Saturday, February 28, 2009

Marti's Portrait

In our recent raffle, one of the prizes was a custom portrait of the winner's dog by artist Heather LeMay. Debbie Philpott was the winner, and chose to have a painting done of her Boston Marti. You can see all of Heather's beautiful work, which features animals, at her site and Etsy store, Kay Ann Works. Heather is also the owner of a beautiful Boston named Kayti. Doesn't Marti look absolutely beautiful?

On February 2, 2009, Marti, age 16, crossed the rainbow bridge. Here's what Debbie writes about her:

"Yesterday I helped my beloved little girl to the bridge. Marti captured my heart when I met her at 12 weeks age and has been with me nearly 17 years. The depth and breath of her impact on my life is astonishing. Marti has taught me so much about life and patience and what is truly important and taken me down so many paths I would have never traveled had it not been for her. She slowed down some the last couple of years and was always a quiet, polite girl, but the silence in my house is deafening. My sister and I spent the day with her, doing Marti things, and telling her how much we love her. I thank God for helping me realize that it was time and to give me the strength yesterday to do what I needed to do. I could not have done this on my own. "

Puppy Snatcher

Too Cute!

-- contributed by Joy

Friday, February 27, 2009

From Foster Bea's Mom

I recently adopted Bea from NEBTR. She has been with us for only 2 months and it feels like forever. She had some digestive problems that have been successfully diagnosed after ruling out internal parasites or disease. She has irritable bowel syndrome and is responding beautifully to treatment for this and a fixed diet. I would love to help in any way. My baby is from NEBTR and I am so grateful for your organization and the ability to play a small part in rescuing a boston. I live on Long Island and can do transport or home checks. Please let me know if I can help.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Foster Baby Darla

Darla is an 11 month year old owner surrender. She was surrendered do to house training issues. Darla is very much a puppy and would do best in a home with someone familiar with N.I.L.F. training, and where someone is at home during the day. She has some separation anxiety and has accidents when left alone. She understands the basics (She knows that she is suppose to go outside), but needs to be let out every 2-3 hours, and will have accidents when left alone. She chews everything and thinks everything is a toy, (including your hands). This is behavior that wasn't corrected when she was a puppy, but she is playing less rough, and learning her toys are the only thing she is suppose to chew. But for this reason she needs to be watched closely. She would growl when moved when she was sleeping, but hasn't been doing this lately(I swear NILF works wonders). She is a very vocal dog. She has a very high pitched bark and will bark when the other dogs have a toy she wants. She loves and craves attention from all dogs and people. She is super sweet, but do to her rough playing I would not recommend her to a family with kids (unless they are very dog savy). She gets along good with dogs and cats. She is always trying to engage my girls in a game of bighty face. I think she may be lonely if she was to be the only dog. She is a good dog and needs an owner who is willing to be patient, take time with her, and establish themselves as the alpha. Attached are pics taken with my cell phone.

-- Julie

Update on Trigger and Magoo

Here is an e-mail from the Stones updating info on Trigger and Magoo. They adopted the two boys in October. I wanted to thank Gilda for recommending such a great home.

"They are both getting along fine. I had to take Trigger to the Vet about 3 weeks ago because he vomited in the morning when he got up, didn't want to eat, and was listless. It turned out that he just needed to have a bowel movement (good-sized one!) and then he was fine. His appetite returned and he's been good since then. We have no idea why this happened, unless he somehow ate some of Magoo's or Polly's dogfood and just had too much food. I have to watch him and Magoo because they will go and eat out of the other dog dishes. Polly doesn't do that, but then, she never had to go without eating. I have noticed lately that Magoo and Trigger are no longer gulping their food down like it was going to go away. They like a treat in the morning and another one in the afternoon. They eat about 7:30 a.m. and then Magoo always lets me know when it's about 4:30 p.m. because he's ready for supper.
The three of them play together pretty good. Trigger usually has a toy in his mouth and Polly & Magoo will chase him. They can really get going! Magoo barks while he chases! Magoo never plays with toys. Trigger & Polly love to play with the pull toy together.
They all sleep in our bedroom at night; Polly in her kennel, Magoo in his dogbed or Trigger's kennel, and Trigger in our bed. (We leave the doors open on the kennels.) This is their choice. There are rarely (if any) wetting accidents in the house now. Once in awhile Trigger will poop, though. We had a couple of days of really warm weather & the snow melted. They loved being outside running around and checking things out. In the house, they like to lie in their little dog beds in the sunshine when it comes through the front door window.
Every so often, they will get in a tiff and we have to separate them for a few minutes. I think maybe one gets jealous or something that sets them off, or maybe decides to be leader of the pack for a few minutes :-)
Magoo seems to have gained a lot of strength in his legs; he runs faster and has actually jumped up on the couch a couple of times, and has also jumped off. Usually, tho, we pick him up and take him down from the couch or a chair. He has no trouble going up and down stairs, whether in the house or outside. Trigger has mellowed out quite a bit, doesn't bark as much, and generally seems content.
We are enjoying them and are glad we have them.

-- Contributed by Julie

Hotel for Dogs Wallpaper

See if you can find the Boston!
Click on the image to see it full size, then right click and chose "Set as Desktop Background."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Vote for Former Foster Gracie

Gracie is one of our puppy mill survivors. If she wins, NEBTR gets a great prize! She says thank you for your support!

Dog Logic

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his


There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

-Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

-Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

-Andy Rooney

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.

- Franklin P. Jones

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise


My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.

-Joe Weinstein

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is
the principal difference between a dog and a man.

-Mark Twain

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.


-- Contributed by Alida Menefee

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What this unseasonably warm day means to us dog owners

Today was unseasonably warm in NJ. Took the two resident rescue dogs and our current foster dog on a wonderful walk in the sunlight with nobody wearing a coat. There was prancing into the sky and ssnorting/sniffing by the foster dog, and peeing on absolutely everything by the resident dogs. We did not want the walk to end- it was wonderful. Upon getting back to the homestead we looked at the backyard and knew it was time to dive in with all the melting ice and snow!!!!!. A half hour later and a half filled black heavy duty leaf bag later, our yard was somewhat cleaned. This has to be up there in the grossest moments of a 3 dog NJ household this winter. Yuck, yuck, yuck. It has been so cold and despite my best chisseling efforts, I had to wait to this unseasonable "thaw."

-- Deb Jacobson,
Laboratory Rescue Beagles

Monday, February 23, 2009

Amber's Forever Home

Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know that Amber has gone to her Forever Home with Sandy in Long Island today. We'll miss her but know she will be well taken care of!! Amber was scared and not sure what was going on but I think she will be fine.


Here is Amber's Petfinder description:

Amber is around 6 years old. She was rescued from a puppy mill in November 2008 and is currently in a foster home in PA. Amber weighs around 16 lbs but could gain a few more to get a more girly figure. She is up to date on all her shots and is scheduled for her spay on January 14th - which she will then be ready for her Forever Home. She gets along with the other resident dogs and is learning how to play. She likes to go on walks and walks pretty well on a leash, considering she was never walked on a leash a day in her life. She will need to be with someone who can provide lots of patience and TLC as she learns to trust. She is still a frightened little girl (who wouldn’t be living in a nasty mill for 6 years). Amber doesn’t like to be alone for more than a few hours at a time and is working on house training. She is looking forward to spending the rest of her life with a loving family in a warm cozy house We require an application , homecheck and adoption fee. Email: for an application

Meetup for NEBTR

Was a huge success!!

We ended up with almost 30 BT's there, along with 1 SharPei and my nephew, Quincy the poodle (who is Emmetts best playtime buddy). Joy came with Cal and Emily and Jeff came with Amber and Chance. Amber looks great and did really well with the huge crowd of dogs and people. All of the dogs had a great time and should be sleeping very soundly tonight. My Emmett, who is usually completely overwhelmed in situations like this one did great. I am really proud of him. Poor Bingo was not allowed to play because he had surgery to remove more of a mast cell tumor last week. He would have just loved to get in the middle of it all!

The MeetUp folks brought literally more stuff than I could fit in my car.....My boss graciously allowed Joy and I to store the stuff in the storage area upstairs. In the next few days I will make an inventory of what was donated and forward to you, Sheryl to figure out what to do with it all. There are beds, leashes, collars, coats, food, treats, toys and more. We did get a few cash and check donations which I will forward to you, Victoria.

It ws an exhausting day for me, but so worth it. I took pictures, but believe the dogs were moving so quickly that I only got portions of BT bodies in the pics LOL.

Lisa Berkenstock, my very good friend and most wonderful dog trainer was there for about 1 1/2 hours answering questions and playing with the dogs.

Anyone interested in joining the Greater Philly BT Meet Up Group - go to and search boston terrier. I believe there is also a BT group in Lancaster and one in NY. The group today had so many super nice people with HUGE hearts to give so much to help BT's in need.

Thank you, Joy, for helping me vaccuum, mop and move everything to the storage area!!


WOW!! What a great time today! It was great to see Emily, Jeff and Barb--I'll post pictures later. It was a blast watching 20+ Bostons running around, barking, playing, chasing balls, etc. Cal is absolutely exhausted and all he did was jump on everybody .
We got a ton of wonderful donations, too. What a generous, kind group of people.
I can't think of a better way to have spent a nice, spring-like day in Feb.

--Joy and comatose Cal

Iggy Update

So Iggy has been on a search and rescue mission for all the extraneous toys and bones that Tink has meticulously hidden around the apartment over the past 3 years we've lived here. His most recent discovery was Tink's long lost kong which was buried underneath our bed way in the middle. So Iggy bravely crawled under the bed to retrieve it! To date he has found a bully stick in the front closet, a bone under my dresser, the kong under the bed, and countless treats around Tink's crate. And as a result of these findings he continues to search every nook and cranny in the house REPEATEDLY!

Yesterday Nick and I finally gave the beefcake a bath and while he didn't like it by any stretch he did ok and endured it just fine. He is soooo soft and shiny now! I love the neem oil products for these dogs' coats! Beautiful!

Iggy is doing better with his growling and being possessive over high value treats and chews. He's learning that we're not going to take them and that we will play with him when he is nice and not when he is mean. Because he is so completely food motivated a behavior modification plan works very nicely for him. We've been working on "drop it" with high value items giving another high value item for dropping it and then giving the first item back to help establish a positive experience with dropping a valued item. I have to sneak the treats out of the container because if he even thinks I have one, he drops the bully stick or bone or whatever else and waits for a treat before the command is given!

Definitely improvement overall although he did bark and almost snap at Tink who got too close to him this evening while he was chewing on a bully....I will say in his defense he moved away from her and she sought him out. But any suggestions on how to work with the growling at another dog around a highly valued item I would be happy to hear!

We've figured out the roles that Tink and Iggy have in this house--Tinker is the princess and Iggy is the court jester. He has that goofy but self-absorbed attitude and is generally a laid back guy! He won't move out of the way for Tink though...he lets her bump into him repeatedly and then get confused and bump into the walls trying get through and well it's not such a nice scene for the Little One...

Iggy has a strong chew drive which has been working out for Tink quite nicely. He chews the bullys and gets them all soft and white and then drops them for something else to do. She comes along and because they've been started and are soft, she will sit down and chew on the bully for 5 or so minutes in heaven! It's so cute! And Iggs is pretty good at leaving her alone with minimal reminders, but some supervision.

There's been a nice flow and routine to the house over the past week or so. We've had Iggy for 3 weeks and he is getting into a groove with us. Tink gets into bed in the middle of the night and for the past few mornings around 6 or so, we left Iggy out of his crate and he sleeps under the covers for the last hour or so of sleeping. It's amazing how much more he trusts and is comfortable in the house too... he was always a fairly trusting dog, but even so, it has deepened and really shown in his attitude with bones and with sleeping and hanging out...

I want the best home possible for this beefy guy. Nick and I feel a home that doesn't have young kids that has a dog or maybe not would be best for this guy. Also a home that people don't work crazy long work hours. He's such a social people dog, it wouldn't be fair for him to be alone for 10 plus hours.

So, if you're interested, fill out an application with NEBtRescue....

And Tinker Makes Three