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May 2019
Once again MABTR is participating in Omaha Gives!  
on May 22nd.  This is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations headquartered in Nebraska  
to receive donations.  
 
Anyone can donate*, not just NE residents!
 
With your donation we can raise even more money to help Bostons and Boston mixes throughout the Midwest and beyond! Thank you in advance and for spreading the word!

CLICK HERE
to make your donation in advance OR on May 22  
 
*MABTR is unable to participate in annual fundraisers like this in other states due to the fact that we are not headquartered in those states, just provide rescue services. 
MEDICAL CORNER
 
Obesity
 

Obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, is detrimental to the health of a dog.  Obesity shortens a dog's life and makes them more likely to develop disease

Increased risk for overweight dogs:
  • cancers of all types
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • arthritis earlier in life
  • bladder stones
Identify the reason for the extra weight
We cannot assume that your dog is overweight due to overfeeding. Diseases can cause weight gain and it is important to eliminate medical cause before moving onto a change in lifestyle. Obesity may be an indicator of diseases such as hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland) or Cushing's disease (overactive adrenal glands). Only your vet can test and diagnosis these diseases.
 
Obesity due to current diet
The very first step in dealing with an overweight dog is to recognize and acknowledge that there is a problem.   Then you move onto to a lifestyle change that will include exercise and a weight management diet that you as the pet owner need to follow. The goal is to reduce calorie intake correctly and increase your dog's physical activity.
 
Adjusting Meal Time
It is not appropriate to simply reduce the volume of food you feed your dog. This will cause malnourishment over time and organ damage.   It is important to feed a nutritional product that is lower in calories, yet maintains an appropriate nutrient balance. Most dog brands now carry a line of weight management food. We recommend dry kibble over canned food. Also important is providing the right portion of food two to three times a day. One meal a day puts the body in starvation mood.
 
Humans find themselves displaying l ove to their dog by giving them extra food, treats, and human food (higher in calories and fat than pet food) which is actually shortening their lives with us. Not all human foods are bad for dogs but you need to know what is healthy and what is not. The healthy foods make great snacks for in between meals or replacement for treats that will keep your dog's stomach feeling content. Think healthy treats such as fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Also look for Low Sugar prod ucts. See chart.
 
Exercise
Many pet owners hope a run in the yard however this this is not enough exercise to keep him healthy. Dogs require our participation and interaction. Some dogs love to swim, others prefer to fetch, and some breeds do best with a physical job. For many dogs, however, a simple daily walk is all that is required for them to stay at their ideal body weight.

                 May Fundraiser
 
 
It's raffle time again!!!
 
  
Check out this unique rag blanket!  100% cotton with colorful Boston print on the front side and flower print on the back side.  Measures 70 in x 54 in and   washable.  Winner will be announced end of day May 25th 
Click here to purchase tickets - good luck!!!
 
Future fundraisers for 2019 include:
  • June - Pillow auction
  • July - T-shirt quilt RAFFLE
  • August - Blankets and Towels auction
  • September - Afghan RAFFLE
  • October - Holiday items auction
  • November - Clothing and Bags auction
Shop the Boston Bay!
 
Spring has sprung, so it's time to Tee Up!
 
MABTR Golf Towel

This beautiful towel has MABTR's logo emboirdered on it (3 inches in diameter).  The towel measures 16in. x 22 in. when open, or 5.3 in x 22 in. when tri-folded. 

$16.50 plus $3.50 shipping
 
 
 
 
     Click here 
        to order!
 
Adoptable Dog of the Month
Hi, my name is Charles. I am 11 years old and weigh 25 pounds. I need a new home because I was found as a stray. I am being fostered in St. Louis, MO. 

If you are looking for a guy who loves life, you found him! Wanna go for a walk? I'm ready! Roll in the grass? Already there! Nap on the couch? Absolutely! 

Whatever you're doing, I want to be right there with you! I am such an agreeable boy, that I just go with the flow. I want to meet everyone, and once I do, I want to be their best friend. Maybe you want to be my best friend too! If you're looking for a good mix of maturity and spunk, I'm your guy!.

***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 - Lucy
         
This is my Lucy.  I adopted her last year. I got her as an ESA dog. She is the best girl I've ever had. She is so laid back. Great with my cats. My husband and I just adore her. We flew to Florida last year and she was so well behaved on the flight. Everyone including the flight attendants couldn't resist talking to her and giving her cuddles. Connie Gassen was her foster mom. She said she knew as soon as she talked to me that Lucy would be the perfect girl for me. She was right. Thank you Connie and thank you MABTR for rescuing these dogs. If it weren't for you I wouldn't have my Lucy and if I didn't have my Lucy my life wouldn't be the same.  -- Suzanne H.

Let's go OUTSIDE!!!














16 Fun Activities to Do Outside with Your Dog
         
1. Practice Your Training
Training practice is an excellent bonding activity for you and your dog. Regular practice is also crucial for ensuring your dog will remember and respond when something is asked of them. When the weather is nice, why not take advantage of it and do some training outside?

An open field is a great spot! Refresh or teach "Stay" with a long leash. Hold on to one end of your dog's leash and slowly back away while telling them to "Stay". With each successful stay, move back a bit until you are at the end of the leash.

You can also visit a busy spot like a local  Starbucks and practice existing tricks and commands with a bit of distraction. It might be a bit challenging at first because training with distractions is supposed to be harder. Take it slowly - focus on one command at a time and don't forget to reward your dog with a tasty puppuccino when you're all done.
And remember, you CAN teach old (and young) dogs new tricks.

2. Take Funny Photos
Why not create actual memories on your adventures? Bring along a camera or your smart phone and try to catch some action shots of your pup. Take pictures of your dogs running or trying to catch a treat. All the natural light on a sunny day is perfect for it. If you have a DSLR, make sure to use a fast shutter speed so that the details are crisp and clear.

And any good dog mom or dad knows that selfies are okay. No matter what your dog says. Go selfie crazy! Just maybe don't post them ALL on Instagram.

3. Get Your Sweat On - Exercise
Dogs are excellent  exercise partners. They push you to keep up with them and are your biggest cheerleader. Going for a run or a day hike are some excellent dog friendly work out options. Just make sure to bring enough water for you both and keep an eye on how your pup is doing.

You can also do circuit training by mixing in sprints, squats, and various other exercises. Need a bit more of a challenge? Add some weight to your squats by holding your dog if they are small enough. The goofy look on their face as you move up and down will keep pushing you to finish even when it gets tough.

4. Explore Your Surroundings
Start by walking in a new direction. You never know what you might find. Once you've covered all the area that is walkable to you, pile into the car and drive around. Look out the window and see if you can find a new place to explore.

You can also check out your local county or states park department's website to find new places near you. And, if that doesn't work just look for green spots on Google Maps. Sometimes they are just a bunch of trees without real trails, but sometimes they are pleasant surprises!

5. Plant a Garden
Gardening can be relaxing for everyone involved especially if you dog loves to dig. Have them help you dig a hole for a new plant or build them a separate play area. If your dog will be spending a lot of time unsupervised in the garden, make sure your plants are all  pet friendly. You'd be surprised how many flowers and shrubs are poisonous to dogs and other pets!

6. Play a Game
Whether your pick is frisbee, tag, hide and seek, or fetch, playing a game with your dog is a great way to get a bit of exercise and bond. Plus if you have a backyard or live near an open field, it doesn't have to be an all day activity. This is a great option for when you come home from work or only have a few minutes on the weekend. Get out and play!

7. Go Shopping
Many areas have several outdoor shopping centers and outlet malls that welcome pets. Make sure to come prepared with water, treats, and poop bags. And, remember that just because the shopping center is pet friendly doesn't mean that every store is. Ask before you enter and bring a friend in case you want to visit a store that doesn't welcome pets.

8. Find the Nearest Beach
Beaches aren't just found on the coast. Some are inland and located along rivers or lakes. Often these beaches are part of state or local parks, so your state or local park department's website is a great place to find out where these hidden gyms might be.

When you head to the  beach, double check that pets are allowed and what the leash laws are. Also, keep in mind that you might want to avoid busy times. And remember to bring along a dog life jacket to keep your dog safe and fresh water, so that they don't drink from the lake or river.

9. Take a Bike Ride
bicycle trailer  is super handy and fun to bring your dogs along, plus the extra weight makes going uphills and biking long distances a lot more challenging! If you have a larger pup, they might want to run beside you. Just make sure to check on them and don't overexert them by going long distances at first.

10. Visit an Off-Leash Dog Park
Vary up which parks you go to so that one doesn't get boring. Plus then you get to see new dogs and new people!

11. Rent a Boat
Many state and local parks allow you to rent (or bring your own) boat for their lake or other waterway. As long as your dog isn't afraid of water, trying out a canoe or paddle boat might be a good option. Just don't expect their help with the paddling!

If you live near a large river or lake, their might also be charter boats that allow pets. 

12. Practice Nose Work
Nose work is kind of like hide and seek, but your pup uses their sense of smell to find whatever they are looking for. It's actually a  competitive sport!

If you are looking to be competitive, you can also try out an  Easter Egg Hunt. Place bits of fruit or dog treats inside sealed Easter eggs and then hide them around your backyard or local park. Then encourage your dog to find the eggs and crack them open. You might have to help your pup for the first few eggs, but once they enjoy the tasty treats inside the egg they'll want to keep looking for more.

Plus, it doesn't have to be near Easter to do this fun activity. Though keep in mind the eggs do crack occasionally, so you might want to stock up at the next after Easter clearance sale.

13. Eat a Tasty Brunch
Many restaurants have  pet friendly patios. You can enjoy a delicious brunch while spending time with your dog. Some restaurants even feature pet friendly meals that you can order right off the menu.

Always call ahead to make sure the patio is open and that they allow pets. When you ask for a table, make sure you specify that you have a pet with you. Who knows! They might  bring your dog a treat and a bowl of water. 

14. Catch a Drive in Movie
During the summer, communities and businesses often feature outdoor films for a small fee or even for free. Double check that pets are permitted to attend and pack a picnic. Bring along chairs, blankets, and enough water for everyone. Bonus points if you get to see a pet film!

If you are lucky enough to live near a drive in movie theater, even better! Though this seemed to be a dying trend, they are making a comeback in some areas. 

15. Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Winery or Brewery
Pet friendly wineries and pet friendly breweries are a growing trend throughout the country.  A lways call ahead to make sure they   do allow pets and clarify whether pets are allowed in the tasting room or just on the  grounds. Unfortunately, if the winery serves food pets might not be allowed inside the buildings. However, most places still allow you to enjoy a glass or bottle outside and some even have outdoor tastings available. 

Make sure to come prepared! Bring water, treats, and poop bags of course.

16. Fire up the Grill
Grilling out is one of the greatest things about warmer weather. Grilling is an easy way to get a new flavor on the same old food. Plus, it's easy to enjoy with your pets!

Whether you are cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breast. or something a bit more creative, you can make a dog friendly option. In most cases, just hold the spices and avoid onion. Your pet will gobble it up! When serving to them, just make sure it isn't too hot for them to eat.

As always, pack water for everyone and any necessary bug spray. Don't forget the music!


Thank You for Your Donation! 
 
$100 in memory of our friend's beautiful dog, Kip
$60 Happy Birthday Lela
$25 3rd anniversary of Violet's new life with us

$408.50 Facebook
$300 American Century Investment Foundation
$250 Schwab Charitable
$120 Raymond N
$115 City of KC
$90 Your Cause
$50 Kathy B, Audrey C, Caroline W
$40 Avory R, Reynolds P 
$35 Duane C
$30 Cynthia K, Lori L, Leslie M
$25 Charity C, Paul M, Dennis D
$20 Susie M, Tammie P, Matthew S, Pam M, Sara S, Michael M
$16.70 PayPal
$15 Leah G, Annabelle H
$10 Nanette S, Ann A, Angela C, Carl F, Angela P, Robin B, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Danielle K
$5 Andrea M, David H

 
All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame  

 

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. 
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!
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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
April
Fundraiser Results
  
 
 -- Colorado Easter Egg Hunt: $809
 -- KC Birthday Bash: $773
 -- Facebook auction: $2,173
 
Thanks to ALL 
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

21 dogs rescued

in March!

 

97 dogs rescued so far in 2019!

 

3,718 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!
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Facebook  
Photo Contest 
 
April Theme
~ Spring/Easter Fun ~
  
And the winner is...
 
 
 Lily!!!
owned by Jill H.
 
The theme for May is
Crazy Boston Antics!
Send us your pics of your Boston doing something silly, ornery, or naughty!
 
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/Sun, June 22-23
Garage Sale
Littleton
8504 Wiley Cir
Donations accepted after May 1st; call/text Cindy at 303-475-8155
All proceeds benefit our medical fund!
 
Save the Date: Sat, Sept 7th
Birthday Bash
Details to come!
  
 
Iowa
Sat, May 4th
Playdate - rescheduled
1-3pm
Urbandale
2800 78th St
Fenced-in area with shade and water
FREE event for Bostons and Boston mixes
 
 
  Missouri
~KC Area~
Coming soon!


~St. Louis area~  
Sat, May 18 
Bark in the Park
8am-1pm
Forest Park/Cricket Field
Click here for more details!


Nebraska
Sat, May 18
Cause for Paws
10am-2pm
Lincoln
Cause for Paws building, 2445 S 48th
Stop by, say hi, and meet local rescues!

Sat, June 29
Boston Bash and BBQ
4pm-6pm
Omaha
Annual birthday celebration

Sat/Sun, July 20-21
Pick a Pooch 
11am - 4pm each day
Omaha
Ralston Arena, 72nd and Q St
Visit MABTR and other rescues & vendors for a weekend of fun!
Click here for more details!
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