10 years ago, my Dad and I were sitting in the back yard and a big but emaciated dog came running up to us. He was malnourished, and weighed 25 pounds less than what he should have. My dad said, “We have to feed and clean up this dog, but we can’t keep it because your Mom would kill me.” We fed Baxter, and the bathing turned into a full vet visit with flea bath, vaccines, and tick prevention. We took him back to our house and made a spot for him outside while my Dad called around looking for a potential owner. Not more than an hour in, the dog was still sitting outside and my Dad couldn’t handle it. He brought him inside, called my mom, and said “Hey Jute, just calling to let you know we adopted a dog today.” We named him Baxter moments later.
Baxter was a holy terror to train. Having been an outdoor dog his whole life, he loved the comfort of indoor living but didn’t understand basic manners. One day, he locked himself in my old room and tried to dig his way out. He pulled the carpet back, knocked the dresser over, ate the laundry hamper, got into a pack of gum and clawed all the way to the drywall. He left with a tootsie pop stuck to his back. In another instance, he smelled hot dogs at the beach and stole an entire pack right next to someone’s grill.
Even so, he was the most loving animal I have ever known. Our family’s favorite phrase became “you just can’t ever be too close” because Baxter would lay his head on your head, and place all 90 pounds of his body weight on top of you in bed, spilling over you like a bow of pasta. He loved people.
Today, he passed away unexpectedly. When I think back to the moment when we almost gave him up, or the moments when we wondered what we’d gotten into with all the damage he’d done to the house (😊), I feel it’s important to tell everyone that life was - by far and away - better with him than it ever was without him. We would have given our life savings today to save him, but no options were available.
If ever you are on the fence about adopting, wondering if you have the time, money, or patience, I promise you will not regret it.
RIP Baxter Weaver, the best Boxador. #boxador #adoption