Dutch, a Boston Terrier Boy with Over-Looked Potential

May 23, 2015 | 2015 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

The aim for every breed rescue organization is to find that perfect forever home for each dog they rescue and save. And, these all volunteer groups work hard to do just that by actively marketing each dog through their website, on sites like petfinder.com, and through community outreach.

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of the dedicated rescuers, a dog just doesn’t seem to attract interest from prospective adopters. Roberta of Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue says there are four criteria that determine a dog’s adoptability: Age, Appearance, Behavior, and Health.

Most adopters come to rescue wanting a puppy or, at least, a young dog. Many adopters, too, are not willing to deal with behavioral or health issues. Then, as unfair and arbitrary as it sounds, many look at the photos of dogs on the group’s website or Facebook page and fall in love with one or two and reject others that just don’t look as cute. This was the case with Dutch.



At seven years old and with the average Boston lifespan of sixteen years, age was not a factor for Dutch. Nor, did he have any major behavioral or health issues. Slightly larger than the breed standard, Dutch is a gentle, laid back boy who is somewhat hearing impaired and though shy, he is not aggressive, around other dogs. As Roberta described him, “He’s a big marshmallow.” Yet, despite aggressive marketing including multiple photos and a very cute video, there has been little interest in Dutch.

The average time from in-take to adoption is two and a half months, and most dogs receive multiple applications. Dutch has been in foster care for six months and during that time there have been only three applications submitted for him. None of those three panned out.dog

Roberta summed up the difficulties for a rescue organization, especially a small one. “In rescue, we believe every dog deserves a chance at a loving forever home. If we take in a dog that is unadoptable, he stays with a foster parent or is kept in sanctuary where he has a safe home with rescue paying all costs. This is often the situation with seriously ill or very elderly dogs, but Dutch is not in that category. Unfortunately, we have a saying in rescue: ‘The longer they stay, the more we pay’.”dog

Sometimes, when a dog is adoptable but languishes in rescue, the group looks to previous adopters, foster homes, and their roster of volunteers to try to get an adoption. While this sometimes works, it can mean the elimination of a much needed foster home. But, Roberta says they have not given up on Dutch who has so much to offer a potential adopter. “We are still determined to find this sweet boy the perfect home.”

Watch Dutch on the silver screen here:

If you would like to learn more about Dutch or Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue, apply to adopt or volunteer to foster, visit their Facebook page: CCBTR on FB or go to their website.

You can find more animal rescue, therapy animal, and other pet related articles in our pet section.

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Lee Juslin is a free lance copywriter living in North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and her band of misfits: Tarquin, a Wheaten Scottish Terrier, and three handicapped cats. They can be seen on their website: Hampshire Hooligans. She owns I B Dog Gone, a small embroidery business and is the author of the Nurse Frosty books for children and Frosty’s Story: Tales of a Therapy Dog. She supports a number of national and regional terrier rescue organizations.


  1. I have an aunt that would love to give this dog a forever home… Can you contact me via Facebook??? Having trouble accessing e mail at his time…

    • Gina – There are several Gina Laughlin Facebook pages. I don’t know which one to choose to comment on. Could you please reach out to us on our Facebook page or at our e-mail account – ccbtr@fastmail.fm. Thank you for your interest in Dutch.

  2. This is so commonplace and heartbreaking. Thanks for calling attention to this little fellow. Best wishes for finding a forever home.

  3. Hi
    What a handsome boy your are Dutch!! We would have happily given you your forever home, but we already have two Boston Terriers, male 7 yrs and female 9yrs. I just wanted to say that I can highly recommend Bostons for any home as they are the most loveable, loyal, intelligent & easy going breed we have ever owned. I’m sure your forever home is just around the corner Dutch!! ????

  4. Bostons are wonderful, and if I did not already have two rescued dogs, I would find a way to get this boy. Please keep us posted on his future.

  5. Petfinder is brilliant. I signed up a while back looking for a second pal for my older dog. Although I’d been carrying around a huge crate in the back of my car waiting for the perfect adult companion dog, I ended up adopting a puppy–irresistible and she’s given a new lease on life for the old guy [and me!]


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