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"Celebrate life" -- in short....



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In late October, Susan from CT emailed out saying the local AC had brought a stray pregnant pit bull to the local animal hospital to be euthanised.

The mom, shown as right, was almost at full term in her pregnancy, and was scheduled for delivery within a week of her impound.

The staff at the animal hospital couldn't bring themselves to euthanise such a beautiful soon-to-be mother, and we were honored to have an exceptional foster home for Bella and her babies.


Two weeks later, and what do we have --

-- 9 healthy babies and a glowing momma -- !!


In this picture, you can see the strain such babies cause to a momma's body -- with her giving everything she has to these babies for survival.

Yet again, every day life proves to have almost overwhelming beauty.


Here's a close-up of these gems at 4 weeks, on Nov. 23rd, 2008.

The unknown blessing of this litter is little Stitch, here shown here.

Stitch is an English Bull Terrier whose litter was being dumped at one week -- :(

Ali, from our forum, took in Stitch, but Stitch needed a family for her first 8 weeks :(


Well, luckily, Bella said "YES" to the addition of Stitch, and she has been a mainstay with the litter, feeding off of momma's milk, and learning the basics of socialization -- CRITICAL for a happy, healthy adult pup!

Another victory with this litter is our little moo-moo Millie, shown at right.

Just this past Saturday, we found an ad on Craigslist of an urban family that had little Millie and who had to get rid of her, due to a less-than-enthusiastic landlord.

Well, the door was open at SPBR!


Little Millie is now being fostered in Rochester and was also adopted by the bunch --

-- though thankfully for Bella, she's already weaned!

She is a pit bull / american bulldog mix --

-- stunning.


Don't forget, too, SPBR only works so well through the caring of exceptional foster homes --

-- and their pups -- !!

At right, foster daddy Kane is shown with his oh-so-gentle ways with the squatters in his house!


And too, Kane deserves a second look here for his beauty -- !!

Jen and Johnny love their boy Kane very much, and he has proven a prince of a foster dad!


So now, on to the adoptables!

So first, how it all started -- our momma Bella.

She will be available December 20th, after her spay.

She is a great girl, with a very kind -- and thankful -- temperament.


Bella's girls...

Next, the little ladies. They are 4 weeks old as of November 24th, 2008. They will be spayed on December 20th and will then be available for adoption.

If you're interested, get your application in and we'll do a home visit, etc. in the upcoming weeks.

With the holidays near, please remember we do not allow gift-adoptions. Click here for more on that.

 


Bella's boys...

Then, the boys. They are 4 weeks old as of November 24th, 2008. They will be neutered on December 20th and will then be available for adoption.

If you're interested, get your application in and we'll do a home visit, etc. in the upcoming weeks.

With the holidays near, please remember we do not allow gift-adoptions. Click here for more on that.

 


Millie, our Craigslist baby...

Finally, our little lady who went from hell to heaven in just a day -- !!

She is now in foster care, and will too be spayed before her placement. Millie's spay surgery is on December 20th, and she will be available for adoption thereafter.

As with all SPBR pups, she will come microchipped, wormed and vaccinated. And too, y'all -- no gift pets!!

 


So, that's where we are --

-- these babies have another month of growing, learning, sleeping and loving to do.

In a way, puppies are the hardest of dogs to get in to great homes.


Why is it hard to place such beauty?

Well, first off, they don't always sleep -- !!

Then, too, they don't stay this size -- !!

And, most importantly, they grow up to be pit bulls.

Pit bulls, whose owners need to understand their temperaments and tendancies --

-- and whose owners are determined to make their pups flourish.


We believe in these dogs --

-- and in our adoption process --

-- so much that we didn't say, "no thanks" to Bella's plea --

-- instead, we were proud to take these in, and we'll be more proud when they're adopted to great homes.


By great homes, we mean ones who will say with pride, "Yes, she is a pit bull, and she's a great dog" --

-- and will show such greatness in her training, temperament and owner breed-savvy.


When you adopt a dog from SPBR, it isn't easy after the adoption, I tell you -- !!

We have a forum where you'll be expected to post updated pictures and stories of your baby, and where we'll also help you with the growing pains and questions you'll be sure to have!


And, you'll make us --

-- and your pup --

-- proud.


 

So, there we are -- with a lot of beauty coming in to this world.

Can you be the owner a great dog always wanted? Can you show those in your world that this is an exceptional breed of dog? Can you make a 15 year commitment to love and enhanced living?

If you can, then fill out an adoption application above!


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 -- 3,300 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 $295 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" -- !!