Ta-Koda Boston Terrier's

The Ultimate Companion, and a Friend to All!


This page is dedicated in Loving Memory to all the Bostons that we have Loved and Lost over the years. Some of the losses are from many years ago, and some are so recent that it brings tears to our eyes just thinking about them. Either way they all have a very special place in our hearts and they will never be forgotten! We'll see you at the Bridge! Please scroll down past the Rainbow Bridge section to see our lost loved ones.


Rainbow Bridge!

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Animated Rainbow Bridge!

Here you can view an animated version of the Rainbow Bridge Poem. It takes a few min for it to load but its well worth the wait.


9-11 at the Rainbow Bridge!

On the morning of September 11, 2001, there was an unprecedented amount of activity at the Rainbow Bridge. Decisions had to be made. They had to be made quickly. And, they were.

An issue, not often addressed here, is the fact that many residents really have no loved one for whom to wait. Think of the pups who lived and died in hideous puppy mills. No one on earth loved or protected them. What about the many who spent unhappy lives tied in backyards? And, the ones who were abused. Who are they to wait for?

We don't talk about that much up here. We share our loved ones as they arrive, happy to do so. But we all know there is nothing like having your very own person who thinks you are the most special pup in the Heavens.

Last Tuesday morning a request rang out for pups not waiting for specific persons to volunteer for special assignment. An eager, curious crowd surged excitedly forward, each pup wondering what the assignment would be.

They were told by a solemn voice that unexpectedly, all at once, over 6,000 loving people had left Earth long before they were ready. All the pups, as all pups do, felt the humans' pain deep in their own hearts. Without hearing more, there was a clamoring among them - "May I have one to comfort?" "I'll take two, I have a big heart." "I have been saving kisses forever."

One after another they came forward begging for assignment. One cozy-looking fluffy pup hesitantly asked, "Are there any children coming? I would be very comforting for a child 'cause I'm soft and squishy and I always wanted to be hugged." A group of Dalmatians came forward asking to meet the Firemen and be their friends. The larger working breeds offered to greet the Police Officers and make them feel at home. Little dogs volunteered to do what they do best, cuddle and kiss. Father Mike got a special little Yorkie for his very own. It was difficult to determine who was comforting whom the joy was so complete!

Dogs who on Earth had never had a kind word or a pat on the head, stepped forward and said, "I will love any human who needs love."

Then all the dogs, wherever on Earth they originally came from, rushed to the Rainbow Bridge and stood waiting, overflowing with love to share - each tail wagging an American Flag.


Panda was born the night I graduated from High School, which was just a week past my 18th birthday. He was "My" first Boston, though we had them in the family for many years prior to that. It was he who instilled my love for this breed. When my son was born Panda became his dog, and you never saw one without the other till the day Panda died. The last actual photo of Panda was actually a pict of Christian and down in the corner there stood Panda. No more than an arms length away as usuall.

(Pict Coming Soon)


May 29, 1991- March 17, 1996


May 17,1996- Oct 28, 2004

Jiggs was one of our first rescues. You can read about his HORRID life story on our "Rescues" page. We are just thankful that he was able to spend the last years of his life just being a "Dog". He got over most of his fears and actually died doing what he loved and that was "protecting" our farm from neutria.



Jo-Jo was a rescue (you can read her story on our "Rescue" page) who decided to stay. She lived happy with my grandparents, till the winter of 2005. One morning she work them up in the night screaming in pain. We rushed her to our vet and Xrays showed that her lungs were ate up with cancer. She never showed any outward signs of being in pain till the morning she had to be put down. This just goes to show how stoic this breed really is.

April 1996-Dec 13, 2005


Rosie was originally purchased by me however she immediatly moved in with my mom and dad and never left. She was diagnosed with Cushings in 2005, and in 2006 she lost her battle with the desease. She was a very small girl who weighed only 10 lbs. Rosie was purchased as a puppy, and Sassy was bought/rescued at the age of 2 years. We later realised they were born on the same day, but came from 2 different parts of the state.

(Pict Coming Soon)

May 12, 1995-March 9, 2006

Lil Brother

Lil Brother was from a litter of 2 pups by Doozer and out of Birdie. We had Big Brother (who later bacame known as Angus) and Lil Brother. At 4 months of age Lil brother developed a rectal hernia. After 3 sergurys to attempt to fix it my vet sat me down and informed me that the reality was it probably was never going to stay and the best thing that we could do was tell him good bye. The saddest part of this whole thing was that Lil Brother was alway a sad, easily frightened puppy. There were only 2 pups in the litter so when I took one some where I took the other. There was one for each hand. It would just break my heart to see him be so timid and afraid of everything. I never understood why he was like that since I have never had a puppy before or since who was timid. My dogs are outgoing and loving but not Lil Brother. After talking to other breeders I have came to the conclusion that he really just "didnt want to be here" it seems that often those dogs who are so frighteningly timid like that have some sort of health issue.




Sept 19, 2007-Feb 7, 2008


3-17-06- 4-18-08

Kahn (short for Leprechan) was born on St Patricks day, 2007.

His reg name was UKC Ch Sunglo N Ta-koda's Irish Whiskey.

He was sold on Co ownership, but died tragically after being in his new home for just a couple of weeks.

Kahn was a very sweet boys and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him!




Buddy was our first rescue boy. You can read his story on our our "Rescue" page.

July 14, 1997-May 6, 2009


Sassy came to live with us under a strange set of circumstances. Our Boy Panda had been gone for a little over a year, and my dad had been telling me that he wanted to get Christian another dog. We were living in Lincoln City at the time and one morning on the local radio's classified adds we heard an add for Boston Terrier Pups for sale. I called my dad and he told me he would send me the money and to take Christian and go let him pick one out. Well by the time the check came and I called all the pups were sold, however they told me that the mother was for sale as they had decided to keep one of the pups instead of her. I called dad and told him about the situation, and he told me to go look at her anyway, so down to Newport we went. When we got there the couple lead us to their living room pointed at her and said "There she is." I lead Christian over and he petted her and seemed to like her. I asked if he wanted to take her home and he said yes. The couple who had her never patted her good by or anything. It was almost like "Good riddens." She had just weaned a litter of 9 pups, and they just abandoned her in my opinion. We had her with us at the coast for a couple years before we moved back to the Valley where my parents were. She was always a quiet, and almost "slow" boston. A lifestyle with a 6 year old was a bit to hectic for her, so when we moved back home she started staying more and more with my mom and dad where it was a bit quieter. We didnt realize it at the time but Sassy and Rosie were born on the same day, but came from different parts of the state.

(Pict Coming Soon)


May 12, 1995- May 14, 2009



Little Derringer was so little, only 3.4 oz when he was born. Almost immediatly I suspected that there were some issues with him. He was so tiny and had a VERY large soft spot. As he got older he hardly grew at all. His brothers would sometimes gain 2 or 2 1/2 oz while Derringer would gain 2/10th of an oz. I had him to my vet almost every week in the hope of finding something to help him. By the time he was 3 weeks there was no doubt in my mind that he was Hydrocephalic. He had all the classic signs, though I hoped with all my heart that I was wrong. Typically Hydros dont live past the 8-12 week stage. Our little guy didnt quite make that. I am just thankful that he didnt have any seizues, as hydros typically do, and didnt seem to be in any pain. The end seem to come rather quickly, and he didnt seem to be in any pain which I am also thankful for. When you take on the responsibility of breeding dogs its not always cute little fat puppys. Sometimes there is heart break and you can give the little ones your all and its still just not quite enough.

May 29, 2009- July 21, 2009


Katbird's Just A Matter 'O" Fact

Feb 18, 2004- Nov 15, 2014

Matt came to us as an adult and was the start of a wonderful friendship and breeding partnership with Mary Miller in Texas. She purchased Matt from Kathryn Graves and her wonderful breeding program. Matt was with us for almost 5 years and he became the love of Lyssa's life. She was heartbroken when he passed away. I am so proud of the legacy he has left us with his kids, grand kids, great grandkids and now even Great Great Grandkids. Thank you Matt for all that you have done for our breeding program. You really were worth your weight in Gold!


Birdie: Ta-Koda's Song Bird of Love 2-14-2005 till 12-23-2018

Doozer UKC Ch Thornthistle's Country Bumpkin, UWP, CGC, TD 11-4-2004 to 12-22-2016