Companions in life!
At 4Ever Boston Terriers & Italian Greyhounds, all our dogs are part of our family. They live in our home, most sleep with a human family member. We do not have a "kennel". Our dogs are crate trained for their safety, but do not live in crates. They are raised and live daily as part of our family. Every life decision is made with our dogs in mind. They are our companions in this life. Thus we do all recommended health testing by each breed parent club on all dogs in our breeding program and puppies. Health and temperament are very important to us. Our dogs are companions first, and show dogs second. Therefore we try to breed healthy dogs, that will love their families for years to come. 4Ever Boston Terriers and Italian Greyhounds are FAMILY DOGS that are also "Show Dogs".
We usually only breed one litter per year. We breed when we need a show dog for ourselves or our co-owners; or continuing our pedigree lines to carry on improving our lines. With that in mind, we do occasionally have pet puppies available from those litters or a show dog no longer showing, retired or otherwise looking for a forever companion or performance home. In those cases, we require applications and only place pets on a spay/neuter contract with limited registration. We do not sell intact dogs for breeding purposes, and any show dogs we might place outside our home are all placed on co-ownership contracts for life. You can email us for more info if interested.
Companions first, Show Dogs second
About 4Ever Boston Terriers & Italian Greyhounds
It all started with a little black and white dog named Lindy.
4Ever Boston Terriers & Italian Greyhounds are owned by Steve & Sherry Patton. We are high school sweethearts originally from southern California, married since Nov 20, 1989. We raised 6 kids (5 boys & 1 girl) Sherry homeschooled, including 2 adopted special needs boys from China. We now live in north Texas, where Steve works as an IT specialist for a local city and Sherry works in the film industry as an actress, acting school administrator and talent management assistant. But it all started in 1990 when we lived in Cheyenne, Wy where Steve was stationed with the USAF. Steve's supervisor used to invite us over for dinner and cards every week, and every week their Boston Terrier named Lindy would want to play with me. After several months of this, I was gifted this little girl because their family was too busy to give her the attention she wanted. And thus started our love of Boston Terriers. When we became pregnant with our first child, we got Lindy a baby (puppy) of her own, starting Sherry's lifelong obsession with Bostons. She got a third one and began going to AKC events. But we didn't receive the help and support needed to really get into showing until we moved to England. Steve got stationed there in 1996 and we made the difficult decision to re-home our Bostons before going overseas, due to the strict quarantine requirements at that time. But we found a Boston Terrier in England before we found a house. Thus began our showing and breeding of our already beloved breed. Sherry got a lot of good education from wonderful long time breeders during our 3 yrs in England. Imprinting the importance of health testing on her heart. After returning to the US, Sherry had 3 human kids ages 7 & under, who also all loved Bostons. After finding out about puppy mills and backyard breeders, we felt we had to do something, so we set out to do rescue as a family. However, when we moved onto the military base housing we had to stop rescue, due to limit numbers of dogs allowed. Then after becoming pregnant with our 4th child in 2000, Sherry decided to take a break from the dog show and breeding world, to focus on her human kids. We still had Bostons, just no breeding or showing. The kids picked up showing rabbits, which quickly became the new family hobby, which we enjoyed for 8 yrs. But in 2008 after the passing of our beloved Boston PJ, who was from our last litter in England, we decided it was time to get back into the dog show world. We got a Boston Terrier bitch to start, and after breeding to Kim Rutherford's wonderful stud dog Baron we started our new line of Boston Terriers. That's when Steve came up with our kennel name "4Ever", because he said we will 4Ever have a Boston in the house.
I bet you're probably wondering how Italian Greyhounds came into the picture. Well, Sherry has always admired the sight hounds from a far. Now with the kids grown, no one doing Junior Showmanship or co-owning the dogs anymore, she could finally try something she wanted to try. She also has had 4 spinal surgeries, and after having show Boxers and Basenjis in our home, it was decided if we were to have a second breed to show, it had to be small and easy for Sherry to handle in the future. So in 2018 Sherry began researching more and more. Well Kathy Britton had been friends with us for yrs, and she had two litters of IGs, one conversation led to another, which led to a certain red headed girl coming to live in Texas. Now we are completely in love with this little breed and Steve says we won't be without an Iggy in our home now either. Thankfully, we have some great mentors helping us in our new adventure, and are excited for our future in this fun world called Iggys.