Success Stories

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As featured in Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspirational Stories of Adopted Boston Terriers:

MidAmerica Rescued Boston Terriers

I didn’t grow up with dogs, and never really wanted one until my kids started getting older and more independent. I realized that my growing unease was the all-too-common “empty nest” feeling parents experience as their kids become adults. I decided a dog might be just the thing to create some new noise in our home. My plan was to begin researching breeds so that in six years when my youngest graduated I would maybe have found the right dog and be ready to adopt (yes, I’m a planner)…

Although I thought a dog would be a long ways off for us, I kept an eye on regularly to see what dogs were available for adoption. After only a few weeks, I narrowed my search down to a few different breeds. I decided to go with a Boston Terrier, not only because of all their wonderful qualities, but also because it was the breed that my now-deceased mother had when she was a little girl. I was looking for a dog with a medium build that loved walks and car rides and people in general. There was only one hitch—I couldn’t stand the big, protruding eyes! They just freaked me out.

After weeks of looking through Boston Terrier profiles online, I came across a story of a 3-year-old named Odie who was surrendered because his family had had a baby. His side view portrait showed a cute, shmooshed face and stocky build, and from what I could see in the pictures, his eyes didn’t seem to protrude. Though my youngest was still in school, I couldn’t help but change my plan and apply for this dog. He looked like he had so much spunk and would be fun to have around!

I went to his foster parent’s home to meet him and there, from the top of the stairs, he stood smiling at me… with eyes that looked like they were about to fall out of his head! They were so “googly” that I couldn’t even tell which way he was looking! My heart sank, but before I knew it, he was in my arms, washing my face with slobbery doggie love.

After such an outpouring I was helpless but to “look the other way” about his eyes and take him home. Today Odie’s eyes are my favorite part of him. I think they are beautiful. They talk to me! I even made a song up about them to the tune of “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. It goes “Sweet Odie Pie, you’re the cutest little guy, you have the most beautiful eyes, sweet Odie pie.” Something like that…

I really lucked out on such a great dog with amazing character and expressive eyes. These days I wonder whether he thought I was the one with the weird-looking eyes when I first met him. If so, I’m glad he was able to overlook it because I couldn’t “see” a future without him! -Kirsten Lahr

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24 thoughts on “Success Stories

  1. Boston Terrier Success Story - Bill and Hillary I’ve adopted two Bostons from MABTR, and they’re the greatest thing that have ever happened to me! They make me get out walking way more than I ever did before, and nothing beats cuddling with them on the couch.

  2. Boston Terrier Success Story - KiaI adopted Kia in February of this year! She honestly was the piece of puzzle we never knew was missing. I researched dog breeds and instantly fell in love with Boston Terriers! I decided I was going to adopt one with my income tax refund. I applied for Kia, she was actually in another adopters house when I applied. The next day I heard from her foster mom and was told it was perfect timing, the person that was interested in her had told her she wasn’t a fit for their family, they have a Boston Terrier that was full of energy and Kia couldn’t keep up with it. Kia’s foster mom told me she got the call, then saw my application and we realized it was totally meant to be! I had to work that day, but when I came home and Kia was there with my mom, I saw her for the very first time and instantly fell in love! She honestly brought my family closer together! She’s more than I could ever have imagined, now I can’t picture my life without her! She’s my little girl!!

  3. When my husband and I moved into our first home, I knew we needed a dog. Fortunately I found the Mid America Boston Terrier Rescue and through them I found Harley. He is such a wonderful little dog, he is my constant companion and our little family wouldn’t be complete without him. Thank you!

  4. My husband and I adopted a senior Boston Terrier, Grayson, 11 yrs. old, via the Golden Paws Program. He is so wonderful! He has moved into our home with the most grateful heart and brings us joy every day. I encourage ANYONE to adopt an older dog. They are already trained, more mellow, (somewhat) less exuberant, and adapt to a new routine and place readily. Puppies are cute, yes; but any Boston Terrier is puppy-like in attitude and why encourage puppy mills to breed more puppies for the demand?
    Let’s change the “demand” to older dogs! They need your love, too, and deserve a happy and safe home

    • We adopted an 11 year old Boston yesterday and he’s already a full member of our family! We love him completely. Our other dogs adore him too! He doesn’t seem 11 at all, he’s very sweet and puppy-like. I definitely would recommend to give an older dog a chance.

  5. We adopted Gus Lloyd in 2010. We were looking for a brother for our five year old Boston, Lila. Lila likes to be top dog, so we had to be sure we adopted a brother that would play by her rules. It took a few months of searching the MABTR site to find the perfect companion, but we are so glad we waited for the right match. Gus and Lila are inseparable. He follows her around and takes orders very well.

    Gus was a healthy boy when we adopted him, but a couple of years later he developed a form of Protein Myopathy. He was eating a normal amount of food and treats, but kept losing weight. After some months of trial and error with various medications, our vet found the perfect balance. He is as healthy as can be and is the happiest little boy. He feels much better, but misses the attention of the female staff at the vet’s office.

    Gus is a funny boy. He is very set in his habits. He has to take so many drinks of water before going outside and walks backward into the living room so he does not slip on the wood floors. He loves to follow his sister around and give her kisses whenever she lets him. Gus is also an avid Broncos fan and enjoys watching football with his dad. We are so happy to have him in our family.

  6. On Sunday, September 21, we went to pick up our Magoo. I was pleasantly surprised that he was a standard size. He had my heart on sight, and is a wonderful little dog. He met his “brother” (another Boston) named Booger, and there was the usual amount of “howdy dos” with the sniff thing, after that not a problem. We had a lovely day touring the Loess Hills with Booger and Magoo in tow. They were perfect gentlemen the whole time. When we got home Magoo met our other dog, and cats. Since Magoo wasn’t “cat tested” he did very well!! He only got a closed fisted slap from my Maine Coon Gulliver for sticking his nose in the cats “business”. He learned that dogs and cats don’t say hello the same way!! He is doing VERY well, in his new home. He loves his daily walks and playtimes with his brother. Booger has finally found someone who will play tug of war with him and is in heaven. For being 9 years old Magoo has a lot of spunk and readily keeps up with Boogers “busy ness”. Booger is even teaching Magoo that when someone comes to the door, you bark then lick the daylights out of them when they come in. Magoo is also a very smart little dog and is learning how to walk on a leash like a gentleman, sit, lie down, kennel, and to let me know he has to go potty. He sleeps with Booger and I every night, and isn’t a bed hog. I am so glad that Magoo is a part of our family; and there is nothing better than being greeted by two Boston Terriers at the door. I hope to post photos on this site of the two boys……they look like bookends!! Thank you Boston Terrier Rescue for Magoo, and saving these wonderful little dogs. Barbara Davis

    • Thanks for sharing Magoo’s story. I was his foster mom last summer, and enjoyed his company. You are right, you would never guess he was 9 years old. Give Magoo a hug and kiss for me.

  7. In June of this year I adopted my 12 year old sweet little boy named Fletcher from MABTR. I had wanted to adopt a Boston for years and finally had the opportunity to do so. When I came across Fletcher’s profile I knew that it was a match made in heaven. When I finally got to meet him there was no turning back. It was as the saying goes “love at first sight”. You can hardly tell that he is 12 years old!
    I almost overlooked his profile due to his age which would have been the biggest mistake of my life. He has been the biggest blessing and completes our family.

  8. Both my Mom and I have adopted a Boston Terrier from MABTR. We have Adopted Bosco the 3 year old and Nash the 7 year old. They totally love each other and love to play. Bosco is very attached to me and Nash is attached to Bosco. My Parents and I just love Boston Terriers. I think they are the Best kind of dogs and wonderful Lovers. Both are doing well. They act like Brothers and they are very spoiled and love to snuggle and sleep on the bed.

  9. It’s been six months since we adopted eight year old Winnie from MABTR. Winnie was rescued from a “breeder” and came to us very shy and extremely fearful. We could tell, however, deep down she was a Boston with lots of personality waiting to shine. Since the summer she has made so much progress! With the help of our older Boston, she’s learned some of the basics and loves to go on walks, spend time outside, lounge in the sun, and get treats! This month we hit some huge milestones…she barked, worked on a chew bone, and started wagging her tail / running in excitement when we come home. This might not seem like much but for our shy dog – it’s huge!! We’re still working on helping her adjust to her new life (including lots of snow this month) but her progress has been amazing. Winnie is a joy and more proof that rescue dogs have so much potential – they just need a chance!

  10. We adopted Tyler last February, he is 6 years old and is a puppy mill survivor, in April we adopted Jake who is 9 years old and only has one eye, they are great for each other because they play and chase each They also get along well with the 2 cats. Tyler had some issues when we first adopted him, but he is a totally cool Boston Terrier now and Jake has taught him how to bark when someone comes on the porch. Thank you MABTR for our two love bugs. My husband says they are very fine fellows, he has health issues and they give him a reason to get out of bed in the morning, they are snuggle bugs and love to give kisses, usually one on each side of the person they are licking!

  11. Its been a little over two weeks since we have been blessed with Strawberry from MABTR. We have since re-named her to Lucy since she is a red and white boston. Lucy is 5 years old and has a 12 year old brother Roscoe and a 8 year old sister Princess, both of which are black and white bostons. Lucy is pure sunshine that came into our lives!
    Lucy was scared at first since, she came from her foster parents in Nebraska whom she loved dearly but she knew her foster parents would never let someone adopt her unless they were certain it was a forever home. She is in her forever home and thriving! She has master the doggie door and is free to roam her big back shady fenced yard with her furry siblings and may come in and relax in the cool air conditioning. She picked up fast that at 8:00 pm that her and Princess have to go outside and go potty before going to bed with Papa where she sleeps in a nice bed with covers over her. We have watched her take all toys outside…because she can and enjoy playing with them with her furry siblings. She has found the bunnies that run the yard and has stood under a tree with her brother watching the squirrels run the trees. She is thriving in her new home and is resting peacefully with her new parents.
    I can’t believe how fast she adjusted and accepted us but I do give many warm hugs to Susan (Foster Mom) for showing her not all people are bad. We reep the benefits of her hard work. Thank you for loving her until we could adopt her and show her we love her too and she has reached her forever home with no more pain.

  12. We adopted our sweet Pepper in March of 2014. We had put our application in for a few other dogs, but they just weren’t a good fit. One afternoon, I got a call from a foster Mom in our area. She explained to me that she has a special little girl that she think would be the perfect fit for our family…boy was she right. We picked her up 3 hours later and this baby has completely changed our life. She loves playing with her Boston brother Winston, and snuggling with mom & dad. She has the funniest personality, and the sweetest little squishy face. We couldn’t imagine our life without her. Our whole family adores her, and spoils her rotten.
    Thank you MABTR for giving us the opportunity to be her parents. What an honor to be her forever family, her whole life on this earth! We didn’t rescue her, she rescued us.
    Jake & Emily Leeper

  13. We adopted Otter Pup last March, and we couldn’t be happier. Otter loves to go on mountain hikes, she has learned to swim with other dogs, she rides along while we play golf, she goes to work each day and has become a favorite among the employees. Otter has made life for us measurably better. Her old life spent in laundry room is now long past, and the three of us are happiest when we’re out and about in nature. I can’t imagine life with out Otter Pup.

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