we refer to them, with no problem!Please consider rescuing a senior! They have some much love to give and I promise you you will not regret it!

  **Nadine Burns**
KALI