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Hen & 10 -- plus, a lesson of why NOT to breed your dog!


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We received the following on our forum on January 15th...

"Family is moving out of the country and can not take her. They say she is super sweet and loving."

She is in NJ... if anyone can help... let me know!!

And with that, came this photo...

And here's our little lady, after SPBR agreed to take her, awaiting transport in the Jersey shelter.

Look at that face!

So next, we all meet near Hartford Conn.

In center is Rose, the Jersey volunteer, who drove precious Henny up.

Flanking her are two lovely SPBR volunteers -- !!

Now now --

-- just LOOK at that BELLY!

All the time, while Miss Henny is in uncertain waters, she's SWEET as a PEA, givin' lovins' to Allison -- !!

Smooch smooch, kiss kiss -- !!

I must admit, we all were quite surprised Ms. Henny was so far along --

-- I mean, how much further could she go -- ??!!

Again, note that BELLY --

-- and note Allison's GLEE -- !!

Okay -- so why don't you want to breed your dog?

Buzzkill #1 - it's expensive to feed a nursing mom, and a growing litter. Here is my back porch, after our return -- with around 3,000 lbs. of dog food.

During Henny's nursing of her babies, she was eating around 10 lbs. of food a DAY -- !!

And we're feeding her top-shelf raw food -- which helps her by giving solid stool, and with supplements, healthy babies!

Now that the 10 are weaning, the family is eating near 15 lbs. of food a day -- !!

At retail, that's $4 a pound -- for 8 weeks, till placed (best case scenario) -- you do the math -- it's EXPENSIVE!

Buzzkill #2 - Mom's giving birth often don't need any help from ANYONE --

-- and will be protective of their babies, especially around human children, which can result in a bite.

Here is Henny, 14 hours --

-- yes 14 hours -- after her intake to SPBR.

Why is the 14th hour special?

Well, this is why --

-- because in that hour, momma had all her babies -- all by her SELF --

-- and all were happy, healthy and TINY!

At birthing, it's not a public parade, where many people should be -- it's very sacred.

So here is Buzzkill #3 --

-- with large litter, oftentimes 2-3 of the pups die in the first 10-14 days -- for a myriad of reasons, including poor diet, roll-overs, suffocation, lack of feeding / nipples, congenital defects, etc.

So, by showing your children "life", will you show them "death" too?

Here is little -- I mean little -- Clayton.

A potato, of sorts --

-- the size of my hand --

-- on his BIRTHDAY!

Next, little Kendall --

-- just LOOK at those NAILS -- !!

Her eyes ain't developed a pinch, but boy can she claw around!

This picture was taken 2-3 hours after her birth.

Who needs to experience "birth" themselves when you can see all this on spbr -- !!

Look at Hen as I hold her baby -- here is a major instinct time for the mommas --

-- if you have your kiddos picking up newborns and the momma bites the kid, that's your fault, and your fault alone --

-- and now you have a mess on your hands, all because of the "miracle" you thought you wanted to show your kids.

Here's Henny doing her "job" as momma --

-- pooping and peeing the new babies.

Babies have to have intake (feeding) and exhaust (pooping and peeing) to survive.

The momma helps with both, and just IMAGINE the amount of work Henny had to do with 10 -- !!

A great mom, she is, worthy of healthy, happy babies, and the best of placements.

Buzzkill #4 - what in the world are you going to do with these babies when they grow up? How are you going to vet them? How much cash are you ready to lose?

Here is the epitome, to me, of a watchful, caring momma.

Every move we made with Hen's babies was watched, and we were defininitely guests in her home!

Back to Buzzkill #4 -- as the babies grow, will you spay / neuter them before placement? Are you going to take them to the vet for pyrantel wormings at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks?

Are you going to pay for their vaccines and microchips also?

What if they get ill, are you ready for $2,000 parvo bills -- per DOG??!!

Back to bliss --

-- they sure are pretty.

Pretty, that is, when you consider Buzzkill #5 - the WORK involved. I am Henny' bitch, basically.

I walk her 5-6 times a day, through the night, and at lunch every day -- and I do 2 loads of laundry for the babies per DAY!


Momma Hennessy...

Well, here's our momma -- our girl who's giving everything she's got to her babies.

The great aspect of her, to me, is how absolutely sweet she is.

There's not a mean bone in this girl's body, and she will make the best of companions to a great adoptive home.

She is around 2 years old and will be spayed and microchipped before her placement, as well as wormed and vaccinated.

What a great dog. She makes me feel honored to be able to help her -- :love:

Here's our momma in her battle gear -- for her babies.

As I mentioned, she's eating at least 10 lbs. of food per day, and is shown here when the babies are just weaning, at 5 weeks.

Unlike some mother dogs, they start to reject their babies at weaning age, because the babies nails and teeth HURT -- !!

Not Miss Hen -- she still feeds all her loves, and they look like little hackey sacks -- only about 20x larger -- !!

So, we'll show this as the "before" picture, and in a few months will get a nice, sexy "after" of Hen, all ready to start off her new life, SPAYED, in the best of homes!

Buzzkill #6 - what do these "breeders" do with their mom and dad "breeder" dogs when the babies are gone? Do they keep them as pets, dump them at pounds, or have them euthanized? What happens when they can no longer "produce" -- ??

Well, for us, Henny has a place to rest her head as long as she likes, and we're working on her placement at the same time we do the babies, to get her great exposure!

So, again, please consider Miss Henny as a new family member -- she's loyal, she's sweet, she's gentle, and she's earned it.


Life at one week...

Here are Hen's 10 -- 4 girls (Kendall, Lacey, Laurel and Maple) and the rest boys. They were born January 25th, 2009 and will be ready for placement March 21st, after their spay / neuter surgeries.


Week 2...

Here are Hen's 10 -- 4 girls (Kendall, Lacey, Laurel and Maple) and the rest boys. They were born January 25th, 2009 and will be ready for placement March 21st, after their spay / neuter surgeries.


Week 3...

Here are Hen's 10 -- 4 girls (Kendall, Lacey, Laurel and Maple) and the rest boys. They were born January 25th, 2009 and will be ready for placement March 21st, after their spay / neuter surgeries.

Week 4...

Here are Hen's 10 -- 4 girls (Kendall, Lacey, Laurel and Maple) and the rest boys. They were born January 25th, 2009 and will be ready for placement March 21st, after their spay / neuter surgeries.



Week 5...

Here are Hen's 10 -- 4 girls (Kendall, Lacey, Laurel and Maple) and the rest boys. They were born January 25th, 2009 and will be ready for placement March 21st, after their spay / neuter surgeries.


Week 5 play -- !!

Well, here's the best part of babies growin' up --

-- they can PLAY now -- !!

You can see here, that Miss Maple is up to no good!

Of course, they're sick of playing with each other, so my shoe proves a worthy distraction!!
And then here, well, mayhem -- !!

As I was taking pictures, I had a scratching on my leg --

-- well, give the arrow a look -- I think we found our culprit!

Not meaning to wreck this little guy's party, I release him from his little cubby to the real world -- :D
And instead of venturing out, he just sits there, enjoying the warmth of the fleece -- :D

Look at little Clayton --

-- his HEAD is already almost too BIG for his BODY -- !!

Dragon sounds ensue when such play is had --

-- FUN for ALL -- !!

And finally, I look at these beauties and remark how fragile they are --

-- how dependent on good people they are, for survival.

I am thankful to be one of those "good people" and I love these little creatures and their momma very much.

Here's Miss Lacey --

-- who REALLY likes to EAT, we can see -- !!!

Here's a more lady-like shot of Lacey --

-- her Vogue pose -- !!

And then, Miss Kendall --

-- a perfect specimen.

A little girl with her whole life ahead of her --

-- a life that could go very well, or very badly, depending on who adopts her.

Well, you bet your bottom dollar that we have a staff of diligent volunteers working every hour of the day to get these loves in the absolute best of homes --

-- because really, it's the least we can do for them.

Kudos to the Jersey rescuers and to Miss Henny for giving us such a wonderful experience -- we won't let you down -- that's a promise!

Week 6...

Here are Hen's 10 -- 4 girls (Kendall, Lacey, Laurel and Maple) and the rest boys. They were born January 25th, 2009 and will be ready for placement March 21st, after their spay / neuter surgeries.

An observation of the babies: Well, they're all coming out of their shells now! In the past weeks, Lacey and Clayton were the precocious ones -- now it's ALL of the babies being loud and proud! In the past, it was Warren and Camden staying behind when the crate was opened, and now, EVERYONE is there to meet me -- crying, wagging and jumping around! It makes me very proud that these loves are taking so well to socialization, and that will do wonders for them as they grow up. I have seen many unsocialized pups who, when you set them on the ground, crouch low and won't move -- they simply don't know what to do. Not these babies, EVER -- they're like little tanks with legs!

Also, from a pure vanity perspective, look at these babies' EYES -- !! They got their momma's coloring -- pretty tans and browns!


Week 10...

Here is Hen's last pup! Here babies were born January 25th, 2009 and were starting placement on March 21st, after their spay / neuter surgeries.

Well, here's a SWEET boy, Morris -- !! He's the last of Henny's babies left, and don't think it's because he's not sweet! Little Mo-mo is a great boy, who loves to nap with his momma, and who paws at my leg as I walk around, asking to be held -- and I'll tell you, I oblige him!!


So now, the next step is up to you. We're interested in the best of candidates for adoption, and if you're up to the challenge, fill out an adoption application above!!


Henny: HOME -- YAYYYYY!!!!


Well, momma Henny finally got her FOREVER home --

-- with Dan and Dallas in Rochester, NY!!

Here's our proud momma, after playin' in the dirt in Dan's back yard -- :D

And here's Dan's Dallas --

-- zoomin' around -- !!

Dallas is a very pretty boy -- with the temperament of a peach --

-- and he balances well with Miss Henny -- !!

So what do they do? They play, and they play, and they play... :D

Aww Henny -- girls with flowers on their collar shouldn't show such FANGS -- !!


Okay -- playtime over --

-- and everyone's as happy as can be -- :D

Here's Dan's Dallas givin' plenty of kisses to the girls --

Yum, yum yum -- !!

So, there we are -- our girl is as pretty as a summer day here, happy as a clam with Dan and family!

And here's a quick family shot -- the best I could get --

-- you see, things get awkward when 45 lb. dogs are trying to sit on your lap -- !!

And then, before we know it, they're back to play, play, play -- !!

And this is a great send-off for our girl --

-- perfect -- !!

Thank you to all who got Henny home --

-- she's a lovely fit, and she thanks you with all her life -- !!

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 -- 3,500 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" -- !!