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All we can say is, Amber and her babies have been SO blessed!!!

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In late July, I received the following pictures, and description of Amber, the momma --

"She always has a happy look on her face. She is VERY pregnant and needs to get out of the shelter fast."

"If this little girl doesn't make it out of the shelter before her time is up-neither do her unborn babies. Please open your heart and give this family a chance. This shelter euthanizes weekly due to overpopulation."

When I get these emails, they make me very sad -- :(

So, instead of passing the email by, I posted it on our forum...

... and along came MARY -- and whatever she was EATING --

-- plus her fiance, DAN -- !!!

Mary and Dan are both teachers in Rochester, NY -- with SUMMERS OFF -- !!

When I proposed a trip to Kentucky to rescue this poor momma, they came a runnin' -- !!

That is, after Joann from Rochester agreed to foster momma and babies -- !!

So began the journey to rescue Amber --

-- and before we knew it, Mary and Dan were in Kentucky!

Here's Mary with the shelter staff, meeting sweet momma Amber --

-- and here is our girl (and babies) --

-- SAFE!!

Now, when they got back to Rochester, Amber met her foster momma, Joann, at left.

Joann is 1-in-a-million. A stay-at-home mom with 4 kiddos, cats, critters and the like, she said, "How can I help?"


Well, before we knew it, Amber was snoozin' with the baby-set at Joann's, getting ready for some BIRTHING!!

Ohhh.... the days are long... and comfy.... !!!

... but not for too long!

Before we knew it, Amber sat down on the kitchen floor and said, "it's TIME" -- !!

What a good MOMMA -- !!

Freshly born -- and healthy.

Look at the smile on this momma's face -- !!

Three of the babies were still-born, and little Mary passed in week three --

-- we still remember you, babies, and do our work in memory of you -- you are not forgotten --


Next, on to the BABIES!!

First, the boys...

Age as of 21 September - 8 weeks
Breed: pit bull/ german shepherd dog mix
Date available
- 21 September -- babies are neutered!!

From the foster:
This little love is a big player and likes to steal my crocs! He nuzzles you when he wants attention and will play tug when you are ready. Elijah finds the weirdest places to sleep! I found him sleeping on shoes earlier. This little guy is a riot to watch.
From the foster:
This little guy is a fluffy ball of love and kisses! He always has his tail wagging and he is always up for a little play time. He loves to be petted and doesnt mind being held. He has met my cats and doesnt seem interested in them at all. Genesis LOVES playing with my kids and is the first one out of hiding when he hears someone coming.
From the foster:
A man all his own! Always exploring, but never too far! Hosea loves to find new things to play with and will let you love on him until he sees something more interesting.
From the foster:
The leader of the group. Kind, patient and loveable. Joel will take on any task head on! He has learned how to let me know when he wants in and out! He is a brilliant boy and Joel is gonna be a big'un! Joel likes to snuggle and will put his muzzle in your neck and relish all the petting. But dont let the loving fool you! He loves to play too! Always bouncing around, playing tug and tackling his littermates. Joel is the whole deal in a cute little package.
From the foster:
A little shy at first, this guy will love all over you after he warms up to you. He is a doll. Quieter than most of his littermates, Micah isnt one to hold back affection. He will lay in your lap and let you pet him as long as you like. He likes to play, but enjoys the love a lot more.

And, the girls...

Age as of 21 September - 8 weeks
Breed: pit bull/ german shepherd dog mix
Date available
- 21 September -- babies are spayed!!

From the foster:
This little girl is the quietest and most docile pup of this litter. She is just a doll. With her super soft fur and beautiful eyes, she is a joy to cuddle and love on. She has been dotted on since day one. She plays a bit and loves to run, but mostly she just wants to curl up on your lap or in your arms and get loved on.
From the foster:
This little girl is awesome. Playful, loving and patient. She is a beautiful girl and gives kisses on a whim. She will lay her head on my lap and indulge herself in some petting before going off and dragging another toy into hiding!

And then, they had them some fun!!

Well, when Jo brought her babies to me for pictures --

-- she brought them ALL -- two leggers AND four leggers --

-- just LOOK at the little honey in the bottom left -- !!

The great great great thing about this litter is that they're kid-tested -- from day one --

-- that means, they've been petted, pulled, tugged, loved -- all along -- and have PASSED -- !!

With kiddos, though, pups need full supervision when kids are around, and Joann does that.

The good thing to note about her "mothering" is that she's her kids' mom first, not their friend -- so sometimes a tear falls in her verbally disciplining her two-leggers -- but it's all for the better!

While the litter benefits from such socialization, so do Joann's kids -- teaching them caring, compassion, love and responsibility --


In addition to toddlers, there's adolescent kidders, too --

-- the broader the spectrum, the better the experience!

And, as always, everything is better with a kiss...


What I love about these pups is you sort of scratch your head saying, "WHAT breed exactly ARE YOU??!!"

And, to me, that's a good thing!

What I've found with mixed breeds is they tend not to possess the strong breed-traits of one breed (obviously!) and they're overall great house-pups!

Look at little Ester here -- what a LOVE!!

Next, Genesis sorta says, "this happens ALL the TIME" -- !!

And then, there's nothing but trouble attached to this toddler --

-- so much that it stops the pups in their tracks from playing --

-- almost as if deer in the headlamps -- !!

But alas, Micah succumbs...

... quite happily, mind you -- !!

And little Joel just sorta grins and bears it -- !!

Next, the babies get their revenge -- !!

And, as always, kisses are part of the play -- !!

So again, more kiddie craziness ensues...

... and the puppers try and hide -- !!

"SHHHHH -- be verrryyy quiettt" -- says little ester -- !!

But then, Genesis blows their cover --

-- dohh!!

And the babies are outted --

-- hiked up --

-- and HUGGED-- !!!

Here's Ester, givin' Joann some lovin's --

And Joel catches his boy-toy off-guard -- !!

All the while, momma Amber looks on --

-- approvingly!!

When needed, momma can run from her babies, too --

-- and jump over their hungry mouths --

-- teeth HURT, babies -- !!

Operation chaos continues -- !!

-- and the babies take part --

-- all the way to their momma --

-- or, mommas -- !!

So, as the craziness continues, I can't be happier for these pups --

-- they were taken by a generous soul, Joann, whole-heartedly.

They've experienced such joys, laughs, tears and kindness in their first 8 weeks --

-- and from it, have become beautiful, wordly babies -- !!

Instead of a euthanized momma, who was never able to have her babies admired by another baby...

... we have helped so many little ones breathe easier... and more happily.

So, a big THANK YOU goes out to Joann and her kiddos and her HUSBAND for allowing this beautiful cycle of life to continue.

Ester says, "THANK YOU"

Joel says, "It means the world to us" --

And Joann says, "It was worth it" --

One-hundred percent worth it.

BUT, all good things must come to an end, and before I knew it, kids, pups, mommas, toy frogs, drink boxes and diapers were loaded back up in to the mini-van -- !!

But first off, a little blatant thankfulness and love was shown by a very generous soul --

-- and from all of us here at spbr, thank you Joann.

The thrill and experience of seeing these babies of all species interact was such a joy -- in only a way that the unaffected can show us.

For the adopters, you're getting some fantabulous pups --

-- and MOM is already ADOPTED -- by one of JOANN'S friends -- WAY TO GO, JO!!

Let's keep the GOODNESS cycle going here, people, and we look forward to the BEST of applications for these little sausages -- !!

So now, the next step is up to you. We're interested in the best of candidates for adoption, and if you're up to the challenge, fill out an adoption application above!!

Things I like in an application:

- Applicants who join our pit bull forum, at There, you'll find a small army of pit bull lovers -- 4,500 at the present -- !! For you, the adopter, you can learn about canine diet, pit bull temperaments, multi-dog households, and you can meet a nice group of people. For us, the rescuers, we can see your baby as they grow with you, hearing your stories about them and seeing pictures you post of them in their news lives -- win-win, right??!!
PLEASE DON'T IGNORE THIS PRE-REQUISITE -- it means a lot to us here -- !!
- Adult adopters, ready to be adults. People aware of the responsibility of a puppy, and aware this puppy will become an a medium-sized dog, with its own temperament and personality. Adult adopters who are ready for a 15 year commitment. This puppy does not have a depreciating "useful life" that is over when it becomes an adult -- instead, this dog's whole life is useful -- !!
- Owners who are aware of and who respect the pit bull temperament. This means people who know you can't "love" dog aggression out of their dogs -- instead, owners who are RESPONSIBLE with their pups -- crating them when unattended, supervising them with children, never leaving them outside unattended, and those who are ready for licks and lovin' in return! For more on dog aggression, click here.
- Adopters who treat their newest addition like a member of the family, realizing that this isn't a "dog in the box" and that its little life must be encouraged to go the right path and that obedience, socialization and training will get her there -- !!

- Financial commitment. Adopters willing to spend money on their new investment, including premium foods (like Candidae, Wellness, Nutro or raw food), plus adopters who will invest in pet insurance or a "dog fund", lest vetting be required, which may get expensive.

The adoption fee is $295 per dog. This is reasonable, considering the premium services that each pup gets. Each dog, before placement, is examined by a licensed veterinarian, spayed or neutered, wormed with premium wormer, given vaccinations on a regular basis (not just a one-shot deal), microchipped with a premium Home Again chip (made by Schering -Plough), fed premium raw food (not 'Ol Roy, or some other filler-laden junk) and has spent it's puppy fosterhood in a wonderful, attentive, CLEAN environment. There are 4-5 homes fostering these babies, and that is a LOT of logistics, driving, CARE, etc. -- but it's entirely worth it! Also, each puppy is accompanied by a personal home visit to YOUR home at placement, to ensure they're going to have the life of a king or queen -- !! If the home visit doesn't pass, puppy doesn't stay. This isn't some parking-lot-of-a-pet-store adoption scheme, instead, it's the highest-quality service I can provide for these young souls, as they journey off in to their lives. Note, too, we have had a recent increase in adoption fees, due to increased veterinary surgery rates.

- Smart and informed adopters, who research this breed and who realize that these pups are not for everyone. Pit bull temperament can be Googled, and a great start can be found here.


Things I shy away from in an application:

- Youth -- sorry kids -- this is a living being, not an iPod!! Young peoples' lives change a lot, and the first thing to get dumped is usually the dog, whether it be on their parents, a friend, etc., who are oftentimes ill-equipped and disinterested in this four-legged life -- then, the dumping or neglect begins.
- Renters. I get calls all the time saying, "Please take my dog -- I moved in to an apartment that doesn't allow them." Ummm -- did you fall asleep in an apartment that allowed them, and then wake up at a new address, in an apartment that doesn't allow them? This isn't magic here -- it's responsibility, and dogs come first. Please don't lie on the application, either -- this will show up in the home-visit -- !!

- Multi-dog households. While I love having many pit bulls, quite a few people aren't ready for the commitment and responsibility it takes to sometimes crate their dogs, rotate them out of the crates and generally own them responsibly. When that happens, I get calls saying, "I have to get rid of one of my dogs ASAP." I can never understand why these people think their lack of planning is all of the sudden my emergency.

- Busy households. Sure, puppies are cute, and they're cuddly, and after they're bathed, they smell nice. But when they grow up in to dogs, and the busy household moves on to their new obsession, the dog, now needing obedience, love and affection, is dumped in the suburban sense. The dog may even live "out on the porch" -- people mention that to me like it's acceptable -- dogs are social beings, and will not flourish in situations of neglect!
- People that call me sounding like gangsters. It happens a lot -- and they never want a spayed or neutered dog. Sorry folks -- this is rescue, not a puppy mill, nor the "syndicate". Also, please don't bother me with requests for "papers" -- last time I checked, no people I knew had "papers", and that didn't make them any less a "person" -- !!