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Be a Virtual Foster to Pebbles


At 7 or 8 years old, Pebbles’ owner passed away and she was left alone for quite some time in the house all by herself. She was cared for by her neighbors who came and fed her everyday until the house was foreclosed on. They took her home and contacted Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue who took her into rescue. Pebbles was beyond afraid – she was afraid of everything and very untrusting. Once in NEBTR, Pebbles was placed in a foster home but her fear of people was so great that she did not come out of her cage for 5 days. Eventually, with the help of a trainer, Pebbles came out of her crate but was afraid of dogs, people (especially men), the wind, a bowl – anything she wasn’t used to. She had to be separated from everything because the world was just too scary for her. In her foster home, while she made great strides (was able to sit next to the foster Mom, pee in the yard, eat out of a bowl) these normal behaviors took 5 months to achieve and only by being sequestered from the rest of the household. She had to be moved b/c she was taking up the living room in the foster home and it was too much for the foster home to live that way; she could not be moved. She was even put on drugs to calm her, but her fear was too great. Although she was a different dog than the one that arrived –  the foster home thought if she had more space or a room that was quietly away from the rest of the household, she could possibly make even better progress.

The decision was made to move her to a home where she could have her own room and be away from the other people and dogs in the house. It was a scary journey for her to be moved after she had made some progress; but it had to be done. As it turned out, this was just the thing for Pebbles – she shared a whole set of rooms, off of the main house with a cat. This cat became her very best friend. Through patience and consistency, soft music and oils (plus the cat!) Pebbles became less frightened and once again started to make strides in allowing humans to approach her. But it’s a day by day occurrence with much patience and love and slow slow slow introductions.  Eventually, her best human friend became the man of the house – he slept on the couch in her dog room for weeks until she started to trust and love him – they are growing their relationship everyday. The foster home is hoping to get her acclimated with the other dogs, but this is a slow process.

It is clear that Pebbles can really never be adopted so the foster home decided to keep her and make her a Virtual Foster. She shares Lucy’s Virtual Foster page and wants to tell the world about how dogs, that have this kind of fear, can eventually be handled and loved using lots of time and patience.

She is a very sweet little girl who wants nothing more then love and affection but is so very fearful to just allow that to happen. But she has her best friend, kitty, who is helping her progress as well as her foster sister Lucy. Without the foster homes, who are willing to take the time and expensive to allow dogs like Pebbles to live a comfortable life, she would have no chance in this world. Won’t you consider sponsoring Pebbles to help the family offset the costs of her care?

(Pebbles is the all white BT.)

Be a Virtual Foster to Twister

Twister arrived to NEBTR on 4/18/16; He is a 9 yo male that was found stray and ended up at the Kanawha Humane Society in Charleston West VA. He was said to be sweet and loving to all, mellow, neutered, UTD and very thin with some skin/fur issues. But he actually is much sicker with neurological issues that will make him a permanent foster as he is not adoptable.

When he arrived to his foster home, he was skinny, had fleas, worms in his stool, and some hair loss on his back end.  We also noticed his very sedate personality and bad teeth. He was very mellow and non reactive but would pace around.

Although the shelter estimated him to be 9 yrs old, we think he is much older, or just in very poor shape. He was very picky about what he would eat so it took some trial and error. The fleas were quickly cleared up with meds and hair started growing back. Next, we wanted to get his teeth taken care of. He had blood work which was ok but they noticed a very slow heart rate so anesthesia was a concern. He had an chest xray, ECG and test done which concluded a slow heart rate due to vagal tone.

He continued his pacing and distant behavior. One day he was not well, very out of it, would not eat and losing balance. His ear was draining fluid and seemed to bother him. We made a trip to the ER which is also a specialty center in Pittsburgh. By that time he perked up but they noted his odd behavior as he paced around the room. They suspected something intra cranial and referred us to neurology.

He had a consult with the neurologist who observed him and did some physical tests. He concluded that he has dull mentation and most likely has a brain tumor or had brain damage at some point in his life. It’s so hard with no history.  For diagnosis he would need an MRI which we decided against.

We tried another round of antibiotics and steroids to see if he would respond.  We did see some changes which is not really a good sign because tumors can respond to steroids. He had a follow up with the neurologist where he observed the same behaviors. We collectively decided that Twister should remain  as a permanent foster.

He will only eat certain things like slow cooked  chicken and burgers and continues to lose weight. He recently stopped drinking from a water bowl. He will go stand over it then walk away so we have been giving him water with a syringe which he willingly licks. He has his good and bad days. He is an adorable sweet old man. I hope to make him comfortable for as long as possible.

In the meantime – he has and will incur medical expenses – but we will continue to support him because he needs a chance at living the rest of his life in peace, comfort and love.





Be a Virtual Foster to Rhondie


Rhondie came to us in late May, a four year old breeder whose nipples were swollen by the many frequent litters she bore. Skittish and completely ignorant of what it is to be a pet, Rhondie has been a quick learner – but has far to go. She came to us from a breeder in Florida, and never knew a day out in the sweltering heat. She also never knew how it felt to have a leash fastened to her collar. She had never been offered a treat. She had no social skills whatsoever, and has literally learned how to be a dog by watching our resident dogs.
Rhondie arrived in a crate and was fearful to venture out. It was her safe haven for many weeks. Even after she understood that being outside the crate could be wonderful, she still retreated within and covered her head with the blanket she’d brought with her. She arrived wearing a harness. A leash was attached to it. Not only did it turn out that this girl was so fearful that she chose to “bite” and bite often, We determined she was also visually impaired.

She was adopted and sent back.  Trust continues to be an issue for Rhondie. She was downright fearful of my husband, and men in general. We learned almost immediately that neither of us should touch her hind legs -or as I called it, ‘below the waist’. Everyday is a learning experience and we invite everyone to share in this experience. We eventually realized that since we had learned how to deal with her issues that there was no sense in trying to get her adopted only having to have her come back; so we decided to let her live her life out here. She is loved; come like Rhondie’s page and become a Guardian or Angel sponsor.

You can view her Facebook page here.





Be a Virtual Foster to Ella


Ella was a stray that NEBTR rescued from a Nassau county shelter on Long Island. NEBTR pulled her on 1/13/2016 and although we were sent pictures, we were not prepared for the shape she was in on that cold January day.

Her skin was bloody, raw and oozing with large patches of missing hair. She had very little muscle tone and it took all she had to walk up one step. We just could not imagine what had happened to this poor girl. We could not even put a harness or collaron, the thought of even trying to pick her up sent shivers up my spine. She was a mess.

To our surprise she was diagnosed with untreated Cushing’s! We started treatment with the Holistic Vet and she began to slowly improve, but has a host of issues that will always need to be carefully monitored and watched. This little lady also sees an acupuncturist!

Ella will continue to always have a need for medical attention and prescription drugs for the rest of her life so we have made her a virtual foster. With your help and support, you can support the foster family in her care to keep her happy and healthy.

Ella’s struggle is real and changes daily. She sleeps a lot, tires easily and requires close monitoring. The littlest behavior change, loss of appetite or interest can mean that something is brewing.

She is extremely loved and well cared for in her foster home. Please consider becoming a Virtual Guardian and Angel sponsor.

Thank You!

Be a Virtual Foster in Memory of Zoey

Zoey was pulled from the humane society by NEBTR in September of 2015.  She was 12 yrs young and an old soul, a dog that needs love in the last years of her life. She is deaf, blind and incontinent. She is very much loved by her foster family.

She was surrendered because she was having accidents in the house; her owner was going through a divorce and couldn’t handle her and her “issues”.  We found out right away that she was completely deaf.  Zoey adjusted quickly to the changes that  occurred in her old age life, you might call it “senior wisdom”. After her family surrendered her, she came to live with a foster family and their dogs and cats. She got along fine with everyone, adapted to the household routine, and made new friends.

Sweet Zoey is completely deaf, so she don’t really respond if you call her by name. She is clever! She has learned basic hand signals, knows to go to the door when nature calls (sometimes), and knows where her crate is when it’s time for her to sleep.

Although she was previously up for adoption, it has been determined that her health is declining and therefore will remain in foster care for the remainder of her life. Her eyesight is rapidly degenerating for reasons that the doctor has not figured out yet.  She has a very active bladder and is unable to make it outside about 50% of the time.  Her back legs appear to have weakness/pain that comes and goes.  She sleeps a lot when they bother her. She is fed a special diet and lovingly cared for. She is otherwise a very sweet dog that just enjoys a comfy bed and a hoof to chew on.

She will become one of our virtual fosters so that anyone who wants to adopt her, can adopt her virtually through out virtual foster program. Please consider sponsoring Zoey to help the foster family ensure she gets all she needs until God decides he wants another Angel – but that time is not now.

You can view her Facebook page here.

Be a Virtual Foster to Patti or in Memory of Walter White

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Walter White came to NEBTR on March 23, 2015, on his 10th birthday.

NEBTR was contacted by an animal shelter in Massachusetts. Walter White ( originally called Buster Brown) had 2 choices, either NEBTR could rescue him, or he would be put down. He was deemed “unadoptable”, at 10 years old. He was also surrendered on his 10th birthday!

WW is a chocolate and white male Boston Terrier. He was surrendered due to his owner’s ill health. He is good with kids and friendly with strangers.There is no history of possession aggression. No history of biting or snapping at anyone with a bubbly and friendly personality. Foster mom says that he is affectionate, cooperative, and gives lots of love. He loves stuffed squeaky toys. He is most happy when he is getting attention. In short, he is a love bug and a happy dog.
When we did his medical intake we found out that Walter has a significant heart murmur that will entail him to be on heart meds for the rest of his life. He also has dental disease and some lumps on his body. His medical is the reason he is not a dog we can place up for adoption. His foster mom knew that there was no way we could place him, so she accepted him as her forever foster. He has a stage 5 heart murmur. While he is not actively in congestive heart failure (CHF), we are unable to determine when he will go onto CHF. Walter is a loved and cherished forever foster with his mom, Amanda. His medical bills are very high and by virtually fostering Walter, you help offset the cost of his meds.
Patti came to NEBTR on July 15, 2015. She was surrendered to the local humane society because she had nipped at a child that was pulling her ears; this labeled Patti as dog aggressive at the local animal shelter. Because of her age (13 years young) the shelter thought she had a better chance with NEBTR.
She has bilateral cataracts and a stage 2 heart murmur. Her heart condition requires her to have a blood check and exam every 6 months to ensure she’s healthy. Also, she gets hip and joint pills, cardio pills, and ache and pain pills on a daily basis to keep her healthy. Between her aggressive behavior record and her health, let’s face it, she will stay in foster care and live out her life with her family and fur brothers and sisters.
Once her foster mom made slow introductions with her and the other resident dogs, we quickly learned that Patti is not dog aggressive, but rather has a dominant personality. She likes to be queen and ruler of her pack. What was showing as an aggressive personality at the shelter turned into a dominant but loving personality when in her new home. Her foster mom quickly realized that staying in her foster home permanently would be the best option for her, because of her age, health problems, personality and behavior record.
Patti has now formed her way into her pack at home, which consists of a pitbull and 4 other Boston Terriers. One of those happen to be Walter White, her fur brother who also is a Virtual Foster. Walter White is a virtual foster because he has a heart condition too, he has congenital heart with makes him dependent on medicine for the rest of his life. Patti loves to play loud and rough with Walter, but always has a loving manner. You would never expect her to be 13 years old. She still loves her toys, bones, running around outside, and wrestling with her fur siblings. She will be loved forever, sharing a Facebook page with her brother, Walter White, for the rest of their days. Please consider being a Virtual Foster sponsor for both Walter and Patti.


Be a Virtual Foster to Lucy

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Meet our New Virtual Foster LUCY
Lucy came into foster on 8/30/2014 from a back yard breeder. She was in rough shape and we were told she was 9 years old (however she was really 3). She had pyometra (infection in the uterus) as well as several mammary masses which unfortunately were cancerous. 
There were so many masses that the opinion was to remove all Lucy’s mammary glands.  After lots of thought, the foster family decided not to do that as it would be to much for her after everything she had all ready gone through. They decided to look into Homeopathic Medication and although the foster family had never tried this before, they thought it was worth a try. They just could not put Lucy through all that invasive surgery. 
Unfortunately she will never be adoptable due to her medical issues but that doesn’t matter, she is a forever virtual foster and she is cherished by her foster family. She is being brought back to health through holistic medicine and you can read all about in her BIO on her Facebook page. You can read all about her remedies, her natural food diet and ban against all chemicals and be a part of her family, virtually. So far, little Lucy is comfortable and doing very well. 
If you would like to send her something from her wish-list, you can find it here;

Be a Virtual Foster in Memory of Maxy Moo


Max (Maxy Moo) arrived 12/30/13 and was an owner surrender. We were told he was 12. His owner was getting evicted and a family member contacted us with an urgent request to take Max asap. Max had not had much vet care and in February we found out he was actually 14 years old. When he was received, he was severely neglected: nails turning under, underweight, infected ears, a mouth full of rotten teeth, high anxiety and he was not neutered.

Once he found his foster mom (forever Mom as he was too old and in poor health to be adopted) he started responding well to the antibiotics for his ear infections and to the coconut oil that was soothing his skin and preparing it for the regrowth of hair. In 2 months, she had his skin now pink and warm where once it had been bright red, cracked, sore and ice cold. Maxy still has chronic skin issues that are likely due to an auto immune disorder so he wears a cozy sweater at all times to stay protected.

His tongue hangs out and Maxy is hand fed home cooked meatloaf. Foster mom Jerrilyn started to see a sparkle in his eye and his ears went back up.

During his first few weeks in foster care, Maxy would cry constantly. Once he had a full dental and was neutered, he was given daily chamomile tea, Rescue Remedy and a Thunder Shirt. Foster Mama would play Bach for him and slowly he began to settle and his anxiety subsided.

Maxy Moo has shown a real will to live! Especially once his foster mom started making him feel comfortable. He enjoys wrapping himself up in blankies like a burrito and trotting around the yard in the summertime. He sits for treats, cries at the door when he wants to go out and loves going for car rides. He is still a crusty old man who enjoys nipping strangers but he is cute as can be, and loving life in his foster home, at 15 years old.


Here is a link to Maxy Moo’s Facebook Page where you can read all about him and if you are his Guardian or Angel, you will be able to communicate with him and his Foster Mom.




Be a Virtual Foster In Memory of Dobby


Dobby was a deaf young Boston Terrier. He suffered brain damage from a prolonged seizure he endured for almost twenty four hours.  It was discovered that this was due to a blood disorder, Polycythemia Vera. Living on Chemo Therapy eliminated seizures and controlled his blood levels for a while. But the seizures caused neurological damage and he needed special treatment for this.  Unfortunately, this was all too much for his system and he went to the Rainbow Bridge.

He was fostered by Maria Pastuszak, who prayed for a miracle, but it was not to be.  You can still give a gift in memory of Dobby though, which will be used to help another needy Boston.

 Here is a link to Dobby’s Sister’s Facebook Page “Dearest Dotty” where you can read all about her and in memory of him and if you are his Guardian or Angel, you will be able to communicate with him and his Foster Mom.

Be a Virtual Foster to in Memory of Senior Skittles

Skittles came to NEBTR with an immune disease and vomiting blood. Skittles has a condition called Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia–where the immune system attacks platelets in the blood.

She had been on so much medication that her poor liver suffered. She is being fostered by Linda Antonelli, who specializes in immune diseases and starts with the food and nourishment of the dog.

Skittles is making small improvements in her health but still has a long way to go.  Although we know that Skittle is not anemic, there’s a whole lot we do not know and her blood tests are trying to tell us; we know her liver levels are extremely high.  Skittles will continue to work with Linda and her vet to reduce Skittles medications and boost her immune system which will hopefully bring her liver levels back inline and reduce other internal problems due to all her medications.

We will not know exactly what is wrong with her until we can decrease some of the medications she has been on and put her liver back on control.Through all her health issues Skittles is a sweet girl who enjoy cuddles and soaking up the sun.  She is getting a little stronger every day but is not out of the woods yet.  This little 9 year old girl is a fighter and we are all hoping she continues to make improvements.


 Here is a link to Skittles’ Facebook Page where you can read all about her and if you are herGuardian or Angel, you will be able to communicate with her and her Foster Mom.