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Today, we might spend some time discussing vaccination for your Boston

To reduce the risk of disease in your Boston Terrier, experts recommend
you have him vaccinated, since so many diseases pets contract can be
fatal. These diseases are usually transmitted by contact with a virus or

It is mandatory in the United States and some other countries for dogs
to be vaccinated for rabies. Your choice of vaccination will depend on
the health of your pet, his lifestyle and environment. Once you have
this in place, you can go on to formulate a Vaccination Schedule.

Kinds of puppy and dog core vaccinations: These include vaccinations to
guard against Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), Hepatitis, Canine
Parvovirus and Rabies. There are combination vaccines such as the Four in One
vaccine which includes protection from the viral diseases of Distemper,
Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus.

Kinds of puppy and dog non-core vaccinations: These comprise vaccines
against Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Parainfluenza, Lyme Disease and

Vaccinations for your pup: Puppy hood is a very vulnerable stage when
your Boston Terrier  is prone to contracting various diseases, since
their immunity is very low. At this stage, pups absorb antibodies from
their mother's milk intestinally, while still in the first few days after

Fortunately, pups receive immunity from some diseases from their mother
before weaning, if she has been vaccinated.

Once weaned, pups need to be vaccinated, the moment they begin to eat
on their own. If the dam has recently been vaccinated, she will have
enough and more antibodies in her milk, which she feeds to her young.

Over time, these antibodies dissipate, with higher concentrations
resulting in longer lengths of immunity. When the pup reaches a point when
there is no concentration of the dam's antibodies present in the pup's
system, a vaccination schedule is set up to protect the pup against
various diseases.

If your pup has been vaccinated early in life, it means that his mother
did not have many antibodies in her milk; hence an early protection to
the pup against disease was sought. The pup is then vaccinated against
Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis Lyme and

The rabies vaccination is repeated a year after the first vaccination
and then every three years. In case, your pup has been given rabies
shots back to back about nine to 12 months apart once, then subsequently,
each time he is vaccinated, it will legally be once every three years.

The vaccinations for the other viruses and bacteria, combined in one
injection, are repeated periodically. Your Boston Terrier pup must be
vaccinated against Leptospirosis, a spirochetal bacterium which is present
in raccoon and skunk urine only in Massachusetts and Connecticut, every
year due to the duration of immunity from bacterial vaccine is limited
to a year.

But if your dog steers clear of getting into brackish, late summer
alkaline pond water, you need not vaccinate him against this organism.  Yet
again, to guard against another spirochete, Lyme, it will be necessary
to vaccinate your pup, as this will prevent him from contracting this
bacterium from small ticks.  Lyme, being a disease of inflammation, can
be treated, but if left untreated can result in the death of the pet.

Which diseases to vaccinate for:

You and your vet should discuss the vaccinations to be given to your
pup and its frequency. If talk of a Booster shot comes up, don't be
alarmed. All it means is that you give a particular vaccine more than once.
Since the follow-up vaccines “boost” the immunity level of the pup, it
stands to be better protected from the disease and therefore the
vaccine is called a “Booster shot.”

Often, most pups are given a combination vaccine, called a Multivalent
vaccine, which protects your pup against multiple diseases. This saves
the pup from being injected over and over again by giving him just one
injection. A multivalent vaccine, DHLPPCv combines the following into
one injection:

DHLPPCv: This stands for:
D: Distemper Virus: This is a dangerous viral infection. 
H: Hepatitis: This viral infection is caused by two related viruses
that affect the liver.
L: Leptospirosis: This bacterial infection severely affects the
P: Parainfluenza: This virus, along with the Hepatitis virus, causes
upper respiratory infections.
P: Parvovirus: This severe and sometimes fatal virus damages the lining
of the intestinal tract.
Cv: Coronavirus: Similar to the Parvovirus, this can be very severe,
but has a different effect on the intestinal tract and is not fatal.

When to vaccinate: Before you go to the kennel to pick up your new
friend, call your vet and ask him to examine the pup once the deal is
struck. While returning home from the breeder, drop by at your vet's rooms
and have him see your pup. If you can, take along your pup's stool
sample to check for worms. This will help rid your pup of intestinal
parasites, which, in turn, will increase his nutritional levels.

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Today, we might spend a bit of time discussing the best way of grooming
your Boston Terrier.

Your pet's coat: Since your Boston Terrier has a short, smooth and flat
coat, he really needs just about five minutes of good brushing with a
fairly stiff brush, perhaps the kind your mother uses to scrub
vegetables would be good enough and certainly inexpensive.

Your Boston Terrier is a short haired dog that sheds minimally. For his
coat, the best brushes are the rubber palm brush and grooming mit.
While the palm brush, when used in a circular motion, helps lift out dead
hair and brings the oil to the surface, the grooming mit helps trap any
loose hair. If you groom him once a week, you'd be doing your best for
your pet.

How to groom him: When you want to groom your pet, first stand him on a
table. Now not only will he stand still but you can work better too.
Begin with his head and brush around his neck and work you way down his
back. Next, move on to his sides, brushing gently but in long strokes.
Now, turn him over on his back and brush his stomach.

Now, get him back on his feet and start brushing from the tail up all
the way to his head, against the direction of hair growth. Now that
you've gone all the way over his top and sides, begin at the head and work
your way back to the tail again, till his coat appears flat smooth and

Has your pet been scratching a bit too hard and often? If this is so,
perhaps you should suspect he has fleas. To counter this, you will have
to comb his coat from top to toe with a fine-toothed comb.

In time, you will find that if you brush his coat regularly, he will
not have fleas anymore, unless he catches it from being in contact with
other dogs or from lying in the grass where other dogs have lain.

To get rid of fleas in your pet's coat, take a piece of flannel or an
old woolen mitten and place it on your right hand. Now, pour a few drops
of castor oil or coconut oil on this cloth or mitt and run your hand
down your Boston Terrier's coat, as if you were stroking him. This is all
the care that your Boston Terrier's coat requires. This is one reason
why this breed is popular in cities where the size of rooms in an
apartment prohibits more strenuous grooming.

Your Boston Terrier's teeth: When your Boston Terrier pup is about four
to five months of age, he will lose his first baby teeth, even as his
large permanent teeth begin to grow. His gums may be swollen now and he
may want to chew on hard things.

Give him large bones to chew on constantly. Once you've cut off the fat
or gristle on them, allow your pet to chew on it as much as he likes.
This chewing is helpful to him as it helps his second teeth cut through
the gums. By now, his baby teeth may have fallen off or he may have
swallowed them.

Once he has got his full set of permanent teeth, you won't have much to
do by way of looking after them. You won't have to brush your pet's
teeth twice a day, as he doesn't need it, due to the high content of hard
substance in his food.

Check his mouth for leftover food or bone splinters that might lie
stuck between his teeth. If you do see either of these, remove it. To keep
his teeth clean and his breath sweet, wrap a piece of cloth around your
finger. Wet it with a little water, dip it in plain salt and rub his
toothbrush and powder gently over his teeth and gums.

In addition, if you give your pet the occasional dog biscuits and bones
to chew, he shouldn't have any dental problems until he's old. But if
you find he has foul breath, refuses to chew hard food, and hangs his
head and whines, take him to a vet for he might have a cavity or needs a
tooth pulled.

Bathing your pet: You're sure to come across people who advise you not
to bathe your pet, while others may tell you to bathe him as often as
possible. The right thing for your pet, however, is to steer a middle
course between no bathing and lots of it by bathing him once a month.
Here are some essential tips:

Don't bathe your pup until he's six months old.

Don't bathe him more than once a month and certainly soon after a meal
or if he's had a cold or skin disease.

How to bathe him.

Place all the necessary objects you need to give him a bath such as
mild toilet soap or soap flakes, soft cloth, a brush, a large bath towel
and a can for warm water or spray attached to the faucet. Get into a
pair of old clothes and run a few inches of lukewarm water in the tub. Put
soap flakes in the water now, and block the water out of your pet's
ears with a wad of cotton.

Pick him up gently, talking to him all the time and gently place him in
the water. Hold him there as he tries to scramble out. Wipe his face
with the soft cloth, now pour water all over his body. Lather soap around
his neck to keep fleas from jumping from his body to his head. Now soap
him all over his body using both your hands.

When he's covered with thick suds, scrub his coat with the brush
gently, up and down and sideways. Keep soap water away from his eyes. Rinse
with lukewarm water, either spraying him or pouring mugs of water all
over him.

Repeat the procedure to ensure he's clean. Remove all traces of soap
from his coat or his skin will become dry and itchy. Squeeze out as much
water as you can with your hands, then wrap him up in a large towel and
lift him out of the tub. He will try to shake himself and run around
the place, so hang on to him and rub him dry with the towel.

Now that he's completely dry, watch him run. This is typical behavior
of pets that've just had a bath. This keeps them from catching cold. You
can join him in his fun but keep him indoors unless it's a very hot
day. Ideally, if he is a city dog, keep him indoors for the first three
hours after a bath. He may want a nap now but don't allow that. Instead,
keep him moving till he's perfectly dry.

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well, on a few waiting lists for bt puppies. who knows when we'll be able to bring our pup home? in the long run, i know that it's worth it to wait for the right breeder with the right pup.... i just hope it's sooner than later haha. all this waiting is torture!

thinking a lot more about housebreaking. i realized that i wouldn't be the main person doing it. eeks. it'd be my hubby since he'd definitely spend more time with him/her. ooh, we better discuss that an get him knowledgable about how to housebreak!
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BTCA phone recs - Billie Bunch

Anaya, Melany.......Concord, Ca.......925-798-7165* 
no pups avail, 4 month old only, great resource, friendly via email
Anderson, Mary Lou....Fari Oaks, Ca.....916-961-8343*

Barnett, Donne....SanJose, CA....408-268-2010*
11/6: 5 month show dog only, sounds "rough" on the phone

Bell, Marti....Livermore, CA...925-373-1945*
11/6: left voicemail.

Bettis, Wendy...Gavilan Hills CA...909-443-0010*

Bloom Toby...Fantana, CA...909-350-1926*

Brunet, Richard....San Clemente, CA...949-284-3118*

Butrler, Peggy...Wildomar, CA...909-244-6171*
11/2 check back in spring, will breed first of year.

Carley, Bertha...Healdsburg, CA...707-433-1026
11/6: none available. said to "check the paper", sounds "rough"

Casey, Sara...Davis, CA...530-756-0738*

Cheeks, Jeannette...Manteca. CA...209-824-5537*
11/6: none available, might be available summer next year. sounds very loving, doesn't do BAER, notes on her available.

Christman, Janet...SanJose, CA...408-374-8299*
11/6: none available, very friendly on the phone, knowledgable, recommended Mary Murtey

Clarke, Pat....Lake Elsinore, CA...909-678-0266*

Cooper, Charles...Sacramento, CA...916-483-0589*

Crook, Sandy...Poway, CA...858-748-6827*

Dobkin, Marcie....Poway, CA...858-748-8848*

Dorough, Judy...Alta Loma, CA...909-989-9501*

Feist, Linda...Orange, CA...714-289-0818*

Ferris, Elizabeth....Paso Robles, CA...805-226-8988*..has pups

Fox, Carol...Santa Monica, CA...310-393-1197*

Furry, Terry...Oakland, CA...510-465-6438*
11/6: left message

Giffen, Lawrence...Ranco Santa Margarita, CA...949-888-5253*

Grossi, Sophia...Ukiah, CA...707-462-0697*

Gurtner, Pat....Cotati, Ca....707-795-6404*
11/6: check back in spring - although doesn't sound friendly on the phone... sounded exasperated

Holston, Desiree..Whittier, CA...does not breed

Holt, Michael...Phelan, CA...760-868-9208*

Hooper, Shane....Fontana, CA...909-356-4518*

Hough, Tamara.....Manton, Ca...530-474-3195*
10/30: one pup available, but we didn't like the markings

Huddleston, Lillian...Northridge, CA....818-344-3487*

Hunter, Connie...Merced, CA...209-723-8075*

Kauffroath, Shirley...Galt, CA...209-365-1050*

Krouse, Susan...ScotsValley, CA...831-438-1510*

LaFleur, Nicole...Newman, CA...209-862-4428*

Massa Lochridge, Mark...Berkeley CA....510-527-9465*
11/6: Left a voicemail

Murtey, Mary...San Jose, CA...408-378-1499*
11/6: Emailed a message
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male or female

before hubby was dead set on a male. now he says he doesn't care either way. i guess when it comes down to it, it's whatever sex chooses us, right? heehee

possible boy name: ASTON (named after the hotel we stayed at in Hawaii last year during the time he proposed)

possible girl name: JULES (loose association with JULY, the month we got married in)
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breeder update

See the post below to see what happened with the breeder that called me overwhelming... This was my response to her:


I wrote a lengthy,honest description of my family - our interests, personalities, lifestyle, our plans to prepare for a pup - most of which meets and/or exceeds your requirements on your on-line application. I asked to meet your pups so we can get acquainted with them and so you can also get to know us, yet you said the pups were not available on your facilities. I subsequently asked their location so that we could go out and visit. I have done my research - joined BT forums, read BT books, reviewed BT websites, asked current BT owners about their experiences. I am STILL researching and will continue to research even after I do finally get my furbaby. I formulated necessary and important questions based on the research I have done to ask breeders. I have done everything any responsible, knowledgable, future boston terrier owner would do - with only the genuine interest of the pup at heart ... Yet i'm pushy, over the top, and overwhelming?

Again. Wow.

Was your email response rude? No.

Disappointing? Yes - from the glowing claims on your website of how much you care about your pups, I did NOT expect this response.

For all that it's worth, I'm glad that I did find you and that it worked out the way it did. As a result, I am now more determined than ever to find a reputable breeder who cares more about placing pups in a home that is concerned, informed, and responsible - rather than how many questions were asked.

Her response
I do encourage and appreciate a person who is as dedicated as you are about your research. But Im sorry you do not see your never ending supply of quizzes as overly imposing. I never ment to offend you nor lead you to think that we do not have the time for fair sincere questioning. But again to be drilled as if We have something to prove that we haven’t already is a bit offensive. Sorry you do not see that way. I plainly just do not have the time between birthing puppies ( haven’t slept in 4 days and counting) and everything else. for a high maintenance email exchange that may never develop into anything but helping you do your reseach. Most people at least take the time to call me, get to know us and what were about ect.. Good Luck to you and your research.


I laugh because her response is so contradictory. She "encourages" and "appreciates a person who is dedicated as I am" but doesn't have time to answer questions. and WOW. is it my problem that she hasn't slept in four days?? i'm not even gonna respond to this. i've said my peace.
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more breeders

more breeders i contacted via email today, from Melany Anaya's website -

Southern California

Cindy Adams (Valencia) --
Peggy Butler (Wildomar) --
Bob Candland (Lake Elsinore) --
Terry Pratt (Lakeside) --

Oregon & Nevada
Ann/Thomas Sunday (Grants Pass) --
Nancy Shaw (Winnemuca) --

And another one I contacted from

Shirley Miller --
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breeder called me overwhelming

follwing post is x-posted from the boston_buddies community:


i've read over and over again that i should ask as many questions about a breeder's practices, pups, etc. well, i took the advice and asked thorough questions that I formulated after researching the kinds of things i SHOULD ask. she says that the two emails i sent of "non-commital questioning is over the top. she even called me pushy. Her last statement... "I wish you the best on finding your puppy and the breeder that can with stand pages and pages of drilling questions." WHAT?! sheesh.

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