Bertha (Memorial)


Status: Memorial

Gender: Female

State: Pennsylvania

FA #:

Tag #: 000599

Age: 7-8 years old

Date of Birth:

Weight: 80 lbs

Hair Color: Fawn

Ears: Natural ears

Tail: Docked tail

Reported Good With: Children Under 12, Children 12 & Older, Cats, Male Dogs

Kids Age Range: Kids 5 and older

3/19/23 – Memorial
Bertha came to our home in August 2022. We came to call her “B.” She came on transport with four other dogs from Georgia after they were rescued from a breeding farm. We have fostered many before her and our goal was to get her healthy and ready for adoption. First up was shots, a check up, and scheduling her heartworm treatment. Many dogs from the south come to rescue heartworm positive. It is a three shot series and we were on the last of the treatments when Bertha’s skin lesions appeared. After multiple vet visits, including a trip to the dermatologist and an internist, we discovered that Bertha had Cushings, along with hypothyroidism. We were also treating her calcinosis cutis, which formed from high doses of Prednisone needed for her heartworm treatment. Through all of this, Bertha enjoyed beach life, golf cart rides, trips to McDonalds, her own bed, and a yard to play in. Within a few hours, it all changed. I rushed her to the ER vet and it is believed that with Bertha’s weakened immune system, she contracted meningitis. The treatment is Prednisone, and her body couldn’t tolerate that. After three days in the ER, I knew she couldn’t fight anymore. I took her favorite McDonald’s burger and ice cream, and we said our goodbyes. Our family had the pleasure of fostering Bertha for 7 months. To my family, we were her forever home. If love and devotion could have saved her, Bertha would still be with us. She took a piece of my heart. Our family will save another that needs us because our healing comes from them. They do not deserve the neglect. With Adopt a Boxer Rescue’s support and all of our kind supporters, Bertha lived her best life in rescue. We thank you all.
Your forever foster mom

My foster family calls me “B”. I’m doing really well and feel so much better. They figured out my health issue. No one has ever cared before. I was diagnosed with diabetes insipidus. It is easily managed and it makes me even more special. I love everyone I meet and car rides are my favorite. Bertha is cat friendly.


Meet Bertha!  This beautiful girl comes to rescue from a rural shelter down south. She is a happy go lucky girl who loves to make everyone around her smile.  Bertha is social with male dogs and happy to meet new people.