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Little Jack is the last of these motherless children -- and he wants to go HOME -- !!!



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Here's little Jack and kin, who came from a dead-end situation in North Carolina.

His rescuer, Joanne, writes --

"Ok, so here is how it went. Got a call from the ACO about six 5 day old babies that were brought to the shelter as their mom had taken off. The owners did not know what to do or how to take care of them. If it were not for Julie and Eric these little guys and gals did not stand a chance. Graciously they were accepted into SPBR. So then we needed help with bottle feeding. We call everyone we can think of to see if anyone could help. Meanwhile I'm told the two of them were in foster for the shelter. I was given a day to get the rest of them out. "


"I find a foster in Greenville who was willing to take 2 and she went to get them. Could not find anyone else so I think to myself how bad could it be to take 2 until transport? So I call and make arrangements to pick up the other 2. Then I am told that the foster for the shelter brought one of them back to the shelter and that she was going to adopt the other one."

"So that left 3 for me to take. Not sure how that "foster" could bring that baby back to the shelter to die. I will never understand that one. I could not believe they adopted one out when they were told that SPBR would take all of them."

"Bottle feeding every 3 hours here was crazy. I'd never done that before but it was amazing."

Thanks Eric and thank you Julie. And a great huge thank you to Marisa for stepping up and helping out these little ones."


So, enter the babies' savior --

-- Marisa and FAMILY -- !!!

These little loves needed bottle-feeding around the clock, every two hours --

-- at 5 mouths, that's 60 -- yes 60 -- feedings a DAY!!!


Here's a verryyy familiar site these loves saw --

-- nom nom nom nom -- !!


And here's Marisa's daughter, doing her part --

-- talk about COMMITMENT -- :hug:


Well, since these babies had no momma that they knew, Marisa's kids stepped in with the housekeeping of "Do's" and "DON'TS" for babies --

-- and no, these pictures weren't posed --

-- who would pose with a sofa cushion on the floor -- !!!


And then, as they weaned, the feasting BEGAN -- !!

Hahaha -- our little Jack was in the lead from the get-go -- !!

and then, for no reason, little jack went ill -- :(

Marisa wrote --

"i thought maybe he was aspirating but he may have a bad URI or worse - aspirated pneumonia.

he's only getting worse as time goes on.

he did eat just a lil while ago - not much and not enthusiastically... he is very lethargic.

oh crap - he just vomited as i'm typing this

his temp is going up. it was 101 - now it's 102 (both still normal though so maybe it was a thermometer operator error)

thanks erica and denise for chatting with me

i need to get him to the vet. can't take a chance with one this young.
i reached dr ennis - she said to give him the albon so he has 'something' for now... i'm going in the morning if i can get a car

pray people"


these pictures, marisa says, are "from when he was sick and nearly died, being told he was dying by our own vet and i stayed up for 3 days straight trying to keep him alive"

Well, because of a lot of sleepless nights, our boy pulled through --

-- YAYYYY!!!!


And then it came time for his coming out --

-- autmn style ---

:o)


Lookie how BIG our little boy got --

-- that gourd has NOTHIN' on HIM -- !!


Well, with autumn comes cold days --

-- and the boys and girls get their sweaters out --

-- even if they don't fir PERFECTLY, they're good enough -- :)


"Ohhhh -- did you HAVE TA' take that picture -- !!!"

So, as his littermates went home, one-by-one, little Jack waited...

... and waited...

... all in the meantime proving himself the life of the party, here entertaining the girls at a glitz-n-glamour party --

-- kisses on the LIPS, ladies -- !!

He even did a little boogy-n' --

-- and kept from getting stepped on -- !!


All in the family this little Jack is, socialized with the best -- and biggest -- of 'em --

-- well, and littlest of 'em, too -- !!

Love, love love -- !!

What's that -- it's WINTER now??!!

Yup, Jackers -- yet another season --

-- and we PROMISE, not another will pass without you getting HOME first -- !!


So, in the holiday theme, our boy gets dressed up and does his bestest to put on is adoption game-face...

... hahaha... and somehow the moose (or bear?) helps him out with a little hug!!

Okay, okay Jack --

-- that'll do.

You're a good boy.... a very good boy.

You've gone from being a dead-dog-walking to finding a great foster home, only to almost die again --

:(

Well, now you've come too far to look back --

-- so onward we'll go -- :D


Jack?

Jack?

Where'd you go?

:D

Believe me, he's a rearin' and ready for a great home, y'all -- !!


Please consider Jack for your loving, balanced home --

-- he'll only make it all the better.

He's socialized with folks and critters of all types, plus he's a nice mix, giving him a gentle, sweet edge about him.

Really, everyone, if a survivor ever deserved to get the best of things in life, it's Jack.


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 -- 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" -- !!