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SPBR has reached 1 million views -- !!


Well, what a JOY it was to see the millionth page view of SPBR today -- !!

This whole life journey started with me back about ten years ago, when I went to the shelter in Upstate New York, and found my prince, Spud.

At left is the picture I snapped of him on adoption day --

-- and here is our first Christmas.

This boy was an absolute God-send to me, and he was the reason I ever got involved with the bull-breeds at all --

-- before Spud, my canine life reached as far as goldens and labs, and that was it.

With Spud, everything expanded 10-fold --

-- when I used to go out to bars in law school, all I could think of is wanting to go home early to see Spuddo. When I studied for the bar exam, Spud ran 3 miles with me every day while I went through flash-cards, memorizing facts of law.

When I was at Duke, and I wanted to drop out of their MBA program, thinking I made a horribly expensive mistake, Spud was there, and every day we'd run the WaDuke golf course, three miles.

Whatever the problem was, we got through it.

Spud taught me a lot about absolute dedication to this breed, too. Spud can show signs of fear aggression, lexicon I never heard of before. Through trips to a behavioralist, and by making his world safe for him and me, he has happily been with me for the past 9 years. I love him dearly, and am so thankful for all he has taught me.

At left, he and I on adoption day.

So now we fast-forward 10 years, to 2007 --

-- in the interim, I wanted to quit corporate america and to go in to animal welfare full time (my parents talked me out of that -- !!) , so instead I started SPBR and got web-savvy and started this site.

Is it perfect? No. Am I great with returning emails? Absolutely not -- but I am working on it -- !!

Am I doing something more than nothing -- more than collecting a pay-check and buying new stuff? You betcha -- and I love it -- :D

So, my current project was working with Erica to rehabilitate Mitzi, a Southern momma, and her babies, 3 of which died before coming to us.

At left is Mighty, who was step away from heaven, but who chose to fight for life, and to EAT --

-- well, three weeks later, here he is...

... a little prince -- almost ready for his neuter and to go home -- I am so proud of him, and the process has been nothing but rearding every inch of the way.

Do my parents condone my helping this breed? No. Do people at work raise their eyebrows when they look at my SPBR calendar? You bet.

Then, when they ask, "Why?", well I don't really answer, because I don't have to, but there's plenty of things I could quote --

From Kahlil Gibran's, The Prophet --

"You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving."

The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.

They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you.

And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream."

And finally, from the Beatles, who in the height of their success, still knew the meaning of life --

"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to love... you make.

- Lennon/McCartney"

So, there we are, one million hits later --

-- the past 10 years has shown me the best and the absolute worst I have ever seen in humans, and it has also shown me absolute joy in helping these lovely dogs.

Thank you to the wonderful adopters, rescuers, and friends out there who have made this all worth it, and I look forward to higher highs and lesser lows as we go forward!