Minnesota Boxer Rescue
PO Box 25773
Woodbury, MN 55125
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 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 the Tinker Pederson on the loss of Baby. Words from her mom: I had to help Baby cross on December 18th. I got Baby (MN Boxer Rescue name Greta) a year after my husband passed away. When I came home from work she would wiggle her little nub and contort her body into a curvy noodle. If you got down on her level she would lather you in kisses and the more you laughed and tried to get up the more she would come after you. Her favorite thing to do was to play tug with her rope or any toy and this was one of the few times she would bark. In more recent years she mellowed and was happy just being where I was. She followed me where ever I went, especially if I headed to the kitchen or she heard me open a plastic bag. She used to lay on my lap when I would sit in the recliner, I loved when she did this even though she was 60lbs. I miss her so much and still start to automatically do things that I would have done when she was here. I miss her so very much.

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

Bandit (aka Butler)
I fostered and adopted “Butler” (we named him Bandit) in June of 2012. Shortly after I adopted him I had a mass cell cancer tumor removed from him.  Unfortunately Bandit continued to grow mass cell tumors on his body faster than they could be removed.  He lost his battle to cancer this morning and passed away on the way to the veterinarian’s office, he was 8 years old.  He was such a beautiful good boy.  I wanted to let  you know that he was loved and had a good life. 


MNBR would like to extend our condolences to the family who adopted and loved Bea (formerly Zora). Bea is now at the Rainbow Bridge, our thoughts are with her family.

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