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Posey's posse -- a mother with the least gives the most...

 

Click here to see the most recent pics - at 7 weeks!

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In early March, I got a call from a rescuer in Cincinnati to help with a mom pit bull and her new litter.

The woman, Deb, said she initially contacted Jodi of American Buldog Rescue in Jersey, and Jodi referred her to me, since Jodi rescues ABs.

Deb said to her that Deb had "heard" stuff of me, and that she wouldn't work with us. Then Jodi said, "Who cares what you've 'heard' of him, check out his website and decide for yourself."

So, Deb checked out spbr.org, which the "gals" never, ever sent out with their catty emails --

-- and that changed Deb's view of me, and of spbr.

That is precisely what I wanted 4 years ago when starting the site -- every time I had people trying to tear me down through tall tales and rumors, I channeled that energy to learning dreamweaver, buying a better camera, and making my own site. I figured that channeling bad energy to good was the best way to handle such situations, and it has paid off.

About Posey -- she is from Cincinnati, part of a BSL state, and the people I spoke with were honestly terrified to have her and her babies, for fear of seizure and euthanasia. Initially, posy was being picked up as a stray, and taken to euthanasia, when a rescuer said, "I don't care what her breed is -- she's pregnant, and you can't kill her."

So, she was pulled, and the babies were born on Valentine's Day -- or around there. I am not sure if we need more V-day themed names, or flowers -- I leaned towards flowers, for Spring, growth and rebirth --

Then, here's the clincher -- I called our forum's Mat up on Tuesday morning, in PA, waking him up and said, "Can you do this transport?" -- and within the day, he was picking the babies and momma up in Ohio and transporting them to Buffalo.

So now, we have posy and her babies. I cannot tell you the joy she gives me. There is such a triumph in her that i cannot explain -- to see a tripod dog struggle to walk out the door, beacause of her handicap, just to pee and poop and then to go and be the best mom ever, well it just breaks my heart.

She's a good watchful momma too -- she growls when a stranger comes in her den, letting them know she's all business, and that she's doing her job.


After some sweet-talkin', she quickly warms up and lets others enjoy loving her babies!

I know, I know -- we're full. but this is one we had to do -- for me, for posey, and for spbr.

So, enjoy this page -- enjoy this lovely mother -- enjoy these lovely babies.

We have had a roller-coaster of a past month, since large litters are always suspect to babies falling behind and needing special attention.


As you can see, at right, these babies are BIG eaters -- !!

They pride themselves on self-weaning -- they really do -- !!

We do feed a raw diet -- even to the babies -- and they flourish on it!


So now, on to our loves...

Momma Posey...
   

So, here we go --

-- WHAT a GREAT girl this is -- !!

Posey has a shady past, that's for sure --

-- she is a tripod-pup -- so, a three-legger. We have no idea how she lost her leg, but the amputation and healing went very well!!

You'd never know she was, from watching her live.

She jumps up on the bed, runs around, gets the zoomies, etc. -- like no other!

Here she is, movin' like nobody's business -- and being sweet as a pea, that's for sure.

Her "time out space" from the babies is on my bed. Often, I am on there, too, on my computer --

-- as I type away, and she hears different noises, she WAGS her TAIL --

-- and then stops.

Then WAGS it AGAIN -- hitting the computer with her TAIL --

-- that's her BIGGEST issue -- not a bad one, if you've gotta have one!

Also, Posey has that magical pit bull fur that's like 1MM long --

-- it's more like colored skin rolled in flour or nutmeg -- it's sooo fun just to to run your hands over --

-- talk about simple pleasures!

Here's momma in her "rest place" where she lovesss to chew on rib bones and bison knuckles.

Someone asked me, "Isn't it awfully messy?"

I said, "If you're a three legged momma taking care of 9 babies, you can do whatever you want!"

So, here she is -- in all her glory.

A great, great, great girl -- who is extremely adoptable!

She will of course come spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for worms, which all dogs have.

What you're also getting is a lovely, lovely girl who has done the best she is able as a mom -- and then some.

Please consider her for your home -- she will love you unconditionally -- that's one thing I can promise you!

 

Life at 4 weeks...

Here are Posey's 9 -- 3 girls (Buttercup, Iris and Snowdrop) and the rest boys. They were born February 14th, 2009 and will be ready for placement April 18th, after their spay / neuter surgeries.

 

Week 5...

Here are Posey's 9 -- 3 girls (Buttercup, Iris and Snowdrop) and the rest boys. They were born February 14th, 2009 and will be ready for placement April 18th, after their spay / neuter surgeries.

 

 

Week 7...

Here are Posey's 9 -- 3 girls (Buttercup, Iris and Snowdrop) and the rest boys. They were born February 14th, 2009 and will be ready for placement April 18th, after their spay / neuter surgeries.


Week 7 play -- !!
   

So, here are our 9 --

-- EATIN' and LIVIN' IT UP -- !!

The babies are weaned pretty well, though they still like their mommy time!

This dish of brew is their raw chicken-veg-mix diet -- YUM!

Next, Ash and Iris... almost posing -- !!

And then, our little weasel --

-- Hendrix.

He is a TRIP, this boy -- !!

Every time the crate opens, he finds a way to slip out of it, and run around the room, gleeful as a baby!

When I pick him up, all he does is wash my face with his tongue!

This boy is a gift!

Mister Ash, with the Yin and Yang face -- :D

And then, Mr. Teasel shows us his best angle -- !!
BAHAHA -- but not for long -- !!

And then, our "big girl" miss Snowdrop, gives us the "AAA-okay" on getting her out of O-H-I-O -- !!

So, a quick pic of our bunch, happy as clams, and tempered oh-so-lovely by their wonderful momma -- :love:

HAHA -- and GUESS where momma is while her babes are out frolicking -- ??

Enjoying some "quiet time" on my bed -- !!

And, on a somber note, little Briar didn't make it -- :(

We did all we could -- vetting, feeding, meds, and he succumbed in my arms -- :(

This litter is dedicated to baby Briar -- which reminds me of the Don McClean lyric --

"But I could have told you,
Briar,
this world was never
meant for one as beautiful as you.
"

So, there we are --

-- the victories and the sorrows --

-- for this litter, fortunately, more victories.

Let's keep the ball rolling in the right direction and show some respect for these pups -- we're looking for exceptional applicants!


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!!

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 -- 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 -- !!

Don't forget, after you sign up to the forum, go to the "introductions" section and click "new thread" to introduce yourself -- then let us know who you are, and you'll have full access to the forum!!

- 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" -- !!