Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Worried about my boxer puppy...

Martini playing with her new presents on Christmas morning...

Our puppy is a 19 mo. old albino boxer puppy named Martini!  You see I have been a bartender since I was 21 and since I am not a big drinker, we have always named our dogs after alcohol.  It started with my black lab, Keager...then we had a Chocolate lab, Kahlua...and since they are no longer with us we have a white boxer named Martini!  Actually her official name is "Martini on the rocks" since white boxer puppies little lives used to be on the rocks.  Years ago boxer breeders would kill the white ones, they are kind of shunned from the breed so as not to mess up the markings of the traditional boxer.  Of course that's all I wanted was the white one.

We named her Martini because her eye reminded us of the olive...
it was her only marking when she was born!

Well here she is at 19 mo. and she is not looking as though she is really gaining weight.  She eats 3 cups of dry food that we mix with warm water in the morning and at night.  Her stool is fine, her coat looks great, her breath smells fine...she's just not really showing that she's gaining weight.  You can see her spine and her the last 3.  So I am worried.

She's really NOT from the movie, "Poltergeist"...

I have looked up things online to find out if this was something that others have gone through and it seems that there are quite a few people that feel this way.  Considering that I had labs prior to our boxer, I am used to dogs getting thick around the middle. 

What I am learning is that these are "athletic" dogs and they are supposed to be lean and mean...well not mean, but you know what I mean.  But I am still a bit worried about her not gaining weight.  She is a very calm boxer...of couse she still has high energy, but she has always been very mellow.

So today we are off to take her to the football field to run around for about a half an hour and help her to build a lot of muscle...maybe that will do it.

Any suggestions from you boxer people out there would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!


  1. I don't own a boxer, but my niece does, and they just look that way. As long as she's eating fine and not acting sluggish (and pooping, of course), she's good to go. At 19 months, she might be as big as she's going to get. They aren't necessarily big dogs, like a lab. So don't fret, my pet ;)

  2. I don't know much about dogs but if you are really concerned you should take her to the Humane Society. We take our cat there. The have always given us exceptional cat for our pet at an affordable (I should really say CHEAP!) price.

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  3. I don't know much about boxers either, but they have always looked much thinner in the middle than labs. She looks happy! I love the name and the olive eye!