My name is Shyla!

Boxer Dog for adoption in Sunderland, Massachusetts - Shyla
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Shyla's Info...

I am already spayed, purebred, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.

Shyla's Story...
11/23/09: Shyla Asked Santa For A Forever Home
“Shyla is really starting to show how much fun she is. She can make a toy out of just about anything (note the flower pot in the new picture). She also has learned that not all the toys are hers. She doesn't try to take away a toy that her foster brother has.

She thrives on attention and enjoys being with people. She is not thrilled having to share affection but she is getting better with it. Shyla adores her boxer brother but, at times, gets a bit too excited for him. If she does live with another dog it should be one who is confident and doesn't get too overwhelmed when another dog gets excited.

Shyla really enjoys eating but always sits and waits patiently for her meal. She also sits and waits patiently to get her collar and leash on. She is a well mannered little lady. She also likes her dog bed. She lays on it at night and only gets on the furniture if a person tells her it's OK.

She recently went to see Santa and got her picture taken. Santa asked her what she wanted for Christmas. She wished for a 'forever home'. Can you make her wish come true?"

Update from Shyla’s Foster Mom:

“Shyla has learned a lot since she came into foster including a few doggie manners. She no longer tries to put her paws on the counter to see anything at the other end is hers. She enjoys her mile or so walk every night and will sit and wait for treat and her dinner. Shyla loves to shake a toy and toss it in the air. Catching anything on the way down, though, is not her forte.

Like most boxers she will give you her undivided attention when you pet her and show her love. She respond with boxer kisses and plenty of affection. Shyla loves to lay in the sun and catch a few rays. She is allowed on the furniture and like to lay on my bed. Oh, and doing the boxer kidney bean dance, she's great at it. I've tried to get a picture of it, but she is too fast and stops when she sees the camera.

She went for a "play date" with a friend of mine on Sunday and had a great time. She now realizes that not all dogs want to attack her and that it’s actually fun to play with others. I still think she would love to be an only dog. She ran on the enclosed Little League field, then went to a house in the country. There, she encountered the cat of the house and ignored lest she would forfeit the chance to get a loving pet from a new person. She is a people doggie. Her little nub goes so fast I keep waiting for it to fall off. She is a happy
little girl who makes people laugh with her silly antics.

Oh, and one more thing; Shyla definitely needs a fenced yard. She LOVES to run. Somewhere in another life she must have been a greyhound.

If you have not applied to adopt this petite little boxer girl, trust me, you are missing out on a little gem.”



Shyla is a petite (40 pound) 6 year old spayed female boxer who was originally surrendered to a shelter in May of this year because her family was moving. This family purchased her from a breeder as a puppy, and they lived together until they gave her to the shelter.

Shyla was adopted soon after she arrived at the shelter in May but was returned two months later. The shelter was surprised because the people who returned her were not the family who adopted her.

The people who brought her to the shelter the second time had an aggressive bulldog that was on Prozac and, after many confrontations, Shyla finally had enough and retaliated to defend herself against the other dog. We would like to stress she was never the instigator in these altercations.

The shelter contacted us for help because when they did their behavior evaluation Shyla showed signs of being possessive over food and pig ears. This same food test was given to her the first time she arrived at the shelter and she had no problem with people taking these high value items away from her. The stress she endured for the last couple of months no doubt contributed to this behavior change.

Both of the times Shyla was evaluated at the shelter, she had no issues with the other parts of their tests. She was neutral and sniffed another dog appropriately, allowed all handling, and showed no interest in play (a definite sign of stress).

We sent an experienced volunteer to visit the shelter and she said Shyla was initially somewhat nervous but very sweet. The shelter was not going to place Shyla up for adoption because of the issue with food, and we knew we could not leave her behind.

A quick update from Shyla’s foster home on her first night:

“Hi! We made it through the night.

Shyla was very good on the long drive home from the shelter. She seemed more relaxed once we were home and she was able to explore the house and yard. She fell asleep on a comfy dog bed for quite a while. When she got up from her nap she was obviously feeling much better and became a bit of a feisty firecracker.

After a couple hours she decided to bark at her boxer foster brother Brendan, in his face, so they went outside. Brendan played chase for a bit and then Shyla started to playfully bite his back legs. He stopped and told her ‘no’ then she was in his face again. So we stopped, or I should say we went inside, because she would not stop.

Shyla tried to counter surf and stand on a chair to look at the table. She also likes the "people" bed. We will see at lunch how she does with no one home. She is loose (because the papers from the shelter said she was not crate trained) and Brendan is crated. She ate really well. We also did our mile jog.”

Can you donate to help Shyla?

You can send a check directly to: Northeastern Boxer Rescue
P.O. Box 95 Sunderland MA 01375. or use PayPal

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Facts about Shyla

  • Breed: Boxer
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Shyla, a Sunderland Boxer dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Boxer for sale in Sunderland, or seeking a Boxer dog from a breeder in Sunderland.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Sunderland already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Sunderland breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Boxer breeders who help with Boxer rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Sunderland paves the way for another one to be saved.