Some of our BT success stories.
All placed in loving forever homes.
Since our inception, Boston Buddies has been able to rescue and place over 800 Bostons. Unfortunately, we don't have space to describe each and every one of them. Below are the stories of just a few of our adoptions.
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Timmy adopted April 17, 2010
My name is Timmy and I got adopted a few months ago. I like my new house because there are so many great places to lounge and relax with a nice chew bone. You can see me here on "my" spot on "my" couch with "my" blanket and dog bone. I have another Boston to sleep with at night and a cat friend. I like to lick little grandkids faces and hands if I get a chance. I'm having a great summer eating ice cubes and laying in my pool.
Thanks Boston Buddies for finding me a GREAT forever home!
Norman adopted June 3, 2009
Norman was turned in to a Los Angeles shelter along with a Jack Russell terrier. They were strays that had been found roaming the streets - for who knows how long. Norman was in bad shape – skin and bones and he had a horrible case of mange. The shelter personnel knew about Boston Buddies and called them right away to come help Norman.
I was in New York and Boston Buddies called me to tell me that they had just picked up a little angel that needed a special person to take care of him and that I had to come meet him. Two days later I was home and took Rudy to meet him. Normie came home with us that day - he never even had to go to a foster home - he came to his forever home. Normie was so swollen and pink. He would bleed if he stepped on his paws wrong, and WOW, the smell! He smelled so bad - Rachael said it was from his mange treatments and the skin infection. After I took him for two more treatments he was 100% better and no longer so stinky – LOL!
Rudy and I just sat and stared at him when we first got home. Then Normie came and plopped down right next to us, fell asleep, started snoring... and both Rudy and I were in love.
Normie and Rudy are best of friends – they have to be touching when they nap. Normie does complete 360s in the air after he eats dinner every night. He entertains himself with his toys and puts his butt down and races around the house at 100 miles an hour.
We love Normie and cannot imagine our lives without him. Thank you Boston Buddies!
Norman's Video Montage - Click Here
Dixie adopted March 2, 2009
Dixie Belle came to Boston Buddies after her owner passed away and there was no one to take care of her. June and Pam opened their heart and house to Dixie in March 2009. Dixie stole June's heart the first moment she met her at her foster mom Jan's home. Within minutes Dixie was covering June's face with the "exuberant" kisses described in her adoption bio as her only bad habit.
As June states, "I knew immediately we were meant for each other."
June had adopted several Bostons in the past but Dixie is by far the most intelligent and affectionate one she has ever known. In fact Dixie Belle is now known as Dixie "Love-bug." June's daughter, Judy,best describes her as "a precious little person in a doggy suit." So it was only natural that this little girl could easily wiggle her way into everyone's heart, quickly assuming the roles of a broad grinned neighborhood greeter and an ever vigilant watch dog, taking in the daily sites with unbridled curiosity from her post on the sun porch , one of the things June loves the most about her.
According to June, "it became apparent early on which one of us was going to be the Alpha Dog and, almost a year later thanks to those bull dog genes, happily nothing much has changed." Dixie allows June to share HER bed, is relentless with her trilling and eye rolling when she wants something, and yet magically can make June invisible by simply giving her "the look" and dramatically turning her head away when their wills collide. Dixie is also extremely possessive and will sit for an hour in front of the washer and dryer while her harness and leash are being laundered.
June happily reports that anyone who says "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" has never met "the Dix". Even though she'll be 9 on February 5th, in the past year she has learned to sit, stay, crawl and roll over- all in the same series. June explains that her favorite trait of Dixie is one of patience--quite a feat for a Boston. No matter how anxious Dixie Love-bug is to get outdoors she will sit quietly at the door and wait until she is invited out. Along the way she has even learned to count. Always rewarded for good behavior with three small dried chicken treats, she will remain in the same spot for as long as it takes if she gets short changed by even a single treat.
Naturally, as with many Bostons, her favorite toys are anything stuffed that she can shred. Few survive her vise like grip and the ferocious doggie game she plays by growling and shaking her head from side to side as fast and hard as she can. Her two favorite toys, probably because they have proven to be virtually indestructible, are a stuffed squirrel that barks and moos...and the hedge hog she brought from her foster mom Jan's home. Dixie carefully guards her toy treasury and constantly tries to expand her territory by recruiting from June's stuffed collectibles. As June reports, "right now she has her eye on a cute little Hallmark bear and repeatedly has hinted that it would make the perfect birthday present for an adorable black and white Boston."
Favorite past times include riding in the car anytime anyone offers for as long as they will drive, crunching ice cubes, rolling in the grass, frolicking with Aunt Pam, and swooning in "The Mother's" arms to get an endless tummy rub. Her most endearing feature is to simply rest her nose on your leg and stare up at you adoringly when your hands are otherwise in use rather than petting her as they should be.
If there was a song that would describe Dixie to June and Aunt Pam it would be "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life." Dixie Love-bug is a ray of sunshine and there is never a day that goes by where June and Aunt Pam don't laugh. Dixie is full of spunk and has so much charisma. She has never met a dog with so much personality. "This 30 pound package of love has made me smile every single day since she came to live in her forever home." June's husband passed away in June 2008 and Dixie has filled a huge hole in her heart left by the passing of her husband. June simply cannot imagine her life without Dixie Love-bug. "I look at her and just melt. Whenever anybody asks how I got this beautiful baby I happily reply, 'Dixie Love-bug is a rescue dog.....she rescued me!' "
Truly a match made in heaven for June, Aunt Pam and Dixie Lovebug.
Dixie Video Montage - Click Here
Rex adopted November 14, 2009
Rex and Kali
Rex was surrendered by his owners to Boston Buddies because they could no longer care for him. Jayme and Ryan adopted Rex on November 14, 2009. Rex went to his new forever home with Jayme, Ryan, and new Boston sister Kali. When we asked Jayme and Ryan how life with Rex was they were so excited to share their story with the world.
"Rex has been nothing but wonderful since he was brought into our life. He is the most well mannered dog and has the funniest personality. Bringing Rex into our home was a big step for us because we already have a female boston who is so spoiled and runs the house! The first day Kali and Rex met we knew they were going to love each other. The first couple weeks was a huge test and both of them passed. After two months of having Rex, we wouldn't know what to do without him. He and Kali play for hours and hours a day....whether its tug of war, playing catch or just chasing each other around the house. Rex sure loves to sleep too and he is such a cuddle bug! The thing that makes Ryan and I smile most is his booty shake he does when he is excited! I am so glad we made the decision to adopt a second Boston Terrier....thank you Boston Buddies for placing such a wonderful dog with us."
Jayme, Ryan and Kali
Rosie adopted June 2008
Boston Buddies rescued Rosie from the shelter in Kern county where she had been dumped. Rosie was suffering from demodectic mange when she came to us from the shelter. Even though she had mange Rosie was a happy little girl who loved to play. Rosie was adopted by a wonderful family who gave her the tender loving care she needed and deserved. Her family sent us this update:
From a mangy mutt (literally) to a happy and healthy 1 year old girl.
We adopted Rosie in June 2008. She had severe mange and was all pink.
She came from a shelter in Kern County where BB got her.
With months of treatment Rosie has healthy skin and is all energy!!
Rosie has a sister cat with whom she enjoys playing "chase me chase you."
We are SOOOOOOO in love with Rosie and can't imagine not having her in our
lives. She is so sweet, with the best personality ever!
Thank you Boston Buddies for setting up the perfect match!
Jen and Aaron
NEW! To see an awesome Rosie Video Montage - Click Here
Paddy adopted March 2008
Paddy - Thanksgiving 2008
Bugsie, our last Boston Terrier (also adopted from Boston Buddies) had died leaving my 89 year old mother alone and lonely. After 4 Bostons you miss their love, affection and playfulness leaving the house to seem empty. I contacted Boston Buddies to see if there was a dog for mom. Rachael, who was in charge of adoption for Boston Buddies was worried about my mom's age and the spunkiness of the dogs available. Months went by and I had given up on a dog for mom when Rachael called. Paddy had arrived March 17th. She explained he had had a stroke and he was 9-10 years old. It didn't matter to me. I was thrilled for mom to finally get a Boston. We went down a few days later to pick Paddy up and take him to mom. When we arrived my fiance took one look at Paddy and asked me what I was doing. "This dog is going to die any day now. He's a dead dog walking." It was true - he didn't look very good. His left ear hung down to the middle of his head like a turn signal, he seemed to walk in circles to his left and he certainly didn't respond when you called him and he had lots of medication he needed to take. Not the ideal situation for an 89 year old woman to take on. I thought about this for a minute or two and announced the decision. "He's going to mom's. They need each other." Mom loved him at first sight. She didn't care that he had had a stroke or what he looked like - he was a perfect dog to her. It's almost a year later and mom still raves about her Paddy - their love affair is something to behold. They enjoy their walks together and he keeps her company following her where ever she goes. He no longer is on medication nor walks only to the left. His ear still is on the side of his head and it turns out he is deaf (and a few pounds heavier due to my mom's love) but Paddy is the most wonderful and happy dog and he has given considerable joy to my mother. He is no longer considered "dead dog walking" which goes to show appearance can be deceiving.
Spencer adopted June 2007
Update Received August 2008!
Spencer and Qualli
Spencer is an Italian Greyhound/Boston mix who was rescued from the Agoura shelter. Spencer spent time in two other adoptive homes before he was finally adopted by his current mom and dad. They just love him to pieces and cannot figure out how they got so lucky. Spencer's mom sent us this recent photo of him with his buddy Qualli, a Mexican hairless dog, hanging out on the couch at home! We think Spencer is one handsome boy - he is actually "Mr. September" in the 2007 Boston Buddies Rescue Calendar! Spencer is planning on being at the upcoming Boston Tea Party in case you would like to meet him in person!
Stella adopted April 2008
Stella and Stanley
Stella was only 15 months old when she came to Boston Buddies after one of the other dogs she was living with in the backyard started beating up on her. When Stella arrived in rescue it was clear to us that she was a happy young Boston girl who loved each new day and wanted nothing more than to give Boston kisses and be a part of the family and live indoors like any proper Boston should! Stella met Stanley and knew right away that he was just her type of guy - Stanley loves life too!
Stella's new family loves her to pieces and sent us this update:
We adopted Stella in April of this year and she is just doing so well. Her and our other Boston Stanley are by far best friends. They sleep together, play together, eat together - everything. She really has completed our lives in every way. She has brought so much joy to us and she constantly puts a smile on our face.
Rachael adopted November 2007
Rachael came to Boston Buddies when her owner lost his house and could not take her or her siblings, Tina and Joey, with him when he moved. Rachael was adopted by a wonderful family who love her to pieces. They sent this update to us:
We have had Rachael for over 3 months now and she is great! She plays constantly with our chow/lab mix and loves her yard and toys. She is going camping for the first time with us this weekend in the motor home. She already loves it as every time I open the door she runs and sits in the driver's seat ready to hit the road!
Happy trails to you Rachael!!!!!
Lizzie Joy adopted September 2007
Lizzie Joy found herself dropped at the shelter by the family she had loved for eight years when they decided they wanted a new puppy. She did not understand why she was being left behind when she had given her family only love all the years they had her. At about the same time a wonderful woman who was new to the area contacted Boston Buddies looking for a new member of her family. It was a match made in heaven and Lizzie Joy went to live with Kelly at the beach.
We just received this update from Kelly and Lizzie Joy and thought we would share:
So, it's been almost a year since I started fostering, and eventually adopting my little baby (actually, little old lady) Lizzie Joy from your wonderful organization. Our personalities match perfectly, as I knew going into this that I didn't have the time to train a new puppy. Being that I'm much more of a beach bum myself, an older, more relaxed dog seemed to be the right way to go.
I still remember being at the vet's office, and seeing this adorable creature scamper out and run straight in between my legs. That first night, she was so nervous, scared, and could not stop shaking, and thinking about her life experiences brought me to tears.
But how much has changed in a year!!!! Lizzie has greatly adjusted to beach living and loves nothing more than the sea breeze through her fur during walks on the Esplanade by the Redondo Beach pier. She epitomizes the term "beach bum" (Or I guess bummette in her case), and just enjoys napping in her chair for hours on end, and even if I get her to get up and hang out for awhile, she ends up dozing off in my lap. She is also a little ninja, and oftentimes when I can't find her, she's wedged herself into a little corner, under the bed, in a tiny crack between the wall and the piano, anywhere, and of course, she's asleep. She is also one of the most contemplative creatures I've ever seen, and when I often catch her staring out the window deep in thought, I wonder what the heck she could be thinking about! I believe that she's getting just as attached to me as I am to her, because as soon as I leave the house, she takes my shoe! I come home, and there's a collection of shoes in her chair, under the bed, wedged in a corner, etc. I think it's hilarious that she doesn't do anything to them, she just likes to have them with her - a shoe fanatic, like all women. Absolutely wonderful with people, it's a joy to see her romp around with my nieces and nephews, yet she knows how to take it down and just sit quietly on the couch when my grandmother visits. We continue to work on her dog aggression, and thus far, she's made leaps and bounds.
I just can't thank you enough for all of the wonderful work that you do. I cannot imagine life without her, and she truly helped me in my transition to living in a whole new city all on my own. Thank you thank you thank you! (and big wet kisses from Lizzie Joy).
Kelly Joy and Lizzie Joy
Sammie adopted July 2007
Boston Buddies rescued Sammie from the shelter where he arrived scared and skinny. When he developed intestinal issues and kennel cough in the shelter and began losing weight, the shelter asked rescue to take him in hopes of saving his life. Once in the care of one of our fabulous foster homes (and being expertly advised by Owen, a Boston Buddies Alum - see his story below!) Sammie recovered from his kennel cough and started putting on some much needed weight. Walks by the beach helped him forget horrible memories of being in the shelter and in no time at all he was ready to find his forever home.
Sammie was adopted by a wonderful family who had other dogs for him to play with and they continued to dote on him. His foster mom received this great update and photo:
WE LOOOOOVE SAMMIE!
He is smart, funny, cute and spunky. He fits in well with our family. After the first week of everyone getting to know each other the boys all have settled into their new family. There were only a few barking matches that week. After a lot of holding, loving, petting, smooching and whispering love words in his ear . . . I think Sammie believes he is in our home forever. My husband Joe and Sammie are true buddies. Joe plays with him for hours, then Sammie rewards him by curling up and falling asleep next to him. It is hard to get play time in with Sammie because everyone always wants his attention.
I thank you and Boston Buddies so much for this opportunity to have this great little guy. He has filled a place in our hearts that we did not know needed filling.
Joe & Tanya and Jake, Bogie, Max and Sammie
PS - He is around 22 lbs. now and looks great!
Bonnie adopted June 2007
Bonnie is a sweet splash faced girl. She may be tiny, weighing in at 12 pounds, but don’t be fooled--this is one tough girl. Poor Bonnie was found on the side of the road in Lindsey, in very bad shape. She had been attacked by another dog and had half her ear torn off, her eye sustained severe wounds necessitating removal, not to mention the bite marks that covered her neck and back. Boston Buddies volunteers raced up to the Lindsay shelter to get Bonnie. Despite her condition, Bonnie was very feisty. She had been through a lot and wasn’t going to trust just anyone. The volunteers tried to calm her down. After quite sometime, one of the volunteers thought to say something to Bonnie that she had not heard in a while or maybe never heard, she said “I love you Bonnie” and kept repeating it. Shortly after that, Bonnie kept trying to get near the volunteer’s face. Fearing a bite on the chin, the volunteer was a little reluctant. She finally acquiesced and Bonnie gave her a kiss on the cheek and then promptly fell asleep in her lap for the car ride home.
Bonnie was so special that the President of Boston Buddies took her in to live with her and her three Boston boys. Initially, Bonnie was a little scared and fearful of dogs due to her attack. After a few weeks, a couple scuffles and one Boston boy taking a brief dip in the pool courtesy of Bonnie, this little miss finally came around.
A wonderful family read about Bonnie’s struggles and decided they had to adopt her. Now Bonnie is the beautiful young girl she has always been and is living the high life in Las Vegas with her family. Bonnie’s new dad gave her the very fitting name of “Little Miss Bon Bon.” Apparently, she is quite the little Diva. Bonnie loves to snuggle with her new parents while they are watching TV at night. Little Miss Bon Bon is adamant on sleeping under the sheets and prefers to be right in between her parents. If they try to set her to one side or another, by morning she has worked her way back into the middle! Her parents find her so adorable that they just can't help but let her do it.
Little Miss Bon Bon loves, loves, loves to play catch, tug-o-war and chase and will do it all day long, if her parents are able to keep up! In fact, she gets so excited when they play that she barks at her parents, as if doing some sort of intimidation talk. Her parents know that Bonnie is all love, because they can give her a kiss and a hug in the middle of play and she will give them one right back. On top of all that play, Bonnie really enjoys going for walks. She loves grass and can’t get enough of it! In fact, her new parents are planning on installing a sod dog run on their balcony so that Bonnie can have grass whenever she wants.
Jake adopted May 2007
Jake, a 30 lb Boston boy, was found tied to a light pole in a shopping center with a note stating his name was Jake. Jake had been through things no dog should ever have to live through. He was so aggressive the day Jake was found, which was more a reaction to his intense fear of humans, no one could come near him. After a significant amount of time animal rescue gained a little trust from Jake and were able to free him from the pole. Shortly thereafter, Jake came to Boston Buddies and would be forever rescued from his horrible past.
While in Boston Buddies care, Jake stayed with one of Boston Buddies fantastic fosters where he received the love and treatment he so desperately needed. Boston Buddies also enlisted the help of a professional trainer to work with Jake and help rehabilitate him so he would be ready for a forever home. After months of rehabilitation and finding the perfect owner Jake was adopted by a wonderful family.
Jake’s new family has the time and patience to help him work through his anxieties. Not only does Jake have a new family, but he also has a Boston sister, Sofia. Initially, Jake was afraid of Sofia, who is half his size! Slowly but surely Jake is coming around to love Sofia. In fact, he will walk up to Sofia with a ball in his mouth shoving it in her face inviting her to play. Jake even feels comfortable enough to bring balls and toys to his new family. This is something so insignificant, but something Jake would never do in the past, because of his fears.
Jake’s new family is so happy to have him in their lives. The next big step in Jake’s life will be learning to overcome his fear of bathing!! Even if he is a little stinky, his new family does not mind at all! Through working with people and learning to trust again, Jake was able to become the loving, trusting Boston Terrier he was meant to be!
Zappa adopted March 2007
Zappa, is a sweet old Boston, whose owner died and was turned over to rescue by the son. Zappa is now living with a couple in Glendale whose whole lives have been made better by Zappa.
Zappa’s new mom was suffering from a long term illness. Since Zappa has come into her life her spirits are lighter and she feels much better. Zappa’s new dad is his constant companion and both love to go walking for miles each day. The best part is that Zappa found a great home with a wonderful couple and they all will bring each other continued joy and laughter that only a Boston Terrier can bring.
Zappa’s new parents recalled the first time they saw Zappa. A volunteer from Boston Buddies brought him to their home to be boarded while Boston Buddies looked for a loving home. Zappa’s foster dad took him in his arms and decided then and there that Zappa would be the companion he and his wife would love. Each day begins with several laughs over the things Zappa does. He has brought many smiles to his new family’s house. Zappa’s new mom boiled it all down to this, “Just tell everyone, Zappa is our friend.”
Zoey adopted November 2006
It was love at first sight for both of us. I am not given to sappy statements like this but that is the shortest and most accurate description of our first meeting causing certain actions to be set in motion. I did not have a plan or thought of adding a dog to my life the day I met Zoey. I had been successfully saying “no dog” to my wife and twin teenage daughters who have two cats, for as long as it mattered. I am a director of photography which means I have an irregular schedule and my wife teaches High School English and Theatre, my kids are into sports and orchestra and sometimes feed their cats. Nobody had time for a dog.
Judy, my agent had been a Boston Buddies foster Mom and there were always dogs in her office. On this day I arrived to pick up some materials before a meeting and there was Zoey napping on a blanket next to her desk. We made eye contact and Zoey got up and approached me, put her front paws on my knees and we were looked each other in the eyes. “Where did this dog come from and is she promised to anyone?” I couldn’t believe I was letting those words out of my mouth. Judy had had been fostering her for two weeks, she was dropped off at the Carson Shelter with a note “Allergic” pinned to her collar. We took care of the necessary stuff ASAP.
Over the next few weeks Zoey revealed the many wonderful traits she possessed. Zoey is perfect, a perfect mix of a Boston Terrier and ? Border Collie and is about 6 years old. She returns tennis balls, treats our cats with respect and guards my home, wife, and daughters. When my 16 year old daughter comes home too late, Zoey actually admonishes her with disapproving grumbles. It saves my breath and how do kids argue with a dog? It’s true!
Zoey comes with me to work almost every day, rides with me in the car everywhere. Where ever we go she makes new friends.
“Dad, you love Zoey more than us,” my daughters remarked a few times. I didn’t say anything back because I didn’t want to be quoted. Thank you Judy & Boston Buddies for bringing Zoey my way.
Zoey's From Here to Eternity Pose
Riley adopted September 2006
John & I adopted Riley in September of 2006. Before
his adoption we were told by Boston Buddies that Riley
had previously been through two other homes and
because of his aggressive behavior towards other dogs
and children it was difficult to place him in an
environment best suited to his needs.
John & I are a single couple with no plans of children
in the near future. We had been waiting for years to
adopt a dog.
Since, we have adopted Riley we have seen a tremendous change. Not yet two years old, his playful, curious. and loving personality has made Riley the apple of our eyes. One of the best things we have done for Riley is starting him in a training program where he meets with a trainer once a week in a setting where he can interact with other animals. The fear of being around other dogs has seemed to have dissipated with time, training, love, stability and commitment. Riley has traveled throughout California with us and has grown fond of our many road trips.
Throughout our experience, both John & I have learned that if you are patient and empathic everything else will fall into place. They say 3 times is a charm and we are believers! We couldn't imagine our lives without our "Ri guy" and thank Boston Buddies for allowing us the opportunity to keep the bond between Riley and ourselves to continue growing throughout the years. I can only hope that others will benefit as we have.
With warmest regards,
Wendy & John
Paco/Barklee adopted March 2006
Soon after signing up to become foster parents, we got a call that a dog that was coming from a shelter in Downey and would be ready to pick up in 2 days following his Vet exam. Paco, we were told, was extremely scared, most likely traumatized and didn't seem to be able to walk on a leash. Boston Buddies felt that we would be the best fit, as he would need a place that was very calm, with no kids around and no other pets.
He was admitted to the shelter as an owner surrender with the reasoning being "Food Aggression." With this, we immediately began prepping by reading up on all the Do's and Don'ts for this behavior. When speaking to the volunteer who brought him from the shelter to the vet... she described him as being so scared that he looked like he was about to jump out of his skin. And at one point, when she made a short outburst because of the heavy traffic, if not for being buckled in, he probably would have jumped straight out the window!
At the Vet's, the little guy was shaking so much he could barely sit straight. He was slightly overweight, had doggie pink eye, had kennel cough (and when he sneezed, snot flew everywhere!), had skin allergies and had an infection from gnawing at the area where he was neutered. So the poor thing was forced to wear one of those lampshade cones around his head to protect him from further harm.
However after about 5 hours at home we saw what a perfectly harmless love bug he turned out to be. Initially, he'd sit with his head bowed as if he had been scolded and would not move until we asked him to come over. And when he did come over, he'd follow us as if he were our shadows. We cautiously waited for the food aggression to show - and it never did. We kept him on a daily routine and found he was housebroken and knew just what to do when we went outside. Within about 2 weeks, he eventually allowed himself to play with toys and act like the carefree dog he should be!
We officially adopted Paco - who we quickly renamed Barklee - and every day has been filled with absolute joy. Not only is he forcing us to get some exercise with his morning walks - but his adorable puppy-like antics (he's estimated at 4-5 yrs) have us belly laughing in tears almost everyday and that always makes for a good workout.
Barklee has even taken on the Digital Craze and has his own BLOG to document his little escapades! He loves giving sloppy kisses to any human that he meets and he's just as eager to have visitors on his website, so do drop by to www.barkleesblog.blogspot.com if you're ever in the neighborhood.
We braced ourselves for the worst and found the best possible new family member we could have asked for. All thanks to the tireless efforts of everyone at Boston Buddies who have been giving these fuzzy faces second chances for years!!! Thank you sooooo much!
Bruno adopted August 2005
I first met 1-year old Bruno in early June of '05. I was asked to foster a Boston Terrier, on behalf of Boston Buddies, but wasn't sure I was ready to "have" another dog in my life so soon after my beloved keeshond had to be put to sleep in February. However, I was assured I only needed to "keep" Bruno as long as I felt comfortable.
Bruno was adopted from me about 10 days after being with me. Both of my children "scolded" me for giving him up because he was so adorable. I think I was trying too hard not to get too attached.
As the adoptive "parent" was taking Bruno from me, he asked if there was anything about Bruno he should know. I told him that I had noticed a little bit of "night blindness"; that Bruno had a tough time negotiating his way in the dark. He asked if Bruno’s eyes could be examined, and said he had no interest in owning a blind dog. Boston Buddies sent Bruno to be examined by a doggie eye specialist who diagnosed him with Progressive Retinal Atrophy which would render him completely blind in six to twelve months. After hearing that, the adoptive family chose not to adopt Bruno and I took him back to live with me in mid-July.
I felt like it was destiny that Brunie came back to me! It was like I was given another chance with this great, fun-loving, affectionate little dog! I adopted him to be my own in early August and he's become an integral part of my family ever since! If you didn't know he was blind (going blind) you'd never know! He gets around the house and yard like a champ.I have the luxury of working from home and Bruno is my "receptionist". He's the first one to the door to greet visitors (ALWAYS wanting to lick their nose!). He has an uncanny sense of knowing when I'm sitting at the computer because every time I'm there, Bruno wants to sit in my lap and "help". He is very energetic as we play ball several times a day. While I'm eating breakfast, he brings his ball to be thrown since I'm "just sitting there". At dinner time, while I'm eating, he brings his ball to be thrown because I'm "just sitting there". When I'm sitting in the spa he climbs the stairs and figures, while I'm "just sitting there", that I can throw the ball in the yard, too. When I'm sitting on the couch, he just wants to be near me. He is cuddly andloves to be with people.
I am blessed this little buddy has come into my life. Brunie and I look forward to sharing many years of friendship and companionship. Thank you, Boston Buddies, for introducing him into my life!
Bosley adopted November 2005 (formerly Bogart)
On a Tuesday afternoon in November, God told me to help out a dog. I was led to the Boston Buddies site. I applied and said I would be happy to take a special needs dog. Well the wheels went rolling and there I was on Friday morning, picking up this tiny man named Bogart. Bogart, now Bosley had some pretty heavy baggage to carry, (diabetes, cushing's and hyperthyroidism) that showed in his face and body. Sitting in the backseat on the ride home he sat up straight, tall and proud we were off.
First stop, the stable where he met my two horses. Sniffs and snorts were passed then over to his new vet, Doctor Dyanna and to meet new Friends. With approving nods and words of praise by all, it was on to Petco. After a new bed, sweater and various "stuff" it was home to the big gate that would change his life forever.
Through the gate he met Bug and Tramp two big dogs that immediately became his body guards, brothers and friends. As they all three ran around the backyard, Bosley was transformed. The sadness and heaviness he carried melted away. He was happy and home.
Now Mr Bosley spends his time rooting around the backyard searching for the perfect place to roll, then bask in the sun. Walking underneath his brothers makes it hard to be the top dog but one cannot be faulted for trying. He is happy and playful and laughs all the time. He is healthy with a shiny soft coat and of course eats like a pig! This tiny man has made a mark in all our lives! We are blessed to have him with us. He smiles and makes others smile right along with him. He goes to school and dog park and people just swarm over him. He likes that! His ego is big for such a tiny man!
Thank you Boston Buddies for a sweet and loving soul! God bless you all
Patti and Bosley
Tommy adopted January 2005
Tommy came to Boston Buddies when his owner could no longer care for him. Tommy had two mast cell tumors on his body that had not been attended to and all feared they would end his life
far too soon. But Tommy knew this life just had to have something good in store for him. Boston Buddies had his tumors removed and after his recovery from some fairly extensive surgery, Tommy received a clean bill of health from the mast cell tumors. He will always have to be closely monitored for the return of these tumors – but Tommy’s new forever family has experience with this disease and they keep their eagle eyes open for anything suspicious and whisk Tommy to the vet whenever needed. After his mast cell surgery Tommy was diagnosed with Cushings, but he is on a daily regiment of trilostane and his follow up visits during the past year have shown the drug therapy to be working. Tommy is now enjoying the wonderful life he knew was waiting for him and living with his new Boston brother Oliver and rescued Boston sister Bella on a golf course – when he isn’t taking his motor yacht over to Catalina Island for the weekend!
Bella adopted October 2004
Bella’s Mom contacted Boston Buddies to help find Bella a new home when Bella’s penchant for picking fights with her older doggy sister became increasingly more common. After trying for months to make it work, Bella’s Mom knew that both Bella and her older sister needed to live in separate homes and made the difficult decision to find a new home for Bella. Boston Buddies thought Bella might get along with a boy Boston named Oliver who had been looking for a new friend. Bella is a sweet girl who just prefers to be the only female doggy in the pack. Bella and Oliver spend their days napping and playing – boxing with each other while standing on their back feet. Bella tells Oliver it is play time by giving his tail a little tug – and off the two of them go.
Zeke adopted July 2005
Olive adopted November 2005
Zeke was adopted out of the shelter in Ventura County as a young boy of six months old. Mike and Colleen were without a dog while they lived in apartments for a few years, but as soon as they got a house with a yard Colleen was looking to add some Boston joy to the family.
Colleen had had several Bostons growing up and there are still several Bostons in her extended family. Mike was raised with Boxers, but Colleen has converted him to a Boston lover. Colleen and Mike met Zeke and immediately fell in love. Zeke is a happy bundle of Boston joy with two floppy ears that bounce around as he runs through the yard and plays. Colleen realized that she could not throw the ball all day for Zeke and decided that he needed a friend and she contacted Boston Buddies again. Olive, at two and half years old, has just as much energy as Zeke. Olive’s original owner knew that Olive needed to be with a friend and in a home where her people had more time to spend with her. Olive is a big licker and loves to give sloppy kisses. Olive and Zeke have become best friends and now spend their days running around their beautiful yard and giving Colleen and Mike tons of Boston kisses and love.
GiGi Adopted April 2005
Sweet Petite 12 lb. Gigi was abandoned like an old shoe at the Orange
County Shelter. Covered in sores all over her lips, nose, eyes and
private areas, she cried with relief when she was rescued. Gigi spent a
month recovering at her foster mom's home with her Boston cousins
where she became part of the gang. After a month of antibiotics and
love, Gigi was healed of her bacterial dermatitis and ready for a new
Jackie and Jim adopted Gigi on April 10th. She now enjoys days of
sunbathing on the lawn, snoozing on the couch, and morning and evening walks through the neighborhood. She just went on her first camping trip in the RV with her Mom and Dad where she was the star attraction. Gigi is being treated as the little princess she is and having a wonderful life being spoiled with love.
Roxie placed April 2005
Roxie was adopted from the Orange County Shelter on the day of the Academy Awards. As a true starlet, she really wanted nothing to do with the other four legged creatures she was surrounded by. Instead, she preferred to be showered with love by her foster parents. Yet, she
waited for that perfect role as the only four legged Queen of a household. Roxie was soon adopted by Nancy and Chuck whose former beloved Boston had just passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. Roxie is now the Starlet of their home, enjoying morning walks through the woods and
afternoons by the ocean. This was a the role of a lifetime for Roxie-
and she is a true star in Nancy and Chuck's eyes.
Mack adopted in March 2005
Mack came to us from the SPCA. A smart looking boy whose former owner never came looking for him. Mack spent a month with his foster mom and
four legged Boston cousin where he endeared himself so much that the foster mom wanted to keep him. But she knew Mack deserved a home who
could take him on daily journeys through the neighborhood, something she
was physically unable to do. Mack was adopted by Chara and it was a relationship made in Heaven.
Chara takes Mack for 4-5 daily walks, where he charms all who cross his path. They are a wonderful team and Chara is so thrilled to have this
little boy in her life. He spends afternoons sunbathing and nights sneaking into the bed to cuddle with his mom. Mack has the undying love of his new Mom and he returns it with thanks every day.
Buster placed January 2005
Buster was pulled from the Carson shelter on New Years Eve. Rescue made sure his new year would be better and took in this darling one blue eyed
boy. Buster loves to play as much as he loves to snuggle. He was adopted in January by a wonderful family who couldn't wait to shower him
with love. Buster has settled in nicely and enjoys his daily walks through the neighborhood and nights cuddling with his owners. Buster not only has had a great year so far, but is guaranteed a wonderful life!
Delbert placed March 2005
Handsome Delbert was adopted by one of our rescue volunteers out of the
Orange County Shelter. Delbert lived with his foster mom for several
months where she cared and loved him. During that time he fought
several horrible infections on his tail and finally had to have it
removed. But that didn't stop him from being the sweet handsome boy that he is. Then the day came when it was time for him to find a new home. One afternoon, Delbert met Steve and immediately became one of the family. He now lives in Palm Springs where he and his Boxer brother spend the afternoon playing and snuggling, being loved by his new Dad. Delbert is one lucky boy.
Dexter placed Feb. 2005
Dexter was pulled from the San Diego Shelter where he was going to be put down due to an alleged aggression. We found out that he had spenthis first year and half in a home where he never met other people and was then turned over to the shelter. Thankfully he was rescued and found
to be a sweet but scared boy. But in the last few months, through the
love of some special rescue members, Dexter developed into the darling dog that he is.
Dexter came to live with his new foster mom and dad and they couldn't let him go. He spends his days searching for playmates to chase him or play ball. He is a smart boy who can catch a ball in the air and steal a piece of chicken off of your dinner plate. He and his brother Blue can be found snuggling or sunbathing together or playing tug of war. He has a forever home and will never be misunderstood again. He is one happy boy who is showered with love by his mom and dad.
Maggie and Miah - placed October 2004
Miah and Maggie were owner relinquished with the promise that we would find a home where the two could stay together. Their placement was a bit complicated by the fact that Miah also has occasional seizures. They spent a month in their foster home before the PERFECT home was found. They now have four people to share in playing ball, going on their daily walks and to share beds with. They have even learned to become great camping dogs! They have found their forever home in a family with large hearts, a tub full of doggie toys and walls bouncing with love and laughter. Truly a happy ending for these two wonderful little Bostons!
Mina - placed October 2004
Little Mina (the black puppy on the right) is a Boston Terrier / Pug mix who was pulled from a shelter in Los Angeles. Mina's sweet disposition enabled her to easily adapt to her foster brother and sister. While in foster care, it became apparent that Mina was one of the few rescue dogs who didn't have "issues." In fact, she did so well with other dogs, cats and kids that we were thrilled to be able to place her with a wonderful family in La Quinta. Mina — now Mia — is happily enjoying her new life with her BT sister Echo, two cats, two beautiful girls, and her Mom and Dad.
Luke - placed August 2004
Luke was an owner relinquishment turned over to our group because of his severe separation anxiety and dog aggresion. Just barely one year old, Luke was full of comedic energy that needed to be directed in the right path. Luke was eager to please and to learn, and along with the help of medication was able to overcome his difficulties with separation anxiety.
Luke was adopted to a wonderful mother and daughter in La Quinta where he will never be left alone and he can continue his work with a trainer to become the wonderful boy we know he can be.
Eddie - placed July 2004
Eddie was pulled from the San Diego shelter after having stayed there for a week suffering from a severe urinary tract infection. While in the shelter, Eddie was so frightened he would not even come to the fence to interact with us. Once we got him outside to our car, his whole demeanor changed as he hopped up into the seat with his little tail wagging "let's go!"
After a good bath, some antibiotics, and lots of love, Eddie's happy personality very quickly found him a home with a wonderful couple in Escondido. This couple and all of their grandchildren have made Eddie a much loved member of the family and he will never be frightened again.
Bowie - placed July 2004
Bowie is a striking five-year old fellow with one blue eye and one brown eye, which he uses to soulfully gaze into your eyes while you pet him. In fact, he is happiest when he is being pet, and will tap you with his paw in case you forget he is there. He is a cuddly little guy who loves to sleep with you, although when he is ready to get up in the morning, be prepare to belicked awake!
Bowie was pulled from a shelter in the Los Angeles area and after a few weeks in foster care was placed with a wonderful family who all love him dearly.
Hector - placed June 2004
Hector is one sweet Boston boy, and his foster mom refers to him as the “Ambassador of Boston Terriers” because he truly represents the best of what this breed has to offer. He has a great personality and loves to give kisses. Hector was turned over to Boston Buddies by his original owner who was moving and could not take him with her. It was clear that he was loved very much by his original family, who trained him well and taught him great manners.
After only a few days in his foster home, Hector was placed with an adoptive family who has fallen completely in love with him. In fact, his new dad is always looking for places he can take Hector along, and one of their favorite stops is the ice cream shop!
Pugsy - placed November 2003
Pugsy was a sad sight when we pulled her from the Orange County shelter. As her foster mom it was plain to see this little lady was a very special dog who stole my heart. If there was a lap available this little lady claimed it.
Pugsy’s vet was about 70 miles away so we met another rescue member who graciously transported her. As they pulled away Pugsy sat in the back seat with a quivering lower lip that brought tears to my eyes. Poorgirl underwent surgery to remove 3 tumors and about 4 teeth. The largest growth on her lower tummy was the size of my fist. Luckily none were cancerous.
Like many rescued dogs she was never housebroken or given any type of training but in her eagerness to please, she caught on fairly quickly. Pugsy had four perfect white feet that reminded me of the 1950’s when rolled down white bobbie socks were the norm and she had the cutest wiggle in her walk.
I just loved this grey faced gal and unless the perfect home and family came along I wasn’t giving her up. Well they did and I did. I flattered myself thinking oh she’s going to miss me terribly. Boy was I wrong! We both instantly liked her new owners. The minute their car door opened she jumped in and never looked back. This time I shed joyful tears.
Progress reports proved it was a match made in heaven and they were crazy about her. In no time Pugs was completely housebroken and enjoying daily walks on the beach and playing with her new buddy a male terrier. Pugsy is clearly the apple of her new mom’s eye.
Rex Van Wrinkle - placed June 2003
A good Samaritan found Rex wandering the streets alone and took him home. His attempts to locate the owner were unsuccessful and finally Rex was surrendered to us. Rex spent 6 weeks in our foster care. Because he was microchipped as a puppy we were able to track down his owner. However due tofailing health Rex was put up for adoption.
A wonderful family near Sacramento saw Rex’s photo and fell in love. He now spends his days playing with their 3 other rescued pooches and their son.
Seems Rex is not quite the outdoors man. On his first campingtrip he couldn’t wait to go home. Rex has now decided camping is fine as long as he ends the day in a hotel instead of a tent!!
Owen - placed January 2004
Owen was pulled from a shelter in the Los Angeles area. Young Owen was actually very little BT, mostly Corgi, possibly a little Pug, but certainly all over sweetness and love. Normally we would not pull a little guy with so little BT in the mix, but we watched poor Owen for several weeks at the shelter as people passed him by. Fearing this sweet little boy would be put to sleep we pulled him from the shelter. Surprisingly, we received letters from so many people wanting to adopt this little guy....and why not!!! He was as loving and gentle as could be. Wanting just the right home for Owen we settled on a wonderful family in the San Diego area. When we went to do the homecheck and saw the handmade poster in Thomas, the son's room, declaring his need for a dog, we knew this was the right place!!! What a perfect match....the picture says it all...."A boy and his companion"...Thomas and Owen.
Jackson - placed March 2004
Jackson has been placed in a wonderful and loving home in Chula Vista, CA. Milton seems to be the person that Jackson has needed all along. We think Jackson's earlier life was filled with mistreatment, beatings, and he was perhaps the victim of dog fighting. Now that Jackson has been adopted by Milton, he is loved very much and spoiled as much as any BT deserves! Milton and Jackson go for walks several times each day. And Milton works from his home, so Jackson always has his buddy around to give him some attention and those yummy treats!
Thank you Milton, for having the love in your heart to share your home with Jackson. Jackson's foster family misses him (especially Bossman!), but they're happy knowing that Jackson has found such a good home.
Pumpkin - placed February 2003
Pumpkin gives true meaning to the saying that Bostons are "a big dog personality in a small dog's body!" Weighing in at a petite twelve pounds, she's a match for any 100 lb. bruiser. She overwhelmed her first adoptive family, so after a month she came back to her foster parents. They couldn't bear to part with her a second time, and so they decided to adopt her and she's been a welcome member of their family ever since.
Pumpkin's favorite activities include watching out the upstairs bedroom window for any sign of something worth barking at, and watching Animal Planet on TV so she can raise a fuss whenever a dog or cat (or any other exotic animal) appears on-screen. She's also been known to shake her stuffed toys so hard that pieces come off and fly across the room! She expends so much energy that by 7 PM she is ready to snuggle up against anyone who happens to be sitting on the couch, and there she snoozes until its time to go to bed.
Angel - placed June 2003
Angel was one of the most pitiful cases of neglect we have come across in our rescue work. Apparently having been confined in a cage her entire life, her feet were malformed and she was unable to walk comfortably. Having not been socialized to other animals except to be used for breeding, she had severe aggression problems towards other animals. After many, many months of veterinary care and the work of her dedicated foster mother helping Angel to learn to trust that not all humans would mistreat her, she was finally ready to go to her forever home.
Angel was successfully placed with a loving and wonderful woman who needed Angel as much as Angel needed her care.
Lucky - placed June 2003
Rocco (formerly Mr. Lucky) was sitting abandoned at the Riverside
Shelter. He had been found as a stray. One of our members, Patti,
raced over and adopted the little boy and named him Lucky. He was
diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery to remove
the growth. Lucky went home to recuperate at Patti's house with
his step sister Angel. Lucky recovered nicely and was soon playing
with toys and giving kisses to his foster Mom Patti.
Lucky was adopted by a wonderful family in Corona
who renamed him Rocco. The picture is Rocco and his new sister at
his new home in Corona. His new family stated "He is a very
loving little guy who likes long walks and bananas. We feel very
fortunate to have gotten such a friendly, well-behaved dog and are
grateful to the Rescue for matching us up!" And we are lucky
that Rocco has such a wonderful family to give all his love and
kisses to now!
Henry - placed March 2003
John Henry was adopted from the Downey Shelter. He had been found
as a stray and his owners never came looking for him. He was thin,
dirty and scared with an eye infection. We adopted him and raced
him to our vet who gave him a full exam and eye medicine. John Henry
was fostered by a Manhattan Beach woman who fell in love with him
immediately. John Henry, his mom and his cat sisters live one block
from the beach and are frequently spotted around town or on the
beach. John Henry stops a lot of traffic because he is so handsome
and friendly. We are thrilled that he has a wonderful forever home.
Norma - placed June 2003
When Norma was pulled from the shelter in Long Beach, she was a sad,
battered, tumor-covered old lady with one good eye and little hope for
adoption. Once her Cushing's disease was controlled and the tumors and
damaged eye removed, this frisky senior was like a new pup, romping in
the yard and chasing a plastic bottle like a dog half her age. She was
still no covergirl, but she had tons of love to give, and in the end
Norma went all the way up to Sacramento to find a new forever home with
a kind-hearted woman, her young son and a rescued senior Lab sibling.
Renamed Norma Jean after glamorous Marylin Monroe, she is currently
enjoying happily ever after as the ruling queen of the household.
Henry - placed June 2003
Henry was pulled from the Orange County Shelter on May 8, 2003.
Poor Henry was found as a stray. He was very thin, scared, and suffering
from a Perennial Hernia. SCABT Rescue adopted Henry from the shelter
and raced him to the vet who operated and repaired his hernia and
neutered him. Henry was adopted by a wonderful man in Hermosa Beach
who loves Henry very much. Henry was also adopted by his new sister,
Lucy, a lab-pointer mix, who is also black and white. Lucy and Henry
love to go to the park and play ball with their Dad.
Henry has a wonderful forever home.
Pepper - placed April 2003
Doc was pulled from the San Diego shelter, a very frightened one year old boy. Apparently having no training whatsoever he wasn't even housebroken. He also suffered from severe separation anxiety. After spending a few weeks in "doggy boot camp" with his foster mom, he was soon housebroken and ready to be placed in a permanent home.
Dr. Pepper was adopted by a wonderful couple in Temple City where he is cherished and enjoys daily walks and romps to burn off his boisterous energy.
Penny - placed April 2003
Penny was turned over to our group when she was surrendered by her
owners. Penny had been attacked by two large dogs. During that attack
her eye was badly injured and left untreated. Penny's adoptive parents
saw her before her surgery to have the eye removed was even scheduled
and fell in love with this little spitball of energy. We fondly
observed that Penny was the tiny little BT with a size 2 body, and
a size 12 tongue. She was often seen with it lollygagging out to
the side happily, looking for her next adventure.
Penny's surgery was completed and she is happily
runningthe household at her new adoptive home. She lets her new
big brother, Boston Bean, who is almost twice her size, know that
she is the alpha queen. How wonderful that she can now burn off
all that exuberant energy with a brother boston and a family who
Skip was turned into East Valley by his owners for allegedly biting
a child. Pattie, one of our volunteers, rescued Skip. Skip was destined
to be put down due to his alleged child biting but because rescue
stepped in we were able to remove him from the shelter. Skip was
one scared Boston at the shelter and was a little aggressive with
the staff. The minute Skip left the shelter his demeanor changed.
He was a big fun loving boy. Skip became the clown of the house
and loved to play with his two foster brother Boston’s, Frankie and Data.
Data was 2 months old when Skip arrived and he was the most gentle
dog with Data. Skip weighs a hefty 44 lbs and my puppy was only
5 lbs at the time. What a great dog! This foster mom misses Skip
and I am sure that his foster brothers miss him as well.
Skip was adopted by a loving family in Irvine who
renamed him Maximus. Maximus plays with his dog sister a pointer,
a brother cat, his human mom and brothers and sisters. He cuddles
up each night with his new family. He is very much loved.
Buddy - placed December 2002
Buddy was refered to as the "Boston who fell from heaven" because he just showed up one day in a SCABTR member's back yard.
He was a beautiful young boy but he had a terrible time finding
a foster home because he was skittish, fearful and ...(how shall
I put this) quite the ladies man. Once he got stablized in a foster
home and was neutered, he eventually blossomed into a wonderful
friendly dog. Then, just in time for Christmas, Buddy got the best
gift ever - a loving forever home with Doug and Maureen and his
new canine siblings Casey the lab mix and Marley the BT.
Blackie - placed January 2003
Bob C. contacted us looking for a Boston to adopt. Bob completed
the application, sent it back to our adoption coordinator and a
homecheck was completed. Bob is a wonderful gentleman and we knew
that he would provide a perfect, loving home for one of our rescues.
His vet gave him a glowing reference.
We had a senior Boston named Blackie that we felt
would be a perfect match......two senior gentlemen living out their
life together. On of our Rescuers delivered Blackie to Bob and the
rest is history. They had a few hurdles to maneuver, but things
have settled down and they are totally enjoying each others company.
It made our group feel really good to give this man a companion.
From Bob C: I am so happy to have gotten "Blackie"
we have bonded wonderfully thanks again to all who had a hand in
matching us up. He loves to sun bath on the porch and have his belly
rubbed He is here for the duration of my life as well as his we
are alike in many ways.