A Writer’s Dog: Charli the Boxer Surprise
Look at this face:
I’ve not yet the pleasure of planting a kiss on this particular doggy face, but wouldn’t it be fun?
Charli is a female boxer dog who belongs to one of my writer friends. Jeneé writes about life, people and community in Kansas City.
Here is what she has to say about Charli.
What is your dog’s story?
I didn’t ask for her. I don’t believe you should give dogs as gifts unless the recipient asked and is prepared for the responsibility, but luckily, this surprise turned out just fine. I had just moved downtown into a place with a bay window and washer and dryer. Boxes hadn’t even been unpacked when a friend from Atlanta surprised me with a baby boxer. She had a nose like a pig and nestled it into my neck. Her feet were huge. She wasn’t the small King Charles spaniel I always thought I would get one day. I didn’t want to want her but the love was overwhelming. The bay window became hers. The washer and dryer worked overtime to keep all my linens clean during her potty training. It wasn’t the sexy downtown spot I thought it would be, but it was a home.
What is special about Charli?
She’s brilliant. Now that we have a second pup, I realize how much I have taken for granted. Charli truly understands me, my ups and downs and what I say. My husband pointed out that I have been through so much with her, when we were on her own that she just gets me. I can talk to her and she knows what to do. I say, “Let’s get on the couch and watch TV” and she’s up there with me. I don’t need commands anymore. Only I do because now we have a puppy, and you can’t thrown entire sentences at her. You have to get back to the basics: Sit. Stay. Down. Eat. Stop. Please.
Does the depth of your relationship with this dog surprise you?
When she was diagnosed with cancer and needed surgery on her ear, I felt broken. They said if I didn’t put her through another surgery, chemo and all kinds of treatment, I would lose her. She was miserable. I just knew she didn’t want that kind of treatment. And I was right. It’s two years later and she’s happy and even has a new sister, Peppermint Patty. Charli is seven years old and has lived a golden life.
You’re a boxer person. What is it about this breed you like so much?
I love and hate their energy and charisma. It’s the best and worst thing ever. They have a very loving and human kind of personality. And they seem to never get tired. And the puppy stage lasts forever. No joke, boxers are puppies until the end.
What is frustrating about Charli?
Ha! She’s too smart. She can figure out games instantly. She is persistent in her wants. If she wants to lay on you, kiss you or get a treat – eventually you will give in. I have seen her turn people in my life who aren’t dog people into dog people. And now that she’s older and has gone through some things, she knows she can get away with stuff. Like sneaking up the stairs and sleeping outside of our bedroom door on stormy nights.
What have you learned from your dog?
She changed my life. Truly. She taught me to be a better person and to really get over myself. When a dog destroys your living room, rips cords out of the wall and eats everything from remote controls to your favorite shoes to an entire box of crayons – you learn what is important in life. When you have been living alone in a town with no family and you suddenly get to come home to a warm puppy that is always incredibly happy to see you, you learn that family can come with four legs and fur.
Charli occasionally creeps into your writing. How else does your dog influence your life as a writer?
I would say she helps me focus. A dog that will slap your laptop and lick your screen will make you learn the art of focus quick. She’s also given me a heightened sense of compassion.
What sage advice do you have for anyone interested in adding a boxer to their family?
Have energy. Have patience. Understand that these pups are jumpers by nature, they play a little rough but they are teddy bears and can be trained. Know the puppy stage is long and at times unforgiving but oh so worth it. They love and protect. They teach you to be better.
Connect with Jeneé at facebook.com/jeneeinkc or on Twitter @jeneeinkc.
Readers: Do you have a boxer story? Share it in the comments!
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Posted on October 15, 2012, in Dogs, Dogtography and tagged boxer dogs, boxers and puppies, boxers as puppies, kansas city writer, people, receiving a dog as a gift, writers and dogs. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.