Saturday, November 29, 2008


It seems the Boastful Boston has ruffled the fur of our precious Eve. Her foster Mom read her the blog about she and Adam and although she appreciated being acknowledged, she was not entirely pleased. She felt that Adam was given more print space than she and was not at all happy that her pictures were from a time before she had been rescued, loved, fed and granted the life of luxury she deserved!

So, with my deepest apologies to Miss Eve - here are some current pictures of her majesty. Apparently Eve also made her opinions known to our web mistress since you will now find a longer story about her in our sanctuary section and a picture of her in her Christmas finery.

Eve's foster Mom wanted to be sure to let our readers know that this was all Eve's idea - she had no idea how much her oldest household member enjoyed the spotlight!

That is Eve's brother Truman on left - too cute!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Not the Biblical version - the North Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue version. We did however, name these two magnificent seniors after the original Adam and Eve.

About a year ago, one of our volunteers came to a shelter to pull another abandoned boston. While she was there, the shelter worker happened to mention that a senior had been dropped off that day. She went to take a look and she saw what she described as the original boston terrier or at least close to it. She named him Adam since he looked old enough to have been around with the original Adam. She took him home to live out his last days in comfort, safety and with love. Well his last days have lasted a year so far and the same volunteer who brought him home will continue to offer him sanctuary care for what we hope will be a long time. We estimate his age between 15 and 17 and although he sleeps a lot, he adds warmth and love to his home. His sleeping habits however are questionable - his foster Mom thinks he may just be "sleeping around." He's a very busy boy moving his bed from place to place and with quite a few fur siblings around, Adam could have his own motives. He moves around so much that Mom would never enter the house or a room without turning a light on - she may trip over Adam. After spending several months in or around the security of his crate, Adam has some precious lost time to get back. Adam, his foster Mom and his fur siblings are a family and Adam will never be lonely or scared in a strange kennel again! Adam is showing signs of slowing down but with this little guy - each day is a blessing.

Meanwhile last Spring, another volunteer was contacted by a boston in her area who had unfortunately lost her dog and had called the local shelter. Although her dog was not there, the shelter told her about another boston who had been picked up as a stray and who was at the shelter. With thanks to the boston owner who contacted our volunteer, she was off to meet Eve who the shelter described as ancient. Here is what she found:

No place for a senior lady to spend her golden years now is it?

It made sense to name her Eve she had been described as ancient to go along with the one who our volunteer labeled the original boston, Adam. Eve sure looks happy to get out of that cage.
What a sweet face!

Eve is also now in sanctuary care living in comfort and with lots of available laps. Her condition upon rescue was pretty good given her age. She had been found as a stray but definitely had a home in her younger years. She was thin and had a respiratory infection. She is a healthy weight now and feeling much better.

BTRNC has created a sanctuary for rescued bostons who for age or health reasons are not likely to be adopted. They will remain in the care of our rescue as they live out their remaining days. Adam, Eve and the others are featured at the bottom of our available dogs page under the Sanctuary heading. If you would like to sponsor Adam, Eve, or any of our babies, there is a link beneath each of their pictures. We thank you.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Meet Alina - pretty cute ah? She's looking a little surprised at the moment because she just "heard" that her foster Mom thinks that she is special because she is deaf. She didn't hear this in the conventional way - but her foster fur siblings got the point across just the same. Alina knows she is special but she doesn't know what deaf means and she doesn't care as long as she continues to be treated like the princess she is.

Alina is indeed deaf but it doesn't slow her down at all. She is a happy girl who embraces each day with boston enthusiasm and joy. Her foster Mom uses a flashlight to help her understand which direction to come and to understand where she should go. She plays with toys, her siblings and her foster Mom. Alina never wakes up angry, only ready to go. Her foster Mom wakes her gently when necessary so as not to startle her. Alina looks pretty happy doesn't she?

Like so many things we humans consider handicaps, dogs are not emotionally affected by deafness. Their world may be silent but their ability to love and enjoy life is full and endless. There are actually some advantages for us mere mortals who are lucky enough to have a deaf dog in our life. No fear of thunderstorms or other loud noises and no endless barking at outside noises. Many deaf babies learn hand signals and vibrations from impact to the floor around them with little difficulty. Fur babies born deaf have no clue what they are missing and those that loose their hearing through illness or old age adjust with little issue.

Here is little Miss Alina peeking through the grass on a break from romping outside.

Care must be taken to ensure that Alina does not slip out of doors, gates or unsecured places in a fenced in yard. She is lightening fast like most bostons but cannot hear the dangers of the world should she escape.

This beautiful little girl has everything she needs except a forever family to call her own. If you would like more information on Alina, please contact our adoption coordinator or other rescue members through the contact us link on our home page.

Alina sees just fine and she is looking for someone to call her own.