My name is Phoenix!

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

I am already neutered, purebred, up to date with shots, and not good with cats.

Phoenix's Story...
12/08/10: Phoenix Will Make Someone A Fantastic Friend

Phoenix is now out of the kennel and is happy living with a family again. Below is a report from his foster dad:

"Phoenix has been with us for about a month now and is doing very well. He is a high energy boxer (surprise =) but it is easy to direct that energy in a positive manner. He LOVES to play. Phoenix will entertain himself by throwing and catching HIS toys, however, he is much happier to have a human companion to play with. After a half hour of chasing his ball, he is completely ready to chill out and snuggle on the couch.

Phoenix is a gentleman. He has great manners and is not destructive at all. He has been perfectly behaved with guests.

Phoenix enjoys walking but pulls a bit on the leash at the start of the walk. However, if you simply stop walking when he pulls he stops. Obviously, he is very smart and learns very quickly.

When Phoenix came to our house our main concern was; could he be placed in a home with other dogs? This is an area with Phoenix that you will need to take it slooooow and be consistent (a smart idea with any canine introductions). Phoenix and our male boxer had an incident within the first couple days. It was our fault. We pushed things too fast. It was decided to reintroduce him to our dogs at a slower pace. Everything was fine for three weeks but recently there was another incident with our female boxer. We realize that Phoenix has not had much stability in his life and the past several months in a kennel is very stressful for dogs so patience and understanding goes a long way. At this stage, we feel Phoenix might do best in a home where he is an only dog. Past experience tells us that Phoenix may be fine with other dogs on a temporary basis, like visits from a family member with another dog, but it appears he may not like to share his home with another canine companion long term.

One thing we do know for sure, Phoenix will make someone a fantastic friend."

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.


"Phoenix is doing great, and he continues to show more character month after month. He enjoys the comfort of a routine …he’ll let you know when it’s out time or dinner time if you have forgotten - in many clever ways:) He’ll start pacing by the door or poking his nose on my leg until sure enough, it dawns on me that I’ve forgotten his needs. He loves his rides because he knows now it’s a fun adventure instead of a trip to the shelter. He’s a pretty easy traveler, and doesn’t put up a fuss no matter where we are at.

In my last update I had mentioned his anxiety about tools – he has gotten a ton better. When he used to jump up when the tape measure came out, he just sort of looks over now. I think it is a good indication of the stress he was under before.

Phoenix surprised me a couple of weeks ago when he ‘gave a paw’. I had not ever asked him to do this, but he knows it! That makes Sit, Down and Paw all commands that he has mastered… I wonder how many other tricks he has up his sleeve? J

Everywhere we go, people comment on him. He really is a handsome boy! I hope it shows in the pictures. This is him just hanging out in a hayfield, taking in all the action.

Phoenix has come a long way since his first update. He no longer shy and handles strangers without a hitch now. He is a loyal and happy and sometimes a little anxious. He is great in the house and totally housebroken.

He is doing great with all the excitement around the house since he has gotten used to it. Phoenix is ready for a home to call his own."

3/18/10: Phoenix Has Risen From The Ashes of Abuse

We received a call from a Shelter Manager regarding a 3 year old boxer we named Phoenix who needed our help. The Manager was concerned about his adoptability in the kennel environment and it was decided that he would not be placed up for adoption. Phoenix was extremely frightened and not doing well. He was reactive towards new people who would visit his kennel although he was very friendly with the staff that he got to know well. Sadly, he had three homes prior to coming to the shelter and each home had a history of abuse.

When Phoenix first arrived in his foster home he was very guarded and unsure of men in particular. We wanted to give Phoenix some time to recover from his stress and get to know him better prior to giving an update on the site. From what we have been told Phoenix had gone through a lot in his short life and we knew he needed some much deserved TLC. Once again, patience and time has proved to do the trick and he has improved immensely.

Below is the first update from his foster home:

"Just dropping a note to give you an update on Phoenix. Overall, things have been going well. He is settling in nicely and, for the most part, life has been peaceful and uneventful.

Vince and Phoenix are becoming buds –since Vince is at my house most workdays, and has assumed the role of 'chief dog walker'. It is good to see Phoenix shadowing Vince around the house, especially since he seemed so apprehensive toward men at the start. He also has been doing very well with my roommate Seth which has earned Phoenix free roam of the home during the day.

Phoenix still has some behaviors that we are working on, but he has made major improvements. For instance, Phoenix has been very good about his walks (and loves to go on them) and has gotten much better about not reacting to people. Every morning he walks by a group of kids at the bus stop – kids running, jumping, acting unruly – and Phoenix tromps right by them.

In the past few weeks, we have exposed him to new people and dogs at my house and he has done very well although we are still cautious. Ohhhhww, he still wants to tear the cats apart though:-/

There have definitely been signs that he is feeling secure about his environment and he is showing he is happy. He is definitely a couch dog, and prefers to stay inside.

Phoenix is still underweight. He has filled out a bit however, he can be a finicky eater. Although he is not a beggar, he loves people treats - but has a sensitive Boxer stomach."

Can you donate to help

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 Phoenix

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

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Phoenix, 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.