China- December 22, 2017 -  China was an incredibly beautiful, loving angel. I am so thankful for the time we had together and all the love and joy she brought to the lives of all who knew her. Her body is gone now, but her spirit lives on in my heart - now and forever. In loving memory of China

CBR Alumn Sabo - October 2017 - I'm so sad to let you know that Sabo, our CBR boy, died today, Oct. 24, 2017. Cricket was his foster mom and we drove to her house to meet him. He was a young adult then--that was in February, 2007.  Since then he has lived in Southport, visiting the dog park twice a day, greeting the mail carrier and delivery people and making friends everywhere. Our grandchildren visited often and he loved them like crazy. He was the leader of his pack at the dog park and enjoyed it tremendously. He had been experiencing dementia for a few months and recently a tumor was found. When we could no longer keep him comfortable, with the help of our fantastic veterinary team, we let him go peacefully. He'll be playing with our other rescue Boxers, Duffy, Heidi, Shawnee and Sam.


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CBR alumn  Lilly - September 2017 - Lilly was the tiniest boxer I'd ever seen. What she lacked in size she made up for in personality. I feel that her tiny body just couldn't contain her huge spirit. She was my lap boxer, my crazy wild child and my snuggle buddy. We definitely didn't have nearly enough time with her and life will never be the same. I don't know if y'all remember but you and Cricket called me about Lilly, after Bella passed in February 2011, because you thought she'd be the perfect fit for my life. You were right. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to love her.

December 2010 - September 2017


August 2017 CBR Alum Justice just crossed over the rainbow bridge this morning. Cancer over took her quickly and was pretty bad these last few days. We loved her so much and will miss her.

Foster Bodhi - 7/17/17 - There will be no Miracle today..... not for my sweet Baby Bodhi. My heart is crushed.... for this young life.... lost too soon. Sometimes in Rescue, we win. Sometimes, we lose. And while there is a great sense of accomplishment when the outcomes are good.... the losses hit us very hard... and it feels like we lose a piece of ourselves. Everyone fought hard for Bodhi, and the Rescue and Hospital staff all worked tirelessly to save him.... but sometimes, we just can't win the battle. It was so hard to physically walk away from him today.... knowing that his life was stolen from him.... MegaEsophogus is an uphill battle. While some can live a longer life... some never get the chance.
I am broken..... he was amazing. And I will be lost for awhile.... without him. He knew ONLY Love.

Jean Crowell Isom Beckham - 6/6/17  In honor of one of the great friends of all kinds of dogs, especially Boxers.

PANDORA  6/30/17 - Our dear friends lost their 10 year old boxer, Pandora.  It was extremely sudden and our friends are understandably, heartbroken.  Pandora was part of our extended family too, was fun loving, affectionate and we will miss her.  

July 2nd, 2017 - GRACIE   It is with tremendous sadness I post the loss of my beautiful Brindle baby Gracie...She was a bundle of energy, joy and happiness all wrapped up in one fantastic little Queen Bee. Gracie was smart, inquisitive and a bit stand offish at times! We loved her to pieces and she took a piece of my heart when we lost her so suddenly to what we can only guess was hemangiosarcoma... silent but deadly disease! If love could of cured you and if love could of only kept you here for us to whisper one more time in your ear how beautiful and how loved you are...forever you will remain in our hearts! Forever missing you Gracie Pooh UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

Love Your People...Wesley, Theresa, Danielle, Jacqueline and Brooklyn...Your fur litter sister Tara-Bella and adopted CBR Alumni Rajah

June 2017 - It breaks my heart to share that Foster Kringle has passed away, peacefully. Run Free my Sweet Nublet. Despite being my greatest challenge, you stole my heart.... and the hearts of so many in our Carolina Boxer Rescue Network. My heart aches in ways no one will understand, as no one understood you like I did. You were so loved. And while we knew your time with us might be short, due to a brain tumor..... we also knew it would be meaningful. We did not expect to lose you so soon. While deep sadness resides in our souls, from losing you on this earth.... I know... you are running free..... and that you know.... you mattered. You were loved.


May 2017 - Foster Camden was helped to the Rainbow Bridge today because of complications from a neurological disorder.  RIP Camden.

April 2017 - CBR Alumnus Justice, whom we adopted in 2007 passed away in early Feb. He was the center of gravity in our household and kept us on schedule for meals and walks.

If we went anywhere Justice either went with us or some trusted family friend came to stay with him in his home.

Justice was a remarkable dog, noted for intelligence and bearing.Our daughter described him best as “professional.”

In his final months he suffered from many small ailments, gum problems and then an onset of dementia.

As hard as it was to part with him, we could not bear to see him in pain, confused and unhappy.

He went peacefully and calmly, lying in our laps.

Justice is sorely missed.

4/26/2017 It is with deep sadness we report that CBR foster Abby has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  She was taken to the ER vet yesterday not doing well and was helped to the Bridge there.  Run free sweet girl.


April 21, 2017

Run free Jupiter....CBR foster Jupiter passed away today from complications of his head injury he sustained at birth. He was very loved by his original owner,his wonderful foster mom and everyone who met him....

CBR Foster Tonka - March 2017 .. Tonka came in heartworm positive, had to immediately have fluid drained, and yet we were still too late. He crossed the bridge just a few days after the rescue took him in.

CBR Foster Cutie Pie - March 24, 2017 - Saying goodbye is just as hard after only two days of knowing sweet Foster Cutie Pie as it has been for any of mine in the past. But to know she suffered needlessly and we were really too late to save her hurts even more and makes me so upset. That a family pet could lay in their own yard and suffer for days is beyond anything I can comprehend. She was too sick to move this morning but as I loved on her and talked her eye would look up at me. I told her I was so very sorry and I loved her. Seniors are my heart and she just took another bit of mine but I will love another and another till I have no breath of my own........

CBR alumn Marley - We lost Marley in February after a year of gradual debilitation from degenerative myelopathy, along with other health issues. Marley came to us in 2009 through CBR, who had rescued her from the Burlington shelter. She was in terrible shape when they saved her, but thanks to their care and the foster family's love, she was recovering when we brought her home. She went from lost dog to loved family member, and spent the rest of her life in a happy home. We could not have had a sweeter, more gentle dog, and we miss her so. Thank you CBR for giving us our good girl.

Those of us who love boxers should be aware that canine degenerative myelopathy strikes boxers more than other breeds. Read more at If you breed boxers, please test your dogs before breeding.

February 2017 - CBR Alumn Charlie - Charlie became the center of our family on Dec. 2, 2016. Immediately we noticed his huge fun-loving personality. Always by our side and never left alone.  He loved snuggling up on the large "Fuf" beanbag and found comfort when you let him in his neck.  If you were sitting on the ground he would stand over you to ensure you took notice of him and give him a hug. He loved to show his excitement by bounding up in the air on all fours...especially if you started jumping with him. His favorite time of the day was the morning when everyone was up and ready to play...and of course to have his breakfast. Heloved going on car rides...especially when it was time to pick the kids up from school. We love and miss you so much Charlie. You were given a second chance but gone too soon. We will never forget your "Snaggle" tooth, enormous long tongue, wiggly butt, and loving personality.

CBR Foster Dozer - February 

It is with great sadness that we have to let everyone know that foster Dozer crossed over the Rainbow Bridge today.  Dozers foster mom Brittany is a vet tech and started noticing some issues he was having.  She took him in and it was determined he was suffering from a brain tumor.  Please know he had a fabulous day today and enjoyed a day full of food and love.  He went peacefully with Brittany  holding his paw.  

January 2017 - CBR Alumnus   SPOT -   "Spot passed away in Friday. He had cancer and it took over despite his hard battle to fight it. He had a peaceful passing and is missed. Messy and Freya are having a tough time adjusting and my boys are taking it pretty hard. We took the whole crew to FL for Christmas so hopefully when we return it will be easier. We wanted to let you know and to thank CBR for bringing him into our lives."