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Angel's 12 at week 8 -- flying the coop!!!

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I met up with Frank yesterday for the hand-off of Angel's 12 --

-- all I can say is WOW --

-- did they ever get BIG!!!

Upon seeing me, they're little wiggle-butts, happy and social --

-- just how we like to see 'em -- !!

Next, we go to the vet clinic for a little, you know --

-- clip clip, snip snip --

-- in other words, SPAYS and NEUTERS for the babies --

-- SOMEONE is not too convinced here -- !!!

Aww --

-- the little wrinkle-brow -- !!

Next, the babies are identified, from pictures sent to the clinic last week --

-- just LOOK at how ORGANIZED these fine folks are -- !!

Next, HOW many people can say they TRULY enjoy their jobs?

Well, here I can tell you ONE for SURE -- !!!

Next, as the techs figure out who is who, the babies do a sniff test --

-- PASS!!

Here's how our great vet clinic rolls --

-- first off, note the pictures of each pup, already identified as we come in the door.

On the picture, you'll note the pup's name and the last 4 digits of the babies' microchip number --

-- that way, all the clinic has to do is scan each pup and *presto*, they know who is who -- !!

Learn more about our microchipping here.

Also, note the clinic uses Metacam as a pain medication on the babies -- we LIKE -- !!

Here's what a microchip scanner looks like --

-- so throughout the pup's life, if they're out lost, and their collar comes off, all a clinic or shelter has to do is scan the pup's back, and up comes the pup's individual ID number --

-- which is linked to the adopter's contact infos -- !!

We microchip 100% of our pups with Home Again chips, by Schering Plough.

Ha ha ha --

-- someone is NOT impressed here --

-- instead I hear a "when's snack" grumble -- !!

Ohhh -- the TRAVESTY --

--- hahah -- it'll all be over soon, babies -- !!

Next, more come in from the car --

-- this picture, I don't know --

-- it's almost comical --

-- just LOOK at all that SKIN!!!

And MORE --

-- Bella, the world heavyweight of this litter, on the left --

-- at a whopping 14 pounds at 8 weeks -- !!

More wrinkles and LOVE -- !!

And this picture --

-- these loving ladies are having quite the time holding these 8 week old babies UP --

-- just IMAGINE them at 10 or 12 weeks --

-- they seem to double in SIZE by the WEEK -- !!

Aww --

-- always time for a little kiss-kiss, Bella -- !!

Next, maneuvering babies and indentifying wrinkles proves tough work -- !!

Another one gets the news --

-- snip snip -- !!

Awww --

-- you can see, this is NO ordinary clinic --

-- lots of TLC given here --

-- we LOVE it -- !!

Ha ha ha --

-- young pups, old souls -- !!

This picture deserves examination yet again --

-- just WHO is your DADDY, babies??!!

We're thinking Mastiff and Shar-pei -- ??!!

Now that everyone's loaded in the pens, time to weigh in, luvvies -- !!

Ha ha ha --

-- sorta like a sack of potatoes here -- !!

Ta-daaaa -- !!!


-- I think this is Bella --

-- just LOOK at the BREADTH between her SHOULDERS here --

-- she's more like Bella the Bruiser -- !!

Eeks --

-- she's not impressed by my joking --

-- again, the wrinkles make these babies look soooo serious -- !!

Oh no --

-- jailbreak has OCCURRED -- !!

Hahaha --

-- as fast as tubby could, tubby ran --

-- unsuccessfully -- !!

Oh no --

-- just LOOK at that FACE --

-- caught red-handed -- !!

So, there we are --

-- babies are weighed and put to bed, all set for their upcoming surgeries.

Their demeanor is SO sweet --

-- just make sure to LOOK BEYOND the bear-claws -- !!

And here, what a LIFE --

-- I think they're innately HAPPY babies --

-- it's again just the WRINKLES that get in the WAY -- !!

Chub chub chub --

-- nothing wrong with a little roll-reserves to get you through the day, right??!!


-- time for SNACK -- !!!

And with that, we're done here --

-- babies are weighed, fed and are ready for sleepies --

-- only to awake tomorrow for their spay / neuter surgeries --

-- then, after a brief foster with SPBR volunteers, they're off to their HOMES this weekend --

-- well, 8 of them are --

-- and in case you're INTERESTED, the remaining babies for adoption as of 16 feb 2010 are littledot, bigdot, dotbelly, and gloves --

-- visit them here.

Finally, after a little bill-pay, we're off for the night.

Stay tuned to these loves to watch them go to their forever homes this coming weekend!

Also, a big THANK YOU to our fabulous vet clinic, whose professionalism and bedside manner are a real refreshment!

Note, too, on the column here --

-- they're representin' with our 2011 calendar!!

Again, THANK YOU all for making this dream a reality --

-- we're blessed!!


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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" -- !!