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September 2017
 MABTR Harness Drive Results
Thank you for supporting our harness drive!  Due to  your generosity, we collected  100 harnesses !!!  We send every adopted dog home with a harness, so this is a great need in our organization.  Your donation helps get each rescue into his or her "furever" home.

If you ever have any other pet items that you no longer need, please keep MABTR in mind.

 MA BTR has a new Logo
-we hope you like it-
Dog to Dog Aggression
Inter-dog Aggression in Dogs
Inter-dog aggression occurs when a dog is overly aggressive towards dogs in the same household or unfamiliar dogs. This behavior is often considered normal, but some dogs can become excessively aggressive due to learning and genetic factors.
Inter-dog aggression occurs much more frequently in non-neutered male dogs. Common signs usually start appearing when the dog reaches puberty (between six and nine months old) or becomes socially mature at 18 to 36 months. Generally, inter-dog aggression is more of a problem between dogs of the same gender.
Symptoms and Types of Aggression in Dogs
The most common symptoms of inter-dog aggression include growling, biting, lip lifting, snapping, and lunging towards another dog. These behaviors may be accompanied by fearful or submissive body postures and expressions such as crouching, tucking the tail under, licking the lips, and backing away. Typically, before a severe inter-dog aggression incident in the same household occurs, more discreet signs of social control will become noticeable. One tactic a dog may use is staring and blocking the other dog's entrance into a room. A specific condition sometimes triggers the aggression, even though the dogs normally get along well.
Causes of Aggression in Dogs
The causes of this condition vary. A dog may have become overly aggressive because of its past experiences, including abuse and neglect. For example, it may not have socialized with other dogs as a puppy, or it may have had a traumatic encounter with another dog. Dogs rescued from dog fighting operations also tend to exhibit inter-dog aggression more frequently. 
An owner's behavior may also influence a manifestation of the condition (e.g., if an owner shows compassion for a weaker dog by punishing the more dominant dog). Other reasons for aggression are fear, wanting to protect territory and social status, or a painful medical condition. 
Diagnosing Aggression in Dogs
There is no official procedure to diagnose inter-dog aggression. Some symptoms are very similar to canine "play" behavior and excited, non-aggressive arousal. Biochemistry, urine analysis, and other laboratory tests usually yield unremarkable results. But if any abnormalities are identified, they may help the veterinarian find an underlying cause for the aggression. 
If a neurological condition is suspected, an MRI scan may be necessary to determine whether it is a central nervous system (CNS) disease, or to rule out other underlying neurological conditions.  
How to Handle Dog Aggression
There is no real cure for inter-dog aggression. Instead, treatment is heavily focused on controlling the problem. Owners must learn how to avoid situations that encourage aggressive behavior in the dog, and to break up fights quickly and safely when they occur. In situations where aggressive behavior is more likely to occur (e.g., walks in the park), the dog must be kept away from potential victims and be under constant control. The owner may also want to train the dog to feel comfortable wearing a protective head  halter and basket  muzzle.
Training for Aggressive Dogs
Behavioral modification also plays a crucial role in the treatment. For example, dogs should be trained to sit and relax on verbal cues, with small food treats as rewards. The owner may also want to condition the dog not to fear other dogs, by gradually exposing it to other dogs in public. Unfortunately, the only way to assuredly prevent your dog from injuring others -- especially if your dog has already been involved in an incident or incidents -- is to put the dog down (euthanize), cruel as it seems.
There is no licensed medication used to treat inter-dog aggression. If it is largely caused by fear or anxiety, as opposed to a desire to establish  dominance, then low dosages of certain Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, Tricyclic Antidepressants, or Benzodiazepines may be prescribed.
Successful treatment of inter-dog aggression is usually measured by the decrease in severity or frequency of incidents. In addition, the treatment recommendations need to be implemented over the entire life of the dog. Even if aggressive incidents are completely eliminated for a period of time, relapses may occur if the owner does not strictly adhere to the recommendations at all times.

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MABTR Alumni - Lucy
" We got our Lucy girl back in October of 2016. She is 11 years old.   When we got her I quoted 'adopting an older dog is like fast forwarding the best part' -  this could not be more true.  To say time has flown by these past 7 months is an understatement.  Lucy has helped mend 2 very broken hearts from the passing of our precious Boston "Cloe" in September 2016.  Today, Lucy is the most joyful tiny bundle of love.  Her favorite past time is looking for any sunbathing opportunity, begging for cookies by the pantry door, and squeaking her favorite orange ball.  She knows this is her 'furever' home and she is soaking it all in!! We love her so much! Thanks MABTR!" All the best,  Gina and Tarah M
Adoptable Dog of the Month
My name is  Misty.  I am 9 year old Boston mix with a tail and weigh 30 pounds ( I'm a little overweight and in need of a diet).  I need a new home because my owner started to care for his grandchildren who are toddlers and I did not do well with them walking around in my space. I am being fostered in St Louis, MO. 

I am a loving little girl when it comes to my adult humans.  But I do need a family with no children please.   I do well around the other dogs in the house but am not much of a playmate. 

I enjoy walks which is a plus since I am needing to shed a few pounds. The weight is coming off with exercise and a new diet though!
I would love a low key household as I am mellow myself.  I am a snuggle bug and will be your blanket when lounging around.  

I am a great traveler. Already been on two road trips and behaved well in the hotel room. 

I may be a mix but I am all Boston at heart!

~~Eligible for the Golden Paws Program!!!~~
Adopters aged 60+ yrs who adopt a dog 7 yrs and older get
$50 off the adoption fee!!!   

Don't forget to update the address on your dog's microchip if you move!!!
Ask Jennifer
Q: Some of the breeder dogs seem very young - are they suffering from health problems? Why would a breeder let a dog go when there are potentially more dollars to be made off it? 

A:  Good question.  Even when releasing dogs or selling them for cheap the breeder still makes money somehow.

The breeder could be in a situation where they have to reduce their number of stock, forcing the release of good dogs you would think they would keep.

There is also the situation where the puppy is too old for the pet stores and the broker or breeders do not want to hold the additional dog in their stock/inventory.

Sometimes the middle man (undercover rescue person) makes a deal with the breeder stating they will take two adults off their hand but require another dog be thrown in the mix to make it a deal.

There are also deals made between breeders.  Breeder A wants dog one and two but Breeder B will only sell if Breeder A also takes dog three and four.  Breeder A may not have room or any intention of keeping the unexpected additional dogs so they will take them because they really want dog one and two and release the other two to rescue.

See more: Link to our FAQs 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 -
  • 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. 
Share your travel plans with MABTR and  
in return help out a Boston 
As many of you know MABTR covers 13 states. 75% of our adoptions occur between foster homes and adopters in different states, requiring MABTR to set up a transport by car.  We do not fly our dogs.

Many of us travel for business or pleasure by car so we ask that you share with us your travel plan should you have room for a Boston to hitch a ride.

Just some examples, and not limited to, of routes completed.  Note that some routes are short distances where others a whole day:
  • Colorado Springs, CO to Cheyenne, WY
    • Omaha, NE to St Louis, MO
      • Omaha, NE to Boise, ID
        • Des Moines, IA to St Paul, MN
          • Kansas City, MO to Springfield, MO
            • ... the list goes on 
Share with us your travel plans - even those scheduled in the future. 
It is simple.  Just email your starting and ending location, date(s) of travel, and your name and phone number.  We will file the travel schedule shared and if the need approaches we will contact you with details.

Most of our dogs ride well in cars without a crate, but if you require a crate we can supply one. 
The doggies thank you for allowing them to hitch a ride!!!!!  Without drivers we would struggle moving our dogs closer to their forever homes.
Remember that you can write off at tax time your gas or mileage when transporting our Bostons.  

Thank You for Your Donation! 
$50 in memory of Ernie Currier
$50 in memory of Bugsy
$25 in memory of Sharon Pike
$25 in memory of Oreo
$20 in Memory of our beloved Bogie
$20 Thank you from Clyde and his dad Eric
$209 United Health Care
$150 Chris T
$110 Green Spot
$100 Terri W, Johnson & Johnson
$76.99    Wells Fargo
$75 Caroline W
$70 Raymond N, Pfizer YourCause
$50 Vicki F, Susan M, Judy M, Raymond N, Charles B, Audrey C, Shanda G, Lori S
$45 Matthew S
$40 Sarah R, AT&T YourCause
$30 Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K
$25 Stuart L, Doris B, Sue S, Daniela V, Amra W, Janet A, Suzanne H, Sherry T, Barb N, Melissa T, Dennis D, Denise S, Myranda B, Charity C, Lisa B, Karen L
$20 Pam M, Sara S, Susie M, Diana Z, Michael M, Ashley H, Gerald P
$10 Katherine F, Angela C, Angela P, Robin B, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Ann A, Veronica Z, Danielle K, Andrew B 
$5 Angie V
$3 dainty itty bitties
All donations are tax deductible!

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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

Quick Links
(monetary or items) are

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
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • United Healthcare
  • Walmart
Fundraiser Results
CO Movie Night - $241
St Louis Training
 - $1,215
NE Birthday Bash- $444
CO Birthday Bash - $1,432
Thanks to ALL 
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

 29 dogs rescued

in August!


151 dogs rescued to date in 2017


3,259 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.


-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

has NO
age limit!
Photo Contest 
August theme:
" Favorite Toy "
The winner is...
Miss Molly!!!
owned by Amy and Joe S.
Thanks to ALL  
who participated!!!
September's theme will be " Best Smile "
Raffle Results
Congrats to
Caroline W of NE   
who won the Boston quilt,
which raised
$995 !!!

Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle
Boston Socks Set
Selection of seven pairs of Boston-themed socks.  Adult sized.

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
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~
~KC area~
Saturday, Sep 9
Kansas City
Dippin' Dogs
10am - 4pm
Springs Aquatic Center - 9400 N Congress Ave
Sunday, Sep 10
Kansas City
Dippin' Dogs
12 - 4pm
Bay Water Park - 7101 Longview Rd.
Register at
Saturday, Sep 16
Paws in the Park
9am - noon
English Lansing Park
Saturday and Sunday, Sep 16 & 17
Bonner Springs
Renaissance Festival "Ales & Tales" weekend
10am - 7pm
633 N 130th St.
Click here for more details!
Saturday, Sep 30
Pets' Day Out
10am - 2pm
Heritage Park - 320 E Main St
See flyer at left for details!
Click here to register for the walk!
~St. Louis area~  
Saturday, Sep 16
St. Louis
Monthly Playdate
1:30 - 3:30pm
Museum of the Dog -  1721 S Mason Rd
$5 per dog
All breeds welcome!
Children friendly!

Saturday, Sep 16
Patriot Pet Celebration
11am - 1pm
Patriot Homebrew Supply - 2929 N 204th St
Free admission!
LOTS of fun things to do!! 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!

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