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December 2018
 
From our family to yours wishing all of you  
a safe and enjoyable  
holiday!

As the year draws to a close, we at MABTR want to extend a sincere heartfelt THANKS to all of you who are part of what helps keep this organization running.  Whether you transport a dog, attend a mill auction, foster, volunteer at events, adopt our dogs... whatever your part, it is crucial to our continued success in rescuing and rehoming Bostons and Boston mixes.  Even something as simple as telling someone about MABTR while you're wearing one of our t-shirts out shopping or running errands plays a huge role in educating the public about our presence and our mission!
 
May all of you and your families be as blessed this holiday season as we are to have you in our network, our family.  It truly does take a village to do what we do, and we can't thank you enough for your support.
 
Tax Deductions for 2018
Remember the end of the year is approaching for giving Tax Deductible DONATIONS
 
MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that operates strictly on donations. 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.  
 
From November 2005 through November 2018, we have rescued over 3,600 Bostons and Boston mixes.   
 
To make your generous donations for 2018, go to: 
  
-MABTR will email a receipt for tax purposes-
 
THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!
MEDICAL CORNER
 
Cataracts
 
A dog's nose often guides his actions and movements, but his eyes are just as important. Maintaining dog eye health is critical to having a happy and healthy pet.
 
Cataracts, therefore, are something dog owners should be able to spot and understand.
   
There are four categories for cataracts that we experience in Bostons:  
1. G enetic - cataracts are evident at a young age but tend to stay immature for most of the dog's life with the potential of increased impact of blindness in their adult to senior years. Cataract surgery is NOT recommended in these cases. 
 
2. Juvenile - very common in Bostons. The dog will start having impaired vision by the age of 2 years and in a majority of cases are blind by the age of 4 years. In these cases MABTR consults with their vet and considers cataract surgery.
 
3. Cataracts brought on by age. Evidence of cataracts by your vet will appear around the age of 8-9 years old.  Maturity will continue and in most cases the dog will be blind in his senior years. In these cases MABTR does NOT consider cataract surgery.  
 
4. Cataracts brought on by health issues such as diabetes.
  
What warrants cataract surgery?
 
First, one needs to know that Bostons are in the top five most difficult breeds when it comes to cataract surgery.  So it is important that you understand all the risks to considering the surgery as they are high, and recovery is horrendous for both you and the dog. 
 
MABTR only considers a Boston a candidate if they arrive in our care with juvenile cataracts.  However, not all of these cases qualify for the surgery. 

Unless the eye is perfect we will not even attempt surgery.  You need to have a thorough exam done by your ophthalmologist.   
 
We also suggest you have the Boston's thyroid tested.  A low thyroid is common in Bostons and if low requires medication.  However even more common to be low in dogs with juvenile cataracts. If the thyroid is not regular prior to surgery this will  negatively affect the recovery.
 
The risks taken with cataract surgery are as follows and all can lead up to the removal of the eye that just underwent surgery.  
- glaucoma
- infection
- trauma
 
If you decide not to proceed with surgery, you need to address any inflammation of the eye which can be controlled through medication.  Anti-inflammatory drops may need to be used throughout the dog's life.  

Pressures should be checked every six months.  Not all vets have a pressure tool, so find one who does and build a relationship with them.  
 
Do Cataracts Hurt Dogs?
 
The cataract itself does not hurt.  However inflammation can be painful or at least uncomfortable. If not treated can lead up to glaucoma, which is very, very painful.  In human terms: walking around with a migraine 24/7 and can lead up to the rupture of the eye resulting in removal.
   
There is currently no eye drop on the market that will resolve a mature cataract.
 
Cataracts in Dogs: Treatment and Prevention
 
Cataracts won't go away on their own, surgery is the only way to correct it. If you see or suspect that your dog has a cataract, consult your vet or a veterinary opthamologist to discuss whether surgery is right for your dog.  Again putting an adult/senior through this surgery is NOT recommended by MABTR.    
 
Dogs with cataracts presented later in life can adjust just fine to their environment especially once their vision is gone. 
 
Because so many canine cataracts are hereditary, there's not much an owner can do to prevent them.
 
If you find yourself questioning cataract surgery for your dog and you would like to talk, please do not hesitate to call MABTR, 402-510-1346, as we have lots of experience in this area unfortunately.
Traveling for the holiday and  
want some Boston company??
 
MABTR is always in need of transports moving our dogs across our 13 state territory as they enter foster care or move into their forever homes
 
Share your travel plans with us, and if the need approaches we will be in touch.  Gas or miles are tax deductible.
 
Click here to share your travel plans with use. Thanks in advance!
 

 
   
Potty Tips for Cold Weather

We know that the routine is to potty outside and not in our living space. There are ways to maintain this routine when temperatures are freezing  and/or snow is taller than our dogs.
 
DO NOT FORCE YOUR DOG TO STAY OUTSIDE IF HE WANTS IN.  YOU ARE NOT HELPING THE SITUATION OTHER THAN MAKING THEM COLDER and NOT WANTING TO EVER GO OUT AGAIN!
 
  Tips:
1. Go outside with your dog for his potty break. 
2. Get your dog a sweater and booties if he will wear them, even if he will only wear clothing for outside.  
3. If your dog does not go potty on the first break and wants in, bring him back in the house but stand by the door to allow him to warm up for two minutes. Then return back outside to finish. This will let him know what the required routine is at that time. 
4. Do not force your dog to pee and poop on the same trip outside.  He may need to make multiple trips in order not to freeze.
5. Praise your dog when he potties outside for you. Again you are there with a treat in your hand standing next to him.
6. Make the  experience being outside in the cold fun. (i.e. you run around the yard, throw a stick or snowball).
7. When your dog comes back inside wipe down their feet of any moisture or snow.
8. Create a fun experience inside when he potties outside for you (i.e. cuddle time in a warm blanket, cozy bed ready in front of the fireplace)
 
Thinking out of the box options:
1. If you have snow on the ground, shovel a trail for your dog.  Why should they have to walk on snow?
2. Place tarp around your deck creating a barrier for the wind.
3. A garage is considered a space outside of the living area.  This can be considered an option other than outside.  Poop is easy to pick up.  Wipe up the pee and then place hot water over the area. You can power wash the garage in the summer. Other options is laying down newspaper or puppy pads in the garage.
 
Owners with outdoor pets: please reconsider finding a space in your home to allow these pets indoors when temperatures are freezing. 
Adoptable Dog of the Month
Hello, my name is Maggie! I am 12 years old and weigh 19 pounds. I need a new home because I was found as a stray. I am being fostered in Topeka, KS.

I arrived into rescue with eyes but completely blind with some injuries, so the decision was made to remove them. 
I may be blind, but that does not define me!  I am a wise old soul who is an adventurer with places to go and smells waiting to be sniffed!  
 
I really love to go on short walks where I can feel the fresh air on my face.  Foster mom says I am a tough little broad! Full steam ahead, like a little bull in a china shop!

From foster mom: 
"Maggie amazes everyone with her confidence navigating solo and adapting quickly. She definitely does not need an unchanging layout in the home. She doesn't mind if items are left in her way, she'll just go around it. She seems much younger than her age.   Rain, sleet or snow never stops her from going out. 
 
Maggie is very very smart and with a little practice she is able to learn her way around any home. Navigates around the clutter carefully and confidently. 
Maggie is now respectful of gated doorways that keep her from certain rooms, she has become very comfortable with stairs.  In fact, she now charges up stairs and can even go down a long flight if you hold onto her halter."
 

***Eligible for the Golden Paws Program!***
Adopters aged 60+ years who adopt a dog aged 7+ years get $50 off the adoption fee!
 
~~~ Click here to learn more about this dog! ~~~
MABTR Alumni - Hapa
         
"I've had the privilege to be Hapa's guardian for nearly three years and we've had some wonderful adventures! In the photo attached she's got her Muttlucks on before putting on her coat for a walk on a cold winter day. This is not her favorite part of the day. 

She's traveled all over Wyoming and the West in her car seat, my trusty co-pilot. She tolerates her feline brother Zeb in a sweetly respectful way and they will occasionally cuddle with each other while we are all dozing in bed. 

She's barked down moose (to the amusement of the mamma moose) and burros (that required intervention) and horses (under careful supervision). She's paddle boarded in the Gros Venture River, bounded through tall grass and wild flowers three times her height and ridden in a bike basket alongside the Tetons. She's had the run of the dog park, putting Great Danes in their place, letting all the other dogs know who's in charge and sharply objecting when dogs need to go home from the park. 

She's taken some lumps, literally, too. She's a cyst prone little thing but sailed through her 4 surgeries and dental cleanings with feisty vigor and wagging tail and doing a little dance when you scratch that spot right over her tail. She's been deaf for nearly a year, and you can imagine how challenging it can be to get her attention among the wilderness and snow drifts. Never mind, though, because she and I are so tightly bound that she knows I will be waiting for her patiently when she's had her fill of exploration and is ready to cuddle. 

Sadly, she may be reaching the end of her time with us. She has cancer, likely mast cell, and despite removing the gross tumors they are already regrowing after just three weeks. We are still waiting to hear from the consult from the canine oncologist and the DNA analysis to see which, if any, chemotherapy treatments will help her have a few more good months. 

So here we are, she's lying on my legs snoring as I write this tiny insight into our love affair. Thank you so much for helping us be a little family together." 
 
 - Zeenie S
Do your holiday shopping with us!

The crazy holiday shopping season is just around the corner, but it doesn't have to be a stressful mess.  Check out The Boston Bay here for some great items for the Boston Terrier lover in your life!
 
Time to send out holiday cards!
It's almost time to get out your address book and send out holiday greeting cards.  Let us help you with our adorable set of Boston Terrier cards!
 
 
Each set contains 10 cards, two of each design above.  These cards will be shipped within two weeks of order to ensure you have them in plenty of time to mail out your holiday greetings.

$15.00 per set, plus $3.50 shipping.

Click  here  for more details and to order!
 
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Also...  DID YOU KNOW???

Shopping AmazonSmile gives back to MABTR!!!
 
A mazonSmile   is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. 

The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
 
Log into  https://smile.amazon.com next time you shop Amazon and choose  MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue of Omaha, NE. 

Thank You for Your Donation! 
 
$500 in memory of Toby
$300 in memory of Dunder
$25 in memory of Phog
$20 in memory of Yoda
$20 in memory of Oscar
$20 in memory of Kenny Searcy
$15 in honor of Phog
               
$2,560  Giving Tuesday
$250 Ryan P
$235 Facebook
$120 Raymond N
$114 Allstate
$100 Angela P
$50 Kathy B, Audrey C, Caroline W, James B, Laurie B, Terri W, Jim G
$30 Cynthia K, Lori L, Leslie M
$26 Paypal
$25 Roberta C, Charity C, Kristen D, Nancy S
$20 Susie M, Matthew S, Pam M, Diana Z, Sara S, Michael M
$15 Annabelle H
$10 The Singing Boston, Nanette S, Gatha N, Ann A, Angela C, Robin B, Angela P, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Ashley H, Danielle K
$5 David H

 
All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame  

 

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

MABTR is
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
November
Fundraiser Results
  
 
- Colorado wine tasting: $473
- Colorado holiday bazaar: $1,900
- Kansas City Hamburger Mary's: $1,382
- Giving Tuesday: $2,920
 
Thanks to ALL 
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

24 dogs rescued

in November!

 

261 dogs rescued in 2018!

 

3,609 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.

-Petfinder 

-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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Love

has NO
age limit!
Kansas City Chiefs GIVE 
Game ticket sales give $10 to MABTR 

Plan to go to a Chiefs' game? 
There are two home games left!

Click here  to purchase your tickets, which in return gives $10 of your ticket sale to MABTR.

  Our Promotional Code is KCBOSTONS

  Thanks for the support!! 
Facebook  
Photo Contest 
 
October Theme
~ Halloween ~

  And the winner is...
Marshall and Lily!!
owned by Danielle F.

The next contest theme is "Your Favorite" and is a combined contest for November and December.  Deadline for photo submittal is midnight CST on Friday, December 7th.

Good Luck!
Make a donation
in Memory of..
or
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! 

MABTR Main Page
St Louis
Iowa
 
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~
   
Colorado      
   
Sat, Dec 8
11am - 3pm
Photos with Santa
Wag n Wash, 5830 Stetson Hills Blvd
Colorado Springs
$10 includes two photos plus a frame
See flyer at left for more details!
 
Sat, Dec 15
2:30 - 4:30pm
Dog Toy Exchange Party
Chuck and Don's, 6380 S Parker Rd, #107
Details coming soon!
 
 
Iowa
Coming soon!
 
 
Missouri
~KC Area~
Sat, Dec 15
10am - 2pm
Pet Pictures with Santa
Bentley's Pet Stuff, 8752 NE 82nd Ter
Kansas City
All breeds welcome!
$8 for one photo and a holiday frame
See flyer at left for more details!

Sun, Dec 16
11am - 3pm
Pet Pictures with Santa
Pet-Topia, 3508 NE Vivion Rd
Kansas City
All breeds welcome!
$8 for one photo and a holiday frame
See flyer at left for more details!


~St. Louis area~  
Coming soon!   


Nebraska
Coming soon!

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. 
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