Tumors in dogs are very common, especially in Bostons. They are either benign tumors (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer).
Mast cells are cells that reside in the connective tissues, especially those vessels and nerves that are closest to the external surfaces (image 1).
If you notice a lump on your dog, take them to the vet to evaluate the lump. The first thing they will
likely do is to take an aspirate (poke a small needle into the lump) to collect cells they can look at under a microscope. This will allow them to determine if the lump has signs of being cancerous.
So...your veterinarian comes into the room and tells you the small lump they aspirated from your beloved dog looks cancerous and is potentially a malignant tumor. Your heart is in your throat, and you ask him for a prognosis. The response will depend on a variety of things, and they often will want to do more tests to determine the best route.
Now that results are in, you need to determine next steps:
1. If the tumor is malignant (cancer) it will need to be removed if possible (sometimes the location of the tumor may prevent this). It is best not to wait for the tumor to grow. For cancer tumors it is critical that surrounding tissue (image 2) is also removed to ensure that the whole tumor has been removed; otherwise the chances of the tumor returning is high.
a. A surgical tissue biopsy will likely be necessary for definitive identification of both the grade of the cells occupying the mass, the stage the disease, and if the vet was able to remove all of the tumor (this is referred to as margins. You want 'clean margins'.)
b. If the tumor was NOT completely removed (or if the tumor is not a candidate for surgery), radiation therapy can be considered to reduce the tumor to a microscopic volume and/or chemotherapy to kill any remaining cells.
c. When it comes to Bostons, we find most malignant tumors are isolated, meaning they do not spread.
d. It is important to note that not all cancers are the same. Different types of cancers react differently to treatment, and thus you and your vet will have to determine a course of treatment that best fits the cancer.
2. Benign tumors (fat-filled) may need to be removed due to their location or size. Benign tumors are very common in older dogs. Should the tumor be small and not disruptive to your pet's daily routine, it may not be warranted to put them under for surgery.
a. If you pet is going under for another procedure, also removing fatty tumors can be considered.
Now your dog is out of surgery after having the malignant tumor removed. To your surprise, he says the surgery was successful but you need to keep an eye out for new growths. You are flabbergasted that a malignant tumor can be cured with surgery alone. How is that possible when everything you have ever heard about malignant cancer usually is accompanied by a solemn death knell? While some cancers spread fast, not all cancers are a death sentence. If they are able to remove the cancer with good margins it is possible for your dog to live a completely normal life after the surgery.
When you see a bump on your dog, it is best to see your vet right away, because the best outcome for your dog comes from an early diagnosis and treatment. Do not feel bad if you want to also get a second opinion based on the first diagnosis. Ignoring something can lead to discomfort, pain, amputation and even death.
NOTE: Mammary tumors are the most common form of cancer in 'unspayed' females, with over half being malignant tumors. Spaying a female dog before her first heat cycle precludes any chance of mammary tumors developing and each heat cycle she goes through increases the risk of developing this invasive from of cancer. Symptoms include small lumps in the mammary tissue, and the prognosis is dependent on how quickly treatment is administered.
Adoptable Dog of the Month - Nora
Hi there, my name is Nora! I am the sweetest little girl with THE BEST snaggletooth smile you've ever seen! I will make you laugh with my funny cute Elvis impersonation.
I have really blossomed in foster care. I was not sure why people were snuggling on me at first, but I quickly grew to like it and now I shower my foster parents with kisses. I like to get kisses too and am learning to cuddle! No one is sure of my background, but I don't seem to have been a loved family member before like I am now, I might be a former breeder.
I'm going through all the stages of puppyhood and have become super playful with my humans and with toys.
A fenced yard is best for me so I can run and explore, I'm a busy girl and don't like to be on leash if I can help it. I would not be happy in a situation where I must be on leash at all times outside.
to learn more about this dog! ~~~
Hand made, one of a kind T-SHIRT quilt consisting of 9 t-shirts of our favorite breed. Double sided (back side strip print/ no t-shirts).
Measures 60 inches x 48 inches. Washable.
Winner announced on Aug 25
to purchase your chances today
Just One Example of Why We Go to Breeder Auctions
Bingo, a loving and stocky black and white Boston Terrier with broad shoulders and a will to match lays on a dog bed in her foster family's home chewing on a rawhide. Loving, loyal, and energetic, she is in the middle of the long road from puppy mill to forever home. Her story is one rescue workers see over and over again, but it also helps explain one of our most controversial actions as rescue advocates.
Every dog rescue faces a difficult decision:
Will they attend and bid on dogs at a breeder auction? At these auctions, breeders come to buy and sell the dogs they use. A majority of the breeders who attend run what we call a puppy mill, large-scale commercial breeding operations where the sole purpose of the dog is to reproduce. In many of these facilities, the animals do not get the care and attention they need. Some of these dogs are in poor health, but as long as they can reproduce they still hold value.
When a rescue goes to these auctions, we know that our money will end up in the hands of these unethical practices. BUT we are there to get these dogs out of the breeding cycle.
So why would we take the risk of helping people who contribute to the pain and suffering of these dogs? Without our help, the animals that are most vulnerable will continue to suffer as they move from breeder to breeder.
Bingo's story shows why we take the chance and bid at auctions. If not for MABTR, Bingo would live her life out in severe pain while continuing to produce puppies.
On April 22, 2018 MABTR attended a dog auction in Missouri and for $225, we bid against other breeders and won lot 112 - a purebred female Boston. We gave her the name of Bingo.
Bingo entered rescue underweight, with chronic ear infections, severe fungal and bacterial infections on her body, and a swollen check draining pus. Her skin was scaly and hard, looking more like an alligator than the soft fuzzy belly a puppy should have. She was miserable, scratching herself constantly and unable to relax. She refused to eat and showed clear signs she was in pain. Her chest hung low from the multiple litters she had at such a young age.
At first, the vet was not able to even see the inside of her ear due to the swelling. It was not until she was under for her spay and dental that the severity of the case was known. The infections in her ears were so severe that she had produced three polyps in one ear, which are very painful and can only be surgically removed.
Her swollen cheek was the result of the ear infection draining downward.
Over the course of six weeks she would continue to visit the vet to have her cheek drained and cleaned as her bacterial infection was being addressed with an antibiotic. Due to the slow improvement, Bingo underwent a second surgery for a deeper look into her cheek and ear. It was then that a benign tumor was located which was successfully removed.
Bingo has made an incredible transformation in her time in foster care. With her skin slowly softening and returning to normal, she loves to lay on her back and get belly rubs.
As painful as all of Bingo's health issues have been for her, her foster family sees signs of a loving and playful pup emerging. She loves to carry toys around the house, chew on bones, and wrestle with the other dogs in her home. She loves to snuggle up on her foster dad's lap and get love and attention.
Where would Bingo be if we had not saved her at the auction?
Her health issues were the product of serious neglect at a puppy mill. Without us, a breeder would have purchased her, allowing her health to continue to be neglected. Left untreated, the infection on her stomach would worsen. The infection in her ears would grow acute; likely it would rupture her ears drums and cause her to go deaf. Eventually, either infection would cause long-term damage to her body and could even become fatal.
Bingo is why we bid at auctions. We risk our money ending up with irresponsible breeders and take in the dogs who need a lifeline away from the puppy mill. Unfortunately, we do not save them all, as our bids are within reason.
Bingo will be traveling from Nebraska to Iowa to join her forever home soon.
Bingo's happily-ever-after reminds us why we do the difficult work we do.
MABTR would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Makelti, who asked her friends and family to donate to MABTR in lieu of gifts for her 5th birthday!
She raised $100 in cash and gift cards, along with two boxes of treats and a handful of harnesses, leashes, and toys!! She is pictured here with Rocky (MABTR alumni) showing her success.
Great job, Makelti!
Microchip Registrations DO NOT EXPIRE
Did you know that your Microchip Membership is a Lifetime Membership that DOES NOT REQUIRE a Yearly Fee
Some microchip companies are sending out emails and letters stating that your membership has "expired" or needs "to be renewed". THIS IS FALSE ADVERTISEMENT
Please note that your membership HAS NOT EXPIRED. This is NOT REFERENCING the standard lifetime membership. Should your pet go missing and is found using the microchip you will be called, this year, next year, ten years from now.
The letter you are receiving is generated by the Advanced Pet Recovery Program. This Advanced Program provides "additional" features at an additional cost which requires an annual membership (you received these additional features free for the first year). You are NOT required to renew your membership to maintain your current lifetime membership.
If you decide to pass or decline the Advanced Program your dog is STILL REGISTERED and if lost, the chip company will still provide the service of getting the person who finds your dog in touch with you.
It is up to you as the owner if you would like to enroll in the Advanced Pet Recovery Program at your own expense.
I just wanted to let you know that it was a year ago today that we picked up Baylee from Eric in Minnesota. You let us adopt her with trepidation due to some prior issues with my husband and adjusting to a baby Boston. Baylee has been a wonderful blessing for him, and consequently for us. She sticks close to him and keeps him company which in turns allows more freedom for me to get things done that he can no longer do. We have alerts set for different things for him to do (take his medicine, take her out, etc.) Baylee knows what is expected of her with the sounds and waits for him to respond. Actually, a lot of the time she stands and looks at him just before the alert sounds. Dick has never taken to a dog as he has to her which has amazed me as well as our children. In his eyes she can do no wrong.
Along with a couple of pictures of Baylee, I have included a picture of Nelli (a calico cat) that had been previously been mistreated by a dog. We rescued her and with Baylee's patience and obvious obedience training in her past life they have become friends and watch out for each other. It took awhile but they have become good friends.
So, on this Baylee's first anniversary with us, I wanted to share my appreciation with you and say a big thank you for taking another chance on us.
-- Bonnie N.
Let's go SHOPPING!
Sit in the yard, watch your pups play, and drink your lemonade (or perhaps your margarita) out of these adorable pint-sized mason jars
with Boston terrier and dog themes. Each order includes a colorful paper straw.
Use promo code "SUMMERDRINKS10"
Q: How do I know if my dog has allergies? What should I do to give my dog some relief?
A: Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds and need to be addressed. Ignoring such condition is discomforting and sometimes painful to our four-legged friends.
For a dog the most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized (in one area) or generalized (all over the body). In some cases, the symptoms involve the respiratory system, with coughing, sneezing, and/or wheezing. Sometimes, there may be runny discharge from eyes or nose, hair loss, ear and skin infections. In other cases, the allergic symptoms affect the digestive system resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.
You should not wait to see a vet until your dog is miserable, because to get him back to comfort, it will cost you more money and take longer to see a resolution.
There are three types of allergies (your dog can have one of the following or a combination).
- Food allergy is most commonly developed in response to protein of the food of a particular food origin. Dairy products, beef, wheat gluten, chicken, chicken eggs, lamb, and soy are commonly associated with food allergies in dogs.
- Treatment requires identifying the offending component(s) of the diet and eliminating them. One simple way is purchasing a grain free, single meat diet. Single meat should be a non-common protein such as rabbit, venison, bison, and turkey. Stay away from common protein such as chicken, beef and fish. This includes fish oil tabs you may be given your dog for additional oils.
- Identifying root cause: changing a diet needs time to determine results. Because it takes at least eight weeks for all other food products to be eliminated from the body, the dog must eat the special diet exclusively for eight weeks.
- this includes removing all treats and digestible chew toys
2. Environmental allergies can be outdoor allergens like ragweed, grasses and pollens, as well as indoor irritants like mold, dust mites, cleaning chemicals and even fabrics like wool or cotton.
- As a general rule, if your dog is allergic to something inside your home, he'll have year-round symptoms. If he's reacting is to something outdoors, it could very well be a seasonal problem.
Dogs with environmental allergies should be wiped down every night with a cool wash cloth and bathed every week to two weeks. Remember that allergens stick to the dog's coat until wiped off.
- Indoor: Simple ways to identify root cause is first give your dog a bath with an oatmeal shampoo and wash (minus fabric sheets) all their bedding including collar/harness, clothing and toys.
- Change bedding from cotton to fleece
- Remove air fresheners from the home including powder that may be laid on the carpet before vacuuming
- Remove conditioners and perfumes used on the dog
- Outdoor: Simple ways to identify root cause is first give your dog a bath with an oatmeal shampoo and wash (minus fabric sheets) all their bedding including collar/harness, clothing and toys.
- It is critical to bathe your dog weekly and wipe him down with a cool wash daily as allergens will continue to snowball until the next bath.
- Give your dog an antihistamine. Over-the-counter can include Benedryl or Zyrtec (consult with your vet on dosages); however, they will not work in all cases. A step-up is a prescription from your vet that can include apoquel or even predisone.
3. Flea allergy dermatitis is actually sensitivity to flea saliva. It's not the bite of the flea that causes most of the itching in dogs; it's the saliva. This does not mean your dog has fleas in order to have flea dermatitis.
- Treatment: A soothing bath will kill any fleas on your dog if they exist, help heal skin irritation, and make her feel more comfortable and less itchy.
- Keeping the dog on flea preventative and making sure his environment is flea free
Thank You for Your Donation!
in loving memory of my Precious Star
$100 in loving memory of Zoey
$40 in loving memory of Meka DeLargy
$200 Tammie P
$175 Laurie B
$57.40 OneHope Foundation
Kathy B, Audrey C, Caroline W, Holly M
Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K
$25 Charity C, Kate N, Lois L
$20 Susie M, Matthew S, Pam M, Donna Z, Sara S, Michael M, Ashley H, Reynold P
$15 Annabelle H
Nanette S, Target, Ann A, Angela C, Danielle K, Angela P, Robin B, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D
$5 Angie V, David H
All donations are tax deductible!
Wall of Fame
(monetary or items)
100% volunteer-driven. Your
entire donation amount goes towards rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Bostons in need in foster care.
MABTR received 10 Chill Pads as the result of being one of the finalists in the June Warm Bellies Voters' Choice Poll with Petfinder Foundation!
Thanks for voting!!!
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
- Wells Fargo
- MidAmerica Energy Holding Comp.
- CNA Surety
- 8z Real Estate
- Great Western
- Thrivent Financial
- Western Union
- United Way
- First National Bank
- Lockhead Martin Corporation
- Benevity: Apple, Google, ADP
- Johnson and Johnson
- United Healthcare
- Colorado photo shoot $287
- St Louis photo shoot: $142
- Missouri Bingo: $1,425
Have room for a four legged passenger?
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 a
Share your travel plans
even those scheduled for a future date.
It is Simple!
Click here to share details OR
your starting and ending location, date of travel, and your name and phone number. We'll file the travel schedule and if the need approaches, we will contact you with details.
The doggies thank you!!!
Remember that you can write off at tax time your gas or mileage when transporting our Bostons.
128 dogs rescued in 2018!
3,476 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
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
~ Water Fun ~
And the winner is...
owned by Jenn H.
The theme for August is...
Other online shopping networks that give back to MABTR with each of your purchases are:
Saving Labels to
MABTR is participating in the
Best Choice Save-A-Label Program! Not only will you help earn funds for our group, but you will also save money on your weekly grocery bill with Best Choice products!
Purchase Best Choice products at your favorite store and save the UPC (proof of purchase). MABTR will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPCs sent in.
Please send saved labels to the following address:
C/O Kristin Hashbarger 530 North Woodland Road
Olathe, KS 66061
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!
"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
Sat, Aug 11
10am - 1pm
Bark at Briargate
The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy
Stop by to visit MABTR at this outdoor pet expo featuring trainers, groomers, veterinary practices, pet businesses, and businesses who want to reach pet lovers.
Free to the public!!!
Sat, Aug 25
2018 Birthday Bash
Food, games, raffles, microchipping, and nail trims.
$5 per person, kids under 10 and dogs are free.
See flyer at left for details!
Sat, Sep 22
10am - 2pm
Iowa Dog Jog
Terra Park, 5300 Pioneer Pkwy.
Sign up to jog and visit many vendors, including MABTR!
Click here for details and to sign up!
Sun, Sep 23
12 - 4pm
Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Ave.
This event promotes awareness of canine cancer and raises funds for cancer research to benefit both pets and people.
Vendor fair, silent auction, demonstrations, food trucks, plus entertainment and games. Walk starts at 3pm.
Click here for more details!
Sat, Aug 11
noon - 3 pm
Adoption and Education Event
Bentley's Pet Stuff, 6312 N Chatham
Sat, Aug 11
Bentley's Block Party
More details to come!
Sat, Sep 8
9am - noon
Paws in the Park
English Lansing Park, 8201 Clark Ave
Sat, Aug 4
11:30am - 1:30pm
2018 Birthday Bash
Sue's Play Yard, 5109 S 51st St
Food, games, raffles, microchipping and nail trims. $5 per person. Kids under 10 and dogs are free.
See flyer at left for details!
Aug 11 - 12
The Bark Park at Shaggy Farms, 15306 Capehart Rd
MABTR will be present, along with other vendors and rescues.
Adults $10, kids $5, dogs free (must be on leash).
Click here for more details!
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.
MABTR and the dogs!
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 - https://www.facebook.com/MABTR/
- 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.