Saturday, April 20, 2013

Update on Hailey Joy

Hailey Joy (formerly our chip in dog Bailey Joy in her stroller ( and her big sister).

Anatomy of a Boston Terrier

BT Book

Check out this Boston Terrier photo and book project that Massachusetts photographer Jeff Valois is putting together. If the project gets funded, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to NEBTR.
Even for those Boston lovers not in MA, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Specifically, a $20 pledge will get your Boston's picture on a special Supporters page in the book. Other reward levels include shirts and copies of the finished book.

For full details and to help make this project a reality, check out:

Friday, April 19, 2013

Gidget Goes to the Rainbow Bridge

Our sympathy goes out to Joan Watt Stark and family on their loss of Gidget.  Joan writes,  "I held her in my arms and told her I loved her, hubby kissing her too. She was such a sweet gentle little dog and I will miss her. She is resting next to Mr. B and Belle and will be in our hearts forever."

We are so sorry for your loss again so soon take comfort in the love she gave you while you had her and how she touched your lives

Fosters Say Thank You for Amazon Gifts

Thanks so much to everyone who sent gifts to our fosters from the NEBTR Amazon Wish List.  Since the gifts don’t say who  bought them, the fosters want to say “Thank You” to their wonderful benefactors here.  If you were one of the people who sent the gift, feel free to send a message to your foster on our Facebook page.  They would love to hear from you!  Or you can all enjoy the photos of our beautiful fosters with their gifts.
If you would still like to make the day of a foster, you can see their wishes at this link:


This is Molly going to town on one of the bully sticks someone generously purchased for her from her Amazon wish list. This girl literally has no teeth but it doesn't stop her from gumming her favorite treat Thank you to whomever have her this gift, Molly LOVES it!!! -- Jodi Groff



Here are pictures of Fena on her new bed from some NEBTR angel!  (I put a cover on it for protection!)  She loves the bed and she and Ori take turns sleeping in it even though there are 2 couches and 2 chairs in the living room.  THANK YOU whoever bought this for her!  She knew right away  it was hers.  Brought big smiles to both my husband and me.

-- Vicki Rowe


Hi,  George here!  I would like to thank the kind people who sent me the two toys that I received today.  I love them both SO MUCH!!! First I ran through my foster home with each of them and then...

... I brought them to my crate so my foster brother and sisters can't get to them.  YAY!  What a nice gift and a fun way to celebrate that I am now up for adoption. Check me out on  My foster Mommy says that I am finished with all my vet trips now and ready for my forever home.  My toys will come with me too :)  And all my other things to help me adjust.  Thanks again for my gifts, kind friends!!!

Love, George

-- Cynthia Kaiser


Thank you whom ever send this lovely collar and leash to Marley. They fit perfectly and the color look fantastic on him. We were able to use it right away. Thank you sooo much.

-- Conny McGraw



Bella Boo received some wonderful gifts donated by her admirers through NEBTR!!! She's busy eating her Blue Buffalo Stix....She thanks everyone!!! I woof you!!! ♥
Patti Maddamma
Dash is super thankful for the salmon treats from his NEBTR supporter!

--  Erin Sullivan

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I'm a winner!

More on Penny Lane

Former mill girl Penny Lane  and she was always curious- albeit afraid so I have been so lucky. I got her to stay in my bedroom by filling n empty bone with Cheese Whiz.and placing it in the open crate and in the cuddle bed in my bedroom. She is now with me all of the time in my bedroom when I am home. She had bad teeth and didn't like peanut butter. I only feed her the best dog food but I feel that for socialization the bad nutrients might be worth it considering she spent 8 years in a cage..My dogs have taught her a lot and she  seems to like 7-8 weeks she has gone from sleeping in an open crate in an office with wee pads and showers curtains to sleeping in her cuddle bed- to sleeping in my bed. She does, however, have to stay in her office condo when I  am at work . I keep the radio on and have a bone with a drop of cheese whiz in her open crate. Penny now snuggles beside me- looks for pets and seems to want attention- far cry from the shivering puppy mill girl I received.

-- Sharon Sweeney

Thank you so much, Sharon, for all that you are doing for this beautiful girl, and for allowing her to blossom with you!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Sasha

Our foster Sasha turned 6 years old! We celebrated with a nice, long walk and a pupcake tonight!

Heather Coursen

Archie's Story

I began volunteering with Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue (NeBTR) after we adopted Muno, a dog who brought us joy as we grieved the loss of our Boxer, Sydney. I was so moved by the adoption experience that I volunteered to do transports and home checks.

One day I saw an email from the rescue asking for help springing Archie, a Boston who was being held at a county shelter 15 minutes from me. Without thinking, I replied that I would grab Archie and hold him until a foster family could be found.

Excitedly, I waited for my five-year-old son, Sean, to come home, and then we took off for the shelter with a leash and the crate.  I told my husband I was picking up a dog just to get him out the shelter. “He’s not staying,” I said.

When Sean and I walked into the shelter, we were surprised by the excessive barking and awful smell, but that paled in comparison to the shock I felt when I saw Archie. He was huge! I’d never seen a Boston that big, but there he was – all 57 pounds of him.

My first thought was, “There must be some mistake.” Upon receiving confirmation that the dog was, indeed, Archie, my mind focused on logistics. There was no way he was fitting in our crate!
Sean and I gave Archie a quick pep talk and loaded him into the car. Once home, we set him up in the laundry room, and he seemed relieved to be out of the shelter. Archie’s paperwork stated that he was surrendered for financial reasons and that he was on medication for seizures. Around 8:00 that evening, we began learning about those seizures firsthand. It was a horrible sight:  his legs paddling wildly; his mouth foaming heavily. I lay down on the floor next to him, petting him and talking to him until it was done. We were both exhausted afterward, but, luckily, the rest of the night went on without incident.
The next day was my first valuable lesson in fostering. Archie was soaking up the sunshine in the back yard while my husband and I worked in the front. Sean opened the back gate to come ask us a question, and he left the gate open just enough for Archie to wander out.  My husband looked over and said, “Hi Archie. What are you doing?”

Archie looked back at him casually just before barreling down the street. My husband, my eight-year-old son, Ryan, and I went after him as he ran up and down the street. We thought we had him cornered in my neighbor’s back yard twice, but, as Ryan called it, he juked us like a football player.

After 20 tiring minutes, Archie still showed no sign of slowing down. Up and down the street he went. As my neighbor across the street enjoyed the show with his two-year-old daughter, my husband followed Archie on his Segway, while Ryan ran after him with a huge fishing net.

The hot pursuit finally ended when Archie crashed our neighbor’s graduation party. He ran up onto their enclosed deck and got himself cornered in the middle of the party. Ryan ran up the steps behind him and politely stated, “Excuse me. Sorry to crash your party. This is Archie. He’s new, and I can’t guarantee it won’t happen again. Enjoy your party!”

With that, Archie came home, drank some water, and took a long nap. I guess you can say that was the kickoff to his weight loss program! Looking back on it now, it was quite comical, but at the time my husband didn’t think so.

I took Archie to a local animal hospital that had been treating him since he was a puppy. They were well aware of his seizures, so we talked about medicine and the need for him to lose some weight.  After a month, the medicine appeared to be working, and I thought we were on the right track, until he had another seizure that progressed into clusters. With the blessing of Sheryl and Victoria, NeBTR board members, we took Archie to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) vet hospital for further treatment. It was during that time that I realized Archie was staying with us. Despite his illness, he was kind and gentle, reminding me of our Sydney.  

As the summer progressed, so did the duration and intensity of Archie’s seizures.  Along with the seizures came more medication and more trips to the UPenn.  Sheryl and Victoria remained steadfast and supportive, even when I was calling because I was having a breakdown. This dynamic duo gave me the strength to press on. The entire rescue along with the local vet was pulling for Archie, who was ultimately diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy, a disorder with no cure. Control became the goal.

Between trips to the veterinary hospital, Archie spent that summer playing with Walter and Muno and hanging out by our pool.  He even went with us on two trips to New Hampshire, where we visited my parents who live on a beautiful lake. He loved being in New Hampshire, which he showed by waking me up at 3 a.m. just to go outside and lingering at the top of the stairs leading to the lake just to sniff the air. In the evenings, he sat beside my dad and relaxed, took boat rides, and enjoyed an ice cream or two (everyone is allowed to cheat on their diets a little, right?).

Unfortunately, even the addition of a third medication was not enough to control Archie’s seizures, and he ultimately succumbed to them late one night.  His poor body had taken a beating, and it was no way for a dog to live.

My husband and I debated about what to tell our sons. After the loss of Sydney, we thought another loss would devastate the boys. As usual, Sheryl had my back. She highly recommended we tell the boys the truth that Archie had passed on and not make up a story about him being adopted. She said it was a life lesson for the boys and advised that we talk about how we took him out of the shelter and gave him unconditional love. As she put it, “Tell your boys, that’s what you do, and that’s the kind of people you are.”

Yes, it’s the kind of people we are, and we would do it all over again. The boys we pained by the news, but in the end, Sheryl was right. And to remind us all of the rewards that come along with challenging but loving acts, in the hall of Berlin Community School sits a beautiful wall of volunteers, on which you will find a picture of Ryan and Sean with our beloved Archie.

Pamela Hess

Morning Thoughts

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

No Shame!

New Foster, Star

Meet New foster Star. We realize she doesn't look quite Boston...maybe there's some Boston in there...but anyways she's CUTE! She's 5 years old roughly..more to come!

Update on Nitro

I've posted a lot about him to facebook but not much here. Just wanted to give a little Nitro update. Nitro is 15 years, 5 months, and 16 days old. He came to us last March when his former mom wanted him put to sleep but her sons stepped in.

He is doing fantastic. He doesnt look his age as far as his graying. He still likes to go on slow walks. He recently was to the vet and his bloodwork came back spotless. He does wear a belly band because he pees a lot. He loves to snuggle and lick his friends. He sleeps a lot. Overall hes doing wonderful. He is about 90% blind and 95% deaf but that doesnt slow him down at all. And hes the bossiest one in the house at feeding time!

Attached are some pictures =)

-- Lisa Vaughan

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Zackie Has a Home!

Congratulations to Zackie, who has a happy new home with the Atwell family!

Seniors make a great addition to a loving home, but are frequently bypassed by potential adopters.  Zackie was with us for more than a year, until the perfect loving couple decided he would make their perfect pet. Thank you Atwell family for seeing the dog, not his age.

From the smile on his face, you can see that Zackie is a happy boy!  What a perfect match.

Special thanks to Foster Mom Dawn Stone, who loved Zack until she found the perfect home for him.   Dawn, you truly gave him a gift.  To Dawn, and the wonderful team who helped get Zach to his new family - thank you for all that you did for this beautiful boy.

We had Zack transported up state to his new forever home  thanks to Dawn, Debbie and Jami.
They really pulled this transport together and made it happen.  Zack was Dawn's baby and she drove him
quite a distance to make sure he got to the next step safe and sound.  You ladies rock!

Dawn reports, " I spoke with Zackie's new Mom this morning and she reports he has settled in nicely.  She takes him almost everywhere she goes, he follows her all around the house and cries when she leaves without him.  He is getting so much love, I'm just so happy for him."

Raelynn Runs a Marathon

Hi everyone,

My name is Raelynn and I'm a new volunteer. I decided to join after I fell in love with and eventually adopted Bea. Bea came into my life after I lost my Boston/Pug mix, Sophie, to a brain tumor in December. She was amazing and taught me so much that I hope to pass on to little Beabea.

On April 28th, I will be running my first half marathon (13.1 miles) in order to raise money for the National Canine Cancer Foundation in Sophie's memory. The following week, I will be running The Broad Street Run (10 miles) to continue raising money. I have two friends running with me and we hope to raise $5,000. As of this afternoon, we have raised $1,295. Please consider a donation and know that 100% of the proceeds are going to NCCF.  You can read more about us and donate at this site:

During Sophie's battle, I chronicled everything we were going through in order to update anyone I knew who was asking, but more importantly, for anyone like myself who felt alone and was going through this horrible disease with their best friend. A link to my blog can be found on the donation page if you are interested in reading or care to pass it on to anyone who may need it.

Thank you for your time!
Raelynn Zappulla