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Bruno the Boxer

A day in the life with Bruno the Boxer. 2 years and 1 month old—102 pounds, 24 1/2 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).

Bruno the Boxer sitting outside

2 years and 1 month old.

Bruno and Little Bud

Budweiser the pony was born on Maguire Farm in the beginning of June. Amie took Bruno out to the pony field to visit with the little colt.

Bruno the Boxer standing in front of Budweiser the young colt

Little Bud approaches Bruno.

Bruno the Boxer sitting in front of Budweiser the Young Colt

Bruno sits down.

Budweiser the Young Colt smelling Bruno the Boxers face

Little Bud decides to smell Bruno's face so Bruno lowers his head slightly, a sign of submission.

Here is a video clip of Amie and Bruno first walking up to Little Bud.

Budweiser the young colt nursing from Cupcake the mare

Little Bud grabbing a snack from his mother, Cupcake

Bruno gets into playing with Little Bud and starts to chase back. Since Bud is only 2 weeks old Amie decides that the game between then should only go one way until Bud is older. She gives Bruno a boundary by telling him he is not allowed to chase the little colt. In the game the colt is only allowed to chase him. Bruno accepts this quickly.

Budweiser the young colt approaching Bruno the Boxer

The next time Little Bud approaches Bruno, he does something pretty amazing. Bruno sits down with his back to the colt and allows himself to be smelled without any commands from Amie. Natural dog behavior 101: In dog language that means that Bruno was telling Little Bud that he meant no harm and was allowing Bud to get to know him better. It's a natural way for one dog to communicate to another that he is submitting to them. The really cool thing is Amie didn't tell Bruno to do it. He just did it on his own.

Budweiser the Young Colt has his face on Bruno the Boxers lower back Budweiser the Young Colt smelling Bruno the Boxers bottom area Budweiser the Young Colt smelling Bruno the Boxers side

Bud starts to nibble on Bruno's back and he just sat there allowing it. These two are going to be good friends.

Video of Bruno playing with Little Bud, knowing he is not allowed to chase. For the colt’s mother to allow her pony to play with a dog means that she sensed the dog meant no harm. Bruno must have had some pretty good energy radiating from him. When Little Bud’s mother does not like who is around her baby she circles the baby, pins her ears and chases them away. Had Bruno been the least bit dominant the mother would have sensed it and chased him away. Animals can read the intentions of other beings around them. Notice how Bruno keeps sneaking bites of horse poop. I can't believe Amie let him eat that stuff! Gross!

Little Bud decides to chase Bruno around a bit more, but all Bruno has on his mind is eating that horse poop!

Bruno the Boxer watching Budweiser the Young Colt from a distance

Bruno watching Little Bud from a distance

Budweiser the Young Colt standing outside in a field with his mother Cupcake

Budweiser the colt with his mother Cupcake—they are both ponies, not horses, although there are horses in the field as well.

Raising a Puppy: Bruno the Boxer