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Angel & her 12 going home -- and now we DANCE!!

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February 21, 2011

Well, our little CHERUBS are starting to fly the coop -- and we couldn't be HAPPIER -- !!

Here they are at 6 weeks, in foster with Sue & Frank --

-- as we'll always remember them -- innocent and loved --

as we wrote --

"12 -- 12 pit bulls that will never be bred, 12 pit bulls that will be placed in carefully screened, loving homes, 12 pit bulls that will be properly socialized before adoption, 12 pit bulls that will be future ambassadors for their breed, 12 pit bulls that will go to obedience as puppies, changing many other dog owners' perceptions of pit bulls, 12 pit bulls that will be microchipped at adoption, lest they're ever lost, 12 pit bulls that have already made many an observers' days all the happier and more joyous, because they were given the chance -- 12 -- "


Well, let's not forget the BEGINNING of the story --

-- and that's with Lorie, left, and some really, really great volunteers at the Mansfield, OH animal shelter, who, when Angel came in at TERM pregnant, said, as they often do --

"We can help --

-- we have to."

And for that, as I said to Lorie many times via text and telephone, we at SPBR love her.

To follow their whole story along, click here.

NOW, let's get to some HOMEGOINGS -- !!


First off, though, I have to really, really compliment our SPBR volunteers --

-- a group of great dog-loving folks who would do anything in their power to help these dogs -- and often do --

-- you name it, we do it with each other -- argue, email, call, text, burn the midnight oil --

-- all to ensure these pups are going to the BEST of homes -- and it shows -- !!


Here's our 800 mile route --

-- all I can say is, that's a LOTTA drivin' -- !!

We started off at "F", then went to "B", "C", "D", "E" --

-- and then back to "F" -- !!

Now, on to the PLACEMENTS -- !!

Momma Angel

She went HOME to Nan and family on March 5, 2010 in Fairfield, CT -- visit her placement page here --

-- further, her home visitor writes --

"Just got back from HV..... An amazing family with a great environment for a pup...They absolutely adored Dawson and he loved them.. I will have the app for you by the end of the night... They get 5 stars from me... I really hope you guys approve them.. They have an amazing yard for the baby to run around and a lake close by... Hope all is well...


PS - Dawson is an SPBR dog, too -- !!


Home with Francisco and family in Windsor, CT --

-- the home visitor writes --

"Hi Deana,

Atttached is the checklist. This family passed with flying colors. I really got a nice vibe from the family. The children had good manners and the home was immaculate. All in all, a great home for a pup.

Thanks for letting me help out.


And can we forget the paper-plate kids?

Look what came along with their application, from their momma --

" Hi, I have filled out the application for the adoption of one of Angel's puppies. I am also sending you some pictures of our dog Zena that we just lost in July because she became ill and was no longer able to walk, she was 14.

We adopted her when she was 7 years old and my neighbors were going to put her to sleep because they were getting a divorce and they no longer wanted her. I tried to find her a good home but I was unsuccesful because of her age and breed, so me and my husband took her in and she has changed our lives forever. There isn't a day that goes by that I still think of her because she was such a part of our family.

When I came across your website I saw the video of Angel and her puppies and she r
eminded us of our Zena. Angel was watching over those puppies the same way that Zena watched over my two kids. She used to follow my kids and watch over them like they we her own. Angel seems to have the same sweet dispositon that my Zena had and thats why we would like to adopt one of her puppies.
Thanks, Sandy

In short, we're humbled!


For a short diversion, Zena.

So beautiful, and such a statement to Sandy and her family.

No amount of money, status or material wealth can compare to the lesson and kindness Sandy and her husband showed to her children and to dear Zena as the selfless act when they took in Zena and loved her as their own child.


And finally --


Home with Sandy and family in Westbrook, CT --


Next, we have our Stripe and Wrinkles going to Long Island --

-- and for that, we have our SPBR volunteers, Kristy and Andrew, to thank for the OUTSTANDING home visits -- !!

For Stripe, Kristy writes,

"Jen and Chris seem like a really nice couple they interacted wonderfully with their current pit Hank, who was extremely well behaved, and obviously a happy pup. They seem willing to put in the work, and as I wrote before, are very excited."

And for Wrinkles, she writes --

"They are definitely dog people, they've had pit bulls before and have experience with the breed (plus the Dobermans). They too are considering the switch to raw food, and had some really good questions during the visit; they obviously want to what is in the best interest of the dogs, but may need to make some adjustments first."

Going home here --


Home with Rick & Danielle in Lindenhurst, Long Island --

-- and --


Home with Jennifer & Chris in Levittown, Long Island --

-- just LOOK at Danielle's Dad here with Wrinkles --

-- grins of JOY and wreckless ABANDON -- !!!


Home with Reilly and family in Richfield Springs, NY --

-- the home visitor writes --

"Though I just met them, in the time I was there it was a comfortable environment to be in and the temperament of their current dog put me at ease.

It was obvious he was well cared for and loved his owners."


Home with Alex and family in Norwalk, CT --

-- the home visitor writes --

"They lived in a beautiful area of Norwalk, pretty close to the beach. They are across the street from Shorehaven Golf Course, where apparently dog-owners in the neighborhood are allowed to walk their dogs around the property."


Home with Fuyuko & husband in Rochester, NY --

-- she writes in her application --

"I am more interested in adopting this particular puppy because of the fine organization rather than the dog breed. Smilin' Pitbull Rescue was the organization who offered to help out a puppy (her name was Yoko) that was being sold on Craigslist much younger than 8 wk old.

When I saw an ad with a picture of small pit puppy, I wanted to help but we were not ready to take in a young puppy. I found Smilin' Pitbull Rescue site and contacted Eric to see if they can help. Within minutes he responded, next thing you know I had the puppy safely delivered to his place in Buffalo.

I wanted to adopt a dog from SPBR next time I get a dog. So here I am."


Home with Jenn & Chris in Waterbury, CT --

-- she writes in her application --

"I love dogs and would do anything for my babies! Chris is the same way! If we could, we would adopt many! I think we are great parents and have lots of love to give our dogs! I think Magi would be a great addition to our family!"


Home with Daisy & Mike in West Seneca, NY --

-- she writes in her application --

"We are a nice family ready for a new member. We would love him and give him a very happy & healthy home. We plan to have the girls join us ( if possible ) at the training sessions."


Home with Barbara and family in Jackson, NJ --

-- their home visitor writes --

"All family members seem to be very respectful of each other. They seem to get along very well for a 3 generation household.

Each seems to be looking forward to their portion of the day with the new pup. Seem relaxed and laid back."


Home with Mari in Lancaster, NY --

-- jo writes from her home visit --

"i really liked marietta - she volunteers at the ensminger rd spca every monday night as a person who works with newly surrendered/stray dogs getting them ready for the adoption stage by spending time with them - acclimating them to kennel life

she also spends time in the front with adoptable dogs and potential adopters helping them to choose/etc.

she has grown to love the pit breed through her volunteer work - and when she saw angel's litter she thought that she'd get the best of the two breeds that she loves: pit and possible sharpei mix


Home with Jen in Lockport, NY --

-- jen writes --

"I can't even express how amazingly perfect this little girl is. We've been home for, not even 4 hours, and it's like she has lived here for 20 years! After riding home in the back, cuddled with her daddy, we brought the pugs to her to introduce on neutral territory. She promptly attempted to protect her territory (mom and dad) with loud, ferocious, barks and growls! We proceeded to take a nice walk with the three of them, and they walked and sniffed, sniffed and walked, and when we got back to the house we all entered together for her to explore.

The cats were the funniest. As soon as she saw them she dropped to the floor and started barking for them to play. Each time she barked, though, she backed up a little bit, like "come on, come on!!" Then we went outside to the backyard and that's when she really got excited. She started running and going down and barking for the pugs to play. Rufus started doing his crazy circle run. I think he's going to lose some weight!"

"Inside we went to have something to eat...she participated in the eating ritual, beautifully! Sat and waited with the pugs and didn't come to her plate until I gave them the go-ahead. Once she finished, she went for Bella's plate and I had to stop her. She'll get the hang of it!

She is very mellow. The kids came home from their dad's at 8:00 and she waited by the door with the pugs for them to come up the driveway like it was old hat. They thought she was just beautiful, and she didn't jump or play bite at all. She attempted to chew hands a couple times with us and we redirected her to the bone and that was it. I will keep you posted regularly with notes and pics! I will be taking her to the vet this week, so I'll let you know what happens. Thanks to everyone for everything, we love, love, love her!!!!"

Perfect!! Everyone is HAPPY and HOME --

What a journey this litter has been --

-- from the beginning till placement, it's been so rewarding, and so worth it -- !!

As their new chapter begins, we'll keep you updated here, and also on our Facebook, here.

Thank you to all who have made this experience possible, and for all the hope, joy and promise this experience this has brought --

-- it's truly been a blessing to us all -- !!

Click here to go to their home page!

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 $345 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. Also, Sue and Frank live near Cleveland -- 2-1/2 hours away from me, 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" -- !!