Nitro Lee - founding dog of Deaf Dogs Rock

If it were not for deaf boxer puppy Nitro, Deaf Dogs Rock would not exist.  His adoption by Christina and Chris Lee in 2010 introduced them to the world of deaf dogs and sparked an interest in helping other deaf dogs and their families.  This spark would spread throughout the world and grow to an active community of 65,000+ people who believe that Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts.

Sadly Nitro passed away in November of 2018.  We should all strive to have the blessing of leaving behind a legacy as he did.

In Nitro’s honor, we have established Nitro’s Fund – a specific fund dedicated to supporting the needs of deaf boxers and their families.

Nitro was the ultimate ambassador for deaf dogs, and deaf boxers particularly.  While all breeds are special, for many the boxer holds a position near and dear to their heart.  Their spirit, playfulness, joy, and perpetual youth are precious.

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Dogs Helped by Nitro’s Fund – You Can Make a Difference!

Nitro’s Fund Helps Kane in South Dakota

  When we saw Kane's sweet face we knew we had to help him. Kane is a 5 year old boxer who is heartworm positive and is a hurricane IDA survivor. He will need to start heartworm treatment and thank goodness he is now safely with 605 Boxer Rescue in Sioux Falls SD. Being that Kane just arrived in my home state of South Dakota and is now with a boxer rescue we have [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Pearl

Deaf Dogs Rock put out a rescue plea for deaf boxer Pearl in Kentucky and we are so thankful Chelsea's Hope Boxer Rescue in New Jersey raced to put a plan together to get her out of Kentucky and into their rescue. Pearl will be a recipient of a rescue sponsorship from Nitro's Fund that was specifically set up in memory or our deaf boxer Nitro to help other deaf shelter boxers into rescue. [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Jack

Poor sweet 10 month old deaf boxer Jack was at a Virginia shelter and unfortunately he did not get quality vetting from the shelter before he came into rescue. They neutered him and removed a lump in his leg. As soon as he arrived at our partner rescue Green Dogs Unleashed, he was rushed to their vet where he spent several days.  Jack is still having issues using his back leg but we hope [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps Isla

    When we heard from a young lady with a new human baby who had also gotten a new puppy, but wanted to rehome her 11 month old deaf boxer, we reached out to Erika with Green Dogs Unleashed to see if she had room in her awesome program for deaf boxer Isla. Erika made room for this sweet 11 month old deaf boxer girl. Above photo: Before Nitro passed away he was [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Callie

Sweet Callie was surrendered by a breeder when her family returned her for being deaf. Our friends at Green Dogs Unleashed took Callie is so she can go straight into foster care to learn new things, get her vetting done and find a loving forever home. Nitro's Fund will sponsor deaf boxer Callie so we can help Green Dogs Unleashed pay for her vetting. She is not available for adoption but if you live [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Ghost

When we saw handsome deaf boxer Ghost with Canine Castaways Rescue in Fountaintown IN, we were reminded of our own boxers Bud, Axl Blu and our Nitro so we knew we had to help him. We sponsored Ghost's vetting through Nitro's Fund to make sure he gets the vetting he needs before he goes to  his new home. Thanks to Canine Castaways Rescue for saving him, being his advocate and making sure he finds [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps Deaf Boxer Aspen from Maryland

Nitro's fund helps deaf young boxer girl Aspen. When we received Aspen's information we reached out to Aspen's caregiver to see if we could sponsor Aspen into our partner rescue here in Virginia Green Dogs Unleashed. Since Aspen is only 12 months old, I knew she could use some structure and additional training to set her up for success in her new home. She came from a home with small children and her owner [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps Deaf Boxer Griffin

When we heard from Griffin's human that she was losing her home and she needed help getting deaf boxer Griffin back to Green Dogs Unleashed we were eager to help her and Griffin. Griffin's human also drove to meet me for his transport to get him safely to Virginia. Thanks to GDU volunteer Sam who met me in Salem Virginia to volunteer his time on a Saturday to get Nitro safely back to GDU. [...]

Nitro’s Fund sponsors deaf boxer Sailor

We are starting 2021 off to a great start with helping deaf boxer Sailor. When we heard from our friends at the Deaf Dog Rescue of America in Southern California about a deaf boxer found as a stray coming from a shelter. We knew Nitro's Fund would be the perfect way to help deaf boxer Sailor so he could be neutered and find his loving forever home. Thanks to the Deaf Dog Rescue of [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps deaf boxer puppy Zeus

Photos courtesy of East Coast Boxer Rescue When we saw Zeus' story on the East Coast Boxer Rescue Facebook page we knew Deaf Dogs Rock would want to help. By donating $400 to Zeus' medical expenses from Nitro's Fund we hope to help Zeus and his rescue with his medical expenses. From East Coast Boxer Rescue: Zeus amazes us here at East Coast Boxer Rescue. Zeus has endured a life that no puppy should [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Frankie

When Frankie's owners in Kansas reached out to us for help for sweet 5 year old Frankie, we knew we had to get him here to Virginia into Green Dogs Unleashed. He is a wonderful 5 year old boxer who grew up with a two year old but when the second baby girl was born, she was highly allergic to Frankie. When they described Frankie's personality it reminded me so much of my sweet [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxer Puppy Truman

When we got a plea to help a woman who took in two deaf boxers puppies to keep them from being dumped at the shelter, we immediately reached out to Andrea with Speak For The Unspoken Rescue near Columbus Ohio to see if she had an open deaf boxer foster. Andrea not only made room for Truman but followed up to secure Truman for rescue and to get him safely into rescue. We let [...]

Quincy Gets Help From Nitro’s Fund

We are so thankful that The Phoenix Effect Death Row Rescue contacted Deaf Dogs Rock for additional information on training a deaf puppy because they would be pulling a deaf boxer puppy from a Midwest shelter. Little did they know that we have Nitro's Fund set up specifically to  help deaf boxers in need of rescue and rescue sponsorship. Above: Quincy's shelter photo   Photos above: Kellie Granfield-Barber picking up Quincy. She looks pretty [...]

Nitro’s Fund Helps Deaf Boxers Clyde and Aspen

Sweet 10 month old boxer puppy Clyde is our latest recipient of Nitro's Fund. He was sponsored into Do Over Dogs A Second Chance at Life Rescue  in Broomfield, CO. It was a very stressful three days to get sick puppy Clyde into the safe harbor of rescue and we are so thankful for these wonderful women who helped us help Clyde. How could anyone with a heart look at this sweet face and [...]

Nitro’s Fund Sponsors Three Boxers into Rescue

  Pinky, Otto and Sadie - North Texas Boxer Rescue - Cisco still is pending hearing testing. When we got word from our FB friend/deaf dog advocate Armando that there was another white boxer at a Texas shelter who needed to be rescued we were sure she was deaf when we saw her photo. She looks just like our unilaterally deaf puppy Axl Blu. When I sent Armando a message to see if the [...]

Nitro’s Fund helps deaf boxer puppy Lilly

When a person reached out to Deaf Dogs Rock to help her find a safe place for her six month old, deaf boxer puppy Lilly, we reached out to Green Dogs Unleashed rescue to see if they could make room for Lilly. Erika with GDU had an open foster family so Lilly was transported through our friends at Highway Heroes Rescue Transport Team. Lilly is sponsored in memory and by Nitro's Fund which is [...]

Harley Gets Help From Nitro’s Fund

Several weeks ago a vet clinic contacted us here at Deaf Dogs Rock to see if we could find a reputable rescue here in Virginia to help a little boxer girl named Harley. She was in boarding at their facility starting at 14 weeks of age. The previous person who had Harley never paid her vet bill or came to pick up her puppy so Harley was in limbo at the vet clinic for [...]

Boomer Gets Help From Nitro’s Fund

Sweet deaf boxer Boomer's caregiver passed away and we received several urgent message from our deaf dog advocates in Katy, Texas where Boomer was located. Deaf Dogs Rock put out a rescue sponsorship offer for Boomer and we are delighted to hear that the Austin Boxer Rescue took Boomer into rescue. Boomer will be sponsored in honor of our deaf boxer Nitro who passed away last November. Nitro would have adored Boomer and I [...]

Ella is a recipient of Nitro’s Fund

We are so happy to help a deaf boxer girl from Nitro's Fund. To honor Nitro's memory we sponsored deaf boxer Ella into our partner rescue Green Dogs Unleashed here in Virginia. If you want to learn more about Nitro's fund or donate in honor of your deaf boxer, click here to learn more.  Ella's story: Sometimes life throws a curve ball and the deaf dog ends up paying for it. Ella is one [...]

Daisy Gets Help From Nitro’s Fund

Deaf boxer pup Daisy is the latest recipient of Nitro's Fund so she is being sponsored into rescue through our Deaf Dogs Rock Nitro's Fund. If you would like to donate in honor of your deaf boxer to sponsor the next deaf boxer puppy/dog, click here to learn more. When a young man reached out to us for help with a deaf boxer puppy named Daisy we knew we had to help. Deaf pup [...]

Thank you Lora and Marlin!

We always love to hear from other deaf boxer families who adore their deaf boxers as much as we do ours. Even though Nitro is gone he will never be forgotten and we think of him fondly every single day. Lora and Marlin sent in a generous donation to Nitro's Fund to help the next deaf boxer like be sponsored into the safe harbor of rescue. Thank you Lora and Marlin, you totally rock! [...]

In Honor of Ozzy and Loki – Nitro’s Fund

While our deaf boxer Nitro was on this earth he had two best friends who were hearing boxers named Ozzy and Loki. Ozzy and Loki adored Nitro and he adored them. I would meet their mama and daddy Cherri and Brian at the dog park every day so Ozzy, Loki, and Nitro could run and play. They even hosted a birthday party for Nitro at their house one year. Ozzy, Loki and Nitro are [...]

Joy – First Recipient of Nitro’s Fund

When we received a plea for help for deaf 6 month old boxer Joy we knew she would be a perfect recipient for Nitro's Fund. Nitro gave us so much joy while he was here on this earth it would only be fitting that the first boxer to benefit from the sponsorship of Nitro's Fund name is Joy. Photo above: Joy just arrived from TN Green Dogs Unleashed here in Virginia thanks to our [...]