As a baby and now...Armstrong's page will give you an idea of the work involved in achieving those tall-crop Boxer ears. Steve and Yvette have put a ton of attention and work into their puppy and his ears.
Armstrong is a Flashy Reverse Brindle Male. He weighed 2 pounds on August 21 and 33 pounds at 4 months.
On September 6, this puppy weighed 4.25 pounds. The following photos are from bath time.
20 July 07
Denise & Guy,
31 August 07
Thank you so much for what
you do in the breeding profession. You both are the epitome of how an ethical,
quality, service and love breeding business is all about. We couldn’t be more
blessed to have been connected to you for our angel, Armstrong. Thank you for
loving all those dogs and preparing them emotionally for the abundance they will
get with their new families. Steven, Ryan and I talked all the way home about
our visit. When we got home, me and the boys went to Petsmart and bought some
things for Armstrong’s visit home and wrote a list of things to go back and get
before his arrival. We saw the 8 in 1 carpet cleaner. We bought the “snap on
collar” and his kennel with a cushion with a basket full of colorful toys and an
up to date “potty training strategy book.” We can’t wait to bring him home to
love him and show him how much that he was hand picked and I believe it was
predestined to be a part of our family. We promise to love Armstrong
unconditionally. We will send you pictures regularly and will stay in contact
with you on your “grandson.” I just had to tell you how much we appreciate you
and what you do. You are a blessing to us and we truly thank God for placing
you both in our lives.
29 September 07
Hello Denise and
Armstrong is doing very
well. After I talked to you Denise letting you know that we made it home
safely, our afternoon with him truly began. He had a light appetite for dinner
and that was expected because he was getting familiar with everything. He fell
asleep with Steven until about 11:30 p.m. and then we took him out for his last
potty break. We must him in his plush bedtime kennel in our room. He didn’t
like it because he was away from us. He was whining. So, I got my sleeping bag
and slept on the floor with him putting my hands on the outside of the kennel
for him to be assured that someone was with him. We also put his blanket from
home and a square from home with your scent on it. He went right too it and he
was calm. He shortly went to sleep. He awoke at 3:15 letting me know that he
needed to go out. So, we went outside, he relieved himself and because he
didn’t like the morning dew, he wanted to come in. I fed him and because Boxers
are innately nosey, he couldn’t stay focused on his food so I had to keep saying
“Armstrong eat.” He ate almost the entire cup. Then, I made sure he drank some
water. Literally, three minutes later he was looking for a spot to have a boo
boo. So, I quickly picked him up and said “Armstrong outside” and we both
rushed out so he could take care of his business. And he did! He was so happy
because I was ecstatic. We came in, I showed him how to sit while I took off
his leash and then I picked him up and held him and he fell back to sleep in my
arms. So, at 3:30, he and I went back to bed. I laid on the floor next to him
with my hand on his body giving him that reassurance that I knew he needed in
order for him not to whine. He slept until 7:00 and we started the process over
again. He likes to urinate and then come back in and tries to boo boo inside
but it was Steven’s duty and he too, caught Armstrong in the act and rushed him
outside. So, far as of 8:28, he didn’t have any accidents in the house from
yesterday until that time. But, while I was asleep, after waking up next to
Julian he had a pee pee accident.
He is getting use to
everything and loves kissing and playing with his toys. He is happy and we are
so blessed to have him.
Thank you so very much for
Yvette, Steven, Julian, Ryan
30 September 07
Armstrong is doing great!
He is officially SPOILED! Last night, he wasn’t trying to go in that kennel so
Steven laid on the floor with him. We feel like we’ve mastered the potty
training. There weren’t any accidents today at all. Today, was his first time
being in the kennel for three and half hours because we went to church. He did
great. Guess what? today, he climbed the stairs. Yesterday, he went to his
doctor’s appointment. He weighs 8.8lbs. and his temperature was normal and our
vet thought he looked great! Attached are some pictures from the weekend. He
enjoys his black wire kennel like you have but his bed kennel is not his
favorite. We figured out because he can’t see us when we put down the shade.
So, we will leave it up. He had his first nylabone treat. He eats on a
schedule and that definitely helps with potty training him. We bought some all
natural treats and he really likes them. He also sits when we come in because
he knows we are going to give him a treat because of using the potty outside.
The kids are so wonderful with him. He loves chasing them. Well I hope you
enjoy the pictures. I will send in different emails because I don’t want to
slow down your system.
Armstrong’s Mommy and Daddy and brothers
23 November 07
Happy Thanksgiving! We have been so busy with loving, training, teaching, playing with Armstrong, that getting on the internet as been extremely difficult. Armstrong is doing GREAT! He is SPOILED still. He is extremely active and loves to chase the kids, plays with their stuff animals more than his chew toys and enjoys jumping and using his teeth for everything. He is probably 75% completely house trained but because he gets soooooo excited, he sometimes has an accident. He’s 24 lbs. and he is just now going down the stairs. He thinks that he is still a puppy so when he looks down, he is intimidated. So, we still pick him up or try to coax him down the stairs. On November 2nd, Armstrong got his ears cropped and we are in the final stages of his postings. He healed very well. He is completely on Eukanuba for puppies and licks the bowl clean. We haven’t forgotten about the NuVets. We are definitely going to purchase but he is on a calcium vitamin for his ears and then we will purchase. We respect how passionate you were about the supplements. Steve and I still come home at noon to let him out. He still eats three meals per day. He loves his kennel and often goes inside just to lay down. We love holding him like a baby because he is just so cute. He loves to cuddle but can barely sit still for a long period of time.
Yvette and Steven, the boys and Armstrong
1 December 07
We are so
glad you enjoyed the pictures. Dr. Michael Turley at the
went back to the doctor today for his third ear posting. These will stay in for
two weeks and a little bit more firm. The base of his ears are upright and the
stitches have completely healed. We give him a calcium tablet. He weighs 27lbs
and believe it or not, he just started going down the stairs a week ago. He’s
not too comfortable going down our flight of stairs. So, if you can imagine
little oh me, still trying to pick him up? It is a funny sight. He is the
BIGGEST baby. I love holding him like a baby and then he turns over on his back
and I rub his belly. He loves to have us chase him throughout the house. And
when he goes upstairs, he goes right into the boy’s room and goes into their
stuff animal duffle bag. And he runs and pulls them all out and plays with them
and shakes them and hides them. It is a hilarious!
some more pictures again before Christmas.
“They took my posts out for a week. Look at my ears Grandma and Grandpa!”
“This was my first time in the snow. I’ll be glad when these posts come off. My ears should be ready by now.”
“Look how long I can sit
when my mommy tells me to. I love the natural treats they give me.”
24 December 07
Here are some more updated
pictures of Armstrong. These pictures were taken after Thanksgiving. This is
one of our favorite times together when we just cuddle on the futon and I hold
him like a baby.
There are more pictures to
come. Armstrong had his 16 week checkup and he is 33lbs. He had his postings
taken out. We will send those probably tomorrow with his first Christmas
Yvette, Steven, and the boys
22 February 08
on your Blessings!
We have so
much to share about Armstrong. He’s doing great and it seems like he’s been a
part of lour life forever. I will send the latest pictures and updates soon.
We haven’t forgotten about Nu Vets. He’s on a vitamin for his ears still. We
thought he’s ears were done in the beginning of February but we want the doctor
to tape them again. The cut is nice but there’s a little flop on the tips. He
barks when he has to go potty. He knows the sign with two hands of “don’t
jump.” That command took forever because as you know, Boxers love to jump up to
show their love. But, when I have my suit on getting ready to meet a client, I
can’t have my baby jumping on me. He loves to jump on the counter when we are
cooking and just be a part of the mix. It’s like he’s saying, “do you need any