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Boyd is blessed -- can you complete the perfect rescue??

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Little Boyd was on the kill list in Canton Ohio --

-- not because of anything really that he did, except one thing in particular -- he was born a pit bull in a state with many breed specific laws, made against pit bulls.

Here is Boyd on his kill date, at the rescue -- in the hands of a kind ACO who said, "we'll help you save him."

In the lobby of the pound, you see the likes of these signs --

-- which looks more like the requirements of owning a mountain lion than a domestic animal --


ANYWAY, here's our boy --

-- FREE -- in Julie's car -- ready to drive the freedom trail, OUT of OHIO --

-- thanks to Julie, for a great rescue and transport -- !!

In Upstate NY, little Boyd finds himseld right at home at Cassie's and Chris' house --

-- with Captain his role model -- !!

Don't forget the kitty-cam -- !!

Ohhh --- the allure of kitty is SOOO much better than that of ANY toy -- !!


A closer look...


So, here's our boy -- 12 weeks old as of 23 April, 2010 --

-- and a handsome little devil!

He is available for adoption, and will be neutered before placement -- as well as microchipped, wormed and vaccinated!


And next, pictures with his lovely foster momma, CASSIE -- !!

He says,

"Oh my -- did I die any go to HEAVEN??!!"

He takes some posin' hints from Cass --

-- and now they're BOTH beauties -- !!

And then, he turns to jello --

-- unable to keep his composure --

-- and in comes the kissins' --

-- and lovins' --

-- and everything else that will make this boy a picture perfect pit bull --


So, instead of having a "bad start" to life (to say the LEAST) --

-- where Boyd wasn't getting the socialization or love he needed to form in to a top-shelf dog --

-- he instead was nothing short of blessed by the kindness of Julie and Cassie --

-- who gave him the chance-in-a-lifetime to flourish.


So, onward we go --

-- back to my pond, for some explorin' --

You can see SOMEONE isn't too happy about our arrival -- !!

It's funny, the more you see the beauty of ducks, turkey, deer -- living in your back yard --

-- the less you want to eat them.

Plain and simple.

Anyway, here's our BOY, getting his swimmin' WINGS -- !!

He tries to make a galant exit from the pond --

-- and then, starts to shake-shake-shake all that HORRIBLE water off -- !!

He shakes so MUCH, he can barely WALK -- !!

And then, assumes a zen-pose to let the warmth of the sunlight dry him off -- :D

Almost there, little man --

-- and shakin' is FUN -- !!

Hahahah -- future BLACKMAIL pictures -- !!

And then he says,

"done" --


All this, while foster momma Cassie watches --

-- and then, you guessed it...

... it's back to MOMMA -- !!

It's funny, we got an email from a group a week ago saying we had it all wrong with pit bulls --

-- they said if you LOVE them ENOUGH as babies --

-- and weren't mean to them --

-- that they wouldn't develop dog aggression.

They were basing their comments off of our page here.

Well, I'm sorry to say --

-- that we're right.

I love this breed -- so much.

I have rescued and placed hundreds of pit bulls --

-- and I have raised my Thor and Elvis from babies --

-- and I believe that dog aggression is an unfortuante breed trait of pit bulls --

-- what this means, to me, is that it DOES develop -- in VARYING degrees, from 12 to 20 months --

-- and that is regardless of how much "lovins" and the like you give the dogs.

Do some pit bulls have no dog aggression? Absolutely.

Do some have a lot? You bet.

Is it up to me to adopt to educated and informed adopters?

You betcha' --

The last thing I want is for a puppy like this to go to someone saying, "If I love him enough, he will NEVER show dog aggression and he will love my other dogs, cats and everything FOREVER."

Well, I loved Elvis and Thor like a proud dad, and I really though Elvis was going to escape dog aggression --

-- till one day, on my bed, Precious chirped at the deer in the back lawn --

-- and Elvis tried to jump over me to attack Precious.

That is when I knew Elvis had dog aggression traits, and that they needed management --

-- thankfully, I caught him!

To clarify, "dog aggression" is dog-on-dog aggression -- whereas "human aggression" is dog-to-human aggression -- which is NOT a breed trait and is NOT tolerated!

So, I learned from Elvis --

-- as I do with all of my dogs.

The pups aren't left together when unattended -- lest a conflict arise -- because you know, they wouldn't merely settle the dispute -- someone would die -- and that's just irresponsible on my part.

Also, I still take Elvis to parades and on walks in parks, where he meets other dogs and loves them --

-- but I know Elvis very well -- and as long as those meet and greets are friendly, Elvis sails smoothly.

If the other dog is aggressive, Elvis gets nasty. If this happens, I am on my toes to swoop Elvis up ASAP -- !!

I know my dog -- and I am responsible in his ownership.

His breed trait of dog aggression is effectively managed, not ignored, and he lives a happy life!

I have loved him unconditionally from 4 weeks old, and I take him for what he is -- responsibly!

Anyway, back to the pond --

-- the ducks come back, and we're ready to explore some other areas of the yard --

-- namely, the rugosa roses -- !!

I planted 800 of these two years ago -- from the county water & soil conservation sale --

-- and I fertilize them every year --

-- with Espoma Organic fertilizer.

Why organic fertilizer?

You can read more about it here --

-- or just ask yourself here --

-- would you want your pups playing in, tromping though and "sampling" synthetic, potentially carcinogenic, fertilizers --

-- or organic ones, made out of feathers, poop and the like?

I'll take poop and feathers on this one -- !!

Then, a quick sky-shot --

-- the beauty of it!

I like airplanes --

-- as long as they're REALLY high up -- !!

And the clouds --

-- just magnificent -- !!

Getting back to earth --

-- more of momma Cassie and baby Boyd -- !!

We are so proud of our fosters --

-- completing the link of rescue --

-- the critical link.

Had Cass been "busy" or not picking up her cell when Julie was looking for fosters for little Boyd --

-- these moments of celebration wouldn't exist --

-- and Boyd's unfortunate fate would have been sealed --



Little Boyd, too, because he's a pit bull deserves NO LESS lovin's than a golden-doodle pup --

-- a chocolate lab --

-- or a poodle.

Actually, pit bulls seem MORE akin to such positive reinforcement --

-- so we give it, in SPADES -- !!

Also, lots of handling and "silly moments" make for a more sound dog, who won't get spooked or aggressive out or mere fear when put in strange situations --

-- no, instead, they'll be like "Is that ALL you've got? Been there, done that -- !!"

So, our little Boyd is learning the ropes quite well, and he must someway, somehow know how blessed he is --

Oops --

-- I've been outed --

-- budging in on mother-son time -- !!

If I make funny noises, he turns his head --

-- all's forgiven, right little bud?!

So don't y'all worry --

-- while you're busy filling out your adoption application and cooing over this little man --

-- our Cass and Chris are busy making him the best boy he can be -- !!

If you plan on adopting little Boyd, there will be plenty of "face time" that comes with him --

-- so be ready for licks, slurps, wipes and the like -- !!

And mostly, be ready for a well-socialized, well-loved dog --

-- whose love demands will be rather high -- !!

So again, the reward of rescue comes through for us --

-- a handsome little boy, and wonderful foster, and a strong application and placement process.

This breed deserves the best from us, and that we strive to give, each and every day.

THANK YOU again to Julie, Cassie and the SPBR crew for making this a picture-perfect rescue --

-- now, the NEXT step in getting closer-to-fine is through YOU, the GREAT adopter --

-- fill out an application and join our forum -- and cross your fingers -- !!


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 $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" -- !!