December 13, 2010, we get the following email from rural Ohio --
"Attached are pictures of a very pregnant pittie who just came in today.
She is super, super sweet and friendly.
Please spread the word...she needs out ASAP. Sue"
The REST of the story is that this poor momma, "Angel" was found in the cold winter in a man's backyard, pregnant, making a nest in his "dog house" --
-- and he said to animal control, "I figured if I didn't feed her, she'd go away" --
Just look at her face -- trying to stay noble, but look at her belly too --
-- she really needs help.
So, I put work out on our Facebook group that a foster was needed, and miracle of miracles, got the following back --
"Eric Hi my name is Sue I saw your post on fb about the momma PB. where in Ohio is she? I live 30 mi. NE of Cleveland . I have 2 PBs a JR and a GSD. They are all dog friendly but My female PB is snooty but if the Prego is female friendly I may be able to help. I have tons of whelping experience and have done fostering for my rescue friends for years. I have vet and personal references. Let me know! I work weekends and am off Mon-Fri. So the most she'd be alone is 6-8 hours 1 day a week. Let me know. PS when will she be popping out the pups? she looks close in the photos. let me know! Sue How is Aspen?"
Wow -- and wow --
-- looks like momma Angel here was on her way to greener pastures -- ASAP -- !!!
15 December 2010
I drive down to rural Ohio, and finally get to the animal control where Angel and her babies (in waiting) are -- !!
I meet up with Lori and Officer Dave, and we're off -- !!
If there ever were a reason to promote mandatory S/N and ending back-yard-breeding, this is it --
Before Angel, we meet some beautiful adults that need help in the pound --
-- and unfortunately, the pound cannot adopt them out the local public --
-- they can only go to rescue -- :(
Another -- Gabor.
Finally, we reach our girl, and true-to-form, she can only go to rescue, and she IS the pregnant one -- !!
Our first look at Angel --
-- there's definitely something going on in there -- !!
-- and before we know it, she's OFF -- !!
-- though we're not too sure where to -- !!
She says some quick "hellos" to her buddies --
-- and note again, "rescue only" on the cards -- :(
And yet another --
-- WHAT a good girl you are, Angel -- !!
Next, another "hewwwroooo" --
-- note the wagging tail --
-- and NOTE THE BELLY -- !!!
As Angel leaves the kennel area, she swags her tail in JOY, knowing something GOOD is going to happen to her -- !!
While the pound allows vouchers for spay / neuters, SPBR absolutely alters all of its dogs before placement --
-- because we focus on pit bulls --
-- because we're strongly against any breeding programs --
-- and because vouchers aren't 100% fail-safe --
-- surgeries are -- !!
Also, you'lll find that SPBR dogs are microchipped with Schering Plough "Home Again" microchips --
Anyway, more lovely things we find on the wall at the shelter --
-- ain't THIS the truth -- !!
And now, back to our momma --
-- I think she's REALLY happy in knowing she's leaving --
-- and, most importantly, she KNOWS she's a good girl.
You wonder, does God know of all the lovely creatures he makes, regardless of their plight here on earth?
We think so -- !!
Now, time for some photos --
-- Lori and me --
-- and Angel --
-- distracted -- !!!
More kissy-pie, lovey-do, momma-smooches --
-- oh yes, she knows, she knows she's been SAVED -- !!
Ha Ha Ha --
-- umm --
-- this girl WOULDN'T STOP -- !!!
On the door of Lori's office, you can see this is a lovely woman here, advocating this breed --
-- even though they legally can't adopt out to the local public, Lori works her hardest with rescues, and advocacy --
-- and for that, Lori, we salute you, respect you, admire you and are indebted to you.
You are an example to us.
The fighting dogs --
-- recovered --
-- rehabilitated --
-- saved --
-- fought --
-- mistreated --
-- saved --
-- loved --
As we're ALMOST out of the pound, Angel needs to say a FEW more goodbyes before our exit -- !!
Ha Ha Ha -- AGAIN --
-- girls gone wild, here -- !!!
The foster home...
Here is Sue's and Frank's, as we approached it --
First things first, we meet her pups --
-- first, her brindle pit mix, a rescue --
-- and next, the rest of her brood --
-- LOVELY, well BEHAVED, and ACCOMODATING -- !!!
Next, Sue feeds me dinner --
-- I LOVE IT HERE -- !!!
And finally, when all the pups are outside, momma Angel comes in, and Sue greets her.
Angel wastes NO time making the bed her own -- !!
And then, she's allowed to be a big puppy for a while --
-- we think Angel is only 1-2 years, at the max --
-- basically, she's a baby having babies -- :(
BUT, we're here to HELP -- !!
Next Angel meets Frank and gives the kitchen -- and its smells -- a look -- !!
She LOVES Frank from the onset --
-- that's what we want to see -- !!
Here's the aftermath of a kiss --
-- her tongue out, Frank taken aback --
-- I tell you, this girl's kissing may have gotten her in to trouble in the first place -- !!
And finally, bliss.
Angel knows she's safe --
-- her instinct tells her so --
-- and I couldn't be more proud.
ONWARD, says Angel, as she observes her birthing room --
-- YES, I said it right --
-- she gets an ENTIRE room to have her family -- !!
Here's the whelping box Uncle Frank made for Angel that day --
-- WELL DONE -- !!
Note too, that Frank BLOCKED off the PLUGS for the babies --
-- way to go -- !!
Angel gets comfortable in the box --
-- many, many memories will be shared here, girl -- !!
Before we know it, Angel tries to exit the room --
-- not so quickly, lady -- !!
Just look at her belly here --
-- almost to term.
Just so blessed here, everyone is --
-- Angel with her new treat toy, and Frank and Sue enjoying their new foster-friend -- :D
Angel LOVES this toy -- again, she's a baby having babies --
-- but since she's so sweet, we'll let her just chew, chomp, moo and waddle around all she likes -- !!
And before we know it, Angel almost seems to say to Frank --
"Ummm... there's something I need to tell you about --
-- you see, I was with this stud a while back, and things have never been the SAME -- !!!"
In the meantime, while Angel's body grows, our girl focuses on more important things --
-- getting those TREATS out - -!!
Happy girl --
-- happy dad.
Frank said to Sue, when she asked him about fostering --
"Sure -- it'll be your Christmas present" --
-- you're GREAT, Frank -- !!
Agai, Angel seems to be channeling Frank --
-- maybeeee 8 --
-- maybbbbeee 10 --
-- perhapppsss 12 -- !!!!"
Frank laughs in disbelief at such an idea --
-- well Frank, there's certainly more than one in the oven -- !!
Again, back to play, happy times, and GROWTH -- !!
And I know, I've heard it 1,000 times --
"You can't save them all" --
-- but while you can't save them all, there's certainly plenty you CAN do.
You can help the ones within your reach --
-- you can increase breed advocacy --
-- and you can feel good in knowing that one -- or in this case 13 -- lives breathed easier because of your kindness --
-- and your willingness to get off the computer, and start doing something good for these dogs --
-- that, we can assure, we have done -- !!
So, my puppy-having-puppies, I'm off to take care of my life back home --
-- what a whirlwind of a two days you've given me -- !!
I kiss my Angel goodbye, knowing she's in the best of hands with her Frank and Sue --
-- and I repeat so many times in my head on the drive home, how absolutely thankful I am for all the people who have worked so hard to save this one girl's -- and her family's -- life.
The miracle of birth
21 December 2010
"Eric, I apologize for keeping everyone waiting. It was not for dramatic effect I promise. First and foremost Momma and babies are all fine! Congratulations it's a Girl Girl Girl Girl Girl Girl Girl and a Boy Boy Boy Boy Boy . It was a very busy night the team is shot. By baby #10 Angel was spent 11 and 12 were the two big males but she got everybody out safe and sound. I can tell you who came 1st 2nd and 3rd 4th and 5th after that we quit trying to keep track and just went into auto pilot My son and Frank did get the songs written down, gotta love em! Please tell Angels followers that I promise some of the most amazing photos ever, but I have to wait for Frank to send them( you saw what happened when I tried yesterday) Hey you didn't “hire” me for my computer skills right? and I am not waking him up right now . We all took a nap @ 5:00 am. "
"I am going to call my vet out to see her this a.m. we have 12 pups and 11 placentas and just have him check everyone out. See if we need to supplement his brood etc. I am not even going to take her in to the office if I can avoid it,.
She is super vigilant about her pups and I will try not to upset her she has enough to handle right now. We had some scary moments last night. One of the pups got stuck, one she chewed the umbilical cord off so close the pups was bleeding out and @ number 12 she just grabbed the puppy in her mouth and for minutes wouldn't do anything with it."
"To say Momma was overwhelmed was an understatement! Okay pics to follow soon and you may need to start a new branch of Spbr just for the Angel 12. Bless everyone who prayed and sent good energy our way, I am going to get some food!
When will you be coming to visit?"
Here's Angel, with a watchful Frank looking on --
-- our girl is a bit shocky-looking --
-- sorta of like -- "WOW -- just WOW" -- !!!
And finally, our momma rests --
-- and her babies, unable to see or hear yet, are guided by smell to their momma --
-- where they get warmth and nourishment.
Doesn't this just make you love life?
ha ha ha --
-- just LOOK at these TINY ONES --
-- from ONE comes TWELVE -- !!
Christmas day - 4 day old babies
We make it down to Sue and Frank's house --
-- and are greeted by the PROUDEST of mommies -- !!
Here, like little Angels themselves, are Angel's 12 -- !!
Note that Sue again is NO JOKE when it comes to birthing pups --
-- the heatlight is welcomed by everyone -- !!
One thing I mentioned to Sue with a litter this big is that they should ALWAYS be gaining weight, lest they fall behind and "fail to thrive" --
-- so what does Sue do?
She makes an EXAMPLE of how to raise 12 babies --
-- WONDERFUL -- !!
As I approach Angel, she's a little apprehensive of me --
-- don't forget, she has 12 jewels in the box -- !!
Sue sweet-talks our girl --
-- both kiss --
-- and things get better -- !!
Here's Angel, after the kiss --
-- Sue's all WET -- !!
Next, Sue reviews the brood with Angel --
-- just LOOK LOOK LOOK at the love of Angel for Sue.
I love it dearly.
Finally, Angel partakes in the "these are my babies" parade --
-- what a PROUD momma -- !!
Mugshots: Angel and her 12 at 4 days
First, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 21 December 2010
Available for adoption: 15 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 21 December 2010
Available for adoption: 15 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
After all that, momma lies down to feed and love her kin.
Note, please, the UNC blanket --
-- having gone to Duke, it burns my eyes a little bit, this blanket, but we'll let it go for now -- !!
Angel shows us how to be a mommy --
-- licking the babies to stimulate them to poop and pee --
-- it's all in the instincts, people -- !!
Look at how TIDY everything is, too --
-- due to momma, Sue and Frank -- !!
Next, Angel looks around at her brood --
-- who's NEXT??!!
-- poopin' and peein' -- !!
Cleaning coats never hurt, too -- !!
And here's how Angel keeps it all going --
-- plenty of FOOD and WATER are needed in her "break area" -- !!
Angel says, "Werd -- I 'm a good MOMMA" -- !!
And here's a little tickle I give my girl --
-- note her teeth --
-- like a baby's --
-- our girl is so young --
-- and SO GOOD -- !!
The puppy pile ensues, almost like a puzzle -- !!
Those LITTLE PAWS --
-- and NAILS -- !!
-- and that MUG -- !!
Now, WHO wouldn't be overwhelmed by this visual every day -- ???
NOT OUR GIRL -- !!
Ha ha ha --
-- nipples are GOLD in these areas -- !!
More stealth cleanin' by momma -- !!
And here, you can see, Angel LIKES being a momma --
-- she's glowing, indeed -- !!
It's almost second nature here for our girl, cleanin' and keeping an eye on me at the same time -- !!
Here are the babies, like guinea pigs in a row --
-- look at the chunker on the right -- !!
And here, BIG and LITTLE -- !!
Here, priceless beauty.
After the quick cat-nap, more FEEDING is in order -- !!
Runny noses are NOTHIN' for this family --
-- Angel just licks 'em clean -- !!
Aww -- everyone warm and cozy -- !!
Hahahah -- look at the MILK on this little one's MUG -- !!
Ohhhh -- to be such a SMUSH-NOSE -- !!
Next, we have a journeyer --
-- and EVER SO SLOWLY, gloves gets to the other side of the pen --
-- not too sure WHY she went there in the FIRST place -- !!
FEED ME SEYMOUR -- !!!
Oh, turtle -- we know how you got your name --
-- becuase you spend most of your time floating around on your BACK -- !!
At some points, momma Angel seems understandably overwhelmed by the situation --
-- but she never, ever misses a beat !!
CLEAN-UP IN AISLE 9 -- !!
More pats on the head, more respect for Angel, more love all around.
And here, we see our girl SMILING --
-- smilin' because she was rescued --
-- smilin' because she's not living in a cold doghouse, with her babies dying --
-- smilin' because she didn't give birth in the pound --
-- smilin' because she's SAVED --
-- AMEN -- !!
Oh, the poses these babies MAKE, I tell you -- !!
And here, you can see the innate beauty in our girl -- the freckles on her nose, the whiskers on her face, the joy on her lips --
-- we're so proud we could witness all of this in you, baby --
-- and we're so happy with how far you've come -- !!
More pride, more potatoes in the field -- !!
Ah, the places we choose to take a nap -- !!
OOHHH -- that NOGGIN -- !!
-- and those TEENY TINY TOENAILS -- !!
More chubbies at the trough -- !!
Here's one, in the most inconspicuous of napping spots -- !!
"It's just me and my mom, hangin' out" --
There is never a limit to the cuteness of these pictures --
-- I could look at them forever -- !!
-- mother and child.
Here's there's ONE LITTLE BABY who's WAY too awake -- !!
Thank-yous all around here --
-- and love all abound.
Those EARS --
-- those WRINKLES --
-- that NOSE -- !!!
Here, that little LEG --
-- that chubby NECK --
-- that loving MOMMA!
Next, back at their feeding stations, the babies devour -- !!
Here, who needs PILLOWS when you've got BABIES and their PUPPY BREATH -- ??!!
Here, the two make a little love-heart --
-- love IT -- !!
Next, close-up cuteness -- !!
And then, snugglin' galore -- :D
Here, the babies strike their best ying-yang pose -- !!
And with that, we're done --
-- we've had a great visit, a lovely Christmas --
-- a blessed month.
The work for Sue and Frank is still a daily chore -- and then some --
-- here's their feeding syringe, thermometer and puppy scale -- !!
In Sue's back yard, their rescued horses --
-- WE LOVE IT HERE -- !!
As we mentioned, the babies are ready for adoption on 15 February --
-- if you're interested in applying, please fill out an adoption application at the top of this page.
I am traveling to see momma Angel and brood this coming Sunday, on 9 January.
I would like to take the family some people-treats, too --
-- if you're interested in contributing to these people treats, or to Angel and her 12, please paypal us at email@example.com -
-- or mail us at
po box 1
east aurora, ny
Make sure to put on your check where you want the money going -- we are a 501c3, so your donations, where appropriate, are deductible!
Thank you everyone for making this dream reality --
-- a mom and her 12 home for the holidays, growing, flourishing.
Come back to this page as the babies grow, to watch the miracle and beauty of life unfold.
Mostly, honestly, and truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank Frank and Sue, to opening their home to such a needy mother and her family -- we are eternally thankful to you for this.
If you're interested in adopting, don't delay -- fill out the adoption application at the top of this page.
- Applicants who join our pit bull forum, at www.pbsmiles.com. 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" -- !!