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April 2015

Ensure success with your pet...
...he or she isn't the only one who needs training!!! 
 
T raining your dog is only half of your job! In addition to teaching your dog how to behave around kids, you need to TEACH YOUR KIDS HOW TO BEHAVE AROUND DOGS.
 
-Children need to understand that not all dogs love them. Teach your kids to always ask pet parents for permission before approaching any animal. Have mock greetings at home so that your children can practice what they'll do when they want to pet a dog they don't know.

-In addition to learning that they should never touch strange animals without permission, kids must underst and that they s
hould never reach through fences or car windows to pet dogs who are unattended - even if they know the confined dogs.

-Teach your children how to handle dogs gently. Show your children what polite petting looks like, and have them practice with a stuffed animal. Discourage unpleasant treatment, like poking, pinching, slapping, hugging and pulling on fur, tails or ears.

-Teach your children what to do when they encounter unfriendly dogs. Please see our article on Dog Bite Prevention for specific tips.
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When Is It Time to Give Your Pet the Gift of a Peaceful Passing?
 
Euthanasia is often a blessing and gift to a suffering animal.   Making this decision is never an easy one but when the time comes to make the decision for our loved one, we need to think with our heads and put our hearts aside.   Here are some of the best pieces of advice we can offer when faced with a terminally ill companion. 

Every pet, illness, and situation is different. There is no single rule that can be followed for when it is time to help your best friend "cross the rainbow bridge." Getting input from your veterinarian on the specific medical conditions that your loved one may face is vital for doing what is best for your pet. You may also benefit from having a caring friend who is not as emotionally involved in the situation as you are to help you gain perspective and really "see" what is happening with your pet.

Remember that pets live in the moment.  One of the most wonderful things about animals is how they embrace the present. The fact that I have entered the house thousands of times before, or that I will leave again in a few hours, means nothing. All that matters to him is the joy that he feels right now.   When our pets are suffering, they don't reflect on all the great days they have had before, or ponder what the future will bring.  All they know is how they feel today.  By considering this perspective, we can see the world more clearly through their eyes.  And their eyes are what matter.
 
Good Days vs. Bad   When pets have "good days and bad days," it can be difficult to see how their condition is progressing over time. Actually tracking the days when your pet is feeling good as well as the days when he or she is not feeling well can be helpful. A check mark for good days and an X for bad days on your calendar can help you determine when a loved one is having more bad days than good.
 
Ask yourself important questions.  Sometimes, articulating or writing down your thoughts can make the right path more apparent. Some questions that help pet owners struggling with this decision include:
  • Why do I think it might be time to euthanize?
  • What are my fears and concerns about euthanizing?
  • Whose interests, besides those of my pet, am I taking into account?
  • What are the concerns of the people around me?
  • Am I making this decision because it is best for my pet, or because it is best for me because I'm not ready to let go?
Measure their quality of life.  This is no more than trying to determine how good or bad our pet's life is at this moment. Trying to assess this can be difficult, but there are some ways you can try and evaluate it. Pick the top five things that your pet loves to do. Write them down. When he or she can no longer do three or more of them, quality of life has been impacted to a level where many veterinarians would recommend euthanasia.

What's new???

Cuddle Clones   

You'll receive 10% off your purchase, and MABTR will receive 10% of the proceeds!    

 

Cuddle Clones makes soft,  adorable, customized stuffed-animal

versions of people's pets. All you have to do is submit at least one picture (although several are preferred) and choose a few customization options (eye color, ear position, tail position) and they'll send you your very own Cuddle Clone.   

 

Visit the Cuddle Clones website and use coupon code MABTR

 

Happy shopping!

What type of coat does your dog have?    

Single coat dogs such as purebred Bostons Terrier just have a top coat.
  • As you will be chilled wearing a light jacket in wintry weather, single-coated dogs need protection against loss of body heat when temperatures plummet.
  • Long-haired single coats also are prone to matting, because dead hairs are likely to get caught in the coat.
  • Generally shed less than their double-coated counterparts.
  • Single coated breeds don't shed out in the spring.
Double coated dogs have two distinctive layers to their coat: a longer, outer layer frequently comprised of guard hairs; and a shorter, softer layer close to the skin. The top coat protects the dog's skin and his undercoat. The undercoat serves as insulation to keep the dog warm during cold or inhospitable weather.
  • The outer guard hairs weatherproof the coat against moisture, catching precipitation from all seasons and holding it away from the body. The guard hairs also work to hold cold and heat away from the body.
  • A well-maintained inner coat provides a layer that buffers the air, aiding in temp regulation. This works in both cold and warm weather; commonly people think it only works in the winter.
  • The thick coats also work as a natural sunblock, protecting the dog from sunburn which can result in skin cancer.
  • They shed out dead hairs that required regular brushing to remove.
  • Usually shed heavily twice a year
Testimonial - How to Help Control Flaky Skin  
"Euphrates came to me as a foster. I bathed him and honestly flakes, large flakes, of dry skin just kept appearing. This was all due to the lack of good nutrition to feed his coat and skin. He would get up from bed and dead skin left behind.
So it was recommended to me that while I give him coconut oil or flax seed oil for the next thirty days add back the oil his coat and skin lacked to also take baby oil gel and wipe a thin layer on his coat.   Miracle.  No more flakes coming off his body plus smelled great.  N eeded to share. Learn something new every day!"  
 
Adoptable Dog of the Month

My name is Spunky. I am 10 years old and weigh 12 pounds. I am being fostered in Kimball, MN.

I am a very happy and silly little lady. I love having stuffed animals and tennis balls to play with. I'm kennel trained but also love being under the covers, too. I get really excited when I see a big dog because I want to go say Hi and play.  
I love giving lots of kisses and a warm lap to lay on.  Foster mom says that I am the happiest little dog with my tail always wagging and lots of smiles. See for yourself:   Watch my video! 
 
 ***Sponsored Dog*** 
We have an individual willing to put $50 towards Spunky's adoption fee! 
  ***Eligible for the Golden Paws Program***
Adopters 60 yrs and older adopting a dog 7 yrs and older get $50 off the adoption fee! 
 
Ask Jennifer
Q: My Boston vomits daily.  What can I do?

 

A: A couple of things to consider when it comes to the Boston breed...

  • Elongated Palate - The collapse of the flap of mucousal tissue which closes off the animal's airway during swallowing to prevent food and liquids from going into their lungs.  Another symptom of this disorder is snorting and breathing problems.
    • Some dogs require surgery. Consult with your vet to determine what is best for your dog.
    • Recommend watering down the dog food.  Soak in water overnight
    • Elevate the food and water dish. Consider placing the bowls on a step stool or cat litter box
    • Feed small amounts multiple times a day instead of two full meals
  • Megaesophagus - muscles of the esophagus fail and it cannot propel food or water into the stomach
    • Surgery is not available to correct
    • A low-fat or low residue softened food to be fed either in a milkshake consistency or in "meatballs" works best
    • Feed small amounts multiple times a day instead of two full meals
    • Medications may include an acid reducer like Pepcid-AC 1 or 2 times per day (consult your vet for the dosage)
See more:   Link to our FAQs here   
Alumni Feature
"
Zoey 
adopted me in October 2013. She was scared and confused. She had spent the majority of her former life locked in a bathroom, or perhaps worse? It only took her a few hours to start to warm up and begin to trust me. That first night she jumped right in the bed and snuggled her little sweet head to my neck. I was in love instantly. She loves to chew on giant knuckle bones, go on long walks, attend MABTR events and has recently started some serious wrestle-a-thons with her new Boston mix brother, Eliiot. Zoey means the world to me. She is a perfect dog. I couldn't ask for anything more. She is the second dog I have adopted from MABTR and would not hesitate to adopt another." -  Marilee S
Allow a Boston to Hitch a Ride with You

Many of us travel for business or pleasure by car. We are looking for you to help us transport a dog from one state to the next to get him/her into foster care or towards their forever home.  

 

Share with us your travel plans even those scheduled in the future. Email luckypawpals@aol.com your starting and ending location, date of travel, and your name and phone number. We file the travel schedule and if the need approaches we will contact you with details.

 

The doggies thank you for allowing them to hitch a ride!!!!!

 

Remember that you can write off at tax time your gas or mileage when transporting a MABTR boston.

Thank You for Your Donation!

 

$20 in memory Robert Berry 

 

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$260 Lori L

$250 Naos Design Group

$180 Wells Fargo

$100 Candace L 

$70 Raymond N

$60 Dennis D

$50 Cheryl B, Susan C, Natural Pet Marketplace, Raymond N, Audrey C

$36 Allstate

$30 Leslie M, Kelly B, Karla P, Cynthia K, Pam M

$25 Juli F, Ann A, Charity C, Dawn R

$20 Gerald P, Sara S, Matthew S, Michael M, AT&T, Ashley H, Bravelets, Mandi G

$10.00 Diana L, Angela C, Craig B, Veronica Z, Marsha H 

 

All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame 

 


We Need Your SUPPORT!   

 

MABTR is run by volunteers with caring hearts. We are funded completely by donations, and we can't achieve our mission alone. Generous donations from kind people like you sustain us with the financial support necessary to care for the hundreds of homeless Bostons we take in every year.

 

You can support MABTR through a tax deductible donation.

 

In 2014 we took in 329 Bostons and Boston-mixes. We have saved more than 2,500 Bostons since November 2006.

 

MABTR needs your support so we can continue helping our Boston friends. To donate food, toys or supplies, please email luckypawpals@aol.com or call 402-510-1346 for the closest drop-off location.

 

Please consider donating, or visit our website to learn how you can help!

 

Contributions can be made via:   

Credit card via paypal click here

Check payable to MABTR 14826 Spaulding, Omaha, NE 68116

Link to Event Calendar for CO, MO, KS and Neb 
Scroll down for event flyers for this month 

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

MABTR is 100% volunteer-driven, so your entire donation amount goes towards rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Bostons in need.
March Fundraiser Results

MO Easter photos  
raised $105!

CO Easter egg hunt raised $370

Thanks to all who participated and volunteered!!!

Remember that all breeds are welcome to MABTR events!
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:
  • AT&T
  • Wells Fargo
  • MidAmerica Energy Holding Comp.
  • Pfizer
  • Allstate
  • CenturyLink
  • CNA Surety
  • CSG
  • 8z Real Estate
Adoption Corner....
Happy Tails
29 Bostons rescued

in March!  

 

2,551 Bostons rescued to date!

 

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.

-Petfinder 

-Rescue list by breed 

-Google search-"breed" rescue

Raffle Results
Congrats to Joseph S of NE who won the doll with Boston, which raised $125! Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle for April!
Boston Charm Necklace - Accented with sparkling crystals, this Boston Terrier charm shimmers and shines.  Commemorate your favorite breed with this chic charm. Rhodium-plated sterling silver construction offers a lustrous glow. Black, white, pink and red crystals lend colorful appeal.
*Details: -18" silver tone chain with a lobster clasp.-Charm 5/8-in. length-Enhancer bale-Rhodium-plated sterling silver-Made with CRYSTALLIZED - Swarovski Elements.
& view 2015 items
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! 

Minnesota
St Louis
Des Moines
Saying Good-bye
"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?

Volunteer Opportunities

Our rescue organization has a very hard-working and dedicated crew of volunteers committed to improving the lives of Boston Terriers and Boston mixes across 13 states.

  

If you are interested in helping please email your interest and contact information to luckypawpals@aol.com.

  

Also make sure to add yourself to our email list by clicking here Include your state so you get the proper notices. 

 

You're in for a rewarding experience! Opportunities to help include:

  • Newsletter articles
  • Volunteer at local events
  • Fundraising
  • Fostering
  • Babysitting
  • Transporting
 






Local MABTR Events 
Join us
-all breeds welcome-
 

Colorado

Sat, Apr 18 Littleton 

4th Annual "For the Love of Bostons" Semi-Formal Dinner and Silent Auction  at South Metro Denver Realtor Association,  7899 S. Lincoln Ct.   from 6-9:30 pm
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Sat Apr 25-Sun Apr 26

Pet Expo Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd, Colorado Springs

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 11am-4pm

Adults $6, ages 11-16 $3, kids 10 and under are free. 

Click here for full details 



Missouri

Sat, Apr 11 Warson Woods  

Adoption Event Date at Pet Supplies Plus 9995 Manchester Rd 

10:30 - 1:30pm 

 

Sat, Apr 25 St Louis 

Spring Fling Play Date AKC Museum of the Dog. 1721 South Mason Rd St Louis, MO. 

1:30 - 3:30pm. $5 per dog. More info coming soon.

 

Nebraska

Sun, Apr 12 Omaha, NE

Pick-A-Pooch (and kitties too) presented by Pets in Omaha.  Lots of pets, prizes and vendors.  Ralston Arena from 11am - 4pm. 

Click here for full details 

 

Sun, Apr 26 Omaha, NE Pints & Paws Pub Crawl from 2-4pm. Local dog rescue organizations partner up with Benson Breweries and Bars to raise awareness and advocacy for local rescue groups. $20 per person which gets you 1/2 price pints at selected bars and breweries.

Click here for full details  

 
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