Here's our GANSTER, who has come a LONG way from the streets of Manhattan, and who is now fostered by loving Ang, Dave and family near Buffalo, New York!
As we recall, Gangster's prior life in NYC was living was a variety of homeless people who lived in the streets.
Gangster was in and out of the NYC kill-pound, and finally, his time was up --
-- he was to be euthanised.
Well, we said, "Oh no you CAN'T", and off to upstate he came!
As you can see, he's a senior pup --
-- which is awfully nice, in a lot of ways.
He's gentle, he's sweet, he doesn't move too fast --
-- and he walks great on a leash -- !!
Foster Ang writes --
"We have had Gangster since November, he is a very charming senior. Laid back, loving, and just wants to be by your side. Walks great on leash, does not pull when passing by other dogs or if he sees a small fur bearing animal. "
"My 5 year old walks him no problems! He is good with other dogs as well as with children, I have 3 young boys of my own and he has never once been off with them.
When the weather is bad and we are unable to take outside , he is a champ hoping up on the treadmill for exercise."
"He has no potty issues and no issues with his crating either and he is crated when we are not home and at night.
Feeding time does need supervised, he is great with people and being fed but is territorial / temperamental of his food with other dogs while food around."
"He is playful and loves toys but this is another area that need to be supervised, once he is chewing a bone not happy of another dog trying to take it, once again no issue with us taking the bone away though.
Gangster is so deserving of a great forever home to live the rest of his life being loved and he will surely love you right back.
He would be great addition to anyone's home."
That all said, off to his mug-shots -- !!
Mugshots of our prince
what comes with him : he's neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED
So, here's our boy --
-- not on any medications, not incontinent, not ANYTHING, but a loyal, loving companion -- !!
Here, he's doing what's important -- EYEING a TREAT -- !!
Oh, too, he knows his obedience quite WELL --
-- ESPECIALLY when there's EATIN'S around -- !!
Again, the perfect SIT --
-- for a TREAT -- !!
... steady as she goes... -- !!
"Oh please, oh please" --
Nothing like makin' a boy WAIT, huh GANGSTA' -- !!
... and the receipt -- !!
Notice the SOFT MOUTH of our little prince, being oh-so-appreciative, and OH-SO-SWEET -- !!
So, back we go, in to the house, for a little pettin' time -- !!
-- here's Gangster's crew, all ready for him -- !!
And here's foster Ang, with her little prince -- !!
Then, all together --
-- just LOOK at this LOVELY all-AMERICAN family --
-- and all-AMERICAN dog --
-- we LOVE IT -- !!
And finally, we end the photos with a little smooch from Ang --
-- can't you just SEE how DESERVING this boy is of the GREAT LIFE for the rest of his DAYS??
And you know what? If you're an EXCEPTIONAL adopter, you could PROVIDE that -- !!
Are you INTERESTED?
If SO, fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this page, and we'll take if from there.
THANKS ALL, who helped GANGSTER be the PRINCE he always WANTED to be -- especially ANG and DAVE -- !!
VIDEO of our PRINCE in foster with Ang and Dave!
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" -- !!