Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tyra The Obedient Boxer

This is Tyra, the very obedient boxer.

I looked at Tyra tonight and said, "Teeb, what do I write about today?" My husband replied for her, "Write about me." Okay, with as many photos I have posted of Tyra, it is time she gets some chat.

Tyra is 6 years old. She is a big girl, as you can tell. There isn't an ounce of fat on her though. She is solid as a rock. She is always at my side. Usually her back is to me as I write or work. I can see the beautiful white stripe down the back of her neck as she waits patiently. She hears and notices everything.

We live in the country, but in an older home that sits very close to a busy road. Behind us there are no houses. So Tyra, the only boxer of ours that can be let out the back door with little supervision, knows that she can go anywhere behind the house, even down to the barn, but not one step in the front or side of the house.

On very nice days she walks down the hill, and when she is ready, she darts back up. She runs so swift and smooth, with her big lips pressing back. It is a wonderful, happy site. Sometimes we still get the "poodle jump," too. The poodle jump consists of jumps up in the air and twists of the body that lands her in the opposite direction, back up in the air again twisting, landing face towards you, and then she repeats it over and over again. I have no idea how that child gets that big body up in the air, but she does it well.

Tyra was a mistreated youngster. We bought her when she was 9 months old for $100.00 . She was being replaced with a dog "much less hyper." Her papers, crate, toys, collar, dog treats, and her horrible fears were all sold to us (cash only). The poor girl was afraid to go outside by herself, even though she had a beautiful fenced in yard. I had to fool her by going out with her and sneaking back inside quietly. To this day, when you leave her alone, outside of her crate, she will cower when you enter the room. She has never been in that type of trouble in our home. Sad, isn't it?

I registered her as Zipporah Sarai and decided to breed her to my (late) boxer Samson. 10 beautiful pups were born, including Spike, the monstrous big son that we still have. He is not as obedient as momma, but he is just as precious. I was not going to put momma into the breeding business, so we only had one more litter. I believe in good solid boxer dogs, and I hope each one of mine has proven that much.

That is the story behind Tyra (Tyra Byra, Teeb, T.B., Mother, Momma). You will see a lot of her, she is a constant companion.


Amy said...

I enjoyed reading about Tyra!

KathyB. said...

Tyra is beautiful ! She is so much bigger than any boxers I see around here....I think I prefer the big solid boxer. What a sweet furry friend to have with you all the time. It would also make me feel safe to have her and her son around!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Poor thing. I hate to see an animal with its spirit broken. We also have a rescue dog. He has seizures due to his previous owner's abuse.
Your Tyra is a beautiful dog.

Alix said...

Tyra is a beauty to be sure. I love the sleek body lines and big boxy heads/snouts of the breed. Some boxers can be slobbery - but that's a small price to pay for a lovely sweet dog.

My heart breaks that Tyra was mistreated as a pup. So glad you and Bob rescued her. Animals sometimes overcome their behavioral idiosyncrasies with time and some keep them forever. I know your love and tenderness has made Tyra a happy, well-adjusted and obdient dog. It shows in her and in the lovely way you write about her.

Thank you for sharing her with us.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Sweet Tyra, glad your life is happy.

RĂ¼gener Inselseifen News said...

Oh, a boxer-this a very good Dogs-we have an boxer-teenager-Jack is 7 Months old and he makes big trouble. But we loved him, Boxer forever!
I wish you all good Things and a long time with tyra.
Greetings from Germany

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Alix, I guess they are a bit slobbery. I hardly notice because I have owned boxers for a while. You definitely cannot walk past one with black dress slacks on.

Tyra will definitely love hearing about your comments.

Thank you, Anke, and such a nice visit!

Jennifer said...

She is a beautiful dog, such a sad beginning but at least her story has a happy ending because she ended up in such a nice caring home.