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March 2018
MABTR's CookBook  
-Actual cover plus sample recipe page-

New this year is MABTR's Recipes to the Rescue Cookbook with the goal to obtain 100 recipes. Full color (5.5×8.5x.5 in size) with spiral binding, protective cover and hard back with colored dividers of 11 categories including dog treats. Easy to carry around. Lots of Boston Terrier photos & dog sayings to make you smile all year long.

Cost (pricing below does not include shipping fees - est $5 per book)
  • $20 includes one submission of a recipe and photo plus a copy of the cookbook
  • $5 for additional submissions
  • $15 for the cookbook (no submission)
MABTR is taking submissions for recipes (which include a photo of your Boston) through March 31st. 
Books will be shipped out the week of April 23rd.
Pre-orders are recommended as prints will be limited. 

Why Does MABTR Bid
on Dogs at Puppy Mill Auctions? 
It is correct that MABTR has a volunteer bidder that attends puppy mill auctions on our behalf.

The goal of placing a bid on the Bostons and Boston mixes (designer dogs) for sale at an puppy mill auction is to remove these dogs out of circulation in the breeding industry.

FACT is if a dog does not get purchased at an auction by a rescue group, the only other option for that dog is to move from one breeder to another breeder allowing the cycle to continue.  Puppies sold at an auction are there for future breeding stock, NOT to be placed in a pet store for sale.

The unfortunate reality is that the percentage of Bostons we do get out of puppy mill auctions is very low compared to the number up for sale. The reason for this is we are reasonable on the amount we bid for each dog as we take into consideration our investment in medical care that comes with each one.

We do support and encourage no sale of puppies in pet stores (Riley's, PetCo, PetSmart, etc) where cats and dogs are present for 'adoption' through rescues, NOT for sale. Our presence at any pet supply store is to educate the public on our existence and of the breed which includes having adoptable dogs present. Our dogs are not left unattended at any location for adoption. We DO NOT adopt any dogs on-site at any event as we have an adoption process that is to be followed which includes, but is not limited to, an approved application and homevisit.

We have no discrimination on gender, health, or age when we place a bid on the Bostons or Boston mixes (this includes Bostons 10+ years of age (yes senior dogs are being recycled), juvenile cataracts, blind, seizures, and the list goes on that are up for bid). We do, however, have a maximum cap we will bid per dog.

We know we cannot save them all but will try within reason.

Learn more about puppy mills by clicking here.
Cold Weather Care for Your Dog  

Spring may be getting close, but for most of us, we still have a few (or more!) weeks of winter weather to contend with.   Many dog owners live with the misconception that because their pets have a coat of fur, they can tolerate the cold better than humans. This isn't necessarily the case. Like us, these fur-coated creatures are used to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on us humans. Whatever your viewpoint on winter, one thing remains certain: it's a time when our beloved pets need a little extra care.

Preventing Winter Health Risks
First ... let's talk about two serious cold weather conditions that you should take care to prevent.

Frostbite begins when the dog's body gets cold. The body automatically pulls blood from the extremities to the center of the body to stay warm. The dog's ears, paws or tail can get so cold that ice crystals can form in the tissue and damage it. The tricky thing to remember about frostbite is that it's not immediately obvious. Watch for signs of pale or grey skin; the skin may also turn hard and cold. As frostbitten areas warm, they can be extremely painful. Severely frostbitten skin will eventually turn black and slough off.

A second serious winter weather concern is hypothermia. This occurs when a dog spends too much time in the cold, gets wet in cold temperatures or when dogs with poor health or circulation are exposed to cold. In mild cases, the dog will shiver and her ears and feet may grow cold. As hypothermia progresses, she may show signs of depression, lethargy and weakness. As the condition worsens, her muscles will stiffen, her heart and breathing rates slow down, and she will not respond to stimuli. Severe hypothermia is life threatening.

Protecting your dog from frostbite and hypothermia is essential, so learn how to recognize the signs that your dog needs to come indoors to warm up.

Is your dog cold?
If it's too cold for you to stand at the door without your coat, it's probably too cold for your dog too, so pay attention to her behavior while she's outdoors.
If you notice your dog whining, shivering or appearing anxious, or she stops playing and seems to be looking for places to burrow, then it's time to bring her in.

15 Ways to Protect Your Dog in Winter
1. Let's talk temperature!
Some dog breeds are blessed with thick fur that keeps them warm naturally, even in very cold temperatures, but dogs with thin coats may need to wear a sweater or coat when out for winter walks. A good coat should reach from the neck to the base of the tail and also protect the belly. But remember that coats will not prevent frostbite on the ears, feet or tail ... so even with a cozy coat, don't keep your short haired dog out too long in freezing temperatures.

2. Go outside when the sun shines
If your dog feels the cold, try to walk her in the late morning or early afternoon hours when temperatures are a little warmer, and avoid early morning or late evening walks. Spend time playing outdoors while it's sunny; sunshine brings the added benefit of providing both you and your pet with vitamin D. Play fetch with toys, not sticks, which can cause choking and other injuries. So, if your dog likes to chew and chase, pack a Frisbee, ball or other safe toy and play together in the sun.

3. Limit outdoor time in winter
Your family pet may love to spend time outdoors but in winter even the furriest dog can get cold.  Ears, paws and tails are all susceptible to frostbite. Take your dog out frequently for walks, exercise and play ... but when the temperature drops, don't leave him outdoors for long periods of time. A good rule is to go out with him and when you're ready to come in, he probably will be too. If he's outside in your yard by himself, check often to make sure he's not showing signs of feeling cold.

4. Cozy bedding
In addition to limiting your dog's time outdoors on cold days, don't let your pooch sleep on a cold floor in winter. Choosing the right bedding is vital to ensure your dog stays warm. Warm blankets can create a snug environment; raised beds can keep your dog off cold tiles or concrete, and heated pet beds can help keep the stiffness out of aging joints. Place your dog's bed in a warm spot away from drafts, cold tile or uncarpeted floors, preferably in a favorite spot where she sleeps every day so that the area doesn't feel unfamiliar.

5. Protect your dog from heaters
Dogs will often seek heat during cold winter weather by snuggling too close to heating sources. Avoid space heaters and install baseboard radiator covers to avoid your pet getting burned. Fireplaces also pose a major threat so please make sure you have a pet proof system to keep your heat-seeking pal out of harm's way!

6. Moisturize
Dry and cold weather can do a number on your pet's skin. Help prevent dry, flaky skin by adding a skin and coat supplement to her food. Coconut oil is a good natural moisturizer that can help keep your pet's skin and coat healthy. If you find your pet's paws, ears or tail are dry or cracking, you can also apply coconut oil topically as needed.

7. No overfeeding please!
Although dogs may need an extra layer in winter, make sure it comes from a coat and not a layer of fat. Cold temperatures may even bring on lazy behavior and the need for fewer calories. Be attentive to your dog's activity level and adjust her calories accordingly. A high quality, whole foods, preferably raw meat based diet will help ensure a healthy coat and good energy for the cold winter months.

8. Keep your dog hydrated
Dogs can dehydrate just as quickly in winter as summer. Although many dogs eat snow, it's not an adequate substitute for fresh water. If your dog spends time outdoors in your yard, make sure she has access to a water bowl, check it often and break ice that forms on top.

9. Groom your dog
Your dog needs a clean, well-groomed coat to keep her properly insulated. This is especially important if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors. After bathing, dry your dog thoroughly, especially before allowing her outside.

10. Paw care is a must
Just as we tend to develop foot cracks in winter, dogs can also suffer from cracked pads. If your dog has furry feet, trim the hair that grows between her pads to prevent ice buildup between the pads. Winter salt on city sidewalks can also burn your dog's pads and is toxic, so after walks around the neighborhood, rinse or wipe your dog's paws to remove any salt - you don't want her licking it off. If your dog shows signs of discomfort when walking outside on frozen or salted surfaces, consider using dog booties to protect her paws.

11. Snow removal
Snow can be a lot of fun but it can also be dangerous for your dog. Snow piled near fences offers your dog escape routes that even well-trained dogs often can't resist. When you clear snow in your yard, pile it away from fences to prevent your dog from climbing over. Snow and ice often accumulate on rooftops and if the sun is out or as temperatures rise, this accumulation can slide and injure your dog. If you can't clear the snow from the roof, keep your dog away from the roof overhang to prevent injury.

12. Watch where your dog plays
Although your dog is likely having a great time outdoors, take frequent indoor breaks for water and warming and don't ever stay out too long. If you're walking or playing in unfamiliar areas, keep your dog close. It's easy for her to venture onto unsafe surfaces such as frozen ponds or lakes. These may be covered in snow and not easily visible.

13. Avoid exposure to toxins
With winter comes antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet and dogs (as well as some children!) will readily lick or drink it. Antifreeze is extremely toxic and just a small amount can be fatal. Keep your dog out of the garage and off the driveway where she may encounter antifreeze or other harmful chemicals.

14. NEVER leave your dog unattended in the car, no matter what the season
Just as cars can get dangerously hot in summer, freezing cold temperatures are equally dangerous for your dog in winter. Leaving the car running involves additional risks, including carbon monoxide poisoning if the car is parked in a garage. Leave your dog at home when you go out to run errands.

15. Special care for seniors
Cold weather will often aggravate existing medical conditions in dogs, particularly arthritis. It's very important to maintain an exercise regimen with your arthritic dog, but be mindful of slippery surfaces and make sure your dog has a warm soft rest area to recuperate after activity. If you don't already give your senior dog a natural joint supplement to lubricate the joints and ease the discomfort of arthritis, you may want to consider adding one in winter. Just like people, dogs are more susceptible to other illnesses during winter weather.

Harsh winter weather brings a wide variety of concerns to responsible dog owners. Bitter cold, numbing wetness or biting winds can cause discomfort for that special dog in your life. Paying special attention to your loyal friend's wellbeing during the winter season will insure that you both enjoy the season to the fullest.
Keep these winter care tips in mind and enjoy everything winter has to offer. And don't forget that winter cuddles with your canine buddy are a great way for everybody to keep warm!
  Returning in April!
March will be a Raffle 
(see side bar for full details or click here)



  • 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

February's earnings on bows: raised $26  

Adoptable Dog of the Month - LaLa 
Hi, my name is LaLa. I am 5 years old and weigh 25 pounds. I need a new home because I was purchased at a puppy mill auction. I am being fostered in Omaha, NE. 

I love spending time with my humans. I want to be able to sleep in bed with you so please let that be an option.  I start off skittish but settle in quickly.  I have a passion for table scraps; if you drop something its mine, but I do not beg.

I get along with all kinds of people but would like a low active household.   I would rather not be in a home with other animals as I want all the attention for myself and do not like to share it or my space.

Also working on stairs which I have yet to accomplish so right now need to be carried up and down.  I need an owner with a lot of patience as I do need training since my first five years of life has been only in a wire cage. 
~~~Click  here  to learn more about this dog!~~~
MABTR Alumni - Ruby  
I had just lost my Boston Terrier that I had for the past 12 years.  I didn't think that I would be able to find another that I could love like him.  A few months passed and I missed having a "little" in the house (we also have a German Shepard/Doberman mix ) .  I started looking on MABTR and saw Ruby and something clicked. 

W e adopted Ruby in December 2015.  She's been such a wonderful addition to our family and we just love her to pieces.   Needless to say, she's completely spoiled rotten and I wouldn't have it any other way. She's most at home on someone's lap and loves to burrow under the covers at bedtime.  We are so happy she came into our lives. 
I'm so grateful for MABTR for bringing her into our lives.  Everyone that meets her charmed by her spunk and sweet demeanor. 
SHOPPING that gives back to MABTR 

Ashley Reid pet portraits
Mention MABTR and we get a 10% commission!  
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  Click here for all online shops that give back to MABTR when you shop!
Ask Jennifer
Q: How do I know my dog is in pain? 

A:  When people are in pain, it's pretty hard to miss most of the time. Dogs, unfortunately, aren't always quite so easy to read. First off, to start with the obvious, they can't tell us if something hurts because of that whole not-talking thing. Plus they have a higher tolerance for pain than humans.

Many times dogs will hide their pain, if possible, as a natural survival mechanism. Remember these are pack animals. The weak is left behind or killed - so just because your dog is not showing you the signs you expect to see stating they are in pain, doesn't mean they aren't. Some typical symptoms of pain in your dog include:

1. excessive grooming, licking
2. heavy panting
3. lack of appetite
4. avoidance behaviors - not wanting to participate / being a loner
5. aggression - all of a sudden snapping/biting and not wanting to be touched
6. excessive vocalization
7. mobility issues
8. changes in posture
9. restlessness

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! 
$100  in memory of Cookie
$100 in memory of Lauren Ann and Zoey Lin
$100 Happy Birthday Kyla D
$85 in memory of Phog
$30 in honor of Lucy
$250 Terry C
$130 Facebook  
$77 Wells Fargo
$75 Beth C
$70 Raymond N
$50 Audrey C, Caroline W
$30  Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K, Sylvia H
$25 Kathryn W, Charity C  
$20 Susie M, Matthew S, Pam M, Sara S, Diana Z, Michael M, Ashley H
$15 Gary M
$10  Katherine F, Ann A, Angela C, Robin B, Angela P, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Danielle K
$5 Angie V
All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame  


Aurora, CO
Littleton, CO
Omaha, NE
Des Moines, IA
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
- Superbowl squares: $580
- Colorado Valentine Photos: $456
- Colorado Doggie Olympics: $390
- Facebook auction: $5,817

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

 20  dogs rescued

in February!


29 dogs rescued in 2018!


3,377 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 
February Theme
-Best Cuddler-
  And the winner is...
owned by Brittaney S. and Justin R.
The theme for March is... 
Bostons on the Go!
Submit a picture of your pup traveling near or far!
March Raffle
Fleece Blanket
Consists of pictures of only Bostons rescued and adopted out by MABTR.  Measures 50 inches x 60 inches. Design on just the front.  Washable.

Raffle ticket prices:
  • 6 chances for $5
  • 14 chances for $10
  • 23 chances for $15
  • 35 chances for $20
  • 48 chances for $25
  • 60 chances for $30

Winner will be announced on the 25th.

Click here  to purchase tickets!
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~
Sun, March 18
11 am - 3 pm
Easter Bunny Pet Portraits
Chuck & Don's,  6380 S Parker Rd 
Click here for details!
Sun, March 25
11am - 12pm
Easter Egg Hunt
Woodmar Square Park, 7998 W Peakview Dr
Click here for details!
Sat, May 5
For the Love of Bostons Dinner and Silent Auction
Mon, March 5
6:30 - 9pm
Painting for Paws
Felix and Oscar's, 4050 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines
$45 per person
Click here - details & tickets

Sun, March 25
1pm - 3pm
Easter Egg Hunt/Playdate
2800 78th St
Click  here for details!
~St. Louis area~  
Coming soon!

~KC Area~
Sat, March 3
4 - 6 pm
Boston (Terrier) Tea Party
Canine Solutions Dog School, 417 N Rawhide Rd
Click here for more details!
Sat, March 24
1pm - 3pm
Easter Egg Hunt/Playdate
5109 S 51st St
Click here for details!

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.