Welcome to Boston Terrier Rescue of South Carolina
We are based in the North Augusta, SC/Augusta, GA, area. We are a nonprofit group dedicated to rescuing purebred Boston terriers and Boston terrier mixes with the ultimate goal of placing them in loving, forever homes. Some who are too sick or too old to be adopted will find their forever home in their foster homes with volunteers who love and care for them. We are always in need of more foster homes, so please fill out an adoption/foster application if you would like to help.
Thousands of perfectly adoptable dogs and cats die everyday in shelters
because there are simply not enough homes for them. Given this sad reality,
there really is no good reason whatsoever to breed or buy a pet.
Until the pet overpopulation is under control, there is only one responsible
and ethical option——OPT to ADOPT from your local shelter or rescue group!!!
A moving testament of how important dogs are to us and our health…
Several weeks ago, I posted a picture of Olivia and Kipper on the BT web site. Olivia is our 7 year old daughter with many different disabilities. (Due to Biological Mother Drug Abuse) Olivia has been seen by many Neurologist in the last several years due to her Epilepsy. Our daughter has seizures that are not the normal 5 minute, but can last for hours. To know Olivia, is to love her! She is smart, willing, just a all around wonderful little girl.
Several months ago, the group needed a foster for a sweet boy that was in the Columbia pound. I agreed to take him in and quickly became a foster failure. This young man came into our home with a sweater on that hide his bones. Olivia ask me to take the sweater off and after she looked at him, she went to her play room to retrieve her doctor bag and upon returning, stated ” its ok boy, mama’s going to take good care of you”. She instantly bonded with him. That night, he was piled up in the bed with Olivia and our other 3 Boston’s. (Needless to say, I get the edge of the bed) Olivia named him Kipper that night, and he acted like that had always been his name.
Over the months, we have watched little things that have been going on with the two of them, and shook it off. Well, the last several weeks have opened our eyes. Olivia had a major Grand Mal seizure several weeks ago, and Kipper refused to leave her side. He laid on her pillow, and she rested her head on him after we were able to get it under control with medications. Kipper laid with this baby for over 10 hours while she slept, and never moved. He would only look around at her then lay his head back down. (Sorry to say the next, but I must tell you so you will understand.) After receiving a high dose of valium, it is very normal for a child to vomit, loose stool, urinate, etc. Well for the first time, Olivia did not. Once Olivia started coming out of sedation and we were able to get her moving around a little, Kipper started vomiting and had the uncontrollable bowels. The two of them went back to lay with each other for many hours after that.
My husband and I spoke, and started putting all of theses little things together that have been happening, and once again, tried to shake it off, thinking “no we are crazy, this cant be possible”. Although I knew deep down inside that Kipper is not just a Boston Terrier, He and Olivia have bonded so closely, that he is now her Canine Assistant.
Unable to separate Kipper and Olivia, Kipper was able to take his first vacation this past weekend. Olivia was several hours away with her aunt on Sunday, and the worst of course happened. Kipper started whinnying and my aunt look in her review mirror to find Olivia in another Grand Mal seizure. She had to quickly pull to the side of the interstate, and flag someone down to assist. Kipper calmly laid beside of Olivia the entire time. After she was out of post seizure, the EMT’s cleared her for a quick travel home. Kipper remained by her side, as close as he could get. Once they arrived home, we got Olivia in the bed where she slept another 4 hours before waking. Kipper never left her side. As Olivia started coming around out of the sedation, Kipper once again, did all the vomiting and stool. So….. people that don’t believe that a child and a dog can become as one, I am here to tell them, I have living proof. This young man that was a rescue, fostered, and now adopted is a angel for the Heavens above.
Olivia and Kipper spend their days with each other, if she goes to one room, he is on her heels. He has given her confidence to be in a room alone, which is something that she has never done. Its like if he is with her, she has her protector. Olivia only has one good hand , and he has so much patience, he will just sit there for her to do anything to him. If Olivia has to go any where with out him, Kipper will lie at the back door and cry until we return. Once we return, life is grand again.
We thank God for sending us this wonderful young man, and look forward to watching the two of them continue to grow together.
Erica Griner and Family
Boston Terrier Rescue of SC is a nonprofit corporation in the State of South Carolina. We have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. Some of our foster dogs are old or sick and will never be adopted. Adoption fees alone do not cover veterinary expenses for all the dogs. Donations are gratefully accepted to help us care for these deserving dogs as long as they need us, possibly for the rest of their lives.