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July 2017
Happy Fourth Of July
More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year.

Please take time to ensure your pet is safe during the celebration week 

All the things we humans enjoy about the Independence Day aren't necessarily as much fun for our four-legged friends.
Award Recognition
Congrats to our own Cindy Marques winning "Everyday Hero" in Colorado! Cindy is MABTR's Colorado Event Coordinator.
Cindy's hardwork, dedication and love for the Boston breed has allowed MABTR's presence be known in CO in great measures and across surrounding states. 

Her objective is not to just help raise funds for our medical bills but to also create awareness of rescue efforts and the existence of MABTR in order to build our volunteer, foster and sponsor base. Cindy does not do all this for fame or recognition, but instead because of her commitment to helping dogs. 

Cindy's impact has played a large role in our success and no words can explain how blessed we are to have her part of the family.   Thank you Cindy!!!
Fourth of July Safety Tips 
Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. 
This time of year is fun for most humans; however for our pets it is a nightmare.  Watch your pet's signs of distress.  Many dogs go missing during this time of year where they can land in the wrong hands, get hurt, or worse, killed.
Tips to providing a safe and comfortable environment during these loud days 
  • Keep your pets indoors.  Make sure that the whereabouts of your dog are known before opening any doors to the outside
  • Allow your pet to find a safe place in the house - this may be your bedroom closet, under the bed, the basement
    • consider leaving the TV or radio on to help wash out the loud bangs of the fireworks
  • Keep alcohol away from your pets as hops are deadly
  • Keep your pets away from firework displays.  It may look cute that your dog is going after the fireworks but this can cause injury
  • Keep a collar or harness on your pet 24/7 with proper identification should they get out of the house
  • Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, and ingestion can harm your pet's nervous system.
  • Be prepared and not upset to find potty accidents. Do not force your pet outside if he does not want to go due to the loud noises
The safest and best bet for celebrating this Fourth of July with your pets is to exclude them from holiday festivities.
...and then they went BOOM!
While we might love the beautiful fireworks displays when celebrating the fourth of July, we need to remember that many of our pets find the related explosions very scary.  These same pets usually find thunder scary as well and unless you have a sound proof room in your home, you cannot isolate your pet from these noises, so you then need to find the best solution to manage the situation.

First, do whatever possible to bring your pet inside because the building will dampen the sound somewhat AND almost eliminate the opportunity for your scared pet to run away in fear.  When left outside in a yard that they may not escape in normal situations, they may make extraordinary efforts when terrified of these noises.  Then ensure they are in a safe place within your home; they will usually try to find a small place to hide so if under a piece of furniture, make sure it is free of electric cords or other things they could get tangled in.  Try to give them their favorite toy (for resting times), blanket or bed.  Let them go to where they feel safe, do not confine them in a small space like a crate because they may feel the need to escape and injure themselves.

Always, talk to your pet and assure them that they are safe, but do so using your normal, calm voice.  Do not use baby talk or go on and on that they'll be ok, because this higher pitch and rambling will usually lead them to think something is wrong and they should be concerned. 

There are several possible remedies that you can be used to help calm the dog in these situations:
Noise distraction - Play TV or music in the room with the dog; depending on how loud the fireworks or thunder this can sometimes distract the dog from the booms
Thundershirt - Tight fitting garment that wraps around the dog applying continuous, even pressure on the dog's torso which alleviates anxiety; for this to work effectively it must be used prior to stress inducing situations for the dog to associate with calm (follow instructions provided)
Over the counter remedies - Bach's Rescue Remedy is an herbal supplement that has been very successful for alleviating storm related anxiety and the fear from firework noise
Prescription medications - Prescription medications are available for more severe cases; most act as sedatives and affect your dog's behavior
Behavior modification - over time, play recordings of fireworks and storms starting  with a lower volume and short time period, steadily increasing volume and time to decrease sensitivity; some will also offer treats trying to relate sounds to positive experiences.
Please keep your pets in mind as you plan your July 4th and other spring and summer activities.  While we like to include our pets and take them with us whenever we can, perhaps leaving them in a kennel is actually kinder than taking them camping at the lake when you know fireworks will be going off non-stop every evening. -- Susie Sutton

MABTR Alumni - Jack
Hola!  Mi nombre es Jack.  I'm eight years old, and I was born in Argentina where I lived with my half-brother and enjoyed the Spanish culture and language.  When I was a couple years old, my owner moved us to the USA, where my brother and I took BSL (Barking in a Second Language) courses and became US citizens.  After a while, my owner had to give us up because of traveling for his job. I hope my brother found a good home.  I sure did!  

Gracias to Jennifer and Angie of MABTR for hooking us up!

Now, I live with my forever family, Mike and Sue, in southwest Colorado.  I'm their only pet and get loads of attention including belly rubs whenever I want.  They are really impressed with how well-behaved I am. We have 35 acres of piƱon and juniper forest and I love our beautiful trail for daily walks.  You wouldn't believe all the amazing smells!   My only complaint is that Mike doesn't always respond fast enough when I want to play ball, so I have to give him a few choice barks in Spanish to get him moving.

I'm also enjoying my new family's tradition of hunting for "hide 'n seek treats" after dinner every night.  I get to practice sitting and "staying" while they hide two different treats somewhere in the house.  Then, they say "okay!" And off I go, sniffing exuberantly until I find each of the treats.

It's a great life.  I love them, and I can tell, they sure love me!
Su amigo, Jack

P.S. Yay, I heard my brother found a great home, too!  Thanks, MABTR, for your wonderful work helping us doggies and our happy humans!  
Adoptable Dog of the Month
Hi, my name is Gizzy .   I am a 4-year-old Boston MIX and weigh 14 pounds.  I need  a new home because my owners could no longer care for me . I am being fostered in St. Louis, MO. 

I have had quite a ride up to this point.  Due to my shyness, I have been passed around to different homes a bit.  I am on the mend and coming out of my shell in my foster home!  My foster mom has been really patient with me, letting me do things in my own time.  I used to spend a good part of my day hiding under the furniture, but now I confidently lounge on the furniture with my foster mom and brothers.  I like to go outside for walks and I walk nicely on my leash.  I approach humans to be pet now and I love my belly rubbed.  I also know that going in my crate means cookie time! 

I am a sweet and smart girl that just needs a little time to warm up in my new home.  If you have love and a little patience, I will melt your heart! 
Tips to Moving with a Dog 

While moving with pets is a stressful time for's undoubtedly just as stressful for your pets.  Here are some tips to make moving into your new home as stress-free as possible for everyone in your family, especially your pets!

I just recently moved myself and found the following to be great resources that I would like to share with you.
It's such a struggle moving with dogs sometimes.  People seem to always think they're gonna chew on everything.  This article Moving with Pet helped me move him.  It gives advice on how to adjust your pet to the area as you're moving and how to keep them calm during the move so it's less hard on them. So, this helped a lot with getting him to relax and actually inspired me to get him one of those anxiety vests; it's precious - he loves it.  

I swear by this  Pet Resume Guide.  I just moved into an apartment where the landlord originally said no dogs but I found this and filled it out and got in. It helps you create a resume for your pet with fill in the blanks and fill in all their little quirks which I thought was really silly but I mean I got in.  It helped me introduce Shadow to my landlord and helped her realize that Shadow wasn't going to tear up the apartment and bark constantly, he's actually deaf so he's pretty chill unless you spook him. -by Britney A.

Ask Jennifer
Q: My dog rubs his bottom on my carpet, yet I see nothing wrong with his back end which would cause him to want to do that?

A: Dogs have anal glands that are located inside the anus.  You cannot see them.  Anal glands are also referred to as the stink glands.  Every dog has a unique smell. Anal glands are in place because they are effectively how dogs recognize each other and why they sniff every new dog they meet at the back end rather than the front.
Anal glands are released every time your dog poops.  However they can get impacted.  This causes discomfort for your dog and as a result he drags his bottom on the floor in hopes to give him some relief, which will not work.

This is not something to ignore, as an impacted anal gland can rupture causing more problems for the dog and added expenses for you.

A vet tech or professional groomer can express anal glands.  So call them today for an appointment.  Note that some dogs need assists on a regular basis.

Reasons anal glands can get impacted
1. Stress can cause a dog to have loose stools.  It takes a firm stool to release the glands.
 -- Treatment: Add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin twice a day to your dog's diet
2. Change in diet can result in soft stools. 
 -- Give a diet two weeks and if no improvement the food is not right for them.
 -- If your dog has always had loose stools you should consult your vet about Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Other reasons a dog may drag his bottom on the floor
1.  Worms, in particular tapeworms, can cause itching around the anus. You may have noticed the small white worm segments that look like rice grains in his stools or around his bottom. They are very itchy indeed and are a common cause of scooting.
 -- Treatment: Drontol, dewormer, prescribed by the vet.

2. Fleas find your dog's rear end to be a popular spot to gather, and they too will make him itchy around his rump. Some dogs are actually allergic to flea saliva and one bite from a flea will make their skin red and inflamed. To add insult to injury, fleas spread tapeworm so if your dog is itchy from fleas, he'll soon be itchy from tapeworm too.
 -- Treatment: A bath with flea shampoo followed by Frontline Flea Preventative. The dog needs to be completely dry before applying Frontline.  Once applied a bath cannot be given for 48 hours.   
See more: Link to our FAQs here   
Esty Sales support MABTR  
Get your card shopping done early and affordably this year with our "Christmas in July" sale.  
Each card set includes five unique, adorable Boston Terrier cards with sayings like "Ho! Ho! Ho! Home for the Holidays," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "Wishing You Simple Joys This Season."  
Photos generously provided by Endless Summer Photography. 

Was $8.  
Now only $6! 
Sale ends July 8th.  

Employer Match Programs 
Did you know - Walmart pays 501(3)c organizations such as MABTR for hours that employees volunteer;
volunteer 25 hours for MABTR and Walmart will send us a check for $250.

This is just one example of employers Giving Back for work you have done. Many companies give back some incentive to non-profits for the volunteer work their employees give.

Speak to your human resource department on how your employer Gives Back

Check out these other known companies to Give Back

Collecting shoes through July 30  
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. 
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 email 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! 
$100 in memory of Darlene Whitethorn
$50 in memory of Sophie
$50 in celebration of Molly's Adoptaversary 
$420 Chuck & Don's
$120 Raymond N
$90 Western Union
$60 Your Cause 
$50 Audrey C, Ca roline W
$46.71 Combined Federal Campaign
$40 Pfizer
$30 Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K
$25 Charity C, Jacqueline S, Andrea M
$20 Susie M, Matthew S, Pam M, Sara S, Diana Z, Michael M, Ashley H
$10 Katherine F, Ann A, Angela C, Robin B, Angela P, Mart D, Lisa B, Loni D, Veronica Z, Danielle K, Andrew B 
$5 Angie V

All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame  


Omaha, NE
Animal Communication Sessions*
Call Cindy to schedule your 15 min session 303-475-8155

Quick Links
(monetary or items) are

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:
  • 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
CO Scavenger Hunt - $291
KC Bingo
- $1,900
CO Poker Run - $661
CO Garage Sale - $3,086 
Thanks to ALL 
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

 18 dogs rescued

in June!


104 dogs rescued to date in 2017


3,212 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 
June theme:
"Sunbathing Beauties"
The winner is...
Thanks to ALL  
who participated!!!
July's theme will be " Red, White, and Blue"
Raffle Results
Congrats to
Jim L of MN    
who won the Boston watch,
which raised
$105 !

Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle
Lunch box set  
Lunch box set just in time for school!  Includes 100% polyester lunch bag wtih easy grip handle and full closure zipper.  Measures 8.5in x 8.5in x 3.5in with netted pocket inside for storage. Matching water bottle 16.9oz double wall plastic with loop lid and pop up straw. Dishwasher safe

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~
Saturday, July 1 
USA Pride Photo Shoot
11am- 3pm
Chuck & Don's - 6380 S. Parker Rd.
$5 for 2 photos
Click here for more details!

Saturday, July 8
Annual Northwest Denver Adopt-a-Thon
11am - 3pm
Old Elitch Pavilion, 38th & Tennyson
More details coming soon!
Saturday, July 15 
Meet and Greet Event 
1 - 4pm
Riley's Natural Pet Supply - 7580 S Pierce St

Saturday, July 29
Meet and Greet Event
11am - 3pm
Chuck & Don's - 2253 E Briarwood Ave

Saturday, August 5
Movie Night
8504 Wiley Cir
More details coming soon!
~KC area~
Saturday, July 29
Meet and Greet
11am - 3pm
Bentley's Pet Stuff - 14905 W. 119th St. (Center Pointe Shopping Center)
Adoptable dogs present!

~St. Louis area~  
Saturday, July 22
St. Louis
Monthly PlayDate
1:30 - 3:30pm
AKC Museum of the Dog: 
1721 S. Mason Rd.
$5 per dog - all breeds welcome!  Kid friendly!

Saturday, July 29
Painting for Paws
6:30 - 8:30pm
St. Philip's UCC - 10708 Lavinia Dr.
$25 per person which includes 2 drink tickets.
Bring extra $$ for a silent auction!
Click here to reserve your seat!

Sunday, July 9
10am - 6pm
Panache' Salon - 14513 W. Center Rd.
MABTR is hosting Patrick Lomantini to provide haircuts for a minimum donation of $25!
Click  here  for details! 

Saturday, July 15
Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Event
11am - 4pm
Ralston Arena - 7300 Q Street
Free admission!
Lots of pets, prizes, and vendors.
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!

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


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
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