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 from home as an executive administrator for a local acting school and manages our family's small sheep & llama farm, and cares for our dogs. Speaking of the dogs, that 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 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. Her uncles used to take her to the greyhound races when she was a child. Now with her 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 for Sherry to owner-handle / 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. And after whelping and raising our first IG litter in 2020, we learned just how different the two breeds are... right down to growing stages. That is also why we are so thankful we found "Puppy Culture", and will continue to use their practices in raising our 4Ever puppies.