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At the end of May 2011, our rescuer Mani in Alabama was in a tough spot --
-- she was volunteering to help animals after their recent tornadoes, and one morning 9 pit bull mix babies came in -- three days old -- without a momma.
The short of it is, the woman dumping the babies didn't want them --
-- or should we say, her GRANDMOTHER didn't want them --
-- but, ol' Grandma wanted the momma, because she "needed the pit for protection" --
-- and ol' Grandma decided too, she wanted to keep two of the babies --
-- why, we do not know.
Talks were had of euthanising the 9 babes, etc. --
-- and we said, "let's counter BAD with GOOD" --
-- so, SPBR took these babes in, and up North they came, to Hazel's haven in PA -- !!
On May 5th, Hazel and her DH drove down to Virginia to transport the babies back to their new home --
-- and as you can see at left, Hazel was READY for these loves -- !!
Don't forget, these loves were motherless, so of course, bottle-feeding was in order -- !!
Hazel writes --
"Now the fun begins,
lets see 1 1/2 oz per puppy(9)
per feeding = 13.5 oz per feeding
13.5 oz x 5x a day = 67.5oz per day (that's 45 bottles a day)
67.5oz x 7 days=472.5 oz per week"
Wow wow wow --
-- that's 315 bottles a WEEK, people -- !!
Here's how the babies were, shortly after they arrived --
-- helpless victims, in short.
Victims to human idiocy, ignorance, selfishness and greed.
Awful words, huh?
Well, now you can see why we were SO thankful for Hazel's kindness, love, caring and diligence --
-- we think, in short, Hazel added more GOOD to the world than ol' Grandma with her BAD --
-- so, success -- !!
Here's one of the MANY feedings of these loves --
-- as you can see, the babies wanted to survive.
Did we change the world by helping this litter?
But, we changed the lives of 9 little souls by helping these loves, and we really believe that someone, somewhere knows that --
-- and that those acts in themselves matter.
We'll take our good karma over ol' Grandma's any day -- !!
So, the puppies grew --
-- quite beautifully, mind you --
-- and before you know it, I was off to rural Pennsylvania --
-- with a trip full of year-round Steelers radio stations, Clarion coal mines, etc. etc. --
-- and finally, I ended up at Hazel's...
... and here I was.
Hazel made this endeavor a family affair --
-- I don't think anyone in her house skirted their workload -- !!
Feeding, cleaning, walking, washing --
-- you name it, they did it --
-- and yes, all 9 SURVIVED -- !!
So, for our little photo shoot, off we were, to the open lot next door --
-- babies in TOW -- !!
We figured this was an easier method than carrying the loves, and heck, it was more FUN -- !!
What's in the blue bin, you ask??!!
You guessed it --
-- Hazel's 9 -- !!!
Here's a closer look at our 4 week old wonders --
-- rich with deep color, and sweet as little peas -- !!
So next, we go to their BODYSHOTS, so you can tell who is who -- !!
First, the girls...
born: May 25, 2011 adoptable: July 22, 2011 what comes with them: they're spayed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED
Then, the boys...
born: May 25, 2011 adoptable: July 22, 2011 what comes with them: they're neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED
Okay, so now that you've got names to faces, off we chug-chug-chuggged to their little photo expo --
-- hahaha --
-- you KNOW you're spoiled when most others are WALKING and you're RIDING in style, babies -- !!
Heck, you DESERVE it -- !!
Okay, here we go --
-- the photo-shoot --
-- the PUPPY PILE -- !!
And explorin', they do -- !!
Here's little Stella --
-- with the perfect nose --
-- of course, skeptical of the camera at first -- !!
What a little princess she is --
-- with her demure stance --
-- we're GLAD you're WITH US, stella -- !!
Next, pretty miss Sophia, I think --
-- I love love love brindles -- !!
And then, miss Ginny warns up to me -- !!
Finally, these two explore a little MORE --
-- it's a BIG WORLD out there, babies -- !!
And yayy --
-- miss Stella cracks a SMILE -- !!
-- before we know it, miss Brownie is scooped up and dropped in the mini-little-house-on-the-prairie cart -- !!
"This is FUN -- somebody take me to the DRIVE-THROUGH" -- !!
Next, our handsome little Maverick --
-- with his EYES matching his COAT -- !!
Again, Ginny --
-- with spit bubbles on her tongue --
-- we'll take it, baby girl -- !!
Next, more CELEBRATIN' --
-- these babies are HAPPY to be ALIVE, I tell you -- !!
And here, a triptych --
-- at first, a bit giddy --
-- next, just plain HAPPY --
-- and finally, JUBILANT -- !!
Her tongue is like a home-made air conditioner here -- !!
Here's the view from the outside --
-- plenty of playin', huggin' and laughin' -- !!
More Brownie --
-- I think -- !!
She looks a LOT like Sweet Pea --
-- but Sweet Pea doesn't have the dark eyebrows --
-- and that's my theory on differentiating these two -- !!
"It don't matter my name --
-- what matters is that I'm LOVED, FED, WORMED, and HAPPY" -- !!
PERFECT -- !!
Next, Heidi's on the move --
-- with her little furry baby fuzz --
-- like a little baby goose, not yet grown up yet -- !!
Here, more MISCHIEF -- !!
And all I can say (again), is how PRETTY brindles are -- !!
We're not going to tell Heidi that many people only like white and spotted dogs --
-- with blacks and brindles being the hardest to adopt out, merely because of their COLOR --
-- oh, NO, we won't --
-- we'll instead tell her how PRETTY she is, and what matters more is on the INSIDE than the OUTSIDE, regardless of your color --
-- and with that, the world makes sense to us -- !!
Next, a quick sip at the water bowl --
-- thanks for Hazel's son, Bucky, for getting it -- !!
And finally, the day begins to wear down --
-- but NOT without more smiles and joy, I tell you - !!
Here, the Sweet Pea -- !!
What I say is, doesn't the world need a little more JOY and HAPPINESS in it?
Isn't the world a little BETTER OFF with these babies in it??
Well, we think SO --
-- I wonder what ol' Grandma would think, seeing what BEAUTIES these babies turned out to be --
-- she'd probably wanna keep 'em, too --
-- sorry Grandma, ain't gonna happen -- !!
Here, Hazel's daughter becomes OVERCOME with LOVE --
-- and of course, she enjoys it -- !!
Kisses galore --
-- and kisses saying, from someone above --
-- "thank you for taking care of my little creations" --
-- and us saying,
"Thank you for people like Hazel and family, who did it with JOY" -- !!
So, here we are --
-- 9 little adoptable lives --
-- pit bull mixes, as we call them.
We LOVE LOVE LOVE pit mixes, because unlike pure pit bulls, the mixes often don't grow in to the dog aggressive traits that the purebreds do.
It's not that we don't love our pure pit bulls, but the dog aggression can be a real pain in the rear --
-- and well, if you can avoid it, in the case of mixes, then all the more power to 'em -- !!
Here's Hazel, loving on her little success stories -- !!
Baby says --
"Thank you Mani, for believing in us in Alabama ---
-- and thank you SPBR, for agreeing to take us --
-- and THANK YOU HAZEL, for giving us life, love and affection" --
-- it's really lovely -- !!
Here, it looks like someone has found herself a new surrogate momma -- !!
Again, the world needs more Hazels out there --
Never once did she panic, go crazy, blow up my phone, threaten my sanity (yes, it has happened), etc. while fostering for SPBR --
-- instead, she did the best she could for these babies --
-- and they thrived --
-- to us, that's MORE than ANYONE seems to do any more --
-- the random acts of kindness she showed these babies will not go unnoticed, we're confident of that -- !!
So, there we are --
-- the babies are loaded up, and are off to their puppy pen, to get a late afternoon snack, then to catch a well-deserved NAP -- !!
Oh wait --
-- little Brownie looks like she's got something up her SLEEVE -- !!
She says --
-- "Oh Hazeeellllll, please come a little clooooserrrrr -- !!!"
And once she does --
-- SMACK --
-- a big THANK YOU kiss from the 9 babies, Hazel gets -- !!
WE LOVE THESE BABIES, and THIS FOSTER -- !!
If you're interested in adopting, please fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this page --
-- and from there, you'll be on your WAY to ADOPTION -- !!
Again, thanks all who made this a gleaming success -- !!
Here's our vibrant loves in VIDEO, at 4 weeks!
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" -- !!