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Grover is SPBR's first "Fresh Air Fund" baby -- enjoy!!

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When I was a little kid, my Mom had kids come each summer from NYC in a program called "The Fresh Air Fund" --

-- here's what their website says --

"Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has been giving NY inner-city children the joy of a summer vacation with volunteer host families, creating unforgettable memories and fresh possibilities."

Our summer vacationer was named "James" and I certainly have some good memories of James' visits!

Well, I got to thinking --

-- if these trips can happen for KIDS, then why not DOGS??!!

So, in came Gregory, from NYC...

Here is "Gregory", whose "owners" called him "Grizzly", because it sounded like a good fighting name -- :(

Here's his note --


And more --

"A VOLUNTEER WROTE: Two year old Gregory and three other dogs were seized on 12/14/08 and people on the premises were arrested. One of the
dogs was dead on arrival. Two of the dogs are just puppies. Animal
Cruelty charges have been filed.

"Gregory is a big boy, but was very
timid when he first arrived. But we noticed that he quickly bonded with our shelter supervisor (a man) and one of our kennel workers, a woman. The woman told me how depressed Gregory was, but never aggressive with her. Three weeks later, I checked back on Gregory. He now waits patiently at the front of his cage for people to hand him treats, which he takes gently from your hands.

We brought him outdoors to play with another dog who was seized with him -- a young female dog named Frances. Now, Gregory is much bigger than Frances, but they love to rough-house together, and he is always patient with her. Gregory weighs 98 pounds.

With that, Greg came to rescue -- was renamed "Grover" --

-- and left his look at the left behind, for...






Here is our boy, all neutered and happy as a clam --

-- a BIG clam -- !!!

Grover is sheer power --

-- but has come sooo far since his intake.

While he is the strongest dog we have ever had, he is also one of the sweetest, and most sensitive.

He, too, is a big puppy --

-- the sort of boy you look at and say, "please, tell me -- what was it like" --

Imagine Grover with some trash owner, on a city street, when Grover was a puppy --

-- and his trash owner was trying to "raise him to be a fighter" --

-- and all poor Grover wanted was love and kindness.


Look at his rear legs in this picture --

-- they're bigger than my thighs -- !!

And then, the emperor settles down a bit --

-- just LOOK at his stature!

We think he is rottweiler mixed with mastiff --

-- he has the sweetest of temperaments, and doesn't show dog aggression, except when another dog is trying to dominate Grover, through humping and the like --

-- which never works!!

Also, our boy is like a locomotive...

... when he starts moving, he's a mass in motion...

... a LOT of mass -- !!!

Grover, start your ENGINES -- !!

... he turns the first lap...

... notice his CANTER -- !!!

... and now he's almost unstoppable -- :D

Time to put the brakes on --

-- and here he is, at rest -- :D

Mind you, too, that Grover NEEDS humans --

-- he LOVES the attention --

-- in supersized portions -- !!

-- but oftentimes, before you know it, he's taking you on another journey -- !!

Grover, the King.

Our Fresh Air boy, made good through a lot of great people, all pulling for him.

Here's more of Grover lovin' the lovins --

-- he is SO sweet --

-- and he seems to make himself SOOOO tiny -- !!!

Ohhhhh baby -- two sets of hands -- !!!

Notice, too -- no crazy jumping, knocking people over -- just appreciation -- :D

But then, he gets scent of his FAVORITE thing in the world --

-- and makes a run for it --


Hold on there, buddy!!

Ahhh -- finally --

-- Grover is at his most beloved spot --

-- the pond.

Mind you, please, that this "pond thing" that Grover has isn't a mere interest...

... it's an OBSESSION -- !!

So, here he is, judging the waters...

... oh so slow ... !!!

And then he's IN --

-- like a little TUG-BOAT, truckin' around his favorite place -- !!

After his exit, he prefers grass-drying --

-- and a little playin' --

-- whoa there, big guy -- don't fall back in the pond -- !!


-- now THIS is a picture worth nothing --

-- look at his walker's feet -- he's AIRBORN -- !!

And to the prospective adopter -- please note, STRENGTH and OBEDIENCE are going to be demanded of you -- !!

Yet again --

-- SPLASH -- !!

Just wait till he hits the end of the lead there, buddy -- !!

Slowly, the day sets --

-- and the king revels in his empire...

Grover ponders another quick dip...

... so we throw a stick in to entice him.

Well, he goes IN --

-- but NOT for the STICK -- !!

Instead, he's just happy to swim, swim, swim...!!

Land ho!!!

And yet again, a quick grass dryin' -- :D

So, again, look at who our boy was --

-- depressed, desolate, never saw a fun day in his life...

... and look at who he has BECOME --

-- confident, loving, TRUSTING.

We are so proud to have been able to help Grover, and we too are so thankful for all those who looked at him and said, "He deserves a chance" --

-- karma is a beautiful thing.

Now, the next step is up to you.

We're looking for the BEST of adopters -- and won't stop till we find that person or family.

We would prefer Grover to be an ONLY pet, in a large-dog SAVVY home, and an owner who will provide OBEDIENCE referrals with their application.

We need someone who will love him with all their heart, and who knows his difficult past and who will promise him better days -- every day -- forever.

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 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 $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" -- !!