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In early February, we got an urgent email --
-- a momma had her babies in late December in a Georgia kill pound, and the babies were dying, one-by-one, as their mother watched, helplessly.
Worse yet, the entire family was scheduled for euthanasia.
Here's the family in brighter days --
-- with 7 babies.
At the time of the rescue, 3 were alive --
-- the others discarded like a mere annoyance by shelter staff.
None of the dogs had any vetting, including vaccines, and likely died from parvo or its variants --
-- a slow, painful death.
So, with that, we helped what we could --
-- and this little girl (dimple) was one of the survivors --
-- along with sister cinnamon (shown).
Next, the surviving family --
Born 22 December, de-wormed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm negative, LOVED, WANTED!!!
Oftentimes, words do not suffice --
-- the joy of rescue --
-- the instinct to survive --
-- the relief of a plan working out.
Finally, our momma and surviving babies were out of their personal hell they had known for almost 2 months.
Now, with momma named Dixie, there was a small irony here --
-- and we'll tell you, we needed some humor in our day -- !!
That said, our bestest of rescuer friends, Tina, in Alabama, said --
"Darlin', you can't let those babies stay in the pound waitin' for a transport --
-- we have to do somethin' NOW" --
-- and now she did --
-- next, enter Mike --
-- or "Super Mike", as we like to call him -- !!
Here's our man --
-- our little John-Mayer look-alike (without the creepiness!) --
-- our pilot --
-- our HERO -- !!
Here he is --
-- with his airplane --
-- rescuing momma Dixie --
-- in short,
WE LOVE IT -- !!
Next, airborne from GA to AL, momma checks her 3 babies --
-- all OKAY, momma -- !!
Finally, in the crate in Tina's truck, the babies --
-- and momma --
-- EXHALE -- !!
They have escaped hell on earth --
-- and they're gonna LIVE to TELL about it -- !!
Finally, Super Mike says his good-byes --
-- and off to greener pastures this family is -- !!
At Tina's, momma and two of the girls are doing GREAT --
-- they even went to the VETERINARIAN, and everyone is HEALTHY --
-- even MOMMA tested for HEARTWORM --
-- and, miracle of miracles, she came back NEGATIVE -- !!
Next, our little Jasmine was cold --
-- shivering --
-- so she got the heating blanket and a LOT of TLC -- :love:
Finally, a few days later, the outer "protect me before I die" shell was falling off --
-- and this family started to feel safe --
-- and loved --
-- for the very first time.
OMG Cina --
-- don't WORRY -- you'll NEVER, EVER go back to Georgia --
-- we PROMISE -- !!
Finally, momma can be a BABY again, and enjoy a PROPER life --
-- getting belly-rubs,
-- getting lovins,
-- and EATING to her HEART'S content -- !!
Fast forward a couple of days more, and little Jazzy is doing BETTER -- !!
That said, this family will be spayed when they're all in tip-top health, and transported NORTH to their final FREEDOM stop -- !!
We can't say enough thank yous to the kind Georgia rescuers who helped this litter --
-- or, mostly, to Tina and Mike for their heroic flight --
-- really, they saved the day here, folks!!
If you're interested in adopting any of these love love LOVES, fill out an adoption application at the top of this page, and we'll take it from THERE --
-- THANKS, all, for a VICTORY in the end --
-- and to the babies who didn't make it, we rescued your momma and surviving siblings in your honor --
-- it's the least we could do.
This family is HAPPILY in their NY foster homes!
During the end of February, Mike's friend, Eric, took a LOOONGGG drive from Buffalo to Nashville, meeting up with Tina and company --
-- and a week later, we met up in Buffalo with this family's new fosters --
-- basically, Denise and Steve for momma Dix --
-- Jen for Jasmine --
-- and Leah and Chey for Cinammon and Dimple!
Next, see how BEAUTIFUL they've BECOME -- !!
Born 22 December, de-wormed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm negative, LOVED, WANTED!!!
ADOPTABLE as of March 2012!!
What we can say about all of them is THANK GOD they're thriving --
-- especially little JASMINE here, fostered most excellently be JEN -- !!
Our girl went from sort of a "oh no, she's not going to make it" to a little SUPER-WOMAN instead -- !!
So pretty you are, Jazzy!!
Next, Leah and little Cinnamon --
-- velcro baby -- !!
And then, Steve and little Dimple --
-- just LOOK at how CONFIDENT she is --
-- all we can say, again, is THANK YOU ALL so much, who did SO much for these MOMENTS -- !!
Next, little Cin with Chey --
-- she's such a little LADY, this Cinnamon --
-- and quite shy, too --
-- that is, until you watch her video, below -- !!
And here, our little moment of triumph --
-- momma DIXIE, enjoying LIFE for a CHANGE -- !!
You can certainly say girl, you've MADE it -- !!
So, as we wrap up our photo shoot, the babies tire and start to doze...
... and in that doze, comes trust, kindness, warmth and caring --
-- all things we're so happy to give them, seeing where they came from -- !!
Finally, Cinnamon succumbs to the ZZZzzzzz's -- !!
And next, it's lights-out for little Dimp -- !!
Princess pie, you can sleep all you want --
-- especially after all the whoopin' it up you did just 15 minutes earlier -- !!
Finally, our momma, miss Dixie --
-- with her foster dad, Steve.
We just L-O-V-E it --
-- this momma is no longer watching her babies die 1-by-1 in the GA kill pound --
-- instead, she's being the puppy she is, enjoying life, and happy, safe and confident --
-- and for that, we have the kindness in our volunteers to thank --
-- really --
-- and truly, we thank you so much -- !!
If you want to ADOPT one of these loves, fill our the ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this page --
-- THANKS ALL!
Our babies and momma -- movin' -- !!
Our momma Dix, all SET for ADOPTION!
Well, some months go by, and here's our MOMMA Dixie --
-- just as BEAUTIFUL as she can be --
-- nice and filled out --
-- GREAT WORK, fosters Denise and Steve!!
What I love love love is her BEAUTIFUL brindle coat --
-- I mean, how often do you see such a butterscotch look -- ??
Also, her belly-skin is firming up nicely, after the babies left the coop --
-- PRETTY MOMMA!!
And too, which the video shows below, this girl is the FRIENDLIEST of SORTS -- !!
Next, on to some MUGSHOTS of our BEAUTY girl -- !!
What we LOVE, is how much fosters Denise and Steve have SOCIALIZED this girl --
-- she does GREAT on a leash --
-- she's GREAT with their grand-kids --
-- she LOVES other dogs (though prefers larger ones) --
-- and LOVES cats --
-- WHAT a COMBO of a PRINCESS you're getting here -- !!
As evidence, we present her meeting babies forest and Rocky --
-- first, the approach...
... and THEN, almost SILLY happiness --
-- WE LOVE YOU, momma girl!!
So, there we go, a princess in the end, our girl is --
-- after having come from CERTAIN death in the Georgia pound --
-- just LOOK at how MUCH this girl has to OFFER!!
Thank you OH-so-MUCH, Denise and Steve, for your most FANTASTIC of FOSTERING this girl --
-- and to y'all, if you're looking for a PEACH of a PUP, look no further -- here she IS -- !!
If you're interested in adopting, fill out an adoption application at the top of the page, and we'll take it from there!!
Our MOMMA in VIDEO!!
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 $325 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. 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" -- !!