About Boogie

Thank you for visiting BOOGIE’S BLOG!

I adopted Boogie from Boston Buddies in 2007.  Boogie is a medium to large boston terrier (25-29lbs) has one blue eye and a spot on his large head.

Boogie is a sweet and complicated lovebug who inspires me to draw dogs and has taught me almost everything I know about dog behavior. He keeps inspiring me to learn more.

Please note that this blog gets updated only about once or twice a year. 🙂 I am much more active on social media these days.

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  • 1. jen  |  September 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    I just found your blog and am SO excited to read about someone (besides me) tackling the challenge of an “assertive” Boston Terrier head on! I

    ‘m about to start Thank Dog’s Bootcamp with my almost 2 year old Boston, Winston. He’s not a rescue (we got him from a reputable breeder at 8 weeks), but he has many of the same issues as your little guy. Regardless, I appreciate the insight and am ecstatic to find another owner who does as much research as I do – makes me feel like I’m on the right path.

    Hope to see you in class. Keep up the great work!

    jen + winston

    • 2. lili  |  September 27, 2009 at 7:39 am

      Hi Jen
      Thanks so much for commenting! It’s so great to “meet” you, another boston owner! Look forward to meeting you and Winston in person!

  • 3. Mary H.  |  November 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    What a cutie!

    I love his eyes.

    By the way, I just left a longish comment on your clicker training post. It included several links, and your spam filter might have caught it….

    I am enjoying reading through your blog and browsing through your artwork. Looks like Boogie has found a great home with you!


    Mary H.

    • 4. lili  |  November 18, 2009 at 11:34 am

      Hi Mary
      Thanks for stopping by – I love the links you shared!
      – Lili

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  • 6. Bryce Lien  |  April 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Let me know what colors Boogie digs and we’ll make sure he’s got our gear for your review! We should be shipping our next batch of products by mid May.
    Thanks for the shout, glad you like our gear.


    • 7. lili  |  April 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Bryce! Thanks for commenting! And thank you so much for the offer!!! Boogie would love blue or silver.

  • 8. Leonard "Buzz" Cecil  |  July 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Hi! Wanted to include this blog on the next update to the +R/-P dog Resource WebPage. I usually put the owner’s name along with the blog name and URL, so could you send me it at the above address? If not, I^ll just ascribie it to “boogie”.

    My dog Vela is also reactive, but fortunately not aggressive. So I founf your blog great, also your drawings.

    Here is are two little YouTubes I put together. THe first is our last K9freestyle Choreo, the second is a “training film” ;-))


    • 9. lili  |  July 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Leonard
      Thanks for commenting & for the YouTube videos. I will email you. I love the idea of a +R/-P resource page. I will check this out and add to Boogie’s blogroll. – Lili

  • 10. Vanessa  |  September 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm


    Boogie is a great dog! I love the eyes.

    Anyway I was hoping to get in touch with you via email but this will work. I work in affiliation with a company that provides pet supplies and I think Boogie would approve. If you could please email me regarding any opportunities you have please let me know!


  • 11. lisa kimzey  |  November 22, 2010 at 3:49 am

    we have a boston terrier named Boogie also! we love Bostons ! we have had 3. the spot on ur Boogies head is called a HAGGERTY SPOT…it is an awesome thing to have! :0) WE ❤ UR BOOGIE DRAWINGS, HE LOOKS LIKE OUR LITTLE BOOGIE ! THANKS AGAIN FOR THE AWESOME DRAWINGS! if u have a facebook page, add us so u can see our Boogie too! we also would like to comission u for a drawing of our Boogie. :0)

  • 12. Nicole  |  November 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I absolutely love your blog!……I have a 3 year old boston named Roscoe and it so funny to see how similiar they all are! Also good to see I’m not the only one so crazy about my boston! 🙂

  • 13. Edith  |  February 18, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Hi! I came across your drawings and absolutely adore them! We have an 11-month-old BT named Athina and she is definitely stubborn and willful like Boogie. Love your blog and love your drawings!

  • 14. Judy Bartlebaugh  |  August 18, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Just found your blog. Boogie is adorable and so BT. I have 4 Bostons at this time, a 3 year old, an almost 2 year old and 2 puppies (15 weeks). They can all be very willful and stubborn. The 2 older ones are therapy dogs. The pups are in training. My 2 year old is very reactive. We were shocked when we got her because she was so different from our first BT. We say she is intense because she is so fixed and agressive toward things. She is a very sweet dog but we have to watch her until she gets used to new little people. She tends to play very roughly.

  • 15. Sue Yellen  |  November 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I was browsing Modern Dog and found your unbelievably fabulous blog and love it. I have 2 Tibetan Terriers and have a personal blog about them in blogspot http://wigglebuttduncan.blogspot.com/2009/10/tales-of-wigglebutt-duncan-tibetan.html and one that goes with our website (infrequent, need to do something about it; if you like, you can visit it at http://www.bumperpet.com). Am also now blogging about dogs and owners for ChicagoNow.com (in my spare time, lol, check my bio). Keep up the great work. I am now a subscriber and plan to order the BAT book through your site. All the best, Sue Yellen

  • 16. Lucy Moffet Colbry  |  February 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I have 2 BT…husband and wife…both fixed now. Trixie is an alpha female and rules the roost…does not tolerate ANY dog near her family…becomes very aggressive and attacks…at 19lbs, she took on a 180lb Newfoundland…he froze and I had her on leash…any ideas for controlling her behavior?

    • 17. lili  |  February 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Lucy, you need to work with a dog trainer/behaviorist. I am just a regular dog owner. And by the way, you can’t “control” your dog’s behavior if you don’t know how to listen to her or read the signals she is sending you and deal specifically with what the problem is… Every dog is an individual so there is no one blanket solution for aggression. So do hire a trainer – esp. a positive reinforcement trainer. Good luck!

  • 18. Danielle  |  April 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    LOVE your blog! I have a BT named Bowie … also from Boston Buddies… also looks like JUST like Boogie – about 29 lbs, with a blue eye and brown eye … also poops on plants and flowers …. also does everything else Boogie seems to do … 🙂 Glad Im not alone!

    • 19. lili  |  April 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Danielle, If only I had a dollar for every single time someone meeting Boogie said to me: “He looks like Bowie! ” 🙂 Funny thing is, years ago, there was a blue-eyed boston in my neighborhood also named Bowie. He wasn’t from Boston Buddies, though. Are you in LA too?

  • 20. Anna  |  May 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I’m a proud owner of a Boston also her name is Sassy &that she is very sassy as well as spoiled rotten we love her very much so glad to have found your site she is 11 years old We (mt husband and myself) saved her from a pet farm before they were called that she is very well loved and a blessing to our family.

  • 21. Tami Roniger  |  June 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Hi, Lili! I LOOOOOOVE your work! AND your beautiful dog! My Boston, Siddhartha, is the same age as Boogie, equally adorable, and the center of my Universe. Boogie’s personality, ALL aspects listed, sound EXACTLY like Sidd! Wonder if I should look into the training. We live in beautiful Portland Oregon. Siddhartha will be 7 in September. You two should come visit us here. Signing tour??? ❤

  • 22. Tami Roniger  |  June 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

    BTW – can any of your “Boogie loves…” postcards be made into an iPhone4 case??? I would be ALL about that. It would be SOOOO me. 🙂

    • 23. lili  |  June 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      that is a great idea, Tami. I don’t have a iPhone so I can’t test anything… but let me look into it.

    • 24. lili  |  June 26, 2012 at 4:59 am

      Hi Tami,
      Check out http://www.zazzle.com/lilichin ! 🙂

      • 25. Tami Roniger  |  June 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

        SQUEEEEAAAALLLL!!! I’m so excited! I looked at the site earlier, I swear! How did you make that happen already??? Now I have to choose one. Sad that “Boris” and “Baroness” are not among the options, but I’m leaning toward napping or reading lady with her Boston. Or maybe ice cream lady… 😉 Yay! My DREAM phone case! Wonder why it says the “tough” one is not compatible with Sprint iPhone?? All iPhones are the same. Hmmmm…..obviously too sleepy to order tonight. Later this week.
        THANK YOU!
        Tami (and SIdd)

  • 26. lili  |  June 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Oh you should’ve said Boris and Baronness! I will add these. Just give me a day or so 🙂

    • 27. Tami Roniger  |  June 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Yay! I ❤ you!!!! I may need to start a collection of them, cuz now there are SEVERAL that I want. 🙂 Will have to post to all my Boston FB friends.

  • 28. Tami Roniger  |  June 27, 2012 at 6:07 am

    <3<3<3! K, I will need AT LEAST Boris, Baroness, and Fanny. Which first???

  • 29. Tami Roniger  |  July 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    K, Boris on order! Fanny next, Baroness for the winter, LOL!

  • 30. Daniele Jallerat  |  August 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Living in France with a female boston terrier, 3 years old, i really appréciate all about your Fantastic Boogie. My little Eroin is fantastic and so kind too, but she is fear of people and dogs,and she bit sometimes. I discover BAT and the DR Yin’s method with your blog. I practice alone because i don’t find BAT in France. I want to have a muzzle for Eroin to help her meeting quietly people. But i can’t find a muzzle for her little face.
    Do you know where i can find o muzzle for her. I don’t really like muzzle but may be i must buy one to help Eroin to progress.

    • 31. lili  |  November 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Daniele, It is better to get a professional dog trainer at first. .. do you want me to ask around and find a BAT trainer in France?

      • 32. Daniele Jallerat  |  December 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Yes, i understand i need a professionnal dog trainer. So it’ll be so fantastic if you could find for me a BAT trainer in France not too far from Rennes in Brittany.
        I really enjoy Boogie’s blog and your Doggie drawings. I’m always expecting the Boogie’s news.
        Looking forward to hearing from you,

  • 33. Miss Marlys  |  November 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hi! I’m so glad to have found this blog! I’ve recently adopted my sister’s Boston Terrier, an energetic, lovable little guy by the name of Nigel. We’re not quite sure of his age, but I’m guessing he’s about 5 or 6. And he’s great!
    I look forward to spending many hours on your blog, learning all I can about Boston Terriers!

  • 34. Erin | Healthy Dogma  |  March 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Aww, I have a brown & blue eyed pup too:) Super cute blog, found some of your illustrations of boogie on Pinterest, love your style!

  • 35. Meron  |  May 22, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Boogie is absolutely adorable! I just found your blog on pinterest and I love it. I’ve been living with a wonderful rat terrier mix for about a year now, and I have learned so much about myself as I try to understand why he is the way he is. We were actually used as examples in our first obedience class of what the worst case scenario looks like. He’s incredibly reactive towards dogs, trucks and of course those god-awful squirrels 😊 I’ll admit I have and continue to make mistakes in my attempts to help him channel his reactivity…but we’ve made great strides and every little achievement is grandly celebrated. I will definitely use some of the tips in your blog. Thank you so much!

    • 36. lili  |  May 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks, Meron, for stopping by here and leaving a comment. We (who have sensitive dogs) are not alone! And the learning never stops 🙂

  • 37. Jonathan  |  June 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I have a Boston Terrier rescue too who is exhibiting almost identical skin issues even on a high quality dog food, Ziwi Peak. Now I have someone to commiserate with!

    • 38. lili  |  June 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Jonathan – we are not alone!!! I just wish I knew what the best solution is. Now I question if what I am feeding him (HOME COOKED FOOD! + high quality salmon Nutrisca kibble as treats) is truly healthy and balanced. If there is something I am missing…

  • 39. wolfxhybird  |  July 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I want to draw him and send this pics give it to boogie! it soooo cute! i never saw a boston terrier has half eyes! make him into a popular pet!:)))

  • 40. wolfxhybird  |  July 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    i have a chihuahua mix he is highly sign of aggression and he is very protective to me. he is a nice dog to pubic. i just love boogie.. my chihuahua mix name Gizmo. he’s very beautiful with a sun color light brown and white. he hates people and other dogs. hellllpppp! please answer me!

  • 41. Bradley Davis  |  August 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Hi Boogie, I think you will like this Art Project! Sorry to write in comments area,but was trying to reach the blog!

    My name is Bradley Davis.

    I am a dog portrait artist who is currently doing a project on Kickstarter (link: bit.ly/summerdog)
    where I am painting 100 dog portraits over the summer. I have reached my funding goal but am still about 65 dogs short of 100.
    I am writing to you because I thought that my project would be of interest to your readers. If your readers would like to have their
    dog(s) be part of the project it is really easy to do. They just need to send me a photo of their dog with the dog’s name and their
    contact information. Also, if they would like to have the portrait mailed to them they can back the campaign for as little as $50.
    But backing the campaign is not a must (at this point I just need some photos to paint from).

    Please feel free to contact me at this email if you have any questions or would like more information.

    Here is the link again: bit.ly/summerdog

    Thank you!


  • 42. Shirley Mcdaniel  |  October 20, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I have had 2 BOSTON TERRIERS, Both of them & were head strong & wouldn’t listen when I called them to come to me, It’s their nature, I’ll never own another one of these beautiful dogs again…
    “GOOD LUCK!!

  • 43. Shelli Owens  |  May 24, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Love your drawings! I’m a brand new BT owner – I adopted Finley Bacon from SF Animal Control on April 1st of this year – and I’m already being referred to as crazy dog lady by family and friends. What is it about these little creatures that reduces a grown woman to talking gibberish?

    I’m devouring everything by Dr. Yin and working on getting the Finnster to stop reacting to every dog and bird we encounter on our walks. Other than that one little thing, she came to me practically perfect: house trained, crate trained, loves riding in the car, loves ALL people, and has the sweetest temperament. I cannot believe I’ve gotten this lucky with my very first dog. I cannot wait to read more of your blog. Boogie is mucho fab!

  • 44. Betsy Cariello  |  June 6, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I am so excited to find everything Lili and Boogie! I have had dogs my entire life and got my first Boston Terrier four years ago. Shayla is absolutely adorable and has a very much “Miss Congeniality” personality, having successfully navigated sharing a home with two Dalmatians and a Poodle/Chihuahua mix. I love your pictures, especially Boogie sleeping. Just ordered two t shirts with that great drawing on them. Love your work and love Boogie with his beautiful eyes! So great to connect with you and Boogie!

  • 45. weliveinaflat  |  June 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    You are a star! Passing on the Shine on award to your blog.
    Details here – http://weliveinaflat.com/blog/shine-on-award/

    Please do not feel obliged/obligated to respond or pass on the award if you do not want to. This is done in the spirit of fun and sharing your great blogs only. 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • 46. imloo  |  August 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I love Boogie, I love your drawings, and I love your (sorry, Boogie’s) blog! Excited to try cod liver oil for my Boston Teddy Roosevelt’s dry skin.

  • 47. Paula Meegan  |  September 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I’m so happy that I stumbled upon your blog and read your entry regarding cross-over training. I rescued a Chihuahua/Pug mix last year and I’ve looked into trainers and have even attended a session or two, but I just can’t buy into the whole “dominance”, “alpha owner” thing. I just can’t do it! It doesn’t feel right. Like you, I get very emotional. The trainers act like I’m a wuss or like I let my girl, “Wednesday”, walk all over me. But I just can’t break her spirit. I know there are things we need to work on, but she’s a great dog and I don’t want to “break her down to build her back up”. And I don’t want to sacrifice the trust she has in me. I’ve bought the Cesar Milan books and, again, I just can’t get into his methods. I keep thinking that perhaps it might be different if I were working with some huge, ferocious dog that was super aggressive, but I’m working with a 15 pound, super joyful, lovable, social, sweet dog that has issues telling me when she has to go outside and that doesn’t come when I call her. That’s it…those are our issues. So again, thank you for all of the leg work you’ve done and offering such wonderful suggestions. I’m ordering the books online as soon as I finish typing this.


  • 48. susan  |  January 18, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    What can I do about my puppies has spots of hair falling out and on his face he’s a wholfwhiler

  • 49. Joanne White  |  January 31, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Hi — I am so glad I have found your site. Boogie and my Abby have so much in common !!.. She is a 7 year old Boston I rescued 6 months ago. I think in her prior life she was not socialized at all. She is sweet as pie with me (I call her nutbug :-), but on a leash is very anxious and reactive and has nipped (level 2/3) in the past. Your blogs are helping me with her training as I am trying the BAT and positive reinforcement methods advocated by my local Humane Society. Its emotional and trying but its helpful to know others who go through it. Thank you and love your drawings !

    • 50. lili  |  August 10, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you for your comment and Abby is lucky she has you! 🙂


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