12/06/09 - KIMBO - Memorial
It is with great sadness that
we must report the passing of the very first boxer we took in under the
Adopt A Boxer Rescue name, back on November 25, 2004.
This is an email from his
Unfortunately this email does not bring good news. As you know Kimbo was
fighting some growths since the beginning of the year and we almost lost
him then from one rupturing. Back in February we were told he may only
live 6 - 8 weeks, well Kimbo made it another 9 months. We brought Kimbo
to the oncologist Thanksgiving weekend in the hopes they might be able to
give him some more time and be comfortable. The news was not encouraging
but the doctor suggested starting him on Palladia, the new drug they are
testing. We started him last week. Amazingly the growths did shrink but
Kimbo suffered some side effects mostly lameness in his rear end which he
had since we adopted him. Well, on Friday he had a very difficult time
getting up and walking. Our vet gave us some pain pills to keep him
comfortable and a sling to help him along. He seemed a little bit better
on Saturday but Saturday night he cried all night even with Frank sleeping
next to him on the floor. I guess this was our sign that he was
uncomfortable and had enough. We were hoping to make it until Monday so
the regular vet to help him over to the other side. We just couldn't put
Kimbo through another 24 hours of pain. He would not let us leave the
room without crying for us to come back. Me and Frank took him to the
local emergency vet we have used in the past and were with him when he
left us. It was very hard as Kimbo was probably the best rescue we have
had and the longest. We were so hoping that he would make it to the 5
year mark. He was 26 days short. Not bad though.
Kimbo leaves us with lots of great memories and we were so glad he was
able to make it camping with us in October. He loved his camping.
I have attached a few pictures of Kimbo from the day we adopted him,
January 1, 2005.
Me and Frank have decided that we need to take a break. Kimbo has hit us
hard. It has not been easy watching 5 beloved boxers leave us in only 9
years, plus having to put down our cats Valentino and Baxter. We still
hope to help rescue in anyway we can so please call on us if you need a
home visit or whatever.
It was hard to see him go but we know he is in a better place and in no
Thanks to you all for your support over the years and what you do for our
The VanDerlofske Family
01/07/09 - Happy Beginning and
Happy New Year's to all.
Four years ago we picked Kimbo up from Lisa. He looked like our Bo.
Everyone thought they were brothers. Kimbo has given us a great four
years. They longest of any of our seniors. We are very greatful to him
for staying with us this long.
Daniel was only 3 when we adopted Kimbo. Kimbo has been great with him
from day one. Kimbo has sadly watched us put down Valentino and Bo. He
seems to enjoy being the only dog and getting all the attention. He has
also welcomed two new cats into our house. Ledge was adopted at age 10
about 1 1/2 years ago. Ledge like all our seniors came with medical
issues. He is a diabetic and we have learned to give him his daily
shots. He is 19 pounds of pure joy. Frank wanted another Siamese so on
December 15th we welcomed Buddah into our home. I am holding him in one
of the pictures. He is a great addition and reminds us a lot of our
Valentino. He is only about 2 years old. Him and Kimbo have gotten along
great from the second he arrived.
Kimbo has the greatest personality. Frank has been spending plenty of
quality time with him bringing him to a dog park about once a week. Kimbo
doesn't pay too much attention to the other dogs... just wants to follow
Frank around. Kimbo has really slowed down and has a hard time getting
up. He figured out that if he barks, we will come. He needs a little help
with steps but otherwise is managing well. He still loves his car rides
and visits to my mom's.
We want to thank all of you for what you do. We do a small part in
taking some seniors but it will never match what you all do.
Everyone have a great 2009. We are heading cross country the month of
July. If Kimbo chooses to still be with us, he has reservations at my
mom's and sister's who will be taking care of him. Luckily they live
all on one level and Kimbo enjoys that.
The VanDerlofske Family.
11/26/04 - New Pic -
Making one's self at home...
Have you ever looked at someone and a song just came
into your head? When they brought Kimbo out from the back of a local kill
shelter, I took one look at the sweetest face in the world and started
humming Lean On Me and once in the car, that’s exactly what he did – all the
Ok, I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for the older ones –
the knowledge of the world rests in their eyes. But from the second you
meet this boy, something reaches out and grabs your heart and that’s exactly
what Kimbo has done to me.
All the way home, he rested his head in my lap. Once
home, I introduced him to my own 7-year-old boxer and my 18-year-old cat –
and the reaction from Kimbo was the same toward both of them – ‘hello, nice
to meet you, am I safe now?’
The only family he’s ever known turned Kimbo into the
kill shelter – something about moving - but we can’t imagine how they could
leave behind this gentle family member.
Kimbo is 100% housebroken, walks wonderfully on lead
and never needs to be crated. He’s left with another dog throughout the
workday and he touches nothing. Kimbo does not know what toys are so we’re
slowly convincing him that toys and chewies are fun things and he can play
with them. Kimbo saw our vet yesterday and he was a perfect gentleman,
letting himself be poked and prodded without a single complaint. He’s very
gentle with other animals, big and small and extremely patient when meeting
new people that want to say hi and give him some hugs.
Having Kimbo in your home is like having your best pair
of old shoes – he’s dependable, gentle, and you can’t remember your life
without him. If first impressions count for anything, love is in the air
and you’re going to have to be a really special family to bring this boy
If you are interested in adopting this dog, please fill out an
online application first. Then e-mail the contacts below. Be sure to include your full name, city,
state, and area code in the subject line of your message.