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Our little man had a hard start at life -- we promised him NEVER again!!

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In mid-April, 2012, we received --

"Hi Eric,
My name is Cathy, I'm with a Humane Society in Maryland.  I am writing today because we have a tiny pit bull puppy in need of a good rescue organization. 

He is 6 weeks old and currently in our care because he was attacked by a larger dog in his previous home. 

He has some sutures around his head and mouth. 

He is a trooper, taking his meds, eating, drinking and doing everything else a puppy should be doing."


"We hope to send him to someone who will understand the needs of a tiny puppy like him and give him the best chance at a normal life. 

He is on a 10 day bite quarantine which will be over on April 21after the health department determines that the dog who attacked him is doing Ok. 

Please respond if you think you could help us by rescuing this puppy.  You can reach me by replying to my e-mail address here.

Thank you,


Well, if this little man doesn't just BREAK your HEART!

That said, I posted him on our facebook page, and offers for help came in -- !!

And here, our little baby, just being a baby.

While it's upsetting to see his cuts and wounds, we're comforted that this larger dog didn't crush little Harley's skull --

-- because if that happened, there would be no rescue.

That said, ONWARD!!

After a couple of weeks...

On 27 April, Cathy and her husband showed up with little Harley --

-- a MUCH recovered lad -- !!

That said, babies this small, while okay physically, need to LEARN how to be a DOG -- !!

He was taken away from his littermates too young (6 weeks), and critical socialization happens from 6-8 weeks with littermates --

-- especially with pit bulls.

So, off to aunt LORNA'S we went -- !!

Here, at Lorna's, we knew our chap would thrive.

Don't forget, Lorna fostered and placed our rock-start dumpster-baby JOURNEY, whose page is here.

Look at this picture, too --

-- look at the JOY little H is bringing his foster momma --


Haha --

-- as with Journey, momma-Chi Layla inspects her newest understudy --

-- you see, Layla mothers the motherless children, and with little Harley, this is no exception -- !!

Here, the two square-off --

-- don't let Layla's size thwart you --

-- she is quite the able momma -- !!

Next, outside, they're OFF --

-- for a game of quick TAG -- !!

Next, they go back to Layla's momma, Katie.

As you can see, little Harley is a PRINCE with PEOPLE and DOGS -- !!

Finally, an up-close and PERSONAL shot --

-- how PRETTY you are, little MAN -- !!

Ouccchhh --

-- here's what Lorna has to work on --

-- Harley's BITEY ways --

-- not a problem --

-- he's just a BABY!!

That said, we're OFF to more PLAYING --

-- while, of course, admiring his BEAUTY at every STEP -- !!

What we're happy about is how WELL his face has healed --

-- and that's by no ACCIDENT people --

-- Cathy and pals did a wonderful job with him --

-- not a trace of ANY injuries -- !!

His eyes --

-- oh his EYES -- !!

Here, he's 8 weeks old, already neutered, and ready for the BEST of adoptive homes --

-- that IS, once Lorna says he's okay for adoption -- !!

Strike a pose, little man --

-- you deserve some good times -- !!

I'm not sure WHAT color you'd say his eyes are --

-- like hazel or green?

Here, you see his BABIEST of teeth ---

-- and while he's on solid food, those teefies are awfully SHARP if he tries to suck on your FINGER -- !!

Here, the star-burst effect in his eyes --

-- what beautiful creatures are in this world, indeed.

And here, his rock-star shot --

-- his "adopt me" face --

-- we agree, Harley -- we agree --

-- your time has COME for some great LIVIN' -- !!

That said, here's his first mug-shot for his adoptions page --


And his second shot --

-- more snuggle-a-ble, we think -- !!

Okay, okay -- our awe-struck-ness of him gets interrupted by momma LAYLA --

-- and she's not too PLEASED -- !!

Haha --

-- this girl's only two, but she's WISE beyond her YEARS -- !!

La la la --

-- off he goes, where he stops, nobody knows --

A side-shot of little H --

-- he's a LOVELY light brown brindle --

-- just PERFECT -- !!

With all this gawking, we almost forget that our little boy is still a PUPPY --

-- and here, he shows he can indeed still be an ANKLE BITER -- !!

Here, another of Harley and foster lorna --

And another of his bedroom eyes --

-- and his BIG paws -- !!

So there we are --

-- as you can see, little Harley is gonna get TONS of attention with Lorna and pals over the next weeks, till his adoption!!

We're thankful for Harley, and we're also thankful for the lovely people like Lorna and Cathy out there, who aren't too burned out and jaded with the downers of rescue --

-- who instead say, "we can help" -- and do so, with lovely miracles such as this little man!!

Don't forget, too, Lorna is fostering our ASPEN baby --

-- who you can learn about, and adopt, here.

So, does Harley still have the ability to love?

In a word, YES!

If you're an OURSTANDING prospect for this boy, and can promise him forever and EVER, fill out an adoption application at the top of this page.

And again, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this little man's happily ever after a REALITY -- you're inspiring!!

Video of our little lad at intake!!

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 $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" -- !!