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Jazz has come a long way from being tied outside in the cold Jersey winter -- can you take him higher??

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In the Spring of 2010, I got a call from Erin and her sister in Philly --

-- the NICEST of pit bulls had spent a good part of the winter tied out to a post, property of their Erin's neighbors, and Erin finally couldn't take it any more -- she knew he had to have a better life!

His name was "Taz", which we didn't like -- so we named him "Jazz", and promised our short-furred friend he'd never spend another cold, chilly night fending for his survival again --

-- AMEN.

Fast-forward a few months, and kind Bethann and Renee from Binghamton, NY, when asked to help, said, "we can" -- phenomenal -- !!

After a month in foster, Bethann writes --

"Hi! My name is “Jazz” aka.. “Jazzercise”…. aka, “DJ Jazzy”…. Aka,”jughead”…..OK, OK, you get the idea I have many, many nicknames at my foster home and I'm such an agreeable guy I wiggle my butt to all of them. I've been in my foster home for about a month now and I am doing very well.

I'm getting into a routine and getting to know my way around the house. Did I mention I have two foster Moms and 3 foster sisters that are dogs. Oh yeah, there's also 5 cats that I live with but I'm not 100% sure that they like me, you see, I've never been around a cat before and I think they look like a squeaky toy so I've been trying to grab one so I can figure them out, but for some reason my foster Moms won't let me and the other day one of the cats scratched my nose when I got too close…

I never had a squeaky toy do that before so I need to study the situation a little more and I'll report back on my progress."

"I'm a typical boy when I go outside to play. My best buddy is a Basset Hound named Penelope, she and I run around the yard and play all the time. I can get a little rough sometimes because I like to instigate her so I may bite her ear or neck to get her to chase me, sometimes I get so excited I pinch her too hard and she lets me have it!! I am learning my manners when it comes to playing and she doesn't have to “remind” me so much…"

"My other sister Annie will tolerate me for a little bit but she's kinda grumpy and she doesn't like me in her face so I'm careful to not bump into her. Kasey is my oldest foster sister and I really like to lick her face and show my submission to her, she growls-- I lick…we do this all the time.

One thing that all of us dogs like to do is chase the “laser light” at night in the yard, My foster mom takes us out and we chase this darn red light all over the place but none of us can seem to catch it. Boy do I get a good workout chasing that thing around the yard!! I also am a very good boy on a walk, I like to sniff a lot and take things nice and easy.

I'm learning that garbage cans don't bite and that Holiday decorations are not out to “get” me. I walk very nice on a leash but I pull a little so if you use a harness on me I am a really good walker."

"My coat is really, really short so I get really cold when I'm outside. I wear a sweater or a jacket when I'm out and I gotta say that I look pretty sharp in my getup!! So if you adopt me I would need to keep on wearing clothes in the cold weather so I don't get frostbite!!

I am crate trained and I have a huge crate with a nice soft dog bed and a fleece blanket that I love to snuggle in at night. I sleep in my crate at night and when my Mom's have to go somewhere. It's not bad either I get these little orange things called baby carrots that I like to munch on when I go into my crate."

"I love, love, love to have my head scratched, I'll put my head on my Mom's knee and she will scratch my head and rub my ears and I just close my eyes and let out a big sigh—it feels so good. I also love to have my butt scratched and I will wiggle against your hand or foot so you HAVE to scratch me!!

My foster Mom said I am also very smart. I come when I am called and I will sit and lay down when I'm told to. She said I am an athletic boy and she thinks I could do something called agility—that sounds like fun, she also said that if someone needs a jogging partner then I would be a great guy for that as well! I have a lot of potential.

The only thing that I don't have is a home. Won't you consider me? When you meet me you can't help but fall in love—I guarantee it!!! I am an exemplary Pit Bull and would make anyone a great buddy!!"

Well, what kindness this boy has seen from all sides --

-- loving people who rescued him --

-- and now, a loving couple who fosters him --

-- just IMAGINE how much BethAnn loves Jazzers to do such a GREAT write-up on him -- !!

Here's Jazzers with a piece of cardboard, proud of his new find -- !!

What we see in this boy is a pit bull who is a little breed ambassador --

-- NO dog aggression, learning to live with cats, and LOVING LOVING LOVING his people --

-- now, who wouldn't want that in a pup??!!

Finally, a picture of Jazzer-pie with his foster momma --

-- loved and loving.

Why do we rescue this breed?

For the dogs like this -- absolutely adoptable, life-loving dogs, that have found themselves in the wrong situations, due to people --

-- that's all.

So now, we're showing Jazz the GOOD in people -- and, in pit bull fashion, he's trusting us humans -- again.

Thank you to BethAnn and family for believing in this boy, and we're sure he'll find the best of homes --

-- how lucky that home will be!

Interested in adopting? If so, fill out an adoption application at the top of this page!!


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 -- 5,600 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 $350 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" -- !!