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May 2016
Warm Weather Equals
Mosquitoes, Ticks & Fleas
 

Preparing for Heartworm and Flea Infestation
 
Heartworm infestations can be life-threatening.  Heartworm meds do not, by the way, prevent heartworms.  Preventative is poison that kills heartworm larvae (called microfilariae).

How does my dog get heartworm? - Heartworm is NOT CONTAGIOUS.  To infect your dog, you need mosquitoes.  More specifically, you need a hungry female mosquito.  Without the proper mosquito, dogs can't get heartworms.  It takes approximately six months for the surviving larvae to achieve maturity.

Fortunately, heartworm disease can be prevented.  It can also be successfully treated when caught in time.
Heartworm preventative is a prescription drug.  Your dog must be heartworm tested first to ensure they do not have heartworm before the monthly pill is dispensed.
 
Fleas are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort for your pet and can also cause serious diseases.  By the time a pet owner notices fleas on a pet, the fleas have injected salivary proteins, transmitted infectious agents and begun laying eggs.  Fleas can transmit disease agents to a dog or cat before the pests are found and removed.

A disease of concern that can be caused by fleas is flea allergy dermatitis, which is a severe allergic reaction to flea bites.  Some pets are so allergic that even a single bite can cause a reaction.  In severe cases, it can cause severe itching and inflammation that can lead to excessive damaged skin.  Secondary bacterial or fungal infections can develop as a result.   Fleas can also play a role in transmitting parasites, such as tapeworms.

Ticks are not insects, but they are closely related to spiders, scorpions, and mites.  Tick bites can be painful and irritating, but the real concern with ticks is the number of serious diseases they can transmit, such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  These diseases can cause significant illness and even death in both pets and people.

Flea and tick preventative can be purchased over the counter and covers a dog for 30 days.  It is recommended that you do not apply the preventative in one spot but instead along the back.
           Boston Birthday Bashes
have been scheduled! 

~Scroll down for details~
Kansas City - May 14th
Omaha - May 22nd
Littleton - June 4th

*Jennifer Misfeldt will be present at each location*
Dog Games  *  Raffles  *  Food  *  FREE Nail Trimming
Microchipping  *  Swimming pool for the dogs  *  Dog Contests



MAKE YOUR DONATION MAY 25th 

Once again MABTR is participating in Omaha Gives! On May 25th we will compete along side other great charities, from the Omaha area, to see who can raise the most!

You can click here to check out our Omaha Gives page and place your donation on May 25th.

With your help we can raise even more money to help bostons and boston mixes throughout the midwest, and beyond!

Thank you in advance and thanks for spreading the word

Adoptable Dog of the Month

My name is  Rocky.   I am a 6 year old Boston Terrier MIX and weigh only 12 pounds. I need a new home because my family dropped me off at a local shelter after biting one of the children in the house. I am being fostered in St Louis, MO. 

Being in a new place was kind of scary and confusing at first, but I'm warming up to my new surroundings! 
I love sitting on the couch with my foster mom and snuggling in the chair when I need some me time.  So far I like my foster brothers too, but I don't play much with them.  I love taking a walk outside and I do all my business outside!  I had cherry eye in both eyes, but it was corrected with surgery.
 
Ask Jennifer
Q: Why do some Bostons snore?

A: Multiple reasons exist; however the most common is the narrow and short muzzle. The construction of their nasal passages also largely contributes to the difficulty of breathing.  


Other reasons for snoring:
Stenotic nares are narrowed nostrils. This narrowing causes a restriction in the amount of air that can flow into the nostrils.  Surgery is required to enlarge the nares to allow improved airflow.

Elongated soft palate is a condition where the soft palate is too long so that the tip of it protrudes into the airway and interferes with movement of air into the lungs. Surgery is required in many cases where the palate is stretched and the excess tissue is removed.

- Obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, is detrimental to the health of a dog.   Exercise and weight management diet is highly recommended.

- Nasal congestion: Canine sinus congestion could be caused by a number of things, including sinus and viral infections, colds, allergies or even tumors. Main treatment is antibiotics. Consult your vet for necessary tests and treatment.

Sleep position: If your dog sleeps now with his head flat on the floor try giving him a pillow.  If he sleeps on his side adjust him to sleep on his stomach. 
Alumni Feature - Daisy Mae
 
 " Daisy Mae came into our lives in January 
 2013 and changed us forever.   

 We had been thinking of adding to our
 family for awhile but it had to be just the
 right dog, as our resident Boston, Zoe, 
 wasn't always the friendliest dog to
 outsiders.  I had applied to adopt and had
 interviewed for a couple of different dogs 
 but it just didn't work out.   

On December 30, 2012 (which happens to be my birthday), we got a call from a foster parent who had a little gal she called Daisy.  Daisy had been raised in a puppy mill but was released "due to her small size."  She was only 2 years old.  Her foster mom had only had her 10 days but said she'd made such drastic progress, she thought she would be a good fit for us.  I wanted to take a day to think about it...I didn't have much experience with puppy mill dogs.  I didn't know what to expect and I was nervous about how Zoe would react.  But Daisy's picture just spoke to me...that little mug was the most unusual looking Boston I'd ever seen.  We decided to take the plunge and adopt her.  

She arrived on January 8 and I took her home to meet the family.  The bond was almost instant.  Our dogs followed her everywhere, even cuddled with her on the couch.  She had found her home...but I had no idea how she would change us.

Puppy mill dogs have no idea how to be pets.  While Daisy was young, she had lived in a cage all of her life.  She was skinny and afraid of being outside.  She was afraid of loud noises, afraid of most people, she was not house trained and she suffered from separation anxiety.  Rehabilitation was going to be a challenge.  I read books, I read blogs, and I asked advice from experts.  I was not going to give up on her...no matter the cost.   

While doing this research and caring for this dog, I decided that I wanted to try fostering.  We started small...just babysitting over a weekend.  And we were hooked.  We have loved every dog that has come to stay with us.  We've had puppy mill survivors, owner surrenders, strays, blind dogs, deaf dogs... and they all take a piece of our heart with them when they leave.  We have more dog crates than beds in our house now...and more dog toys than we care to admit.  

And the funny thing is, Daisy and Zoe are learning from this, too.   Daisy has become more confident and brave.  Zoe has become more tolerant and patient.  

I'm so happy that Daisy chose us for her furever family.  We believe she changed us for the better! "   --  Kurt & Sarah S.
Warm Weather is Here 
   
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 a 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'll 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! 
 
$50 In honor of Evie DeLong's 11th Birthday!
$40 In Memory of Maddie McCormick
               
$250 Ryan P
$121.28 Animal Welfare Fund
$120 Catherine L, Raymond N
$50 Audrey C, Caroline W
$30 Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K
$25 Charity C
$22.50 Petfinder
$20 Nancy S, Susie M, Sara S, Matthew S, Pam M, Michael M, Ashley H, AT&T
$15 Jennifer J, Molly W
$10 Angela C, Katherine F, Robin B, Angela P, Mart D, Lisa B, JoAnn F, Veronica Z
$5 Angie V
 
All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame 



Kansas City event


Nebraska event


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
Quick Links
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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:
  • 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
APRIL
Fundraiser Results


NE Terrier Games
- $682
 
CO Dinner/Auction - $8247
 
Thanks to ALL who participated!!!
 Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~
 29 Bostons rescued

in April!

 

69 Bostons rescued so far in 2016!

   

2,912 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
Claudia M of NE
who won the Boston Solar Light, which raised $251 !

Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle for May
Boston Terrier Nightlight

Handmade stained glass nightlight. Requires a bulb. On and off switch. Measures 2.5 inch W x 4 inch T

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

April Theme -
Action Shot
Congrats to  
Tiffany's pup Kylo

May contest will be of Head Tilt

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., May 7
Littleton
Adoption Event
1-4pm
Riley's Natural Pet Supply - 7580 S Pierce St
 
Sat., May 14
Littleton
Baseball Photo Shoot
11am-2pm
Destiny's Paws Natural Pet Market - 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd
 
Sat., May 21
Thornton
Thorntonfest
10am-7pm
Carpenter Park Fields - 108th Ave and Colorado Blvd

Missouri
~~KC area~~
Sun., May 1
Kansas City
Woofstock
9am - 2pm
Rosa Zona - 8640 N. Dixson Ave.
Click here for details!
 
Sat., May 14
Kansas City
Birthday Bash
Flyer to the left with details 
 
Sun., May 15
Blue Springs
Pooches in the Park
10am - 4pm
Rotary Park - 600 NW Vesper St.
Click here for details!   
 
~~St. Louis area~~
Sat., May 21
St. Louis
Bark in the Park 2016
Forest Park
 - A 5K, 1 Mile Walk and Festival Fundraiser   
 
Sun., May 22
St. Louis
Play Date
AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park - 1721 S Mason Rd. 
Click here for details!
 
Nebraska
Sat, May 14
Omaha
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
11am - 2pm
PetSmart West Maple - 17035 Evans Plaza
 
Sun, May 22
Omaha
Birthday Bash
Flyer to the left with details 
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