Love Is a Three Letter Word

Posted on December 12, 2015 by CJ Robinson | 0 Comments

Three letters you ask? Why yes because the three letters that mean love to me are D-O-G! I have always loved animals and growing up on a farm made that part of my being. We raised Champion Arabians horses and also had chickens, cats and lots of dogs, a Newfoundland, German Shepard, Bloody Hound, Labs, Old English Sheepdog and more. I owe a lot of my upbringing to these animals as they taught me compassion, patience and understanding. It wasn't until I moved to NJ and got my first dog that was mine and only mine did I really under unconditional love. Her name is Dakota and I met her at the mall near my home. She was this beautiful brindle boxer puppy and I had never felt a connection so big as when we took her into the cubicle to see her and she licked my leg. That was it, she chose me. 

She was MY first dog, MY first boxer and from there on out boxers became my favorite breed. A few months after I brought her home, I quit my corporate job in NYC and was now an entrepreneur starting my own Marketing and PR firm. Always in the back of my mind I thought, I would love to open a dog store and call it the Dakota Dog Company. Several years went by and I didn't start it. Then when Kota was 6 1/2 she contracted Thrombocyclopenia (an auto immune disease where her immune system kills off her white blood cells). We got her over the first attack but 3 weeks later she had a terrible infection in her back lymph node that she couldn't fight because we were suppressing her immune system. She went septic and was in critical care for 8 days, every day was a challenge, I had never seen an animal so sick. She fought for 4 days until the doctors were able to grow the bacteria culture and saw that the antibiotics they were giving her were not working. So she fought all by herself to live. for those four long days. They gave her a different antibiotic and it worked! She would have one more relapse, that counted as the third time I almost lost her. It was then that Kota taught me one of my biggest lessons, don't put off what you can do today because tomorrow is not guaranteed. The Dakota Dog Company was born. 

My beloved Dakota has taught me patience, unconditional love, ambition and to live for each day. My other girls Montana and Sedona continue to echo these things and give me a reason to wake up every day. My girls are my everything, my best friends and I love them more than I can describe.

D-O-G is a three letter word, L-O-V-E is a three letter word.

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To Tape or Not to Tape

Posted on December 11, 2014 by CJ Robinson | 0 Comments

So many people have asked us about the taping on Sedona's ears. Being a first time boxer mom with Dakota I had not idea that you could tape their ears to give them a natural set or fall. So she has flying ears. With Montana her ears automatically set perfectly and again I had no idea about taping. With Sedona she has the flying nun ears, meaning they are back and out instead of forward and close to her head with a crease in the middle. You can set a puppy's ears up until the teething has stopped. To remedy this you have to tape the ears. there are a couple of different way:

The first is shown by the breeder Lina Anderson of Boxers of Palo Mesa  (Copy and Paste this link into your browser)

The second is what we did with Sedona as her ears were more stubborn and it worked really well. Be sure to watch the video a few times to get it right, I did not use the lighter fluid, I just used medical tape.

By Vondenpegenbogenkriegern (Copy and Paste this link into your browser)

Things you will need: Patience, medical tape and taping skills, lol. Watch each video a few times before you attempt to tape your puppy's ears because they all don't have a lot of patience.


Here you can see the difference from the before to the after.

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Fun Facts About Boxers

Posted on March 26, 2014 by CJ Robinson | 0 Comments

Thought we would share some fun facts about boxers from another boxer owner's point of view!

10 Unique Facts About Boxer Dogs For The Uninitiated

Boxers are the sixth most popular breed of dog in the United States, and for good reason. As you may already know, Boxers are strong, energetic, and loving dogs that make great companions and watchdogs, but there is more to them than that. Here are some fun and unique facts about Boxer dogs that you may not know.
  1. In the past, Boxers have performed beautifully in the ring- the circus ring that is because they are easily trainable, strong, and energetic, Boxer dogs used to be popular performers in the circus.
  2. The now-extinct ancestor of the Boxer, the Bullenbeisser, was used to hunt wild boar and stag. This powerful dog could seize large prey and hold it until its master came. It's no wonder then that todays Boxer dogs have such strong jaws and muscular builds.
  3. Boxer dogs became popular in the United States after WWII when soldiers brought them home as pets after using them in the military as guard and attack dogs.
  4. Boxers have floppy ears and long tails, but are often cropped and docked. Although this practice is illegal now in some countries, in American dog shows a long tail on a Boxer is still severely penalized.
  5. One of the funnier facts about Boxer dogs is that they are known to snore, and loudly at that. They also tend to drool all over the place.
  6. Boxer dogs often have white markings, but if more than a third of their body is white, they are called "white Boxers," and these dogs cannot receive full registration because they do not meet the breed standard. Although they still make good pets, white Boxers are more likely to be deaf and are more prone to skin cancer.
  7. Boxer dogs were developed in Germany and were often used there as police dogs. The German Boxer is slightly different in build than the American Boxer. The German breed tends to be a little larger, and their heads are squarer in shape than American Boxer's heads.
  8. One of the facts about Boxer dogs that may help you determine what type of Boxer to get is the difference between males and females. Female Boxer dogs are generally much more hyper and the males are more laid back. Both males and females tend to be good with smaller pets, but will occasionally fight with larger dogs of the same sex, but if there is a strong pack leader this won't happen.
  9. Boxers make good guard dogs because they are very friendly and gentle with people they know, but are wary of strangers and can be very intimidating. They will not hesitate to protect themselves and their human family if threatened.
  10. Boxers have a bad rap for being headstrong, and can sometimes be difficult to train, but they actually respond very well to positive reinforcement. This is because they are very loyal and loving dogs, and want to please their masters. Training through punishment for wrong behavior is generally not nearly as successful with Boxers and can sometimes even make behavior worse.
Hopefully these facts about Boxer dogs have helped you to learn a little bit more about the breed. They are truly amazing animals, and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a good family pet.

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