My name is Gustoff!

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

I am already neutered, purebred, and up to date with shots.

Gustoff's Story...
09/17/10: The Value of Life, The Plea for Benevolence, The Necessity of Compassion

NBR currently has 7 dogs who are living in boarding kennels.....Ava, Gustoff, Captain, Rock, Wilco, Tuck, and Phoenix. Sadly, we have not found appropriate foster or permanent homes for them.. The most disheartening thing about this situation is that all of these dogs have the potential to be wonderful dogs, but they can not seem to get a break. They have all been mishandled by people and because of this they are now considered "hard to place".

These dogs have trust issues because people have let them down and NBR is committed to rectifying the wrongs that have been done to them. We are looking for people to foster or adopt who genuinely want to help a dog in the truest sense of the word. Please do not consider taking any of these dogs into your home if you have a big ego or if you are not tolerant enough to allow the dogs to adjust at their own pace. These dogs need someone who understands that their adjustment period could be long, and they will need kind people who have lots of patience. Some of these dogs have been in a foster home previously but they "failed' because the people (who had good intentions) did not comprehend the commitment needed of them. Every time these dogs have a change they are set back in their progress so we are being very cautious about choosing homes for them. NBR will provide as much moral support as you need. We have been very successful turning dogs such as these around and you will need to be able to trust our recommendations and follow our lead.

Ava, Gustoff, Captain, Rock, Wilco, Tuck, and Phoenix all have much love to give, but they will expect you to earn their trust. They will no doubt teach you more about dog behavior then you will ever learn in a book, and you may learn much about yourself and other people as well. Once you earn their trust you will be blessed with a companion who will truly be your best friend forever, and you will be rewarded with the satisfaction that you truly made a difference in a needy dog's life.

Unfortunately boarding costs are expensive and they are draining our bank account. We have set up a Chip-In account to try and offset these expenses. If you cannot help us by taking one of these dogs into your home, please help pay for their expenses until suitable placements can be found. Every one of these dogs would have been killed if NBR did not take them into our rescue program. We feel that all of their lives have meaning and we are proud that we saved them. You can share in that pride by doing whatever you can to help.


Gustoff Is Adorably Cute But Requires Someone Who Understands His Needs

Gustoff was purchased as a puppy by a family who did not provide him with the proper socialization. His family loved him but did not give him appropriate attention. Their primary form of active interaction was throwing a ball for him to chase.

The reason Gustoff entered our rescue program was because he had a totally preventable incident with a young child. They had guests over, it was night time, and they were celebrating. Among the guests was a young child. Gustoff was in the midst of retrieving an apple that was thrown for him to chase, and the toddler approaching resulted in a nip.

The result is an all too common occurrence. Gustoff actually lived with a toddler and, although his family never experienced a problem with Gustoff’s behavior towards their child, the wife became fearful and decided to drop him off at the shelter.

Gustoff was scheduled to be killed and Animal Control contacted us to see if we could help. We were his only chance. Once we heard the details of the story, we felt that this incident was the fault of the people rather than the dog, which is often the case.

Gustoff is initially timid and takes a little time to accept people. He is not the kind of dog you can rush up to greet. Once he gets to know you he becomes your friend and loves to play. His favorite game is pretending that you are the matador and he is the bull, and he will run full speed and continue right by you, then turn around.

He is fine with other dogs, however, he does not appear to show much interest in them at the kennel. We are not sure how he reacts to cats. An adult home with no children and a quiet low-key environment would suit him the best. Gustoff will also require a securely fenced yard.

Gustoff is definitely cute cute cute, but he needs a person who can understand that his needs will require more than adopting him because of his looks. Can you see beyond his adorable charm and nurture what he was meant to be?

12/12/09: More information coming soon. Gustoff is currently being boarded at a Doggy Day Care facility and could use your financial support to help cover his expenses.

Can you donate to help with Gustoff?

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 Gustoff

  • Breed: Boxer
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Gustoff, 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.