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March 2016

SPRING EVENTS
in full bloom. Scroll to the end for detailed flyers.  Many opportunities to get your pets outside again and have fun!!!! 

We hear it a lot..
My dog seems to always be hungry
 
I ask myself the question; could I go a whole day with just one meal or two meals?  The answer is NO, so personally I do not expect my dog to. 

One thing to note about Bostons is they have a high metabolism rate, and as you experience now they are an active breed so they are always burning calories.  You may need to adjust the amount of food you are feeding from what is stated on the back of the food bag based on your dog's activity level.  Manufacturers are giving a general estimate. This does not take into account all factors.

Spread out your dog's daily food amount over a few meals.  Like with us, it can be more satisfying to a dog to have smaller, more frequent meals.  Your dog is less likely to scarf down food too fast if they are not approaching their meal on an empty stomach.  If your schedule permits, try three small meals a day instead of two regular size meals; it will be more satisfying to your dog as they will feel content throughout the day.

Keep in mind that vegetables and fruits are also good for your dog and can be used between meals to keep them content.  This is better than a dog treat/biscuit.  Fruits consist of pears, bananas, strawberries, apples without the peel.  Vegetables to consider are green beans, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, yams, pumpkin, and zucchini.

There is also a list of fruits and vegetables your dog needs to stay away from as they are harmful to their health.  Foods like onions, avocado, grapes, pits of peaches and plums. Click here to learn more

It is also important to abstain from exercise for at least an hour (longer if possible) before and especially after eating, especially in large breed dogs, due to stomach bloat and twisting of the gut.
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Part 2:
Planning Your Pet's Future Without You


A reader shared the following personal experience with us:
 
I would like to follow-up on last month's article, " Planning Your Pet's Future Without You ." If you recall, this article discussed making arrangements for your pets' care in the event something happens to you and the need to put your plans in writing as in a will. First, make sure the person you have designated as care giver seriously agrees to this. Many people say things like this nonchalantly in a conversation, not thinking about the reality or actual possibility.
 
I would also strongly encourage you to go even further and have a backup plan in the event the person designated to take care of your pet cannot. Your family members and friends know how much you cared for and loved your pet; to then be faced with the situation of what to do because the plan did not work out, and want to do the right thing for you while grieving your loss is a lot to take on. Additionally they are trying to maintain respect for an individual's decision and repress anger, disappointment, and resentment and keep a mature relationship with the person who was supposed to take care of your pet while not being able to understand what happened.

I went through this personally twice and then helped another friend all in the same year. A close friend of mine was ill, and one of her biggest concerns was what was going to happen to her little man, Chalo. For over six months her friend Sy assured her that she would take Chalo to live with her when it was time. After my friend passed, Sy told us she could not take Chalo and we needed to find him another home. After a lot of struggles, we found him a new forever home full of love with other furry friends.

That next summer, I lost another friend who had made arrangements in her will for the care of her precious Stella. As we said good-bye to our friend, her parents reached out to the friend who had agreed to care for Stella; she said that she wasn't going to be able to take her home with her. So the parents reached out for help, and fortunately we were able to find a new home for Stella fairly quickly.

I would have never guessed either of these people would have changed their mind, especially before even starting to care for the pet. It wasn't like they started to care for the dog and found there was a behavior issue (this new dog didn't get along with their current one) or an allergy; they just said no before even trying. I do not know the reasons and perhaps there were very good reasons, but from this point of view it doesn't matter; I'm trying to find the best care for the pet. I ask you to consider that no matter how much confidence you have in the person you are entrusting your pet(s) with, please make alternate arrangements just in case and for the peace of mind of every one involved. -Susie Sutton
Adoptable Dog of the Month

My name is BenI am an 8- year-old Boston mix and weigh 19 pounds.  I need a new home because my family started to have two- legged children and I didn't get along with my toddler.  I am being fostered in Boise, ID.

I am a happy little boy who loves to be outside and run, run, run.  I am very fast and love to have space to tear it up. I hate to come inside because I have to much fun running.

I am very friendly and like to be snuggled and lay on your lap or under your blanket.  I like to jump and can leap over 5 feet and also right up into your arms.  I have my favorite toys, and I am very smart.  I know many tricks and I am a great listener.  I love to run and chase my foster children.  I prefer them to be older as I don't get along with toddler aged kids.  My kids I live with now are 7, 9, 13 and I love them to pieces.

I do get along most of the time with other dogs, I prefer them to be my size or smaller.  I do tend to get jealous if they come near my foster mom when she is on the couch and I will bark at them. Would prefer to be an only dog.


~*~Eligible for the Golden Paws Program!!!~*~
 
  Adopters 60 yrs and older adopting a dog 7 yrs and older get $50 off the adoption fee !!!
 
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.

If you would be in pain, then they are.

Signs to look for ... 
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
   
Alumni Feature - Edgar  
  " I picked up this excited, bully of a dog named Edgar from his wonderful foster mom, Olivia, in July 2013.  We bonded instantly!  I knew he was meant to be in my life!  I was so excited to introduce him to my husband and my little prince, Gentleman Jackson (also a BT). They hit it off from the get go, much to my relief! 

However I quickly realized that my new little man had some social issues that we are still working on today.  Jackson and Edgar play well together; it can get a little loud as Edgar is a talker, he likes to growl.  It sounds like they might be really fighting - but this is how he plays.  I think is may have been a factor in why he was given up.

When he first arrived,  I could barely pet him or touch his ears, feet or belly.  He would not lay near Jackson... At all!  I am happy to say all of that has changed!  I can pet him all I want and he eats it up! I can even clip his nails! 

His latest thing is that he wants to be under the covers, like Jackson during cuddle time... It is funny because he does not come out for air, I have to flip the blanket so he can breathe! 

He is honestly one of the biggest blessings of my life and I would not know what to do without him!  Thank you so much MABTR for bringing us together!  It is a perfect match!!!
I have enclosed a couple pictures for you to see his progress!
Many blessings and thanks!!!"   --  Tara F.
Shop the Boston Bay!  
With the warm weather approaching us, make sure you have your short sleeve MABTR 2016 T-shirt!

Click here for more on how to buy this (and other items!) from The Boston Bay!
Allow a Boston to Hitch a Ride

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 their forever home.  

Share with us your travel plans even those scheduled in the future. Email luckypawpals@aol.com your starting and ending location, date of travel, and your name and phone number. We file the travel schedule and if the need approaches we will contact you with details.

 

The doggies thank you for allowing them to hitch a ride!!!!!

 

Remember that you can write off at tax time your gas or mileage when transporting our Bostons.


Thank You for Your Donation! 
 
$250 in memory of Winnie
$50 in memory of Daisy
$50 in memory Lolly
$30 in honor of Jack
$20 in memory of Angus
               
$1,196 - Petco
$495 - Wells Fargo
$448.42 - Animal Welfare Fund
$250 - Marc B
$200 - American Endowment Foundation
$125 - Chuck W
$100 - Shelly W, Slade D, Lauri H, Ryan P
$70 - Raymond N, Chris D
$65 - Chase
$50 - Lisa M, Cathy M, Steven D, Donna Z, Peggy E, Wendy L, Audrey C, Caroline W, Johnny D
$40 - Macy's Place
$35 - First Giving
$30 - Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Kristina C, Nanette S, Nancy S, Nicholas E,
$26 - Julie M
$25 - Dennis D, Thomas P, Joanne H, Ann A, Sarah P, Lynn C, Charity C, Foothills Foundation, Kathleen N
$20 - Susie M, Sara S, Matthew S, Pam M, Sherry T, Irene K, Michael M, Ashley H, AT&T
$15 - Laurie P,
$10
- Angela C, Katherine F, Cynthia K, Mary Ann Y, Jean S, Kathleen O, Kristie N, Angela P, Robin B, Ann S, Mart D, Lisa B, JoAnn F, Veronica Z, Marsha H 
$5 - Jillian B, Daniel S, Angie V

All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame 








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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:
  • 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
 Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~
 13 Bostons rescued

in February!

 

40 Bostons rescued so far in 2016!

   

2,883 Bostons 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"

Raffle Results
Congrats to Barbara H  of NE who won the Boston jewelry set, which raised $115 !

Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle for March
Boston Terrier School Bus

The Doogies Collection is a breed-specific character collectable figurine line.  The bus is 6 inches long x 2.5 inches wide.   The Boston sits 5.5 inches tall from the ground. Made of pottery and sand sculptured

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! 

Minnesota
St Louis
Des Moines
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?

   
FB Photo Contest Winner

Theme - Silver Paws
Congrats to
Trixie Po Pixie


March photo contest will be of Boston MIXES

Join us on FB to part-take in our monthly photo contest. 
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 luckypawpals@aol.com.

  

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
Local MABTR Events 
Join us!
~all breeds welcome~

Colorado
Sat., Mar 12
Littleton, CO
Adoption Event
1 to 4pm  
Riley's Natural Pet Supply - 7580 S Pierce St. #5

Sat., Mar 19 
Centennials, CO  
Super Hero Photo Shoot 
11am-3pm 
Chuck & Don's - The Streets at SouthGlenn - 2253 East Briarwood Avenue #503
$5 for 2 images emailed to you after the event.
 
Sun., Mar 20 
Littleton, CO 
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Woodmar Square Park - 7998 W Peakview Dr.
$5 per child/dog
11:15am sharp kids of all ages & 11:30am sharp dogs of all breeds  
Weather permitting - Check our Facebook page

Missouri
~~KC area~~
Sat., Mar. 5  
Olathe, KS
Dog Days Family Event
11am - 4pm
Bass Pro Shop -12051 Bass Pro Dr.
 
Sun., Mar. 6
Liberty, MO
Benefit Bingo and Raffle
2 - 3:30pm
Liberty Community Center (White Room) - 1600 S. Withers Rd.
 
Sat., Mar. 12
Kansas City
Snake Saturday Parade
Preregistration is required, but there is no cost to participate.  Please email Carolyn to register and receive details.

Sat., Mar. 19
N Kansas City
Bone-Anza
1 - 2pm
Waggin' Trail Park, NKC Parks & Recreation -
432 E 32nd Ave 
Photos with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt
 
~~St. Louis area~~
Wed., Mar. 16
St. Peters, Cottleville, Columbia  
Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburger Fundraiser 
Eat at Freddy's between 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm and part of the proceeds will go to MABTR.  Tell them you are will MABTR or bring  this flyer  with you. Participating locations:
 - 100 Brickston Ave  -Columbia, MO; 
 - 6031 Mid Rivers Mall Driver Cottleville, MO;
 - 1365 Jungermann Rd., St. Peters, MO 
 
Sat., Mar 19
St. Louis
Play Date
AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park; 1721 S Mason Rd. 
 
Nebraska
Sun., Apr. 24
Omaha, NE
Spring Terrier Games
Noon to 2:30pm
Chalco Hills; 154th and Giles.  Free nail trimming and $25 Home Again micro-chipping
 

Event Earnings - FEB

~thank you~

Colorado Valentine Pet Portraits
raised $349   
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.

  Donate here
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!

Stay Connected...

You can find us under MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue