These two are the loves of my life.
By taking a gander at my Instagram feed, you will see that I am like a crazy cat lady, except with two boxer dogs instead of cats.
Bowie (named after David Bowie) was born on November 26, 2010, and came into my life on February 12, 2011 as a companion for my other Boxer, Millie. Boxers tend to be hyperactive and full of energy especially Boxer puppies, but Bow’s always been pretty mellow.
After Millie passed away, it was just me and Bow, partners in crime, for a long time. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. Our bond is incredibly strong and I never thought I could love another Boxer as much as I love him, so I held off on adopting a sister for him. Plus, I wasn’t sure if I wanted the added cost and responsibility again of a second dog.
After a few months of us being a dynamic duo, I noticed that Bowie would act out a little more than normal while I was at work. I have a dog walker that comes and takes him out during the day, but it wasn’t enough. It was time to give another Boxer a forever home, so I constantly checked my local favorite shelter, Boxer Rescue LA, for any adoptable dogs that would get along with my little man.
Along Came Sioux
Her name on the shelter’s website was Darling, and she was certainly a darling. A smushy faced brindle lady who was living in a foster home after her owner had to surrender her due to international relocation.
Darling’s foster family came to visit me and Bowie at our house on December 29, 2012. The initial meeting was really touchy at first; Bowie is not the sweetest little guy when it comes to adult men or unfamiliar dogs (need to work on that). But after having them walk on the street at a safe distance apart, then letting them sniff butts, they fell in love.
Lucky for us, I have a large backyard so they were able to spend hours chasing each other all over and getting to know one another. Darling’s foster parents and I were so unbelievably happy that it worked out. Bowie got a playmate, and Darling got a forever home. The next thing she needed was a forever name: Siouxsie Sioux (as in And the Banshees). It’s pronounced Suzy Sue in case you’re wondering.
The best part of adopting an owner surrender is that the shelter was able to give me all her medical records from puppyhood. I know her entire vaccination history, and also how old she is. Just like me and Bowie, she’s also a November baby! Born on November 9, 2011. After having her around for a few months now, we wonder how we ever got along without her. She fit right in with us, and I love her just as much as I love Bowie.