Koco, My Brindle Boxer

A bundle of high energy!

Koco brings laughter and sunshine into my life.

After Rusty died at about age 12, I knew I needed another pet in my life, and Koco is the dog who is now sharing my home. Koco is a boxer mix. So many people have told me that boxers make great pets. I am believing it.

Years ago my family had a recording of songs about dogs. One stanza was about boxers. “I’m rough and I’m tough, I’m a boxer.” I don’t remember the second line but then it goes on, “Of course I’d chase a burglar if I saw one in the hall, but just between the two of us, I’d rather chase a ball. But, even though I may look very mean, I’m really the friendliest dog you’ve ever seen.”

I love how Koco is so agile, how much she uses her paws, and how affectionate she is with me. And she’s very intelligent! She has learned my daily routines and is happy to be with me. She’s learning to enjoy riding in the car with me. She hadn’t been taken for rides before. The people who gave her to me didn’t have a car, so, no rides.

She makes me laugh. She looks at me so earnestly and if I talk to her, she talks to me! She starts with a little cry sound, escalates to a whine and then erupts into a volley of barks. I don’t know what she’s saying but it certainly seems that she is having a conversation with me. When she is talking to me, it makes me laugh. I laugh a lot these days!

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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9 Responses to Koco, My Brindle Boxer

  1. Betsy says:

    What was the name of that dog recording???? our family had it too and i have never been able to find out anything about it!! i just googled those boxer lyrics and came up with your blog! i remember so many of the lyrics to the other songs…. i’d love to get my hands on it for my son! tx!

  2. NJ says:

    Betsy, I hope you read my response. I don’t have your email address.
    I’m sorry that I don’t know the name of that record or even how we came by it but our family did enjoy the dog songs so much. The Collie was a pretty nice one, too, –Tonight on the mountain the shepherd can sleep for he knows that the collie is watching the sheep. Love it!

    My son took the record. He may still have it. I’ll ask him to look up the name of the recording. I no longer have a phonograph to play the record. I couldn’t find the songs online either.

    Did you remember the second line to the boxer lyrics? I’m rough and I’m tough, I’m a boxer, —and then what. I always sang something silly next so I don’t remember the real line, but I have the rest of the song right.

    Thanks for your message!
    Nancy

  3. Betsy says:

    I think it was “I bristle like a thistle, I’m a boxer. And even though i make a face i’m not that way at all,
    of course i’d chase a burglar ….

    I’m glad you reminded me of the Collie song! I have one of those now! ha!

    “I was walking in Boston down Boyleston Street…when a Boston Bull Terrier i chance to meet”

    Hope your son can find it, that would be so cool-what a trip down memory lane! Thanks!
    Betsy

  4. NJ says:

    Our family really enjoyed that record! I, too, would love to hear it again. I don’t remember the song about the Boston Bull Terrier.

  5. Danger Mouse says:

    From: How Much is that Doggie in the window? Golden LP, LP-136
    Mostly Written by Cy Coben, Featuring Frank Milano and The Golden Orchestra, Directed by Jimmy Carroll

    I’m rough and I’m tough, I’m a boxer.
    I’ll fight and I’ll bite I’m a boxer.
    But even though I may look fierce, I’m not that way at all.
    Of course I’d chase a burglar if I saw one in the hall
    But just between the two of us I’d rather chase a ball.
    for even though I may look very mean,
    I’m really the friendliest dog you’ve ever seen.

    I growl and I howl, I’m a boxer.
    I bristle like a thistle I’m a boxer.
    But even though I may look fierce, I’m not that way at all.
    Of course I’d chase a burglar if I saw one in the hall
    But just between the two of us I’d rather chase a ball.
    for even though I may look very mean,
    I’m really the friendliest dog you’ve ever seen.

  6. NJ says:

    Thanks, Danger Mouse! I’ve liked that song so much and didn’t remember all of it accurately. I missed that it had two stanzas. It really is an apt description of Koco. She does howl, (talking to me), and growl, when she’s playing. She can certainly bristle, too!

  7. rk says:

    Hope you and Koco are doing well. I still have a copy of the LP. It was my favorite. I will post here when I get the record player fixed. If you are interested, I will make you a copy.

  8. KCR says:

    NJ, I think the second line was- I’m not a pugilist, I’m a boxer. I had no idea what a pugilist was at the time. Our Chrissie has been gone for ten years and we still talk about her.

  9. NJ says:

    Thank you KCR! I’m pleased to have that second line. I have this habit of changing words to songs I sing a lot, and with this song, I sang the wrong words for so long that I forgot the real words. Koco is a real blessing in my life. I do enjoy having her here with me. I’m sure Chrissie was that kind of blessing in your family. Thanks, again.

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