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Meet Turbo

Born in the Spring of 2016 Turbo has all of the wonderful features of a Boston Terrier puppy – looks that could melt any heart, energy that seems never ending, and love to spread all around. In addition to all these wonderful qualities, Turbo suffers from a condition that is not so common and requires special care so that he can live a relatively normal life. Turbo has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida. 
(Spina Bifida is a congenital condition that results from failure of closure of the neural tube during development, resulting in an incompletely formed spinal cord. In addition, the vertebrae overlying the open portion of the spinal cord do not fully form and remain unfused and open. This allows the abnormal portion of the spinal cord to stick out through the opening in the bones. There may or may not be a fluid filled sac surrounding the open spinal cord.)  
Because of this condition, Turbo suffers from incontinence, back end abnormality (although he runs like the wind and loves to play), and he lacks sensation in one of his back paws. 

This is Turbo’s story – as told by Turbo himself.
Hi, my name is Turbo and I am almost 6 months old. They say I have something called spina bifida. I’m not sure what that means, but they say I am special. And I must be, because I get to wear some really cool pants when I’m in the house. But I don’t mind running around the backyard naked either. My foster family is pretty cool. I have a big sister and a big brother. Sister and I love to play “bitey face” and tug on toys. We will play for hours and hours. Big brother plays sometimes too, but he’s older so he quits to go take a nap. My foster mom says Turbo is the perfect name for me, because I have two speeds--all ahead full and stop. My day begins when Mom gets me out of my crate and I go outside. Sometimes I don’t feel like going out, and that’s okay, because mom just changes my pants and I’m ready to go. Once my sister comes in, it’s time to play. And then I get to eat, since I’m still a puppy. Once I finish eating, which doesn’t take me long (sometimes Mom calls me Hoover), then it’s back to playing. I will play with my sister until Mom says “enough.” Most of the time, I don’t think it’s enough, but what Mom says goes. Then it’s naptime. Have to recharge my batteries for more play later. Mom changes my pants about five times a day. She says I’m really good…I stand still and wait for her to finish. And then I’m off to play some more. And then it’s dinnertime, and more play after dinner. At about 8:00 I fall asleep on the sofa next to Mom. She has to sit between me and my sister because we won’t leave each other alone. Sometimes I get to lick Mom’s ice cream dish. Boy do I LIKE that! Then it’s time for bed. I get clean pants, get in my crate, and fall fast asleep.
My Mom says I am a typical Boston terrier puppy, but I am also “special.”  One of my special things is sometimes I wear a boot on one foot. It’s the foot that I can’t feel very well, and sometimes it gets scraped and has to be covered so it won’t get infected.  My foster family loves me and I’m having a great time, but I sure would like to find my forever home. Are you that home?

The evaluation and recommendations from NC State University Veterinary Hospital can be found below. Please read before you complete an application. Evaluation and Recommendations for Turbo NC State Veterinary hospital performed an MRI and confirmed Spina Bifida. The area in which the spinal cord is protruding out of the spine is not surrounded by sufficient spinal material to allow for a closure of any sort. Therefore, surgery will not provide any relief or restoration. The specialist says that barring anything unforeseen, Turbo is quite capable of living a normal life span.  It was also pointed out that his inability to fully empty his bladder will put him at higher risk for UTI/bladder infections - all treatable by antibiotics. It is also beneficial to consider learning how to express his bladder, so that you can help him fully empty it and protect from UTIs. He may also need his belly wiped more often to prevent urine scald, which bladder expression will also help with Turbo's hind-end anatomy -- with his rectum upturned -- is causing stool to collect in his colon.
The specialist recommends feeding him a low-residue diet to allow easy digestion and passage of stool, as well as giving him a cranadin supplement to help protect him from urinary tract infections.  The lack of sensation in his rear paws leaves him vulnerable to abrasions. Keeping boots on his back feet to protect him from abrasions will be helpful. Turbo is a great candidate for a wheelchair, which will help support his back end. Overall, the vet specialist thinks that it is possible for this little man to live a happy life.

Turbo will give the “right” family love, devotion, and challenges. If you think you can provide this sweet boy with love and care for the rest of his life, please fill out the adoption application and let us hear from you.


Adoption Fee – Will be discussed with families that can show that they are willing and able to meet the challenge of giving this boy the life he deserves.

















Family, friends and fans, 

In Nov 2011 with your help we rescued our first foster dog Caroline.  Since then we have stayed very busy rescuing, fostering, and finding forever homes for the dogs we love so much.

Our adopted dogs are living happily in homes in New Hampshire to Costa Rica, and in places in between.  Our volunteers have worked closely with shelters, humane societies, and veterinary hospitals throughout the Carolinas, and we have supported our sister BTRs as far away as Nebraska.   We have participated in physical and on line events, all of which have been hugely successful in raising funds to provide much needed vet care for the foster dogs.
This month as we celebrate the success of our rescue, we will retire our rescue banner.  
As local shelters have developed adoption programs, and local owner surrenders effectively reach out across the states to multiple rescues, the board of directors believe that the time is right for CCBTR to “stand down”.    

We will now cease taking in foster dogs and accepting donations.  However, we will continue to work diligently as a rescue to ensure our remaining foster dogs are adopted.  We plan to keep our Facebook page and our website up so that we can serve in support of other rescues and act as a venue in which to share critical information on animal welfare.

We are so very proud of our achievements, and grateful for having the opportunity to help so many dogs and families. We know that CCBTR's success is a result of the dedication of our volunteers and the support of our adopters, friends and fans.   We thank you all very much and we plan to stay connected on social media so we can each continue to help the animals that need us!  

Thank you for all YOU do for animals in need. 
Roberta, Laura, Kathy and Rhonda.
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The American Veterinary Medical Association uses the chart below to calculate age and we thought we would share it in hope that you would consider a mature dog for adoption.

So many senior dogs are overlooked because of their age. Many people still use that “old” calculation to translate a dog’s age in human years – 7 years of each actual year. Well, let’s recalculate!

Since smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds, it’s important to calculate your dog’s age according to the right category: small (20 pounds or less), medium (21 – 50 pounds). 

Age of Dog                                 Small Breed                                          Medium Breed

(Human Years)                          (Age In Dog Years)                                  (Age In Dog Years)

          6                                               40                                                            42

          7                                               44                                                            47

           8                                              48                                                            51

           9                                              52                                                            56

          10                                             56                                                            60

          11                                             60                                                            65

          12                                             64                                                            69

          13                                             68                                                            74                                                                            

So let’s look a little closer at our “senior” or “older” dogs.  “60 IS THE NEW 40” ISN’T IT?? 

Dutch    7 years old (in human years)                                                                        47 years old (in dog years)

Louie    7 years old (in human years)                                                                        47 years old (in dog years)

Stella    8 years old (in human years)                                                                        48 years old (in dog years)

Bryce    9 years old (in human years)                                                                        56 years old (in dog years)

Holly     8 years old (in human years)                                                                         48 years old (in dog years)



There is no shame in growing old.
Seniors are wonderful, loving dogs that are looking for their forever "retirement" homes.
Can you or someone you know help them find a home to call their own?
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