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Boston Terrier


Huntington Beach, CA


Lily is a beautiful 3 year old, 18 lbs. Boston girl who has had a rough start in life. Lily came into rescue with Minnie as a stray at the Carson shelter. The girls were originally adopted out together but were returned a few weeks later due to some medical conditions that the adopter was not prepared to deal with. Much to our surprise, Lily does not have an anus! We got Lily right to our specialty surgeons for a consult and exam where Lily was tentatively diagnosed with a congenital anomaly called atresia ani. Basically, Lily has no anal opening – you can see where it should be but there is no opening. Instead, Lily’s rectum is connected to her vulva and she eliminates feces that way. Boston Terriers are one of the breeds that are predisposed to this condition. It happens in utero and is congenital. The unusual thing about Lily is that whoever bred her did not correct this condition as a puppy and allowed her to live this way.
Lily has adapted to this anomaly and learned how to defecate from her vulva. It takes her a bit longer to do her business but she has become fairly adept at it. Because of that, after consultation with doctors around the world the specialists did not believe that doing corrective surgery was in Lily’s best interest. If they were to re-route the colon and create an anus it would have no sphincter muscle and there would be no control. Right now, Lily has some control over defecation – not perfect but she definitely knows when she needs to defecate. The only reason to do such a surgery would be if Lily was suffering from chronic urinary tract infections from urinating and defecating out of the same place – and Lily has not had any such infections. If that were to start to occur, the option for surgery remains open.
No matter what, Lily is a sweet girl who loves life. We do not believe that euthanasia is an option just because a dog is incontinent – Lily was bred this way through no fault of her own but through the actions of an unscrupulous breeder. Our hope is that a rescue angel will step forward for Lily and commit to giving her a home where she will be loved and cherished. Lily is on a special low residue diet to help reduce the amount of solid waste she needs to eliminate. Lily would likely do well on a raw diet if her adopter would choose that option.
In addition to her medical condition, Lily also came to us with some behavioral issues. Lily has spent a few months with Nick Martinez at State of Mind Dog Psychology to learn to overcome her fear of other dogs and how to be a social dog. It is clear she was never socialized as a young dog – she got along with Minnie but no other dog. She is now out with the pack and even starting to instigate play with some of the other dogs in the pack. Lily has completed her training at the behaviorist and has even started helping him bring new dogs into the pack – a long way from when she first came to him. Lily is now ready for her forever home. Lily can live with another dog or on her own and her adopter will work with Nick to help integrate Lily into the home.
Lily has the softest coat we have ever come across on a Boston. It is a gorgeous, thick brindle coat and she loves for you to pet her and let her snuggle up to you. Lily is up to date on shots, spayed, heartworm and fecal tested (both negative). Lily needs a special rescue angel – we know someone is out there who can look beyond her medical challenges and open their hearts and home to a girl whose start in life was rough.
Adoption Fee $200 

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Huntington Beach, CA

(310) 364-4543

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