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Clover says, "Look for the silver lining..."

 

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Well, it was the typical post-holiday malaise, and I was at work.

My cell phone rang, and it was a local veterinary office. I let the call go to voice mail, and then later listened to the message.

The vet works with a local all-breed rescue that took in a pit bull puppy over the past weekend --

-- they found her being sold at the flea market to anyone with cash.

:(


And here is our little lady --

-- Ms. Clover.

Clover is 12 weeks old, and the rescue took her in because they ached when they saw what could happen to her at that lonely, cold flea market.

She is a dream of a girl, I tell you.

Housebroken?
Yes.

Sweet?
Yes

Grunts when you pick her up?
Yes!


The vet spayed little Clover, updated her on her rabies and vaccs, and she was good to go!

The rescue preferred she go to a pit bull rescue, since they don't have experience placing pits.


Well, poor little lady --

-- we won't ask any more "what could have been" questions --

-- instead, we'll love you unconditionally, and get you the best home possible -- !!


Here, you can see little C's spay incision.

Pups are spayed and neutered as young as 8 weeks at SPBR, and we have never had issue with house-training problems, etc. -- or the other urban legends that surround early alterations.

Even my Thor and Elvis were altered at 8 weeks -- and no problems!


Next, you see our girl and yours truly, living it up --

-- she is honestly full of love, and shows no sign of any mis-treatment -- :D


Can there ever be too much lovin' -- ??

I think not -- !!

With dogs though, you have to sorta expect you're gonna get licked on your teeth and lips every once in a while -- it sort of goes with the territory -- !!


More sweetness -- !!

And our girl, standing proud.

She is around 12 weeks, and standing 14-16 inches.

Like I said, too, she is housebroken --

-- I set her down outside, and she peed immediately.

Then she walked around a bit, pooped, and then looked at me like, "okay -- I'm done!"

She also has no problems with stairs, climbing them like a champ -- !!


And now sha says,

"AWWW -- I'm so cute --

-- and I've turned the bend from a bad life --

-- now I'm looking forward to happy forevers -- !!"


So, with that, as of Januray 11, 2008, little Clover is up for adoption.

Is she sweet? YES

Is she a pit bull? YES

Will she grow up with potential dog aggression?

YES

Learn more about it here.


So, with that, our princess went to her local foster home, where she slept in their BED because she deserved some special TLC from her spay --

-- to the victor comes the spoils -- !!


If you're interested in this girl, fill out an adoption application above.

No posers, please -- instead, we'd like genuine pit bull enthusiasts, willing to go the extra mile for their pup.

Thanks for sticking in there, Clover, and thanks to the folks who helped her get this far!

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 -- 2,700, 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 $275 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 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.

 
- 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" -- !!