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October 2016
Going Out Somewhere to Eat or Shop?   TAGG It!!!

Together a Greater Good (TAGG) provides an easy way to donate to MABTR - just by shopping, going out to eat, or even getting a car wash!

Just download the app - search for TAGG.  Once you create a log-in, search for the organization you want to support; we are listed as MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue.  Next, search for business that participate.  When you shop these businesses, open the app and select "TAGG my purchase."  You enter the amount, and then either scan a QR code, or upload your receipt.

It is SUPER easy!!!  And there's a wide variety of participating businesses -- from restaurants, to retail, to coffee shops... how about a massage or a visit to the chiropractor??   There are TONS of options!  And when you TAGG your purchases, MABTR will receive up to 5% of the proceeds of your purchase!

Questions about TAGG?  Click  here  f or more information!
MABTR Alumni - Gracie  
About 4 months ago we awakened one morning and Gracie looked as if she had swallowed a big ball in her stomach area. Taking her to the vet immediately, it was discovered that she had a serious heart murmur and all of her organs were enlarged, including her heart. She was immediately referred to a cardiac veterinarian. She was diagnosed with serious heart problems and high blood pressure in her lungs. After a series of tests, she is on 5 medications a day that keeps her stable. She remains a happy and interactive little girl. She does not have any interest in her ropes or balls any longer and we do understand her need to just be Gracie, hanging out with us or sleeping in her bed in the family room. She still looks healthy---shiny coat and bright eyes and a healthy appetite!!

After a scheduled routine visit to her cardiologist yesterday, we learned that she is very stable, still has serious heart & lung problems, but has even improved a bit in some areas. And, yes she has began licking her paws--we think as the recent MABTR newsletter article suggested, this is very soothing to her in lieu of chewing on her ropes. She has been to the vet too many times recently for it to be health related!!

Having had a Boston Terrier many years ago who lived to be 12 years and reading the memorials in the MABTR newsletter, I know that 12 years is approaching a normal life span for Boston Terriers--Gracie is 10 years old so we know she is in her golden years of her life.

Knowing we are now entering into a new phase of Gracie's life and that anything could happen at any time, we also know the joy & laughter she brings to us every day, the loyalty she has for us and most of all the love this wonderful little girl has brought into our lives. My husband & I are retired, so spend a good deal of time at home and keep a close eye on Gracie. Every day we have Gracie is a gift--we enjoy her to the fullest, keep a careful eye on any changes, but most of all are so grateful she came into our life!! Thank you MABTR!!   
-Sincerely, Pat & Larry A in Denver, Colorado
Submit a picture for the MABTR 2017 calendar 
deadline for submission is Oct 15
Calling out to
Omaha, NE adoptors  

UNO is looking for dogs and their owners to participate in a multi-part study of the human-dog attachment bond.

Dogs rescued from puppy mills NEEDED.  
The study will entail bringing your dog to the UNO campus so researchers can examine stress hormone levels in your dog's saliva during social interactions. Multiple dogs from one household are welcome to participate.
If you're interested in participating, please email Alicia or Rosemary and they will provide you with further information.  
Adoptable Dog of the Month

My name is Buggsy.  I am 13 years old and weigh 14 pounds.  I need a new home because I was found as a stray.  I am being fostered in Wichita, KS.

I am a very mellow dog.  I like to be around my human as much as possible.  I don't play with toys much, however I enjoy a nice afternoon nap. 

I am hard of hearing so you will have to get my attention for me to know what's going on. 
I have arthritis so need a home with little to no stairs. I love a good walk, and my foster mom says I do great walking on a leash. I would prefer a home that is quiet and doesn't have to much activity.  I do take medication for my arthritis 

~~~Eligible for the Golden Paws Program~~~
 Adoptors who are 60 years old and up who adopt a dog 7 years old and up get $50 off the adoption fee!  
Shop the Boston Bay!
A few new items to consider for the upcoming holidays  

Children Art Greeting Cards
five blank greeting cards, full color with envelopes
-thank you to all the children who submitted their artwork-  

Colorado Hoodie         
Show your Colorado pride and love for Bostons on your winter hoodie
-Sizes in Small to 3x -

Click  here to order your items today plus view other fun Boston items at the Boston Bay!
Ask Jennifer

What can I do to help my dog when he is choking?



Dogs use their mouths to explore the world, and, fortunately, their anatomy includes safeguards that make choking rare. But it isn't impossible for a dog to experience choking, and it's important that you be able to distinguish between a choking dog and a dog dealing with illness or another issue.  


In a life-threatening emergency there may not be time to contact a vet, in which case you must administer first-aid yourself. However, if the dog is uncomfortable but not in immediate danger, your better option is to keep it calm and seek veterinary advice.  

This article explains how determine if your dog is choking, and what to do if so.  (Full article with helpful graphics can be found here)


1) Evaluate your dog.
Check to see if your dog is coughing. Initially, if your dog is capable of coughing, wait a few moments to see if your dog can manage to cough up the obstruction on his own.
  • Only wait for this possibility if your dog seems to be able to breathe well.
  • If your dog is also wheezing, struggling, or gasping for breath, call your vet immediately.
2) Check for signs of choking.  
Dogs may show several telling behaviors if they aren't able to breathe. Signs that a dog is choking include:
  • Gagging or drooling excessively (pay attention to whether the dog can swallow; if it can, a physical blockage is less likely)
  • Standing in the "air hunger position" with its head and neck held low and in a straight line
  • Acting unusually agitated or frantic, pawing at its mouth, and whimpering
  • Coughing forcefully, wheezing, or gasping for breath
  • Having grey or blue gums
  • Having a visible object in the back of its throat
  • Displaying exaggerated chest movements
  • Collapsing
  • Losing consciousness
3) Encourage your dog to swallow.  This is a useful strategy to help you determine if your dog is truly choking.
  • You can do so by offering your dog a treat, gently rubbing its throat, or by pinching its nostrils together.
  • Once it swallows, if the sound stops, it isn't choking and is in no danger.
4) Look inside the dog's mouth.  By visually checking the dog's mouth, you can find out if an object is obstructing its airway and act accordingly.
  • Gently open its mouth by squeezing its upper lip inwards over the big molars at the back of the mouth. At the same time, apply downward pressure on the point of its jaw to further open the mouth.
  • Look as far back towards its throat as possible--it helps to have a flashlight and someone else to hold the dog for this.
  • Restrain a larger dog before opening its mouth wide.
  • If you can see something in the throat, try to grip it with pliers and remove it. Take extreme care not to accidentally force the object further back
5) Rule out other causes.  Because you can do more harm than good by executing certain maneuvers on a dog that doesn't need them, it is important to be as certain as possible that the dog is actually choking and in danger, rather than merely appearing to choke. The following are conditions that may cause a dog to behave similarly to a dog that's choking:
  • a long soft palate
  • kennel cough
  • heart disease
If you do find an object in your dog's throat, there are different steps you can take:
  • Seek out someone else to help whenever possible.  Whether you decide to take the dog to the vet, or dislodge the object yourself, an extra set of hands can help keep you (and your dog) a little more calm.
Grasp the obstruction with pliers or tweezers.   If you are able to see the object blocking the airway and the vet advises you to do so, attempt to remove the obstruction gently.
  • Only attempt to remove the obstruction if you can clearly see and grasp it and your dog is not frantic. You risk lodging the object in even deeper if you accidentally push it without being able to see it.
  • If the dog is frantic, you risk being bitten badly. Go immediately to an emergency vet or animal hospital instead.
Help your dog to dislodge the obstruction.   Gravity can help your dog dislodge an obstruction. To help, you will have to hold the dog upside down and try to shake the object loose.
  • Pick up a small or medium dog by its hind legs. Hold the dog upside down and try to shake the object out of its mouth with the benefit of gravity.
  • You won't be able to hold a larger dog upside down, so instead keep the front paws on the ground and lift up its hind legs (in the same manner as holding a wheelbarrow) and tilt the dog forward.
Use back blows.   If you can't help your dog dislodge the object by tilting your dog forward, you can forcefully strike its back to help dislodge the choking hazard.
  • Using the heel of your hand, deliver 4-5 sharp blows on the dog between the shoulder blades. Take care not to use excessive force with small dogs, as there is a risk of fracturing ribs, which itself can be life-threatening if a broken rib punctures a lung.
  • If this does not work initially, try once more.
Consider performing the Heimlich maneuver.   Because you can easily injure your dog using this maneuver, use it ONLY when all other options have been exhausted.

Even if you are able to dislodge the object successfully, it is still a good idea to get your dog to the vet to ensure there are no other problems or injuries.

Thank You for Your Donation! 
$50 In memory of Tilda 
$50 In memory of Molly Brammer
$25 In memory of Kevin Pacacha
$25 In memory of Holly
$300  Claudia M
$250 Erika J
$150  Deidre T
$120 Raymond N
$50 Audrey C, Caroline W
$30  Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K
$25 Gail B, Stephen C, Ann A,  Charity C
$20 Nancy S, Susie M, Matthew S, Pam M, Diana Z, Michael M, Sara S, Paul G, Ashley H 
$12 Marilee S
$10 Angela C, Katherine F, Angela P, Robin B, Danielle K, Mart D, Lisa B, JoAnn F, Kristen D, Veronica Z, Lindsie S 
$9 Dainty Itty Bitties
$5 Angie V
All donations are tax deductible!

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

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
  • Benevity: Apple, Google, ADP
Fundraiser Results
CO Bed & Brunch: $104   
Booth Exhibits: $938

Thanks to ALL who participated!!!
Like to Shop? 
Do you shop at Younkers · Bon-Ton · Bergner's · Boston Store · Carson's · Elder-Beerman?

Purchase a Coupon Booklet from MABTR for only $5 and you get the following great deals between Nov 9-12th.... 
  • $10 off a regular or sale price item of $10 or more. So you get your $5 back plus an additional $5 to spend.
  • Save up to 30% off a regular and sale price purchase all day long with a shopping pass.
  • Save up to 30% off Yellow Dot merchandise!
  • Up to 30% off an online purchase of regular and sale price merchandise. Valid online only.
  • And a huge selection of merchandise and web only offers!
*Exclusions apply; see booklet for details.


The best thing is that MABTR keeps 100% of the $5 booklet fee.

Interested in a booklet email Jennifer to schedule pick up or delivery at

-Thanks for the support 

  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

 26 Bostons rescued

in September!


188 Bostons rescued so far in 2016!


3,031 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.


-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
has NO
age limit!
Raffle Results
Congrats to
Carol N of MO   
who won the Boston Terrier plate, which raised $135 !

Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle for October 
Jewelry Set
Betsey Johnson bow bracelet, necklace, and stud earrings
Bracelet - Classy boston accent gold tone bangle with pave crystal accented bow. Magnetic clapse 7.25 inches long x 0.2-0.5 inch width x 2.3 inch diameter. New with tags.
Necklace - Gold tone necklace features bow and Boston pendants with pave crystal accents.
-Gold tone necklace chains -Lobster claw -16 inches long with 3-inch extender; frontal width 0.5 inch; frontal drop 1 inch.

Make a donation
in Memory of..
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! 

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?

Boston Print

Local MABTR Events 
Join us!
~all breeds welcome~

for online calendar 

Sat., Oct. 8
Halloween Hounds Pet Portraits
11am - 3pm
Chuck and Don's - 2253 E. Briarwood Ave.
$5 includes two photos 
See flyer at left for details!
Sat., Oct. 22
Boston Boo  
6 - 8pm
For the Love of Dog Doggie Daycare - 4751 E. Virginia Ave.
$5 per person. 
Both human and dog activities and contest! 
See flyer at left for details!

~~KC area~~
Sun., Oct. 16
Blue Springs
10am - 4pm
Kemper Outdoor Education Center - 8201 S. Jasper Rd
Free admission!
Dog food drive, walk, game, booths, and more
Click  here  for more details!

~~St. Louis area~~
Wed., Oct. 19
Rock Hill
St. Louis Wing Co. Fundraiser
6 - 9pm
9816 Manchester Rd.
All you can eat boneless wings and a 20-wing dine-in special.
Mention you are with MABTR, or print off the flyer to benefit the rescue.
Click here for details and print off your flyer!
Sun., Oct. 30
St. Louis
Boston Boo
1:30 - 3:30pm
AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Pk -  1721 S Mason Rd
$5 admission.
Both human and dog activities and contests!
  See flyer at left    for details!   

Sun., Oct. 9
Pints & Paws Pub Crawl
3 - 6pm
Get half-price pints across six Benson Bars/Breweries and visit with local rescue groups. $25/person 
For mor e  details and purchase tickets click here

Sat., Oct 16 
Boston Boo
10:30am - 12:30pm
5109 S. 51st St.
$5 per person includes a brunch.  Both human and dog activities and contests!
See flyer at left for 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!

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
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