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The Meaning Of Love – Taught by Dogs

“Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog Boston Terrier”
– Gene Hill

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Before I owned a Boston Terrier (or in fact any dog as Stelly is my first) I could never have fathomed the amount of pure, unconditional love that a dog can give and perhaps even more surprising is the pure, unconditional love I have for her.

Before we traveled 1459 miles + 4 Days + 2 States to adopt our puppy I believed that dogs belong outside (at all times), don’t need fancy soft beds, certainly don’t need cool little dog jackets to keep them warm (hello they have fur) and they are just a little gross and can never be trusted.

Then I met a little Boston Terrier called Stelly. Not our Stelly but a Canadian Stelly (our neighbour’s dog) who was the first Boston Terrier I had ever seen and I was smitten. A fully grown dog that looks cool, is cute and kind but still looks like a puppy!

When we finally adopted our pup we named her after Canadian Stelly and from day 1 all of my rules and beliefs went right out the window!

Having my own dog has taught me so much about life – they have so much love but they are also very in tune with their instincts and can pick someone dodgy from a mile away – I find that so fascinating!

They don’t care if you’re having a bad hair day – when you are happy, they are happy and when you are sad they are right there cuddling up to make you feel better.

The world would be a much better place if we could learn to love humanity and the earth like they do.

What has your dog taught you about love? Share in the comments below.

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A Sneak Peek Of Our Wedding

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Stelly doing what she does best – looking cute

A few months ago I married my soul mate. It really was the most beautiful day of my life. Our little Boston Terrier Stelly is so special to us and really made us feel like a family so naturally we wanted to include her in our wedding ceremony.

We had planned a beautiful relaxed ceremony on the beach with the sand between our toes and our puppy by our side. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans as we had terrible rain for the days leading up and on our wedding day …

I had planned for wet weather so we had a plan b for our wedding ceremony, and it was a lovely plan b so I was fine with that. The only thing that made tear up a little was the realisation that Stelly wouldn’t be able to be a part of our ceremony.

I had made her a cute little dog necklace for the wedding and our lovely neighbour who happens to be a photographer came over and took so photos of Mr BTR getting ready and some great pics of Stelly. So she did feel a part of our special day.

I really wanted to share a couple of the pictures with you guys. Some people thought we were a little crazy for wanting our dog to be in our wedding ceremony and I totally understand.

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Photos of Stelly by: Bailey Photography
Wedding Photos by: The Simple Things Studio – view all our wedding photos on their blog
Wedding Decor and Cake: Soul Stories – Unique Weddings & Events

Before we adopted Stelly I was the same! In fact I can’t believe how much Stelly has changed me in that way. I had never had a dog for a pet and am a little scared of dogs (especially big ones) but I can really appreciate now just how much love they can give and how they really are an important part of the family.

So, did you have your dog in your wedding? Are you planning to include your dog or have you seen someone else include their dog in their wedding?

I’d love to hear your plans and stories!

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Happy 1st Birthday Stelly!

January 17 marked the day that our little Boston Terrier puppy became an adult – little Stelly turned 1!Boston Terrier birthday

It’s been such an amazing journey since we first travelled 1459 miles + 4 days + 2 states to adopt our puppy. We are more attached to her than I ever thought possible and she is so full of love it’s contagious.

There have been some trying times – many plants in our garden have been lost but that’s about as naughty as she gets. Stelly has clocked up many beach hours, her best puppy friend lives next door and we even now have another Boston Terrier playmate for her which is so cute.

She stole the show with our engagement photos and her next big milestone will be being a part of our wedding in 3 weeks (check out Boston Terriers in Weddings inspiration).

If you are still searching for a Boston Terrier puppy don’t stop trying – they are worth the wait and the cost.

We made a little dog food cake for her and gave her a new toy as a gift which she loved.

Here’s a collection of Stelly’s life so far:
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How do you celebrate your dog’s birthdays?

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Engagement Photos Starring Stelly Our Boston Terrier

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First family portrait

So it’s been a while between posts here at Boston Terriers Rock.

Between getting engaged and planning a wedding, to being laid off a few weeks before Christmas it’s been pretty crazy in my neck of the woods but with my extra time I’m trying to get my own business up and running finally. It’s been a dream of mine and now that I’ve been pushed it’s time to sink or swim! I’m hoping to slot in time for more regular posting here also so let me know what you’d like to see and read about here.

Anyway, I mentioned in an earlier post that I got engaged earlier this year and we decided to get some engagement photos to capture this happy and loved up time in our lives and also to get some nice photos that aren’t just in wedding attire.

We Were Blown Away By Our Engagement Photos!

Our photographers we so much fun and really friendly. We went back and forth before the shoot discussing locations and they spoiled us with 3 different locations with one being in burnt bushland close to where we live. We started the shoot at the beach near our house as we spend a lot of time there (it’s Stelly’s favourite spot) and where we got engaged. We ended the shoot at this amazing old railway about 20 minutes from our home which is like a lost little rainforest. It was so wet there and it took me so long to walk to the tunnel because I was afraid of sinking in the muddy water or slipping – I’ve never been great a climbing but I was determined and everyone was very patient with me! It was so worth it!

Naturally, our photos wouldn’t be complete without our puppy Stelly. She was the star of the shoot and a major hit with the photographers!

I really wanted to share some of these magic photo’s with you all (the photo’s with text are from our wedding website), mostly the ones of Stelly but I’ve slipped in a few others to show you to amazing work of Lisa and Pete at And A Day Photography (like them on Facebook for more of their goodness – and we are their cover pic!). Oh and for the Aussie’s these guys are in Sydney but they like to travel! Why not get some awesome shots of your pup too?

You can see more photos and our story on the popular wedding blog Style Me Pretty.

Let me know what you think in the comments

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A Picnic, A Puppy and A Supermoon

For nearly 2 years now I’ve wanted to watch the full moon rise over the beach but we always seem to forget or arrive too late but when I heard there was a Supermoon on Sunday I made sure we witnessed it.

So we packed up a little picnic and the pup and the 3 of us headed down the road to the beach to watch the Supermoon rise.

At first we kept having people come over to us wanting to see Stelly which I usually don’t mind but we were set up with a picnic and drinks having some quiet time and they didn’t really seem to get that … I guess she is irresistible though.

Eventually we were left in peace and the few other people that were there disappeared not long after the sun went down.

It was a beautiful clear afternoon and we were treated to a gorgeous sunset which was then overlapped by the spectacular rising moon.

It was breathtakingly beautiful watching the purple and orange stained sky with the moon emerging on the horizon across the ocean with the waves rolling the moons rays closer and closer to us.

It really made us appreciate just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world and sharing it with out little puppy just topped it off.

I think the Supermoon got to Stelly a little, she’s usually quite calm but as you’ll see in the video she kept wanting to jump around near the cliff edge … by the time the sun had completely sunk behind the escarpment and the moon was in full bloom little Stelly was fast asleep to the sounds of the ocean.

Did you watch the Supermoon rise?

Share your stories and pics below! We’d love to see how people in other corners of the earth witness it.

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Supermoon 2012 rising as the sun sets

Supermoon 2012 rising with the waves

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Watching Supermoon 2012 with Boston Terrier

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Boston Terrier Stelly sleeping - Supermoon 2012

1459 miles + 4 Days + 2 States = Adopting Our New Puppy

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Stelly and I - our first day

It’s been a long journey to find our Boston Terrier puppy.

Mr BTR and I have been together 6 years and we’ve spent most of that time traveling and renting our home. We finally purchased our first home just before Christmas, 1.5 years after returning home from our working holiday in Canada (where Mr BTR’s origins lie) and were finally able to get the puppy we had wanted for so long.

As you may have read from my previous post, there were many hurdles and heartbreak before we finally found our pup.

People told us we were crazy not only to drive that far to get a puppy but to pay the expensive price for a Boston Terrier pup in Australia (a rare breed here).

We were told many things (usually in a condescending way) including arguments such as:

  • “That’s a ridiculous price to pay for a dog”
  • “You should get a rescue dog – the pounds are full of them”
  • “You realise that a puppy is like having a baby don’t you?”
  • “You should be putting that money towards a wedding”
  • “You should be buying a boat, not a dog”
  • “You can forget traveling now”
  • “What’s wrong with [insert person’s breed of choice] dogs?”
  • “You’ve got a mortgage now and shouldn’t be spending that money plus the ongoing costs”
  • “It’s just a bloody dog”

The last point really sums up all of the arguments.

If you’re telling me that a Boston Terrier is just a dog then you just don’t get it.

The real argument is that if it’s not a Boston Terrier, it’s just a dog. Right?

That’s why I created Boston Terriers Rock, because I wanted to create an online community where to share experiences with people who get it and I know you’d like to do the same.

So I could spend all day explaining why the Boston Terrier was the only breed for us and about the 12+ months we spent researching the breed to make sure she would suit our lifestyle, personalities and be a good family dog (for when we need that).

But this story has a happy ending after a journey including 2348km (1459 miles) of driving, 3 days of travel, 2 Australian states and the adoption of Stelly – our beautiful little Boston pup.

(Full image gallery at the end of the post)

Day 1 – An Early Rise To Start Our Journey

NSW South Coast – Crescent Head – South West Rocks – Iluka – Ballina

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Dawn breaks a few hours into our adventure

It was a very early 3:30am when the alarm went off after a night without much sleep but we were determined to hit the road as early as possible to beat the Sydney traffic and have time to stop and enjoy the beaches of the NSW coast on the first leg of our road trip.

We made great time and managed to get past Newcastle just as dawn was breaking – we’d escaped rush hour.

We made a quick pit stop in Taree and then continued up the coast until we reached the scenic route just past Port Macquarie, stopping to marvel at the beaches of Crescent Head and South West Rocks. There’s also a pic in the gallery below of a really cool little cafe that we unfortunately couldn’t taste test as they only accepted cash.

We hit the road again and made a quick stop for lunch in a strange little town called Macksville and then we powered up the coast, past the Big Banana to a very quiet little coastal town Iluka on the Clarence River for a little beach fishing.

We didn’t catch anything but managed to get a little sun burnt in the 45mins we were there. It was beautiful though.

Last stop on day 1 was Mr BTR’s parents home in Ballina in Northern NSW where we caught up and prepared for another early start.

Day 2 – Adoption Day

Ballina – Ipswich (QLD) – Kingscliff (NSW) – Byron Bay – Ballina

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Stelly's first beach experience

Another early start at 5:00am and again a rather sleepless night as we were both so excited to be picking up our pup.

We hit the road and set off for Queensland so we could meet Stelly as early as possible.

We arrived at the breeders home at around 8:00am after a 3 hour drive and were greeted at the door by the breeder with a much smaller than expected Stelly in her arms.

Our voices immediately went up an octave with all of our “oh she’s so beautiful” etc comments but, she really was the cutest little thing I’d ever seen and we were both immediately smitten with her.

The breeder was lovely and chatted with us for a while but I must admit I don’t think I heard much of it as I couldn’t keep my eyes off Stelly.

We were told that Stelly was the smallest in the litter but that didn’t stop her bossing her brothers and sisters around and she was proving that by winning a tug of war with her brother over a pair of thongs (of the shoe kind).

Finally we put Stelly into her travel crate and got back on the road. She only whimpered for about 20 seconds and then went to sleep until we arrived in Kingscliff.

Kingscliff took my breath away. It’s a smallish coastal town which I prefer over the main tourist spots and the beaches are incredible, the pics below really don’t do it justice but it was the perfect place to introduce Stelly to our beach lifestyle.

We then headed off to Byron Bay. to grab some lunch. Byron Bay is home to stunning beaches, a lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia and a surfer town with a hippie vibe.

Unfortunately Stelly wasn’t too fond on Byron Bay and was scared of all the people so we got back in the car and went to the next coastal town in Lennox Head to grab a bite before heading back to Ballina.

Day 3 – Chillin in Ballina and Bonding With Stelly

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Breaking rule #1

Day 3 was spent relaxing, visiting the local farmers market (where Stelly was a hit) watching movie and tonnes of cuddles and bonding with Stelly.

We were both so amazing by how much love this little pup has to give and how well behaved she is.

Stelly slept in our room and didn’t make a sound all night. We broke rule number 1 immediately that morning and had her curl up at our legs in bed whilst we all went back to sleep.

Day 4 – Driving Stelly Home

Ballina – Coffs Harbour – Port Macquarie – Home

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Stelly's finally home - her favourite spot in the sun

Another early morning departure at 5:30am but this time we were bringing our precious little pup home.

Stelly was fine with the drive for the first couple of hours but then just before Coffs Harbour she was car sick. We felt terrible for her and incredibly guilty for taking her on such a long drive but she was fine after that.

The weather was not so great and we stopped in Port Macquarie to stretch our legs at the beach and have some fun with Stelly. Just as we were leaving the rain started.

We continued for the long stretch home and were so excited when after over 11 hours we had made it.

She seemed comfortable right away, sniffing out her new home and finding her new favourite spots to nap.

It was the most amazing feeling to have her in our new home that we had worked so hard for. She truly makes us feel like we are a family now.

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What’s The Story Behind Your Boston Terrier Search?

I know we aren’t the only crazy ones out there so let us know in the comments what experiences you had in your search for a Boston Terrier.

Did you come across opinionated people like we did?

Did you travel a crazy distance?

Was it just the incredible feeling you got from adopting your puppy?

Please share below.

Searching For Our Boston Terrier Puppy: We Found Her!

Stelly our Boston Terrier Puppy We’ve been on the search for our Boston Terrier puppy for a while now and have encountered many hurdles and heartbreak.

We live in Australia and Boston Terriers are rare here and very hard to find. There are only about 33 breeders in the country and they only breed when they want a show dog.

We’ve been so close and then it’s fallen through but things are looking up. We’ve found our puppy!

Introducing Stelly – Our Boston Puppy

After contacting almost every breeder and constantly being told that they don’t have any puppies it was looking like we wouldn’t find one for months.

Then, I checked the breeder pages expecting nothing as usual but to my surprise a breeder had listed a new litter of puppies!

I immediately contacted the breeder and she confirmed that she had 3 boys and 2 girls. We really wanted a girl but one of the girls had already been sold.

There was just one dilemma. The breeder lives in Queensland and it would be a 13 hour drive to pick up the puppy … The puppies were also more expensive than we had anticipated.

After some thought and discussion Mr BTR and I decided to just go for it. After all it could be months before another breeder decides to start breeding and there is also the chance that there would be no girls in the litter or they have a waiting list.

So, the next day we called the breeder and confirmed that we wanted to adopt the remaining little girl.

Why Name Her Stelly?

We lived in Canada (Mr BTR’s home country) for a year in a 1950’s log cabin and our neighbour’s had a Boston Terrier.

I had never seen a Boston Terrier before and when she ran into our yard I was immediately smitten with her cute look, friendly nature and personality.

We also have many fond memories of our time in Canada and in the log cabin so it just felt right that when we adopt our puppy that we would name her after that gorgeous little dog as a reminder of our time there.

The Road Trip

Considering it’s such a huge drive we decided to take a few days and make a trip out of it. We’ll be heading off in 3 weeks on our road trip and we’ll be taking the coastal route up to Queensland and stopping at some cool little beach towns along the way.

Stay tuned, I’ll be putting together a short video of our road trip and our first meeting with our puppy Stelly.

Fingers crossed the time flies!

So what do you think of her name and the long trip we’re taking to adopt her? What lengths did you go to in adopting your puppy?

Share your thoughts in the comments below