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April 2018
MABTR's CookBook  
Design details
  • full color (5.5×8.5x.5 in size)
  • spiral binding
  • protective cover and hard back
  • colored dividers of 11 categories including dog treats
  • easy to carry around
  • lots of Boston Terrier photos & dog sayings to make you smile all year long.
Cost is only $20 which includes shipping
Books will be shipped out the week of April 23rd.
What is wrong with my male Boston?  
 *Graphic pictures* - Educational

Cyrus is the seventh Boston to come into MABTR's rehoming program with this look.

Question to be answered before addressing the issue: Is the dog a Hermaphrodite (a dog with both male and female parts; some can also be present as a male with incomplete production) OR Hypospadias (male showing failure of fusion of the urethra, prepuce, and scrotum resulting in a nonfunctional and exposed penis with a nonfused prepuce). 
6 out of 7 cases came from a puppy mill and non-reputable breeders.

We have had four Hermaphrodite and three Hypospadias cases to date.  All have been adopted out, living happy and healthy lives.

Meet Cryus, who was picked up as a stray in January 2018, our only case not from a breeder. At first the founder told us he may have an injury to his penis but once he arrived it was obvious what the issue was.  Born as what we would assume is a male due to physical features; however his penis is not functional. The urine exits normally from a hole that is also not stationed like a normal female's urethra.

Cyrus had bloodwork to confirm which case we were dealing with.  The bloodwork would confirm if he had female sex hormones. If yes female sex hormones exist he is a Hermaphrodite and would need to be neutered and spayed.  If no female sex hormones he will only be neutered. 

We confirmed Cyrus was had Hypospadias so he underwent reconstructive surgery that in the end he physically looks like a female. He was only neutered. Surgery is normally successful in these cases and we have yet to have any issues.

In all our cases the bowels and anus was not impacted; however in some cases the pee hole is just below the anus resulting in ongoing bladder infections if the area is not kept cleaned.

There was actually a TV series, Medical Extremes, that did a take on the topic and guess what? it was a Boston.  

Though the correction of the penis was done differently than how we approach our cases, it was addressed and it is important that you work with a vet that is comfortable with the case, but the preferred is one experienced with cases such as this.
Did you purchase your ticket to the annual
MABTR Dinner and Auction for May 5?

We are looking forward to another exciting and fun year scheduled for May 5. 
Official invite below (note new location)

For those that have not yet attended look at what you are missing:

1. Excellent dinner with two meat choices, salad, sides, and dessert.  Also a hearty vegetarian  option
2. Open bar from soda, beer to wine
3. Formal setting without formal attire.   We may have cloth napkins, stainless steel silverware and centerpieces but the attire is not formal unless you want it to be. Wear what you are comfortable in.
4. 50 plus auction items and 4 raffle items
5. 30 min speech with guest speakers. This year's theme "What MABTR's Family is Made Up Of"
6. Mark Hall, local caricature artist, will be there performing his work
7. Music and a dance floor
8. Jennifer Misfeldt, founder, in attendance
9 - Meet like minded people with a passion for Boston Terriers & supporting MABTR!
10 - Help dogs in need. All money raised goes to our medical fund

Seats are limited and not sold at the door. Last date to order April 25  Click here to purchase tickets 

For those that have attended in the past we hope you found the event to be as enjoyable and beneficial that we will see you again this year.

Cannot make it to the check out this year's
Sponsorship Opportunities!

3 levels to choose from...$50, $100 & $250


  Click here to choose your sponsorship

Frenchie's story - Estimated to be 10 years old Frenchie was picked up as a stray in Cedar Rapids, IA.  She arrived with glaucoma in both eyes, blind, deaf, chronic ears infections, mammory gland tumor, intacted, and  severe periodontal disease (bacteria of the mouth). As a result of her health concerns the shelter contacted MABTR.  We requested that bloodwork be completed to ensure that Frenchie was healthy enough to be transported and undergo anesthesia. Her bloodwork came back good & her heart sounded good as well. She underwent a total of three surgeries.  One at the shelter for her spay and mammary gland tumor (they did not have time for her teeth).  MABTR priorty was to address her infected mouth and unfortunately made the decision to remove her eyes due to the increase in size and that they had no function any longer.
The second one with MABTR's vet in Omaha, NE to remove all but four teeth, remove one eye and a polyp from her ear, which was a surprise.  Her third surgery consisted of her second eye being removed and her ears being flushed and cleaned. Her total medical bill was $ 1779.  We will not collect an adoption fee for Frenchie as she entered our hospice program as a result of her disabilities and fragile state. She requires no ongoing treatment other than monitoring for future ear infections. It is obvious that Frenchie was somone's companion but unfortunately her medical needs were not addressed.  She is a love bug, a fighter and a joy to have around. She currently resides with Pam and her family in Iowa City, IA.

Tessa's story - At the age of 17 weeks MABTR was called upon by an owner who had a puppy, Tessa, with a broken front leg. The owner couldn't afford to have it treated. The owner's female dog fell on Tessa while playing causing the break. MABTR was called 10 days after the incident but we are grateful we were contacted. We arranged transportation to move Tessa to Omaha, NE where she would be cared for by our orthopedic vet. She underwent surgery the day after she arrived. A pin was placed in her elbow. She spent a week at the vet to ensure she was recovering nicely as we had a 50% chance of the surgery not being successful due to the time between the incident and surgery.  Her total medical care cost was $943 whereas her adoption fee was $400. Every year our medical expense exceeds our adoption fees so we do fundraisers like For the Love of Bostons Dinner & Silent Auction to help make up the difference.
Nemo's story - At the age of one Nemo was dropped off at a shelter in Des Moines, IA as a result of accidents in the house.  The shelter diagnosed a heart murmur, skull deformity (eyes very wide set), corneal ulcers,
and possible neurological disorder.  As a result of the health concerns he was released to MABTR.  He was transported to Omaha, NE to be seen by our eye doctor for further evaluation.  He had a severe case of conjunctivitis that was not responding to medication due to folliculars formed on his globe. As a result of his buggy eyes he had old ulcers and his eyelids wouldn't close all the way. To protect his globes he underwent 
canthoplasty surgery to offer additional protection of the ocular globe. Nemo's total medical expense was $755 whereas his adoption fee was $275. Every year our medical expense exceeds our adoption fees so we do fundraisers like For the Love of Bostons Dinner & Silent Auction to help make up the difference. 
It Pays Off!
As you know, the For the Love of Bostons Facebook page was gracious enough to host an auction last month to benefit MABTR.  The auction was a HUGE success, raising $5,864!  We could not have done that without YOU, our generous supporters.

Here is a  link to a video that shows some of the Bostons that YOU have helped.  Every bid, gesture, donation, even mention of our organization... makes a difference!

Thank you!
Garden Flags
$20 per flag includes shipping 
Three images to choose from... 
1. Summer Time 
2. Fourth of July celebration 
3. Easter 
*Measure 12 x 18 inches, double sided and fade resistant.

  • We ship only in the United States.
  • We require pre-payment for the item via check or paypal by the 15th of the current month
  • Fundraiser will run from the 1st through the 15th of the current month
  • Items will be shipped by the 25th of the current month regular mail.

( click here for the 2018 monthly schedule)

January's earnings on tote bags:  raised $231.96
February's earnings on bows: raised $26  
If Feeding Your Dog Only Once a Day
Ask yourself the question; could I go a whole day with
just one meal or two meals with nothing in between?  
I guarantee your answer is NO, so why expect your dog to.

If you are trying to get your dog to loose weight OR gain weight, one meal a day is NOT the solution.
One thing to note about bostons is they have a high metabolism rate and as you experience now they are an active breed so they are burning calories.  You may need to adjust the amount of food you are feeding from what is stated on the back of the food bag based on your dog's activity level.  Manufactures are giving a general estimate. This does not take in all factors.

Spread out your dog's daily food amount over a few meals.  Like with us, it can be more satisfying to a dog to have smaller, more frequent meals.  Your dog is less likely to scarf down their food too fast if they are not approaching their meal on an empty stomach.  If your schedule permits three small meals a day instead of two regular size meals it will be more satisfying to your dog as they will feel content throughout the dog.

Keep in mind that vegetables and fruits are also good for your dog and can be used between meals to keep them content.  This is better than a dog treat/biscuit.  Fruits consist of pears, bananas, strawberries, apples without the peal.  Vegetables to consider are green beans, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, yams, pumpkin, and zucchini.
There is also a list of fruits and vegetables your dog needs to stay away from as they are harmful to their health.  Foods like onions, avocado, grapes, pits of peaches and plums. Click here for list of human foods that are good and bad for your dog. 
It is also important to not exercise for at least an hour (longer if possible) before and especially after eating, especially large breed dogs, due to stomach bloat and twisting of the gut.
In addition should your boston be passing gas
you need to consider changing the diet.  75% of gas is due to the wrong diet and the other 25% is how your dog eats.
Bostons have a sensitive stomach already so add in the wrong diet you have family and visitors wearing gas masks. It does not need to be so. Keep in mind that even the most expensive food may not be the right food for your Boston.
Start a new diet now.  MABTR strongly recommends the following brands.  Note that there are many good brands out there but just because they are good do not mean they are the right one for your dog.

Try: Purina Pro Plan Lamb and Rice (Focus: non-shredded), Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach and Skin (Focus: non-shredded), Natural Balance, Nature's Receipt, Taste of the Wild, or Royal Canine.
*Canned food and table scraps are NOT recommended.  Vegetables however are. 
Adoptable Dog of the Month - Dale
My name is Dale. I am a 10 year old Boston Mix and weigh 19 pounds. I need a new home because I was picked up as a stray. I am being fostered in Wichita, KS. 

I am Boston from the ears to the end of my torso.  I have a thick, soft brindle coat.  My face is not a smooshie face but a handsome face nonetheless!  My tail is long, thin, white tipped and wags whenever I see you, you touch me or talk to me!  I am a happy boy who loves my human and wants to follow you and be near you.  I also get along great with my foster brother and sister dogs and the cat. 

I have an inguinal hernia in the scrotum area with no organs involved.  It does not seem to bother me and the vet thinks it's been there all my life. He doesn't want to remove it as he feels it could cause more problems to remove it than to leave it be since it isn't causing me any discomfort.  I am scheduled for a neuter and dental next week.  I do have some cloudiness in my eyes from normal aging.  Other than that, the vet said I am in very good shape for my age with no joint issues, etc. 

I am an active boy and love to roam around the back yard and go on walks.  I need to go on regular walks to keep my weight under 20 pounds so it doesn't cause pressure on my hernia.  Luckily I love healthy snacks like peas and carrots.

If you are looking for an active, sweet boy who likes to be near you and sleep with you, check me out!  I am a doll!!

***Eligible for the Golden Paws Program!!!***
Adoptors age 60+ yrs who adopt a dog age 7+ yrs get $50 off the adoption fee!
~~~Click  here  to learn more about this dog!~~~
MABTR Alumni - Buttons 
I was in my mid-twenties, living alon e in Denver , CO in 2010 and decided that it was time to get a dog, a Boston Terrier. I filled out the online app and shortly I was matched with a  Miss Buttons . I was scared, excited, and nervous.  What if this dog didn't like me, what if I didn't like her?  MABTR reassured me that everything would be fine. 

I received Miss Buttons on  June 1st . I was so excited.  Once I brought her home she wouldn't have anything to do with me.  I bugged and begged her for attention but she would just stay curled in the corner staring at me.  This went on for the first 8 days, I had convinced myself she did not like me and that this just wasn't going to work, as she wasn't happy.  

One day I had come home from work, I was on the phone with a friend explaining my frustrations and how it was making me sad. After I got off of the phone I sat down on the couch, and for the first time, I had seen Buttons move from her little corner she was staying in.  She timidly walked over to where I was sitting on the couch, she sorta nudged my leg and made a snort.  I looked down at her and locked eyes, at that point she jumped up on the couch and just plopped down on my lap.  From this point on we have been completely inseparable, she has been by my side since that day.  

She has turned out to be the best companion filled with love that anyone could ask for, and she has impacted my life in so many ways one can't even begin to explain.  I used to volunteer in the production of city events such as Peoples Fair, Taste of Colorado, and Cherry Creek Arts Fest.  These were long days and I would feel bad for leaving Miss Buttons home, so she would ride around the festivals in a golf cart with me.  She became a very popular little girl.  She would go hiking and camping with me in the Rockies. She would travel with me back to my family in Illinois.  She has been on every vacation with me, we have been all over. She is not a dog, she is a child.  

About 3 years after I had her, I had gotten into a relationship with a cat person who was not fond of dogs, but that lasted about a month before Miss Buttons stole that heart too!  We then moved our little family from Denver to New York City. Two Humans, Three Cats, and one Miss Buttons halfway across the country!
I could not imagine my life without this girl, I owe all of this to the amazing people at MABTR who did an absolutely amazing job with picking my perfect companion. I am sad now that I do not live in an area where I can still use MABTR's amazing services for my next Boston when that time comes.    

Much love and licks! 
SHOPPING that gives back to MABTR 
Mamazing Creations 
Mention MidAmerica Boston Rescue when purchasing the knitted hat or stuffed animal for 25% of your purchase to go to MABTR

Baby-Toddler/Preschool: $30
Child-Adult: $35.   
Stuffed Animal: 6.5 inch tall for $30
  Click here for all online shops that give back to MABTR when you shop!
the Boston Bay!!!

NEW ITEM - Golf Towel

Beautiful red golf towel with MABTR's logo embroidered. 16 x 22 inches when open; 5.3 x 22 inches when tri-folded. Logo is 3 inch round. Washable with eye hook
Priced at only $16.50!!
Add'l $3.5 for shipping.

Click here to purchase this item, and others, at the Boston Bay!!

Thank You for Your Donation! 
$200  in memory of Tillie
$100 in memory of Ruger, aka "Mr. Dog"
$20 in loving memory of Chief
$350 Chuck and Don's
$100 Vicki F
$120 Raymond N  
$75 Patti M
$50  Larina V, Audrey C, Caroline W
$30  Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K
$25 Charity C  
$20 Susie M, Reynolds P, Matthew S, AT&T, Pam M, Donna Z, Sara S, Michael M, Ashley H, Brianne M
$19 Marsha J
$10  Katherine F, Nanette S, Target, Ann A, Angela C, Robin B, Angela P, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Danielle K
$5 Angie V, Kristen B
All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame  


Omaha, NE
Quick Links
All donations
(monetary or items)
are tax-deductible.

100% volunteer-driven. Your entire donation amount goes towards rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Bostons in need in foster care.

Employer Match Programs
Did you know that many employers will match your donation to a 501(c)3 organization? Some even pay a flat fee to the organization for volunteer hours! 
Check with your human resource department for details!
A few companies we know of are:
  • Pinnacol Assurance
  • AT&T
  • Wells Fargo
  • MidAmerica Energy Holding Comp.
  • Pfizer
  • Allstate
  • CenturyLink
  • CNA Surety
  • CSG
  • 8z Real Estate
  • Great Western
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Western Union
  • SalesForce
  • Microsoft
  • United Way
  • First National Bank
  • Lockhead Martin Corporation
  • Benevity: Apple, Google, ADP
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • United Healthcare
  • Walmart
Fundraiser Results
- Colorado Easter bunny pics: $365
- Colorado Easter egg hunt: $566
- Iowa and Omaha Easter egg hunt: $0.00. low attendence due to weather
- Nebraska Easter egg hunt: $TBD
- Iowa Painting for Paws: $320
- monthly raffle for collage fleece blanket: $435  Congrats to Vicki F of Fenton, MO!
Thanks to ALL 
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

 11  dogs rescued

in March!


40 dogs rescued in 2018!


3,388 dogs rescued since November 2005!


We ask that you help us educate the public about their options when looking for a new pet. We appreciate the fact that you are not purchasing your pet from a pet store that sells lives animals, since 98% of all puppies in a pet store come from terrible situations such as puppy mills. For more information on puppy mills visit our site and read all you need to know about puppy mills.


If you are interested in a breed other than a Boston check out the links below.


-Rescue list by breed 

-Google search under

"breed" rescue"

AGE is just a number
I wish applicants would make personality and behavior priority when adopting a dog but the truth is that a majority are not even interested in learning about a dog if it is out of their age range.

Remember that just because a dog is young does not guarantee he/she will live to be 14. MABTR cannot promise anyone how long a dog will live. We unfortunately have experienced the loss of a life at a very young age unexpectedly.

MABTR is not prejudiced when it comes to rescuing. A life is precious no matter
*gender   *age
*disability  *health

has NO
age limit!
Photo Contest 
March Theme
-Bostons on the Go-
  And the winner is...
Nalia Jean!
owned by Courtney H.
The theme for April is... 
best play pose!!
Show your pup at his or her frisky best!
Make a donation
in Memory of..
in Honor of...
of someone special
(human or pet)
MABTR has a program that will mail your special someone a card recognizing the individual pet or human
that your donation was made in behalf of.

  Make your donation here
Boston FB Groups to 'Like' by city
Did you know that there might be a Boston Terrier fan page on FB in your area?  You should consider joining in!

Click below for the link in your area! 

St Louis
Saying Goodbye

"Keep their memories close to your heart and remember in another time, in a beautiful place, you will see them again."
   Golden Paws for Golden Years

Did you know
that MABTR has such a program where an adoptor 60 or older adopting a Boston 7 years and older receives $50 off the adoption fee?

Local MABTR Events 
***Join us!***
~all breeds welcome~
April 27 - 29
Pet Expo
Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd
Colorado Springs
MABTR will have a booth.
Adults $8, kids 16 and under free!
Click here for details!
Sat, May 5
For the Love of Bostons Dinner and Silent Auction

Sun, April 22
Noon - 3pm
Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave
Des Moines
MABTR will be exhibiting.
Click here for details!

~St. Louis area~  
Coming soon!

~KC Area~
Sat, April 28
Noon - 3 pm
Boston Birthday Bash
Legacy Park Shelter #1, 1801 NE Coneflower Dr
Lee's Summit
Details coming soon!

Sat, May 5
Noon - 3pm
Adoption and Education Event
Bentley's Pet Stuff, 6312 N Chatham
Kansas City

Sun, May 6
Zona Rosa Shopping Center
Kansas City
Details coming soon!

Sun, April 22
10am - 4pm
Panache Salon & Spa, 14513 W Center
100% of all salon service fees go to MABTR!
Appointment required
See flyer at left for details!

Coming soon!
No anesthesia
Dental Cleaning
Boulder, CO
Well Animal Institute offers dental cleanings that are anesthesia-free.

So many dogs are in need of dentals; however, health concerns may deter them from getting what is needed. 

Here is your solution for only $185!

For every dog that  comes in and gets their teeth cleaned, 
$30 goes towards a rescue. 

Win-win for
MABTR and the dogs!

Learn more here!
Why you aren't seeing our Facebook Posts 
Have you noticed that you aren't seeing our Facebook posts very often? Well it's not just you! Due to changes in the way Facebook works, less and less of our posts are showing up on your timelines. If fact, less than 5% of you see our posts daily! And sadly, this means you are missing a lot of our amazing rescue stories and videos!

The good news is Facebook has created a way around this using new settings.

Read the instructions below, go to our Facebook page and update your settings on your desktop or mobile device so you won't miss a thing!
  • Visit our FB page -
  • Make sure you have clicked the "LIKE" button on our page.
  • Click the "Follow" button.
  • Under the "Following" drop down menu, select "See First" in your news feed.
  • Under the "Following" drop down menu, select "On" for notifications.
And last but not least, be sure to routinely "Like", "Share" and "Comment" on our page. If Facebook doesn't see that you are interacting with our posts, they will remove us from your Facebook Feed.

Plus, by sharing our posts, you are helping our mission in educating and rehoming bostons. 
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