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Friday, January 15, 2010

Pittsburg Goes to Her Forever Home



Congratulations to Pittsburg on finding her forever home, and to Elly for fostering her with such love and care! And to her happy new family for getting such a loyal and loving companion!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Patron of the Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue





Jennifer of the Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue posted this right before Christmas,

"Earlier this week I got a phone call from a gentleman in Branson, Missouri who told me that his 9 month old Boston Terrier puppy had broken his leg FIVE days prior and he could not afford to get the leg fixed. This poor puppy had been suffering for five days before he called me for help. I managed to arrange a transport up to Omaha the next day and the puppy got here. I took it to my vet who usually does my orthopedic surgeries and he took x-rays and told me that because of where the break was (up by the femoral head) and the extent of the damage it was beyond his expertise. He told me he could amputate the leg for $700. He called in an orthopedic specialist who could do the surgery and he told me that he could fix him, but the surgery would cost between $3000-3500. I struggled with this decision because of the cost, but in the end I couldn't let a young dog lose his leg just because of accounting so I authorized the surgery figuring I would figure out how to pay for it one way or another....because I believe in Christmas miracles."

"Patron had his surgery right before Christmas, and it was a success. He went home for the Holidays with one of the vets for aftercare. Right before surgery they found a lump on his jaw and did an additional xray to make sure we weren't dealing with cancer or anything like that. He had an old healing fracture there so this poor dog was probably abused. He is still the sweetest, most loving dog. Everyone who helped his transport to me fell in love with him."

Jennifer posted an update recently. She writes,

"First, I want to say thank you to everyone who came forward and sent a donation to Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue. I know that it is tough with the economy and especially right before Christmas. BUT we raised enough money to cover the whole surgery and then a little bit...so no more donations are needed at this time.

I REALLY, REALLY want to thank the RESCUES and BT CLUBS that came forward to help one of their own. You all have dogs of your own to take care of and to come forward and donate money makes me very proud to be associated with you! Some of the organizations donated themselves and others sent it on to their volunteers who donated.
Thank you to:
Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue
Greater Houston Boston Terrier Club
Boston Terrier Club-Rescue of Southern Nevada
Boston Terrier Rescue of Eastern Tennessee
Southern Cross Boston Terrier Rescue
Boston Terrier Rescue Canada
Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue

Many of you asked if Patron was going back to his old owner and I thought it was a gimme that that would NEVER have happened, but I apparently did not make it clear. NBTR only takes in dogs that are surrendered to us and I would never raise money for a dog to go back to a possibly abusive owner.

Now....on to Patron...(many asked about his name...he was named after Patron Tequila)
He had his surgery last Tuesday and by Wednesday we knew it was a success! He was standing on it and waggling his little butt for everyone to pet him. He went home with one of the vets from the clinic for the Christmas holiday for her to "foster". Well, we all know how that turned out....she is keeping him! So...he has a new home and a new name...he will now go by the name of Charlie. The orthopedic surgeon gave him a go ahead to run and jump and be a puppy! And his vet owner said "he is running around and he doesn't act like he was ever 'broken'". "


Photos follow and you can see all the staples in his little leg. This was truly a heartwarming Christmas story with so many helping out this little guy!

Penny Reads Emails Too



Penny loves the mouse on the computer; she looks like she is reading emails. Sheryl Trent, NEBTR President, says, "Hey, if she can answer them she has my job!!"

-- Contributed by Lisa Vaughan

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lucky

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.'

Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.


Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box..

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease....in fact; she was just sure it was fatal.

She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.

Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.

Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.



When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
He had covered her with his love.

Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.




Remember....live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.

-- Contributed by Evelyn Dudziec