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Q: What are the adoption fees?
A: Adoption fees are based on the age of the dog, not monetary investment in the care.  They range from $400 to $150 on purebreds.  Puppies between 8 weeks and 11 months are $400-300.  Then it goes down from there as they get older. The adoption fee for each dog is noted on their profile.  Mixes are $175-150
*Note that adoption fees are NOT tax deductible

Q: How does it work when I live in a different state than the dog I am interested in?
A: 75% of our adoptions are out of state adoptions.  MABTR has a transport program that allows us to get a dog as close as possible to their forever home. There is a $25 transport fee added on top of the adoption fee in these cases.  Depending on where you are located you may be required to do some driving.  You have the option of driving to where the dog is located in but not required.

Q: What are known health issues with Bostons?
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Q: My boston has a bad rap because of his farting. What can I do to help him?
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Q: My dog has loose stools and/or diarrhea that have never been formed.  I do not know how to help him as fecal tests are negative for bacteria or worms.
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Q: What is the life expectancy for Bostons?
A: The Boston Terrier is endowed with a long life expectancy of an average of 14 years.  Most of its health problems are associated are not as serious and complicated with the ability to be corrected (cataracts, luxating patellas, allergies).  However the most common cause for health decline is kidney and heart disease, cancer, and seizures.  Other health issues that Bostons face, however again can be addressed, are tumors and low thyroid.  To learn more about bostons and their health visit our page.

Like all breeds one cannot predict how long our four legged friend will so we will make every day a special one.

Q: Do Bostons shed
A: Bostons do shed but not heavy as they are a single coat dog unlike Pugs, Huskys, Labs, etc.  Using fleece blankets in their bedding and on furniture will capture the hair and is easy to wash.

Q: do Boston have allergies?
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Q: Is my dog overweight or fat (obesity)? 
A: It is important to know if your dog’s weight issue is a symptom of a disease or his life style. Click here for answer and details
Q: My dog has a thin coat (little hair). I am told bostons have thyroid issues. 
Q: My dog has a growth (skin tag, tumor) on him. Could it be cancer?

Q: My dog will not potty outside in the cold weather – help?

Q: Does MABTR have a non-profit status and if so what is deductible?
A: MABTR is a 501c3 organization. All donations of any size are tax deductible.  This includes miles driven during transporting, items (used or new) donated to be used in foster care (harness, leash, towels, medication, etc) or for raffle/auction items, and monetary donations of any amount.
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

Q: My dog fights me when trying to place eye drops in his eye that he needs daily. It takes two people to get it done. Help
A: It is important not to fight with your dog as it will just lead to him hating the situation even more. One thing we have found to be successful that requires just one person is placing the dog on the counter. You are bringing the dog to your level. He is also out of his element so he will now have more security in you handling him. You can also place peanut butter on his lips or your arm to keep him occupied with this special treat he gets only when he is getting eye drops.

Q: My dog has seizures.  What should I know? 
Q: What can I do to get my dog to stop eating her poop? 

Q: What human food or table scraps are healthy to feed my dog?
A: There are many fruits and vegetables you can give your dog that make great snacks and fillers between meals. Click here for chart of good and bad foods. Click here for description of foods.

Q: My dog is skinny and I cannot get weight on her. Help
A: Click here for answer and details. Click here for healthy snacks

Q: My dog has a dry, dull, course, and/or flaky coat/skin? 
A: Click here for answer and details

Q: What can I do for my dog with cataracts?
A: 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.
Click here for education on the varieties of cataracts in dogs and treatment recommendations.

Q: What is a dog auction?  I adopted my dog from MABTR and was told she was a puppy mill breeder picked up at an auction.  How does MABTR go about getting these dogs?
A: Click here for answer and details

Q: My dog licks his paws excessively. Should I be concerned?
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Q: Do most Bostons smack their lips together when they are comfortable & about to fall asleep.  My dog does this & it is one of my favorite sounds.
A: This is not considered odd behavior. Many dogs, like children, find something that provides them comfort.  This is one of them. Another example is a dog sucking his blanket or plush toy or licking their paw.

Q: My dog has clean teeth per the vet, yet his breathe / mouth smells?
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Q: How often should a Boston have a dental?
A: Click here for answer and details

Q: Can my dog get glaucoma?
Yes and for dogs it is much more painful than in humans. Click here for details

Q: Are Boston’s tails cropped?
uncropped tailA: Overtime, due to bad breeding, the Boston tail has grown longer in length. The picture present is of a tail not cropped.  If you are a Boston owner you can see this unattractive crooked tail (sometimes with a bald spot). Note that a Boston’s tail cannot bend.  Most Boston tails are cropped however many reputable breeder are producing short tails at birth.  Cropping of the tail needs to take place within 4 days of birth otherwise considered major surgery which is not recommended.

Q: My dog still has his dew claws. Should I look into having them removed?
A: It is not necessary. The dew claw should be removed within 4 days of birth otherwise considered major surgery.  Reputable breeders will have the dew claws removed.  The only time I would recommend a dew claw to be removed is when it is injured.

Q: Last night my dog broke out in red bumps? We ended up at the emergency room costing us a nice penny. Anything I could have done at home first?
A: There are many reasons for a dog to break out.

  • Immunization – did your dog just get his annual shots?
  • Environment – did you take a walk recently, did he go into some bushes, roll on the grass, walk in PetCo/PetSmart?
  • Food – did you recently change his diet, give him a new treat, or something off your table?

First and foremost give the dog a cool bath.  Then give your dog Benadryl, 25mg (adult strength, generic works as well).  Repeat every two hours over a six hour period (three total pills will be given in the time frame of six hours).  If no improvement or the dog is struggling breathing you need to go to the vet clinic.

Q: Some of the dogs listed for adoption on your site say they have been released by a breeder, others say they were released by puppy mills. What’s the difference?
A: MABTR receives dogs from puppy mills and some from small breeders.  A small breeder is one that still breeds as often and in the same condition as a puppy mill however they only have one or two breeds of dogs and usually their numbers are less than 50 breeding dogs.

On the other hand we also get dogs from puppy mills. However, the breeder monitors our site, as they know we received their dog, and are adamant they are not a mill.  They ask that we list them as just ‘a breeder’, and in order to remain in good standing with them, we do.    Learn more by reading “Info on X-breeding Dogs”

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?
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Q: How do I know my dog is in pain or in discomfort?
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Q: What products are good to use to clean carpet from poop, urine and vomit accidents?
A: What I recommend for vomit and poop is Spot Shot or Oxyclean powder diluted in water.  What I recommend for urine is Spot Shot followed up by straight white vinegar.  You can poor the vinegar right on it and let it sit for a while. Then wipe up any excess.

When using Spot Shot make sure to collect as much of the urine first. Spray and then place pressure with a white wash cloth or towel.

Q: I noticed my dog is leaking urine, has submission urination, or all of a sudden having pee accidents.
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Q: What can I do about the stained fur under my dog’s eyes
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Q: Can my dog get dry eye?
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Q: What is cherry eye and does it need to be treated?
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Q: My dog has displayed some behavior issues which I feel are inappropriate and want to know what the best way is to correct it?
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Q: Is there a product that helps prevent burn patches on my lawn from dog urine?
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Q: Why do some Boston’s snore?
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Q: Is there anything you can do to make your dog less of a bunny and squirrel chaser?  
A: Chasing behavior is part of the inherited predatory hunting sequence. The sequence is genetically “hard wired” and prepares wild canines to catch prey in order to survive, for example, by searching for or stalking it. Plus they enjoy it.

One technique to try is changing your dog’s neural connections. Imagine a little part of your dog’s brain that is labeled, “Got to chase” and another part that has a picture of a rabbit as a label. Every time your dog chases a rabbit, there is an extra connection between the two brain centers. The more connections, the more difficult it is to prevent.  The following is a great link on how to go about this technique. http://www.dog-secrets.co.uk/how-do-i-stop-my-dog-chasing/

Q: Why do many bostons bunch up their fleece blankets and/or suck on them like they are nursing?
A: Per Gwen Bailey: The image of a human infant clutching their comforter and sucking their thumb is a familiar one. Blanket, bed or toy sucking in canines seems to be the doggy equivalent, and the behavior seems to occur at a time when they are getting ready to sleep as in human infants.

Some just hold their favorite object in their mouths, while others actively suck on it.
A few dogs will even knead with their paws while they do this. This continues until they fall asleep.  Once they start this habit, it seems to continue throughout their adult life. There seems to be nothing wrong with allowing dogs to carry out this behavior. The object used may need to be washed occasionally to prevent it becoming unhygienic, but no long term damage is done no is it disruptive and if the dog is comforted by the action, why not?

Q: What is the best way to clean facial wrinkles?
A: It is important to clean all skin wrinkles on every breed of dog to remove dirt and dead skin to ensure no bacteria is accumulated. This is not limited to just the faces but extends to the body and tail area.  Start with a warm washcloth or baby wipe (a brand that is hypo-allergenic) when cleaning in the wrinkles.  Use your fingers to spread the skin. If you find it to be a tight place convert to a Q-tip.  Regardless of what you use to wipe away dirt, moisture and debris from the wrinkles, you always want to be sure that the areas you cleaned are dried thoroughly.  This method should be repeated once to three times a week depending on how much time your dog spends outside.

If you are facing an infection between the wrinkles seek a vet for an ointment.  Yeast and bacteria are not fun for your dog to have.

Q: Is same sex bostons compatible or do I need to adopt a dog of the opposite sex?
A: The answer varies per breed.  With bostons they tend to do fine either way; two males, two female or one of each.   However I have been informed by other Breed specific groups, for example Boxer rescue, that they only place with the opposite sex.

With MABTR it is more of matching up personalities as gender is not a concern for the breed. However not to say we do not get a few in that we find are not friendly towards a certain sex.  If you are looking at a breed other than a Boston this is a question you need to ask the rescue organization about before you start your search.

Q: Should I feed my dog once a day or twice a day?  My dog always seems hungry.
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Q: How can I clean my dog’s ears without hurting him and any advice on chronic ear infections
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Q: My dog rubs his bottom on my carpet, yet I see nothing wrong with his back end which would cause him to want to do that?  Is it the anal glands?
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Q: What is the best way to introduce a New Dog to Your Kids
A: Depending on the age of the children, you’ll find that proper introductions will vary. Younger children and babies will need a slower and more careful introduction.
When introducing a new dog to your children, you’ll want to make sure that the children stay as calm as they can be, as if the children are all over the new dog, he may get nervous. Let the dog settle in. Walk the dog around the house (on leash) and yard so that he can see him new home. Let the dog come up to the children and sniff them.
Even though they’re going to be excited about the new dog, the dog really needs to warm up to the children on his own time because a new dog can easily get overwhelmed if he is swarmed as soon as he comes home.
The children may want to have small treats so that the dog knows that they’re not going to hurt him and that they’re friendly and want to be friends. The dog may be used to children in the past, but he may not be used to your children in your home.
It’s best to keep the dog on leash for the first hour or so until you think that the dog is comfortable with the new surroundings and children. You still do not want to leave the dog with the children (no matter what age) unsupervised.

Q: I am struggling with potty training, help?
A: Potty training is one of the top five reasons families rehome their dog.  Potty training takes patient and time.  Not every dog will learn with the same technique. Your may have taught dog #1 one way but there is no guarantee it will work for dog #2.

It is key that you have your non-potty trained dog in your sight at all times. If you need to run outside to the car, jump in the shower or cook then he either needs to join you or be crated.

Click here for one technique: Potty Training by Ringing a Bell

Q: We got a dog and realized after the fact that she is deaf, help?
A: Deaf dogs are just as great as dogs that can hear. Honestly they are easier to train.  Before training can start you need to make sure that your dog is looking to you for direction or the next step.  If your dog is not looking at you she cannot learn.  Here are hand signs that MABTR created that you can start with. Print off a copy and make it available to everyone in the house including visitors so that anyone can speak to your dog. Hand signs for deaf dogs

Q: I try to trim nails but always make him bleed.  My dog hate’s his nails to be cut.
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Q: My dog is indoors or on a leash with me at all times so I do not know why I should pay for him to be neutered?
A: There are two reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet no matter the age.

1.Shelter euthanasia is the number one killer of companion animals. Spaying and neutering is the only way to eliminate that.
2. Prevent the occurrence of life-threatening health conditions associated with the reproductive system; prostrate problems, cancer, and mammary tumors
3. Helps control negative behavior that some dogs express as they get older.

Dogs for pets should consider spay/neutering at 6 months. Medical evidence suggests a female dog should be spayed before her first heat.  Working dogs that are born with one testicle should be neutered but not until they are 2 years old. If these dogs are not neutered they run the risk of developing testicular cancer at about 5 years of age.


Q: Why should I consider microchipping my dog?
A: Click for answer and details

Q: What should I do if I find a stray dog or my dog goes missing?
A: Click for answer and details Lost and Found tips

Q: My dog’s toes are spread far apart.  Anything I can do about it?
A: Feet of a puppy mill survivor – Sunshine is a new arrival in our rehoming program.  I am sharing her picture with you as I want to educate our readers on one symptom that these dogs endure while living on wire flooring their whole life.

feetAs you can see in the picture Sunshine’s toes are spread far apart. We call these webbed feet.  Dogs learn to walk 24/7 with their toes spread apart to help their feet and legs not to fall through the wire flooring of the crate they are living in.  Wire flooring is very common in puppy mills as it allows urine and feces to fall to the ground below them.  Less clean up for the owners.

Unfortunately it also results in injury to the dogs.  We see dogs come in with scares up and down their legs for the reason they fell through the wire and was pulled back up.   Sunshine’s feet will always be webbed.   DON’T SHOP, ADOPT!!!!

Q: My dogs ear is swollen. My dog’s ear is all wrinkled up like cauliflower. Should I be concerned?
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Q: Should I be concerned about my dog’s eye as it is not fully developed?
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Q: How can I get my dog to take his medication which he needs to get better?
A: Not every dog owner is blessed with a dog who looks at everything as a tasty treat.  Try not to force pills down your dog’s throat as it will just make the task harder.

Below are a few tips to getting pills/liquid into your dog

  • Wrap the pill up in cheese slices or push them into the end of wieners/hot dogs
  • You can also smash the pill between two spoons to form a powder which can be mixed with gravy or wet food
  • Use pill poppers which are formed pouches
  • Coat the pill in a thin layer of butter
  • Capsules can be broken open and placed in wet food or moist treats, to better hide the taste.
  • Liquids can be dripped into gravy, drizzled over sausages, add to applesauce or even mixed in the water bowl if they are the tasteless type. You can use an eye dropper inserted behind the last tooth in your dog’s closed mouth

Q: When is it time to send my dog to heaven and let him go in peace?
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