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November 2019
Giving THANKS...
 
During this time of year, most of us pause to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, whether they be people, jobs, family, or circumstances.  MABTR is no different.  We have SO many things to be thankful for, so we want to take the time to identify just a few of those below.

First off, MABTR would like to thank the great staff at the clinics we use for their valuable services, compassion, and dedication to the overall health of animals, especially our Bostons.   Rescuing and rehoming animals requires the need for excellent veterinarian care.   MABTR is blessed to have relationships with multiple vet clinics across the 13 states we serve.   Their energy, honesty, time, and tireless effort towards this commitment does not go unnoticed.  
 
We ask that if you are ever in the area of one of our partnering clinics that you thank them on our behalf for their hard work in helping our Bostons.   A link to our regularly used clinics can be found HERE.
   
 
MABTR would also like to thank our...
-foster homes 
-volunteers
-donors
-fans
-adopters
-admins

...for ALL you do for the animals throughout the entire year.  Without your support and dedication to the well-being of these creatures, MABTR would not have been able to help the 250 plus Bostons so far this year, and over 3,800 since November 2005.  
 
We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season.  We look forward to continuing to build our relationship in the coming years!  THANK YOU!!! 
 
Thank you, from Mickey and his family...

"We've probably all experienced losing a dog that is so special that it hurts to breathe.  The thought of another dog is beyond what you are capable of.  Then a little, or lot, of time goes by and there's an emptiness inside you that only another dog will fill.  I've always adopted older and hospice dogs, but after losing 4 dogs in 4 months and having to sell a car to help pay for vet bills, I knew I needed a puppy.  A crazy, goofy puppy with a nice carefree life ahead of him.  What I got instead was a puppy that has spent more time at the vet clinic being poked, prodded, pinched and scanned than most dogs do their entire life.
Wh en Mickey is feeling good, he is that crazy, goofy boy that fills my heart with joy and laughter at his silly antics.  Someday when all the poking, pinching, prodding & scanning are over, he will have that nice long carefree life ahead of him.  And when he's having a bad day, I will always be there for him no matter what.  

Rescue is a gamble, I know.  You don't know much of their background, certainly none of their heritage, and they come with any health guarantees.  However, when Jennifer found out how much I have spent on Mickey, she offered to host a fundraiser.  I was speechless!  I have worked with different rescues all over the Midwest for decades and have never known of a rescue to do that for one of their adopters. When the total raised from that fundraiser was $3,925 I was beyond speechless!  Thank you can't begin to scratch the surface of my feelings and gratitude for each and every person who donated and to Jennifer for putting it on.   The generosity of this group of caring people has just overwhelmed me to say the least!

So Thank You to everyone from the bottom of our hearts!  Thank you!"

Kristi & Mickey
Tax Deductions for 2019

Remember the end of the year is approaching for giving Tax Deductible DONATIONS .
 
MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that operates strictly on donations. 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. 

From November 2005 through November 2019, we have rescued over 3,800 Bostons and Boston mixes.  

To make your generous donations for 2019:

-send check to MABTR at 14826 Spaulding St, Omaha, NE 68116
-call in with a credit card to 402-510-1346
 
MABTR will email a receipt for tax purposes
THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!
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What is NOT tax deductible are listed below. Simple rule of thumb is if you are getting something in return it is not tax deductible.

-adoption fees
-purchase of chances for raffle items
-purchase of an auction item
-event entrance fee
-purchase amount of items on Boston Bay
The Weather is Getting COOOOLLD Again...
See these tips for potty breaks in the cold 
 
We know that the routine is we potty outside and not in our living space. There are ways to maintain this routine when temperatures are freezing  and/or snow is taller than our dogs .
 
*DO NOT FORCE YOUR DOG TO STAY OUTSIDE IF HE WANTS IN.  YOU ARE NOT HELPING THE SITUATION OTHER THAN MAKING THEM COLDER and NOT WANTING TO EVER GO OUT AGAIN!
 
Tips:
1. Go outside with your dog for his potty break. 
2. Get your dog a sweater and booties if he will wear them.  Even if he will only wears clothing for outside.  
3. If your dog does not go potty on the first break and wants in, bring him back in the house but stand by the door to allow him to warm up for two minutes and then return back outside to finish. This will let him know what the required routine is at that time. 
4. Do not force your dog to pee and poop on the same trip outside.  He may need to make multiple trips in order not to freeze.
5. Praise your dog when he potties outside for you. Again you are there with a treat in your hand standing next to him.
6. Make the experience being outside in the cold fun. (i.e. you run around the yard, throw a stick or snowball).
7. When your dog comes back inside wipe down their feet of any moisture or snow.
8. Create a fun experience inside when he potties outside for you (i.e. cuddle time in a warm blanket with mom, cozy bed ready in front of the fireplace)
 
Thinking out of the box options:
1. If you have snow on the ground shovel a trail for your dog.  Why should they have to walk on snow?
2. Place tarp around your deck creating a barrier for the wind.
3. A garage is considered a space outside of the living area.  This can be considered an option other than outside.  Poop is easy to pick up.  Wipe up the pee and then place hot water over the area. You can power wash the garage in the summer. Other options is laying down newspaper or puppy pads in the garage.
 
Sweater recommendation: 
Signs your dog may do good with a sweater in the cold:
  • shivering and shaking
  • inside of the ears are very cold to the touch
  • lifts paws off the cold ground
  • reluctant to keep walking or turns around on a walk
  • seeks warm shelter such as under the covers
MABTR loves the stretch fleece as they
  • fit snug on the dog
  • comfortable enough to keep on while indoors
  • no fuzz balls
  • no tightness to the underarms
  • no loose material under the belly; other sweaters get hit by urine
  • easy to wash
Two sources to purchase online
*Owners with outdoor pets: please reconsider finding a space in your home to allow these pets indoors when temperatures are freezing. 
Adoptable Dog of the Month

~~~ Click here to learn more about this dog! ~~~

MABTR Medical Corner

Cataracts

A dog's nose often guides his actions and movements, but his eyes are just as important. Maintaining dog eye health is critical to having a happy and healthy pet.
 
Cataracts, therefore, are something dog owners should be able to spot and understand.
   
There are four categories for cataracts that we experience in
 Bostons:  
 
1. Genetic - cataracts are evident at a young age but tend to stay immature for most of the dog's life with the potential of increased impact of blindness in their adult to senior years. Cataract surgery is NOT recommended in these cases. 
 
2. Juvenile - very common in Bostons. The dog will start having impaired vision by the age of 2 years and in a majority of cases are blind by the age of 4 years. In these cases MABTR consults with their vet and considers cataract surgery.
 
3. Cataracts brought on by age. Evidence of cataracts by your vet will appear around the age of 8-9 years old.  Maturity will continue and in most cases the dog will be blind in his senior years. In these cases MABTR does NOT consider cataract surgery.  

4. Cataracts brought on by health issues such as diabetes.
  
What warrants cataract surgery?
 
First, one needs to know that Bostons are in the top five most difficult breeds when it comes to cataract surgery.  So it is important that you understand all the risks to considering the surgery as they are high, and recovery is horrendous for both you and the dog. 
 
MABTR only considers a Boston a candidate if they arrive in our care with juvenile cataracts.  However, not all of these cases qualify for the surgery. 

Unless the eye is perfect we will not even attempt surgery.  You need to have a thorough exam done by your ophthalmologist.   
 
We also suggest you have the Boston's thyroid tested.  A low thyroid is common in Bostons and requires medication.  Low thyroid levels are even more common in dogs with juvenile cataracts. If the thyroid is not regular prior to surgery this will negatively affect the recovery.
 
The risks taken with cataract surgery are as follows and all can lead up to the removal of the eye that just underwent surgery.  
- glaucoma
- infection
- trauma
 
If you decide not to proceed with surgery, you need to address any inflammation of the eye which can be controlled through medication.  Anti-inflammatory drops may need to be used throughout the dog's life.  
 
Pressures should be checked every six months.  Not all vets have a pressure tool, so find one who does and build a relationship with them.   
 
Do Cataracts Hurt Dogs?
 
The cataract itself does not hurt.  However inflammation can be painful or at least uncomfortable. If not treated can lead up to glaucoma, which is very, very painful.  In human terms: walking around with a migraine 24/7 and can lead up to the rupture of the eye resulting in removal.
   
There is currently no eye drop on the market that will resolve a mature cataract.
 
Cataracts in Dogs: Treatment and Prevention
 
Cataracts won't go away on their own; surgery is the only way to correct it. If you see or suspect that your dog has a cataract, consult your vet or a veterinary ophthalmologist to discuss whether surgery is right for your dog.  Again, putting an adult/senior through this surgery is NOT recommended by MABTR.    
 
Dogs with cataracts presented later in life can adjust just fine to their environment especially once their vision is gone. 
 
Because so many canine cataracts are hereditary, there's not much an owner can do to prevent them.
 
If you find yourself questioning cataract surgery for your dog and you would like to talk, please do not hesitate to call MABTR, 402-510-1346, as we have lots of experience in this area unfortunately.

MABTR fan question: "Does MABTR ever get puppies?"  
 
We are often asked if MABTR ever gets in puppies (newborn to under a year) and the answer is
yes, often.  

We DO NOT SOLICIT puppies under 6 months of age on any social media including our website.

We accept applications for puppies and when they become available for adoption, we will email those applicants with  details. Note: a response of interest does not guarantee an interview.

ANY posts promoting puppies for sale on our behalf or tagging MABTR in their post/comments are NOT associated with MABTR and are likely puppy mill breeders which we firmly stand against. We will make the attempt to delete the post immediately as we do not approve.

If you have any questions contact MABTR via our FB message inbox or email luckypawpals@aol.com.

 
 
 






**note - these puppies shown are not available, as they have already been adopted out
 
 
 
 
Let's go SHOPPING!
 
Check out the new items at the online Boston Bay store
-2020 calendar and planner
-Memory book (like a baby book)
-2020 MABTR t-shirt
-Cookbook
-Christmas Cards set
 
Just in time for the holidays. Start shopping at ... 
 
 
 
~November Fundraiser~
AUCTION TIME AGAIN!
 
This month's auction will start at 8am CST, Nov 15th and end 7pm CST, Nov 17th   
 
Click here for details  
and direct link to auction page
 
Note: MABTR auctions are no longer limited to Facebook 
MABTR Alumni - Brig
         
" As of Sunday, Brig has officially been my second sidekick for one month. He had his first ever french fry to celebrate (don't worry Sadie got one too). I rescued brig through  @adoptaboston  after he was purchased at a puppy mill auction. He is a NERVY BOI but he's gaining a lot of confidence by watching Sadie. Ms Sadie potato, known far and wide for being a huge jerk, is having a great time setting an example of how to be a good pup."

 

 


Thank You for Your Donation! 
 
$50 in memory of Dewey Rayburn
$50 in honor of Nicole Proulx
$50 in honor of Tallula
               
$1,000 Pamela M
$300 Susan C
$285.97 Community Shares of CO
$255 Facebook
$250 Kevin D, Kristine and David E, Julie J, Eric P
$180 Fransesca S
$150 Kelly
$120 Raymond N
$100 Susan M, Michael R, Melissa W, Maureen W, Vicki F, Scott E, Melissa T, Deidre T, Jamie Z, Elizabeth P, Mike K
$75 Rachel H, Timothy C
$65 PayPal Giving Fund
$60 Kellee S, Laurie B
$50 Sharon I, Jodi C, Barbara N, Karen W, Aaron S, Kathy B, Caroline W, Loretta B, Hayley S
$30 Lori L, Leslie M, Elaine W, Cynthia K, Duane C
$25 Kristen C, Jo S, Charity C, Paul M
$20 Susie M, Tammie P, Ruth Ellen B, Kimberle G, Matthew S, Pam M, Sara S, Michael M, Scott K, Reynolds P, Mountain Colors Paint and Design, Chick and Don's, Joe D
$18 Barbara G
$15 Leah G, Annabelle H
$13.48 Allstate
$12 Keeemieco
$10 Nanette S, Ann A, Kelly H, Angela P, Robin B, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Danielle K, Target
$5 Andrea M
 
 
All donations are tax deductible!

Wall of Fame  

 

Quick Links
FAQ
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
October
Fundraiser Results
  
 
 -- Omaha Boston Boo: $930
 -- Colorado Boston Boo: $460
 -- October auction: $792
 
Thanks to ALL
who participated!!!! 
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

28 dogs rescued

in October!

 

247 dogs rescued so far in 2019!

 

3,868 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 

October Theme
~ Halloween! ~
  
And the winner is...
 
 
Zuzu!
owned by Dayna M
 
The theme for November is
Craziest Sleeping Position
Send us your pics of your Boston taking his/her cutest and craziest snooze!
 
Good luck!
Thank you...
...to those families who think of MABTR when it comes to donating items that belonged to their pets who have passed.
MABTR will accept any used items that we can use for our rescued Bostons and in our foster homes

If we come across items that we cannot use we have relationships with other local rescues to give to.

Click  here to see a list of items that we generally need.

And as always, thank you for everything you do to help us help the doggies!
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?

NEW Boston Terrier Squad!  
Please Come Join Us!!
 
There is new Omaha Boston Terrier Squad  and YOU are invited to join (via Facebook) - just click here!!
 
Upcoming event in October - please check it out  here and join in the fun!
Local MABTR Events 
***Join us!***
~all breeds welcome~
   
Colorado          
Sat, Nov 16
Senior Dog Day
11am - 2pm
Littleton
Chuck & Don's, 9868 W Belleview Ave
MABTR will be present to educate on the benefits of adopting a senior dog.  We will also debut our new greeting card set... The Frosty Boston Collection!

Sat, Nov 16
New Year's Day Photos
11am - 2pm
Aurora
Chuck & Don's, 6380 S Parker Rd
Stop by and celebrate the new year early with our fun photo set-up and props.
$5 per family - 2 photos emailed to you after the event.

Sat, Dec 7 *tentative*
Pictures with Santa
Colorado Springs
Wag n Wash,  5830 Stetson Hills Blvd
Please stay tuned for more details!

Sat, Dec 14
Dog Toy Exchange Party
2:30 - 4:30pm
Aurora
Chuck & Don's, 6380 S Parker Rd
$10 per dog
See flyer at left for more details!
 
 
Iowa
2020 dates coming soon!
Playdate
10am - noon
Urbandale
2800 78th St
FREE event for Boston and Boston Mixes!
Fenced-in area with shade and water.
Children welcome!
 
 
  Missouri
~KC Area~
Sat/Sun, Dec 7 - 8
Great Pet Expo
Overland Park
Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd
Adults $10, children 6-12 $6, children under 5 free
Visit MABTR's booth an other pet vendors over a two-day period.
Click here for more details!
 
~St. Louis area~  
Sat, Nov 16th
Fall Playdate
1 - 3pm
Arnold
Playful Paws, 2160 Tenbrook Rd
Off-leash play area indoors and outdoors.
$5 per dog; ALL breeds and children welcome!
Dogs must be people- and dog-friendly and current on rabies vaccine.
See flyer at left for more details!


Nebraska
Coming soon!

Stay Connected...
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!
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.