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Monday, March 19, 2012

Meet Rudy, The Boston Terrier

Meet Rudy
By his human dad - Clint



Since I was a young child, I have always wanted a dog. However, my mother was allergic to dogs so I was never able to have one as a child. Once I reached adulthood, life always seemed to get in the way of taking the time to get a dog. At the age of 44, I decided that it was time that I finally get a dog before I became too old to walk one without assistance.

As a practicing attorney, research is something that is second nature to me, and I, therefore, spent considerable time researching what breed of dog would be best for me and focused on those breeds which were smaller in size, suitable for city life, intelligent, great with people, and well-suited for a novice dog owner. My research led to me to decide on a boston terrier.

Although I strongly support dog rescues, I felt that because I was a first-time dog owner that a rescue may not be the best choice for me in light of the potential challenges associated therewith. Therefore, I decided to get my boston terrier from a show dog breeder. Rudy was born on December 26, 2010, and both of his parents were notable show dog champions. He was the runt of the liter, and the only of his three other siblings who was sold as a pet with the breeder keeping his remaining siblings to compete. I purchased Rudy shortly after he was born, and I then had a long approximate three month wait until I received him at twelve weeks old on March 24, 2011. During this waiting period, I joined Woof Board, which is the leading boston terrier discussion forum on the internet (my user name is Stuart60611) where I received (and continue to receive) a vast amount of guidance on how to best prepare for and raise my new boston terrier puppy.

A great deal of attention has been paid to train Rudy and thoroughly socialize him with both people and dogs. He has turned out to be an incredible companion who is very intelligent, energetic, well-behaved, and excellent with people and dogs of all sizes and breeds. One of the greatest joys of having Rudy has been being allowed the privilege to document his life through videos which are all available for viewing on his YouTube channel. Rudy has gained quite a following on youtube, and as you can see from his videos, Rudy is quite a character. He has been and continues to be everything that I could ever hope for in a dog.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Epitome of Grace

Below is a lovely story about a sweet puppy I bred to show - JeanE's Promises In The Storm - Winnie. Winnie was gorgeous but at the age of 10 months old she injured her eye and was left with a corneal scare covering 3/4 of her eye - disqualifying her for the show ring. Still a wonderful and intelligent girl, I wanted her to have the very best home out there with a family that would love her and care for her as the very special girl she is. As providence would have it, Simone and I were introduced and the rest is history. Here is her story...

The Epitome of Grace
By Simone DeBlasio

Boston Terriers have been captivating my heart since the mid 90s. I find them to be the most amazing creatures. Maybe it’s their wide jackal-like smiles, or their overly expressive eyes, or perhaps I’m fond of their quirky personalities, or their ability to do hilariously fearless acts. You get the point. I love Boston Terriers.

I had two Bostons for many years and they provided me with endless entertainment, unconditional love and tenderness. In 2008 I had to put my 11-year old Sadie down, and my heart broke into a million pieces. A year later I had to send off her 14-year old brother, Quincy. What was left of my soul evaporated, and I swore off dogs.

After year of grieving and healing, I was finally able to consider getting another dog, so I started doing research. I was hoping to rescue a Boston, but it seemed nearly impossible. The good thing is they’re so popular they get rescued quickly. I started talking to a breeder in Redding who would have puppies soon, but I had my heart set on getting a rescue.

I figured it wasn’t meant to be. A week later she emailed about a friend who was looking for a home for a 3-year old female. She forwarded me to JeanE's Boston Terriers (http://www.jeanesbostons.com). I perused the website and knew I was in the right place. How could I pass up anyone with a tagline that says: Naturally Reared For Health & Beauty since 1984. Also, the pictures were perfection.

Jeannie and I emailed for about month, she was extremely diligent in her screening process, wanting to ensure her dog would be going to a safe and healthy home. When she told me about the raw food diet I backed away. How could a vegan handle raw meat? But something kept bringing us back to each other. In the end, I decided raw meat couldn’t compete with a Boston Terrier’s love. When I received the photo of little Winnie wearing her “Canine Good Citizen” ribbon, my heart grew fifteen sizes. It was love at first site.


We drove 6 hours from Los Angeles to Redding to pick up Winnie. After getting lost on the winding country roads, we finally found the location. I jumped out of the car and sprint-walked up to the house. From the porch a little black and white blur darted full-speed ahead right toward me, smiling ear to ear. Somehow this special little gal knew we would be together.

Winnie’s been in our home four months and every day gets better. She has taught me how to open my heart again. Her love is like the bright sun, lighting up our home and bringing so much laughter and joy. She is quite the character with a personality so huge, I started a website devoted to the adventures of Winnie. http://bostonterrierfanatic.blogspot.com/

I made a promise to only get future Bostons from Jeannie because Winnie is the most well-behaved, well-mannered, gentle, tender, intelligent, sweet, obedient, healthy and charming little dog I’ve ever come across. Jeannie’s website says they are dedicated to “producing healthy, sound dogs that are teachers, soulmates, bringers of daily joy, and dearest of companions.” And the proof is in the pudding, or rather, in Winnie.

Boston Terriers being "sexy".

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Bones Not Safe For Dogs?

Today there was a blog post at www.dogshealth.com entitled No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog

This is the most ludicrous statement I have ever heard made! RAW bones should be a part of every dog's diet. After all, dogs are carnivores! Yes, even Boston Terriers are carnivores and thrive on a raw meat and bone diet. I have been raising and showing Boston Terriers for over 20 years and they have been on a raw meat and bone diet the whole time!

Now, if one wants to state that COOKED bones are unsafe for our dogs then they would be correct in their statement since cooking bones (and meat) alters the molecular structure and makes bones brittle and un-digestible. Cooked bones are just as bad as the article says "bones" are, they just forgot to mention that it is only cooked bones that fit this category, RAW bones are highly nutritious for out dogs and they are designed from their teeth/jaws to their digestive tract eat, digest and utilize nutrition from bones.

Raw bones are natures's tooth brush, jaw and gum exercise equipment and trace minearl and vitamin supplement all in one.

Dr Jeannie Thomason

For more information on the benefits of feeding raw bones (and meat) to our Boston Terriers, please see The Whole Dog website.