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Last Updated:
2/23/2021 8:18 PM




 Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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We are here for our adopters during this time and understand how difficult of a time this is.  Our hearts are heavy each time an MNBR alumni pup crosses over.

If you have lost a Minnesota Boxer Rescue Alumni Dog, please let us know by emailing: bridge@minnesotaboxerresue.onmicrosoft.com or rainbowbridge@minnesotaboxerrescue.onmicrosoft.com

Please include a picture(s), a little tribute information, and your current mailing address.  We will send you a Rainbow Bridge card, post a tribute on this website page, and post a tribute on the rescue’s Facebook page (with your permission).


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MNBR sends our condolences to Hammerschmidt family. Bentley was our first rescue boxer and he led to 5 other boxers during his lifetime. What he brought to our family cannot be properly expressed but as examples he had: a love of theatrics which included morning scales,Chewbacca impersonations, and the ability to irritate most overnight introverted guests (especially my oldest sister). Finally, I was no longer alone in my love of sound and action to get the morning going! an intense competitive drive when it came to balls and frisbees. A made up game he and I played for his 12 years with us, gave him the winning record at probably over 500 wins to my 4 wins...it wasn’t hard to keep track of my record and honestly, I was proud I won that many. Bentley was made for speed. a kind heart with kind, beautiful eyes. Though the largest of our boxers, Bentley never got involved in fights and didn’t want others involved in them either. He welcomed each and every other adoptee into our home without judgement or jealousy. Bentley was the embodiment of grace. He will be missed.

MNBR Sends our condolences to the Davis Family. We adopted Layla (fka Keesha) in May 2018. We have had rescue dogs but none that came from a puppy mill. I believe she had spent almost 2 years in the mill. She had been through a lot. After driving 4+ hours to pick her up, it was quite clear she was going to need a lot of patience. She was so scared, she would not even get out of the transporter’s car. I crawled in the backseat and tried to coax her out but finally had to pick her up and carry her out and into our car. She started out as far away from me in the back seat as she could get but then she came over and laid curled in a tight ball next to me. In the last hour of the drive, she finally felt comfortable enough to lay her head on my leg. She would not take treats from me until about the last 30 minutes of the ride. Then when she finally starting eating one, I cried and gave her the whole bag. When we got home, we had placed our other boxer, Sheba, in another room and got Layla into her crate. Then we began the slow introduction with Sheba. It went really well with them and Sheba became like a mother to her. Even with Sheba there, Layla was still very timid. She was afraid of men much to the sadness of my husband. But with time and patience she warmed up to him. Layla found she was most comfortable in the same spot on the couch and it quickly became her spot. She did not want to eat out of a bowl. Every morning and afternoon, I would hand feed her. We gave her a mixture of dry and canned food to help fatten her up. Over time, she would slowly start to eat from the bowl and I no longer had to feed her but I had to be the only one in the room with her when she ate. She did not want to go outside so we had to buy lots of potty pads (got the washable kind). We had to pick her up and carry her outside and then she would stand so close she was practically hugging my leg. Through the coldest winter and the rainiest days, I went out with her morning and afternoon and praised her loudly every time she went potty (I’m sure the neighbors thought I was nuts). Noises and sudden movements of any kind terrified her. We always reassured her that she was ok and we would never let anything happen to her. It took a long time but she became a totally different dog and no one would ever guess everything she went through and how much she had grown. She had much more confidence. She started eating in the same room as Sheba and our newest boxer, Gunner. She would go outside to potty on her own. She would even bark at the UPS man when he made deliveries and she loved to play with both Sheba and Gunner and tried to get the most recent elder dog Benny to play. Oh and she loved treats (especially eggs)! She would get so excited at treat time that she would run and leap onto the couch into her spot! She would still is scared of thunder and rain or strange sudden noises and was timid around strangers. My husband and I were amazed every day at how far she had come. She continued to surprise us every day and she had become the most smiliest dog we have ever had (out of 7 dogs total). She even learned to sit on command. Her last few minutes were spent getting Benny to play with her and run in the snow. She came in and and collapsed in Jason's arms. We think her heart was damaged from her early years of neglect plus all the stress from her getting scared from noises caught up and her heart gave out too soon at 5 years too young. She was an amazing girl who loved to snuggle and play. Every morning she would wake us with her thumping tail and then immediately go into play mode with her siblings. We will miss her helicopter tail and her full body happy butt wag dance. She had the most amazingly beautiful and contagious smile. We love our most happiest little doggo.

Wally was just the most lovable guy. He loved all people and just wanted to make his humans happy. He was such a goofball and brought us so much joy. He loved to cuddle and would follow you around the house, just waiting for you to sit down so he could cuddle next to you. We feel so lucky to have had Wally as part of our family and are so thankful to MN Boxer Rescue and his foster mom Stefanie for bringing him into our lives! We miss that slobber dog so much! I've attached a few of our favorite photos. Hard to choose from over 7 years worth of them!

MNBR sends our condolences to the Sokol Family. It’s with a heavy heart that we share that Journey has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We were lucky enough to have been rescued by her over 11 years ago through MN Boxer Rescue. She made the “journey” to MN from North Carolina and found her way into our hearts and home. She was with us through all of our major milestones; marriage, welcoming home our 3 boys and building our current home. Needless to say she did take the backseat after the boys came of course, but she was never anything but gentle and loving with them...probably more patient than us. She didn’t have a mean bone in her little body and was forever faithful and forgiving. Matt and I were with her as she took her last breathe today and she passed peacefully in her bed at home; thankful to MN Pets for making this difficult time a tad bit easier. Our hearts ache with Bronx’s reaction to losing his “puppy” and all of the confusion and questions that come with that, but she is in a better place now and pain free…and more than likely with a case of the zoomies in doggy heaven with her best friend Charlotte and her furry cousins. You were such a good girl Journey, we’ll miss you so much. How Lucky Am I to Have Something That Makes Saying Goodbye So Hard - A.A. Milne

MNBR sends our condolences to the Hoepner Family on the loss of Mocha. When we adopted her it broke my heart that someone could surrender such a sweet and loving dog. But then I told myself there had to be a good reason. She was so sweet. Loved her food. Was good company in the kitchen. I don't think she had any awareness of her size because no matter where you were sitting, even the tightest of spots she would squeeze in and rest her head on you. She was very motherly to both our Yorkies. Always gentle. Sometimes I think I still hear her snorts and grunts and imagine she is still with us. RIP sweet Mocha. We miss her so much.

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