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Charlotte is small in size, but BIG in love -- come give her a look!!



Click on the logo below to fill out an adoption application!

 

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So first, we'll start Char's story with a big AFTER picture, here --

-- stunning --

-- taken in October, 2010.


Now, flashback a year, when she came to SPBR, from an Ohio pound, with her youngun's in tow, here --

-- skinny, scared and with little hope -- :(


Here is our girl with her family --

-- again, her face -- the look of it -- :(

When people ask, "Why do you stay in this?? Why do rescue?? Why not join recreational forums and have some fun instead?"

Well, mostly, because we're programmed to help -- and faces and families like this, need the help --

-- much more than the world needs another snowmobiler -- !!

So, after a few months in rescue, Kelly and her family, in Rochester NY said, "We can help" --

-- and off Charlotte went, to see how much pampering this momma could get in Kelly's home -- !!


What a difference a year makes...

Now, in Summer 2010, here's our Char-Char, at Kelly's --

-- just beautiful.


Here's Char's best friends at Kelly's --

-- little boy Chase, and BIG boy Bentley -- !!

Kelly writes --

"charlotte is an amazing dog.  she is a ball of energy but loves to cuddle next to you on the couch.  char is a "car dog", she loves to take a ride in the car. 

she doesn't get nervous or anxious, instead she curls into a ball next to you and enjoys the ride."


"charlotte is polite with children.  she plays catch with our 2 year old even brining back the ball, dropping it nicely and waiting for the next toss.

charlotte is a great buddy for our bentley.  they play together and sleep together on the couch or on the floor.  wherever bentley goes, char is sure to follow."


"charlotte even gets along with cats.  everyonce and a while she will get a pat on the head from the cat, but char doesnt seem to mind...she still loves her just the same. charlotte loves walks and will walk forever if someone would let her. 

she doesn't bark at dogs along walks and minds her manners. she is high energy and will enjoy someone who will play with her and show her a lot of love.  she is a perfect family dog. 

we have a lot of people that come in and out of our house and she is kind to them all."


"also very well crate trained.  will run into crate when asked to and sleeps in there all night long without a peep.  when left out during the day, she has never gone to the bathroom inside or chewed anything (perks of an adult dog)! all in all, charlotte deserves someone who is looking for HER. 

someone who appreciates the benefits to an adult dog and will open their hearts to a little dog that just wants to be loved.  when charlotte does find her forever, she will be very missed by all of us here.

p.s. she helped bentley lose 12 lbs!"


So, here's our girl in her "picture pretty" page for Petfinder --

-- looking like she has an all-new lease on LIFE --

-- LOVE IT, KELLY -- !!


And next, we'll just admire some angles of our caramel-swirly girl --

-- nice weight, BEAUTIFUL coat, GREAT confidence -- !!


And here, our Kelly --

-- loving on her girl, helping her with obedience, and TRULY dedicated to her -- !!


And here, well, we'll ALLOW a little chunk on our princess --

-- well, ummmm, that actually looks more like "muscle bulk" to us, Char-Char --

-- plus the "princess" collar --

-- truly, you are one -- !!


Here, more deference to her foster momma --

-- and her RADAR EARS --

-- they come with her -- you gotta love 'em -- !!


From another angle --

-- pretty face, nice eyes --

-- BUTTER for EARS -- !!

yum yum yum -- !!


Next, the serious Char --

-- though not too serious, mind you --

-- just representin' the beauty of a rehabilitated, stunning pit bull, that was down in the dumps at an urban pound, slated for death --

-- and instead, rose out of the ashes to recover to this --

-- with a little help from Kelly and her friends -- :D


Here, a MINOR wardrobe malfunction with CharChar's ears --

-- it happens -- !!


Again, from the head on --

-- genuinely a happy girl, a little roll here and there --

-- and all in all, making many, many two-leggers' and four-leggers' days a little bit happier and more FUN -- !!


As we wind down Char's beautiful page, our girl looks upward -- as do her ears --

-- in admiration of her foster momma Kelly?

Likely.

-- in thankfulness to be alive?

Also likely.

Whatever it is, we'll take it --

-- for in our making Char's day, she makes our day, too!!


So, again, the question --

-- "why do you do what you do"?

Well, here, for Charlotte --

-- our little diamond in the rough.

Our little momma, with nowhere to go, who instead of more pain, found kindness, love and tolerance from her people-friends --

-- maybe for the first time ever in her life.


And how does Charlotte reciprocate?

She has forgotten the past -- left her grudges behind --

-- now she loves cats, dogs, toddlers, people and LIFE -- !!

That makes us a believer -- :D

If you're interested in this true success story, please fill out an adoption application (at top of page) --

-- from there, if everything works out well, this little 2-3 year old girl will give you 10-12 years -- or MORE -- of pleasure, unconditional love and a daily reminder, making you say, "life is truly beautiful" --

-- THANK YOU Kelly and family for letting this girl blossom!!

 

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 -- 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 $225 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" -- !!