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Okay hippo pups -- beauties you ARE!



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We received the following on our forum on January 12th...

Mama was saved from being euthanized, was suppose to be spayed and had suprise litter of little stinkers. Look to be full pitty. Balls of energy, healthy and need loving forever homes, or temporary homes until their forever home can be found. Def. need help placing these guys, taking care of unexpected puppies has become quiet expensive though I am doing my best for them.
They are currently almost 7 weeks old, though need their shots at 8 weeks.
They look like little hippos LOL -- all chubby and healthy. Thanx and look forward to hearing from you

and with that, came these...


Well, if ANYTHING makes me believe in the BEAUTY of life --

-- it's Mr. Pickles, at right!

All pups will be spayed / neutered prior placement, and they'll be available for adoption Saturday, January 24th, 2009.

But enough talk --

-- on to the PICTURES!


The boys...
 

And, the girls...
 

But wait... something's wrong with Clara...


Her foster mom wrote --

The one with the sore leg has been separated from the rest of the pups,  on her back leg in the joint area appears to be swollen, but she has been laying on it and what not and hasn't shown any significant pain. Right now she is passed out on the couch with a pillow and blanket. I think since Ive been home so much, and with my bf being home during the day and night they are starting to think they are human and im mom lol


Well, what that meant was an IMMEDIATE trip to the vet's office upon receipt of the pups.

Here's my Precious, at the helm of the ship!


The pup with the leg issue was Clara, so with her I brought sister Flutter, as Clara's bed-warmer on the journey to and from the vet!

Well, once we arrived at the clinic, wouldn't you know it --

-- the clients awaiting the appointments became immediate surrogate moms of these loves!

At left is Flutter, content and lovin' life!


And don't forget Ms. Clara, who was cuddled as soon as we got in the door!

All the clients could say was how SWEET these babies were --

-- that, we all know -- !!


Before long, Clara got a little chilled --

-- so someone donated their scarf...


The kindness of strangers, helping a girl in need --

-- words do not express the joy that gives me.


Well, THAT didn't last LONG -- !!

Before I knew it, little Clar was making rounds for holdins' and lovins' -- !!


Mind you, little Flutter was lovin' every minute of it, too!!

Next, the vet calls Clara in --

-- but someone's not lettin' go of this girl --

-- just LOOK at the SMIRK on Clara's momma's face -- !!


In the office, the vet goes through the possibilities.

Clara has a fever of 104 -- her temp should be 100F. Not a good sign.

The main possibilities are an abscess and its accompanying infection, or a break, and the body responding likewise with a temperature.


Well, once her sister was in good hands, little Flutter found the vet's resident Chi a worthy chase -- !!

That is, before the tech, Toni, scooped up Flutter, for all her cute-ness -- !!

SMOOCH!

So, back to Clara --

-- here she is, with her swollen right rear leg --

:(


Next, she's prepped for an x-ray --

-- honestly, I was praying for no break --

:(


And here we go --

-- VICTORY!

She's OKAY from a bone stand-point!

Little luv -- the vet thinks she instead has an infected abscess --

-- YAYYYY!!!

I'll take antibiotics and hot-packs over a cast ANY DAY!


So, after some fluids being manually drained, some shots of penicillin and some oral anti-biotics, our girl was starting to feel better --

-- YAYYY!!!


And that's that --

-- a happy ending in the making!

This story shows how rescue isn't all glamorous, and it isn't all convenient --

-- and when you take dogs in, you take them as they are -- with their liabilities -- and give them the best care possible --

-- so, in short, it ain't cheap!

 

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 -- !!
- 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" -- !!