Tyson (American Bulldog/Boxer Mix)

Tyson is a three year old rescue dog. His original owners tried to train him to fight, but he refused. They let their other, much bigger dogs attack Tyson, and they left him for dead. He was rescued by Animal Control, who then fostered him out to be nursed back to health. We adopted him from his foster family.

We had him for about 3 months, when our landlord decided to change the pet policy for the house we were living in. We went from being able to have any pet we wanted, to having to pay a $250 deposit for a dog we already had as well as $75 extra on our rent each month. We just couldn't afford it. We ended up giving Tyson to a family we knew would take care of him.

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Fast forward an entire year. We had moved to a different house, pets were allowed with no fees. I was looking on Craigslist one day and happened to come across MY Tyson! The family we gave him to was moving and couldn't take him with. Instead of contacting me first, they put him on Craigslist. I called immediately and got my baby boy back!

We've had him back for about 9 months now, we are all so happy :) Tyson loves to chase birds, play fetch, and tug-of-war. He's a big dog, with that "guard-dog" look, but he's such a softie. He will lick you to death. Anyone that comes to the door, he is right there to greet them with a smile and a friendly lick. Tyson thinks he's a lap dog, too. His favorite place to sleep is curled up on the couch with his head in my lap.

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By Kelsey

February 21, 20110 found this helpful

A story with a happy ending that we all want for our pets! While I am not a dog lover, I prefer cats. He sure is a handsome boy. You brought up an important point, when you give a pet to another party make sure you let them know if it does not work out you will take the animal back, or try to find it a good home. I once gave a stray to another family. She did not get along with my 2 cats and was very unhappy with us. The people seemed nice and they assured me they would love her. I cried when I put her in their son's arms. I told them if it did not work out I wanted her back, no questions asked. Good thing I did as they had a dog which terrified her to the point she did not leave a bedroom, not eat, being very sick. Long story short I was able to give Jezzabell a loving home for many years. She finally came to terms with the other 2 cats and stopped hiding in our dining room.

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February 21, 20110 found this helpful

Your dog is beautiful. The thing Tyson needs most of all right now is stability, based on his past history, then homed with you, then others and now back to you. I hope that you are now in a position where Tyson can stay in your family forever. He looks like a magnificent dog, you are lucky.

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February 21, 20110 found this helpful

I got my boxer for prtection. I'm affraid she would lick them to death also. My daughter had 2 boxers casus and Ali. Tyson you are adorable.

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February 21, 20110 found this helpful

Very beautiful, majestic dog. Love him forever!

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February 21, 20110 found this helpful

He has a great face with that bit of bulldog mixed in! Fate must have meant for you to be his family, I'm just glad he made it back to you is such a round-about-way!

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February 22, 20110 found this helpful

He is beautiful. I am so happy you got him back!

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February 22, 20110 found this helpful

He has a hard life, luckily he has a good disposition. I'm glad you give him all the love he deserves.

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February 24, 20110 found this helpful

What a great story....how lucky for him that you found him again. My husband had a dog he won years ago in a card game for a pair of 2's. The man had knocked all the dogs teeth out so he could train his puppies to fight him and not get bit. He was a boxer, that dog loved my husband beyond belief. It made me sick to my stomach to hear that someone could do that to an animal and the man was married...Lucky Tyson and thanks for sharing your wonderful story. Rescue dogs are unbelieveably wonderful if you can get them past their history~

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April 2, 20160 found this helpful

First your story made me cry because of evil, sick people. Then made me cry because of the amazing loving, determined people like you! (he's beautiful, and thank you)

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