Anyone who knows us knows that we have 2 boxer dogs. We’ve always had boxers as pets, from day 1 of living together all those many years ago.
Each dog, while sharing many of the boxer characteristics – loyalty, young-at-heart nature, stubbornness, intelligence – has very much been an individual.
The 2 we have now, Fitz and Milo, are the first dogs we’ve had that we’ve spent so much time with. In years past, both of us worked, so the dogs spent their day in a very large dog run (we have built huge dog runs at every house we’ve ever lived in!!). We could never leave the dogs in the house while we worked – boxers don’t take to boredom very well, and if they are bored, they tend to get into everything! The dogs were great company for the person left at home, as usually either Kenton or I was traveling.
Fitz and Milo have the most wonderful characters, and they are true “campo dogs”. They know the best spots for shade, they know where there is always water to drink in the forest. They take care of us and our mountain – though they tend to think the entire mountain is theirs!
Fitz is the younger, and a true happy clown. He thinks he is still a small puppy, despite the fact he weighs 42 kilos! So he tries to shove his way through small spaces. Occasionally, he will decide just to leap at Kenton, assuming Kenton will catch him. What an experience.
Milo is the older, and a true athlete – and as the big brother, is much more serious. His grace and physical presence astounds me. He is also the most intelligent dog we’ve ever had, which is not always a good thing!
They always work outdoors with us, and love to explore our land. They are good guard dogs, but never bite. They love children, and they love the people they know. (they have a particular fondness for Manuel’s mule!!) They are huge company when Kenton is away, and I always feel safe.