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The 'bama babes & parents -- to show you the absolute worst -- and BEST -- in people -- !!


Click here to see their PLAYDATE video at 11 weeks old -- !!

Click here to see their VIDEO at 9 weeks old -- !!


Click here to see our loves finally up NORTH -- !!


Click here to see their 12 March PLAYDATE -- !!

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Oftentimes, dog rescue shows you the worst of life, and then it turns around to show you the absolute best of it.

This time, we're in rural Alabama, and Tina is called on new years day -- an abandoned trailer, a poppa dog tied up to a tree, and momma is living on the back porch, with her 11 newborn babies stuffed in a sofa for protection --

-- and no people, food or water in sight.

Heartbreaking.


So what do Tina and her husband do?

First, they take everyone to their HOME --

-- and here, the poppa, shows the humblest, most thankful of looks --

-- again, heartbreaking.


Next, the babies are accounted for, and then begins the supplementing --

-- with baby bottles round the clock, and a lot of caffeine for the human care-givers -- !!


Finally, momma gets her nest --

-- and for the first time in a long time, she is content.

No, this isn't the scenario where momma was left to birth her babies outside, in the harsh winter, with no food or water --

-- instead, it's ideal --

-- and she's blessed -- !!


   
Mugshots: the 'bama babes at 8 weeks
   
First, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 1 January 2011
Available for adoption: 26 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
   

“Miss Badger”

When we first brought Badger home she had 3 dark stripes down the center of her back and my husband immediately started calling her badger because she looked like she was wearing a badge. He also stated that it was cool for the Wisconsin Badgers-he is a sports nut! Badger is just a sweetheart and is going to be a wonderful baby girl to someone!! She is very laid back and has a great temperament. She loves to cuddle and just lay in your lap like a tiny princess. Somewhere along the way she lost her stripes but we continue to call her Badger.
   

“Miss Bela”

Out of a litter of 10 puppies, Miss Bela was one of the 3 smallest and we thought we may have lost overnight. Miss Bela is a sweetheart-always quite and such a lady. She immediately became our “ Southern Bell ”. She loves to eat, snuggle and sleep. She is just precious, petite and a very great bed buddy!

   

“Miss Crimson Kisses”

Crimson is named after The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and our yellow lab Kisses. She is a blue color with an orange under tint and big blue eyes. She is very attentive, smart and playful. Crimson loves to stare into your eyes and make you think she knows exactly what is going on in your head! She loves for you to sing to her when you hold her.

   

“Miss Dixi”

Miss Dixi was also one of the 3 smallest that we were concerned for. Kim and Wayne suggested her name when we were naming them and it fit perfectly. She has the sweetest face with her white stripped muzzle and the best personality. She loves to just sit with you and kiss you softly. She knows the right ways to get your attention and keep your attention!!

   
   
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 1 January 2011
Available for adoption: 26 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
   

“Master Bama”

Bama is named after The University of Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team and our choc lab/weirmeriner Bama. Bama looks just like his father Butkus. Bama is a precious little guy and a ladies man to say the least! He will give you the softest kisses ever. He has the sweetest black muzzle and the prettiest blonde hair. He is very friendly and playful.

   

“Master Bear”

Bear was named after Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant who was the Greatest Coach to ever coach football at The University of Alabama. He is also a very large male with solid black paws like a bear so it fits him perfect! Bear loves to sit and watch you're every move. He is very insightful and takes everything in. He can get rowdy at times but loves for you to lay him on his back and rub his chest-puts him to sleep every time!!

   

“Master Brother”

Brother is named after Coach Nick Saban. Coach Saban is the head football coach at The University of Alabama. Coach Saban was born and raised in West Virginia where his nickname was “Brother”. Brother is a very sweet and strong young man. He loves to play and can be very rowdy at times. He has the most beautiful blues eyes you have ever seen!! Brother is going to be a heart breaker and a very handsome young man.
   

“Master Lucky”

Lucky was also one of the 3 smallest. He was very lucky to have survived this experience and that is how he got his name. He is a very sweet and loving little guy. He is a big eater now and is always last to leave the food bowl. Lucky has the sweetest face-just like his mama! He is just a precious round little butter ball.

   

“Master Saban”

Saban is also named after Coach Nick Saban. He is also known as the “Sabanator”. Saban is very playful and rowdy. Saban and his brother Bama looked very similar at birth-it was always hard for me to tell them apart when bottle feeding. Saban is a very hyper little man and wants lots of love. He has the sweetest look in his eyes and will give you sweet “Saban Kisses” if you ask sweetly.

   


And now, for the rest of the story...

Now, the story, as Tina tells it --

I received a telephone call New Years Eve night around 6:00 P.M. while bathing my yellow lab “Kisses”. My co-worker Wayne told me that his mother-in-law who is a mail carrier found some abandoned dogs in Coker, Alabama . She noticed the mail pilling up in the mail box, the adult male dog chained to a tree and the female dog running loose starving/begging for food.


Both parents were skin and bones and she asked Wayne and his wife Kim to go feed the dogs that night. When I asked Wayne about their situation he told me that it was dark out but it appeared that the female dog had given birth and may have puppies near. He also thought that both the male and female were Pit Bulls.

With all things to consider- a dirt road, abandoned mobile home, skinny pit bull chained to tree and loose mother pit outside we immediately made plans to rescue them first thing New Years Day to avoid any danger and to be able to see puppies in the day light. When we arrived to the property the male dog was still chained to the tree and the female dog greeted us immediately with excitement. We fed both parents and immediately began our search for their puppies.

We found 10 tiny 4 day old babies on the back porch inside a couch where the female had taken a cushion out for them to stay warm and protected. We boxed up the puppies, loaded both parents and drove them to our home in Northport , Alabama . The mother dog and her 10 puppies rode with me and Miss Wendy, Kim & Wayne's daughter. The male dog rode with Kim and Wayne to keep everyone safe.

The most heart breaking thing on the way to my house was the female dog watching out the back glass of my Tahoe waiting to see if her mate would be going with us or not!! When we arrived to my house we placed both parents and the 10 pups in the garage for safety and warmth.


The sweetest thing in the world was when the male dog walked over to see his babies for the very FIRST time!! He was so excited to be off of that chain and to be able to see his babies-he was just amazed and his eyes were just filled with pride and joy.

With the help from our next door neighbors Mani & Lorne we immediately started making beds for everyone to get warm and getting food for everyone to get nutrition. We immediately started bottle feeding the puppies every 2 hours and fed both parents 4 times a day until they were healthy and started gaining weight.


We put a heater inside the garage and a heating pad under the puppies for additional heat. Our new family of 12 all made it through the first night which I was told by Mani and Lorne was a great success!! Mani and Lorne are very knowledgeable and helped us save this entire family!! They have rescued hundreds of animals and really know there stuff and we are very grateful to have them as neighbors!!

After housing, feeding and nurturing this family of 12 we became much attached and started to give everyone “nick names”. We called the Sir “Butkus” and the Dam “Mama-Cieta” and “Girl Friend”. Both parents are just big babies, sweet, very loving and well behaved. We will never really know what they had to endure or what their past holds but what we know is that they each have great forever homes and we know what their futures hold!! Butkus lives him Hoover , Alabama with his new owner and Miss Girl Friend has become the newest edition to The Watson Family.

We now have 3 dogs and 3 cats-guess that makes us even!! Kisses is our 10 year old female yellow lab, Bama is our 4 year old choc lab/weirmeriner mix and Girl Friend is officially our first Pit Bull. All of our cats are domestic house cats and spoiled rotten just like the dogs!! Oreo is 7, Tampa is 5 and Mr. Boston is 1 ½.

 


We made a decision that we would give most of the puppy's names based on their personality/looks, one that represented the South for their birth place or The University of Alabama.

We have 6 males and 4 females and they each have their own story behind their name.


Giving them all names was the fun and easy part! The first week was a very frantic week trying to work full time and bottle feed 10 puppies every two hours.

We made it through with flying colors thanks to our friends for giving their time and help to come in and feed while we were at work.

The first 4 weeks with the puppies were a breeze compared to what we experienced during weeks 4-8. Trying to wean the puppies was fun and also a major chore that we never saw coming!!


Through all of the kennel cleanings and blanket changes I wouldn't change a thing-other than not having a full time job!! It has been such a joy to watch them grow from 4 day old babies into tiny little dogs.

From the bottle feeding, to their eyes opening, them actually seeing you for the first time and recognizing your voice/face, them drinking goats milk on their own, eating baby cereal with the goats milk, eating mashed wet kibble to eating whole kibble has been such a wonderful and unique experience.

This entire experience has really opened my eyes and found a new respect for mother dogs with babies!! From breaking their birthing sacks to cleaning up after their every move for 4-5 weeks is truly amazing!!


I can not imagine how this wonderful mother gave birth to 10 beautiful puppies outside all alone and still love human people as much as she does!! Girl Friend has been absolutely great and she will never have to have this experience again!! She was spayed at the same clinic and time with her 10 wonderful babies.

We have been very blessed by friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers that have helped and/or contributed to this rescue of this precious family!!

 


*****SPECIAL RECOGNITION & GRATITUDE*****

 

We would especially like to THANK Margaret Andrews, Kim Gentry, Kim-Wayne & Wendy Goodwin, Eric Gray, Mani & Lorne Kuffel , Patricia McDaniel, Shannon Walker, and Mrs. Jean Watson.

Without all of your love, support, help and endless amount of time and money we wouldn't have been able to pull this off!!

THANK YOU so very much for all of your dedication and hard work helping us SAVE our FAMILY of 12!! We greatly appreciate each and every one of you!!


*****NOTE For New Puppy Parents*******

The puppies have been spoiled in their own little way and YES this is MY fault and I take FULL responsibility. They sleep on clean, soft baby blankets with a heating pad underneath.

They love for you to sing to them while they are pilled up in your lap trying to go to sleep. They all love to snuggle and sleep on top of one another. They love to play with knotted socks, rope toys, shoes, shoe strings, card board and rawhide sticks.


The rawhide sticks are great for keeping them busy while trying to rock the wired ones asleep and allow the sleeping ones to rest quietly. Rock them asleep-YES I know this sounds terrible but they are like babies and just need a little help taking a nap.

They love to lie on their backs while you rub their little chest or inside of their ears rocking them to sleep. They also LOVE ice cubes in their water bowl!! The sound of your voice is the most amazing thing to them and gives them a lot of comfort.


Each of them are very special in their own little way and we will miss each of them dearly!!!!

(My garage will NEVER be the same without them)

Please ALWAYS be the BEST Parent that you can be for the next 12-17 years and always HONOR that commitment!!

We would LOVE to keep in contact with every new parent and have updates and photos emailed or mailed to us.


****NOTE For Eric and SPBR*****

We just want to say “THANK YOU” so very much from the bottom of our hearts!! Without you and your organization we do not know what we would have done. We make single dog/cat rescues yearly and have never been faced with a “Family Rescue” much less the Pit Bull Breed.

We had no idea how important the safety of the Pit Bull Breed is!! We have since educated ourselves with this sweet breed through Eric's website. The information that is provided by Eric at spbr.org is absolutely amazing!! May God continue to Bless You All!!


Forever Grateful-The Watson Family

David-Tina-Kisses-Oreo-Bama-Tampa-Boston-Girl Friend


Your Puppy's 10 Commandments…..


1 . My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.


2 . Give me time to understand what you want of me

3 . Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4 . Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5 . Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6 . Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7 . Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8 . Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.

Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.


9 . Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch.

Don't make me face this alone.

Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.


"Just A Dog"
 
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog,"
or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog."

They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog,"
but I did not once feel slighted.


Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand
phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust,
and pure unbridled joy.


"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.


"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away
from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog",
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
"just a man or woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog"
just smile...

Because they "just don't understand."


So, here we are.

Humbled, proud and honored to know such a lovely person as Tina and her little army of helpers --

-- just LOOK at what they DID -- !!

No, it didn't cost too much money --

-- and no, it didn't put her in the spotlight --

-- but yes, in the end, her random act of kindness blossomed, grew and multiplied --

-- phenomenal, in short -- !!

 


Here are the babies as of 18 February 2011 --

-- happy, healthy and ready for their spay / neuter surgeries -- !!

After that, they'll transport up North, and then they'll be ready to go to their forever homes!!

What does this mean to you, the EXCEPTIONAL adoption candidate??

It means they're AVAILABLE for adoption starting 26 February --

-- and it means you have to submit to us your adoption application, at the top of this page!!


February 22 --

-- the vet clinic --

-- which was so kind to do the spay of mommy and pediatric alterations for us --

-- no SPBR dogs get placed unaltered, people, unless you are a veterinarian adopting from us -- !!


The babies, awaiting their snip-snips and their Zzzzz-Zzzzz's --

-- all in preparation for the BEST of homes -- !!

Really, it's an honor to work with Tina --

-- just LOOK at the STORY above --

-- all these little (and big) lives were allowed to THRIVE because of her --

-- and if you can continue such excellence, then we welcome you as an SPBR adopter -- !!


Here's our rescuer, Tina, and Brother, her little Romeo.

Just when you think people are all about themselves --

-- just when you think the "younger generation" is too caught up in their status symbols and time at the gym to care and give back selflessly --

-- do we meet a woman like Tina --

-- and it makes us SO proud --

-- and it also makes us rest better at night, knowing there's such great folks out there to care and care some more!!

Thank you to Tina, for being great, and thank you to Tina's parents, for raising such a great daughter!!

If you're a GREAT adoption candidate, send in your application -- let's keep a good thing GOING -- !!!

 

Finally, our babies up NORTH and ready to go HOME -- !!

Well, it was a chilly late-February morning, and the prospects of driving to a somewhat warmer Kentucky sure sounded alluring -- !!

So, off we drove, to meet up with our 'bama momma, Tina, and her crew -- !!

Here's the drive -- !!

We started out at "A", and drove 500 miles to "C" --

-- Tina and her mother-in-law did the same, starting at "B" and driving 500 miles to "C" --


-- and when we got there, here's what we found --

-- LOVIN'S -- !!

Next, for a quick run-down of who is WHO --

-- and how BIG they GOT -- !!


   
Mugshots: the 'bama babes at 9 weeks
   
First, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 1 January 2011
Available for adoption: 26 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
   
   
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 1 January 2011
Available for adoption: 26 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
   
 
   

Here's momma Tina, trying to convince little Bela that this move is gonna be OKAY --

-- AWWW -- this girl isn't easily PERSUADED -- !!!

And then, Tina's mother-in-law, saying her sweet good-byes to little Badger --

-- SO SWEET!!

I think both sides here are lovin' this a WHOLE lot -- !!

Next, all the STUFF Tina brought for us --

-- toys, towels, blankets --

-- THANK YOU!!


Finally, mister macho Brother says goodbye --

-- and here tries to keep his composure --

-- though NOT for LONG -- !!

Next, we give the vet records a look --

-- WELL DONE -- !!


And finally, I don my lovely Alabama shirt from Tina --

-- love it -- !!

With everyone loaded up, we head NORTH for another 500 miles of driving -- !!

Shortly thereafter, we meet up with Jan, Jo, Lorna and Jeannie, our loving FOSTERS for these babes -- !!

Next, we arrive at one of the babies' foster homes --

-- and aunt Jo gives little Bear a talkin' to -- !!


HA HA HA --

-- resident Oreo says,

"Oh NO -- NOT BABIES" -- !!!

Next, Lorna smiles happily, playin' and pettin' -- !!

Aww -- little Brother --

-- he LOOKS like an ANGEL, but is FULL of IT -- !!


And then, Miss Badger --

-- what a LADY -- !!


When you're cute, Badger, people will pick you up all they want --

-- get USED to it -- !!


AWW --

-- ANGELIC -- !!

Back to the 'nom 'nom 'nom -- !!

Next comes Lily's baby, Hope --

-- momma Lily, formerly "Lotus", was dumped in the Ohio kill-pound, pregnant, where she had her babies --

-- they were shortly thereafter pulled and fostered at an Ohio vet clinic, where most of the stricken litter passed, due to a virus they contracted at the shelter.

Dr. Libby, the veterinarian, sent out for a necropsy on one of the babies, and we are awaiting the results --

-- very sad, and here, our little "Hope" is the only survivor -- :(

Next is her little mug-shot --

-- VERY cute girl, and she will be up for adoption mid-March, after her spay.

We think she's husky-pit mix --

-- SO cute, and Jeannie has her already HOUSEBROKEN -- !!


Our little girl is going to socialize with these 'bama babes, to get the ins and outs of puppyhood, socialization and the like, so she's a PERFECT little adoption candidate in 2 weeks -- !!

Here she is, wondering if these babes are TOO MUCH for her or not -- !!

Here, little Saban chooses a random piece of hide over little Hope --

-- poor girl -- !!

Ha ha ha --

-- Hope finds a nice perch on Lorna's lap, where she can watch the craziness -- !!

Ohhhh -- the land of the DINOSAURS here --

-- scarrryy!!!


And more of what these babies do a LOT of --

-- EATIN' -- !!

Hope gathers confidence, and with her cutesy-collar, approaches the pack AGAIN -- !!

Hahahaha --

-- this looks more like bloated SAILORS than ferocious PIT BULLS -- !!


The fuzz-ball approaches...

... and the flat-coats take notice -- !!

Within moments, they accept Hope, and they're off to PLAY again -- !!

Again, mister BROTHER is given a little TIME-OUT from the FOOD-BAG -- !!

Aww - the beauty of CRIMSON -- !!

Again, she chooses a bone remnant on the floor over play --

-- gotta love a girl who likes to EAT -- !!


Ohhhh -- she finds her next victim of hairy, chewed-on rawhide -- !!

Note, we are NOT fans of rawhide chews for babies, since they can rip pieces off and choke on them --

-- so, they ONLY have them when ATTENDED -- !!

And yet AGAIN, Brother is caught surfin' the FOOD BAG -- !!

The delicate BEAUTY of miss BADGER -- !!

The LANKI-NESS of miss CRIMSON -- !!

The understated ELEGANCE of mister LUCKY -- !!

Fluff fluff fluff -- !!

Jeannie writes --

"Wanted to give you an update on the bama babies.  They are doing well and adjusting to thier new pack family.  Hope has been interacting well with them, but I believe her nose is out of joint because she has a little competition.  They love Lily.  She plays well with them and Oreo keeps a safe distance.  Oreo figures one was bad enough and now there are  three.  All three pups were sitting in my kitchen.  I had the back door open and they were laying in the sun.  They love to go outside. The 2 bama pups were timid at first, but they no longer hesitate about going out.  Hope takes the lead and the 2 follow.  I am working on house breaking but that may be a lost cause.

Jeannie
"


Ohhh -- here, Miss Elegance HERSELF commits a small faux pas with the water bowl --

-- don't worry, baby -- we won't tell a SOUL -- !!

Here's the three feisty ones, chasing the rawhide --

-- fun fun -- !!


Hahaha -- little Badger returns with her kill -- !!

At the other side of the kitchen, a new TOY is FOUND -- !!

Fluff fluff, pretty pretty -- !!

Finally, for the LAST time, little Brother is REMOVED from the FOOD BAG and given his own little SNACK -- !!

So, here you are --

-- 9 beautiful 'bama babes, 9 weeks old, already spayed and neutered, micro-chipped, wormed and vaccinated --

-- ready to face the WORLD -- !!


Just think, these moments wouldn't have happened, had it not been for Tina and Co's kindness, commitment and multiple poop and pee CLEAN-UPs -- !!

So, for you, the interested adopter, the NEXT STEP is to fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this page --

-- if it looks GREAT to us, we'll contact you to schedule a HOME VISIT --

-- if THAT passes, you have yourself a new FAMILY MEMBER -- !!


So, with that, we have succeeded --

-- we have helped 9 lives breathe a LOT easier --

-- and in turn, they have given us many smiles, and they have shown us the innocence and beauty in this breed which we love so much.

THANK YOU to all who helped, and we look FORWARD to getting all these LOVES in to the BEST of HOMES -- !!

It's PLAYTIME -- !!

 

 

Here's their 12 March playdate!!

Well, we had the chance to get together last weekend with the bebbies, and look at what I got from the start --

-- BROTHER chewing my SHOELACES -- !!


Next, Saban explores the toy-box -- !!

And he comes up INNOCENT -- !!

   
Updated MUGSHOTS - 'bama babes & MORE -- !!
   
   

Where did we meet?

Well, at foster Lorna's workplace --

-- a boarding kennel -- !!


Off we went to the top-secret zone --

-- shhhhh!!!


And inside we found fluffy HOPE -- !!

And too, little WYLIE, our Tennessee boy -- !!

Find more on his origins here --


And, of course, mister PRETTY PANTS --

-- BROTHER -- !!


Wrinkles are only FUN when you're YOUNG brother --

-- enjoy them while you CAN -- !!


Awwwww... so many pretty colors together -- !!!

And too, Brother is ALL BOY --

-- nothing DELICATE about this little man -- !!


Ouch ouch --

-- Saban finds my LACES -- !!


Hope continues to explore...

... as Brother continues to NIBBLE -- !!

And for a moment, I see PERFECTION in a dog -- <3<3<3

Saban, so pretty and CURIOUS -- !!

Aww -- Miss Hope -- always the LADY -- !!

And Jojo's foster, BEAR --

-- proving that BRINDLE is BEAUTIFUL -- !!!


Nom Nom Nom -- !!

Life from the other side of the fence --

-- so sad -- :(


Don't forget, Lorna is also fostering our girl, ASPEN -- !!

See Aspen's complete story here -- !!


Here's our girl, PRETTY as EVER -- !!

And here's our OTHER girl, LORNA --

-- as PROUD and DOTING as a momma could BE -- !!


Ohhhh -- that ROPE TOY is YUMMY, ERIC --

-- THANK YOU to Tina from sending it up from Alabama -- !!


Our pretty Miss Blockyhead -- !!

If she could eat the whole toy, SHE WOULD -- !!

So many beautiful shades of BRINDLE -- !!

Dissection is KEY with tennis balls, people -- !!

And here, my favorite picture of Aspen --

-- just how the light cascades off of her pretty little head --

-- LOVE IT -- !!


And here, just because we HAVE to show it --

-- her AFTER --


-- and sadly, her BEFORE --

-- and her BEFORE again --

-- shocking?

YES.

Believable?

Unfortunately, YES, too.

See her whole page here --

-- and see how GREAT Lorna has DONE by HER -- !!


So, with that, Aspen still awaits the PERFECT adopter --

-- which, by the way, could be YOU!

If you're interested, email Lorna directly at lorna@spbr.org -- !!


Back to the PLAYPEN -- !!

Here's Jojo and her lovely foster, Mister BEAR -- !!

Aww --

-- such a pretty little sausage he is --

-- sooooo handsome, and BLOCKY -- :D


Next, little Wylie's momma --

-- his savior -- !!


Wylie says, "Thank you, SPBR, for getting me out of euthanasia in Tennessee" --

-- because somehow, somewhere, to someone, his life makes a huge diffrerence --


Here he is, comparing brindle streaks with an OBEDIENT Aspen -- !!

And again, here he is, content as a clam that he's ADOPTED and HOME forever --

-- with his new momma, here --

-- loving and doting --

-- just as she should be -- !!


Now, back to the CHUNKS -- !!

Hope says, "getting vewwyyy tweeeppppyyyy" --

-- nap FORTHCOMING -- !!


And with that, the babies start to zone off, one by one...

oooohhhhh....

..... nappsssssszzzz -- !!!


That is, before an energetic puppy enters their realm -- !!

And with that, Brother is off to INVESTIGATE -- !!

EEKS --

-- it's MAYHEM -- !!


Though only for a moment -- !!

Then it's back to ALL smiles and ALL sleeps -- !!

Thanks for a great meet-up, all, and if you're interested in ADOPTING one of these LOVES, please think LONG and HARD about the rewarding 15 year COMMITMENT of ADOPTION --

-- and if you're UP for IT, fill out an adoption application at the top of the PAGE -- !!

Thanks again, to our great fosters and supporters --

-- you make the rescue happen -- !!

Here's their PLAYDATE video at 11 weeks old -- !!

 

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 $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 food and has spent its 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, and here, for the long transport from the South -- !!

 
- 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" -- !!