If you don’t know, Austin Boxer Rescue says “Once an ABR dog, always an ABR dog” and means it. So, when an adoption just doesn’t work out and ABR specialists can’t help solve the problems leading to surrender, that Boxer comes home to ABR. Welcome home Sparky, let’s find you a forever family.  He’s about 5 years old and a big boy at 83 pounds. He has a fawn coat with natural ears and cropped tail. He’s heartworm negative and will be p to date on vaccinations.


Sparky was adopted in 2013 and has lived with a female Boxer quite comfortably. When the babies came along about 2 years ago and just recently, he watched them ever so carefully, helping the oldest learn to stand and walk. He is a big, gentle soul but he was obviously abused before he was adopted as he shies, especially with unexpected contact from men. He is particularly nervous with men carrying sticks, and a gardener with a stick was too much, especially with Sparky’s babies to protect. One bite on the hand was too much for Sparky’s family.


Sparky gets along fine with other dogs and obviously with kids. He is protective of his family so his new family needs to be aware and help him stay out of situations that scare him. He is house trained and does not get on furniture. He is very affectionate and likes to hug his people. He really is a big, sweet, lovable guy that deserves a second chance; and maybe another playmate too.