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May  2015
I thought my microchip membership was a lifetime and did not require a yearly fee...?
Your Microchip Membership is a Lifetime Membership that DOES NOT REQUIRE a Yearly Fee!!!!!

Some microchip companies are sending out emails and letters stating that your membership has 'EXPIRED' or needs to be 'RENEWED'. This is FALSE ADVERTISING

Please note that your membership HAS NOT EXPIRED.  This is NOT REFERENCING the standard lifetime membership.  

The letter you are receiving is generated by the Advanced Pet Recovery Program.  This Advanced Program provides 'additional' features at an additional cost which requires an annual membership (you received these additional features free for the first year). You are NOT required to renew your membership to maintain your current lifetime membership.

If you decide to pass or decline the Advanced Program your dog is STILL REGISTERED and if lost the chip company will still provide the service of getting the person who finds your dog in touch with you.

It is up to you as the owner if you would like to enroll in the Advanced Pet Recovery Program at your own expense.  

If your pet is not microchipped you may want to reconsider.  Over 50% of stray animals never return home because of the lack of identification. Microchips are permit and by law all vet clinics, rescues and shelters are to scan an animal prior to rehoming or euthanizing that animal.  

Did a volunteer go above and beyond to help you get the perfect pet? Here's a chance to recognize him or her! 
Happy Tails Books is having a Volunteer Recognition photo contest with great prizes, including $100 to your favorite rescue (MABTR...ehm!) and $100 to the Happy Tails Books store for you or that favorite volunteer. 
Boston Bay Items     



Perfect for the fridge.. your car.. how about the file cabinet at work? 
Cost: $6, plus $1 shipping


Click here to shop the Boston Bay!

Adoptable Dog of the Month

My name is Bronco. I am a 12 year old Boston/ Pug MIX. I am being fostered in Colorado.

Don't be fooled by my age--I have plenty of life and love to give! My foster mom thinks I look like a person with an old soul, sometimes.

I am an incredibly docile guy, who is just content to lie in your lap and let you pet me. I have been through a lot in my life--my eyes tell a story--but I am ready to find a stable home with people who can offer me the attention, gentleness, and love that I need.

I am really sweet to the little girl that I live with, even when she pulls on my ears occasionally. I love to lean on you, and soak in as much lovin' as you're willing to offer. I am super soft, and get a little shy with baths, but I love being clean afterwards! I snore like a freight train, but my foster family thinks it's soothing after awhile---and hilarious. My tongue sticks out of my mouth when I'm relaxed, but I promise I'm not mocking you. Please let me show you what a lover I am!  
  ***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:  My dog has displayed some behavior issues which I feel are inappropriate; what are the best ways to correct them?


A: It is important that you correct your dog's bad behavior before it gets worse.  Remember what you might find to be cute or funny may not be appreciated by others.  You do not want a bad behavior to become an accepted habit in your home or worse trigger a fight or injury.


When positive reinforcement does not work different techniques need to be considered.

Techniques to correct behaviors, without physically touching your dog with your hands, exist.  Spanking your dog is not going to work nor is it acceptable. Instead physically touching your dog will make him afraid of your hands, even when you only want to pet him.


Try these a few techniques we have reverted to when positive reinforcement does not work.  Remember that the key to disciplining your dog is consistency.


-Bitter apple/Lime juice/Lemon juice: 

     This is great to address barking, nipping, biting, and growling.  Bitter apple (lime or lemon juice can also be used) is sold at stores and instructed to spray on furniture that you do not want your dog to chew on. Honestly I do not find that to work, however by spraying 'one quirk' of this nasty, all-natural, liquid directly into your dog's mouth you have now created a consequence to his actions.

     Place some bitter apple in a small trial size spray bottle. One that fits comfortably in your hand which can be found in trial size container section or salons.  When your dog behaves incorrectly, for example growling at another dog, tell him "NO GROWL" with a firm voice. Give him the chance to correct the behavior on his own. If he acts immediately after the command or does not stop then repeat your command, but while telling him "NO GROWL" you are going to lift of his lip with the pointy finger that is on the spray bottle and spray once directly in his mouth.  Again just one spray.  Some dogs will hate it so bad that they will create a foam out from their mouth. They are fine.

     Monitor your dog's behavior. If he goes at it again, growling, repeat the above.  The key is consistency. If you let him get away with it once he will remember.


-Water bottle: 

     This is great for dogs that are difficult to catch in order to discipline, marking their territory in your house or mounting.  Water bottles are cheap.  Place water only in the bottle and turn it to mist. Make sure to mark it so that the wrong bottle is not used which can be harmful to your dog.  Also get more than one bottle. You do not have time to catch your dog in the act while in the living room and the water bottle is in your bedroom.

     For example you catch your dog lifting his leg or even smelling a corner he has peed on before.  Give him the command of "NO PEE" in a firm voice and spray him with the water bottle.  You have now created a consequence for his negative behavior. You lift, you get wet.  Most dogs do not like to get wet.


-Time outs/Ignoring the dog: 

     You hear about parents who use this on their kids so why not on your dog.  I find, especially with the Boston Terriers, that placing them into a situation where they cannot get to you on their terms is devastating.  I use time outs after a dog fight or a behavior that is extreme.  It gives me a break and the dogs.  After disciplining the dog with a water bottle or bitter apple I tell him "TIMEOUT" and walk him to his crate.  He is placed in the crate for 5-15 minutes.  I do not look at him, speak to him or address his behavior while in the crate. For example if your dog throws a fit by crying and barking you have to ignore him.  He is in a Time Out.

     Another situation that requires you to separate yourself from your dog is when jealousy is in the picture. You are sitting on the couch with Buster.  Abby comes and jumps up to join you.  Buster growls, or in some cases snaps at Abby.  In this case you tell Buster "NO GROWL" in a firm voice and walk him off the couch leaving Abby on the couch. He lost the privilege to share the space due to his bad behavior.  Ignore him while on the ground for a few minutes. Once he has calmed down then invite him back up on the couch to "share."

See more:   Link to our FAQs here   
Alumni Feature - Winnie
This summer we will celebrate our second anniversary of adopting WINNIE from MABTR.  It's hard to believe she's been with us for two years but equally hard to believe she hasn't been with us her whole life.  We welcomed Winnie home at eight years old.  Until then, she was a breeding dog with very little experience outside her cage.  When we decided to adopt Winnie, we knew she would need extra care, patience, and love to help her adjust to a new life.  Looking back, I don't think we really knew what to expect, how challenging some days would be or, in the end, how wonderful the journey would become.
To find our next dog we decided on adoption and were happy to discover MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue served our state.  We knew from Winnie's profile and foster mom that she was a sweet but very shy and fearful dog.   As soon as I picked her up I could see she was terrified of anything and everything around her.   Transferring her to my car, Winnie hit the ground and tried to run in any direction she could.  She seemed to enjoy riding in the car but looked at me with huge, scared eyes the whole way home.  I knew coming to live with us would bring big changes for her but honestly; this was definitely not the reception I expected.
Once we arrived at the house, Winnie paced restlessly and refused to eat or go to the bathroom.  She wouldn't use the stairs, play with toys, accept food treats, or go anywhere near a dog bed - even the brand new memory foam bed my daughter picked out just for her.  She would not allow us to touch her and ran away when anyone came close.  It took two of us to corner her so we could put on her harness for the short walk to our backyard.   She would not eat with anyone else in the room and was terrified of doorways and loud noises.  That night, exhausted, she finally lay down to sleep on the hard kitchen floor.  Watching her struggle with so much fear and anxiety we felt completely inadequate and wondered if we were up to the task of helping her.  We wondered if her years in a breeding cage had been too hard or if she would ever recover enough to enjoy a free life.   When we weren't looking, and just when we needed a little boost, Banjo joined Winnie on the kitchen floor and lay down beside her.   And that's where the dog that never missed the chance to sleep in a warm bed spent the next countless days.  I remember thinking if Banjo accepts Winnie and is ready to help her, well then, so are we.
For all of us, the coming weeks were filled with much of the same.   We were, however, committed to helping Winnie overcome her fears and become part of our family.  Early on Jennifer from MABTR told us we could not dwell on Winnie's past if we wanted to help her.  We needed to work on today and focus on her future.   That's been the advice that's guided us ever since.   We decided to let Winnie dictate her own progress.  We would meet her where she was, lead her forward at her pace, push her when she needed it, pull back when we had to, and leave the future wide open.  Start the process of socializing her in small groups and safe spaces.  We started taking her on car rides and walks around the neighborhood.  I started working with her and Banjo on basic training in quiet rooms in our house.  We also started "love therapy" where we would regularly expose her to small doses of gentle and safe human touch. 
Slowly but surely things started to change.  Winnie moved from the kitchen floor to sleeping with Banjo to claiming her own blankets and beds throughout the house.  She went from taking treats off the floor, when no one was watching, to accepting one from my hand - and loving it.  She started coming to the door on her own and standing patiently while we put on her harness to go outside.  She stopped hiding in the backyard and started exploring and then claiming her new surroundings.  She began following me around the house and, when I was in a quiet place, came to sit next to me.   She stopped shaking during her "love therapy" and started seeking me out for physical contact.  She began holding her head up and made eye contact with everyone in our family.  She didn't run away as much when we were nearby.  She found her voice, realized she loves barking, and started "patrolling" our house. 
We discovered she loves (LOVES) hiking the mountain trails near our house.  Winnie the Mountain Dog walks easily by my side, head held high, and greets others with confidence.  We could hardly believe it was our dog but each and every time we walk trails her demeanor is the same.  We think she loves the sights, the smells, and the peaceful quiet of being in the hills.  And, in typical Boston fashion, she also lets us know just how disappointed she is if her feet have to settle for walking on pavement.  Over the last six months, it seems like Winnie's personality and enjoyment of life has burst wide open. 
I was in tears the day I came home and she greeted me at the door with her tail wagging.    She now wakes me up in the morning with playful "downward dog" poses, jumps, and runs up the stairs.  She taunts me to chase her and races around our yard as fast as her legs will carry her.  She still seeks out attention in safe spaces but has grown to really enjoy the petting, scratches, and back rubs.  More likely than not, she'll lay her head in my hands and I'll get a kiss or two in return.  She still doesn't play with toys much but she's very smart and will solve any dog puzzle you put in front of her.  Winnie and Banjo have an easygoing relationship and I've noticed Winnie watching over her aging companion more and more.  On walks, Winnie will refuse to move until Banjo catches up and will walk by her side if she slows down her seeing eye dog.
I could go on and on about the progress Winnie has made over the past two years.  I'd say the best part of our journey has been watching how hard she tries, how she works through her fears, and how she doesn't give up.  Everyday she amazes us with a new skill, more confidence, or her sassy attitude.  At the same time, our work is not over.  There are basic skills and challenges we are still working on such as avoiding accidents in the house, overcoming fears in public spaces, accepting strangers, learning more commands, and better leash training.  She accepts all of us but still relies primarily on me. 
Moving forward, we're hoping to steadily increase her comfort level with my husband and daughter.  In the end, all of us are better for having Winnie in our family.  We are more patient, more kind, and have a better understanding of what it means to be humane.  We hang a sign over her food and water bowls saying..."Winnie is a bit of a fixer upper, that is a minor thing.  We cannot change Winnie but we can help her and give her love.".  - The Mulin family
Allow a Boston to Hitch a Ride with You

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 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 a MABTR boston.

Thanks to all the Colorado companies that donated to the Colorado Dinner, Dance and Auction event in April ...


Acorn , Alamo Drafthouse , Arbonne at ,
Athena's Puppy Cakes , Aurora Police Department K9 Unit,
Chuck & Don's
, Digi Deena Consulting, Doggie Dude Ranch , Doterra at , Kristen Wilson Photography , Paw Packz , Pets on Broadway Animal Hospital , Pawsitive Pet Sitting Services at ,
Pet Scoop ,  

Pirate's Cove , Riley's Natural Pet Supply , Snooze an AM Eatery  

The Balanced Body - Melanie 303.523.3050 , The Melting Pot ,
Wag n Wash Littleton  

Thank you to all the wonderful individuals that donated items to the dinner as well!

Thank You for Your Donation!


$150 in memory of Tommy and in honor of Rosie

$50 in honor of Tiqua

$30 Happy Birthday Evie DeLong

$20 in memory of Stinky, Popcorn, Sniffy, and Crisco 



$100 Toni S

$70 Catherine L, Raymond N

$67.50 Petfinder

$62.12 Animal Welfare Fund 

$50 Angela C, Raymond N, Audrey C, Lisa M

$30 Leslie M, Lori L, Karla P, Kelly B, Cynthia K, Pam M

$25 Ann A, Charity C, iGive 

$20 Matthew S, Sara S, Michael M, Ashley H, AT&T, Mandi G 

$10 Katherine G, Angela C, Brandie R, Craig B, Veronica Z, Diana L, Marsha H 


All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame 


We Need Your SUPPORT!   


MABTR is run by volunteers with caring hearts. We are funded completely by donations, and we can't achieve our mission alone. Generous donations from kind people like you sustain us with the financial support necessary to care for the hundreds of homeless Bostons we take in every year.


You can support MABTR through a tax deductible donation.


In 2014 we took in 329 Bostons and Boston-mixes. We have saved more than 2,500 Bostons since November 2006.


MABTR needs your support so we can continue helping our Boston friends. To donate food, toys or supplies, please email or call 402-510-1346 for the closest drop-off location.


Please consider donating, or visit our website to learn how you can help!


Contributions can be made via:   

Credit card via paypal click here

Check payable to MABTR 14826 Spaulding, Omaha, NE 68116

Quick Links
All donations (monetary or items) are tax-deductible.

MABTR is 100% volunteer-driven, so your entire donation amount goes towards rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Bostons in need.
April Fundraiser Results

Boston Bling items 
raised $370 !

CO annual dinner and silent auction raised $6,114

NE pub crawl raised
$1,580 (split among 6 participating rescues)

Thanks to all who participated and volunteered!!!

Remember that all breeds are welcome to MABTR events!
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
Adoption Corner...
Happy Tails
16 Bostons rescued

in April!  


2,567 Bostons rescued to date!


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-"breed" rescue

Raffle Results
Congrats to Evelyn B of AL who won the Boston charm necklace, which raised $292!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Monthly Raffle for May!
Pair of Boston Pillows Indoor Pillows measuring 14"x14". Filled with a recycled polyester microfiber. Beautiful art by Dean Russo creates a pet themed design in bright and colorful tones for this printed pillow. Made in the USA. Perfect accent for sofa, bed or chair. The face and back are made from soft woven polyester and the image is printed on front and back. Spot clean only.
& view 2015 items
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
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?

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

Birthday Bash 

Kansas City, MO
June 6th

Omaha, NE
June 20th

Aurora, CO
June 27th

MABTR Event  
Omaha, NE
Come out to visit MABTR and two other local rescues at Nebraska Brewing Company on May 31st 1 to 3pm.  Bring your dog and enjoy a beer

Local MABTR Events 
Join us!
-all breeds welcome-


Saturday, May 9


Adoption Event

1pm to 4pm

at Riley's Natural Pet Supply - 7580 S. Pierce St. #5


Saturday, May 16



10am to 5pm

at Carpenter Park Fields - 108th and Colorado Blvd


Saturday, May 30

Highlands Ranch

Adoption Event

11am to 3pm

at Unleashed by Petco - 9567 S. University Blvd.



Sun, May 17
 Kansas City  
9 am to 2 pm
at Zona Rosa Town Center
Sat May 30
Blue Springs
Pooches in the Park Dog Walk and Fest   
9am to 3 pm
at 600 NW Vesper St


Sun May 31
St Louis
Vacation Time Play Date
2pm to 4pm
at the AKC Museum of the Dog - 1721 South Mason Rd $5 per dog. 


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