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These Arkansas Angels called on many a favor to get this far, this soon -- !!



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It was late July 2010, and we received the following from Mary Anne in Arkansas...

 

"Lyric, Harmony and Melody were dumped at 3 weeks old by their breeder who was going to shoot them if rescue did not take. Yes it is a sad world we live in. These 3 WERE rescued and will be ready for their new homes early September after they are sterilized/up to date on shots & micro-chipped. An application/agreement, home visit & $400 adoption donation are required."
 

And here were their little mug-shots -- three girls --

-- who in the world could bring themselves to shoot such creatures -- ??

 

Well, before we knew it, we said, "We can help!" --

-- and the month of August passed -- then we needed to get these babies NORTH --

-- NOT a simple endeavor -- but quite an irresistable one -- !!


Such tasks, mind you, are not so simple --

-- the first step was dear Linda and her husband, from Arkansas, getting these loves vetted and ready to travel, with health certificates.

Then, they drove these babies 8-1/2 hours -- yes, 8-1/2 hours EACH WAY from Arkansas to Louisville, Kentucky --

-- SALLLLUTEEE!!!

 


Here's the rescue duo, at the late-night hand-off in Lousville.

Note that Linda is the same person holding the babies on their early July intake of these loves --

-- so yes, with her, this rescue is personal -- !!


The next step another big drive -- from Kentucky to Buffalo, for the babies to get their pictures and to re-group before going to their Jersey and Connecticut fosters...

So with that, we sent word out for transport, and Angie (left) flew from Rochester, NY to Louisville to meet Meredith (right) who was in Florida for work, with Buffalo as home -- via a Louisville detour -- !!

Both these remarkable women, mind you, are also SPBR adopters --


Here's Angie's view, flying in to St. Louis, on her journey to Louisville.

From Louisville, Angie and Meredith rented an SUV at 2 AM and drove and drove and drove --

-- until ending up at my house, early Saturday afternoon -- !!


And when the doors of the truck opened, and the hatch was sprung, here's what we got --

-- three beautiful babies, vetted and healthy -- !!


And talk about VIBRANT -- these little loves never skipped a beat --

-- but really, they snoozed the whole time Mer and Ang drove their caffeinated route -- !!


So next, you say --

"WHO is WHO??!!"

And really, it's all in the collars -- !!

Leopard collar = Lyric

Blue collar = Melody

Camo collar = Harmony

Simple, eh??!!


It sure ain't so easy when you've got a flurry of little tykes zipping around the lawn --

-- I'll tell you that -- !!

Here's an official "cheat sheet" for the loves --

 

Arkansas angels
   

birthdate: 20 June 2010
available for adoption: 5 September 2010
gender: all female
vetting completed: spayed (with pain meds), 2 rounds DHLPP vaccines, 3 rounds worming, Home Again microchip
special needs: none -- unlike many white bully breeds, these are hearing dogs and are not deaf

   
   
   
   

 

So with that introduction, it's time for some PLAYIN' -- !!

-- and play, they DO -- !!

INCOMING -- !!

BOOM!

Aww -- poor Lyric --

-- first owned by Harmony, and now hunted by Melody -- !!


Worlds collide -- !!

And then, it's spotted --

-- the "puppy purse" Linda sent up from Arkansas --

-- seemingly harmless --


-- but Lyric discovers it contains PUPPY KIBBLE --

-- yummmm!!!


Okay now, with a little coordination...

-- and a little manuevering...

-- just about haveee ittt...

-- and she's IN -- !!

And all that's heard in the background is a faint "nom nom nom" --

--


Moments later, our girl comes up for AIR -- !!

And if this isn't the face of PURE BLISS -- I don't know what is -- !!

Lyric gives a shout-out to her bully sisters --

-- and then another one, just in case they weren't looking -- !!

And then, again, the three girls are back to play --

-- and they prove their well-socialized ways, gettin' and givin' lovin's from Amy, their Buffalo to Rochester transporter --

Next they run over to say their hellos to Julie --

-- not before getting in to some mischief, mind you -- !!

Yummmm -- powdered surgical gloves --


-- and finally, they reach Julie --

-- and are gleeful -- and a bit clumsy --


And then, after some more play --

-- the girls rest with Kathy, on the shady porch --

Just notice, how HAPPY they are --

-- and HEALTHY -- !!


What I also notice is how absolutely beautiful these three are --

-- especially dear Lyric --

-- who was originally the reason the "breeder" wanted to shoot these pups -- :(

He neglected the babies, and Lyric developed an abscess --

-- so instead of vetting the pups, he chose "shotgun" or "rescue" --

-- and we're glad he chose us!


What scares me is that there are people out there -- in general society -- who can look at such beautiful creatures and even think of destroying them --

-- frightening.


Well, dear Lyric and Harmony and Melody --

-- because of Linda, a wonderful Arkansas rescuer, who said, "No, I won't let these three end up like 'all the rest' of pit bulls down here" --

-- and who instead cared, drove and worked for you three --


-- we instead saw the absolute greatness in people like Amy, Meredith, Angie, Paula, Kat, Heidi, Michelle, Denise, Kathy, Erica and Lauren --

-- who gave their summer weekend to help you three, and didn't focus on themselves --

-- and for that, we get beauties such as you --


So next, it's up to you --

-- the exceptional, qualified adopter -- !!

If you're interested in adopting one of these girls, please click on the white spbr box at the top of this page --

-- it will open up an adoption application in Word.

After you email it to to us, and we approve it, you'll have a home visit by an SPBR volunteer -- and you'll need to join our forum, too, here --

-- if you pass that, you have an angel in your life -- !!


And again, thank you so much to everyone for taking a literally impossible situation back in July to an exceptional reality today.

This litter is our annual dedication to Susan Morgan, former employee of the Fayetteville Arkansas Animal Control, and close friend of mine -- who believed she could -- and truly did -- make a difference for these Southern pit bulls.

More on Susan can be found here.


Things I like in an application:

- Applicants who join our pit bull forum, at www.pbsmiles.com. There, you'll find a small army of pit bull lovers -- 5,600 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 $350 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" -- !!