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Our Ella & her 8 came a lonnngggg way from the WV kill pound to their Rochester foster!

 

Click here to see their video at 7 weeks!

Click here to see our loves at 3-1/2 weeks!


Click here to see their video at 1 & 3 weeks!


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Well, the cards couldn't have been turned much more against our momma Ella --

-- she was in the WV kill pound, and she had just given birth to 8 babies --

-- and she, and her babies, we pit bulls.

Well, kind folks like Heather, another Duke grad., stepped up, and said, "I have to help them."

With that, we received this email --

"This beautiful girl has found her way to a shelter in Huntington, WV. Her owner had several pits as pets, and her puppies are considered to be fathered by a pit. Her owner was sent to jail on a non-animal related charge, and his animals were seized. Momma had her 8 pups on Wednesday in the shelter. Pit bulls are not adopted to the public, only to a rescue. They are held for 5 days, and then euthanized. Although she is a new mother, since her pups are pits as well, they all have potential to be euth'd soon."


With momma's picture, came this --

- her 8 babies, in a cage, seemingly healthy, and needing some ESCAPE to FREEDOM -- !!


Well, we sent a feeler out to our Facebookers, and I tell you, we received the kindest offer from Cindy and Jason in Rochester, NY.

They're both in education / teaching, they both love hiking the Adirondack Mountains --

-- and, most importantly, they're both kind, generous people, who wanted to help --

-- and who offered help!

After we found the FOSTERS, we had to find a TRANSPORTER --

-- and Jen, from Buffalo, said "Please, can I help" --

-- and we said, "Thank you, God."

Now, this family was saved.


At left, is what we got --

-- a peck of pretty babies --

-- nothing short of that -- !!


And with babies, came momma, of course!

Just LOOK at her FACE here at Jen's --

-- she's ALREADY a bit relieved to be living the good life again --

-- or maybe, for the first time -- :(

Regardless, Ella, we love you and your babies, and we promise you many happy tomorrows -- !!

So next, on to our mugshots of babies and momma -- !!


First, the girls at 10 days...

born: Dec 7, 2011 (the babies, that is!)
adoptable: Feb 8, 2012
what comes with them: they're spayed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
   

Next, the boys at 10 days...

born: Dec 7, 2011 (the babies, that is!)
adoptable: Feb 8, 2012
what comes with them: they're neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
   

So, as you can SEE, babies at such an age are a little un-coordinated --

-- limbs everywhere, eyes closed --


-- but still with a sense of humor, so we like to think -- !!

And here, our peck of perfect babes, thanks to a lot of folks' kindness -- !!

So now, instead of lying on a cold pound floor, with the big "PTS" coming at any time --

-- these loves are instead on warm blankets, awaiting their perfect placements -- !!


Now if this one here doesn't look part HEDGE-HOG, I don't know what does -- !!

Little Nora, dreaming nothing but sweet dreams...

... and don't forget, as long as you've got CONTACT as a BABY, you've got WARMTH -- !!

Those little NOSES --

-- those BASEBALL heads --

-- those little flappy EARS -- !!!


Here, the overhead shot --

-- lined up like little sausages -- !!


While their eyes are beginning to open, it'll take at least another week till they're using them wisely --

-- for now, it's still MOMMA TIME --

-- and their nose is all the need to bring them to the feeding till -- !!


Getting back to momma --

-- you just can't help but love this girl --

-- and see some emotion in her eyes --

-- emotion that wanted to protect her babies instinctually --

-- emotion that needed to trust others to help her --

-- and emotion that made her herself an absolute SWEETHEART -- !!


Here, I think Jason has a little emotion for ol' Emma --

-- WE'LL TAKE IT -- !!


So there we are --

-- a peck of perfect puppers, ready for adoption in early February 2012.

If you're interested in adopting one of them, fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this page -- !!

From there, if all looks great, we'll schedule a HOME VISIT with you --

-- and if that goes WELL, you've got a new FAMILY MEMBER -- !!


Ah --

-- bliss.

What I see here is a momma relieved her babies and she are safe.

She can finally breathe easily again.


And here, there's just a sea of snouts and suckers --

-- all happy as clams -- !!


Finally, a smile --

-- a smile of relief --

-- a smile of believing in people, yet again --

-- a smile that her family is going to be okay.

Thank you all, especially Jen, Heather, Cindy, Deana, Sue and Brian --

-- with y'alls' help, this wouldn't be a reality, and to you we're oh-so-thankful --

-- GREAT WORK, ALL!!

Now to those interested, get your APPLICATIONS in, and please consider adopting MOMMA ELLA too -- !!

Our loves, at 3-1/2 weeks at Cindy and Jason's -- !!

Well well then --

-- here's our babies at 3-1/2 weeks --

-- all we can say is GREAT WORK, Cindy and Jason -- !!

Here, Mister WATSON -- !!


Well, I tell you, this journey hasn't been without its share of heartbreak --

:(

On Christmas Eve, the litter came ill with symptoms of pneumonia --

-- miss Olivia the strongest --

-- so she was taken to the emergency clinic.

At left, Olivia in her oxygen tank.

Now, the rest of the story...


Here's a letter I wrote the clinic on our treatment there...





For a visual comparison... BEFORE --
 

-- and just one week AFTER -- !!
 

Well, here's our girl a few days ago --

-- all due to LORNA and PALS' care of her --

-- WELL DONE, LADIES -- and MEN -- !!


So now, back to Ella and her 8 --

-- here they are with foster Cindy --

-- quite content -- !!

And next, their mugshots --

-- here's how lovely they can look at 3-1/2 weeks -- !!


First, the girls at 3-1/2 weeks...

born: Dec 7, 2011 (the babies, that is!)
adoptable: Feb 8, 2012
what comes with them: they're spayed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
   

Next, the boys at 10 days...

born: Dec 7, 2011 (the babies, that is!)
adoptable: Feb 8, 2012
what comes with them: they're neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
   


Next, foster Jason --

-- just a big SOFTIE when it comes to the lovins' -- !!


And yes, they're officially in "play mode" -- !!

A potpourri of colors and FUN -- !!

Ohhhh... dragons UNITE -- !!

Da 'nom 'nom 'nom -- !!

And then, seemingly our of nowhere, our tri-color DORADO --

-- mister pretty-pants -- !!


Mister Watson -- !!

I can tell you, those blue eyes are likely gonna turn light brown -- !!


skunky DORADO -- !!

hahaha --

-- chubby and content --

-- that's how we like our BABIES -- !!


Awww -- motherly love -- <3

So, 1-by-1, the babies drift off to sleep --

-- here, Isis...


And then, they start to drop like FLIES -- !!

They seem to have found a secure nest, that's for sure -- !!

Finally, Cindy starts to get to the paperwork...

... and momma ELLA makes her APPEARANCE --

-- what a PRETTY GIRL she is -- !!


Well, we are oh-so-proud to say that ella gets along GREAT with Jason's pup, and that JASON AND CINDY ARE ADOPTING ELLA --

-- PERFECT!!!


Really, she's just a baby-baby at heart herself --

-- love you, girl -- !!


So, with that, we're done.

These loves are adoptable February 8th --

-- if you're interested in one of them, fill out an adoption application at the top of this page, and from there, we'll be in touch with you on your journey through adoption --

-- THANKS SO MUCH to all the folks who have made this family a SUCCESS --

-- it's been a long (but worthy) HAUL -- !!

 

Video of our loves at 1 and 3 weeks!

 

Their happy lives at 7 weeks!


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" -- !!