Nareen is a perfect example of why ABR works so diligently to place our Boxers into foster homes and why some of their stories change so much.

Nareen is a tiny fawn girl who is about 2 years old. She has natural ears, a docked tail and a pretty black mask. She is heartworm positive but not symptomatic, and ABR helps with treatment. She fits in a lap just right.

When Nareen came to ABR it was obvious she had only been used for breeding; she had almost no “dog” social skills at all and her only experiences with other dogs was for breeding. She was not likely to be adopted any time soon. She was scared, nervous and did not interact with other dogs well. She was OK with humans, but just OK. That was about 2 months ago.

She went to an experienced foster home with 2 older Boxers, one of them is deaf and clearly the matriarch. Exactly what Nareen needed; 2 older, calmer, stable dogs to learn from and foster parents with enough patience to let her learn. Now she freely interacts with her hosts, running and playing with the younger one. She is sweet and loveable and very gentle with her humans.

Nareen has learned how to be a dog and how to trust people and other dogs. She’s not miss social butterfly, but she’s not stuck alone in a cage anymore either. We know she does not do well with cats and we’re hesitant about kids because she has not been around them. She is house, crate and leash trained and blasts through the dog door with glee. She is a delightful, much more confident 2 year old now. She’ll need someone who can reassure her and earn her trust. Fostering just gave her a second chance and a whole community of ABR foster families ear to ear grins.