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08 November 2004 @ 03:50 pm
Looking for a MN BT.  
One of the flight nurses I fly with is interested in getting a BT. He asked me if I could find a breeder for him. He lives near Minneapolis and already has 3 dogs (2 Dobermen and a Yorkie). Anyone know of a breeder in the midwest? I won't recommend the breeder I got Charlie from.
I am feeling: thoughtfulthoughtful
I am listening to: Offspring
fuzzybumblebeefuzzybumblebee on November 8th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
i know there is a boston terrier rescue group in minneapolis.
Jessicajemntheambiens on November 8th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)

They are based in Oaklahoma and very good to deal with.
Genevieve: Hog & Ialwaysgenevieve on November 8th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
how come you wont mention cutie charlies breeder?
Jenn: Just call me Momastridlynn on November 9th, 2004 02:40 am (UTC)
Long reply....
There are a few reasons, mostly the lack of knowledge they had about Bostons and health problems Charlie had.

1. He was cryptonic. When I asked the breeder about it I was told that it was perfectly normal....It never descended and the vet found it all the way up by his stomach, wrapped around his intestine.

2. The breeder also told me that some people choose to dock BTs' tails and if I wanted to do that that I just had to use a scissor to cut it off to about an inch's length. When I asked if it would hurt him or be a source of infection, she told me "nah". She also told me that many people have their ears cut to stand up better. (Forget the technical term for it, but after consulting with my vet and doing some research, I decided it wasn't necessary and could also be dangerous if not done correctly.)

3. I was told he was in perfect health and the parents were too. I asked to see the parents, like the puppies they were kept in a pen outside. Both were extremely overweight, but I didn't know any better. Charlie developped demodex mytes and when I brought him into the vet, I found out that demodex is something that pups get from the mother. Demodex only develops into an infection if the puppy has a suppressed immune system--usually inherited. My vet told me that every time this breeder had a litter (they also raised pugs) he saw at least 1-2 pups with demodex. He had even spoken with the breeder before and advised her not to breed these two bitches.

4. She didn't really ask any questions about me or the home Charlie would be going to. All she really knew about me when Charlie and I left to go home was that I'm a college student and I live alone.

Being this was my first dog (of my own, not counting family dogs), I didn't know much about what to look for in a pup or a good breeder. I love Charlie to death and wouldn't trade him for the world. I just wish I would've done my research better....wish I would've known about this site back then. *smiles*
Genevieve: rebel gargoylealwaysgenevieve on November 9th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC)
Re: Long reply....
wow that is crazy. You need to report her to the AKC if you havent already.
heatherbeneather: hot lipsspikella on November 9th, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Long reply....
good lord... that's frightening!

docking your dog's tail at home, on your own, with a pair of scissors is just about the most insane thing i've ever heard of! *shudder*

and this person breeds dogs... that's the most scary part i think.

Good for you for doing your research. and for not referring anyone to this person.