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These 'bamans have seen such darkness -- and now such light -- !!


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Well, the heartache never ends -- I received the following email --

"Eric, A fellow rescuer sent me the link to your website. It gives me aspirations to what our website should look like.I love how personal it is and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous.

I am writing to see if you or any of your contacts would have space to help a family who really put themselves at risk to save 3 adult pits and 10 puppies. Please read the story below:

"Hi Friends,

I am helping a family who called me late last night on New Year's Eve. They shattered a window in a neighbor's house so that they could break in and rescue 3 adult pits and 10 puppies. The owner of the house had abandoned the house due to warrants for his arrest. He locked the dogs inside with no food or water. It is a miracle that all survived. It was a big risk that the family took in order to help the dogs.

Once the family took the dogs to their house they immediately feed them. One of the mother dogs ate furiously and then walked over to her puppies and regurgitated the food for them to eat. Everyone cried because she was obviously still trying to help her puppies survive.

The dogs are now safe and being taken care of and being vetted. I have rescued many pits before and I have a horrible time finding safe homes for them in Alabama . We have one of the biggest fighting rings in the country.

There are two females who are very underweight. The one adult male weighs 84 pounds and I believe he is a Staffordshire Terrier. He is not underweight. All THREE dogs are VERY friendly and grateful. The puppies are just puppies.....adorable. The puppies are 7 weeks old and are eating well.

If you have questions, please contact me.""

And now, for the rest of the story -- !!

Here's the nine little babies, after their feeding time --

-- lounging, and just plain being babies.

Here, they're 7 weeks old -- at of 3 Jan 07 --

We will get individual mug-shots of the pups shortly -- please be patient with us --

-- BUT, while you're being patient, and if you're planning on applying for a baby or adult, please join our online forum, --

-- this is a requisite to adoption -- forum membership and activity shows us, the rescuers, fosters, etc., what kind of people are looking for these pups, and this facet of application greatly helps our decision-making process.

Having done many adoptions in the past, I am most happy with adopters who are in touch after the adoption, through write-ups, "help" questions and pictures --

-- the forum is a great way to do this.

This is not a golden retriever you're adopting, folks, and you need to treat the dog according to its temperament -- that means learning your pup's disposition and growing with her --

-- thus, 800 "helpers" on the forum -- !!

Failure to join and participate in the forum will result in your application sitting in my inbox -- with no further action!

So, that's where we are with these loves --

-- instead of cursing the trash that neglected this family in the South, lets instead gather our resources to help them --

-- for you, the prospective adopter, this can be done by researching the breed, participating in the forum, and being a great adopter -- !!

So, thank you everyone for risking your lives, your criminal record, and your new year's eve for these babies --

-- let's consider the adult pups, too, in adoption -- they are more worthy than the babies, in my eyes, because they lived through that horror while (a) not killing each other and (b) while caring for the young.

To start the process, please fill out an adoption application above -- !!

Things I like in an application:

- Prospective adopters who are active members of our pit bull forum, There is just too much at stake here to let these adults or babies fly the coop without us knowing each other a bit better -- for the short term, and for the long term. If you aren't active on the forum, please don't apply -- your application will not be processed.
- 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 -- !!
- 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 $285 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 puppy 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 3-4 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.

Part of the adoption fee goes towards the transport from Alabama to the Northern Territories.

- 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" -- !!