My name is Cool Hand Lucas!

Boxer Dog for adoption in Central & West Florida, Florida - Cool Hand Lucas
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Florida Boxer Rescue

Facts about Cool Hand Lucas

  • Breed: Boxer
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9899220-F15-103rb
Contact: Jamie C

Age: 2 yrs  6 mos     Wt: 55 lbs

Update 5/18/2016:

Today was a very different day and rainy day. Lucas rose to the occasion. Instead of morning walk, I worked him in the back yard off leash between some play, heavy structure and working on "down" and "stays". 
Tonight, I entered with a new training dog, and Lucas immediately befriended and is helping train. After initial greeting, which went great (they are next to each other in kennels), and "business" breaks, Lucas actually offered to go into his kennel and just lie down to be with Salvatore (PoPo). So cool! 
So, Lucas originally a dominant, pushy guy is now helping train other dogs. How cool is that? 
And for not having as much overall exercise as usual, he is calm and doing wonderful.

One last thought: Each day, Lucas rocks and becomes more and more balanced. Each day I see more and more of the amazing dog he is. A truly love to boot.

Update 5/10/2016:

Hi, there I'm Lucas!

I've had a little bit of a rough start and it seems as if people didn't quite understand my needs or personality. Because of this, I was just able to spend a few weeks with a great teacher, I received lots of training on how to be a good boy and how to ask nicely for things I want.

I have a strong mind and I'm a very smart boy. I need both physical and mental exercise daily. I do great in a pack, as long as I don't need to be the leader, but I don't mind being an only dog either. I need both a strong pack leader in my skin & fur family members. I have a little bit of a sensitive shoulder (nothing major), so at times I will need to rest in my kennel. Also, I can not use any sort of harass or pulling leash, it turns my shoulder too bad and it makes me a little grumpy.

I do well around kids too, but I prefer a little bit of older kids. Sorry, no toddlers for me. They are too exciting and have too much energy for me!

My new family must be committed to continuing my training, I would hate to see all the hard work I've put in these last few weeks go to waste! I've really come a long way and would love a family that is ready to be my forever family.

If you're looking for a stunning gentleman, that's smart and fun, I am your guy!


Cool Hand Lucas has been living and working with a behaviorist. Here's what Karen has to say. 

Lucas is doing great. He still struggles with impulse a bit, but is sure improved and learning each day. This will be something on which the adopter will continue working, and no different than when I send home a dog from any BNT…the real work starts in home.

For an adopter: were looking for an experienced handler. While Lucas can handle other dogs in the house of our behaviorist, I would insist that all dogs are kennel trained and meetings will be much like I post(ed) when I integrate. Otherwise, he’ll do great as an only dog or with other dogs. BTW – he did great with intro to Scout, who’s energy is so awesome, even after no training and basically just “hanging” with 4 other dogs for past 5-6 months and really not rules, boundaries, structure etc. Scout will be a huge help (actually) to help train more calm for Lucas. And their kennels are next to each other to help foster this relationship.

It's important to note that after neck and back xrays that CHL has some problems with his neck and back which could explained some of his unwanted behavior.

About Florida Boxer Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Florida Boxer Rescue, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit volunteer organization. We strive to rescue unwanted and abandoned purebred Boxers in central and western Florida and place them in safe, responsible, loving, PERMANENT homes.

If you are looking to surrender or adopt a Boxer in northern Florida, please visit our friends at B.A.R.C. for assistance. Likewise, please contact Coastal Boxer Rescue if you live in the eastern or southern parts of Florida and need assistance or adoption info.

How does our rescue program work?
Whether a dog is surrendered to FBR's custody by his guardian, or pulled from a shelter, he is transported in the vehicle of an unpaid CUR RUN volunteer (Canine Underground Railroad).

We try to do the majority of transporting during the weekends, as most volunteers work full-time jobs, but in dire emergencies we will transport a Boxer during the work week. Some volunteers have forfeited their lunch hour or used sick days or vacation time because a dog needed transportation during the day. Now THAT'S dedication!

Boxers that enter FBR's rescue program are taken to veterinarians we work with in the western part of the state.

Regardless of which vet he sees, each Boxer is vaccinated with 7-in-1 and rabies, tested for heartworms and intestinal parasites, and is spayed or neutered (if intact upon arrival). We try to do a microchip scan for all of our Boxers that come in as stray. In 2003 we began micro-chipping most of our Boxers!

During their stay in the rescue program, most of our Boxers live in our many wonderful private foster homes. It is because of these people, that we are able to rescue several hundred Boxers every single year!

Foster moms and dads treat their foster Boxer as if he were their own. They provide food, shelter, and lots of TLC, as well as attempt to teach basic obedience and house manners.

A group of volunteers comprise the Adoption Committee, and process about 100 applications per month.

Our goal is to contact each applicant by e-mail (preferred method to save on long distance bills) or telephone within 10 days of submitting the application.

References are checked and applicants will have a home visit before an adoption can take place.

We place our Boxers according to each dog's individual needs in order to experience a successful adoption. The dog is placed where we feel he will fit best and not on a first-come-first-served basis. The website is updated as often as possible; however, in some instances a Boxer may be placed in an awaiting approved home before he appears online.

We require an adoption fee, along with a signed adoption contract. The fee is used primarily for our vet bills. FBR wants the adopted dog and new family to love each other! If it proves to be a mismatch once at home, we offer a "return" policy. All Boxers are adopted spayed or neutered with contracts and MUST be returned to us if the adopter chooses to no longer care for the dog.

We encourage contact at any time and are here long after adoption, to offer assistance and advice.

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Our Adoption Process...

How To Adopt a Boxer from Florida Boxer Rescue, Inc:

Fill out our application form located at Please make sure you answer all questions. Incomplete forms will not be processed.

Volunteers try their best to process applications within 10 days time. We have an average of 100 applications per month. It may take less than 10 days or slightly more. Please be patient. This is strictly a volunteer organization.

Try to avoid "falling in love" with a particular Boxer you see online. There could be someone already approved who is being considered for the same dog. We place Boxers where we think he or she will be a successful addition, and not on a first-come-first-served basis. Please also note that Boxer Rescue is NOT a source for puppies; we very rarely have them in our program. They usually aren't the ones who need our help.


FBR will not place two female dogs in the same home due to dominance issues often seen in such circumstances. Based on our experiences, FBR feels we can increase successful adoptions by not placing females together in the same home.

Once your application is received, you will either be contacted by e-mail or telephone regarding the status of your application. Please monitor telephone messages and your e-mail. If you e-mail our organization to inquire about adoption or your application's status please remember to include your full name and telephone number with area code for a timely response. Please use this address for inquiries:

Home visits are scheduled PRIOR to adoption as part of our adoption process.

Adoption Requirements

● You must be at least 21 years of age and living on your own

● All current pets in the household MUST be spayed/neutered.

The only exception is if they are currently being shown in the conformation ring or health issues preclude this surgery. Verification will be required.

● All pets MUST be up to date on vaccinations and be maintained on monthly heartworm preventative.

(Yes, we will call your vet to verify this information)

● We do not adopt out dogs as gifts or surprises! Absolutely no exceptions.

● If you rent, you must provide your landlord's name, address and phone number.

Not everyone who applies is able to adopt from Florida Boxer Rescue, Inc. Our mission is to find homes best suited for this often misunderstood breed.

Adoption Fees

* PLEASE NOTE * Due to the increased number of Boxers needing even basic vetting and other medical services upon their arrival into rescue, we have had to raise our adoption fees in order to continue our efforts. You can read more information here.

The following rate structure helps us cover the costs that we incur in Boxer Rescue. Your adoption fee is applied directly to our vet bills and pays for the Boxer's sterilization, fecal, exam, vaccines, microchip (if applicable), and general care while in the adoption program. None of the volunteers are paid. Even though the adoption fees help offset our medical bills, we still depend on donations from the public.

Purebred Boxer

8 weeks - 6 months

7 months - 12 months

13 months - 6 years $275.00

7 years and older

Occasionally we will have a Boxer mix in our program. The adoption fee for a Boxer mix (as determined by our veterinarians) of any age, is $150.