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February 2018
Love a Boston Terrier this Valentine's Day! 

 AdoptaBoston Boutique  ( click here to shop ) carries adorable items for you and your dog, and through the month of February, we're featuring Boston Terrier Valentine's Day cards.

Get a set of 5 for $5 with free shipping, or get a free card for every $5 you spend in our store!

All profits support MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue.

What to know about Seizures and Dogs 
Watching your pet have a seizure is a terrifying thing to witness.  One minute your dog seems perfectly normal, then suddenly he's on his side, eyes glazed, muscles twitching frenetically.  He may even lose control of his bladder or bowels.  A result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain, this episode may last only seconds, but when it happens, time seems to move in slow motion.
Did you know that an animal is allowed to have one seizure every 30 days without concern from the medical field?  HOWEVER, if your pet has two or more seizures within a 30 day period, you need to see your veterinarian; discussion for medication needs to started along with tests. 
With each seizure, more nerve cells within the brain will begin to fire randomly.  Per Dr. Podell, "The brain's threshold for seizure may lower on a constant basis."  In other words, each seizure makes it more likely that another one will occur. This in turn can make the seizures progressively more difficult to manage.

The ultimate goal is to control the seizures.
What to do if my dog is having a seizure:
1. DO NOT PICK UP AND HOLD YOUR DOG. Leave them alone.
2. Keep calm -  your dog needs you!
3. Ensure that the surroundings are safe.
    - If he is on a couch or bed (off the floor), stand in front of the dog to ensure he does not fall off.
    - If his head is hitting the floor lay your hand between the head and the floor for cushion.
    - Ensure nothing is restraining the dog such as a collar or leash.
4. Look at the clock and track what time the seizure starts and ends
ALERT: When no one is home to supervise your dog, it is important that he be crated for safety reasons.  A plastic crate is preferred as his limbs cannot get stuck between the wire and break his bones if he seizes while crated.  It is better to be crated than fall off the couch or bed during a seizure.

What to do once the seizure is over
1. What day and time the seizure happened.
2. How long the seizure lasted, if you remembered to look at the clock. (Unfortunately we are so horrified by what is happening, we often do not look at the clock.  BUT this part is critical because what may only be 30 seconds to us feels like minutes.)
3. What the body did during the seizure (legs tightened, facial twitches, loss of bladder, foam at the month, etc).  Be as detailed as possible.
4. What side effects occurred once the seizure was over (could not walk, went blind for 15 mins, acted normal as if nothing happened, drank a bowl of water, etc).  Be as detailed as possible.
5. What activities did the dog experience within the 24 hours leading up to the seizure.
6. Call your vet and report the seizure so they have documentation.
What to expect when my dog has had two or more seizures in a 30 day period
1. Schedule a visit with the vet, sooner than later.
2. Basic bloodwork will be required prior to starting any medication.  At this point medication needs to be started.  (Phenobarbital is the most common drug in these cases.)
3. Once your dog is placed on seizure medication, he will remain on the medication for the rest of his life.
    - At some point you may find that phenobarbital is not enough; this is when potassium bromide may be added.
    - Sad note: unfortunately, it will be seizures or resulting complications that will ultimately take your pet's life.  The meds will no longer work and you will not be able to control the seizures.

ALERT: giving your dog his seizure medication at the proper time each day is critical.  Being one hour late in giving him his medication or doubling up because you missed a dose can result in additional seizure(s).
Because there are so many potential underlying causes of seizures, the workup must be step-wise and thorough.  A comprehensive attempt to identify the possible culprits compares disorders originating within the brain (tumors; viral, bacterial or parasitic infections; strokes; head trauma) from those originating outside the brain.  For instance, nutritional deficiencies as well as toxins like lead, insecticides, moldy foods and some human supplements can provoke brain changes that lead to seizures. Additionally, metabolic abnormalities such as liver or kidney disease can cause seizures, and some anesthetic agents and medications may also trigger them in sensitive animals.
Bostons and seizures
Unfortunately, seizures are very common in the breed.  A majority fall under the category of idiopathic (cause unknown) epilepsy.  If the dog is less than one year of age, he is more likely to have a congenital abnormality, and if he's older than five, specific disorders of the brain are more common.  For Bostons, the most common reason is a brain tumor.
Upcoming Facebook Auction to Benefit MABTR!!! 
We are currently looking for donations and then bidders!

MABTR will be holding their annual Facebook (FB) Auction in February - bid dates: Feb 20-25th!
We are partnering with FB group "For the Love of Bostons auction Group" who will run the auction for us. 100% of all bids will go to MABTR.

With that said, we are looking for items to be donated to the auction between now and Feb 17th.

Here is how it works:
(questions call Jennifer 402-510-1346)

As a donor: 
*Donors will be responsible for posting the item(s) on FB between  Feb 8th and Feb 17th.  
*Donors will be responsible for shipping the item to the highest bidder when the auction is over. shipping address will be emailed.
*Shipping costs covered by the donor which is tax deductible for the donor.
*100% of the bid goes to MABTR

How to post donated item to FB: (cannot post on FB til  Feb 8th)

1. Identify items (new or used) that may be of value to a Boston lover.
2. Take a picture of the item and have a detailed description of the item including measurements (size) and/or material the item is made of.
3. Befriend the " For The Love of Boston's Auction" FB page. (You will need to be accepted to the group - you can remove yourself once the auction is over if you wish.)  Any issues call Jennifer 402-510-1346
4. Click on the " Photo" tab located to the left of the page.
5. Click on " Albums" located on the top menu bar.
6. Click on the album titled "MidAmerica February 2018" with the picture DONATION FOLDER IS OPEN.
7. Click on "Add Photo" in top right hand corner.
8. Attach picture of the item and add description.

Description example: 
Brand new garden flag. 12.5 x 18" - fade and mildew resistant, 100% all weather polyester.
Will ship to US only.
Donated by (First and Last name as seen your FB page)

As a Bidder (bids placed Feb 20-25th)
1. Befriend the " For The Love of Boston's Auction" FB page. (You will need to be accepted to the group - you can remove yourself once the auction is over if you wish.)  Any issues call Jennifer 402-510-1346
2. Click on the " Photo" tab located to the left of the page.
3. Click on " Albums" located on the top menu bar.
4. Click on the album titled "MidAmerica February 2018" with the picture BIDDING IS OPEN.
5. Click on the photo and in comments place your dollar bid.
6. The winner will be announced at 8pm CST Feb 25th via Facebook.
7. Payment is to be made within three days via paypal.
8. Item(s) will be shipped within a week after payment confirmed.

Have fun!!!

Dog Collar Bows is February's Item to buy



  • 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.
Schedule( click here for the 2018 monthly schedule)

January's earnings on Tote bags - raised $231.96

Collar Bows
(50% of all sales go to MABTR) 
Price varies depending on size.
$3 flat shipping covers up to 3 bows per order.  
Click here to place your order!
MABTR Alumni - Molly  
Molly came into our lives almost one year ago. She'd been through a lot in a short time.  She was nervous, and it was clear she wasn't real sure about me or my family when we met.

She got along with her new canine brother Angus right off the bat.  However, when it was time to see the inside of her new house, we weren't sure if we were going to be able to get her inside.  The first few weeks she stuck to me like glue and was weary of the rest of the family.  As far as she was concerned, guests were not allowed in the house.

Fast forward 11 months: She loves all of her new family, and she has taken it upon herself to be the neighborhood watch.  Angus is her trusty sidekick.

We were able to have two Christmas celebrations at our house (something we didn't know if we would be able to do).  She did really well with all the people and the commotion.  Molly loved Christmas.  She and her brother Angus got spoiled rotten.  Funny...I don't remember them being that good. Ha ha.   Molly is showing everyone what a sweet, silly girl she is.

Last year on her birthday (January 19th), Molly had recently left the breeder and was at a vet ready to be fixed. This year we are going to throw her a birthday party and make sure she is spoiled.   - Jeana L.
Rebates on Medication   
Rebate offer on medication extended through March 2018  
The rebates offered are for several medications (example adequan rebate is $20).    
Full details at
Medications included are:  
Interceptor andInterceptor plus  
Parastar for dogs  
EasySpot for Cats  
Adequan Canine  
Cheristin for cats  
Galliprant (this is an awesome new RX to treat arthritis pain, basically no side effects, does not impact liver or kidneys and rarely bothers the stomach)
Adoptable Dog of the Month
SHOPPING that gives back to MABTR 

Stones for House will donate 30% of sale proceeds to MABTR!
A beautiful variety of garden and stepping stones to choose from!  
  Just go to

  Click here for all online shops that give back to MABTR when you shop!
Ask Jennifer
Q: What should I dog if I find a stray dog or my dog goes missing? 

A:  If you find a stray please take the following action even if the dog's conditions are not good, as you do not know how long the dog has been missing, and his owner may be looking for him.
  1. Have the dog scanned for a chip, which any vet or shelter can do at no cost.
  2. Report the dog as found to both local animal control and shelters, and make sure to leave your name and number so you can be contacted.  *ALERT: Ask for the hold period, as a dog is not allowed to move out of the area prior to the hold period expiring.  If not claimed in that period of time, the dog becomes the property of the finder.  (For towns with no animal control, report to your local police.)
  3. Check Craigslist "lost and found" section.
  4. Share with your local rescue in case they are aware of a missing dog.
If your dog goes missing please take the following action:
  1. Call your microchip company and validate that the phone numbers on the registration are correct.
  2. Report the dog as MISSING to local animal control and shelter, and make sure to leave your name and number so you can be contacted.(For towns with no animal control report to your local police.)
  3. Create a post on Craigslist "lost and found" section. Include photo and phone number.
  4. Share with your local rescue should so they can post to Facebook.
See more: Link to our FAQs here   
Share your travel plans with MABTR and  
in return help out a Boston 
As many of you know MABTR covers 13 states. 75% of our adoptions occur between foster homes and adopters in different states, requiring MABTR to set up a transport by car.  We do not fly our dogs.

Many of us travel for business or pleasure by car so we ask that you share with us your travel plan should you have room for a Boston to hitch a ride.

Just some examples, and not limited to, of routes completed.  Note that some routes are short distances where others a whole day:
  • Colorado Springs, CO to Cheyenne, WY
    • Omaha, NE to St Louis, MO
      • Omaha, NE to Boise, ID
        • Des Moines, IA to St Paul, MN
          • Kansas City, MO to Springfield, MO
            • ... the list goes on 
Share with us your travel plans - even those scheduled in the future. 
It is simple.  Just click here to share your starting and ending location, date(s) of travel, and your name and phone number.  We will file the travel schedule shared and if the need approaches we will contact you with details.

Most of our dogs ride well in cars without a crate, but if you require a crate we can supply one. 
The doggies thank you for allowing them to hitch a ride!!!!!  Without drivers we would struggle moving our dogs closer to their forever homes.
Remember that you can write off at tax time your gas or mileage when transporting our Bostons.  

Thank You for Your Donation! 
$50  in honor of Bonsai and foster dad Dan M
$25 in memory of Scooter and Rocky P
$20 in memory of Scooter P
$20 in memory of Hamlet
$400 Michael Watson Photo  
$350 Salesforce  
$250 Eric P
$212 Brad M
$200 William K, Riley Natural Pet Planet
$120.68 Network for Good
$120 Raymond N
$71  Jake D
$70 Linda W   
$50 Audrey C, Caroline W
$30  Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K
$25 Kelly Y, Charity C
$20 Susie M, Matthew S, Pam M, Sara S, Diana Z, Michael M, Ashley H, Reynold P, AT&T
$10  Patrick A, Katherine F, Ann A, Angela C, Robin B, Angela P, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Veronica Z, Danielle K
$8 Dainty Itty Bitties
$5 Angie V
All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame  


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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

Thanks to ALL 
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

 9 dogs rescued

in January!


9 dogs rescued in 2018!


3,348 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 
January Theme
-Holiday Fun-
  And the winner is...
owned by Bobbie B.
The theme for February is... 
Best Cuddler

Winner = MABTR t-shirt  
"Buy It Now"
Collar Bows 
50% of purchase goes to MABTR.   Price varies depending on size:
$5, $10, or $15.
Flat rate shipping rate of $3 up to 3 bows per order.

January's Buy It Now item raised $231.93 for MABTR after expenses.
Thank you!!!
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~
Sat, Feb 3
11 am-3 pm
Valentine Pet Portraits
Chuck & Don's,  6380 S Parker Rd 
Click here for details!
Sat, Feb 10
11am - 2pm
Paw Print Valentine Cards
Chuck & Don's, 4765 Front
Castle Rock
See flyer at left for details!
Sat, Feb 24
1 - 3pm
Doggie Olympics
Riley's, 7580 S Pierce St.
Click here for details!
Mon, March 5
6:30 - 9pm
Painting for Paws
Felix and Oscar's, 4050 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines
$45 per person
Click here for details and tickets!

~St. Louis area~  
Coming soon!

~KC Area~
Feb 9-11
10 am - 6 pm
KC Remodel & Garden Show
American Royal,  1701 American Royal Ct
Kansas City MO
Click here for more details!
Sun, Feb 11
10 am - 1 pm
Taylor Made Rescue Rally
NHS, 89th and Fort
MABTR will be present, along with other local dog rescues.

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!
Stay Connected...
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.