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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RIP, sweet Tango. Tango was 9 years old and lived a good life with his adoptive dad Cal and his fur brother Bugsy. Bugsy passed away a few months ago to a heart issue and Tango followed soon afterwards.

It is with heavy hearts that we give our condolences to Shawn Luke on the loss of his boy Tank He had this to say about his sweet pup.. Tank came up from Texas via MNBR and he was previously living on the street.​ He had lost a bit of fur (on his side that he laid on the most) and visibly had a large tumor protruding from his side.​ Although, the most likely reason that Tank was re-homed in MN was his parasites (including heart worms.) ​ Many would look at a dog in this state and not bother with it.​ However MNBR has been able to look beyond a dogs current circumstances and see the full potential of the dog.​ What Tank lacked in health, he made up in spades with his charm, and his loving demeanor.​ Tank had not been trained (he never learned to sit) but his amazing demeanor meant that he needed no training for behavior.​ He has gently watched my two young daughters grow up, and has cemented himself into the hearts of the full family.​ Without the assistance of MNBR, dogs like Tank would not get the opportunity to fight back and live beyond a condition like heart worms.

Peacefully passed away in September of 2018. Tank came to the Reid family in December of 2010. His family said he was the perfect boy and an awesome addition to their family. He loved going to the cabin. Even though he could not swim, he had the best of times in the lake. His favorite spots were on the couch or in our bed. He always wanted to be near his family. In August of 2018, Tank was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). His beloved family bought him a wheel chair and harness to help him maneuver better. However, after a few weeks, they saw a significant decline in health in many other areas. The neurologist helped his family make the difficult decision to say goodbye. He left them peacefully with no pain. While their hearts were broken, they knew they made the right decision for him.

We send our condolences to Holly, Tater's Foster mom. She wrote this beautiful tribute: On November 16, 2020, I fulfilled my promise to Tater to give him a happy, peaceful home where he could relax and enjoy life. Tater was an affectionate boy who aimed to please. From the moment he came home, he made his way comfortably into the lives of all who wanted to meet him, both human and furry friends. His favorite place was snuggling on the bed or in the middle of the giant bean bag chair. He was known for loud snores, which could be heard from a room away. Although loud, they were the sense of security his foster mom needed to sleep each night with peace. He loved his belly rubbed or simply to be loved on. He was the favorite pet of his foster mom's apartment building, as his unique features and lovable squishy face was heart melting. He will be missed by not only his fellow apartment furry friends but also all the humans in his life that helped to make his transition possible. You lived like a king, which was exactly what this big boy deserved! Mamma loved you more than words can describe, Tatertot! You were truly the pride of her heart! Tater / Tater Tot / Mr. T - R.I.P. December 4, 2020

MNBR sends our condolences to the Cottingham family on the loss of their beloved Tatum. We let our little girl Tatum go to the rainbow bridge yesterday. She battled almost a year with degenerative myopathy. She was not enjoying life anymore and we couldn’t watch her not be her fun loving self any longer. We had her for ten years and through that time she blossomed. The day we picked her up she and our boxer Jasper hit if off and loved each other like brother and sister! We know Tatum went through some terrible times before we got her, but we gave her as much love as she gave us. She learned to play, obedience training, rally, tricks and love unconditionally. She will be missed not only by us humans, but her newest fur brother Knox. I have attached some photos of Tatum along with my favorite video of when Knox was a little puppy – I posted this on Facebook with the caption – which one is the puppy!

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